Steven Woodward is an associate editor at Graywolf Press, where he’s worked with writers like Susan Steinberg, Ben Stroud, Justin Hocking, and Craig Davidson. He teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, and is editor and co-founder of Menagerie, an online magazine that focuses on hybrid forms. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, and his own writing has been recognized with a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and with Hopwood Awards in both fiction and nonfiction. He has spoken about publishing and independent presses at a number of conferences and venues, including AWP, the Loft Literary Center, the Flathead River Writers’ Conference, the University of Minnesota, and Writers at Work. He lives in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky is assistant editor at Tin House magazine. Her writing has appeared in Bookforum, Web Conjuctions, The Story Collider, The Open Bar, and Hunger Mountain. She has also worked in literary agenting and book publishing. She teaches writing at The New School and lives in New York City. Her only known natural enemy is the velociraptor.
Find her on twitter at @skunkorama.
Prior to completing her MFA in creative writing from Naropa University, Rachel Weaver worked for the Forest Service in Alaska studying songbirds, raptors, and black bears. Rachel’s work was chosen to represent Naropa University in 2006, 2007, and 2008 in the Harcourt Brace Best New Voices in American Fiction contest. In 2006, she was awarded the Katie O’Brien Scholarship for Fiction and in 2009, Rachel was awarded honorary mention in the New Millennium Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Blue Mesa Review, Alaska Women Speak and Fly Fishing New England. Her first novel, Point of Direction, was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as one of the top ten debut novels of Spring 2014. Point of Direction, was also listed in “10 Titles to Pick Up Now” in the May issue of Oprah Magazine.
Michael McLane is an editor for Sugar House Review as well as saltfront: studies in human habit(at), both of which are independent journals based out of Salt Lake City. His own poems, nonfiction, and reviews appear in Denver Quarterly, Western Humanities Review, Colorado Review, Coldfront, Laurel Review and Sidebrow, among others. He has worked for, or served on the boards of, reading series, conferences, and literary non-profits throughout Utah, Idaho and Colorado. He currently lives in Salt Lake where he works for the Utah Humanities Council as the director of the Utah Humanities Book Festival and the Utah Center for the Book.
Ben Behunin is a potter, a self-published writer, and entrepreneurial free spirit who does most of his work in his own backyard studio, which he built himself. He studied pottery in Tiengen, Germany, with Irene Adeler. Behunin’s book, Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp, is a series of tales within a tale that explore the complexities of human nature, our need to connect, and the yearning we all have for love, hope, truth, purpose and joy. The book comes with a free self-propelled movie entitled, “The Little Potter Makes A Bowl.”
Ben will be doing a special one-hour workshop on self-publishing that will be available to all conference attendees.