TERRY BALDWIN is originally from California, where she received a BA in Psychology and a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Sierra Nevada College. She loves to travel for inspiration, and to return to record her impressions in a variety of media. She has worked as a stained glass artisan, paper artist, painter, printmaker, jewelry maker, and calligrapher. She moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2006 from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is currently writing a memoir about her travels in Mexico with her father and son in the last years of her father’s life, titled “Fly Boy.”
ERIC BASSO was born in Baltimore in 1947. His work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Central Park, Fiction International, Exquisite Corpse, and many other publications. His novel, Bartholomew Fair, is available from Asylum Arts. He is the author of twenty-one plays. His critically-acclaimed drama trilogy, The Golem Triptych; the complete short plays, Enigmas; his play, The Sabattier Effect; a book of short fiction, The Beak Doctor; as well as six collections of poetry, are available from Asylum Arts. Basso’s seventh collection of poems, Earthworks, was published by Six Gallery Press in 2008. His novella, “The Beak Doctor,” was recently listed in The Huffington Post as one of the thirteen weirdest stories of the 20th century.
CHRISTOPHER COOK is the author of the award-winning fiction books, Robbers and Screen Door Jesus & Other Stories. His other releases include the novellas, Cloven Tongues of Fire and Storm, the story collection, Tiger Ridge—Three Stories, and the short story, “The Pickpocket.” All are available in e-book editions. Christopher’s books also are available in foreign editions, and his stories have been included in many anthologies, including Houghton Mifflin’s The Best American Mystery Stories 2003. His memoir essay, “Full Moon Over Bohemia,” set in the Czech Republic, was selected for The Best Travel Writing 2006 anthology from Travelers’ Tales. A native of the U.S., since 1994 Christopher has lived in France, the Czech Republic, and Mexico. His wife is the Czech artist and poet Katerina Pinosova. His website is www.christopher-cook.com
SAM HAMILL, Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press, has published more than forty volumes of poetry, essays, and translations from Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Latin and Estonian. His recent books include Avocations: Essays on Poetry and Poets; Almost Paradise: Selected Poems and Translations; Measured by Stone (poems). In 2003, declining an invitation to the Bush White House, he founded Poets Against the War, compiling the largest single-theme anthology in all of history, 30,000 poems by 26,000 poets. He divides his time between his home in Anacortes, Washington, and Latin America.
EVA HUNTER is an award winning writer who has specialized in short literary nonfiction genre in publications such as Northwest Magazine, The Oregonian, The New York Times, and many more. Her book, The Lord of the Dolls: Voyage in Xochimilco, a literary nonfiction/fine arts photography collaboration with artist Jo Brenzo was a finalist in Best of Small Presses Editors’ Awards in 2006. It has since become a rare book. In 2012, The Lord of the Dolls was accepted in the prestigious Benson Collection at The Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas Libraries, Austin, for the quality of its narrative.Hunter is the Executive Editor of the on-line and hard copy literary magazine SOL: English Writing in Mexico, whose profits provide scholarships for at-risk youth in central Mexico through International PEN. A Little Mormon Girl, due out in early 2013, is the story of growing up in a mainstream Mormon household in the 1950s and ’60s.
KAYLIE JONES is the author of five novels, including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, which was made into a Merchant-Ivory film, and the memoir Lies My Mother Never Told Me. She teaches in the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook – Southampton, and in the Wilkes University low-residency MFA program in professional writing.
DEBORAH KENT STEIN: After two years in San Miguel writers’ workshops, Deborah Kent published her first young-adult novel, Belonging, in 1978. The novel launched her on a thirty-year career as a writer of fiction and nonfiction for young readers. Now she is exploring other forms of writing, particularly the personal essay. Her most recent book is Enchantment of the World: Mexico, published by Scholastic in 2012.
