Tameka Cage Conley, PhD is a literary artist who writes fiction, poetry, plays and essays. She received a doctoral degree in English in 2006 from Louisiana State University, where she was a recipient of the Huel Perkins Doctoral Fellowship. Her dissertation, Painful Discourses: Borders, Regions, and Representations of Female Circumcision from Africa to America, was awarded the annual Lewis Simpson Distinguished Dissertation Award. In 2010, she received the August Wilson Center Fellowship in literary arts. Her first play, Testimony, was produced at the Center in May 2011. An excerpt of the play is published in the anthology 24 Gun Control Plays and has been performed in Los Angeles and the Darlinghurst Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia. Her poems are published in Callaloo, The Portable Boog Reader, African American Review, Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature, Driftless Review, the Barrelhouse blog as part of a poetic tribute to Prince Rogers Nelson, and a special online feature of the Southeast Review in response to the Ferguson protests that spread across the nation. An excerpt of her novel-in-progress, This Far, By Grace, is also published in Huizache and on the magazine’s website. She has received writing fellowships from the Cave Canem Poetry Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and Workshops. In October 2013, she received the Eben Demarest Trust grant, awarded annually to an artist or archaeologist. Past recipients of the Demarest include painter James Pollock (1945) and choreographer Kyle Abraham (2012.) Her poem “Losing” was chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book as one of four featured poems for the Public Poetry Project in 2015. She is a two-time recipient of the Advancing the Black Arts Grant, most recently to support the completion of This Far, By Grace. In Fall 2016, she will enter the Iowa Writers Workshop with a fellowship in fiction.
Dan Malakoff teaches essay writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his MFA. He’s also worked in various writing and environmental programs for high school students. His fiction most recently appeared in the journal River Styx, and he has a detective novella out as an ebook from Comet Press.
Tyler McAndrew lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He works as an adjunct instructor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned his MFA in fiction. His writes short stories and essays, which can be found in Gulf Coast, Salt Hill, Redivider, and others.
Anna Barry is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of South Carolina. She writes creative nonfiction and has been published as a poet as well. She teaches in the First-Year English program at the University of South Carolina and has spent years teaching English in the Pittsburgh public school system. A native from Pittsburgh, she writes Rust Belt narratives about her family that weave history, memoir, and poetry.