Biss is the author, most recently, of “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review. Her second book, “Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays,” won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism in 2010. Her first book, “The Balloonists,” was published by Hanging Loose Press in 2002. Her writing has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, and a Jaffe Writers’ Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in nonfiction writing from Hampshire College and a Master of Fine Arts in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Her essays have recently appeared in The Believer, Harper’s, and The New York Times Magazine.
Bresland works in film, radio and print. His essays can be seen at Blackbird and Ninth Letter, read in Brevity and North American Review and heard occasionally on public radio. His work has been anthologized in “Essayists on the Essay: Montaigne to Our Time” as well as “The Fourth Genre,” an anthology of contemporary creative nonfiction. He teaches creative writing and media arts at Northwestern University.