Ellen Litman is the author of the novel Mannequin Girl and the novel in stories The Last Chicken in America, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award and for the Young Lions Fiction Award. She has been the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and her work has appeared in Best New American Voices, Best of Tin House, American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, Dossier, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, and other publications. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Mansfield and teaches writing at the University of Connecticut.
V. Penelope Pelizzon is the author of two poetry collections, Whose Flesh Is Flame, Whose Bone Is Time (2014) and Nostos (2000); a poetry chapbook, Human Field (Center for Book Arts, 2012); and is co-author of Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives (2010), a study of sensation journalism, photography, and film. Her poetry and essays have appeared widely, and her awards include the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, The Norma Farber First Book Award, The Hollis Summers Prize, and a "Discovery"/The Nation Award.