Brenda Peynado's genre-bending short story collection, THE ROCK EATERS—featuring alien arrivals, angels falling from rooftops, virtual reality, and sorrows manifesting as tumorous stones—has garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Her stories have won an O. Henry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, and inclusion in The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy and appear in places like The Georgia Review,The Sun, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review Online, The Threepenny Review, and Tor.com. She's currently writing a novel about the 1965 civil war in the Dominican Republic and a girl who can tell all possible futures, and she teaches creative writing at the University of Houston.
Rachel Monroe is the author of Savage Appetites: True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession, which was named a New York Times Editor's Choice and a best book of the year by Esquire and the Chicago Tribune. She's a contributing writer at the New Yorker and has also contributed to the Atlantic, the New York Times, Esquire, and Wired. She lives in Marfa, Texas.