Cris Mazza is the author of over a dozen books. Her most recent fiction titles include Trickle-Down Timeline and Waterbaby. Her other fiction titles include the critically notable Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, and the PEN Nelson Algren Award winning How to Leave a Country. She also has a collection of personal essays, Indigenous: Growing Up Californian. A native of Southern California, Mazza grew up in San Diego County. She currently lives 50 miles west of Chicago and is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Christina Pugh is a poet and critic. Her fifth book of poems, Stardust Media, was awarded the Juniper Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming in 2020 from University of Massachusetts Press. Her other books of poetry include Perception; Grains of the Voice; Restoration; and Rotary, which was awarded the Word Press First Book Prize. She is also the author of the chapbook Gardening at Dusk. Pugh’s work has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, the Poetry Society of America’s Lucille Medwick Memorial Award (for poetry treating a humanitarian theme), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from Poetry magazine, an individual artist fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council, the Grolier Poetry Prize, and the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro Journals Award. She is a professor in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a consulting editor for Poetry magazine.