Salvatore is the author of the story collection To Assume a Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions, 2011), as well as the co-author of the college textbook Understanding English Grammar (Pearson, 2015). In addition to being the Books editor at The Brooklyn Rail, he is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Sunday Book Review. His fiction has appeared in The Collagist, Dossier, Epiphany, New York Tyrant, Open City, Post Road, Salt Hill, and Willow Springs, among others. His criticism and nonfiction has appeared in Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latino/Latina Writing (ed. Carmen Gimenez Smith); The Believer Logger; LitHub; Rain Taxi; The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Queer Culture; and The Scofield. He is an assistant professor of writing and literature at The New School, where he was the founding editor of the literary journal LIT, in 1999.
M. C. Armstrong
speaker: "Back in the USSR: Returning to History in Don DeLillo's Zero K."
Armstrong was embedded with JSOF in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He published extensively on the Iraq war through The Winchester Star. The winner of a Pushcart Prize, he’s published fiction and non-fiction in Esquire, The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, Mayday, Monkeybicycle, Epiphany, The Literary Review, and other journals and anthologies. He is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Viva la Muerte. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with Yorick, his corgi, whose interruptions to his writing are frequent but welcome.
speaker: "The Departure from the Departure: On DeLillo's Prologues"
Bell is the author most recently of the collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall and the novel Scrapper, a Michigan Notable Book for 2016. His previous novel, In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author of two collections of fiction and a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur’s Gate II, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.