Best of the Net 2017  


Eduardo C. Corral is the son of Mexican immigrants. His first book, Slow Lightning, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Corral has also been the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the "Discovery"/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry Magazine, and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. His poems have appeared in Ambit, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He will be a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in 2017-18. He's an Assistant Professor in the M.F.A. program at North Carolina State University.
Gabino Iglesias has had work in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Verbicide, Marginalia, The Rumpus, Red Fez, Out of the Gutter, HorrorTalk, and many other print and online venues. He is a columnist for LitReactor, the film/television editor for Entropy Magazine, and the book reviews editor for PANK Magazine. His latest novel, Zero Saints, received a rave review in the Los Angeles Review of Books, will be published in Spain in late 2017, and was optioned for film and nominated for the Wonderland Book Award. You can find him on Twitter at @Gabino_Iglesias.
Nicole Walker is the author of two forthcoming books, Sustainability: A Love Story and Microcosmology. Her previous books include Egg, Micrograms, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, and This Noisy Egg. She also edited Bending Genre with Margot Singer. She's nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July.


James Crews' work has appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, and The New Republic, as well as on Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry newspaper column, and he is a regular contributor to The London Times Literary Supplement. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The author of two collections of poetry, The Book of What Stays (Prairie Schooner Prize and Foreword Book of the Year Citation, 2011) and Telling My Father (Cowles Prize, 2017), Crews is also co-editor of several anthologies of poetry, including Healing the Divide: Poems of Kinship and Connection. He leads Mindfulness & Writing workshops and retreats throughout the country and works as a writing coach with groups and individuals. He lives with his husband in Shaftsbury, Vermont.
A. Rafael Johnson entered The University of Alabama MFA Creative Writing program in 2008. He edited for Black Warrior Review and Fairy Tale Review. He interrupted his studies to teach in post-conflict Liberia as part of USAID-funded reconstruction efforts. After returning to Alabama, Johnson completed his MFA and remained on campus, lecturing in composition, literature, hip hop, spoken word, and creative writing.

A. Rafael Johnson was named a Kimbilio Fellow in African American Fiction in 2014. His story, "The Boy Who Climbed His Mother Into Heaven." was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His essay "Wince: George and Trayvon" was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His debut novel The Through (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017) was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Currently, Johnson balances teaching at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, The Loft Literary Center, and the Augsburg Low-Residency MFA program, as well as editing for the revival of Big Fiction. He is working on his second novel.
Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven (Noemi Press, 2018) and the forthcoming family history project Zat Lun, which won the 2018 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. She received an MFA in prose from the University of Notre Dame, a Fulbright grant to Spain, and fellowships and residencies from Tin House, Hedgebrook, and Millay Colony. She currently lives in Colorado, where she is completing a Ph.D. in creative writing at the University of Denver, editing the Denver Quarterly, and teaching hybrid/experimental forms at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.