Contributors

Daniel Borzutzky   Daniel Borzutzky   is a poet and translator, and the author of  Lake Michigan  and  e Performance of Becoming Human , winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. His other books include  In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy ,  Memories of My Overdevelopment , and  e Book of Interfering Bodies . His translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s  Valdivia  won ALTA’s 2017 National Translation Award for Poetry. Other translations include Raúl Zurita’s  e Country of Planks and Song for His Disappeared Love ; and Jaime Luis Huenun’s  Port Trakl . He lives in Chicago. His favorite lizards are Gila monsters.

Daniel Borzutzky

Daniel Borzutzky is a poet and translator, and the author of Lake Michigan and e Performance of Becoming Human, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. His other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, Memories of My Overdevelopment, and e Book of Interfering Bodies. His translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia won ALTA’s 2017 National Translation Award for Poetry. Other translations include Raúl Zurita’s e Country of Planks and Song for His Disappeared Love; and Jaime Luis Huenun’s Port Trakl. He lives in Chicago. His favorite lizards are Gila monsters.

Meghan Daum   Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recent-ly the collection of original essays  e Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion , which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative non ction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller  Sel sh, Shallow    & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids . Her other books include the essay collection  My Misspent Youth , the novel  e Quality of Life Report , and  Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In at House , a memoir. Meghan was an opinion columnist at e Los Angeles Times for more than a decade and now writes the EGOS column, about new memoirs, in e New York Times Book Review. She has also written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, and Vogue. Meghan is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is on the adjunct faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. In 2017 she was the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor in the University of Iowa’s Graduate Nonfiction Writing Program. As for her favorite lizard, Daum tells us: “My favorite kind of lizard is the giant prehistoric lizard the Megalania, which my parents named me after (not really.)"

Meghan Daum

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recent-ly the collection of original essays e Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative non ction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Sel sh, Shallow& Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel e Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In at House, a memoir. Meghan was an opinion columnist at e Los Angeles Times for more than a decade and now writes the EGOS column, about new memoirs, in e New York Times Book Review. She has also written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, and Vogue. Meghan is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is on the adjunct faculty in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. In 2017 she was the Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor in the University of Iowa’s Graduate Nonfiction Writing Program. As for her favorite lizard, Daum tells us: “My favorite kind of lizard is the giant prehistoric lizard the Megalania, which my parents named me after (not really.)"

Janet DeSaulniers’    Janet DeSaulniers’ ction has appeared in e New Yorker, TriQuarterly, e North American Review, and Plough- shares, among other publications, and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Emerging Fiction Writer of Illinois award, four fellowships and three nalist awards from the Illinois Arts Council, along with prizes from Glimmer Train and Ploughshares magazines, citation among the 100 Distinguished Stories of the year by the Best American Short Stories, and inclusion in the Push- cart Prize anthology. Her collection of stories,  What You’ve Been Missing , won the 2004 John Simmons Award. She has taught writing for over 30 years: to prisoners, the elderly, literary and literacy groups, to Chicago schoolchildren and teachers, and to graduate and undergraduate students atthe University of Missouri, Northwestern University, and Carthage College. She’s currently a Professor in the Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the inaugural chair. The excerpts in this issue are from  Between, A Collaboration of Living and Dead . As for Janet’s favorite lizard, she tells us: “I choose the no-necked skink, legs so tiny some don’t bother growing any & even those that do still know how to locomote on ribs alone. Plus that breakaway tail. Who wouldn’t want one of those?”

Janet DeSaulniers’

Janet DeSaulniers’ ction has appeared in e New Yorker, TriQuarterly, e North American Review, and Plough- shares, among other publications, and has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, an Emerging Fiction Writer of Illinois award, four fellowships and three nalist awards from the Illinois Arts Council, along with prizes from Glimmer Train and Ploughshares magazines, citation among the 100 Distinguished Stories of the year by the Best American Short Stories, and inclusion in the Push- cart Prize anthology. Her collection of stories, What You’ve Been Missing, won the 2004 John Simmons Award. She has taught writing for over 30 years: to prisoners, the elderly, literary and literacy groups, to Chicago schoolchildren and teachers, and to graduate and undergraduate students atthe University of Missouri, Northwestern University, and Carthage College. She’s currently a Professor in the Writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was the inaugural chair. The excerpts in this issue are from Between, A Collaboration of Living and Dead. As for Janet’s favorite lizard, she tells us: “I choose the no-necked skink, legs so tiny some don’t bother growing any & even those that do still know how to locomote on ribs alone. Plus that breakaway tail. Who wouldn’t want one of those?”

