Sara Adams is a Montessori teacher in Portland, Oregon. She has poetry and fiction in Shampoo Poetry, and/or, tNY Press's Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, and DIAGRAM (forthcoming). She also co-wrote a New Translation of Twilight, available at www.fredwardbound.com.
Julie Ako is a writer with roots in Mars, Pennsylvania and Jupiter Island, Florida, currently living in Chicago, Illinois. Her work is published or forthcoming in Potluck Magazine, Spork Press, Wu-Wei Magazine, Mineral Magazine, Guild Literary Complex, Reality Hands and a handful of other publications. Her first book of prose Tiger Balm is due for publication Spring 2015 via Pink Finger Press. She is currently a studying writing at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
E. Kristin Anderson E. Kristin Anderson is a poet and glitter enthusiast living mostly at a Starbucks somewhere in Austin, Texas. A Connecticut College alumna with a B.A. in classical studies, Kristin’s work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Texas Review, The Pinch, Barrelhouse Online, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and FreezeRay Poetry. She is the editor of Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on 90s pop culture (Anomalous Press) and is the author of nine chapbooks of poetry including Pray Pray Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press), Fire in the Sky (Grey Book Press), 17 seventeen XVII (Grey Book Press), and Behind, All You’ve Got (Semiperfect Press, forthcoming). Kristin is an assistant poetry editor at The Boiler and an editorial assistant at Sugared Water. Once upon a time she worked the night shift at The New Yorker. Find more of her work at pioneertown here, and online at EKristinAnderson.com and on twitter at @ek_anderson.
Catherine Arra lives in upstate New York. A former English and writing teacher, her poetry and prose have been published in various journals online and in print. Recent work appears or will soon appear in The Timberline Review, Writers Tribe Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Sugared Water and Wildness. Her chapbooks are: Slamming & Splitting (Red Ochre Press, 2014) and Loving from the Backbone (Flutter Press, 2015).
Simina Banu is a Canadian poet. Originally from Romania, she is an outsider investigator of the oddities that inhabit the English language—from its strange punctuation, to its accidental musicality, to its meanings, unconfined by the structure of words, wandering and irretrievable. Her poetry has been featured in journals such as In/Words Magazine, the Steel Chisel and Otoliths. In 2015, words(on)pages press published her first chapbook, where art.
Vanessa Batyko is a poet from Los Angeles. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, where she received the 2018 Beau J. Boudreaux Poetry Award and the Jimmy Gauntt Memorial Award. She currently takes care of cats and sells clothes for a living. Her work has most recently been published in Gravel, adjacent pineapple, and Semantics Magazine.
Caleb Beissert worked as a bartender at a kava bar in Asheville, North Carolina; he was born in Washington, D.C., during the mid-1980s crack epidemic; and he has traveled extensively in Andalusia, Spain, researching the poetry of Federico García Lorca. His poems or translations have been published in International Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, Red Earth Review, and anthologized in Beatitude: Golden Anniversary, 1959-2009, and Animal Poems (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014). His first book, Beautiful: Translations from the Spanish, poems of Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda, was published by New Native Press in 2013. He is currently serving as Co-editor of Redheaded Stepchild, an online literary journal that only accepts work that has been rejected elsewhere. He resides in Asheville, NC, where he regularly hosts readings and continues to write, translate, and teach poetry.
Jamie Lynn Buehner is the author of Dessert Poems (Binge Press, 2012) and Catalpa (Red Bird Chapbooks, forthcoming late 2015). Her recent work appears in Sleet, The Midwest Quarterly, and the Wisconsin Review. She teaches at a private university in Istanbul.
Megan Burbank lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is arts editor at the Portland Mercury. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Notes on Lee Miller (Dancing Girl Press, 2013), co-editrix of the literary journal Projecttile, and holder of an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her essays, criticism, and reporting can be found at the Mercury,The Stranger, the Toast, and the Billfold, among other publications.
