Wesley Gibson received his MFA from Brown University and is the author of You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival and the novels Shelter and Personal Saviors. His stories have appeared in The Village Voice and the Mississippi Review and his art criticism has appeared in The New Art Examiner. He edits the literary journal Bloom and has been awarded residencies to Yaddo and MacDowell artists’ colonies. He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA Program at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Tina Polito Parsons earned her degree in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA in nonfiction at Saint Mary’s College. Her essays have been published in the Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and East Bay Monthly, and in the anthologies Something That Matters and In Real Life. She has taught composition, ghost-written medical columns, worked as a resume writer and college application essay consultant for high school students, all while continuing to write. Her blog—a mix of memoir and reportage called China Ate My Jeans—is about her year seeking, finding and buying products made in the United States.