Dorothy Bendel, LaVonne Ellis, Joshua Hunt, Lorelei Lee, Mitchell S. Jackson

Dorothy Bendel’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Literary Hub, Catapult, The New York Times, and additional publications. You can see more of her work at

LaVonne Ellis is a retired radio journalist who now lives in a tiny cabin in the mountains of northern New Mexico. She has settled down but she and her dog, Scout, still plan to take road trips from time to time.

Joshua Hunt is an author and magazine writer. His second book, Knockoff, will be published in 2021.

Lorelei Lee’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Salon, The Rumpus, WIRED, Denver Quarterly, The Establishment, Buzzfeed, $pread Magazine, The Feminist Porn Book, Coming Out Like a Porn Star, Hustling Verse, n+1 and elsewhere. They owe their life to other sex workers.

Mitchell S. Jackson’s debut novel The Residue Years received wide critical praise. Jackson is the winner of a Whiting Award. His novel also won The Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for The Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN / Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the Hurston / Wright Legacy Award. His honors include fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Lannan Foundation, the Ford Foundation, PEN America, TED, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Center for Fiction. His writing has been featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, Time Magazine, and Esquire Magazine, as well as in The New Yorker, Harpers, The New York Times Book Review, The Paris Review, The Guardian, The Washington Post Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and elsewhere. His nonfiction book Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family was published in the spring of 2019 and named a best book of the year by fifteen publications, including NPR, Time Magazine, The Paris Review, The Root, Kirkus Reviews, and Buzzfeed. He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Chicago.