Born in Soviet Ukraine in 1948, SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH writes about the Second World War, Chernobyl, and the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Her family moved to Belarus where she became a reporter. Her first nonfiction book, War’s Unwomanly Face, was published in 1985. She’s since published Zinky Boys, Second-Hand Time, Enchanted with Death, and Voices from Chernobyl. She is the first female Russian writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Writing, an award rarely given to nonfiction writers.
TAYLOR ANTRIM is a senior editor at Vogue and the author of the novels Immunity (Regan Arts, 2015) and The Headmaster Ritual (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). His short stories have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Five Chapters, American Short Fiction, and Best American Short Stories.
BEN BLACK teaches at San Francisco State University, where he also completed his MFA. His work has been published in Smokelong Quarterly, New American Writing, Cream City Review, Harpur Palate, and The Los Angeles Review. His stories have been finalists for the Calvino Prize, the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest, and the Fairy Tale Review Award in Prose.
JENNIFER BROOKE has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Bryn Mawr College and has taken graduate writing courses at NYU and at the Stony Brook Southampton. She’s had poetry and essays published by TSR: The Southampton Review, The East Hampton Star, RFD Magazine, The Sun, Hartskill Review, Rubbertop Review, and Mom Egg Review. Her short film, The Bed, debuted at Outfest in Los Angeles and won the silver award at The Brooklyn Film Festival. She and her partner’s 2009 feature film, Out Late, was released by First Run Features and is available on Amazon and Netflix. Their new feature, Legs: a big issue in a small town, premiered in 2016.
KELLY CARMODY has exhibited at the Portrait Society of America and the Art Students League, among other venues. She was selected for the 2015 BP Portrait Award Show at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her work has been published in American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine, Fine Art Today, Studio Visit Magazine, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe, among others. The cover image, “Woman with Rooster,” is a finalist in the The Outwin 2016 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, where it’s currently being shown. Carmody paints and teaches in her Waltham, Massachusetts, studio. You can see more of her work on her website, kellycarmody.com.
CHRISTOPHER CITRO is the author of The Maintenance of the Shimmy--Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015). His recent and upcoming publications include poetry in Best New Poets 2014, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Subtropics, Third Coast, Salamander, The Pinch, Barrow Street, and Verse Daily, and creative nonfiction in Boulevard and Colorado Review. He received his MFA in poetry from Indiana University and lives in Syracuse, New York.
BRIAN CUDZILO is a bookseller on the East End of Long Island, New York.
REBECCA de WINTER is the pseudonym of a former waitress.
GEOFFREY DRUMMOND has been a producer and director of culinary programs for TV (with chefs such as Julia Child, Jacques Pépin, Lidia Bastianich, Martin Yan, and Eric Ripert, among others) since the early 1980s. His shows have received a total of 10 Emmy Awards and more than a dozen James Beard Awards. His production company produced the cult classic My Dinner with Andre, as well as numerous other films and TV projects including Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and the music documentary series Going Home. Currently, he’s a visiting professor and Executive Director of The Food Lab at Stony Brook Southampton, a center for food media, culinary enterprise, education, and innovation.
COLIN FLEMING’s fiction appears in Commentary, VQR, Boulevard, AGNI, and The Cincinnati Review, with additional work in The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, and The Washington Post. He is a regular guest on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and is completing a novel about a reluctant piano prodigy called The Freeze Tag Sessions, in addition to a nonfiction volume, Many Moments More: Essays on the Art of Endurance, a children’s book, Silas Beaverton: The Beaver Who Tried to Dam the Ocean, and a music volume, Same Band You’ve Never Known: An Alternative Musical History of the Beatles.
Spanish painter ALBERTO GÁLVEZ, born in Orihuela in 1963, is a professor of painting at the School of Fine Arts of Valencia, Spain. He received a doctorate from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He has had exhibits at the Nuart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Galleria Siboney in Santander, Spain.
INA GARTEN is best known for her Food Network television show Barefoot Contessa, as well as her series of bestselling cookbooks: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Barefoot in Paris, and Barefoot Contessa at Home, among others. Her most recent collection of recipes, Make it Ahead, was published in 2014. She lives in East Hampton with her husband, Jeffrey.
