The author of five nonfiction books, including Train. He is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling book An Ordinary Man, and his book Uranium won the 2011 Science Writing Award from The American Institute of Physics. Tom has worked as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Arizona Republic, and as a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine. He is now an associate professor of English at Chapman University and the politics editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. Tom is a founding member of the journalism collective Deca, and a teacher in the OpEd Project. Tom has received residencies from the Mesa Refuge, The Millay Colony for the Arts, the Corporation at Yaddo, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. He lives in Los Angeles. www.tomzoellner.com
The author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017), the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014), and the poetry chapbooks Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), and Saint: A Post-Dystopian Hagiography (dancing girl press, forthcoming). She recently served as the Artist-in-Residence at Boise Library! at Bown Crossing, where she completed an illustrated fairy-tale-in-verse called Current. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Western Michigan University, where she studied graphic novels, and she now teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho. Her website is www.catherinebaileykyle.com.
She earned her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. She has work appearing in Thin Air Magazine, Guernica, The Collagist, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Fugue, The Moth, among others. She is a writer, instructor, and managing director of a nonprofit, Big Tree Arts in Boise.
Tara Brenner’s trademark ability to combine pathos, satire, sincerity, and moxie has been featured at venues from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Tara has competed at various National Poetry Slams, Individual World Poetry Slams, Women of the World Poetry Slams, and has featured on more than one finals stage. Tara is a slam organizer in Boise, Idaho and professional counselor focusing on domestic violence intervention and social justice issues. When she’s not traveling she can probably be found hosting a local slam or in an aquarium.
Idaho Writer In Residence, Christian Winn is a fiction writer, poet, journalist, and teacher of creative writing. His fiction has appeared in McSweeney’s, Ploughshares , TriQuarterly, Phoebe,The Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Greensboro Review, Chattahoochee Review, Gulf Coast, Bat City Review, Every Day Fiction, The Pinch, Santa Monica Review, Handful of Dust, The Strip, Revolver and elsewhere. His collection of short stories, NAKED ME, is recently out from Dock Street Press who will be publishing his new collection, WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU IS WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME, March 2017. He has written for The Boise Weekly, Thrive, The Idaho Statesman, and Idaho Magazine. He is the founder of the Writers Write fiction workshop series, founder and producer of Storyfort, and curator of Modern Campfire Stories. He teaches fiction writing at Boise State University, and through Idaho’s largest literary nonprofit The Cabin.