Brittany Ackerman is a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. In 2016 she completed a residency at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, as well as the Mont Blanc Workshop in Chamonix, France under the instruction of Alan Heathcock. She recently attended the Methow Valley Workshop in May of 2017 under the leadership of Ross Gay. She is currently living in Los Angeles and working on a novel of fiction.

Paul Alexander is the editor of the essay collection Ariel Ascending: Writings About Sylvia Plath and the author of seven books, including Rough Magic, a biography of Plath, and Salinger, a biography of J.D. Salinger that was the basis of Shane Salerno’s documentary Salinger, which appeared on American Masters on PBS. He has published nonfiction in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, and The New York Review of Books, among many others. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry (Chicago), The Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, POEM, Poetry Now, Mississippi Review, The Louisville Review, The Vanderbilt Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, The Spoon River Quarterly, The Black Warrior Review, The Hiram Poetry Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Connecticut River Review, Deep South, Cold Creek Review, and The Gay and Lesbian Review. He is the author of Edge, a one-woman play about Sylvia Plath. A graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he teaches at the Eugene Lang College at The New School in New York City.

José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and the author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear (Floricanto Press) and Small Fires (FutureCycle Press). His poems, prose, and reviews have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Prairie Schooner, The Windward Review, and The Bind. He runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence and teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College.

Sheila Arndt is a reader, writer, and Ph.D. candidate living in the Midwest. She cares about the modern and postmodern, critical theory, New Orleans, Americana, saltwater, garlic, canines, old blues, and new dreams. Her poetry and prose has been published in The Tishman Review, Gravel, and Literary Orphans, among other places. Follow her: @ACokeWithYou_

Tara Ballard and her husband have been living in the Middle East and West Africa for the last seven years. She holds an MFA from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and her poems have been published or recently accepted by Cutthroat, The Southampton Review, Salamander, HEArt Online, One, and other literary magazines.

Jillian Bauman is from Florida and loves to photograph nature, people, and her roommate’s cat. She enjoys singing, piano-playing, and her favorite fruit is cherries.

C. Wade Bentley lives, teaches, and writes in Salt Lake City. His poems have appeared in many journals, including Best New Poets, Rattle, Cimarron Review, New Orleans Review, and Pembroke Magazine. A full-length collection, What Is Mine, was published by Aldrich Press in January of 2015. Further information about his publications and awards can be found at

Elizabeth Bertsch is a graduate of Bank Street College of Education and a teacher on the East End of Long Island. She has studied writing with David Rakoff and Roger Rosenblatt, and has published essays in arts and education journals.

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Aida Bode is a poet and writer from Korca, Albana, whose works have been published in a variety of online and print magazines including Prelude, Allegro, Dr. Hurley’s Snake Oil Cure, Vayavya, Prolific Press, Boston Poetry Magazine, The Yellow Chair Review, and more. She’s also the author of the well-received novel David and Bathsheba, based on the biblical story of King David and Bathsheba. Her writing style is characterized by a poetic sense with a deep philosophical outlook on events. Aida holds an M.A. in English and Creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University. More information about Aida and her writing can be found at

Ace Boggess is author of the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016) and two books of poetry, most recently, The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014). Forthcoming is a third poetry collection: Ultra-Deep Field (Brick Road). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

Loukia Borrell was born to Greek-Cypriot immigrants in Toledo, Ohio, and was raised in Virginia Beach. She graduated from Elon University and worked as a reporter and correspondent for various newspapers and magazines in Virginia and Florida. She is the author of Raping Aphrodite, a historical fiction novel set during the 1974 invasion and division of Cyprus, and Delicate Secrets. Her poetry has been published in Deltona Howl and Blue Heron Review. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their three children.

Zachary Cahill is a writer and filmmaker currently attending Alma College in Michigan. His work has appeared in Pine River Anthology.

