S.R. Aichinger recently earned an MFA in creative writing from Creighton University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in |tap| lit mag, Into the Void Magazine, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, and Gyroscope Review, among others. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
Nadia Bruce-Rawlings is a Nashville resident of six years, transplanted from Los Angeles. She has a book published by Punk Hostage Press, entitled Scars, as well as a book she co-authored entitled The Untold In-Depth Outrageously True Story of Shapiro Glickenhaus Entertainment, which was self-published. She grew up all over the world, and her submission Peace Accord reflects her time in Egypt during the mid-1970s.
Michael Leal García teaches and writes in Los Angeles, CA. Depending on your cultural ideology, he is either Mexican-American, Chicano, un pocho, or not Mexican at all. His work has been featured in Your Impossible Voice, Drunk Monkeys, Lunch Ticket, Apogee Journal, and The Carolina Quarterly. He is currently writing his first novel.
Judith Grissmer has been published in Sow’s Ear, The Alembic, Adanna, The Broken Plate, Clare, Midwest Quarterly, Streetlight Magazine, Schuylkill Valley Journal and in other literary magazines. She is a retired marriage and family therapist living in Charlottesville, VA, and at the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she maintains a family beach house/vacation rental home. She lives with her husband and 4 cats and begins her day in the garden with a morning cup of tea.
Ken Haas lives in San Francisco where he works in healthcare and sponsors a poetry writing program at the UCSF Children’s Hospital. His poems have appeared in over 50 journals, including Clare, Freshwater, Helix, The MacGuffin, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, Pennsylvania English, Poet Lore, Prism, Quiddity, Sanskrit, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and Spoon River. Ken’s poetry has been anthologized in The Place That Inhabits Us (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010) as well as the Marin Poetry Center Anthology (2012, 2013), and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. You can visit him online at http://kenhaas.org.
Lynn Hoggard received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Southern California and taught at Midwestern State University, where she was professor of English and French and the coordinator of humanities. In 2003, the Texas Institute of Letters awarded her the Soeurette Diehl Fraser award for best translation.
For several years, she was arts writer for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls and wrote more than six hundred articles, features, and reviews. She has published six books: three French translations, a biography, a memoir, and a poetry collection (Bushwhacking Home, TCU Press, 2017). Her poetry has appeared in 13th Moon, After Happy Hour Review, The Alembic, Atlanta Review, The Broken Plate, Clackamas Literary Review, Concho River Review, Crack the Spine, The Delmarva Review, Descant, Forge, Edison Literary Review, FRiGG, The Healing Muse, Licking River Review, The MacGuffin, New Ohio Review, Sanskrit, Soundings East, Summerset Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Tower Journal, Weber: The Contemporary West, Westview, WestWard Quarterly, Wild Violet, and Xavier Review, 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.
Walter B. Levis was nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize and is author of the novel MOMENTS OF DOUBT (2003). His literary fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications, including North Dakota Quarterly, The Amherst Review, The Cimarron Review, Connecticut Review, Drunk Monkeys, Forge, Hobo Pancakes, New Plains Review, North Atlantic Review, Permafrost, Storyglossia, Serving House Journal, and Willow Review, among many others. His nonfiction has appeared in The National Law Journal, The Chicago Reporter, The New Republic, Show Business Magazine, and The New Yorker. Complete publication and biographical information is at www.walterblevis.com.
Suzanne O’Connell’s recently published work can be found in Poet Lore, Forge, Atlanta Review, Juked, Existere, Crack The Spine, Pennsylvania English, Drunk Monkeys, The Louisville Review, and Found Poetry Review. O’Connell was nominated for a Best Of The Net Award in 2015, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015 and 2017. Her first poetry collection, A Prayer For Torn Stockings, was published by Garden Oak Press in 2016.
Ryan Paluczak is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in St. Louis, MO. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2013 with a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking. After leaving Cape Girardeau, Ryan interned at Washington University’s print shop, Island Press.
Paluczak is currently pursuing his MFA at Illinois State University as the first student in the newly formed Sculpture and Expanded Media graduate program. At ISU, Ryan serves as the Graduate Assistant for the Visiting Artist program and has assisted in teaching 3D Fundamentals, Sculpture I, Expanded Media I, and Analog Mechanical Motion.
Paluczak performs and exhibits work regionally and nationally. Ryan believes collaboration and community strengthen art’s influence on contemporary culture, and acknowledges the importance of his local art community and DIY-ethos to his practice.
Diane Pitts is a relative newcomer to the poetry scene. She received her Ph.D. in French Literature from UNC-Chapel Hill and taught French for nearly 20 years before joining the creative team at the University of Tennessee Office of Communications and Marketing as an editorial project manager. She attended Marilyn Kallet’s poetry workshop in Auvillar, France in 2013 and has a poem in the online publication, One Trick Pony, 2014 special Auvillar issue. In addition to poetry, she enjoys tennis, travel, theatre, cooking, and gardening.
Rachel Remick’s fiction has previously been published in several literary magazines, among them Rosebud and The First Line. She currently resides in Tampa where she moderates two blogs and runs a successful wholesale gift and jewelry business.
Anna Sandy is finishing her MFA in poetry at Georgia State University, where she also teaches English Composition. She is the current Editor in Chief of New South, and her work can be found in SFWP’s the Quarterly, Santa Ana River Review, Sun Star, Muse/A, The Indianapolis Review, Nightjar Review, and others. She lives in Atlanta with her fiance and three cats.
Tony Tracy is a Pushcart Prize nominated author who has written two poetry collections, The Christening and Without Notice. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry East, North American Review, Tar River Poetry, Hotel Amerika, I-70 Review, Rattle, Painted Bride Quarterly and many other magazines and journals. He resides in Urbandale, IA with his wife Anita, their two boys and two dogs.
Rachel Tramonte was born in New York City and grew up in Brooklyn Heights. Her work is forthcoming in Common Ground Review, Gloom Cupboard, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Jelly Bucket, Slab, These Fragile Lilacs and Third Wednesday. She received her MA in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University. She lives and writes in Cleveland, OH with her partner and their two daughters.