Associate Professor Margaret Dawe received a master’s degree in science from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a master’s degree in fine arts from Brooklyn College. Her first novel Nissequott was a critical success and was issued in paperback by New Directions. The New York Times Book Review listed it in 1994 as a "new and noteworthy paperback." She is finishing her second novel and is at work on a third book that is set in Wichita. While a journalist for the East Hampton Star, she won awards for best economic reporting and best health reporting from the New York State Press Association. Her literary journalism has appeared in the Star, Long Island's Newsday and Sonora Review. Her nonfiction story "Maze" appears in the spring 2013 issue of Antioch Review.
Sam Taylor is a poet and word-based artist and the author of two books of poems, Body of the World (Ausable/Copper Canyon) and Nude Descending an Empire (Pitt Poetry Series). His work most frequently explores themes of mysticism, sexuality, ecology, politics, suffering, and the mystery of the world. He has received the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, The Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, the James Michener Fellowship, and residency awards from such places as Yaddo, Djerassi, and the Vermont Studio Center. Recent work has appeared in AGNI, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, The Hudson Review, and Poetry Daily. Visit his website at www.samtaylor.us.