Maija Rhee Devine, a Korean-born writer and survivor of the Korean War, whose fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, North American Review, The Kenyon Review, and anthologies, holds a BA in English from Sogang University in Seoul and an MA in English from St. Louis University. Writing honors include an NEA grant, finalist in William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition and Emily Dickinson Poetry Award, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award.
Michelle Boisseau was awarded a 2010 NEA fellowship. Her fourth book of poems, A Sunday in God-Years, was published in 2009 by University of Arkansas Press which also published her third, Trembling Air, a PEN USA finalist, 2003. Her textbook, Writing Poems (Longman), is in its 8th edition. She is professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.