JIM KNOCH has lived in San Miguel for three years with his wife, Wendy Weber. His hometowns are Kansas City, Missouri and Boulder County, Colorado. He is currently writing a historical fiction novel, Henry Wilkins. He has been a member of the Writers’ Conference Executive Committee for two years and is co-chair of the Writers’ Conference bookstore. He has a BS in Journalism/Speech from Baker University in Kansas and an MS in Mass Communications from San Diego State University as well as a forty year career in the antique business in Colorado.
DONNA KUHN is the author of nine poetry books and chapbooks. She has published over 400 poems plus visual, sound text, and video poetry in national and international journals both in print and online. In addition to being an author and poet she is an exhibiting visual artist and dancer. Her blog can be seen at: http://digitalaardvarks.blogspot.com. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.
SUVI MAHONEN and LUKE WALDRIP are a husband and wife team. Suvi holds a Master’s degree in Writing and Literature from Deakin University and has published many short stories in various literary magazines and online in Australia, the U.K. (including on East of the Web) and the United States, and has worked as a journalist in Australia and Canada. Luke is an ob-gyn who enjoys writing, travel and photography in what little spare time he has. Together they recently published a featured short story in Ars Medica, a literary journal that explores the interface between the arts and medicine.
KATE MCCORKLE, originally from California, has lived in San Miguel for four years. She writes in the short-short story form, works of 1200 words or less. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, The Indiana Review, and Flash Fiction among others.
KATE MOHLER earned her M.F.A. from Arizona State University in 1994. Her short story “Tasting the Salt” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Tampa Review in 1992, and her short work, “Jesus Loves Me”, appeared in What If: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers in 1995. Since then, Mohler has written many stories and essays that have appeared in Lake Country Journal and online at Praxis, Indie Ink, and MinnPost Blog Cabin. Her most recent publications include the short story “How to Remain Single and Childless” in Quiddity, and the short prose piece “Adoro A Mi Madre” in SOL: English Writing in Mexico. Mohler also writes a blog called Hotdishing, and teaches English at Mesa Community College.
SHEILA E. MURPHY has had a recent book published with Lewis LaCook, titled Beyond the Bother of Sunlight (BlazeBox, 2011). This spring, two of her publications will appear: a collection of American Ghazals from Otoliths Press (Qld, Australia) and the second volume of her continued collaboration, Continuations (with Douglas Barbour), from the University of Alberta Press. The initial volume appeared from the Press in 2006. Murphy lives in Phoenix, and would like to devote more of her day to learning Spanish.
JOHN ORE has been a store manager, fruit picker, flower grower, hot hub man, freelance writer/editor, V.P. of a high-tech r&d company, bail jumper and unemployed traveler. Twice story-of-the-year award winner in university literary magazines, he has a story in the current issue of Flywheel Magazine and a poem in the current issue of The Prose-Poem Project. He now lives with his wife in Pittsburgh and writes full time.
TOMAž ŠALAMUN lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He taught Spring semester 2011 at Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas. His recent books translated into English are Woods and Chalices, Poker, There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair and The Blue Tower . His On the Tracks of Wild Game is due in Spring 2012 by Ugly Duckling Press.
LYNDA SCHOR is the author of 4 books of short fiction. Her latest, Seduction, is published by Spuyten Duyvil Press. She has had stories and articles published in Ms., Mademoiselle, GQ, Redbook, as well as many literary magazines. She has taught fiction writing at The New School for 26 years. She now lives in San Miguel de Allende with her husband, the poet Halvard Johnson.
DIANE STEVENS has published short stories, essays, poetry and novels. She is from California and now lives in San Miguel.
MICHAEL THOMAS TAREN, Tomaž Šalamun’s translator, is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His poems appeared in Colorado Review, Poetikon, SUPERMACHINE, I.D.I.O.T and Fence.. His chapbook 08 September 2009 was published by Factory Hollow Press, Amherst, MA. His translations of Šalamun were published by Public Space, Poetry Review (UK), Fence, Jubilat, LIT, Poetry London, and elsewhere. His book Puberty was 2009 finalist for The Fence Poetry Series. His book Motherhood was 2010 finalist for The Fence Poetry Series. He spent 9 months (2010 – 2011) in Slovenia on Fulbright.