Max Byrd is the author of detective novels and historical novels, and several scholarly books about 18th-century literature. A former teacher at Yale and the University of California, Davis, Byrd is a winner of the Shamus Award for detective fiction, and the former President of the Board of the Community of Writers. He writes often for the New York Times Book Review and other journals. His more recent novels are The Sixth Conspirator and Pont Neuf. https://www.maxbyrdbooks.com/
Joanne Meschery has published short stories, essays, and the novels, In A High Place, A Gentleman’s Guide to the Frontier, which was a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and Home and Away. She is also the author of a book of nonfiction, Truckee. Selwa Press has published two of her novels as ebooks. Her fiction is featured in the 40th Anniversary Anthology of Cutbank Magazine, 2013. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.
Al Young, former California poet laureate, is the award-winning author of more than 25 books of fiction and non-fiction. Recent and forthcoming publications include “How October Works” in Miramar 4 (Christopher Buckley, editor), “The Drummer Omar: Poet of Percussion” in Best American Poetry 2016 (David Lehman, editor, Edward Hirsch, guest editor, Scribner); Dear Denise, a memoir of his decades-long friendship with poet Denise Levertov in Denise Levertov in Company (Donna Hollenberg, editor, University of South Carolina Press); A Top-Down Motown Bebop Pubescence in Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond (M.L. Liebler, editor, Wayne State University Press). This fall he was Cockefair Writer in Residence (Sept. 25-28) at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Three books appeared in 2017: 22 Moon Poems, October Variations, and Love Offline. [F/NF] www.alyoung.org