George Bishop is the author of Letter to My Daughter and The Night of the Comet. The Night of the Comet has received widespread praise since its release, with glowing reviews in People, The New York Post, Kirkus Reviews, Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly, among others. It was a featured selection in Reuters “Book Talk” column and was chosen as the September book of the month for National Public Radio’s “The Radio Reader.” Kirkus Reviews named it one of the “Best Books of 2013.” Read his Sacred Trespasses article on Walker Percy's The Moviegoer.
Simon Caterson trained as a lawyer in Melbourne before completing postgraduate studies in Irish literature at Trinity College Dublin. For more than twenty years, he has worked as a professional writer contributing regularly to major newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Hoax Nation: Australian Fakes and Frauds from Plato to Norma Khouri. Read his article on Lafcadio Hearn.
Nick Gadd is an essayist and novelist. He currently writes the blog Melbourne Circle about roaming the Melbourne suburbs in search of abandoned factories, old signwriting, former cinemas and lost greyhound racing tracks. In 2015 he won the Nature Conservancy Australia Nature Writing Prize and was shortlisted in the essay category of the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Read his Bibliophoria essay on Rebecca Solnit.
Jesse Graves is the author of two collections of poetry, Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine (Texas Review Press, 2011) and Basin Ghosts (Texas Review Press, 2014). He has received the Weatherford Award in Poetry, the Book of the Year Award in Poetry from the Appalachian Writers' Association, the Phillip H. Freund Award in Creative Writing from Cornell University and the Thomas and Lillie D. Chaffin Award from Morehead State University. He is co-editor of three volumes of The Southern Poetry Anthology and of the forthcoming Complete Poems of James Agee. His poems have appeared in recent or forthcoming issues of Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Carolina Quarterly, Southern Cultures and Missouri Review. His work has been featured on "The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor." Jesse Graves is an associate professor of English at East Tennessee State University. Read and listen to his new poems, and read his comments on the work of Cormac McCarthy.
Andrés Hax is a cultural reporter based in Buenos Aires. He was a staff reporter at Ñ, the cultural supplement of Argentina’s largest daily newspaper, Clarín, from June 2004 until October 2014. He is now a freelance writer, working for various publications, including Eterna Cadencia’s literary blog and the Ideas section of La Nación, Argentina’s other major paper. Read his article on meeting with James Salter in 2014 here and his thoughts on Cormac McCarthy here.
Andrew Horton is an award-winning screenwriter and author of fifteen books on film, screenwriting and culture. He is the Jeanne H. Smith Professor of Film and Video Studies at the University of Oklahoma and the author of Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay, The Films of Theo Angelopoulos and Laughing Out Loud: Writing the Comedy-Centered Screenplay. His film include Brad Pitt’s first feature film, The Dark Side of the Sun, and the award-winning Yugoslav film Something in Between, directed by Srdjan Karanovic. He has given screenwriting workshops around the world, including Norway, Germany, England, the Czech Republic, Greece, New Zealand, Switzerland and throughout the United States. Read his translations of Yannis Ritsos's poetry.
Ian Kenins has been a photographer and journalist since 1989. His work has been published in magazines such as Australian Geographic, Inside Sport, Good Weekend, Gourmet Traveller, The Bulletin and The Australian Way, The Age and The Australian newspapers and is held in archives at the National Library of Australia and the State Library of Victoria. His first book, Open For Business, included portraits and histories of 50 of Melbourne’s oldest retailers. The second, Beyond The Big Sticks (with text by Paul Daffey) captured the color and characters of rural football throughout Australia. He shares some images from A Snapshot of Melbourne and discusses its origins.
Michael Martin's first collection of poetry, Extended Remark: Poems From A Moravian Parking Lot, was published in 2015 by Portals Press (New Orleans). His poetry and fiction have appeared in Gargoyle, New Orleans Review, Booth Journal, Carolina Quarterly, Chattahoochee Review and Berkeley Poetry Review, among many others. He co-founded the literary magazine Hogtown Creek Review and for a decade lived in Holland, where he was a feature writer with Amsterdam Weekly. In 2010, he edited the anthology Rules of the Game: The Best Sports Writing from Harper's Magazine. Read Michael's Sacred Trespasses interview, his poetry (and more poetry) and his one-act play, FLOR-ALA.
