Angus Woodward lives with his wife and two daughters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His fiction has appeared widely in US literary journals, including Louisiana Literature, Xavier Review, Talking River Review, Alimentum, and Mochila Review. Margaret Media published his collection of short stories, Down at the End of the River, in 2008.
Lindsay Anne Bower originally hails from the armpit of the universe, otherwise known as Columbia, South Carolina. Likes: New York, thunderstorms. Dislikes: arrogance, bios. She currently lives in Edinburgh.
Ron Butlin is the Edinburgh Makar (Poet Laureate).With an international reputation as a prize-winning novelist he is one of Scotland’s most acclaimed writers. His collection of short stories, No More Angels, was published last summer. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the writer Regi Claire, and their golden retriever.
Lucille wrote stories at school (her first published poem was in Afrikaans) and flash fiction in the back row of her engineering maths class at university. She started writing again after her first son was born. He is now seven. They moved to Newcastle upon Tyne in March 2007 from her native South Africa where her last job was with IT systems for petrol stations. Now, in addition to writing horoscopes for the bimonthly Odyssey magazine and as many short stories as possible, she is busy with a novel set in 1900 and writes poetry that gets published in diaries.
Rusty Harris grew up in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley, the setting for her short story “One-Man Band,” which was published in the 2008 edition of Cutthroat magazine, Volume IV. In addition to short stories, Harris has recently finished work on a middle grade novel and several picture books for children. Away from the computer, she tutors, gardens, misses hergrandchildren, and struggles with a recalcitrant tenor saxophone. Rusty Harris lives in Ventura County, California, with her husband, the musician Tony Harris.
Alison Miller was born and grew up in Orkney, before leaving for university in Aberdeen. She has lived in Glasgow most of her adult life. For ten years she worked in Castlemilk for the Workers Educational Association (WEA), running writers’ workshops and other classes. From there she went to the Centre for Women’s Health where she set up the counselling and group work service. A graduate of the Creative Writing Course run by Strathclyde and Glasgow universities, Alison’s first novel Demo was published by Penguin in 2006. Currently she travels between Orkney and Glasgow to work on her second novel, Coming Back, set in Orkney.
Sarah Salway is a short story writer, novelist, journalist and creative writing tutor based in London. Her third novel, Getting the Picture, will come out with Random House in Summer 2009. She spent part of her summer at the Tiny Circus arts project in Iowa, and is about to start a garden history course.
Since leaving Scotland to return to her native Birmingham, Alabama, Lauren Simpson has participated in a magazine launch, interned at Southern Living, taught freshman English, and appeared in an issue of Lipstick, a local women’s monthly, with a large snake around her neck. Every so often, she also finds time to write. Her fiction has been published in The Golden Hour Book and V: New International Writing from Edinburgh.
Dinh Vong is currently a Teach for America corps member, teaching middle school ESL and Social Studies at a high-need urban school in Houston, Texas. She received her MFA in fiction at Arizona State University, where she also served as the international editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review.
Jo Swingler was brought up in Devon and has since travelled widely in Asia, where she worked for six years as an English teacher. She spent three more years teaching in the UK before deciding to give it all up and focus completely on writing. She is now studying for the MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University. Her work has been published in Aesthetica, QWF and on the Guardian Poetry Workshop website. She has been longlisted for the Bridport Prize and Cinnamon Press First Collection Award. One day she hopes to be shortlisted for something.
Regi Claire was raised in Switzerland but currently lives in Edinburgh with her husband, the writer Ron Butlin, and their golden retriever. Regi has had two books published: Inside~Outside (shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award) and The Beauty Room (longlisted for the Allen Lane/MIND Book of the Year Award) and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines, anthologies, and on BBC Radio 4. She won the Edinburgh Review 10th Anniversary Short-Story Competition, was a Cadenza prize winner, and has received Bursaries from the SAC, Pro Helvetia and Thurgau Lottery Foundation, as well as a UBS Cultural Foundation Award. Regi is currently a creative writing tutor at the National Gallery of Scotland. Fighting It, her new collection of stories, which includes ‘The Death Queue’, will be published in spring 2008.
Louis E. Bourgeois
Louis E. Bourgeois teaches writing and philosophy at The University of Mississippi in Oxford. His latest collection of prose, The Gar Diaries, was nominated for The National Book Award in 2008. Bourgeois is also founder and editor of VOX Press.
Nicole Louise Reid is the author of the novel In the Breeze of Passing Things (MacAdam/Cage). Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, Quarterly West, Meridian, Black Warrior Review, Confrontation, turnrow, Crab Orchard Review, and Grain Magazine. She is the winner of the 2001 Willamette Award in Fiction, and has also won awards from the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Short Story Competition and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Society. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southern Indiana and is fiction editor of Southern Indiana Review.
Craig Bayne is a writer who lives and works in Glasgow, where he co-edits the literature and arts magazine Schwellenangst. A graduate from Strathclyde University, he is currently working on his first novel, a parody of Dante’s Divine Comedy set in the red light district of Amsterdam.
Alison Key works as an editor for a national charity, but much prefers to be writing. She has been published in Mslexia and her story “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” won first prize in the Cinnamon Press short story award 2008. She has recently completed an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She lives in London.
Nick Holdstock’s work has appeared in Edinburgh Review, Stand and The Golden Hour Book.