TOM HOLMES is the editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics and is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The Cave, which won the Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break (thelinebreak.wordpress.com).
BEN JONSON was born on June 11, 1572 in London, England. Jonson is regarded as one of the major dramatists and poets of the 17th century. He wrote the plays Every Man in His Humor, Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fayre: A Comedy. He died in Westminster on August 8, 1637.
SCOTT LATTA’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, The Awl, CityLab, and online at Tin House. He is a graduate of Oregon State’s MFA program for nonfiction and lives in Portland. This piece was written as an homage to Portland essayist Brian Doyle.
ROBERT J. LEVY’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Boulevard, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, North American Review, Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review among others. He has won an NEA Literature Fellowship, fellowships at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and multiple awards from the Poetry Society of America. He has published three full-length books: Whistle Maker (Anhinga Press), In The Century Of Small Gestures (Defined Providence Press), and All These Restless Ghosts (FutureCycle Press), as well as six chapbooks.
RICHARD LINCOLN worked as the Senior Vice President of the Guttmacher Institute for nearly 25 years. He has previously published poems in The Kenyon Review, TSR: The Southampton Review, Furioso, and The Columbia Review. Lincoln attended Columbia, where he edited The Columbia Review and was the recipient of the Philolexian Prize for poetry. Also an artist, his paintings have received numerous awards and appear in various collections, as well as at the Atlantic Gallery in New York City.
LIZ MOORE is the author of the novels The Words of Every Song and Heft. Her next novel, The Unseen World, will be published on July 26, 2016. A winner of the 2014 Rome Prize in Literature, Moore lives in Philadelphia and teaches at Holy Family University.
JESSICA SOFFER is the author of the novel Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Redbook, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She teaches fiction and food writing at Connecticut College and Stony Brook University’s MFA program and lives in Sag Harbor, New York.
IKWO NTEKIM is currently working on a young adult novel about faeries set in the South. She’s a bookseller at Harbor Books in Sag Harbor, New York.
LUCILLE BERRILL PAULSEN is an artist living on the East End of Long Island. She has a degree in advertising and design, has been employed by McCann Erickson in Madrid, Spain, and has studied at Parsons School of Design. She was president of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe art club. She serves on the board of the Allied Artists of America and was a director of the Water Mill Museum. She’s a signature member of the Pastel Society of America and a Fellow Artist of the American Artists Professional League. Her work is in private collections across the country and in Europe, and widely displayed on Long Island and in New York City.
ADREYO SEN is an MFA candidate at Stony Brook Southampton.
GRANT SNIDER is the creator of the online strip, Incidental Comics. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Best American Comics 2013, and the Kansas City Star. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his family.
JESSICA SOFFER is the author of the novel Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple, Redbook, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She teaches fiction and food writing at Connecticut College and Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA program and lives in Amagansett, New York.
BARBARA THOMAS is an artist who works in organic and digital media. She has been a landscape painter on the East End of Long Island since the 1980s. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Forbes, New York Magazine, and others. She attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and earned her MFA degree at Lesley University in Boston. She teaches painting at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York, as well as leading a lecture series in materials and processes for the docent program at the Parrish.
ELLEN WATSON is a professional photographer on the East End of Long Island. Her work has been exhibited at local venues, including restaurants and shops. Her photos are published in the Delicious, Nutritious FoodBook (Sheridan, 2014) and have appeared on greeting cards. She lives in East Hampton, New York.
ALBERT YORK was an American painter whose work has been featured at the Davis Gallery, the Matthew Marks Gallery, and other East Coast locations since his first show in the early ’60s. York began painting in New York City, particularly the flora of Central Park. After his move to the East Hampton in 1963, York began painting the area’s fields and farmhouses. He died in Southampton on October 27, 2009 at the age of 80.
RASHAUN J. ALLEN is an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature candidate on the Manhattan track at Stony Brook, where he is working on Christine’s Dream: A Memoir of Love, Loss & Life. He is the author of two books of poems, A Walk Through Brooklyn and In The Moment. Find more of his work at www.rashaunjallen.com.
