Kirstin Chen holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from Emerson College, where she received
the Graduate Writing Award for Fiction and was editor of the journal Redivider.She was the Stanley Elkin Scholar at the 2010 Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her fiction
has appeared in Hobart, Juked, Fringe Magazine, and others, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best New American
Voices anthology. Born and raised in Singapore, she now resides in San Francisco,
where she is completing her first novel, Soy Sauce for Beginners.
John T. Newman holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he currently teaches composition. He received his MFA in fiction from San Jose State University in December of 2010, where he was twice awarded the Majorie McLaughlin Folendorf Scholarship for outstanding achievement in creative writing. He has worked as a professional writer, editor, illustrator, and musician, and spent ten years as a travel writer working almost exclusively in tropical countries. He is the author of Scuba Diving and Snorkeling for Dummies and dozens of travel stories for national magazines—most recently for A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Adventures Around the World. He is currently working on a novel with the working title of Little Monsters, as well as a collection of travel stories and a second novel project.