John Ballantine has taken workshops through The Writers Studio and the Concord-Carlisle Community School with Barbara O’Neil, following the “Writing Down The Bones” method. His work has appeared in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Arkansas Review, Carbon Culture Review, Cobalt, Crack the Spine, Existere Journal, Forge, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Lime Hawk, Massachusetts’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Nonfiction, The Penmen Review, Oracle Fine Arts Review, Ragazine, Rubbertop Review, Saint Ann’s Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, Santa Clara Review, SNReview, Slippery Elm, and Streetlight Magazine.

Toni La Ree Bennett’s verbal and visual work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Gold Man Review, Gravel, Poemmemoirstory, Puerto del Sol, Hawaii Pacific Review, december, and Memoir with a poetry chapbook to be published by Finishing Line Press in February 2019. She is also a photographer and lives with a flock of feisty finches. Photography and writing samples can be seen at

Melanie Chartoff is an actor who hails from New Haven, lived in New York City, now resides in Los Angeles. She recently became a first-time wife and stepmother.

Louis Faber is a poet and retired attorney and college literature teacher, residing in Rochester, New York and Coconut Creek, Florida. His work has previously appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Rattle, Eureka Literary Magazine, Borderlands: the Texas Poetry Review, Midnight Mind, Pearl, Midstream, European Judaism, Greens Magazine, The Amethyst Review, Afterthoughts, The South Carolina Review and Worcester Review, among many others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Rachael Gay is a poet and artist living in Fargo, North Dakota. Her work has appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Ghost City Review, Rag Queens, Déraciné Magazine, Gramma Poetry, FreezeRay Poetry, Rising Phoenix Review and others.

Gail Goepfert, an associate editor at RHINO Poetry, is a Midwest poet, photographer, and teacher. She has two published books–A Mind on Pain, 2015 and Tapping Roots, 2018. Get Up Said the World will appear in 2019 from Červená Barva. Recent or forthcoming publications include Kudzu House, Stone Boat, Postcard, Poems and Prose Magazine, Open: Journal of Arts and Letters, and Beloit Poetry Journal. More at 

Meredith Davies Hadaway has three published collections of poetry—most recently, At the Narrows, winner of the 2015 Delmarva Book Prize for Creative Writing. Her work has also appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Harpur Palate, New Ohio Review, Rhino, Salamander, and Valparaiso Poetry Review, among other journals. Hadaway has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and from the Maryland State Arts Council and multiple Pushcart nominations.

T.C. Jones is an associate editor at Cleaver Magazine and a contributing editor at Burrow Press. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, Hotel Amerika, Pacifica Literary ReviewThe Atticus Review, Forth River, Dos Passos Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and others.

Rebecca Macijeski holds a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has attended artist residencies with The Ragdale Foundation, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Art Farm Nebraska. She has also worked for Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” newspaper column, as an Assistant Editor in Poetry for the literary journals Prairie Schooner and Hunger Mountain, and is the recipient of a 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize. Her poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, Poet Lore, Barrow Street, Nimrod, The Journal, Sycamore Review, Potomac Review, Storyscape, Fairy Tale Review, Puerto del Sol, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Gargoyle, and many others. Rebecca is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where she teaches creative writing and literature. Visit her online at

Daniel Edward Moore lives in Washington on Whidbey Island. His poems have been found at Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, Columbia Journal, Western Humanities Review, and others.  His poems are forthcoming in West Trade Review, Duende Literary Journal, The Inflectionist Review, Isthmus Review, Glass Mountain Magazine, Columbia College Literary Review, Yemassee Review, Cumberland River Review, The Meadow and Coachella Review. His books, This New Breed: Gents, Bad Boys and Barbarians Anthology and Confessions of a Pentecostal Buddhist, can be found on Amazon. Visit Daniel at

Mia Sara’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK, Animal, Helix, Superstition Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, The South Hampton Review, Penmen Review, poemmemoirstory, The Write Room, Smartish Pace, and The Cossack Review, among many others. Her chapbook Mid-life with Gorilla was published in 2014 by the Dusie Press, and her column “Wrought and Found” ran for two bracing years on the PANK blog. She now contributes to the fine folks at Barrelhouse with “Not Your High School Girlfriend,” which was just nominated for Best Of The Web.

Tobie Shapiro is a composer and cellist who has also worked as a visual artist, cartoonist, graphologist, and professional chef. She was a columnist for the East Bay Phoenix and has been published in American Writer’s Review, Songwriter Magazine, The Monthly, The Coachella Review, and in the anthology Fire in the Hills: A Collective Remembrance (1992). She has attended numerous writing conferences with The Opening and studied with Andy Couturier. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her family.

Eva-Maria Sher’s poetry has appeared in After Happy Hour Review, The Adirondack Review, Big Scream, Cadillac Cicatrix, California Quarterly, Cape Rock, Door Is A Jar Magazine, Dos Passos Review, Drunk Monkeys, East Jasmine Review, Euphony, Forge, Front Range Review, GW Review, The HitchLit Review, The Hollins Critic, ken*again, Old Red Kimono, OxMag, The Paragon Journal, Penmen Review, Prism Review, riverSedge, Rougarou, Ship of Fools, Slag Review, Soundings East, Third Wednesday, Vending Machine Press, Westview, and Willow Review.

Katherine Smith’s poetry and fiction have appeared in a number of journals and reviews, among them Cincinnati Review, Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, Ploughshares, Measure, Shenandoah, Fiction International, Poetry, The Southern Review, Appalachian Heritage, Atlanta Review, Gargoyle, The Baltimore Review, Poems and Plays, and The Louisville Review. Her first book, Argument by Design, won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Prize and appeared in 2003. Her second book, Woman Alone on the Mountain, 2014, is available from Iris Press. She currently teaches at Montgomery College in Germantown, MD, where she is poetry editor of the Potomac Review.

Phyllis Strock is a chaplain in a Philadelphia children’s hospital, and passionate about the role of music in the healing process. She teaches deep listening, chanting, and the use of Tibetan bowls as prayer and relaxation. There is a song in her soul that finds wings through writing poetry. She has studied memoir and poetry with Kathleen Bonnano and Amy Small-Mckinney.

Eric Van Hoose‘s fiction has appeared in Sycamore Review, Bat City Review, Tweed’sFiddleblack, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His essays have appeared in Salon, The Black Scholar, and Full Stop Quarterly. He’s pursuing a PhD in the University of Cincinnati’s creative writing program for fiction, where he’s an editorial assistant at the Cincinnati Review.