GIUSEPPE ARCIMBOLDO (1526–1593) was an Italian artist best known for his portraits of fruit, animals, and other elements from nature. Arcimboldo began his artistic career designing stained glass windows and frescoes for cathedrals in Milan. He worked in a variety of creative fields during his life, including costume design, royal court portraiture, and traditional religious art.
ANDREW BOTSFORD is a visiting professor and communications consultant for the graduate arts program at Stony Brook Southampton. An actor and director with the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue since 1985, he is the co-host of the annual Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival in Sag Harbor, and also offers commentary on summer films at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. For 20 years he was the associate editor of The Southampton Press family of newspapers. Currently, he’s a freelance editor and an editor-at-large for the online visual arts publication HamptonsArtHub.com
ABBY CAPLIN’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Adanna, Big Muddy, The Binnacle, Burningwood Literary Journal, Forge, The Healing Muse, OxMag, The Permanente Journal, Poetica, Pulse-: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, TheScreamOnline, Tiger’s Eye Press, Tikkun, Willow Review, and several anthologies. Her poem “Still Arguing with Old Synagogue” was a finalist for the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award. She is a physician and practices mind--body medicine in San Francisco.
JULIA CHILD was born in Pasadena, California, on August 15, 1912. She graduated from Smith College in 1934. She’s the author of the bestselling cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Child was the award-winning host of several shows, including Cooking With Master Chefs, Baking With Julia, and In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs. She died on August 13, 2004.
BILLY COLLINS’s latest collection is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems (Random House, 2013). A new collection, The Rain in Portugal, is due out in October. He served as New York State Poet (2004-2005) and United States Poet Laureate (2001-2003).
After growing up in Ohio, MATT COLLINS went on to university in St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned his BFA. He started out in advertising, first in St. Louis, and then in Manhattan. He finally moved to Connecticut and started illustrating. He lives there with his wife and son and produces award-winning images for newspapers, magazines, and children’s books.
ANA DANIEL has completed her MFA at Stony Brook Southampton and is special projects editor for TSR. She worked for many years in management consulting and at a major Wall Street firm. After completing doctoral studies at New York University, she taught modern European history at Southampton College for several years. She is chairman emeritus of the Bay Street Theater and an active member of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and Pianofest in the Hamptons board of trustees.
M.F.K. FISHER (1908–1992) was a well-regarded American food writer. Her work appeared in Gourmet, The New Yorker, Vogue, Town and Country, and Today’s Woman. Her first book, Serve It Forth, was published in 1937. In all, Fisher wrote some 27 books, among them Recipes: The Cooking of Provincial France, The Art of Eating, With Bold Knife and Fork, How to Cook a Wolf, and The Story of Wine in California. The Theoretical Foot, written in the late 1930s, came out earlier this year.
MARILEE FOSTER is a farmer who lives in Sagaponack, New York. She writes a weekly column, “Sagg Scene,” for The Southampton Press, and also writes the column “Farm Girl Angst” for Edible East End. Her book, Dirt Under My Nails, is a memoir.
CINDY FRENKEL’s poetry has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Alembic, Poetica Magazine, MER, and Renaissance City. Her prose has been in publications ranging from Vanity Fair to the New York Observer, where she was a columnist. She wrote and edited the magazine DIA and co-authored 100 Essential Books for Jewish Readers. Frenkel’s essay about being a writer-in-residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project is in To Light a Fire. She completed a teacher’s residency at Falling Water. She teaches at Lawrence Technological University and Oakland Community College.
JANE HAMILTON’s novels have won literary prizes, been made into films, and become international bestsellers. Two of them, The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, were selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, O: The Oprah Magazine, Elle, and various anthologies. She’s married to an apple farmer and lives in Wisconsin.
MAJOR JACKSON is the author of four collections of poetry: Roll Deep, Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn. He is the editor of Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. His work has appeared in AGNI, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, The New Yorker, Poetry, Tin House, and other literary publications. He’s a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He is the Richard Dennis University Professor at the University of Vermont and serves as the poetry editor of The Harvard Review.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1927, GALWAY KINNELL was an award-winning poet. He received his BA from Princeton and MA from the University of Rochester. His first book of poems, What a Kingdom It Was, was published in 1960. He won a Pulitzer for his 1982 collection Selected Poems and split the National Book Award for Poetry with Charles Wright. Kinnell was also Poet Laureate for the state of Vermont from 1989 to 1993. He died at his home in Sheffield, Vermont, on October 28, 2014.