Ron Burch's fiction has been published in numerous literary journals including Mississippi Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Eleven Eleven, Pank, and been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Bliss Inc., his debut novel, was published by BlazeVOX Books. He lives in Los Angeles. Please visit: www.ronburch.com.
Alana I. Capria is the author of the story collection "Wrapped in Red," the novel "Hooks and Slaughterhouse," and the chapbooks "Organ Meat, Killing Me" and "Lilith." She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Capria resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and rabbit. Her website is http://alanaicapria.com.
Annabelle Carvell is a co-founder/editor of Synaesthesia Magazine. She has been shortlisted for the 2012 Cinnamon Press Short Story Prize and has been published on CHEAP POP, Visual Verse and Thresholds, the international short story forum. She is currently working on a short story collection, predominantly influenced by Ian McEwan and anything else that's drenched with the disturbed.
Kristin Chang lives and procrastinates painfully in Cupertino, CA. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in BOAAT Journal, Word Riot, Dead Ink, Wu-Wei Fashion Mag, and elsewhere.
Ben Clark grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Chicago, Illinois. His first book Reasons to Leave the Slaughter was released by Write Bloody Publishing in 2011. His second collection, if you turn around I will turn around is forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press in early 2015. More of his work can be found at benclarkpoetry.com. His latest work for pioneertown was written with Dana McKenna at Art Farm in Nebraska.
Seth Copeland lives with his wife in Oklahoma City and is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing. His poems have appeared in Menacing Hedge, This Land, and Crab Fat, among others. In the past he worked on Cuento and The Oklahoma Review, and now edits the digital journal Jazz Cigarette.
Zachary Cosby is a bookseller in Portland, OR. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, tNY, The Portland Review, and more.
Jaclyn Costello received an MFA in Fiction & Poetry Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is now an Assistant Professor in the Honors College. She is also a Spiritual Guidance Counselor at GrowWithSoul.com. Her fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have been published by Pochino Press, Crab Fat Magazine, Rivet Journal, Tiny Buddha and elsewhere. She is currently seeking an agent for her first novel, as well as a home for her debut book of poetry.
Robert Cowan is a professor and dean at the City University of New York, and a volunteer instructor at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. He is the author of two hybrid-genre collections—Elsewhen (Paloma Press, forthcoming 2019) and Close Apart (Paloma Press, 2018), and two monographs—Teaching Double Negatives (Peter Lang, 2018) and The Indo-German Identification (Camden House, 2010). His poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and scholarship has appeared in various journals and anthologies.
Shakira Croce is a freelance writer in Queens, New York. A Georgia native, after studying writing at Sarah Lawrence College with Vijay Seshadri and completing a Masters at Pace University, she currently works as Communications Manager for a non-profit healthcare organization, Amida Care. She has previously worked for "Vista" Magazine in Italy and served twice as a juror for the Zerilli-Marimo City of Rome Prize for Italian Fiction. Croce’s poetry translations have appeared in Babel magazine, and recently her poetry has been featured in the New Ohio Review, PoetsArtists, MiPOesias, Tansactions, Ducts.org, and the Red River Review. She was a featured reader in the Boundless Tales Reading Series, and she was a finalist in the Linda Flowers Literary Award competition.
Rebecca Elliott lives in Chicago, where she makes artist's books & letterpress prints with friends as Meekling Press. Her parents are scientists who filled the house with paper polyhedra when she was very young, and who would recommend checking out Magnus Wenninger's book Polyhedron Models, if you're into that kind of thing.
Moriah Erickson is eagerly awaiting the release of her first full-length poetry collection In The Mouth of the Wolf (Kelsay, 2015) to join her two award-winning chapbooks Nightboat (NFSPS press, 2010) and Three Crows Laughing (Slipstream, 2011). She has had multiple poems published in many journals, as well as some short fiction. She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She works as a sleep tech in Duluth, MN.
