David Giffels is the author of six books of nonfiction, including the upcoming Barnstorming Ohio: To Understand America, the memoirs Furnishing Eternity and All the Way Home, both winners of the Ohioana Book Award, and The Hard Way on Purpose, longlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. His writing has appeared in theNew York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Parade, The Iowa Review, Esquire, Grantland, and many other publications. He is a professor of English at the University of Akron, where he teaches in the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts creative writing program. Chautauqua Writers’ Festival Director Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is the author of But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, chosen by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2010 Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Award; a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen, 2016) and Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017). Travesty Generator, winner of the 2018 Noemi Press Poetry Award, is forthcoming from Noemi in 2019. Bertram is a 2014 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship, the 2020 Anna Rabinowitz Prize and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.