Karen Barton lives in a quarryman’s cottage – held together with ancient mud-and-hair mortar – in the heart of Wiltshire, UK, close to Stonehenge. She is currently studying a BA in the History of Art with Creative Writing at the Open University and her work can be found at Matryoshka Poetry, The Curly Mind, Thank You For Swallowing, Quatrain Fish and I Am Not A Silent Poet amongst other outlets. Her website is thepapercutpoet.blogspot.co.uk
Anna Cabe is a MFA candidate in fiction at Indiana University and the web editor of the Indiana Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Toast, Necessary Fiction, matchbook, Gingerbread House, Reservoir, Racialicious, and Cease, Cows, among others. She was a 2015 Kore Press Short Fiction Award semifinalist, a finalist for Midwestern Gothic’s Summer 2016 Flash Fiction Series, and a finalist for the 2015 Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers. You can find Anna on Twitter @annablabs.
Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She’s the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and Field Guide to the End of the World, coming from Moon City Press in fall 2016. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.
Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Mendeleev’s Mandala (2015) and The Insomniac’s Weather Report (2014). Her work has been featured in Best New Poets, Verse Daily, NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, and Motionpoems. This summer she will be an artist-in-residence at Denali National Park and Preserve, where she will continue work on a manuscript about the death of her uncle as a mountain climber on Denali. Jessica lives and teaches in Japan.
Katherine Hoerth is the author of four poetry books, including Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots (Lamar University Literary Press, 2014) which won the Helen C. Smith Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her work has also been included in journals such as Concho River Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and the Texas Poetry Calendar. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and serves as poetry editor of Amarillo Bay and Devilfish Review. Her next collection, The Lost Chronicles of Slue Foot Sue, is forthcoming from Lamar University Literary Press in early 2017.
Wynne Huddleston is the author of From the Depths of Red Bluff, A Collection of Poems. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Snapdragon Journal, Birmingham Arts Journal, Danse Macabre, and Halfway Down the Stairs. She was selected as Mississippi Poetry Society’s 2014 Poet of the Year, and served as workshop leader for the Mid-South Poetry Festival in Memphis in 2011. Ms. Huddleston is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master of Music Education degree. When not writing, she is teaching elementary music or playing with her grandchildren. For more info, please see http://wynnehuddleston.wordpress.com/.
Jessie Janeshek’s second full-length book of poems, The Shaky Phase, is forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press. Her chapbooks are Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016), Rah-Rah Nostalgia, (dancing girl press, 2016), and Hardscape (Reality Beach, forthcoming, 2017). Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010) is her first full-length collection. An Assistant Professor of English and the Director of Writing at Bethany College, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. She co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press, 2008). Read more at jessiejaneshek.net.
Jen Karetnick is the author of three full-length poetry books, including American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2106) and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), as well as four poetry chapbooks. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Negative Capability, One, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prairie Schooner and Spillway. She works as the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School; a freelance dining critic and lifestyle journalist; and a cookbook author, most recently of Mango (University Press of Florida, 2014).
Laura Lee Washburn is the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Cavalier Literary Couture, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Sun, Red Rock Review, and Valparaiso Review. Born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, she has also lived and worked in Arizona and in Missouri. She is married to the writer Roland Sodowsky and is one of the founders and the Co-President of the Board of SEK Women Helping Women.
Tanis MacDonald is the author of three books of poetry, including Rue the Day (Turnstone Press). Recent poetry has appeared in Iron Horse Review, PRISM International, Canthius, Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, and Best Canadian Poetry 2015 (Tightrope Books). She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Jennifer Martelli’s debut poetry collection, The Uncanny Valley, was published in 2016. She is also the author of the chapbook, Apostrophe. Her poetry has appeared in Up the Staircase Quarterly, Vector Press, and Tar River Poetry. Her prose has appeared in Drunken Boat, The Green Mountains Review, and Gravel: A Literary Journal. Jennifer Martelli has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is a book reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, as well as an associate editor for The Compassion Anthology. http://www.jennifermartelli.com
A. Non, artist, poet and member of a number of intersecting marginalized communities, acknowledges that naming – of ourselves, of others – remains an act of power and of longing. Most of the material world that shapes us survives content in its namelessness. Namelessness is not a tragedy, but a fact of identity solidified long before language arose on the planet or arises in a human being. The multiplicity of the unnamed, human or otherwise, have things to teach. By coming up under the skirts of language, art enables me to learn; learning is my chosen purpose. I am therefore A. Non.
Tricia Park is a concert violinist and the violin/viola professor at the University of Notre Dame. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a graduate of the Juilliard School, she has appeared in concert on five continents and is also Artistic Director of MusicIC, (www.musicic.org) a chamber music festival based in Iowa City that explores the connection between music and literature. Her writing has appeared in Cleaver Magazine. To hear Tricia play, visit: www.triciapark.com.
JC Reilly publishes across genres, and is the author of the poetry chapbook La Petite Mort (Finishing Line Press). She is the incoming managing editor of The Atlanta Review, and has work published or forthcoming from Donut Factory, Riding Light, Glassworks, the Citron Review, the Xavier Review, and Naugatuck River Review. Read her blog at jcreilly.com or tweet at her @aishatonu.
Alexis Rhone Fancher’s poem, “when I turned fourteen, my mother’s sister took me to lunch and said:” was chosen by Edward Hirsch for inclusion in The Best American Poetry of 2016. Find her poems in Rattle, The MacGuffin, Slipstream, Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles, Hobart, Chiron Review, Quaint, Fjords Review, Broadzine,Cleaver and elsewhere. She’s the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen, (Sybaritic Press, 2014) and State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies, (KYSO Flash Press, 2015). Since 2013 Alexis has been nominated for 7 Pushcart Prizes and 4 Best of the Net Awards. www.alexisrhonefancher.com
Lois Roma-Deeley is the author of three collections of poetry: Rules of Hunger, northSight and High Notes—a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. She has published in numerous anthologies including Villanelles (Pocket Poets Series) and Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity. Further, her work has been featured in numerous literary journals including, Spillway, The Transnational, Windhover, Bellingham Review, Water~Stone, and many others. She is a recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts 2016 Artist Research & Development Grant. http://www.loisroma-deeley.com/
Renee Rossi’s first full length collection of poetry, TRIAGE, was published in 2016. She has published two poetry chapbooks, STILL LIFE, winner of the 2009 Gertrude Press Chapbook Prize in poetry, and THIRD WORLDS. She is an Otolaryngologist and holds an MFA in Creative Writing. A native of Detroit, she currently lives and teaches in Dallas.
Lynn Schmeidler’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous literary magazines including Barrow Street, Boston Review, Fence, Cider Press Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and New Delta Review. Her chapbook, Curiouser & Curiouser is available from Grayson Books.
Sagirah Shahid is a Minneapolis, Minnesota based writer. She is a 2015-2016 winner of the Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series Award in poetry, Sagirah’s work has been published or is forthcoming in: The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Mizna, The Fem, Bluestem, For Harriet, Black Fox, Knockout Literary Magazine, Paper Darts, Switchback, and Qu Literary Journal.
Austyn Wohlers lives in Atlanta, where she is an undergraduate in the Creative Writing program at Emory University. “The Art of the Blues” is her first published story.