Danielle Decatur was born in Dallas and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio and carries her roots throughout her work. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and Literature with a focus on black contemporary narrative. She has a Masters in Fine Arts with a concentration in fiction from Bennington College.

Educated in Tennessee, married young in Alabama, S. Tremaine Nelson is a former poetry reader at The Paris Review and an alumnus of the fiction department of The New Yorker. He is a fourth-generation Oregonian living in Portland, where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Columbia University MFA program.