Mitzi Rapkin http://kajx.org en First Draft - Jamie Quatro http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-jamie-quatro <p>Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, <em>I Want To Show You More</em> is a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the <em>New York Times</em> and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in <em>The New Yorker</em>.&nbsp; Quatro’s work has appeared in&nbsp;<em>Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review,</em> and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the&nbsp;<em>O.Henry Prize Stories 2013</em> and in the 9th edition of&nbsp;<em>The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters, forthcoming). </em>Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William &amp; Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at&nbsp;<em>Oxford American</em> magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. <a href="http://www.jamiequatro.com">www.jamiequatro.com</a></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 16998 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Jamie Quatro First Draft - Russell Banks http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-russell-banks <p>Russell Banks is the author of more than a dozen works, which include poetry, short stories, novels and essays.&nbsp; His novels <em>Cloudsplitter</em> and <em>Continental Drift</em> were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.&nbsp; <em>The Sweet Hereafter</em> and<em> Affliction</em> were made into feature films.&nbsp; His latest work is a short story collection called <em>A Permanent Member of the Family</em>.&nbsp; Banks is the recipient of numerous literary awards, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.&nbsp; He lives in Keene, New York and Miami, Florida.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:28:35 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 10113 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Russell Banks First Draft - Maria Semple http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-maria-semple <p>Maria Semple is the author of <em>This One Is Mine </em>and<em> Where’d You Go Bernadette. </em>Before turning to fiction, she wrote for <em>Mad About You, Ellen, </em>and <em>Arrested Development. </em>Her writing has appeared in <em>The New Yorker</em>. She lives in Seattle. http://www.mariasemple.com/</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 16330 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Maria Semple First Draft - Anthony Marra http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-anthony-marra <p>Anthony Marra is the <em>New York Times</em>-bestselling author of <em>A Constellation of Vital Phenomena</em>, longlisted for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. It was selected as one of the ten best books of 2013 by <em>The Washington Post</em>, <em>The San Francisco Chronicle</em>, <em>Salon</em>, <em>New York</em> Magazine, <em>Publishers Weekly</em>, and <em>Library Journal</em>, among numerous other year-end lists. He is the winner of the Whiting Award, the Pushcart Prize, and currently teaches at Stanford University.&nbsp; www.anthonymarra.net</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 15983 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Anthony Marra First Draft - Ethan Rutherford http://kajx.org/post/first-draft-ethan-rutherford <p>Ethan Rutherford was born in Seattle, and now lives in the Midwest. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in <em>Ploughshares</em>, <em>One Story</em>, <em>American Short Fiction</em>, <em>New York Tyrant</em>, <em>Esopus</em>, <em>Five Chapters</em>, and <em>The Best American Short Stories</em>. His work has received special mention in the 2009, 2010 and 2013 editions of the Pushcart Prize, and received awards from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota, and has taught creative writing at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and the Loft Literary Center. He is the guitarist for the band Pennyroyal, which has been assaulting the ears of its listeners with songs of the ocean and long lost love since 2010. He is currently at work on a novel set in the Alaskan wilderness.<br /><br /> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 3444 at http://kajx.org First Draft - Ethan Rutherford