Jessica Lee Richardson — Andy Johnson — Natalia Castells-Esquivel
It's a celebration of Jessica Lee Richardson's debut collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides, Winner of the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize!!
Jessica Lee Richardson, a New Jersey native, lived in Brooklyn and performed Off-Broadway and elsewhere for years before earning her MFA in fiction from the University of Alabama in 2013. Her short story collection, It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides, won the 2014 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize and is just out from Fiction Collective Two this fall. Stories and poems also won awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum and have been featured online at The Short Form, Ploughshares, and the Authonomy Sunday Shorts Series by Harper Collins. Her fictions have appeared or are forthcoming in the Atlas Review, Big Lucks, the Collagist, Hobart, Indiana Review, the Masters Review, Joyland, and the Western Humanities Review among other places. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Coastal Carolina University and lives by the beach with her dog, June. You can read some of her work at www.jessicaleerichardson.com.
Andy Johnson is a Kimbilio Fellow in African American Fiction. He holds degrees in theatre from the University of Texas, and fiction from The University of Alabama. His early mentors included Sekou Sundiata, Linda Montano, Annie Sprinkle, old drunk men who no longer care, and thousands of roadies and musicians from his stage manager days. Eventually, this led to jobs as a sex reporter, a donut delivery driver, an aid worker, and a college professor. Andy lives in Tuscaloosa, where he teaches at the University of Alabama and directs the UA in Zanzibar Study Abroad program. Andy's most recent work can be seen in Kweli and African American Review.
Natalia Castells-Esquivel is a writer from Mexico who now lives in Atlanta with her puppy, Taco. Her poetry and nonfiction have been published in several publications including Santo y Seña, Loose Change, and Revista Contraseña. She’s currently a copywriter for PM3, Editor of Community Engagement for RealPants.com, and cofounder of StoryDrop (a countrywide literature collaboration). Also, she makes really good scrambled eggs. Really.