 
Elizabeth Eslami   Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the story collection,  Hi- bernate , for which she was awarded the Ohio State Univer- sity Prize in Short Fiction, and the novel  Bone Worship . Her essays, short stories, and travel writing have appeared most recently in e Sun and Witness, and her work is featured in the anthologies  Tremors: New Fiction By Iranian Amer- ican Writers ,  e Weeklings: Revolution 1,  and  Writing O Script: Writers on the In uence of Cinema . She is currently the Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at DePauw University. As for her favorite lizard, Eslami tells us: “Though I am partial to little blue-tailed, ve-lined skinks that we have here in Indiana, my heart belongs to the Cadillac of lizards, the Komodo dragon. Hard to beat poisonous drool, right?”

Elizabeth Eslami

Elizabeth Eslami is the author of the story collection, Hi- bernate, for which she was awarded the Ohio State Univer- sity Prize in Short Fiction, and the novel Bone Worship. Her essays, short stories, and travel writing have appeared most recently in e Sun and Witness, and her work is featured in the anthologies Tremors: New Fiction By Iranian Amer- ican Writers, e Weeklings: Revolution 1, and Writing O Script: Writers on the In uence of Cinema. She is currently the Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at DePauw University. As for her favorite lizard, Eslami tells us: “Though I am partial to little blue-tailed, ve-lined skinks that we have here in Indiana, my heart belongs to the Cadillac of lizards, the Komodo dragon. Hard to beat poisonous drool, right?”

Alan Felsenthal   Alan Felsenthal   runs a small press called e Song Cave. With Ben Estes, he edited  A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton . His writing has appeared in BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and Harper’s.  Lowly , published by Ugly Duckling Presse, is his first collection of poems. His favorite lizard is the moody, color-shifting bearded dragon.

Alan Felsenthal

Alan Felsenthal runs a small press called e Song Cave. With Ben Estes, he edited A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton. His writing has appeared in BOMB, Brooklyn Rail, Critical Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, and Harper’s. Lowly, published by Ugly Duckling Presse, is his first collection of poems. His favorite lizard is the moody, color-shifting bearded dragon.

Michael N. McGregor    Michael N. McGregor spent a decade leading tours in Europe, including yearly trips through Greece. He is the author of  Pure Act: e Uncommon Life of Robert Lax , a bi- ography of an American poet who lived his last years in the Greek islands. e recipient of several writing awards, in- cluding the Daniel Curley Award for Short Fiction, McGre- gor has published stories and essays in StoryQuarterly, Poet- ry, e Seattle Review, South Dakota Review, Crab Orchard Review, Image, Weber: e Contemporary West, Carve, e Raven Chronicles, and many other journals. Favorite lizard: the pink-and-blue agama of the Serengeti, which makes an appearance in his next book, a memoir.

Michael N. McGregor

Michael N. McGregor spent a decade leading tours in Europe, including yearly trips through Greece. He is the author of Pure Act: e Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, a bi- ography of an American poet who lived his last years in the Greek islands. e recipient of several writing awards, in- cluding the Daniel Curley Award for Short Fiction, McGre- gor has published stories and essays in StoryQuarterly, Poet- ry, e Seattle Review, South Dakota Review, Crab Orchard Review, Image, Weber: e Contemporary West, Carve, e Raven Chronicles, and many other journals. Favorite lizard: the pink-and-blue agama of the Serengeti, which makes an appearance in his next book, a memoir.

Kevin Pilkington   Kevin Pilkington   is on the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. His latest collection  Where You Want To Be: New and Selected Poems  was a 2017 IPPY Award Winner.  His favorite lizard is Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors who was known as the Lizard King. But also, let›s face it there is nothing as cool as an iguana.

Kevin Pilkington

Kevin Pilkington is on the writing faculty at Sarah Lawrence College. His latest collection Where You Want To Be: New and Selected Poems was a 2017 IPPY Award Winner.

His favorite lizard is Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors who was known as the Lizard King. But also, let›s face it there is nothing as cool as an iguana.

Jeffrey Rotter   Jeffrey Rotter   is the author of two novels,  e Un-  known Knowns  (Scribner) and T he Only Words at Are Worth Remembering  (Metropolitan/Holt), among other works of ction and non ction. His favorite lizard was a broadheaded skink he tried to catch in the Congaree Swamp at the age of 11 or 12. Its tail snapped o —skinks can do this—and he watched it writhe, dismembered, through the black water.