Nicholas Finch is the assistant editor of Neon Literary Journal and his work has been published in Catfish Creek and elsewhere. Raised in England, he spent time in South Africa before settling in Florida and his work is heavily influenced by the places he's been and people he's met. Additionally, the work of authors such as Rudy Wilson, Ernest Hemingway, John Barth, Akiko Yosano, Brett Easton Ellis, and Felisberto Hernandez have affected his writing.
Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based author, journalist and editor. His fiction is most recently published in the Chicago Tribune's Printers Row literary journal and Steam Ticket Third Coast Review. He is also the author of non-fiction books including "The Latest Craze: A Short History of Mass Hysterias" (Fall River Press, 2011), "Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries" (Zest Books, 2015), and a civics book coming in spring 2016. He is a veteran journalist published in Mother Jones, the New Republic, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, Mental_Floss, National Geographic Traveler and dozens of other local, national and international publications.
Jeremy Freedman is a writer and artist in New York City. His poems have been published in Queen Mob’s, Cleaver, Cartagena, Eclectica, Otoliths and elsewhere. His photographs have been exhibited in Europe and the United States and have been recently featured in Hothouse, Redivider, the Monarch Review, the Citron Review and the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. More work can be seen at jfreenyc.com
Josh Gaines is a former Air Force Captain and a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in writing. He is the author of two books containing his poetry and flash fiction, Cigarette Sonatas and Little Bones through Thoughtcrime Press, and in select online and print publications.
Nathan Garcia is a law graduate who occasionally wades into literary waters. Too often guided by whiskey and women, he often finds himself masking his humility with heartfelt interest, learning more about the world in hopes of learning more about himself.
Daniel Giovinazzo is a graduate of Hartwick College. In addition, he received an MFA from Lesley University in Creative Writing. An emerging voice, Daniel has supported his writing by working as a house-painter, landscaper, mason-tender, line-cook, greenhouse keeper, and public educator. He has written three unpublished books and is looking for an agent. Currently he is an adjunct professor of writing at Mitchell College, putting the finishing touches on his first novel. Letter To A Famous Author culminated from thirteen years of getting up early, staying up late, and reading The Philosophical Review…
Meg Griffitts received her MFA from Texas State University where she teaches, although, she calls Aurora, Colorado home. Her work has appeared in Crab Fat, Hypertrophic, The White Stag, BlazeVox, and others. More of her work can be found at megegriffitts.com.
Shane Guffogg received his BFA from Cal Arts and lives in Los Angeles. Guffogg’s work is noted for the use of glazes in the tradition of the old masters, though his subject matter is abstraction. Guffogg got his start as a studio assistant for Ed Ruscha and later founded Pharmaka, a non-profit gallery, in L.A. Guffogg's work has been in over 100 exhibitions, and he recently had mid-career retrospectives in Naples, Italy, and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Deborah Guzzi is a healing facilitator who uses energetic touch and the written word to assist in fostering wellbeing. She has written three books. The Hurricane published in 2015 is available through Prolific Press, Amazon, and other venues. Her poetry appears in University Journals & Literary Reviews in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Greece, India and the USA.
Tom Hack is a writer and artist studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has recently shown work with the 50 Pullman Arts & Music Festival and the Queer Mixed Realities Collective. His favorite arrangement of birds is a murmuration of starlings and he is currently wondering why Drake hasn't returned his phone calls. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @yung_heathcliff.
Greg Hill is a writer and voice over talent in West Hartford, Connecticut. He has an MFA from Vermont of College of Fine Arts. His poems have appeared recently in Black Heart Magazine; Verse Wisconsin; and Queen Mob’s Teahouse. His creative writing endeavors are not inspired by working a desk job in some media company’s web department.
Marianna Hofer has Studio 13 in the gloriously haunted Jones Building in Findlay, OH. Her poems and stories appear in small magazines, and her b&w photography hangs in local exhibitions and eateries. Her first book, A Memento Sent by the World, was published by Word Press in 2008.
Rich Ives is a winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander and the 2012 winner of the Creative Nonfiction Prize from Thin Air magazine. His book of days, Tunneling to the Moon, is available from Silenced Press, a fiction chapbook, Sharpen, from Newer York Press and Light from a Small Brown Bird, a collection of poems, from Bitter Oleander Press. He is also the winner of the What Books Competition for Fiction and his story collection, The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, has just been released.
