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Bob Bledsoe is currently Director of the Indiana University Writers’ Conference. He's a 2005 graduate of the Indiana University Creative Writing MFA Program, where he now also serves as a Senior Lecturer, and has won the Trustee Teaching Award. He has been awarded a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony and his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Potomac Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Exit 7, Ms. Magazine, and The Habit of Art: Best Stories from the Indiana University Fiction Workshop (IU Press, 2005).

Catherine Bowman is the author of the poetry collections The Plath Cabinet, Notarikon, Rock Farm and 1-800-HOT-RIBS, which was reissued in 2000 by Carnegie-Mellon University Press as part of its contemporary classics series. Her writing has been awarded the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Poetry, the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and four Yaddo Fellowships. She was the recipient of a faculty teaching award and the IU President's Arts and Humanities Award. Her poems have appeared in six editions of BEST AMERICAN POETRY as well as many other literary magazines and journals, including The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, River Styx, The Los Angeles Times, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Sycamore Review, Open City and Conjunctions. Her work has also been published in several anthologies. She teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is the editor of WORD OF MOUTH: POEMS FEATURED ON NPR'S "ALL THINGS CONSIDERED", an anthology of poems by poets she has reviewed and featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Stacey Lynn Brown is a poet, playwright, and essayist. Her first play, CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE, was produced in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1992. Her first poetry collection, a book-length poem entitled CRADLE SONG, grapples with issues of race, family, and cultural identity against the backdrop of the poet's childhood in the South. She is also the co-editor, with Oliver de la Paz, of A FACE TO MEET THE FACES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY PERSONA POETRY, a text that has been widely adopted in creative writing classes and curricula across the country. Her recently completed second collection, THE SHALLOWS, considers illness and its aftermath--specifically a massive stroke and the ways in which the broken body moves through the world without language. Poems from THE SHALLOWS have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Copper Nickel, Southern Indiana Review, The Rumpus, and Southern Humanities Review, and an elegy for the poet Jake Adam York, "Undersong," was made into a short film by Matt Smithson for Motionpoems. Her work also appears in numerous anthologies. Brown is currently working on a third poetry collection, SHROUD LINES, a collection of nonfiction essays entitled THE SLOWEST SUICIDE, and a new play.

Ross Gay, Director of Creative Writing, is the author of CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE and BRINGING THE SHOVEL DOWN. His poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals, in addition to being widely anthologized. Ross is an editor for the chapbook press Q Avenue, and has happily shepherded many beautiful poets' work into print. His Artists' Books, in collaboration with Kimberly Thomas, are The Halo, BRN2HNT, and The Bullet. Ross is very involved in the Bloomington community as a board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard in addition to his work with some of the other wonderful projects here in town. In April 2016, Gay was awarded the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Award for CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE.

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. His first collection of poems, THE DEVIL'S GARDEN, won the 2002 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, MIXOLOGY, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was subsequently nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The Big Smoke was also finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He is a winner of the Julia Peterkin Award, recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lannan Foundation. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Gulf Coast, Poetry, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals and anthologies. Matejka is currently working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.

Samrat Upadhyay, the first Nepali-born fiction writer writing in English to be published in the West, is the author of three novels (THE GURU OF LOVE, BUDDHA’S ORPHANS, and THE CITY SON) and 2 short story collections (ARRESTING GOD IN KATHMANDU and THE ROYAL GHOSTS). HE was also the co-editor of the anthology SECRET PLACES: NEW WRITING FROM NEPAL, published in Winter 2001 as a special issue of Manoa magazine. Over the course of his career, Upadhyay has been the recipient of a number of awards, including a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Asian American Literary Award, and the Society of Midland Authors Book Award. ROYAL GHOSTS was on The Washington Post’s Best of Fiction 2006 list, THE GURU OF LOVE was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2003 and a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2003, and ARRESTING GOD IN KATHMANDU was chosen for the 2001 Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers Program. Upadhyay’s stories have been read live on National Public Radio and published widely in various publications and anthologies.