Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. His chapbook Remembrance was published by Origami Condom Press and The Conquest of Somalia was published by Cervena Barva Press. A collection of his poetry Days of Destruction was published by Skive Press. His poetry collection Expectations was published by Rogue Scholars Press. His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles were produced Off Broadway. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines.

Jennifer Burd has had poetry published in numerous journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal, The Ann Arbor Review, and Modern Haiku. Her full-length book of poems, Body and Echo, was published by PlainView Press in 2010. She is also the author of a book of creative nonfiction, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan (Bottom Dog Press, Inc., 2009, with photographs by Lad Strayer), based on her experiences reporting on local homelessness for the Adrian, Michigan, Daily Telegram newspaper. Burd received her BA in English and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. She currently works as an editor and writer for HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Doug Paul Case lives in Bloomington, where he’s an MFA candidate at Indiana University. His poems are published or forthcoming in Pank, Columbia Poetry Review, Stirring, and others. He’s probably wearing a cardigan.

David Cotrone is from Plymouth, MA. His writing has appeared in Fifty-Two Stories, The Rumpus, elimae, PANK, Thought Catalog, Paper Darts, Necessary Fiction and elsewhere.

Like nomadic Pericú natives before him, Matthew Dexter survives on a hunter-gatherer subsistence diet of shrimp tacos, smoked marlin, seafood cocktails, cold beer, and warm sunshine. He lives in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He is in a lot of pain, but he writes, when he can, and tries to be a better father and husband, which is difficult at times.

Richard Dinges, Jr. has an MA in literary studies from University of Iowa and manages business systems at an insurance company. Verse Wisconsin, Foliate Oak, Pinyon Review, Slant, and Gihon River Review have most recently accepted his poems for publication.

Catherine Elcik lives in Winthrop, MA where she spends most of her writing time revising her first novel. Her fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Drum, Carve Magazine, and The Grub Street Free Press. You can reach her at

Roland Goity lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he writes in the shadows of planes coming and going from SFO. His stories can be found in Fiction International, The Raleigh Review, Word Riot, Compass Rose, and more recently in The MacGuffin and Underground Voices.

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada. Her poems have appeared in American Literary Review, The Iowa Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry International, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She’s included in the anthology California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Santa Clara University, 2004). Her book The Downstairs Dance Floor was awarded the Robert Philips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and she’s a finalist in Poets & Writers’ California Writers Exchange. Her latest book – Walking with Elihu: poems on Elihu Burritt, the Learned Blacksmith – is available on Amazon.

John Grey is an Australian born poet who works as a financial systems analyst. Recently published in PoemCaveat LectorPrism International and the horror anthology, What Fear Becomes, with work upcoming in Potomac ReviewHurricane Review and Pinyon.

Robert Haight has published two poetry collections, Water Music (Ridgeway Press) and Emergences & Spinner Falls (New Issues), and written essays and articles on fly fishing, the environment, spirituality, and education for a variety of journals and magazines. He lives in Michigan where he teaches writing and meditation. A new collection of poems, Feeding Wild Birds, is forthcoming in early 2013 from Mayapple Press.

Anne Haines’s chapbook, Breach, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2008. Individual poems have appeared in DiodeFieldHamilton Stone Review, New Madrid, Rattle, the anthology And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of the Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship in Poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. Currently Anne lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she works as the Website Editor in the Indiana University Libraries.

Nathaniel Hansen is currently Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. His poetry has appeared in Bryant Literary Review, Timber Creek Review, The Evansville Review, and South Dakota Review, among others.  He is also the founder and editor of The Blue Bear Review, an online literary quarterly (

Jane Hertenstein’s current obsession is flash. She is the author of over 30 published stories, a combination of fiction, creative non-fiction, and blurred genre both micro and macro. In addition she has published a YA novel, Beyond Paradise and a non-fiction project, Orphan Girl: The Memoir of a Chicago Bag Lady, which garnered national reviews. Jane is the recipient of a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Hunger Mountain, Rosebud, Word Riot, Flashquake, Fiction Fix, Frostwriting, and several themed anthologies. She can also be found at

Carlos Hiraldo, though he is often asked where he is from, was born in New York City in 1971.  Including sojourns in the Dominican Republic, Boston, and Long Island, he has spent most of his life in the city.  His poetry has been accepted by The New York Quarterly, Arizona State University’s Bilingual ReviewStruggleLatino Stuff ReviewThe View from Here, and the British journals Other Poetry and Fire.  He is currently a Professor of English at the City University of New York, and lives in Queens with his wife and child.