Roger Camp is the author of three photography books including the award-winning Butterflies in Flight, Thames & Hudson, 2002 and Heat, Charta, Milano, 2008. His work has appeared in over 100 magazines including The New York Quarterly, New England Review and Witness.

Martha Clarkson manages corporate workplace design in Seattle. Her poetry, photography, and fiction can be found in monkeybicycle, Clackamas Literary Review, Seattle Review, Alimentum, and Hawaii Pacific Review. She is a recipient of a Pushcart Nomination, and is listed under “Notable Stories,” Best American Non-Required Reading for 2007 and 2009. She is recipient of best short story, 2012, Anderbo/Open City prize, for “Her Voices, Her Room.”

Grant Clauser lives in Hatfield Pennsylvania. He has two books: Necessary Myths (winner of the 2013 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize) and The Trouble with Rivers (Foothills Publishing). His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Cheat River Review, Tar River Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, and others. He also writes about electronics, teaches poetry at random places and chases trout with a stick. Read his blog at

Will Clemens earned a BA in English and history from Indiana University; an MA in English from the University of Dayton; and a PhD in English from the University of Cincinnati, where he earned the Ricking Fellowship for Excellence in Doctoral Studies and Research. Clemens edited All Shook Up: Collected Poems About Elvis (University of Arkansas, 2001), which received positive reviews in Chicago Tribune, Crab Orchard Review, and Oxford American, among other media. His criticism has appeared in Arkansas Review, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Pennsylvania Literary Journal—poetry in Alaska Quarterly Review, Reed Magazine, and Southern Humanities Review, among other publications. Clemens served as an assistant editor at The Antioch Review 1997–2004 and has taught literature and writing at Xavier University, Wittenberg University, and Clark State Community College. Among awards for his writing is the 2011 Markham Prize in Poetry.

Andrés Cruciani, a former high school math teacher, left math for writing and received an MFA from The New School where he was an editor for LIT. His writing has appeared in The Green Mountains Review, Welter, Four Chambers Press (forthcoming) and The Sand Hill Review among others. He is currently represented by Lotus Lane Literary. His work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Elisabeth Dahl is a Baltimore-based writer. Her shorter pieces for adults have been published by, Post Road, The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction, and other outlets and journals, and she has received a grant in fiction from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her first book, an illustrated novel for children entitled Genie Wishes, was published by Abrams Books in 2013. She has a bachelor’s in English from Johns Hopkins and a master’s in English from Georgetown.

Carlos A. DeJuana is a native Texan but has lived in Washington, DC, the past 12 years. His poetry has appeared in Live Nude Poems, Synethesia, and riversEdge (published by UT-Pan American). A former journalist, he now works for the federal government. When he’s not taking care of my wife and two kids or scribbling down poems, he tries to find time to take a nap.

Ed Doerr’s work appeared most recently in One Teen Story, Water/Stone Review, The Tishman Review, Firewords Quarterly, and the New York Times bestselling collection It All Changed In An Instant, among others. When he’s not writing, he teaches middle school English in New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and has recently completed a masters degree in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Kelly Dolejsi is a graduate of the MFA program at Emerson College and a YMCA climbing instructor. Her work has been published most recently in Fifth Wednesday, Denver Quarterly, Vine Leaves Literary Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and 1001. She also has poems forthcoming in North American Review, Allegro, and Timberline Review.

John Dudek is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work has appeared in the Journal and elsewhere.

Rosemarie Dombrowski is the founder of rinky dink press, the co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series, and an editor for Four Chambers. She has received four Pushcart nominations, was a finalist for the Pangea Poetry Prize in 2015, and was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology in 2016 (Sundress publications). Her collections include The Book of Emergencies (Five Oaks Press, 2014), which was the recipient of the 2016 Human Relations Indie Book Award for Poetry (Personal Challenge category), and The Philosophy of Unclean Things (Finishing Line Press, 2017). She teaches courses on radical poetics, women’s literature, and creative ethnography at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus. Additionally, she was selected in December 2016 to be the inaugural poet laureate of Phoenix, AZ.