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON LAYTIN is a freelance journalist who has written for The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press, Shelter Island Reporter, and Brown Alumni Magazine. A graduate of Brown, her short stories have been published on ducts.org, deadmule.com, and in The East Hampton Star. She has read her work at the East Hampton Library and KGB Bar events in New York City. Her YA novel Come Here, Go Away is available on Kindle, Amazon, and at Guild Hall. She’s married and has a daughter, son, and two stepdaughters, and lives year round in East Hampton, New York.
FRANK McCOURT (1930–2009) was an Irish-American author and teacher. His book, Angela’s Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of his desperately poor childhood in Brooklyn and Limerick, Ireland, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1997. He wrote two other memoirs, ’Tis (1999) and Teacher Man (2005).
SARAH McCOY is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of The Mapmaker’s Children; The Baker’s Daughter, a 2012 Goodreads Choice Award Best Historical Fiction nominee; the novella The Branch of Hazel, in Grand Central; and The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico. Her work has been featured in Real Simple, The Millions, Your Health Monthly, Huffington Post, and other publications. She has taught English writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She calls Virginia home but presently lives with her husband, an Army orthopedic surgeon, and their dog in El Paso.
JILL MOSER is a painter working in Manhattan and on Shelter Island, New York. She has exhibited since the 1980s in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Europe. Her paintings, drawings, and prints can be found in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, National Library of France, and the Yale University Art Museum, among others. Moser has collaborated with poet Charles Bernstein, Brazillian painter Fernando Augusto, architect/designer Marion Cage, and on print editions with Brand X, Burnet Editions, Jungle Press, and Wingate Studio, among others. She has taught at universities including Princeton and Virginia Commonwealth. She is represented by Lennon Weinberg in Manhattan.
KATHY RUTTENBERG is a ceramic sculptor based in Woodstock, New York. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and pursued advanced studies in Morocco and New York. She has been exhibited widely in the United States, Korea, Spain, and France.
GRACE SCHULMAN has been awarded the 2016 Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry. Her latest of seven books of poems is Without a Claim (Mariner). Among other honors for her poetry are a Guggenheim, the Aiken Taylor Award, and four Pushcart Prizes. Editor of The Poems of Marianne Moore (Viking), Schulman is also the former director of the Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, and former poetry editor of The Nation. She is Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College. She is the author of Days of Wonder, a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Award and selected by Library Journal as one of the ten best poetry books of 2002, and of a book of essays, First Loves and Other Adventures (University of Michigan Press).
IRIS SMYLES has published two books of fiction, Iris Has Free Time and the forthcoming Dating Tips for the Unemployed (June 2016). She was a humor columnist for Splice Today, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, BOMB, The New York Times, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Best American Travel Writing 2015, and elsewhere. Founder and editor of the web-museum, Smyles & Fish, she edited and wrote the afterword for the cult book, The Capricious Critic, based on a column she commissioned for that site. She lives in New York and Greece.
JOHN STINZI is a Canadian writer and visual artist. He is the recipient of the Dallas Taylor Memorial Prize (2011), the Hirsch Memorial Scholarship (2013), and the Jody Donahue Poetry Prize (2015). He was recently named a finalist for the William Richey Short Fiction Award (out of Yemassee Magazine) as well as Epiphany Magazine’s 2015 Chapbook Contest for poetry. His poetry, fiction, and book reviews can be found in Lemon Hound, The Malahat Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Matrix Magazine, TSR: The Southampton Review, CV2, The Winnipeg Review, and Geez.
DALY WALKER is a retired surgeon. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary publications including Atlantic Monthly. His short story collection, Surgeon Stories, was published in 2011. His work has been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories and an O’Henry Award, and he was a finalist in The Best American Magazine Writing. He resides in Quechee, Vermont, and Boca Grande, Florida.
KD WILLIAMS is a writer in multiple genres from Southeast Michigan. Her short fiction received a 2011 Undergraduate Hopwood Award and the 2013 Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize. She is expected to receive her MFA in the coming year. Currently she’s working on a thesis of short stories.