FacultyMark Brazaitis is the author of eight books, including The River of Lost Voices:
Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His latest book, The Rink Girl: Stories, won the 2018 Prize Americana (Hollywood Books). He wrote the script for the award-winning Peace Corps film How Far Are You Willing to Go to Make a Difference? Brazaitis’ writing has been featured on the Diane Rehm Show and the Leonard Lopate Show as well as on public radio in Cleveland, Iowa City, New York City, and Pittsburgh. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and technical trainer, he is a professor of English at West Virginia University.
Dave Essinger’s first novel, Running Out, was released in print in 2017 and audiobook in 2018. He’s recently finished a post-apocalyptic novel featuring teens stranded on an Ohio Air Force base, and his new project Compassion Fatigue stars a superlatively stressed-out veterinarian. Dave is a fiction reader for Slice magazine and General Editor of the AWP Intro Journals Project. He teaches and edits the literary magazine Slippery Elm at the University of Findlay. dave-essinger.com.