Askold Melnyczuk, who is a recipient of the The Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, founded AGNI Magazine in 1972. He received a Lila Wallace-Readers’ Digest Award in Fiction in 1997. In addition to the McGinnis Award in Fiction, Melnyczuk has also been awarded grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. He has published stories, poems, translations, and reviews in The New York Times, The Nation, The Partisan Review, Grand Street, Ploughshares, Poetry, andThe Boston Globe. His poems have been included in various anthologies, including The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry, Literature: The Evolving Canon, and Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets. A much beloved teacher of writing and literature, Melnyczuk currently teaches at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and at the Bennington College, MFA Program. He previously taught at Harvard University and Boston University.
Jonathan Strong is the author of fifteen novels. He teaches fiction-writing at Tufts University and lives in Rockport, Massachusetts, as well as West Corinth, Vermont, with his partner, the short-story writer S. P. Elledge. He was born in 1944 in Illinois and graduated from Harvard College in 1969. In 1970, his first book, Tike and Five Stories (now reissued as The Haunts of His Youth), won the Rosenthal Foundation Award of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and he has also received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to Tufts, he has taught at Harvard, U.Mass. Boston, Wellesley, and Middlebury's summer M.A. program, the Bread Loaf School of English. His books include More Light, Consolation, Drawn from Life, and Hawkweed and Indian Paintbrush.