Best of the Net 2013  


A. E. Stallings is an American poet who has lived in Greece since 1999. Her work appears widely, in such journals as The Atlantic, Parnassus, Poetry, Poetry Review (U.K.), The New Yorker, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is the recipient of the Poets' Prize for her book, Hapax. Her most recent collection, Olives, was a finalist for the National Book Critics' Circle award. Her translation work has received a grant from the NEA. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, MacArthur, and United States Artists foundations.

Ayse Papatya Bucak teaches in the MFA program at Florida Atlantic University. Her writing has been published in a variety of journals including Prairie Schooner, Witness, The Fairy Tale Review, Brevity, and Creative Nonfiction. Her short fiction has been selected for the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology and the Pushcart Prize. She was born in Istanbul, Turkey.

Margaret Lazarus Dean holds a BA in anthropology from Wellesley College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Time It Takes to Fall (Simon & Schuster, 2007), a novel about the space shuttle Challenger disaster. A book of creative nonfiction, Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2014. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Tennessee and lives in Knoxville.


Kathy Fagan's fifth collection of poems, Sycamore, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2016. Winner of the National Poetry Series and Vassar Miller prizes, she has received grants from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Ohio Arts Council, and her work has appeared in venues such as FIELD, Narrative, Ninth Letter, The Paris Review, and Poetry. Fagan teaches in the MFA Program at Ohio State, where she also serves as Series Editor of the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize.

Lily Hoang is the author of four books, including Changing, recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. With Blake Butler, she edited 30 Under 30, and with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she is editing the forthcoming anthology The Force of What's Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head, and she serves as Prose Editor for Puerto del Sol.

Michael Martone's most recent book of essays is Racing in Place. The Flatness and Other Landscapes was the winner of the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize. He has authored a dozen books of short fiction and edited several collections short prose including The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction. He currently teaches at the University of Alabama and has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, Syracuse University, and Warren Wilson College.