Soren James is a writer and visual artist who recreates himself on a daily basis from the materials at his disposal, continuing to do so in upbeat manner until one day he will sumptuously throw his drained materials aside and resume stillness without asking why. More of his work can be seen here.
Olena Jennings has published fiction in Fawlt, Joyland, and Projecttile. Her poetry can be found in Poems By Sunday. Her translations of poetry can be found in Chelsea, Poetry International, and Wolf. She has read her poetry with Yara Arts Group, at the Shevchenko Scientific Society, and at the Ukrainian Museum. She completed her MFA in writing at Columbia and her MA in Ukrainian Literature at the University of Alberta.
S. Kay writes one tweet at a time. Her work has appeared in Nanoism, 7x20, theEEEL, Monkeybicycle, and more. Her debut book "Reliant" will be out October 2015 from tNY.Press.
Travis Kiger was born in Thibodaux, LA, and grew up in a lot of places. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Cleaver Magazine, Bull Men’s Fiction, Bridge Eight, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Good Men Project, Hobart, and elsewhere. When he is not talking about books and writing at Keiser University, he is teaching his son to hold the bat with two hands.
Tyler Kline is the author of the forthcoming chapbook As Men Do Around Knives (ELJ Publications, 2016). A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Radar Poetry, and Winter Tangerine Review. He works on an organic vegetable farm and studies Secondary English Education at the University of Delaware.
JT Lachausse is the editor-in-chief of The Matador Review. His work has been featured in The Coraddi, Prairie Margins, Hair Trigger, The Adirondack Review and others. His literary journalism experience includes author interviews with George Saunders, Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket), Dave Eggers, John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats and more. Originally from Aurora Sparks, Texas, JT now lives in Chicago, where he is a junior at Columbia College Chicago.
Josh Lefkowitz won the 2013 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Prize, an Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry at the University of Michigan, and was a finalist for the 2014 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize. His poems and essays have been published at Court Green, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, Conduit, The Hairpin, Coldfront, Poor Claudia, Open Letters Monthly, TheThePoetry, and many other places. He has also recorded humorous essays for NPR's All Things Considered and BBC's Americana.
Joshua Lepard is an environmentalist and writer working in the kitchen of a brewery in Milford, Ohio. His work has been published in the East Fork Literary Journal as well as in self-published zines. He escapes into Nature as often as possible, whether kayaking down the Little Miami, fishing up on Lake Erie, or hiking for days in the Red River Gorge.
Ginna Luck's work can be read in Radar Poetry, Gone Lawn, decomP, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Bodega, Leveler Poetry and others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has an MFA from Goddard College. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and three boys.
Alex Luft's fiction has been published in The Adirondack Review, Midwestern Gothic, Sequestrum, The Coachella Review and elsewhere. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dana McKenna lives, works, and writes in Chicago. Her pioneertown poems were written with Ben Clark at Art Farm in Nebraska.
Heather McShane lives and creates at Tritriangle. Meekling Press published one of her creations, No Home but Everywhere, in November 2015. Her smaller works can be found in Alice Blue, Bad at Sports, Eleven Eleven, Pistil, and other places, online and in print. She teaches writing and literature at DePaul University.
E.C. Messer lives in the sunniest part of San Francisco with her husband and four cats. Follow her on Twitter @ecmesser. She would like very much to know you.
Lauren E. Milici is a resident Dharma bum, wannabe bodhisattva, and real gone chick. She pens confessional poetry and believes that the best art is derived from naked honesty. Her work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Ishka Bibble, From A Wildflower, and Fashion Decode Magazine. She frequently posts drafts, sketches, and musings at her website, laurenemilici.com.
Haylee Millikan is a second-year senior at the University of Washington, studying Creative Writing and Philosophy. She grew up in Spokane, but now lives in Seattle where she runs the opinion section of The Daily, and works for the Women's Action group on the UW campus.
