Mary Allen is the author of The Rooms of Heaven: A Story of Love, Death, Grief, and the Afterlife, and Awake in the Dream House. Read more about her on her website.
Victoria Barycz became a writer when her elementary school told her she couldn’t use her fists to express rage. She prefers poetry that tells the truth and nonfiction that shows how dangerous it is to be a child. Barycz has been published in Pithead Chapel, Gravel, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and The Examined Life Journal.
Kirk Boys’ fiction and personal essays have appeared in Gravel, Per Contra, Bio Stories, Thrice Fiction, and Storie. He was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s New Writers 2014. He lives just outside Seattle, Washington.
Kate Dowling is a writer based near Wellington, New Zealand; she has previously lived in England and Spain. Her work has been published in ProDesign magazine, the Evening Post newspaper (NZ), and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine.
Russ Dymond graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in English and professional writing. He has had a long, successful career in advertising as a copywriter, creative director, and agency owner. His first novel, Luke’s Way, is forthcoming. Visit his website for more information.
Christina Fulton graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an MFA in fiction. She is currently teaching at Miami Dade College. Her work has been featured in Rozlyn Press, Gravel, Sliver of Stone Magazine, If and Only If, The Chaffin Journal, and Toad Suck Review. Her book, Dead Ends, is available on Amazon.
Jon Goldberg has been an advertising copywriter for many years. He recently completed a group of nine stories. This is his first publication.
Roshanda Johnson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a BS in interdisciplinary studies, and recently completed a masters in literacy. She is a teacher by trade but enjoys writing and has starred in several local plays. Her work has appeared in Tiger’s Eye, Riversongs, Houston Poetry Anthology, Sierra Nevada Review, Sanskrit, Third Wednesday, and other journals. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her beloved dog, Bruce Leroy.
M.K. Hall received an MFA from New York University, where she taught creative and expository writing. Her work has appeared in publications including The Rumpus, Open Letters Monthly, and American Literary Review. Her short story “Fortune & Riot” was selected as the debut fiction piece for the Asian American Writer’s Workshop’s online magazine, The Margins. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and son. Visit her website for more information.
Kristin Kozlowski has fiction, poetry and letters published in Chicago Literati, Fine Lines, Modern Haiku, and The Dirty Napkin. Additional haiku has appeared in Bronze Man Book’s anthology: Millikin University’s Haiku Anthology. She lives outside of Chicago where she works in alternative healthcare and participates in the daily grind of raising an ever expanding family.
Lauren Krouse works as a teaching assistant in the Creative Writing department at UNC-W. Her latest writing explores religion, spirituality, and philosophy from the west to the east through the eyes of a lapsed Catholic/atheist-agnostic. Her work has appeared in College of Charleston Magazine, Gravel, A Narrow Fellow, The Journal, and Paper Darts. Recently, her poem “black sun” was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.
Gabrielle Lawrence is currently a student and a writer pursuing her BA in English from Azusa Pacific University where she enjoys conducting research alongside her professors. She often uses writing as a medium to discuss and reflect on race, gender, and identity. Her poetry and nonfiction can be found in the eighth edition of Words Apart Magazine as well as The West Wind.
Chad W. Lutz was born in Akron, Ohio, and raised in the neighboring suburb of Stow. A 2008 graduate of Kent State University’s English program, his writing has been featured in Diverse Voices Quarterly, Kind of a Hurricane Press, Haunted Waters Press, and Sheepshead Review. Chad still balls hard in his hometown of Stow and currently works in North Canton writing content for an online job resource site. He also manages an online magazine called AltOhio. Chad runs competitively and won the Lake Wobegon Marathon in May 2015, setting the course record by nearly three minutes in a time of 2:33:59. He aspires to qualify for the Olympic Trials.
Alison Main was born and raised in New York. She has been published in Paleo Magazine and Notre Dame Magazine. She ghostwrites on environmental health public policy issues, and she blogs on existential topics of interest. As a creative director, Alison has developed print and digital ad campaigns for media outlets such as Advertising Age, InvestmentNews, and Pearson Education. She holds a BA in English and economics from the University of Notre Dame, and a certification in graphic and digital design from Parsons School of Design. Her website is www.alisonmain.me.
L.L. McDonald lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she teaches English and composition at an independent high school. She received an MFA degree with a dual focus in fiction and poetry writing from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.
Monica Nawrocki lives with her partner and dog on a remote island off the west coast of Canada. She earns her living as a substitute teacher—often reading under-construction manuscripts to captive classroom audiences and happily impersonating someone different every day. She is the author of two books and her fiction and nonfiction pieces have appeared in various journals and anthologies in Canada and the U.S. You can visit her at www.monicanawrocki.com.
Frances Saunders has been published in the anthology Steeped in the World of Tea, and in the journals Reflections, Marco Polo, One in Four, and Lifelines, among other journals and presses. She lives and writes in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Kiddest Sinke is a freshman at Yale University, majoring in English and political science. She grew up in Eugene, Oregon, with her four younger sisters. This is her first publication.
Allie Sipe currently works as a writing tutor in Ashland, Oregon, and serves on the staff of Scribendi, the award-winning undergraduate literary magazine based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her publications include poetry in Conceptions Southwest 2017 (forthcoming) and nonfiction articles in The Odyssey.
Ryan Skaryd is an MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of Central Florida. He is originally from southern Florida.
Claude Clayton Smith, Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, is the author of eight books and co-editor/translator of two others. His own work has been translated into five languages, including Russian and Chinese. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife of 40 years. For more information visit his website.
Lauren Suchenski hails from Princeton, New Jersey, and adores words in a thousand shapes and sizes. Her work has previously been included in magazines such as Gambling the Aisle, The Barnwood Review, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and The Hun Review. In 2015, she was nominated for The Pushcart Prize. She is always grateful for the opportunity to swim inside of syllables.
Kerri Sullivan is a writer, librarian, and photographer from central coastal New Jersey. Her work has appeared in The Billfold, theEEEL/tNY press, Lamplighter Magazine, and The Corn Belt Almanac from The Head and the Hand Press.
Tara Sullivan is from Hull, Massachusetts. She’s currently hard at work on a memoir.
Laura Valeri is the author of two award-winning short story collections, Safe in Your Head, a Stephen F. Austin University Press prize winner, and The Kinds of Things Saints Do, an Iowa John Simmons Award winner. Her work appears in numerous journals, including Glimmer Train, Creative Nonfiction, Adirondack Review, and more recently, Temenos and Fiction Southeast. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and is the founding editor of Wraparound South, a literary magazine. She teaches at Georgia Southern University.
Reed Venrick lives and writes in a restored lighthouse on a Florida island, where at night he gets his best inspiration by watching ships pass by, their riggings all lighted, sailing out to sea.
Beth Walker’s work is currently or recently in The Atrium, Storm Cellar, and Rag Queen Periodical, and is forthcoming in the poetry anthology BARED. She also has essays in Practical Composition (McFarland), Critical Insights: American Creative Nonfiction (Salem P) and New Perspectives on Detective Fiction: Mystery Magnified (Routledge).
Thomas Walton’s work has appeared in numerous journals, including ZYZZYVA, Bombay Gin, Queen Mob’s Review, Gold Man Review and Gambling the Aisle. Some of his poems were anthologized in Make It True: Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf P). He edits PageBoy Magazine and puzzles over his daughter’s fourth-grade homework in Seattle, Washington.