Matt Jones is a Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction at the University of Alabama’s prestigious MFA program in Creative Writing. He enjoys writing highly imaginative fabulist fiction and likes reading everything from Anne of Green Gables to Justin Cronin’s The Passage. He has worked with children and teens as a swim coach for the Meadows Marlins Swim Team outside of his native hometown of Houston, TX, as a mentor for Communities in Schools, as an assistant preschool teacher for First English Lutheran Childhood Development Center, and currently is an assistant teacher in Alabama’s Creative Writing Club for high schools students and a consultant at the University of Alabama Writing Center. He has also spent time pulling a rickshaw in downtown Austin as well as shelving books at St. Edward’s University library.
Jessica Masterton is also a Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction at the University of Alabama’s MFA program. In her fiction, she writes on both real and fantastical scenarios—larger than life songbirds, dinosaur bones, and southern floods with live, catfish rafts—and enjoys reading books by southern authors ranging from Flannery O’Connor and Mark Twain to Karen Russell and Lydia Peelle. Over the past seven years, she has worked with children of all ages in many different capacities—an after school instructor in reading and writing for at-risk youth, an intern in education at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, an environmental science teacher at Wilmington Montessori School, as a camp counselor, and is also a current teacher in Alabama’s Creative Writing Club and a consultant at the University of Alabama Writing Center. She studied anthropology and psychology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and is originally from the bay area of Mobile, AL.
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