Ashley Miranda is a poet from Chicago. She has been previously published in the Denver Quarterly and the zine The Black Dog Goes For a Walk. She is influenced by the Language Poets, the Surrealists, and the Oulipians. She obtained her MFA in Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, and currently tweets impulse poetry @dustwhispers. An archive of her twitter poetry can be found at agirlaloof.com.
Patricia Jacaban Miranda's poems have been featured or are forthcoming in apt, Bop Dead City, DASH, Frontier Poetry, Heron Tree, Into the Void, Kitaab, Mount Hope, Rise Up Review, and several other literary journals. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two children.
Tracy Mishkin is a call center employee for a major health insurance company and an MFA student in Creative Writing at Butler University. Her chapbook, I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Reckless Writing 2013: The Continued Modernization of Poetry, Best of Flying Island 2014, The Quotable, and Little Patuxent Review.
Ellen Birkett Morris' fiction has appeared in The Antioch Review, Notre Dame Review, South Carolina Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, wigleaf, and Paradigm, among other journals. Her story “The Cycle of Life and Other Incidentals” was selected as a finalist in the Glimmer Train Press Family Matters short story competition. She is a recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council in support of her fiction.
Gregg Murray is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia State University, as well as the editor of Muse /A Journal. He has recent poems in Josephine Quarterly, Caketrain, Sou’wester, DIAGRAM, Pank, New South, Birmingham Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly Review, RealPoetik, alice blue, Horse Less, Phantom Drift, decomP magazinE, Berkeley Poetry Review, Quiddity International, LEVELER, Free State Review, The Mondegreen, Spittoon, Menacing Hedge, Midway, interrupture, and elsewhere. Gregg also has a chapbook, Ceviche, from Spittoon Press.
Nikoletta Nousiopoulos published "all the dead goats" in 2010 with Little Red Tree Publishing. Her poetry has appeared in Meadowland Review, Connecticut River Review, and Looseleaf Tea. She works as an adjunct professor of writing at Mitchell College and Three Rivers Community College, and waitresses at her family's restaurant.
Michael O'Neill is a fiction and poetry writer residing in Chicago. His work has appeared in Nanoism, WhiskeyPaper, Unbroken Journal, Literary Orphans and the Journal of Microliterature, among others.
Zack O'Neill earned his MFA from the University of South Carolina. His work has been supported by two fellowships, the James Dickey Fellowship and the Houston Writing Fellowship. His work has appeared in The Oklahoma Review, Kudzu Review, The Homestead Review, and elsewhere. His short story collection Zen Creoles will be published by Spuyten-Duyvil Press in 2017.. He currently lives in Sacramento, and works as an adjunct English professor.
Michael O’Ryan’s work appears or is forthcoming in Alien Mouth, Five:2:One Magazine, Building 45 Literary Journal, Peach Mag & elsewhere. His poetry was included on Ampersand Literary's Summer 2016 "Best of the Season" list. He tweets @surfing_montana.
Coco Owen is a stay-at-home poet in Los Angeles. She has published poems in the Antioch Review, 1913, CutBank, The Journal, Rio Grande Review and The Feminist Wire, among other venues. She was a finalist in the 2014 May Swenson Poetry Award and has chapbooks forthcoming from Tammy and dancing girl press. Owen serves on the board of Les Figues Press, and you can read more of her work at: www.cocoowenphd.com.
Patty Paine is the author of Grief & Other Animals (Accents Publishing, 2015) The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing, 2013), Feral (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012), Elegy & Collapse (Finishing Line Press, 2006), and co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry (Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press, 2011) and The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf (Berkshire, 2013). Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Blackbird, The Louisville Review, Gulf Stream, The Journal and other publications. She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal, and Diode Editions, and is an assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar where she teaches writing and literature, and is interim director of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Brit Parks is a poet and artist. She is the recipient of The Clare Rosen and Samuel Edes Emerging Artist Semi-Finalist Fellowship. She received both her Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is featured in the current issue of RINE and was previously published in after hours. She has exhibited her films at The Chicago Underground Film Festival and Chicago Filmmakers. She resided in New York for ten years and currently lives in Seattle.
