Reading this month are:
James Yeh (b. 1982) is a founding editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in PEN America, elimae, The New-York Ghost, the anthology Thirty Under Thirty and elsewhere. Currently he is at work on a novel-in-stories called I Love and Understand You and Would Be Perfect to You Now. Born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, he is very angry about that. Now he lives in Brooklyn with Ben Blum.
Once, Lucrecia Zappi took her son on a secret vacation to Las Vegas. She holds an MFA from New York University and is at work on her first novel, Black Ounce, Lucrecia collaborates as a free-lance journalist for the Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.
Ben Blum lives in Brooklyn with James Yeh. He has written on books and music for Resonance Magazine and on causal reasoning and game theory for Cognitive Science and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. He went to college when he was thirteen and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, which hopefully you shouldn't be able to tell by reading his fiction or looking at him.
Lisa Locascio was born in 1984 and raised in River Forest, Illinois. She has received fellowships from Western Michigan University, New York University, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and the University of Southern California, where, this fall, she will begin the PhD in Literature & Creative Writing as the Virginia C. Middleton fellow. She is at work on her first book, a collection of short stories entitled Peculiar Qualifications. Her writing has appeared in The Northwest Review, The Minetta Review, Prairie Margins, and is forthcoming in Lake Affect and Joyland Chicago.