Ben Marcus is the author of four books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, The Age of Wire and String, and The Flame Alphabet. His new book, Leaving the Sea, will be published by Knopf in January, 2014. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, Time, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and for several years he was the fiction editor of Fence. He is now the fiction editor at The American Reader. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Creative Capital Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, a literature award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and three Pushcart Prizes. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, and in the fall of 2013 he will be a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He taught at Brown University for several years before joining the faculty at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Rory Sparks has been a letterpress printer and bookbinder for 16 years. She learned through self-study, residency, apprenticeship, and at various institutions including the American Academy of Bookbinding. Rory worked at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in several positions including Museum Shop Manager, Instructor, Studio Manager and as the Teen Mentor Program Coordinator. Locally, she has taught at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland Art Museum, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Em Space, and private tutorials. Recently, she founded Em Space Book Arts Center where artists can have access to space and rare equipment for their print & book art practice. She is a private practice bookbinder and printer specializing in collaborative limited edition artist books, traditional French style leather binding, and custom designed books & portfolios for artists. Rory came to Oregon as an Artist-in-Residence at OCAC in 2003 and never left.