Cully Perlman's fiction and nonfiction has been published or is forthcoming in Bull Men’s Fiction, The St. Petersburg Review, Real South Magazine, Avatar Review, Creative Loafing, Connotation Press, The Good Men Project, and more. He was a 2013 semifinalist for his novel-in-progress, LOS BEAUTIFUL, as well as on the short list of finalists for the 2012 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Competition for his novel, THE LOSSES. He has been a finalist in Glimmer Train's Very Short Story Contest, won the Writer's Digest Dear Lucky Agent contest for a novel, and received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open.
Jason Primm pursues modest goals in a coastal city. When he isn’t writing, he can be found sharpening his slice backhand. His work has most recently appeared in Rust + Moth, Jelly Bucket, Heron Tree, Literary Orphans, and The Southern Humanities Review. He maintains a blog at jasonprimm.wordpress.com.
Erin Pringle-Toungate's next collection of stories, The Whole World At Once, will be published in Spring 2017 with the Vandalia Imprint of West Virginia University Press. Her first book of stories, The Floating Order, is published with Two Ravens Press (2009). These poems are from a memoir she is working on, tentatively entitled The Girl's Made of Bone. To learn more about her or her work, see www.erinpringle.com. Originally from rural Illinois, she now lives in Washington state.
Decades ago, kerry rawlinson gravitated from sunny Zambian skies to solid Canadian soil as an Architectural Technologist. Lately able to return to her muses, she won Postcards, Poems & Prose's “drawkcaB” Contest; and was a finalist in Ascent Aspirations; Mississippi Valley, and Malahat Review Open Season Contests. Poems (some w. art) accepted by, amongst others: Midwest Quarterly; ditchpoetry; Lantern Journal; 3Elements Review; Unshod Quills; War, Literature & the Arts; Main Street Rag; Codex. Photo-artwork in: Qwerty; Wax Poetry & Art; Centrifugal Eye; Adirondack Review & AColorProject; Five on the Fifth.
Sarah Terez Rosenblum’s debut novel, Herself When She's Missing, was called “poetic and heartrending" by Booklist in 2012. She writes for publications and sites including Salon, The Chicago Sun Times, XOJane, afterellen.com, Curve Magazine and Pop Matters. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as “kill author and “Underground Voices,” and she was a 2011 recipient of Carve Magazine's Esoteric Fiction Award. She teaches Creative Writing at The University of Chicago Graham school and runs the Truth or Lie Live Lit Series.
Stuart Ross is a writer living in Chicago.
David Russomano was awarded the Faber and Faber Creative Writing MA Prize in 2014 by Kingston University. In addition to being nominated for both The Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publications’ 2012 Best of the Net Anthology, his poetry has appeared in various print and online publications, including Poetry Quarterly, Structo, and Elbow Room (forthcoming).
Rebecca Rustin is a freelance writer, translator & grad student in translation, in Montreal, QC.
John Saul's work has appeared extensively in the UK and internationally, and is next due to appear in the prestigious US magazine, Gargoyle. He has four collections of short fiction published (three at Salt Publishing, UK), and The Times has described his work as "witty and playful," proof "the short story is not only alive but being reinvigorated in excitingly diverse ways." He is currently collaborating on an innovative project with words and music. and in 2014 excerpts from this were performed at the National Portrait Gallery and Write Idea Festival in London. Find more information at his website, www.johnsaul.co.uk.
Emma Schaeffer is a graduate of Vassar College, and current student of the Hunter College School of Education. By day, she teaches special needs students, which is difficult and wonderful. Recent publication credits include the New Haven Review, Barnwood Poetry Magazine, and the Ampersand Review.