Jeffrey Rotter

Jeffrey Rotter is the author of two novels, e Un-known Knowns (Scribner) and The Only Words at Are Worth Remembering (Metropolitan/Holt), among other works of ction and non ction. His favorite lizard was a broadheaded skink he tried to catch in the Congaree Swamp at the age of 11 or 12. Its tail snapped o —skinks can do this—and he watched it writhe, dismembered, through the black water.

Aria Beth Sloss   Aria Beth Sloss   is the author of  Autobiography of Us,  a novel. A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writ- ers’ Workshop, she is a recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Arts Foundation, the Yaddo Corporation, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her short ction has appearedin Glimmer Train, the Harvard Review, FiveChapters, One Story, and Best American Short Stories 2016. She lives in New York City. As for her favorite lizard, Sloss tells us: "I'd have to say these tiny red newts that pepper the trails in Beartown Forest, right across from my husband's family's dairy farm in Great Barrington. I walked there for hours with both kids when they were babies, and most of my foggy post-partum memories are punctuated by those little bright bodies scattered along the road."

Aria Beth Sloss

Aria Beth Sloss is the author of Autobiography of Us, a novel. A graduate of Yale University and the Iowa Writ- ers’ Workshop, she is a recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Arts Foundation, the Yaddo Corporation, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her short ction has appearedin Glimmer Train, the Harvard Review, FiveChapters, One Story, and Best American Short Stories 2016. She lives in New York City. As for her favorite lizard, Sloss tells us: "I'd have to say these tiny red newts that pepper the trails in Beartown Forest, right across from my husband's family's dairy farm in Great Barrington. I walked there for hours with both kids when they were babies, and most of my foggy post-partum memories are punctuated by those little bright bodies scattered along the road."

Margo Taft Stever   Margo Taft Stever’s book  Cracked Piano  will be published by CavanKerry Press in 2019. Her four poetry collections are  Reading the Night Sky ,  Frozen Spring ,  e Hud-  son Line , and  e Lunatic Ball . She is the founder of e Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. Her favorite lizard is the African Rainbow lizard, introduced in the United States a er inadvertent release from the pet trade; this lizard is a selective sit-and-wait predator that consumes only certain insects, then peacefully retreats to its burrow.    
  
  
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

Margo Taft Stever

Margo Taft Stever’s book Cracked Piano will be published by CavanKerry Press in 2019. Her four poetry collections are Reading the Night Sky, Frozen Spring, e Hud-son Line, and e Lunatic Ball. She is the founder of e Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press. Her favorite lizard is the African Rainbow lizard, introduced in the United States a er inadvertent release from the pet trade; this lizard is a selective sit-and-wait predator that consumes only certain insects, then peacefully retreats to its burrow.

Hannah Tennant-Moore   Hannah Tennant-Moore   is the author of the novel  Wreck and Order , and an adjunct professor in Manhattanville’s MFA program. Her work appears in the New York Times, Salon, e New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. As for her favorite lizard, Tennant-Moore tells us: “I am sad to say that I have not yet had a lizard encounter that le any lasting impression on me; I did make friends with salamanders as a child, but the internet tells me they are not lizards.”

Hannah Tennant-Moore

Hannah Tennant-Moore is the author of the novel Wreck and Order, and an adjunct professor in Manhattanville’s MFA program. Her work appears in the New York Times, Salon, e New Republic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. As for her favorite lizard, Tennant-Moore tells us: “I am sad to say that I have not yet had a lizard encounter that le any lasting impression on me; I did make friends with salamanders as a child, but the internet tells me they are not lizards.”

Melissa Tuckey    Melissa Tuckey is author of  Tenuous Chapel , a book of poems selected by Charles Simic for ABZ First Book Prize. She’s editor of the groundbreaking book,  Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology , a collection of poems at the intersection of social justice, culture, and the environment from University of Georgia Press. She’s a co-founder of Split is Rock, the national poetry organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness and her favorite lizard would have to be the satanic leaf-tailed gecko.

Melissa Tuckey

Melissa Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems selected by Charles Simic for ABZ First Book Prize. She’s editor of the groundbreaking book, Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, a collection of poems at the intersection of social justice, culture, and the environment from University of Georgia Press. She’s a co-founder of Split is Rock, the national poetry organization dedicated to poetry of provocation and witness and her favorite lizard would have to be the satanic leaf-tailed gecko.