Joseph Dorazio is a prize-winning poet whose poems have appeared widely in print and online, including: The Worcester Review, The Southampton Review, New Plains Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. The author of four volumes of verse, Dorazio’s latest collection, No Small Effort (Aldrich Press) was released in 2015.

George Drew was born in Mississippi and raised there and in New York State,  where he currently lives. He is the author of seven collections, most recently  Pastoral Habits: New & Selected Poems (2016), Down & Dirty (2015) and The View from Jackass Hill (2011, winner of the 2010 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize), all published by Texas Review Press. His eighth collection, Fancy’s Orphan, will be published in 2017 by Tiger Bark Press. His work also has been anthologized, most recently in The Southern Poetry Anthology, II: Mississippi (Texas Review Press, 2010), Down to the Dark River: An Anthology of Poems About the Mississippi River (Louisiana Literature Press, 2015) and The Great American Wise Ass Anthology (Lamar University Literary Press, 2016). George has won several awards, most recently the 2016 Knightville Poetry Contest (The New Guard) and the 2014 St. Petersburg Review poetry contest; he is First Runner Up for the 2017 Editors Choice Award, Chautauqua Literary Journal, and his poem will appear in the fall. In 2010 his collection, American Cool, won that year’s Adirondack Literary Award for best poetry book of 2009. Pastoral Habits, his New and Selected, was nominated by Texas Review Press for the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize, as well as several others. George was a recipient of the Bucks County Muse Award in 2016 for contributions to the Bucks County literary community.

Chris Ellery is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Elder Tree (Lamar University Literary Press, 2016), and co-translator (with Asmahan Sallah) of Whatever Happened to Antara (University of Texas Press, 2004), a collection of short stories by the award-winning Syrian author Walid Ikhlassi. He has received the X.J. Kennedy Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Prize, and the Betsy Colquitt Award. Ellery was a Fulbright professor in American literature at the University of Aleppo, Syria, 1999-2000. He is a member of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers and the Texas Institute of Letters.

Jay Lee Ellis grew up between Dallas and East Texas, performing professionally on drums from age eleven. He later attending Berklee College of Music and has graduate degrees in writing and literature from UT Dallas and NYU. His nonfiction includes No Place for Home (Routledge) on Cormac McCarthy’s novels, and his creative work has most recently appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine. Still playing jazz, he has performed at New York’s Knitting Factory, and at Red Rocks Amphitheatre—not far from Boulder, where he teaches writing at the University of Colorado.

Alejandro Escudé, originally from Córdoba, is an Argentinean-American poet and high school English teacher in Los Angeles. His manuscript, “My Earthbound Eye,” was the winner of the 2012 Sacramento Poetry Center Award and published in September 2013. He received a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and, among other journals, his poems have appeared in Phoebe, Poet Lore, and Rattle. In his spare time, he enjoys birding throughout the many natural parks in Southern California.

Brian Fanelli is the author of two poetry collections, Waiting for the Dead to Speak (NYQ Books), winner of the 2017 Devil’s Kitchen Poetry Prize, and All That Remains (Unbound Content), as well as the chapbook Front Man (Big Table Publishing). His poetry, essays, and book reviews have been published by The Los Angeles Times, World Literature Today, Main Street Rag, The Paterson Literary Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, Portland Review, and elsewhere. He has an M.F.A. from Wilkes University and a Ph.D. from SUNY Binghamton University. Currently, he teaches at Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania.

Dominic Fonce is an undergrad English major at Youngstown State University. He’s been published in fiction, poetry, comics, and journalism. Some of his work can be found at Calliope of the University of Mount Union, Penguin Review, The Jambar, and the forthcoming summer 2017 issue of 3Elements Review.

