Joy is the author of the Edgar-nominated novel Where All Light Tends To Go as well as the novels The Weight Of This World and The Line That Held Us and the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman's Journey, which was a finalist for the Reed Environmental Writing Award and the Ragan Old North State Award. His latest short stories and essays have appeared in Time, The New York Times Magazine, Garden & Gun, and The Bitter Southerner. Joy lives in the North Carolina mountains.

Vines is an associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review. He is the author of Out of Speech and The Coal Life and coauthor of Day Kink and According to Discretion. He has published recently or has poems forthcoming in Ecotone, The Hopkins Review, Five Points, Southwest Review, Green Mountains Review, 32 Poems, and The Greensboro Review. During the summers, he is on staff at The Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

McManus is the author of three books of poetry: Punch. Red Dirt Jesus, and Driving through the Country before You Are Born. His poetry has been published recently in SC Review, Cold Mountain Review, and Talking River. McManus is a professor of English at the University of South Carolina Sumter, where he directs the South Carolina Center for Oral Narrative. McManus also serves as Writer-in-Residence at the Columbia Museum of Art.