David Scheier is writer and illustrator who was born in Germany and mostly raised in the South West of the US. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso with a minor in film, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, he teaches interdisciplinary courses at Harold Washington City College. Both his illustrated and written work have appeared in various publications including the following: GTK Journal, Furious Gazelle, Entropy, The State, Spork Press, BlazeVOX, OVS, Front Porch Journal, Rio Grande Review and Petrichor Machine. Visit him online at davidscheier.com.
Tamara Sellman's work has been published widely and internationally (US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Malaysia). Most recently, her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the print anthology, Something On Our Minds and the HIV: Here & Now 365 poems project (both in Dec 2015), as well as Wordgathering (Mar 2016), Barking Sycamores (Feb 2016) and Halfway Down the Stairs (Jan 2016). Her personal essay, "Intersections," was also nominated for the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award. Finally, her work has also been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.
Heather Lynn Shorey received her BA in Anthropology from Columbia University in New York and her MFA in Writing from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She has and continues to work in a variety of theatre/film projects throughout Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago—writing her imagination on paper, bringing her characters to life.
Kevin Sparrow is a writer, performer, and curator of live and time-based work. He utilizes text to create performances, performance to create text, and both to create responses that provoke inquiry and participation. He is the recipient of the 2014 MFAW Teaching Fellowship from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and co-coordinator of the artist collective and monthly salon series HI typ/O.
Susan Solomon is a freelance painter living in the Midwest. She also doubles as the cartoonist/editor of Sleet Magazine, an online literary journal.
Miranda Steffens is a poet and essayist living in Chicago. She is the author of the lyric essay book, "Peripheral Vision," published with Meekling Press. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Entropy, South Dakota Review, Hoot Magazine, Apple Valley Review and Upstairs at Duroc. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Knox College and her MFA in Writing from The School of the Art institute of Chicago. She currently works as an ESL professor.
Emily Stokes’ work has appeared in SLICE Magazine, Nimrod, The Westchester Review, and PANK. She received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and serves as the Managing Editor for Madcap Review. She currently lives, works, and writes in Philadelphia.
Danielle Susi is the author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Knee-Jerk Magazine, Hobart, The Rumpus, Lines+Stars, DIALOGIST, and Midway Journal, among many others. She is a READ section contributor for The Angle and Newcity recently named her among the Top 5 Emerging Chicago Poets. Find her online at daniellesusi.com.
Adam Tedesco has worked as a shipbuilder, a meditation instructor, a telephone technician and cultural critic for the now disbanded Maoist Internationalist Movement. He is a contributing editor to the online literary journal Drunk In A Midnight Choir. His work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Pine Hills Review, Similar:Peaks::, dcomP and elsewhere. He lives in Albany, New York with his wife and two children.
Dawn Tefft has poems forthcoming or published in Fence, Denver Quarterly, and Sentence, among other journals. Her chapbook Fist is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press, and her chapbook Field Trip to My Mother and Other Exotic Locations was published online by Mudlark. Her nonfiction has been published in PopMatters, Truthout, and Woodland Pattern's blog. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and works as a higher ed union organizer.
Nate Thomas is the author of All Fishes Weep, a poetry chapbook written in collaboration with artist Susan Solomon. He lives in Saint Paul, MN, where he keeps close to the ocean, through remembrance, poetry, and dreams.
Tim Tomlinson is a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing. His chapbook, Yolanda: An Oral History in Verse (Finishing Line Press) will appear in October 2105. His poems, stories, and essays have been published in China (United Verses and Anthill), the Philippines (Esquire, Tomas, Silliman Journal, and in the Anvil Press anthology Fast Food Fiction), and the U.S. in numerous venues, including Blue Lyra Review, Caribbean Vistas, Soundings Review, Theory in Action, and in the anthology Long Island Noir (Akashic Books). He is a member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators. He teaches in the Global Liberal Studies Program at New York University.