D.G. Geis lives divides his time between Houston and Galveston, Texas. His first full length book, Fire Sale was published by Tupelo Press (Leapfolio) in February 2017. His chapbook Mockumentary will be published in May of 2017 by Main Street Rag. Most recently, his poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Fjords, Skylight 47 (Ireland), A New Ulster Review (Ireland), Crannog Magazine (Ireland), The Moth, (Ireland), Into the Void (Ireland), The Naugatuck River Review, The Tishman Review, Zoomorphic (U.K.), The Kentucky Review, The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Blue Bonnet Review, Drylandlit, Permafrost, Ink and Letters, The Journal of Creative Geography, Solstice, The Worcester Review, Broad River Review, Riddled With Arrows, Cloudbank, and Under the Radar (Nine Arches Press UK). He is editor-at-large of Tamsen and a finalist for The New Alchemy (University of Alaska) and Fish Prizes (Ireland). He was also a finalist for the 2016 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition, The Edna St. Vincent Millay Prize, The 2016 Louis Award, The 2016 Rash Award, and was shortlisted for both the 2017 Percy French Prize (Strokestown International Poetry Prize Ireland) and the 2017 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize (Ireland). He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. He was formerly a rancher in the Hill Country of Central Texas.

Shawn Girvan’s work has appeared in The Pitkin Review and Wraparound South. Shawn also studied and performed at the famed Second City and IO Theaters in Chicago and produced a critically acclaimed documentary film. Shawn has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and currently resides in Virginia Beach where he teaches Creative Nonfiction at the Muse Writers Center and is finishing a Memoir.

Anna Harris-Parker’s poems have appeared in Cellpoems, Mikrokosmos, and Poetry for the Masses. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Augusta University, where she also advises Sand Hills Literary Magazine, and directs Writers Weekend at Summerville

M.A.H. Hinton grew up in Montana and lives in Minnesota. His publications include poetry in Spitball, Temenos, GFT, West Texas Literary Review, Aji, Into the Void, Blue Heron Review, and Emerald Coast Review. He has also published several Western short stories.

Sandra Hosking is a professional editor, writer and playwright based in Spokane, WA, USA. Publishing credits include The Spokesman-Review, Journal of Business, Glass International, Inland NW Homes & Lifestyles, Down to Earth Northwest, Insight for Playwrights, Literary Salt, Redactions and The Midwest Book Review. Photography recently appeared in 3 Elements Review and Joey. Hosking holds an M.F.A. in theatre/playwriting from the University of Idaho and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Eastern Washington University.

Michael Hower is a photographer from Central Pennsylvania and has been working in the digital medium for the past four years. Over that time, he has amassed a resume of more than sixty juried, group and solo exhibitions. In the past year he has had solo shows in Wilmington, Delaware and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was also part of a three-person show entitled “Legend” at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton, Ohio last winter.

Betsy Johnson-Miller’s work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Boulevard, AGNI (online), North American Review, and Poet Lore.

Richard Jones received an MA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Vermont College. Jones’s first collection of poetry, Country of Air (1986), won the Posner Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. He has since published several additional collections, including The Correct Spelling & Exact Meaning (2009), Apropos of Nothing (2006), and The Blessing: New and Selected Poems (2000), which won the Midland Authors Award. Jones has received the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines’ Editors Award for his work editing the literary journal Poetry East. He has also edited the anthologies Poetry and Politics (1985) and Of Solitude and Silence: Writings on Robert Bly (1981), which he co-edited with Kate Daniels. His own poetry appears in the anthologies Poetry 180 (2003, ed. Billy Collins) and Good Poems (2003, ed. Garrison Keillor). Jones has also produced a CD on the art of poetry, entitled Body and Soul. His website is

Erren Geraud Kelly received a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He loves to read and travel, having visited 45 states, Canada, and Europe. The themes in his writings vary, but he has always had a soft spot for subjects and people who are not in the mainstream. But he never limits himself to anything, and always tries to keep an open mind.

Mikael Kelly grew up in Oakland, CA. He lived in New York and Argentina, and now lives in his home city again with his lovely girlfriend. He has new fiction forthcoming in Whiskey Island and is working on a novel.

Robert Lee Kendrick lives in Clemson, SC. He has previously published, or has work forthcoming, in Tar River Poetry, Xavier Review, Louisiana Literature, South Carolina Review, The Cape Rock, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Winter Skin, was released in 2016 by Main Street Rag Publishing. He can be found online at

Noah Kucij’s poems appear in Verse Daily, 32 Poems, Storm Cellar, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the 2016 winner of the Phyllis Hurd Liston Poetry Prize and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart. His chapbook, Burned Papers, was published by Toadlily Press as part of its four-poet volume The Fifth Voice (2006). He lives and works in upstate New York.

Charlene Langfur is a southern Californian, an organic gardener, a Syracuse University Graduate Writing Fellow and most currently a series of her poems appeared in Poetry East and an essay in Evening Street Review.

Kate Larsen hails from Colorado’s San Luis Valley. When she’s not surrounded by cattle or her lovely little family, she is diligently working on the next great American novel or attempting to train one horse or another.

Elizabeth Lemon recently graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with an M.A. She has been living in San Antonio for the past two years, and has lived in Austin and Wichita Falls as well. She now works as a public school English teacher in downtown San Antonio.

Christine M. Lasek is the author of the short story collection Love Letters to Michigan. Her fiction and nonfiction have also appeared in literary magazines including Midwestern Gothic, Sierra Nevada Review, Tampa Review Online, and elsewhere. She is the Academic Professional for the Creative Writing Program at the University of Georgia. Find Christine online at

Mark Lewandowski’s essays and stories appear in many journals, and have been listed as “Notable” in The Best American Nonrequired Writing, The Best American Travel Writing, and twice in The Best American Essays. Halibut Rodeo, a story collection, was published in 2010. Currently, he is a professor of English at Indiana State University.

Travis Logan has had a story in Bull: Men’s Fiction, one forthcoming in As You Were: The Military Review, and another in a compilation by the Veteran’s for Peace Spokane called Vet Lit II: ...So It Goes. He’s also had some headlines published in The Onion.

Diego Luis took these photos on travels across the world from New England to Spain to China. As a graduate student, photography is a form of creative expression that forces him to escape the deep confines of libraries and archives and see the world in all its complexity and grandeur.

Rachel Essaff Maher lives in Southern Vermont and writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her work has previously appeared in The Pitkin Review, Spires, Hersam Acorn Seasonal Guides, and The Vermont Money Saver.

Mohini Malhotra is from Kathmandu, Nepal and lives in Washington, D.C. She is a development economist, founder of a social enterprise (, and a writer. She loves language and her fiction has appeared in Blink-Ink, Flash Frontier, 82 Star Review, a Quiet Courage, and The Writers’ Center, among other journals.

Kevin J. McDaniel lives in Pulaski, Virginia, with his wife, two daughters, and two chocolate Labs and is an adjunct English instructor at New River Community College. His recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Axe Factory Press, The Sacred Cow, Lavender Wolves, The Bluestone Review, The Clinch Mountain Review, JuxtaProse, Common Ground Review, and The Cape Rock. In addition, he was a semi-finalist in Heartwood Literary Magazine’s annual Broadsides Contest, which was judged by poet Diane Gilliam, in 2016.

Jesse Millner’s poems have appeared most recently in Gravel, Wraparound South and The Florida Review. He teaches writing courses at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers.

Matt Muilenburg teaches at the University of Dubuque. His prose has been featured in Southern Humanities Review, Storm Cellar, Superstition Review, 3Elements Review, South85 Journal, and others. Matt holds an MFA from Wichita State University and lives in Iowa near the Field of Dreams movie site.

Rodney Nelson’s work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago. See his page in the P&W directory: He has worked as an editor in the Southwest and now lives in the Great Plains. Recently published chapbook and book titles are Metacowboy, Mogollon Picnic, Hill of Better Sleep, Felton Prairie, In Wait, Cross Point Road, Late & Later, The Western Wide, Billy Boy, and Ahead of Evening.

Douglas Nordfors has a BA from Columbia University (1986) and an MFA in poetry from The University of Virginia (1991). Since 1987, he has published poems in major poetry journals such as The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, Poet Lore, and several others, and many other smaller journals, as well as, more recently, new and upcoming online journals. He has published, with Plain View Press in Austin, Texas, two books of poetry, Auras (2008), and The Fate Motif (2013), and has taught writing and literature at Milton Academy, The University of Virginia, James Madison University, and Germanna Community College.

Robert Okaji is a half-Japanese poet living in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Posit, Glass, High Window, Steel Toe Review, Panoply, Eclectica and elsewhere.

Kemal Onor completed this work during his graduate studies at PineManor College, under the guidance of faculty member Jedediah Berry. He also holds a BFA in writing from Johnson State College, where he worked closely with Jensen Beach.

Michael Pacheco is a member of the Editorial Review Board of Label Me Latina Journal. His debut novel, The Guadalupe Saints, was published by Paraguas Books in April 2011, and won Second Place in the International Latino Book-to-Movie Awards. His novella, titled Seeking Tierra Santa, received Honorable Mention in the 2013 ILBA Best Novel Award. He has been short-listed for the JF Powers Prize in Short Fiction and the Southern Pacific Review fiction contest. He also received Honorable Mention in the December 2014 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction contest. Michael Pacheco’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Bilingual Review Press (ASU), Southern Pacific Review, Southwestern American Literature, Azahares Literary Magazine, The Gold Man Review, Label Me Latina, The Acentos Review, Boxfire Press, Red Ochre Press, VAO Publishing - Along the River II, St. Somewhere Journal, Emerge Literary Journal, Writer's Bloc Literary Magazine (Texas A&M), Fiction Vortex, Valley Voices, A Literary Review, Circa Journal of Historical Fiction, The Veterans' Writing Project, The Story Shack, River and South Review, Writers of the Rio Grande, SOL: English Writers in Mexico, The Binnacle, Yellow Medicine Review,, Praxis Magazine, Diverse Voices Quarterly, AirplaneReading (twice), and The OFI Press Magazine.

Anne Panning’s novel, Butter, was published in 2012 by Switchgrass Books. She has published two short story collections: The Price of Eggs and Super America, which won The Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice. She has also published short fiction and nonfiction in places such as Beloit Fiction Journal, Bellingham Review, Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, New Letters, The Florida Review, Passages North, Black Warrior Review, The Greensboro Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Kalliope, Quarterly West, The Kenyon Review, Newsweek International, The Laurel Review, Five Points, River Teeth, The Hawaii Review, Cimarron Review, West Branch, Phoebe, Clockhouse Review, Thin Air Review, River Styx and Brevity (4x). Four of her essays have received notable citations in The Best American Essays series. She has also published poetry in 32 Poems, Hotel Amerika, Fugue, and Room Magazine. Her forthcoming memoir, Dragonfly Notes, will be published in 2018 by Stillhouse Press. Her next book project is a novel, All-You-Can-Eat, about a competitive food eater. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Mark, and two children, Hudson and Lily, and teaches creative writing at SUNY-Brockport.

Dayna Patterson is a former Managing Editor of Bellingham Review. She is also Poetry Editor for Exponent II Magazine and Founding Editor-in-Chief of Psaltery & Lyre. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fourth River, Hotel Amerika, The Journal of American Poetry, Literary Mama, North American Review, Sugar House Review, Weave, and others.

