Megan Ayers has work published in journals and magazines such as EDGE, Moon Milk Review, Emprise Review, and Red Cedar Review. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as Dzanc’s Best of the Web Anthology. Megan lives and teaches in Cincinnati.

Joe Benevento teaches creative writing and literature at Truman State U., where he also is poetry editor for Green Hills Literary Lantern. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in a few hundred places, including Bilingual Review and Poets & Writers, and he is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction, with a chapbook entitled, “Tough Guys Don’t Write,” due out this summer with Finishing Line Press.

Melissa Broder is the author of the poetry collection WHEN YOU SAY ONE THING BUT MEAN YOUR MOTHER (Ampersand Books). Poems appear in Opium Magazine, Five Dials, The Collagist, Barrelhouse, and many other places. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cakeshop.

Joan Colby is the author of seven books of poetry, over 900 poems in such journals as Poetry, Grand Street, Spoon River Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, etc. She has received a fellowship plus two Literary Awards from the Illinois Arts Council plus numerous poetry awards. She is the editor of Illinois Racing News, a monthly publication for Illinois Breeders and Owners Foundation. She lives with her husband and assorted animals on a small horse farm in Plato Center, IL, near Elgin.

Heather Delabre is a corporate communications consultant, an editorial-content consultant, and a writer. Her work—under several different pseudonyms—has appeared in magazines, webzines, and educational materials. She has spoken at conferences across the U.S., instructing groups of writers in the ways they can hone and expand their writing skills. In addition, she does author coaching and manuscript reviews for individual clients. Heather lives in Peoria, Illinois.

Tim Dicks lives in Orlando, where strange events regularly occur in traffic. He blogs at

Fox was born in Chicago in 1932, taught writing all his life(the last 30 years at Michigan State University), has 110 books published, the most recent being the novels DEPTHS AND DRAGONS (from Skylight Press in England) and REUNION (from Luminis Books). Also APPROACHING/ACERCANDO , a book of  poetry he wrote in Portuguese and then translated when he got back to the U.S., has just been published by Grey Sparrow Press. Fox is  dying from prostate cancer which is spreading all over his body, has another 6 books coming out this year.

Ricky Garni is a graphic designer living in Carrboro, North Carolina. His work can be found in EVERGREEN REVIEW, CAMEL SALOON, USED FURNITURE REVIEW, ORION HEADLESS and other places. His latest work, JANUARY, is a sequel to his earlier work, DECEMBER. Although it could be the other way around, with a lot of space in between.

Tawnysha Greene received her M.A. from Auburn University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in fiction writing at the University of Tennessee. Her work has appeared in various literary journals including The Foundling Review and Wigleaf and is forthcoming in The Southern Humanities Review. She can be found online at

Aubrey Hirsch’s work has appeared in Hobart, Third Coast, PANK, Annalemma, SmokeLong Quarterly and the Los Angeles Review, among others. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Micro Award and honored as a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open. She currently lives in Colorado Springs where she is at work on a novel with the support of the Daehler Fellowship. Aubrey remarks about the writing life at

Len Kuntz lives on a lake in rural Washington State.  His writing appears widely in print and online at places like Housefire, decomP, Red Fez and also

Penelope La Montagne lives in a small house on the banks of the Russian River where she has learned most of what she knows from watching the river flow, not pushing, not holding back. She is a Poet Laureate Emerita of Healdsburg, CA, 2004-2006, author of River Shoes, a chapbook of poems by Running Wolf Press, and a California Poet in the Schools.

Chip Livingston is the author of the poetry collection MUSEUM OF FALSE STARTS (Gival Press, 2010) and the chapbook ALARUM: (Other Rooms Press, 2007). His most recent prose and poetry appear in current or forthcoming issues of New York Quarterly, The Florida Review, Drunken Boat, and Court Green, and in the anthologies SOVEREIGN EROTICS; THE PEOPLE WHO STAYED: Southeastern Indian Writing After Removal; SING: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas; and DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS. Chip lives in New York City and Montevideo, Uruguay. Visit his web site at

Alison Luterman’s first book of poems The Largest Possible Life was published by Cleveland State University press in 2001.  Her second collection, See How We Almost Fly was published by Pearl Editions in 2009.  She also write plays and personal essays and teaches creative writing through the Writing Salon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Robert McDonald’s work has appeared recently in La Petite Zine, Court Green, Pank, elimae, and Six Little Things, among others.  He lives in Chicago, works at an independent bookstore, and blogs at

Sean Padraic McCarthy’s short stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Confrontation, Water~Stone Review, The Sewanee Review, Bayou Magazine,  Fifth Wednesday Journal, Sou’wester, and Another Chicago Magazine among many others.  He recently placed second in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open Contest, and he has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He earned his M.A. in writing at the University of San Francisco, and he lives in Mansfield, Massachusetts with his wife, children.  He recently completed work upon a novel.

