Fire on the Beach

The Authors

David Wright

David Wright’s essays and articles have appeared in The Village Voice, The Kenyon Review, New York Newsday, Color Lines, Paste Magazine, and elsewhere. He has published fiction in The Massachusetts Review, Witness, The Southern Review, and African American Review, among others, and been anthologized in Gumbo: Stories by Black Writers (Doubleday 2002) and Stories from the Blue Moon Café (MacAdam/Cage 2003).

His work has been recognized with numerous honors, including a Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the North Carolina Humanities Council.

He’s finishing a novel about the 2005 Paris riots that will appear from Penguin in 2010. He teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

David Zoby

David Zoby was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU, he earned an MFA in Poetry under Larry Levis. Zoby has published poems in 64 Magazine, The New Virginia Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Georgia State Review, Blackbird, The South Dakota Review and others. He teaches composition, Wyoming Literature, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction at Casper College. Zoby has also published fishing and hunting articles in American Angler, Fish Alaska, Retriever Journal and Bowhunter Magazine. His creative non-fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter and the Missouri Review.

Zoby was a scholar at the first Hala Foundation seminar in Washington DC, where young, professional Arab Americans discussed political and ethnic identities. He also earned a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to study religious pluralism in Syria and Turkey in 2007.

Currently, he is the director of the Honors Program at Casper College.