George Perreault’s most recent collection of poetry is Bodark County, featuring poems in the voices of characters living on the Llano Estacado. He has received a fellowship from the Nevada Arts Council and an award from the Washington Poets Association, was a finalist for the Backwaters Prize, and has served as a visiting writer in New Mexico, Montana, and Utah. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and selected for nine anthologies and dozens of magazines; recent work can be found in The American Journal of Poetry; High Desert Journal; Weber – The Contemporary West; San Pedro River Review; Gravel; and Sleet.

Drew Pisarra worked in the digital sphere on behalf of Mad Men, Rectify, and Breaking Bad but now writes plays, fiction, and poetry. His work has been produced off-Broadway and appeared in Poydras Review, Thin Air, and St. Petersburg Review among other publications. His collection of short stories, Publick Spanking, was published by Future Tense.

Kenneth Pobo has a new book forthcoming from Circling Rivers called Loplop in a Red City. In addition to West Texas Literary Review, his work has appeared in Two Thirds North, Nimrod, Mudfish, Indiana Review, and elsewhere.

Tatiana Forero Puerta’s poems have appeared in Licking River Review, Moon City Review Anthology, Juked, and elsewhere. She is a 2017 recipient of the Pushcart Prize, and nominee for Best of the Net Anthology. She holds a BA in philosophy and comparative religion from Stanford University and an interdisciplinary MA in philosophy and creative nonfiction from New York University. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, she lives and teaches in NY.

Bethany Reid blogs at and lives in Edmonds, Washington, with her husband and daughters.

JC Reilly writes across genres and has received Pushcart and Wigleaf nominations for her work. She serves as the Managing Editor of the Atlanta Review and has pieces published or forthcoming in POEM, The Absurdist, Picaroon Poetry, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Imperfect Fiction, the Arkansas Review, and Rabbit: a Journal of Nonfiction Poetry. When she isn’t writing, she plays tennis or works on improving her Italian.

Marilee Richards is the 2016 winner of the Asheville Poetry Review William Matthews Poetry Prize.

Dale Ritterbusch is the author of two collections of poetry and an eleven-time Pushcart nominee. He recently retired as a Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and twice served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy.

Terese Robison, a Barnard College alumna, has been an editor, translator, interpreter, and tutor/mentor for youth on probation. She taught writing at Gateway Community College in New Haven before moving to Brooklyn, where she works as a writing consultant at Touro College. Her poetry has appeared in Hiram Review, Bitterroot, and three anthologies compiled from contest awards. Her short fiction has appeared in Tahoma Literary Review, Life in 10 Minutes, Monkeybicycle, Mexico This Month, and elsewhere. A collection of her stories was developed in postgraduate study with Janet Burroway at FSU, as well as at UCLA and SCSU. She is also writing a book on idioms and metaphors in English speech.

Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of twenty books or plays. His eighth book of poems, Talking with the Radio: poems inspired by jazz and popular music, was published by Kattywompus Press. He is also writing a series of plays about authors, incorporating their writing into the action. The most recent of these, Colette Uncensored, had its first staged reading at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in 2015 and ran for five months at The Marsh in San Francisco and Berkeley in 2016. His blog, Advice for Writers, has 200 posts on topics of interest to writers. He currently teaches in the low-residency MFA in writing program at the University of Alaska Anchorage and serves as a contributing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader. You can find Zack online at

Isabella Ronchetti is a young artist and writer originally from San Francisco, California. She spent a few years studying in Florence Italy, and currently is living in Virginia. She enjoys spending her free time reading psychology books, swimming, and people watching.

Bradley Samore currently lives in North Carolina and is a high school English teacher. In 2016, he was chosen as Beginning Teacher-of-the-Year in Palm Beach County, Florida. Bradley previously worked for the Spanish Ministry of Education as a culture and language assistant in Asturias, Spain. He has been published in SLAB Literary Magazine, Avalon Literary Review, Star 82 Review, and Words Apart.

