Tony Hoagland's four collections of poems include What Narcissism Means to Me, and Donkey Gospel. A book on poetic craft and art, Real Sofistikashun, is also published by Graywolf Press. His work has won the Poetry Foundation's Mark Twain Award in 2005, the Jackson Prize, the O.B. Hardisson Prize, and The James Laughlin Award. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Houston, and at the Warren Wilson low residency MFA. In 2012, he started Five Powers Poetry, a program for coaching high school teachers in the teaching of poetry in the classroom.
Tim Gautreaux was born in Morgan City, Louisiana in 1947. He attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a Ph.D in English Literature. His published fiction includes two collections of short stories (Same Place, Same Things, Welding with Children) and three novels (The Next Step in the Dance, The Clearing, The Missing). His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, GQ and many other magazines. Among his awards are a National Magazine Award, Southeastern Booksellers Award for best novel, Mid-South Booksellers award, The Heasley Prize, The John Dos Passos Prize, Louisiana Writer of the Year Award, and an NEA Creative Fellowship. The Clearing, published by Alfred A. Knopf, made several top ten lists, including the USA Today list of the ten best books of 2003. His most recent novel, The Missing, appeared in March 2009 to glowing reviews. Presently Dr. Gautreaux maintains a connection to Southeastern Louisiana University as professor emeritus and writer in residence. He lives half the year in Jefferson NC. was born in Bishop, California in 1984.
Greg Wrenn's first book of poems, Centaur, was selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2013 Brittingham Prize and was published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Born and raised in northeast Florida, Wrenn is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and recipient of the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America as well as the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. How work has appeared in New England Review, The Yale Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis, he is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.