Bret Anthony Johnston
Bret Anthony Johnston is the director of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin and the winner of the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The Iowa Writers' Workshop graduate is the author of the novel, Remember Me Like This, and the story collection, Corpus Christi: Stories. He has also been published in the Paris Review, New York Times, Tin House, and more, and has lived previous lives as the director of creative writing at Harvard University and a professional skateboarder. Bret resides in Austin, Texas, with his two dogs.
Carmen Maria Machado
Carmen Maria Machado is dog mom to Rosie the Beagle mix and author of the DC Comics series The Low, Low Woods, the best-selling memoir In the Dream House, and the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties, for which she was a 2017 National Book Award finalist. Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Granta, Vogue, and more. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is currently the Writer in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she lives with Rosie and Rosie's other mom, Val.
Jess is the founder of Ghost Vintage (named after her pup) and Second-Life Marketplace. She’s an Aussie based in NYC, living with an Australian Shepherd rescue, and in her spare time can be found powerlifting, thrifting, and walking in the sun listening to podcasts with Ghost. Read their June 2019 conversation with A&A.
Meghan Daum is a self-professed lover of giant dogs and has written about it in her essay, “The Dog Exception,” published in The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects Of Discussion. She is also the author of My Misspent Youth, Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, The Quality Of Life Report, and most recently, The Problem With Everything, which was a New York Times Notable Book for 2019. Currently, she hosts the podcast, The Unspeakable, and is a columnist for Medium’s GEN. Earlier in her career, she was a Los Angeles Times columnist, and has written for publications like the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Vogue (where she interviewed fellow dog mom Reese Witherspoon for a cover story). She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Nathan Harris's debut novel, The Sweetness of Water, will be published by Little, Brown in 2021. The Michener Center fellow was awarded the Kidd Prize, as judged by Anthony Doerr, and was also a finalist for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Prize. He lives in Austin, Texas, but grew up in Oregon.
Porochista Khakpour is dog mom to Cosmo the Poodle, an Iranian American writer, and the author of the personal essay collection Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity, the novel The Last Illusion, the novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects, and the memoir of chronic illness Sick. She is the recipient of a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing, and was the Writer in Residence at Bard College from 2014 to 2017. Her work has also appeared in publications like Guernica, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Times, and Condé Nast Traveler. Cosmo and Porochista currently reside together in Queens, New York.