Gerard Sarnat authored four collections: HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014) and Melting The Ice King (2016). Work from Ice King was accepted by over seventy magazines, including Gargoyle and Lowestoft Chronicle and The American Journal of Poetry, and featured in Songs of Eretz, Avocet, LEVELER, tNY, StepAway, Bywords, and Floor Plan. Since then new work has been featured in Dark Run and Scarlet Leaf. For Huffington Post and other reviews, reading dates, publications, interviews; visit Gerard Harvard/Stanford educated, Gerry’s worked in jails as a physician, built/staffed clinics for the marginalized, been a CEO of healthcare organizations and Stanford Medical School professor. Married since 1969, he has three children and four grandkids.

Scott T. Starbuck’s next book is Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems (Fomite, 2017). He was a Friends of William Stafford Scholar at the “Speak Truth to Power” Fellowship of Reconciliation Seabeck Conference, an Artsmith Fellow on Orcas Island, writer-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and 2016 PLAYA climate change resident in poetry. His eco-blog, Trees, Fish, and Dreams, with audio poems is at

Tim Suermondt is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Trying To Help The Elephant Man Dance (The Backwaters Press, 2007), Just Beautiful (New York Quarterly Books, 2010) and Election Night and the Five Satins (Glass Lyre Press, 2016)—along with three chapbooks. He has poems published in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Bellevue Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, december magazine, Plume Poetry Journal, Poetry East, and Stand Magazine (England), among others. He is a book reviewer for Cervena Barva Press and a poetry reviewer for Bellevue Literary Review. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.

Charles Trevino works as an Interpreting professor (ASL/English) and as a community interpreter. He has previous published both short stories and poems.

Travis Truax earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2010. After college, he spent several years working in various national parks out West. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Flyover Country, Quarterly West, Pinyon Review, The Flagler Review, and The Eastern Iowa Review. Currently, he is in Bozeman, Montana.

Kristen Vander-Plas was raised in Lubbock, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law and began experimenting with photography right out of law school. She enjoys capturing the beauty of West Texas landscapes. Kristen practices law in Lubbock.

Tommy Vollman is a writer, musician, and painter. He has written a number of things, published a bit, recorded a few records, and toured a lot. Tommy was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his 2016 short story, “Jimmy.” Recently, he’s had stories appear in Two Cities Review, Palaver, Pithead Chapel, Gris-Gris, and Per Contra. He was selected as an Honorable Mention for Glimmer Train’s “Family Matters” and was a finalist for Glimmer Train’s “Short-Story Award for New Writers”. He has some black-ink tattoos on both of his arms. Tommy really likes Kurt Vonnegut, Two Cow Garage, Tillie Olsen, Greg Dulli, Tom Colicchio, Willy Vlautin, and Albert Camus. He’s working on a novel entitled Tyne Darling. Tommy released a new record, These Ghosts, in November of 2016. He currently teaches English at Milwaukee Area Technical College and prefers to write with pens poached from hotel room cleaning carts. He can be found online at

Loren Walker was born in Ontario, Canada, and now lives and works in Rhode Island. She holds a Master of Arts in writing and poetry, and published her first novel EKO in 2016. Her website is

Maura Way, originally from Washington, DC, currently lives in North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Verse, DIAGRAM, Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Chattahoochee Review. Her first collection, Another Bungalow, is forthcoming from Press 53. She has been a schoolteacher for twenty years.

Anna Lowe Weber, originally from Louisiana, currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Rattle, Salamander, and Ninth Letter, among other journals. Her chapbook, Blessings for the Unborn, is from Finishing Line Press.

John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. A seven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, Arts & Letters, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sally Zakariya’s poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals and won prizes from Poetry Virginia and the Virginia Writers Club. She is author of Insectomania (2013) and Arithmetic and other verses from late in life (2011) and editor of Joys of the Table: An Anthology of Culinary Verse. Her chapbook When You Escape is new from Five Oaks Press. Zakariya blogs at