Paula Morris is the author of Queen of Beauty, Hibiscus Coast, Trendy But Casual and Rangatira, winner of the 2012 New Zealand Post Book Award and the Nga Kupu Ora Maori Book Award. She is also the author of the short story collection Forbidden Cities (regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Prize) and four books for young adults, two of which, Ruined and Unbroken, are set in New Orleans. She's also the editor of The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Short Stories. Her story "False River" was shortlisted for the 2015 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award in the UK. She wrote about her favorite New Orleans passages and her favorite reads of 2015.
Megan O'Brien is a bookseller in Sydney. She wrote about her search for a collective noun for the stacks of unread books.
Mark Sarvas’s second novel, Memento Park, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2017. His debut novel, Harry, Revised, was published in more than a dozen countries. His book reviews and criticism have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Threepenny Review, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Bookforum, The Dallas Morning News, The Barnes and Noble Review and The Los Angeles Review of Books (where he is a contributing editor). He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN/America, PEN Center USA. He lives in Santa Monica and teaches advanced novel writing in the UCLA Writers’ Program. He wrote about his annual reading of The Great Gatsby.
Annelies Senfter received an MFA in Graphic and New Media from Mozarteum University Salzburg (2007) and studied German Language and Literature at Paris Lodron University Salzburg (2002–2004). Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency Fellowship (2015), a Cité Internationale des Arts Fellowship in Paris (2012) and Emanuel and Sophie Fohn Foundation Grant (2015), among others. Her work was selected to be included in the Land Salzburg Art Collection (2012) and the Museum Ferdinandeum Innsbruck Art Collection (2015). She currently lives in Salzburg, Austria. View a collection of her photographs.
Eloise Stephensen (Brisbane, Australia), aged ten years. Read her new poem.
Daniel Stephensen (Melbourne, Australia) is Contributing Editor of Sacred Trespasses. He writes stories and poems, plays cello. Find his poetry at forgetlings.net. Read his latest contributions to Sacred Trespasses: new poem, favorite reads of 2015, Anatomy of a Sentence, Nature Rarer Uses Yellow, What Does It Mean to Poem, a reflection on Paul Celan and a Halloween Tribute to Another Side of Edgar Allan Poe.
Rolando André López Torres lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he teaches World Religions at Cristo Rey Boston High School. He holds a degree in English Writing from Loyola University New Orleans. Read his essays about James Baldwin's prose and Fernando Vallejo's The Whore of Babylon.
Phoebe Weston-Evans grew up in Wales, land of the singing bard, and studied at Trinity College Dublin, La Sorbonne Paris IV and l’École Normale Supérieure. Phoebe is a doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne and has lectured and given talks on translation theory in Australia and the UK. She lives in Melbourne and works on a range of freelance writing and translation projects. Her translation of Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano’s Paris Nocturne was long-listed for the 2016 PEN/Translation Prize. Read Phoebe Weston-Evans’s interview with Sacred Trespasses and her Anatomy of a Sentence.
Brandon Wiltshire is an amateur photographer whose day job is teaching English as a second language (ESL) around different areas of the world. He started teaching ESL in South Korea back in 2008, later moving to Taiwan to continue his teaching career. In 2014, he received an MA in Applied Linguistics in 2014 from the University of Birmingham, U.K., and is currently living in Australia. View his photographs of Taiwan.
Reggie Scott Young is the author of Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon. His works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Louisiana Literature, Oxford American and other publications. He is also co-editor of Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays by Ernest J. Gaines and This Louisiana Thing That Drives Me: The Legacy of Ernest J. Gaines. Young is a native of Chicago and a longtime resident of South Louisiana, but he is currently on sabbatical from his professorship in higher education and in Denver, Colorado, where he is in the process of producing new works of poetry and prose. Read (and listen to) his poems.