Shane McCrae (pictured) is the author of six books of poetry: The Gilded Auction Block (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award; Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014); Blood (Noemi Press, 2013); and Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City.
Jerome Ellison Murphy earned his MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where he currently serves as Undergraduate Programs Manager. His critical writing has appeared in LA Review of Books, Publishers Weekly, Poets & Writers, The Adroit Journal, The Brooklyn Rail, Lambda Literary, and American Poets. His poetry appears at LitHub, Narrative Magazine, The Awl, Bellevue Literary Review, Spunk Arts Journal, Pleiades, and was also recorded for NPR as part of the Emotive Fruition poetry performance series. He is a board member of Emotive Fruition, and has also served on the board of Lambda Literary Foundation, the world's foremost non-profit supporting LGBTQ literature.
Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (Graywolf Press, 2016), which won the William Carlos Williams Award, was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her previous poetry collections are Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press, 2003). She has been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress, as well as residencies at Civitella Ranieri, the Rockefeller Foundation – Bellagio, Yaddo and MacDowell. A former lawyer and the daughter of Korean immigrants, she currently teaches at Princeton University and in the Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence MFA programs.
Hosted by Meghan O’Rourke, the author of the poetry collections Sun in Days (2017), Once (2011), and Halflife (2007), as well as the memoir The Long Goodbye (2011). She has served as the editor of The New Yorker, culture editor and literary critic for Slate as well as poetry editor for The Paris Review. Her essays, criticism, and poems have appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Nation, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry. Sun in Days was a finalist for the Patterson Poetry Prize and a New York Times Best Poetry Book of the year; Halflife was a finalist for both the Patterson Poetry Prize and Britain’s Forward First Book Prize. She was awarded the inaugural May Sarton Poetry Prize, the Union League Prize for Poetry from the Poetry Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, and a Front Page Award for her cultural criticism. A graduate of Yale University, she has taught at Princeton, The New School, and New York University. She is currently working on a book about poorly understood chronic illness and serving as the editor of The Yale Review.