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Ken Foster’s work has appeared in Salon, McSweeney’s, The Believer, Fence, The San Francisco Chronicle, Meena, The Village Voice, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He is the author of a memoir, The Dogs Who Found Me, and his collection of short stories, The Kind I’m Likely to Get, was a New York Times Notable Book.
Receiving her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and M.F.A. from Louisiana State University, Anne Gisleson has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in such places as The Mississippi Review, The New Orleans Review, Constance, Muse Media, Gambit Weekly and The Great American Poetry Show Anthology. Ms. Gisleson has participated in residencies at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the New York Institute for Writers, and has also been the recipient of Louisiana Division of the Arts grants and a Surdna Arts Teacher’s Fellowship.
Michael Lee has a B.A. in English from UCLA and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. In addition to NOCCA, he also teaches at Tulane University. Lee’s first collection of stories, Something in My Eye, won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, and he recently received a Yale Educator Award in recognition of his teaching. His stories have appeared in Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, and Indiana Review, among others, and new work is forthcoming in several anthologies.
Receiving her B.A. from University of Notre Dame and M.P.W. from the University of Southern California, Lara Naughton has written and produced stage plays, and published poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She has taught creative writing and multidisciplinary workshops to writers of all ages across the country and in southern Africa. She currently leads a writing group for prison exonerees and is collaborating with a professional dance company to create text/movement performances. Her new documentary one-man play will premiere at NOCCA in October 2010 and will begin a national collegiate tour in January 2011.
Andy Young received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MFA from Warren Wilson in January 2011. She is the co-editor of Meena, a bilingual Arabic-English literary journal. Her work has recently appeared in Best New Poets 2009, the Norton Anthology Language for a New Century and U.S. publications such as Guernica, Callaloo and Lungfull, as well as in Egypt, Ireland, Lebanon and Mexico. Her work has also been featured on buses in Santa Fe, in a flamenco play in New York, on jewelry designs by Jeanine Payer, and in a tattoo parlor in Berlin.