Susanne Rubenstein is an English teacher and writer living in Massachusetts. She is the author of Raymond Carver in the Classroom "A Small, Good Thing" and Go Public! Encouraging Student Writers to Publish. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in such publications as Literal Latte, The MacGuffin, and The Worcester Review, and her essays have been published in The Christian Science Monitor and Carve, as well as in a number of anthologies.
An MFA graduate of Queens, Jack King has worked in the IT industry for nearly twenty years and still remembers when floppy drives were new. When not fixing his wife's laptop, he enjoys fiction where characters shape the story and dialogue informs the plot. He also believes the battle between literary and genre fiction is a war of attrition which will likely leave children's picture books as the only victor.
E H Young is a writer, editor, and erstwhile linguist, living in Edinburgh. They’re transgender and—hailing from southern California originally—transcontinental. Their writing can be found at Bewildering Stories and Esoterica magazines, and is forthcoming in the anthology Pride, Not Prejudice, from Unbound press, which is currently being crowdfunded (help us out!). They also publish fantasy short stories at Æther and Ichor. They have been reading for Carve since 2015.
Martha Miller is a Midwestern writer who is widely published. Her 6th book, Widow, published by Bold Strokes Books, was released in late 2014. She’s won several awards for her writing and has written and published uncounted articles, stories and reviews. She publishes a monthly column for the local GLAD Newsletter titled “Martha [Lesbian] Living,” which is a send up of that other, more domestic, Martha. She teaches writing at a community college. For more about her see www.marthamiller.net. She has been a reader for Carve since 2012 after winning 2nd in the 2009 Raymond Carver Contest.
Nancy is a writer who loves fiction and nonfiction equally. Her journalism career subversively drove her into the arms of fiction, a story with a shapely narrative arc. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts and is at work on two collections: one of flash fiction and one of essays. She’s adding a Certificate in the Teaching of Composition to her MFA in May 2017. Nancy lives in Mountain View, California, with her husband and visits her daughter in L.A. Her work has appeared in Revolution House, eleveneleven, Magnitude 2.0, and Flash Fiction Forum. She has been reading for Carve since 2014.
Kenady is a graduate student at UTD, majoring in Literature and Aesthetic Studies. She is a summer teacher for the Institute of Reading Developmen, and e reads and reviews poetry and visual arts for Reunion: The Dallas Review. As a tireless admirer of Flannery O’Connor and Marilynne Robinson, Kenady appreciates writing that is tongue-in-cheek and that transforms the everyday into something sacred and beautiful. She has been reading for Carve since 2015.
John Henry Fleming
John Henry Fleming is the author of Songs for the Deaf, a story collection; The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman, a novel; Fearsome Creatures of Florida, a bestiary; and The Book I Will Write, a novel-in-emails. His short stories have appeared in Carve, McSweeney’s, The North American Review, Mississippi Review, Fourteen Hills, and New World Writing, among others. Awards include two Literature Fellowships from the State of Florida and an International Book Award for Songs for the Deaf. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of South Florida. In addition to his work on Carve, he’s the founder and advisory editor of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art. His website is johnhenryfleming.com.
Jennifer Harvey lives in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her writing has appeared in Carve, Litro Online, The Guardian and various anthologies. She has been shortlisted twice for The Bridport Prize. In her free time she is a contributing editor for Mash Stories. She has been reading for Carve since 2013. You can find her at www.jenharvey.net
Marléne Zadig (rhymes with "train a bad pig") is a born and bred Californian living in Berkeley and has an MFA from UMD. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Slice, Pithead Chapel, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. She’s a 2015 Best of the Net nominee, believes beer is a food, and is a sucker for Cormac McCarthy, Marilynne Robinson, Denis Johnson, Eudora Welty, and Roxane Gay. She is currently writing her second novel and loiters online @MarleneZadig.
Lori Feathers is a judge for the 2017 Best Translated Book Award, an Assistant Managing Editor at Asymptote, a freelance book critic, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. Her recent reviews can be found at The Rumpus, Words Without Borders, World Literature Today, Full Stop, Three Percent, Rain Taxi, and on Twitter @LoriFeathers.
Ken started writing in his mid-40s and has two published stories, in Progenitor and The Fourth River. The second was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. His degrees are from Carnegie Mellon University and in quite non-writerly areas. He lives on Pittsburgh's north side with his old dog Georgia.