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Melissa Campbell gets inspiration from binge watching movies about sharks. Currently, she works in a jewelry store selling necklaces to opinionated patrons who like to impart their worldly knowledge on her before they leave. Two of her one-act plays have been performed in the past year.

Robin Dluzen was born and raised in Southeast Michigan. In 2008, the artist received a BFA in Fine Arts and Literature from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, before coming to Chicago to pursue a graduate degree. In 2010, Dluzen received an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently the artist maintains a studio practice in the city of Chicago. Formerly the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Art Critic at Chicago Art Magazine, Dluzen is now a Chicago critic contributing to Art Ltd. MagazineVisual Art SourceNew American Paintings blog, and Art Fag City.

John Estes‘s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, Crazyhorse, AGNI and other places. He is author of Kingdom Come (C&R Press, 2011) and two chapbooks: Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoön (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and Swerve, which won a 2008 National Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America.

Carrie Etter is originally from Normal, Illinois, but has lived in England since 2001 and is an associate professor in creative writing at Bath Spa University. She has published three collections of poetry, most recently Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), and her stories have appeared in Flash, New Welsh Review, Oblong and elsewhere. Since 2005 she’s kept a blog at

Melissa Fast is a nonfiction writer from the Midwest. She spins words during the day as a public relations professional in the nonprofit world. In her free time, she slugs large quantities of French-press coffee as she plays with words in hopes of making sense of the world around her. Minerva’s Rising recently published another one of her essays.

Jacobo Fijman immigrated to Argentina from Eastern Europe with his family at the age of five in 1904. He wrote three books of poems, Molino Rojo, Hecho de Estampas, and Estrella de la Mañana, along with a posthumous book of short stories, San Julian el Pobre: Relatos. He died in 1970 in the same asylum he was interned for the last 30 years of his life. Bluestem’s 2015 print issue will feature a number of his translated poems.

Christian Anton Gerard‘s first book of poems is Wilmot Here, Collect For Stella (WordTech, CW Books imprint, 2014).  He has received Pushcart Prize nominations, scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and an Academy of American Poets Prize.  Some of his recent poems appear or are forthcoming in storySouth, Post Road, Redivider, Pank, Orion, Smartish Pace, B-O-D-Y, The Rumpus, and The Journal. He currently lives in Fort Smith, AR, with his wife and son, where he is an Assistant Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a Canto Mundo fellow, a Zell post-graduate fellow and the first undocumented student to graduate from the University of Michigan’s MFA program. With CD Wright, he is also the translator of the Mexican poet Marcelo Uribe whose book of translations is forthcoming.

Blair Hurley received her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. from NYU. She has stories published or forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Descant, Narrative Northeast, The Red Rock Review, The Best Young Writers and Artists in America, and elsewhere. The recipient of an “Emerging Writers” Fellowship from the Writer’s Room of Boston, she is currently at work on a novel.

Laurel Ingraham Aquadro, originally from Massachusetts, majored in English at Cornell with a concentration in Creative Writing. While there, she published eight poems in Cornell literary magazines and spent a summer taking poetry courses in Rome. Since graduating, she has taught high school English in New York City for eight years and continued writing, taking workshops at Writers Studio, Poets House, and the Unterberg Poetry Center. She has recently moved back to Massachusetts, settling in the Pioneer Valley with her husband and her dog, Gatsby.

Michael Lauchlan‘s poems have appeared in many publications including New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The North American Review, English Journal, and The Cortland Review. Lauchlan’s collection, Trumbull Ave., is forthcoming from WSU Press.

Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University in 2008. Each semester she mentors 30-40 students through all the steps of running a literary magazine. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, and American Poetry Review. Her writing has received awards from the Associated Writing Programs and the Academy of American Poets, Gulf Coast, Bellevue Literary Review, The Madison Review, Glimmer Train Press, and The Southern California Review. She reviews literary magazines at Lit Mag Lunch and books on Goodreads. A chapter of her memoir in progress was published in New Orleans Review.

Robyn Ryle started life in one small town in Kentucky and ended up in another just down the river in southern Indiana. She teaches sociology to college students when she’s not writing and has stories in CALYX Journal, Stymie Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, and WhiskeyPaper, among others.  She’s currently working on a collection of short stories which take place in a community garden. You can find her on Twitter, @RobynRyle.

Lauren Smith Traore lives in small-town Wisconsin with her husband, her daughter and her aging beagle.  She has a chapbook, Ornithography, and two books of nonfiction about intercultural families with cowriter Jessie Grearson.

Olivia Tandon is a graduate of the creative writing program at Columbia University, where she specialized in creative nonfiction and short fiction. Her fiction has been recognized at the World Science Fiction Convention and she has work published or forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, Gravel, Kudzu Review, The Eye, Lung Poetry, and Polytext. Her essays about teaching in New York City have appeared in numerous issues of New York Teacher.

William Wright is author of eight collections of poetry, four of which are full-length books, including Tree Heresies (Mercer University Press, 2015), Night Field Anecdote (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011), Bledsoe (Texas Review Press, 2011), and Dark Orchard (Texas Review Press, 2005). Wright is Series Editor and Volume Co-editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, a multivolume series celebrating contemporary writing of the American South, published by Texas Review Press. Additionally Wright serves as assistant editor for Shenandoah. Wright will serve as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Tennessee in spring of 2016.


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