This third volume of The &NOW AWARDS recognizes the hard-esthitting, most provocative, deadly serious, patently absurd, cutting-edge, avant-everything-and-thing work from the years 2011 through 2013. The &NOW AWARDS series, edited by Davis Schneiderman, features writing as a contemporary art form writing as it is practiced today by authors who conscious-ly treat their work as an art and as a practice explicitly aware of its own literary and extraliterary history as much about its form and materials, language, as it is about its subject matter.The &NOW Conference, moving from the University of Notre Dame (2004), Lake Forest College (2006), Chapman University (2008), the University at Buffalo (2009), the University of California, San Diego (2011), Sorbonne and Diderot in Paris (2012), and the University of California Boulder (2013), to CalArts (2015), sets the stage for this aesthetic, while The &NOW AWARDS features work from the wider world of invative publishing and surveys the contemporary scene.
MEGAN MILKS's first collection of short fiction, Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, was published by Emergency Press in March 2014. Her stories have been included in three anthologies of innovative writing, as well as many journals; two have been adapted for performance. She currently teaches creative writing, literature, and journalism at Beloit College in Wisconsin.