William Auten is the author of the novel Pepper’s Ghost (2016, Black Rose Writing), a 2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist for contemporary fiction. Recent work has appeared in BULL, Crab Orchard Review, Gravel, Permafrost, and Slush Pile Magazine.
Ace Boggess is author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited Press, 2018) and Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). 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.
Lisa Compo currently attends Salisbury University studying Creative Writing and working for the SU Writing Center as a consultant. When she isn’t writing, you can find her performing on a stage, or cuddling with her cat Noel.
Karen Craigo is the author of two poetry collections, Passing Through Humansville (Sundress, 2018) and No More Milk (Sundress, 2016), and her fiction is included in Best Small Fictions 2018. She is a newspaper editor and teaches writing on the side in Springfield, Missouri.
Leisha Douglas is a professional psychotherapist and part-time yoga teacher, who is blessed to help others in their deeply intimate, personal explorations. She has worked in a private psychotherapy practice for over twenty-five years. From 2001 to 2010, she codirected the Katonah Poetry Series with former Poet Laureate Billy Collins and currently serves as poetry consultant to the series committee. Her poems and stories have appeared in The Alembic, Big Muddy, Corium Magazine, The Cortland Review, Crack the Spine, decomP, Forge, and The Minetta Review as well as others.
Kristina Erny is a third-culture poet who grew up in South Korea. A graduate of the University of Arizona’s MFA program, she currently lives and works in Kentucky and has published work in Yemassee, Tupelo Quarterly, and the Los Angeles Review, among other places. Her work has been the recipient of the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Prize and the Tupelo Quarterly Inaugural Poetry award.
Ian T. Hall was born and reared in Raven, Kentucky. He is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Tennessee, where he serves as the assistant poetry editor for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. He has published poetry and fiction in Kentucky Monthly Magazine, The Louisville Review, Heartland Review, and Modern Mountain Magazine, among others.
Bruce Lawder has published three books of poems and a book of essays on poetry, Vers le vers, as well as numerous articles on painting. In addition to Friedrich Hölderlin, he has recently translated work by Johannes Bobrowski, Georg Trakl, Paul Celan, and André du Bouchet. He lives and works in Switzerland.
Jim McDermott lives with his family in Virginia. He is the author of a creative nonfiction book and is a recipient of the Bevel Summers Prize from Shenandoah.
Brad Aaron Modlin is the author of Everyone at This Party Has Two Names, which won the Cowles Poetry Prize and contains the poem “What You Missed that Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade.” He also wrote Surviving in Drought (stories), which won the Cupboard Press’s annual contest. He holds an MFA in poetry and a PhD in nonfiction. He is the Reynolds Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at University of Nebraska, Kearney. He can be found at bradaaronmodlin.com.
Kathleen Naureckas is a retired journalist whose poems have appeared in Bluestem, Light, Measure and Willow Review, among others. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook, “For the Duration,” in 2012.
Katherine Page is a writer and elementary school teacher living in Leadville, Colorado. She has had her work published in Bluestem, Open Minds Quarterly, and Macalester College’s Chanter Magazine.
Mariah Perkins is currently an MFA candidate at Wichita State University as well as the co-editor-in-chief of mojo/Mikrokosmos. Her work can be found in Lunch Ticket, Fugue, Crack the Spine, and heard on WYCE’s Electric Poetry. This sample of work aims to discuss personal and collective anxieties.
Daniel Senser’s beginning of his poetic career coincided with his initial descent into madness. He made a vow that he would write so that someone in need would find his poems and feel liberated by them, as so many poets did for him. The real challenge, however, was in liberating himself. Much has been accomplished in that regard, and he believes it shows in his poetry.
William Snyder has published poems in Poet Lore, Folio, Cottonwood, and Southern Humanities Review among others. He was the co-winner of the 2001 Grolier Poetry Prize, winner of the 2002 Kinloch Rivers Chapbook competition; The CONSEQUENCE Prize in Poetry, 2013; the 2015 Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. I teach writing and literature at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.
Lori Soderlind is author of Chasing Montana, a memoir. Her essay “66 Signs That the Former Student Who Invited You to Dinner Is Trying to Seduce You” is included in the Norton Anthology of Creative Nonfiction; it first appeared in PMS journal and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has reviewed for the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and has published essays in Meadand the Higgs Weldon journals. As a longtime journalist, her work has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Times and The Boston Globe, Montana Magazine, and others. She holds her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia University. She teaches in the MFA programs of Columbia University and Western Connecticut State University and is a journalism professor at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut.
Elizabeth Underwood has been an advertising copywriter and copy editor since 1992. She is currently employed as a copy editor in San Francisco. Other vocational experience includes many years of both professional and volunteer work as on-air talent for six radio stations. Her current radio involvement is with KWMR as the host and programmer of “To Hell and Bach,” in which she integrates most genres of music and spoken word. Occasionally, when lucky, she works as a voice-over talent and vocalist. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cape Rock, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Midwest Quarterly, Paragon Journal, Slab, and WomenArts Quarterly. She has attended numerous writing conferences and workshops, including several workshops at the Tor House Foundation (1990-1998) and Point Reyes Writing Retreat (2010-2018).
Michael Washburn is a Brooklyn-based writer and journalist and the author of the short story collections Scenes from the Catastrophe (2016) and The Uprooted and Other Stories (2018).
Gabriel Welsch writes fiction and poetry, and is the author of four collections of poems, the most recent of which is The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse (Steel Toe Books, 2013). His work appears recently in Moon City Review, Adroit Journal, Gulf Coast, Crab Orchard Review, Chautauqua, Pembroke Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Mid-American Review. He lives in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, with his family, works as vice president of strategic communications and marketing at Juniata College, and is an occasional teacher at the Chautauqua Writer’s Center.
John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. An eleven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. 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, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.