Mark Belair‘s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alabama Literary Review, Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry East, and The South Carolina Review. His latest collection is Watching Ourselves (Unsolicited Press, 2017). Previous collections include Breathing Room (Aldrich Press, 2015); Night Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2013); While We’re Waiting (Aldrich Press, 2013); and Walk With Me (Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2012). He have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times. Please visit his website at

Roy Bentley is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Ohio Arts Council. Books include Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama, 1986), Any One Man (Bottom Dog, 1992), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine Press, 2006), Starlight Taxi (Lynx House Press, 2013); as well as Walking with Eve in the Loved City, a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize and due out from the University of Arkansas Press.

Thomas Dorsett is a retired physician and is still, after many years, writing poetry.  Examples of his poetry have appeared in about 500 literary journals, such as Confrontation, Stand. Texas Review, JAMA,  North Carolina Review, and Southern Poetry Review.  He is the author of two poetry collections and two volumes of poetry in translation.  He has been an active blogger for many years at

Cal Freeman was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is the author of the books Brother Of Leaving (Marick Press) and Fight Songs (Eyewear Publishing). His writing has appeared in many journals including New Orleans Review, Passages North, The Journal, Commonweal, Drunken Boat, and The Poetry Review. He is a recipient of The Devine Poetry Fellowship (judged by Terrance Hayes); he has also been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and creative nonfiction. He regularly reviews collections of poetry for the radio program Stateside on Michigan Public Radio. He currently lives in Dearborn, MI and teaches at Oakland University.

Rich Furman, PhD, is the author or editor of over 15 books, including a collection of flash nonfiction/prose poems, Compañero (Main Street Rag, 2007), Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues (Oxford University Press, 2016), Social Work Practice with Men at Risk (Columbia University Press, 2010), andPractical Tips for Publishing Scholarly Articles (Oxford University Press, 2012). His poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Hawai’i Review, Coe Review, The Evergreen Review, Black Bear Review, Red Rock Review, Sierra Nevada Review, New Hampshire Review, Penn Review, Colere, Pearl and many others. He is professor of social work at University of Washington Tacoma.  He is currently a student of creative nonfiction at Queens University’s MFA-Latin America program.

Garrett Goben grew up escaping boredom in the Midwest. He received his BFA from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois and his MFA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He spends most of his time in Ohio, dreaming of breaking world records that don’t exist.

Marc Tretin is a retired lawyer who has published widely. His book PINK MATTRESS is available on Amazon. Currently he resides in a house that is rapidly turning into a petting zoo, with numerous cats, an obese rabbit, a deaf pit bull and a back yard filled with raccoons, possums and other creatures that should not be so abundant on long island. He also has two adult children who will never move out or load the dish washer.

Dante Tropea Dan Tropea is an Ohio grain and mint farmer.   His literary pursuits focus primarily on researching and writing about American farm life.  He can be contacted at

Laura C. Wendorff is professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  She has published poetry in several journals, including Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine, and Minetta Review. Wendorff’s essay “Worth The Risk: Writing Poetry About Children With Special Needs” was nominated for a Best of the Net Award and the Pushcart Prize.  She lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children.