Originally from southeastern Michigan, L. D. Blue has dwelt promiscuously in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Mexico City and Olympia, Washington. Her fiction and essays have appeared on the Stoneslide Corrective and RedLemona.de, as well as in the Hybrid Beasts anthology. An MFA candidate at San Francisco State University, she resides in Oakland where she is writing a novel about ghosts, golems and the Midwestern genderbent. Poetry, painting and halfcocked criticism can be found at http://lukedaniblue.wordpress.com.

Hannah Cook Cross is a poet-mom living in Arizona. Her work has appeared in Poetry Midwest, New Millenium Writings, and Knoxville Writers Guild anthologies.

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes in the Minneapolis school district. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Worcester Review, Broken Pencil, and Slipstream, and she is a recent recipient of the Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and German. Her novel, The Trouble With Clare, is due out from Hydra Publications in 2013.

Christopher P. DeLorenzo lives in San Francisco, California, where he teaches writing at the University of San Francisco, and leads multi-genre writing workshops in his home (in the Amherst Writers and Artists method). He has published poetry in numerous publications, including The Rockhurst Review and Karamu.  He is currently revising  his third novel manuscript, Not a Love Story.

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn. He and his wife, Jane, lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their little Shih Tzu, Sophia. Joe’s stories appeared in Alliterati Magazine, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, Bartleby SnopesBlack Fox Literary Magazine, Black Heart Magazine, Bong is Bard, Crack the Spine, Forge, Infective Ink, Johnny America, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, Milk Sugar, The Newer York. Orion Headless, River Poets JournalThe Shine Journal, The Stone Hobo, The Summerset Review, The Waterhouse Review, and Writers Abroad.

Mustafa Hoseyniun (Hosseinioun) is a writer and translator from Iran. He has published two novels in Iran and studies the classic literature at Tehran University. He is also working for radio, adapting famous masterpieces of fiction into radio dramas. Even though he has experiences in screenwriting and poetry, fiction has always been the only love of his life. He enjoys Kafka, Salinger and Dostoyevski.

Dustin Hyman has recently returned to his native state of California after teaching in Santiago, Chile.  His master’s degree in English (creative writing) is supplemented with gritty life experiences.  Dozens of horrible jobs have infiltrated his writing, so too has spending time in jail.  He’s provided content for literary journals, newspapers and magazines.  Dustin is currently a struggling freelance writer and one hell of a model American.

Steve Karas lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. His stories have appeared in Necessary Fiction, Little Fiction, Whiskeypaper, Bartleby Snopes, and elsewhere. He also writes for The Review Review. You can visit his website at steve-karas.com.

David Lawrence’s last poetry book was Lane Changes (Four Way Books). Last year his memoirs about his boxing career and slide from riches to rags was published–The King of White Collar Boxing.  It can be found on Amazon. He has published over 600 poems.

Stephen Massimilla is a poet, critic, professor, and painter. His latest book, The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat, was selected in the Stephen F. Austin State University Press Poetry Series Prize Competition. He has received the Bordighera Prize for Forty Floors from Yesterday; the Grolier Prize for Later on Aiaia; a Van Rensselaer Award, selected by Kenneth Koch; and multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Almost a Second Thought was runner-up for the Salmon National Poetry Book Award, judged by X.J. Kennedy. Massimilla’s work has appeared in hundreds of publications. He holds an M.F.A. and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and teaches at Columbia and the New School. Website: www.stephenmassimilla.com

Susan Carter Morgan is a writer and former teacher from Virginia. She is a member of LibertyTown Arts Workshop, where she has a small writing studio. Her work has appeared in journals such as Haunted Waters Press, the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Curio, and The Front Porch. She also shares writing on her blog scmorgan.net.

Joddy Murray earned his MFA in poetry at Texas State University, San Marcos, and his Ph.D. in composition and cultural rhetoric at Syracuse University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 65 journals, including American Literary Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Carquinez Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Confrontation, DUCTS, Existere, Gulf Coast, Hawai’i Review, Meridian, New Orleans Review, Passages North, Pembroke Magazine, Portland Review, River Oak Review, Texas Review, and Wisconsin Review. He currently teaches writing and rhetoric at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Bo Niles is a former magazine editor who specialized in home design. She is the author of a number of books on this subject, as well as a travel memoir. In retirement, she has been taking poetry workshops at the 92Street Y, in New York City, where she lives with her husband. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies, and a chapbook, intimate geographies, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012.

J. E. Robinson’s essay, “Notes from a Janitor’s Closet,” appeared in Karamu, Bluestem’s predecessor, and received the Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. He has also received two Pushcart Prize nominations. His essays, poems, and short stories have appeared widely. He is the author of “Skip Macalester,” a novel, and of “The Day Rider and Other Stories,” which is forthcoming. He teaches at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and lives in Southern Illinois.

Alex Schmidt resides in Charlotte, NC, where he works as assistant manager at Trader Joe’s. He’s been a Trader Joe’s employee for ten years, as long as he’s considered writing to be a life-long pursuit. When he is not writing or working, his neighbor’s usually spot him walking with his basset hound while reading, seemingly a different book every time. When he doesn’t leave the house he is watching movies, learning to become the reasonable heir of Sam Peckinpah or Jean Renoir, dancing to Otis Redding and Funkadelic with his wife, and cooking delectable fireworks of joy in his kitchen. Sausageshapedearth.wordpress.com.