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Steven Gillis – Founder and Publisher EMERITUS
Steven Gillis is the author of the upcoming novel, Benchere in Wonderland, and as well several past titles, including Walter Falls, The Weight of Nothing, Giraffes, Temporary People, The Law of Strings, and The Consequence of Skating, which won the Silver Medal at the Independent Publishers Awards in 2010. Steve's stories, articles, and book reviews have appeared in over four dozen journals and won many major awards. A three-year member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors, and a finalist for the 2007 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year, Steve taught writing at Eastern Michigan University. All proceeds from Steve's writing go to help support Dzanc Books.
Dan Wickett – Co-Founder
In 2000, Dan founded the Emerging Writers Network by reviewing Alyson Hagy’s Keeneland and emailing the review to twenty-one individuals. Throughout the years, Dan has continued to develop the EWN by adding interviews, e-panels, and other literary reporting to the itinerary and developing a database website for storage of these, as well as a blog for more daily topic discussion. The EWN currently has over 2600 members. Visiting Hours, an anthology of short stories edited by Wickett, was published by Press 53 in late 2008.
Michelle Dotter – PUBLISHER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Michelle Dotter earned a degree in Creative Writing from Colorado College before beginning her editing career with MacAdam/Cage Publishing in San Francisco. Before coming to Dzanc, she also worked with MP Publishing, Cameron + Company, Once Magazine, and myriad independent authors across all aspects of the editing process, from content and copy edits to proofreads. She has worked with New York Times bestselling authors, along with winners of the National Book Award, the Whiting Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and recipients of other honors. Michelle works out of Colorado, where the first three books on her shelf are CMoS, The Subversive Copy Editor, and the hilarious O Thou Improper, Thou Uncommon Noun.
BRIAN SCHLENDER – EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Brian Schlender studied creative writing at Columbia College Chicago and completed a copyediting certificate at the University of California–San Diego, where among other things, he learned the difference between an en dash and an em dash. His short fiction has appeared in (b)OINK, Literary Orphans, and Hypertext Magazine (both online and in the print version, the Hypertext Review). In addition to his work at Dzanc Books, Brian is also a freelance copy editor and a fiction editor at Hypertext Magazine. One of his all-time favorite short stories is Nikolai Gogol's "Diary of a Madman."