Lavonne J. Adams is the author of Through the Glorieta Pass (Pearl Editions, 2009), and two poetry chapbooks, Everyday Still Life and In the Shadow of the Mountain. Recent journal publications include Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review,Crab Orchard Review, and Tampa Review. She has completed residencies at the Harwood Museum of Art, (University of New Mexico-Taos), The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she is the MFA Coordinator.
Wendy Brenner is the author of two books of short fiction, Large Animals in Everyday Life, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award, and Phone Calls From the Dead. Her short stories and essays have appeared in Allure, Travel & Leisure, Seventeen, Best American Magazine Writing, New Stories From the South, and many other magazines, journals, and anthologies. She has taught in the Creative Writing Department since 1997 and also serves as a Contributing Editor for the Oxford American magazine.
Nina de Gramont is the author of four books: a collection of short stories, Of Cats and Men, a novel, Gossip of the Starlings, and two novels for young adults, Every Little Thing in the World and Meet Me at the River. Her books have been Booksense Selections, she is the recipient of the New England Bookseller’s Association Discovery Prize, and Every Little Thing in the World was selected for the ALA’s list of Best Fiction for Young Readers. She has also written a novel for Hyperion and Marvel Comics, Rogue Touch, under the pen name Christine Woodward. Nina’s work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Nerve, Post Road, Seventeen, and Redbook. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.
James Fitzgerald has been a literary agent since 2000, and has run his own agency since 2003. Recent authors include Jim Steinmeyer (Who Was Dracula?: Bram Stoker’s Trail of Blood, Penguin), Tom Folsom (Hopper: A Journey into the American Dream, HarperCollins), and Ed Sanders (Fug You: An Informal History of ....the Counterculture of the 1960's, Perseus). Prior to becoming an agent, Fitzgerald was an editor at St. Martin’s Press, where he published Generation X , John “Rotten” Lydon’s autobiography, Sarah Vowell and Ice-T, and at Doubleday, where he worked with David Bowie, Arnold Palmer, Ruth Montgomery, and Robert Crumb. Additionally, he is the author of six books, including the infamous First Family Paper Doll and Cutout Book and the politically incorrect The Joys of Smoking Cigarettes.
Virginia Holman is the author of Rescuing Patty Hearst (Simon & Schuster), a memoir of her mother's untreated schizophrenia. It was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Authors Selection, and received the Outstanding Literature Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She's published essays and articles in DoubleTake Magazine, Redbook, Women's Health, Prevention, Glamour, Self, O Magazine, More, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and elsewhere. Her work has been reprinted Pushcart Prize series, broadcast on This American Life, and she's received fellowships and awards from the North Carolina Arts Council and The Carter Center. She teaches at UNCW.
Emily Louise Smith directs The Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she teaches courses in publishing arts and book design. She is founder and publisher of the award-winning literary imprint Lookout Books and its sister literary magazine, Ecotone. In 2011 she was named Wilmington’s Woman of Achievement in the Arts, as well as UNCW’s Lecturer of the Year. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Front Porch, New South, and the Southern Review, among others.
Beth Staples is the Assistant Director of The Publishing Laboratory at UNCW where she works with Lookout Books and is the Associate Editor for Ecotone. She joined the UNCW faculty from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University where she managed the literary journal Hayden's Ferry Review and the Center's other publications from 2007 to 2012. She received her MFA from ASU in fiction writing.