Ophira Eisenberg is a writer, standup comic and storyteller. She hosted the comedy game show Ask Me Another on NPR for 9 years where she interviewed and played silly games with celebrities. She is panelist on Hulu’s Up Early Tonight and has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week At The Comedy Cellar, The New Yorker Festival, HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live and The Late Late Show. She’s a regular storyteller and host with The Moth, and Ophira’s own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a television series. Her comedy special Inside Joke is available on Amazon.
Erin Bow studied particle physics in college, eventually working at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, before deciding to leave science in order to concentrate on her love of writing. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband James and their two children. Erin Bow can be visited online at www.erinbow.com
Emily St. John Mandel‘s fifth novel, The Glass Hotel, was recently published in Canada and the US, and is forthcoming in the UK in August. Her previous novels include Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award among other honours and has been translated into 33 languages. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.
Blake Gopnik, one of North America’s leading arts writers, has served as art and design critic at Newsweek and as chief art critic at the Washington Post and Canada’s Globe and Mail. In 2017, he was a Cullman Center Fellow in residence at the New York Public Library and in 2015 he held a fellowship at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at City University of New York. He has a PhD in art history from Oxford University and is a regular contributor to the New York Times.
Damian Rogers is the author of two acclaimed books of poetry: Dear Leader (2015), which was named one of the best books of 2015 by the CBC and the Globe and Mail, and was a finalist for the Ontario Trillium Poetry Prize; and Paper Radio (2009), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Prize. She holds a graduate degree from the Bennington Writing Seminars in Bennington, Vermont, and has published in many magazines, including Boston Review, Brick and The Walrus, among others. Damian lives in Toronto where she teaches creative writing at Ryerson University.
Stories in Jack Wang’s debut collection, We Two Alone, have been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, longlisted for the Journey Prize and have appeared in PRISM International, the Malahat Review, the New Quarterly, the Humber Literary Review and Joyland. In 2014–15, he held the David T. K. Wong Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Originally from Vancouver, Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College, New York, where he lives with his wife, novelist Angelina Mirabella, and their two daughters.