Jonathan Travelstead served in the Air Force National Guard for six years as a firefighter and currently works as a full-time firefighter for the city of Murphysboro. Having finished his MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, he now works on an old dirt-bike he hopes will one day get him to the salt flats of Bolivia. He has published work in The Iowa Review, on Poetrydaily.com, and has work forthcoming in The Crab Orchard Review, among others. His first collection “How We Bury Our Dead” by Cobalt/Thumbnail Press was released in March, 2015.
Andy Valentine was born in England and now resides in the Pacific Northwest. His work has appeared in various print and online publications, including Old Growth Northwest's Poplorish Magazine, Oregon Voice Magazine, and The Shrug. He holds a degree in English from the University of Oregon.
Steve Vermillion is a writer and editor living in Northern California. He is a contributing editor at tNY Press. His recent work appears in print and online in a variety of magazines. In 2014 he was nominated for a 'Best of the Net' award in Short Stories, as well as receiving Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train Magazine's Short Story of the Year.
A Native of New Mexico, Cheryl Walker is a recent alumni of the Fulbright Program in Germany. She currently writes in the San Diego area for "Priority Girl," a start-up magazine intended to empower girls and young women.
Minnesota based writer and editor, Libby Walkup knows the importance of brevity and an active verb. She holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Red Weather, High Plains Reader, Miracle Monocle, ARTSpulse, and Fractured West have published her creative and nonfiction work. She's an anglophile, takes pictures, crochets and makes books. She is currently at work on a fiction book called Friday Night Fargo. Learn more at libbywalkup.com.
Court Walsh was a public school teacher for 30 years and took to writing fiction upon retirement. His stories have been published in "Hunger Mountain," "New Orphic Review," "The Long Story," "Callaloo," "Uncle John's Bathroom Reader," "Kentucky Review," "Moon City Review," and "Marathon."
Adam Webster is a writer of fictions (poet, playwright, short stories) and a visual artist in the graduate program at School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on visual poetry, text-based sculpture and short fiction. Also a theatre artist, Adam has produced over 100 plays; written adaptations of "Lysistrata," "Hippolytus," Life Is a Dream," and Stephen Crane's "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets"; more than a dozen short plays that have been produced; and three fuller-length solo pieces, which he has performed.
Melissa Wiley is a freelance writer living in Chicago. Her lyric essays have appeared in literary magazines including Prick of the Spindle, Eclectica Magazine, Tin House Open Bar, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Split Lip Magazine, Menacing Hedge, Beetroot Journal, Lowestoft Chronicle, Pithead Chapel, Specter, Flyover Country Review, Great Lakes Review, and the museum of americana.
Sarah Ann Winn lives in Virginia. Her poems have appeared or will appear in Hobart (online), Massachusetts Review, Nashville Review, Quarterly West, and RHINO, among others. Her chapbook, Portage, was released by Sundress Publications in February 2015. Visit her at http://bluebirdwords.com or follow her @blueaisling on Twitter.
Colin Winnette is the author of several books. He lives in San Francisco.
Dallas Woodburn, a recent Steinbeck Fellow in Creative Writing at San Jose State University, has published fiction and nonfiction in Zyzzyva, Fourth River, Superstition Review, The Los Angeles Times, North Dakota Quarterly, and Monkeybicycle, among many others. Her short story collection was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Augury Books Prose Award, and the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize. She is the founder of Write On! For Literacy, an organization that empowers young people through reading and writing endeavors: www.writeonbooks.org.
Holly Wotherspoon is an adoption attorney living and writing in the rolling hills north of San Francisco, after returning from an extended sojourn in the Pacific Northwest. She is a poet, naturalist, and irreverent art tour guide. A member of River Town Poets, she loves writers’ retreats and reads her poems around the North Bay area. Her publications include forthcoming poems in Unbroken and Mulberry Fork Review as well as incredibly boring articles in legal journals.
Anne K. Yoder’s fiction, essays, and criticism have been published Fence, Bomb, and Tin House, among other publications. She is a staff writer for The Millions, co-editrix of Projecttile, a journal of nontraditional writing with a feminist bent, and a member of Meekling Press. She lives in Chicago, where she’s at work on a novel.