Samiya Bashir’s most recent book of poems, Gospel, was a finalist for both the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and along with her first collection, Where the Apple Falls, the Lambda Literary Award. Previously an editor with Ms. Magazine and Black Issues Book Review, she co-edited Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. Samiya holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood Poetry Awards. She is also the recipient of the Aquarius Press Legacy Award, the Astraea Writers Award, and fellowships from Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, among others. An Ann Arbor, Michigan, native, Samiya has a magic cat who shares her love of trees.
Visiting assistant Professor of Creative Writing, 2011-12, Fall 2015, Spring 2016
Jae Choi received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow and a postgraduate Alberta Metcalf Kelly Fellow. Her poems have been published in Ploughshares, Tin House, The Iowa Review, Weekday, and Poor Claudia; the chapbook Woman Carrying Thing was published last year by Song Cave. She has been the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship and residencies from Caldera and Ucross Foundation. She divides her time, discriminately, along the West Coast.
Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. His most recent novel is The Shelter Cycle, which concerns the end of the world in Montana in 1990. He is also the author of the novels My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves and This Is the Place, and a story collection, The Unsettling. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He has taught fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Deep Springs College, and in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and an Alex Award, among others, he currently resides in Portland, Oregon, with his increasingly fierce daughters. Rock’s YA novel Klickitat will be published in 2016 and his novel-within-photographs, Spells, will be shown at Blue Sky Gallery in 2015 and published as a book sometime in the future.