Rose Skelton is an award-winning writer, reporter, and editor from Scotland. She is currently working on her first book, Homescar, a collection of short stories set on an island in Scotland, which won the Larry Levis Fellowship for Fiction in 2017 and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant in 2020. She is also working on a book of creative nonfiction about nature and mental health. Her fiction has been published in Four Way Review and Waxwing, and her recent non-fiction essay, “Little Starts” (Ecotone 2021) was a Pushcart Special Mention. Previously a freelance editor and reporter in west Africa, Rose now works as an editor and media trainer in Texas where she designed and organized a story lab for academics and investigative reporters for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, bringing the two disciplines together to share writing and research skills. She has an MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson and is an avid baker, forager, composter, and cook.
Nomi Stone is an award-winning poet and anthropologist from the United States. She is the author of three books, Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly 2008), Kill Class (Tupelo 2019), a finalist for the Julie Suk Award, and Pinelandia: An Anthropology and Field Poetics of War and Empire (University of California Press, 2023), winning first prize in the American Anthropological Association’s Middle East Studies Prize, Honorable Mention in the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize, and the Gold Medal in the category of Politics/Economics in the Independent Press Award (IPPYs). She has won a Pushcart Prize and a Fulbright and has conducted fieldwork across the Middle East and the United States. Her poems recently appear in Best American Poetry, The Atlantic, The Nation, and elsewhere. She has a PhD in Anthropology from Columbia, an MPhil in Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford, an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson, was most recently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Princeton. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas. She loves swimming, mushrooming, and hiking with her wife, dog, and son.