Anne Gisleson is the author of The Futilitarians (Little, Brown) and her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, The Oxford American, The Believerand many other publications. Her work has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Non-Required Reading, Best Music Writing, Life in the Wake, and others. She co-edited and co-wrote How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a Work in Progress, about ground-up rebuilding efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and wrote the accompanying essays for photographer Michel Varisco’s Shifting, a book about the beauty and degradation of the coastal wetlands. In 2005, she co–founded the literary and visual arts non-profit Antenna.
Anya Groner’s essays, poems, and stories have appeared in journals including Guernica, The New York Times, The Oxford American, Ninth Letter, and The Atlantic. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Mississippi where she was a John and Renee Grisham Fellow and has since been awarded scholarships and grants from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Barbara Deming Award, Loyola University, and the Louisiana Board of Regents. Before teaching at NOCCA, she taught writing at Xavier University and Loyola University in New Orleans.
Lara Naughton has taught students K-12 as well as adults. As a writer and documentarian, she assists individuals who wish to tell their own stories, and has led writing workshops with people who have faced challenging circumstances including homelessness, HIV/AIDS, wrongful conviction, incarceration, and torture. Her writing has appeared in The Sun, Salon, and on stages across the country. Her one-man documentary stage play, Never Fight a Shark in Water, about the wrongful conviction of Gregory Bright, is currently being performed by Bright himself. Her memoir,The Jaguar Man, will be published by Central Recovery Press in July 2016. She has an MPW in playwriting from the University of Southern California and is a certified Compassion Cultivation Trainer through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine.
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.