Marianna Hofer has Studio 13 in the gloriously haunted Jones Building in Findlay, OH.  Her poems and stories appear in small magazines, and her b&w photography hangs in local exhibitions and eateries.  Her first book, A Memento Sent by the World, was published by Word Press in 2008.

Khara House is a poet from Harrisburg, PA who lives and works in Flagstaff, AZ. She received her Master’s in Creative Writing from Northern Arizona University, where she currently works as a First-Year Composition and Poetry instructor. She can be found online at

Lindsay Illich holds a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University and teaches writing at Curry College in Milton, MA. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Rio Grande Review, Buddhist Poetry Review, and most recently, Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets.

Susan Johnson has her MFA and PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she currently teaches writing in the Isenberg School of Management. Her poems have recently appeared in Comstock Review, Off The Coast, Pinyon Poetry Review, Third Wednesday, Bluestem, Karamu, and others. Her first book Impossible is Nothing was be published this past Spring from Finishing Line Press. She lives in South Hadley MA with her husband and two cats.

Sandra Ketcham currently lives in Orlando where she works as a full-time freelance writer and editor. She has writing published or forthcoming in The Medulla Review, Gone Lawn, Bicycle Review, Red Booth Review, DOGZPLOT, Snow Monkey, The Monarch Review, and others.

Mark Lewandowski’s essays and stories have appeared in many journals, and have been listed as “Notable” in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Best American Travel Writing, and twice in The Best American Essays. He has also had essays recently republished in Redux and A Small Key Opens Big Doors, one of four anthologies celebrating the 50th birthday of the Peace Corps. In 2010, All Things That Matter Press published his story collection, Halibut Rodeo. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of English at Indiana State University. During the 1999-2000 academic year, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Siauliai, Lithuania, and from 1991-1993, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Poland. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University in 1991.

Micah Ling earned her MFA in poetry at Indiana University. She currently teaches at Franklin College and in the MFA program at Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her third collection of poems, Settlement, was recently released from Sunnyoutside Press. She also runs a book/music/film review website:

M.G. Martin is the author of One For None (Ink). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, PANK, Requited, ZYZZYVA, and Explosion Proof, among others. A Pushcart Nominee, M.G. lives in Brooklyn where he cooks Hawaiian food for the lady poet, Tess Patalano and the lady dog, Kaimana Ihu.

Lucy McKee is a part-time writer and full-time registered nurse living on the coast of southwest Florida. She spends entirely too much time on the beach playing with her border collie, Harvey.

John McKernan is now a retired comma herder. He lives – mostly – in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book is a selected poems Resurrection of the Dust. He has published poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review and many other magazines.

Gary Moshimer has stories in Smokelong Quarterly, Frigg, Monkeybicycle, Pank, Decomp, and many other places.

J.B. Mulligan has had poems and stories in dozens of magazines, including recently, Inkspill, Edge, Parting Gifts, Stone’s Throw, Perceptions, and Vox Humana, has had two chapbooks published: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS, and also has appeared in the anthology Inside Out: A Gathering of Poets.

Daniel Nguyen, a New York University dropout, currently resides in Orange, CA where he runs his zine Baby Skunk Doing a Handstand with his dog. He is a member of the post-flarf movement and can be contacted at

Jane Olivier was born in Ontario, raised in Africa and as solo nomad, has travelled many roads across the globe as journalist, businesswoman and trotter; she has lived more than the allotted lives of a large, motley and combatant crew of cats. She has always written poetry and scribbled prose in an attempt to make sense of the senseless and come to terms with the crazy morsels that her unusual way of moving through the world has given her the opportunity to taste – chew some of them, swallow them all, digest the majority, and spit out none. She currently lives in Quebec City, Quebec.

Kirie Pedersen’s writing has appeared in Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public Radio Program, Glossolalia, Caper Literary Journal, Wisconsin Review, Eleven Eleven, RiverSedge, Utne Reader, SevenDays, The View from Here, Regeneration (Rodale Press), Northwest People, Chaffee Review, Avatar Review, Folly Magazine, and elsewhere. Kirie holds her M.A. in fiction writing and literature, with Annie Dillard as thesis chair. She divides her time between Manhattan and the rural Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, and blogs at

Michael Piafsky is an Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Program at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. His recent fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Missouri Review, Jabberwock Review, Ocho, Meridian, Bar Stories and elsewhere.