Heather Momyer lives in Chicago and teaches writing and literature at Columbia College. Her writing appears in journals such as Popular Culture Review,>kill author, Dark Sky Magazine, The Collagist, H_NGM_N, and Moria, among others. New work is forthcoming in Ekleksographia.

Gary Moshimer has stories in Pank, Word Riot, Kill Author, Night Train, Necessary Fiction, and other places.

Karen Munro’s work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Hunger Mountain online, PANK, Grain, and elsewhere.  She is the grateful recipient of a 2011 Shotpouch residency.  She is working on a novel about strangeness in the Great Northwest.

Christina Murphy lives and writes in a 100 year-old Arts and Crafts style house along the Ohio River. She continues to be amazed at how the Arts and Crafts movement—like the painter Piet Mondrian– found such artistic integrity (and solace) in straight lines and simple (yet complex) forms. Her writing appears in a number of anthologies and journals including, most recently, ABJECTIVE, A cappella Zoo, PANK, Word Riot, Fiction Collective, and LITnIMAGE. Her work has received two Editor’s Choice Awards and Special Mention for a Pushcart Prize.

Anne Leigh Parrish’s short stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, Carve Magazine, C4 Magazine, Clackamas Literary Review, Eclectica Magazine, Knee-Jerk Magazine, PANK, The Pinch, Prime Number Magazine, Storyglossia, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. Her story collection, All The Roads That Lead From Home will be published in 2011 by Press 53. More about Anne can be found at

Andrew Roe lives in Oceanside, California. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, One Story, Glimmer Train, The Cincinnati Review and other publications. He keeps a sporadic blog at

Joel Sager is an artist living in Columbia, Missouri. He uses a mixed-media process involving oil pigment, tar, and collage of vintage wallpaper or material. His subject matter consists of portraiture and still-life, placed within the confines of interior spaces with stylistic influences ranging from folk art to mannerism. On a figurative level, his work explores themes of existence and loss in the context of nostalgia, and it places the viewer in a narrative of voyeurism. Joel is represented by Perlow-Stevens Gallery and has shown nationally and internationally.

Ani Smith is an American writer living in London. Her chapbook, this love is office lighting (great and harsh but always off when no one’s there), is forthcoming from Mud Luscious Press. She regularly contributes to We Who Are About To Die.

Robert Swartwood does not consider himself a hooligan.

Lauren Tamraz believes in the healing power of tacos and hot sauce. She prefers to drive long distances that others would simply fly. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Metazen, Chronogram, IPC Magazine, and The Calamity Jane. She lives with her husband and pit bull in NY’s mountainous Hudson Valley where she teaches college writing and edits the magazine Awosting Alchemy.

In addition to writing, Leland Thoburn plays jazz saxophone and flute, and explores old ghost towns and mines in the California desert. He has been writing fiction for three years, during which time he has had thirty-five stories published in a variety of journals and magazines. You can read more at his web site at

James Valvis lives in Issaquah, Washington. His work has recently appeared in Bananafish, Confrontation, Eclectica, Dark Sky, Hanging Loose, Red Fez, Rattle Slipstream, and is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Big Muddy, Gargoyle, H_NGM_N, Los Angeles Review, Pearl, River Styx, Verdad, and elsewhere. He has received multible nominations for both the Pushcart Prize and Danz Best of the Web.  One of his stories was a Notable Story in the storySouth Million Writers Award.  He was the featured poet for Re)verb 7. A collection of his poems, How to Say Goodbye, is due later this year from Aortic Books.

Joshua Young holds an MA in English from Western Washington University, and begins an MFA in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago in 2011. His chapbook, Whoever Said Las Cruces is Great is a Liar, was published by Gold Wake Press in 2010. He currently teaches English Composition and lives near Seattle with his wife, their son, and their dog. His films and other projects can be found at

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has two chapbooks Between Pineapple and Parsley and Let Dinggedicht Speak, forthcoming from Ronin Press and Silkworms Ink. Trained in publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters (world religions) from Harvard and fine arts masters (creative writing) from Notre Dame, Desmond has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. Desmond is a recipient of the Singapore Internationale Grant and Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award. He also works in clay, his commemorative ceramics housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.