Allison Backous teaches at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is the creative writing editor for The Other Journal. She graduated from the Seattle Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in 2009.
Richard Chess is the author of three books of poetry, Tekiah, Chair in the Desert, and Third Temple. Poems of his have appeared in Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years of IMAGE, and Best Spiritual Writing 2005. He is the Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He is also the director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Jewish Studies.
Lindsey Crittenden is the author of The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to Pray and The View from Below: Stories. Her essays, short fiction, and articles have appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Image, Bellingham Review, The Best American Spiritual Writing, and other publications. She lives in San Francisco, where she teaches writing at UC Berkeley Extension. www.lindseycrittenden.com.
Mississippi native, recent Episcopalian, and sometimes Bostonian, Kelly Foster teaches Mythology and American Literature at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Ridgeland, Mississippi. In 2007, she graduated from Seattle Pacific's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
David Griffith is the author of A Good War is Hard to Find: The Art of Violence in America (Soft Skull). He teaches creative writing at Sweet Briar College in Virginia where he lives with his wife (and Good Letters contributor) Jessica Mesman Griffith and children, Charlotte and Alexander. His essays and reviews have appeared in Image, Utne Reader, The Normal School and online at killingthebuddha.com. He blogs at http://anypoorerthandead.blogspot.com.
A.G. Harmon teaches Shakespeare, Law and Literature, Jurisprudence, and Writing at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His novel, A House All Stilled, won the 2001 Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel.
Chad Thomas Johnston is a writer, blogger, artist, singer-songwriter, and publicist who resides in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife Rebekah, their daughter Evangeline, and five felines. He is represented by Seattle-based literary agent Jenée Arthur, who is currently shopping his manuscript, "The Stained-Glass Kaleidoscope: Essays at Play in the Churchyard of the Mind," to publishing houses. Visit him on the web at www.chadthomasjohnston.com and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Saint_Upid.
A native of Yazoo City, Mississippi, Caroline Langston is a convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church. She is a widely published writer and essayist, a winner of the Puschart Prize, and a commentator for NPR’s "All Things Considered."
Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a "memoir of dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia's Colors, Cyndere's Midnight, Raven's Ladder, and The Ale Boy's Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University's Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.
Peggy Rosenthal is director of Poetry Retreats (www.poetryretreats.com) and writes widely on poetry as a spiritual resource. Her books include Praying through Poetry: Hope for Violent Times (St. Anthony Messenger Press) and The Poets’ Jesus (Oxford).
Vic Sizemore earned his MFA in fiction from Seattle Pacific University in 2009. His fiction and nonfiction are published or forthcoming in Story Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, PANK Magazine, Pembroke, Saint Katherine Review, Rock & Sling and elsewhere. An excerpt from his novel The Calling was a finalist for the Sherwood Anderson Award; other excerpts from The Calling are published in Portland Review and are forthcoming serially in Connecticut Review. His short story “Hush Little Baby” won the 28th New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction. Sizemore teaches at Central Virginia Community College.
Tony Woodlief lives outside Wichita, Kansas, and is the author of a spiritual memoir, Somewhere More Holy. His essays on faith and parenting have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, and WORLD Magazine. His short stories, two of which have been nominated for Pushcart prizes, have been published in Image and Ruminate. His website is www.tonywoodlief.com.
Sara Zarr is the author of four novels for young adults. Her most recent, How to Save a Life, was named a Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Los Angeles Public Library Book of the Year. It's also been named to the American Library Association's Top Ten Fiction for Young Adults annual list. Her first book, Story of a Girl, was a 2007 National Book Award Finalist. Sara's work has also appeared in Image, Hunger Mountain online, and in various anthologies. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, and online at www.sarazarr.com.