Rick Bass is the author of over twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including Winter, The Deer Pasture, Wild to the Heart, and The Book of Yaak. His first short story collection, The Watch, set in Texas, won the PEN/Nelson Algren Award, and his 2002 collection, The Hermit’s Story, was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Bass’s stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories. He was a finalist for the Story Prize in 2007 for his short story collection The Lives of Rocks and for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in autobiography for Why I Came West (2008). He lives in the Yaak Valley in Montana, where he serves on the board of the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies.
Annie Finch is the author or editor of fifteen books of poetry, translation, and criticism including Eve (1997), Calendars (2003), The Encyclopedia of Scotland (2004), The Complete Poems of Louise Labé (2004), The Body of Poetry (2005), and Among the Goddesses: An Epic (2009). Her music, art, and theater collaborations include the opera Marina (American Opera Projects, 2003). Her poetry has been featured for radio and TV audiences including Voice of America and Def Poetry Jam, and she has performed her poetry across the U.S. and in England, France, Greece, Ireland, and Spain. Annie is a Literary Advisor to the Language of Conservation project organized by Poets House. She recently received a grant to travel to Montana and work closely with a biologist studying wolves in their natural habitat in preparation for a new book of poetry centering on wolves and their place in the ecosystem. Educated at Yale (BA), The University of Houston (MFA), and Stanford (PhD), Annie is a Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine and Director of the Stonecoast MFA Program.
Barbara Hurd is the author of three books of creative nonfiction: Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming 2008), Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling through the Dark (Houghton Mifflin Company), Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination (Beacon). She has also published a collection of poetry, The Singer’s Temple (Bright Hill Press). Barbara’s essays and poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Best American Essays 2001, Best American Essays 1999, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, Nimrod, New Letters, Audubon, and others. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, four Maryland Individual Artist Awards for Poetry, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award, and finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the PEN/Jerard Award. She teaches creative writing at Frostburg State University in Maryland.
Cait Johnson is the author of six books of popular non-fiction, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit; Celebrating the Great Mother: A Handbook of Earth-Honoring Activities for Parents and Children; Witch in the Kitchen: Magical Cooking for All Seasons, chosen as a OneSpirit book club selection; and Tarot Games. Her books have been reprinted in Spain, South America, and India. A performer, ghost-writer, freelance editor, and developmental editor as well as a writer, she is formerly the Managing Editor of six online Healthy Living newsletters through Care2.com, an environmental supersite with over 12 million members. Cait has taught theatre, creative writing, dreamwork, nature-based spirituality, and creative expression at colleges, schools, and institutions including The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Ohio State University, the Discovery Center, Omega Institute, and many other venues. She is a Fellow of the Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank connecting earth, spirit, and society through the arts.
Debra Marquart is a professor of English at Iowa State University and the Coordinator of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment. Her books include two poetry collections—Everything’s a Verb and From Sweetness—and a short story collection, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories, which draws on her experiences as a road musician in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Debra continues to perform with her jazz-poetry, rhythm & blues project, The Bone People, with whom she released two CDs: Orange Parade and A Regular Dervish. Her latest book, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere, A Memoir, was published by Counterpoint Books in 2006 and was awarded the 2007 PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award. She is currently at work on a novel set in Greece, titled The Olive Harvest.
Timothy Seibles is the author of five books of poetry: Body Moves, Hurdy-Gurdy, Kerosene, Ten Miles an Hour, and Hammerlock. His work has been featured in Red Brick Review, New Letters, Dark Eros, Ploughshares, New England Review, The Artful Dodge and the anthology In Search of Color Everywhere, and he is the recipient of a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Born in Philadelphia, he earned a BA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and an M.F.A. from Vermont College. He taught high school English for ten years and worked as Writing Coordinator of the Fine Arts Work Center. He has taught at Cave Canem and is Associate Professor of English at Old Dominion University.