Carol Alexander is a writer and editor. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Canary, The Commonline, Chiron Review, Eunoia Review, Mobius, Northwind Magazine, Numinous, Red Fez, Red River Review, OVS, Poetry Quarterly, Red Poppy Review, and Sugar Mule. New work is scheduled to appear Poetrybay, Poetica, Ilya’s Honey, and the Mad Hatter’s Review. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies Broken Circles, Joy Interrupted, The Storm is Coming, and Surrounded: Living with Islands.

Kyle Bella currently resides in San Francisco, California, where is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Queer Studies from Goddard College. He has previously published freelance writing in Colorlines Magazine, TruthOut and Bilerico Project.

Katie Berta is a graduate of Arizona State’s MFA program where she studied poetry. She recently returned to her home state to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing at Ohio University. She has been published in 2 River View and Forklift Ohio, among others.

Lisa Lynn Biggar received her MFA in Fiction from Vermont College and is currently marketing her first novel. Her short fiction has appeared in The Dickinson Review and The Main Street Rag and is forthcoming in Little Patuxent Review. She currently teaches English at Chesapeake College and co-owns and operates a cut flower farm on the eastern shore of Maryland with her husband and four cats.

John F. Buckley has divided his life between California, where he spent most of his adulthood, and Michigan, where he was born and raised and where he now attends the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, working toward an MFA in poetry. His collections Sky Sandwiches and Poet’s Guide to America (with Martin Ott) were released in Fall 2012, as was his second chapbook, Leading an Aquamarine Shoat by Its Tail.

Meg Cameron is a recent graduate of Chester College of New England. She has been published in Gigantic Sequins, The Scrambler, and So Good, and currently resides in Connecticut.

Cameron Contois is a native to Upper Michigan and is currently working on his MFA at Northern Michigan University. In his spare time, he enjoys watching really bad scary movies and is a huge fan of the pop star Ke$ha.

Michael Fisher lives in Worcester, MA. His chapbook The Wolf Spider can be purchased through Plan B Press.. The audio recording of “Villain” was produced courtesy of Lo-Z records (

Esta Fischer’s short fiction has been published in numerous print and e-zines including Colere, The Broome Review, The Four-Cornered Universe and The Write Room.

Lindsay Hobbs is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith with a degree in Piano Performance. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Compass Rose, A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Applause, and Inwood Indiana. She lives in Fort Smith where she teaches piano and writes poetry.

Lyn Lifshin has published over 130 books including 3 from Black Sparrow. Recent books: Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness and The Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian. Recent books: Ballroom, All the Poets (Mostly) Who Have Touched me, Living and Dead. All True, Especially the Lies. Just out, Knife Edge & Absinthe: The Tango Poems. NYQ books will publish A Girl Goes into The Woods. Also just out For the Roses poems after Joni Mitchell. Her web site:

Don Maurer has written for scientific journals. Based on an ongoing court battle in Italy, his essay, “Enemy of the People: The L’Aquila Seven,” asks whether scientists should be held liable for predictions of natural disasters.

Sarah Hulyk Maxwell is hoping to graduate in May from Louisiana State University with a shiny MFA degree in poetry. Her work can also be found in Ruminate, an online artifact, and OR: A Literary Tabloid.

Nancy Carol Moody spent many years with the postal service, resisting the urge to read the backs of postcards. Now she lives at her desk, moving things around in search of other things. She loves scissors and the smell of tire stores and is only mildly amused when strangers want to touch her hair. She is the author of Photograph With Girls (Traprock Books), and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, The New York Quarterly, PANK, Salamander, and The Journal. Nancy can be found online at

Gus Moreno lives in Chicago. He writes for a music website called On The 7th Day Of Hip Hop and writes fiction when his bulldog isn’t pressing his nose into his knee to play.

Tom Pescatore grew up outside Philadelphia, he is an active member of the growing poetry/lit scene within the city and hopes to spread the word on Philadelphia’s new poets. He maintains a poetry blog: His work has been published in over literary magazines both nationally and internationally but he’d rather have them carved on the Walt Whitman bridge or on the sidewalks of Philadelphia’s old Skid Row.

Emma Ramadan is currently studying literary translation at Brown University. Her work has previously appeared in Extract(s). She likes to make lists and linger in bookstores, and would be eternally happy with nothing but a cat and a cup of tea.

Ryan Ries lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife, daughter, two cats, a hamster, and a fish.  He is currently shopping a novel and revising another.  His favorite color is blue.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Haywire, Tetched, and Roughhouse. Both Tetched and Roughhouse were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. He teaches literature at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in Manhattan. He received a fellowship in fiction writing from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in 5 a.m., Meridian, Harpur Palate, Word Riot, Blood Orange Review, Cutthroat, Green Mountains Review, and many others. She was nominated two times for the 2011 Pushcart Prize and for 2011 Best of the Net. She is the author of To Part Is to Die a Little (Červená Barva Press), Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada), and A Dirt Road Hangs from the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada). She also published the chapbooks Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and With the Strike of a Match (White Knuckles Press, 2011). She co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman Publishing, 2011).

Sagirah Shahid is 23-years-old and originally from Minneapolis Minnesota. She recently graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in English and minors in American Racial and Multicultural studies and African and African American Studies. She was a nominee for the AWP intro journal awards in 2012 for her poem “Dummy”. Her poems have been published in the Black Fox Literary Magazine, The Quarry, and The Reed. Her work is forthcoming in the North Central Review and Matter Press &Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.

Sharron Singleton was a social worker with poor families and the mentally ill and was a community organizer around issues of civil rights and the anti-nuclear war movement before she started writing poetry. Her poems have appeared in Agni, Rattle, Sow’s Ear and Atlanta Review, among others. In 2009 she won the James River Writers Contest, she was named Poet of 2010 by the journal Passager, and in 2012 she won the MacGuffin Poet Hunt Contest. Her chapbook, A Thin Thread of Water, was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. She teaches poetry in her small Virginia town, is married with two children and five grandchildren, and is an avid gardener.

Emma Sovich lives in a graveyard in Tuscaloosa, AL where she dabbles in letterpress, gardening, cooking, and otherwise making messes. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama and editor of Black Warrior Review. Find her poems in or forthcoming from DIAGRAM, Weave, PANK, and Gargoyle. She rambles online at

Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer’s fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and is published or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Quiddity, The Summerset Review, The Notre Dame Review, Stand, Kaleidoscope, and Literary Mama. She won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2004. She works as a psychology professor at Felician College in New Jersey. Website: