Xhenet Aliu’s debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and was released in September 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Necessary Fiction, American Short Fiction and elsewhere. She has received multiple scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among other awards. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an MLIS from the University of Alabama, where she was an ALFA fellow, studying methods of delivering information services to individuals with disabilities. A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, she currently lives in Athens, Georgia, after recent stints in New York City, North Carolina, Montana and Utah.
Assistant professor of English at Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Susan McCarty’s stories and essays have appeared in Conjunctions, West Branch, Indiana Review, Barrelhouse, Utne Reader, Iowa Review, Everyday Genius, Tarpaulin Sky and other tasty places, and her short story collection, Anatomies, was published by Aforementioned Productions in June 2015. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a creative writing Ph.D. from the University of Utah. In her past life, she worked in mass-market and genre publishing at Penguin and Avalon Books.