Matt Pine, a Chicagoan for life, recently moved to San Francisco. True fact: it is far windier here. He can be found online at

Doug Ramspeck is the author of four poetry collections. His most recent book, Mechanical Fireflies (2011)was awarded the Barrow Street Press Book Prize. His first book, Black Tupelo Country (2009), received the John Ciardi Prize. His poems have been accepted for publication by journals that include The Kenyon Review, Slate, AGNI, and The Southern Review. In 2009 he received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. He directs the Writing Center and teaches creative writing at The Ohio State University at Lima.

M.S. Rooney and her husband, poet Dan Noreen, live in Sonoma, California. Her work appears in journals and anthologies including The Cortland Review, FutureCycle, Other Voices, Main Street Rag and 3 AM Magazine.

Isabella Rotman is a Chicago comic artist from Maine. She draws comics and illustrations and sometimes she writes but usually she doesn’t. She spends a lot of time taking the skin off of birds for the Field Museum of Natural History, going to class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, collecting useless objects found outside, and researching the mating habits of various animals. Most of the time she draws herself with antlers. Her self-published works include “Girls on Girls: an Album of Girls Singing Songs About Girls (with Amara Leipzig),” “Animals Sex,” “Eyes Shut,” and many others. You can see her stuff at ThisMightHurt.Tumblr.Com

Bobbi Sinha-Morey is a reviewer for the online magazine Specusphere and a poet. Her poetry can be seen in places such as Pirene’s Fountain,Bellowing Ark, Poet’s Espresso, Sage Trail, Mad Swirl, The Penwood Review, and Our Day’s Encounter,among others. Plus her latest book of poetry, Crystal Wind, is available at, and her website is located at In addition, she is a member of The Academy of American Poetry.

Claire Miye Stanford received her MFA from the University of Minnesota. In addition to writing fiction, she also writes about food, sustainable agriculture, and school gardens. Originally from Berkeley, California, she currently lives in Minneapolis. Follow her at @clairemiye.

Megan Stielstra is the author of Everyone Remain Calm and the Literary Director of the 2nd Story storytelling series. She’s told stories for The Goodman, The Steppenwolf, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Neo-Futurarium, Story Week Festival of Writers, and Chicago Public Radio, among others, and performs regularly for 2nd Story, The Paper Machete and Write Club. Her writing has appeared in Other Voices, The Nervous Breakdown, Fresh Yarn, Pindeldyboz, Swink, Necessary Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Annalemma, and Punk Planet, among others. She teaches creative writing at Columbia College and The University of Chicago, and lives online at

Andrew F. Sullivan was born in Peterborough, Ontario. He has an MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Sullivan’s fiction has recently been published by Joyland, The Good Men Project, Monkeybicycle, The Cleveland Review and Riddle Fence. He no longer works in a warehouse or as a butcher. You can find him at:

Michael Tugendhat has a memoir due out from Turquoise Morning Press in 2012. He’s published poems and has others forthcoming in And/Or; elimae; Yes, Poetry; Dear, Sir; Blue and Yellow Dog. He also has fiction published under a pen name.

James Valvis is the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE (Aortic Books, 2011). His writing can be found in Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Juked, LA Review, Rattle, River Styx, storySouth. His poetry has been featured at Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry website. His fiction has twice been a Million Writers Notable Story. He lives near Seattle.

Brandi Wells is Managing Editor of The Black Warrior Review and Web Editor at Hobart. She is the author of Please Don’t Be upset (Tiny Hardcore Press) and Poisonhorse (Nephew, An imprint of Mudluscious Press). Her fiction can be found in Salamander, Mid-American Review, 14 Hills and many other journals.

Zarina Zabrisky started to write at six. She wrote traveling around the world as a street artist, translator, and a kickboxing instructor. Zarina started to publish her work in 2011. Her work appeared in literary magazines and anthologies in the US, UK, Canada and Nepal. Her story “The Tiger Named Rasputin” was editor-nominated for the 2012 Million Writers Awards. Amy Hempel has picked her story “A Cute Tombstone” for distinction as Finalist in The Normal School’s Prize in Fiction, 2012. Zarina received two SF Litseen Pick of the Week for her readings. Find more about Zarina at