Adrienne Amundsen is a psychologist living in the San Francisco Bay Area, with poems published in a number of literary magazines such as River/Sedge, Lalitamba, and The Texas Observer, as well as the Marin Poetry Center Anthology. She recently published her first chapbook of poems with a political and lyrical bent, Cassandras Falling. Herinterests have taken her from the Paleolithic cave paintings of France, about which she has taught several courses, to the warzone of Afghanistan. She is currently finishing her book of poems about that trip to Afghanistan.

Marc Berman began writing on airplanes while traveling from his home on business trips.  He is chairman of The New England Public Radio Foundation and a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts. His work has appeared in The Alembic, Grey Sparrow, Forge, Poetry East, Lullwater Review, Eclectica Magazine, and Pisgah Review.  He is a native of Boston.

Joshua Brewer’s most recent writing has appeared in several journals, including Yemassee, Sargasso, vox poetica, and The Mindful Word. He teaches people to write but doesn’t take his own advice.

Kara Mae Brown is a writer and a writing instructor at Northeastern University in Boston. Her work has appeared in Word Riot, Summerset Review, and SNR Review. In 2010, she was the winner of the Flint Hills Review nonfiction contest for her essay, “Desert Paradox.”

Micah Cavaleri’s most recent book is ‘the romances and other poems.’ He has served in Iraq, jumped from helicopters and flown Humvees off dunes. Before that, he received his MA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. There was poetry. After school, he trained in satellite communications and as a cavalry scout for the National Guard, and completed graduate studies in Advanced International Affairs at Texas A&M. Micah now lives in Michigan’s UP and edits Mid-June. You can find his poetry and literary criticism in Bolts of Silk, elimae, Moria, The New Mystics, Otoliths, Galatea Resurrects, Jacket2 and more.

Clio Contogenis was born in New York City to a family of writers.  She began writing almost as soon as she could hold a pencil, and has experimented with many different genres, including poetry, fantasy, playwriting, and creative nonfiction.  After graduating from Stuyvesant High School, she started at Yale University, where she is currently a junior studying English and Theater Studies.  She also enjoys acting, singing, and playing the piano.

Kate DeBolt is a poet and high school teacher living and working in New York City. Her work has appeared in various print and internet publications including lung, Breadcrumb Scabs, Plainspoke, and others.

Alison Eastley lives in Tasmania, Australia where she reads a lot of books, listens to Beat poets on Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox and writes poems. Her work has appeared in FRiGG, Thrush and is forthcoming in the Australian print edition of four W.

Donna Emerson is a college instructor, licensed clinical social worker, photographer, and writer of poetry and prose. Her publications include Alembic, CQ (California Quarterly), Eclipse, Forge, Fourth River, Fox Cry Review, The Los Angeles Review, New Ohio Review, Paterson Literary Review, Praxis: Gender & Cultural Critiques (formerly Phoebe), Sanskrit, The Schuykill Valley Journal, Soundings East, So To Speak, The South Carolina Review, and Spillway. Her second chapbook, Body Rhymes, which was nominated for a California Book Award, and third chapbook, Wild Mercy, were published by Finishing Line Press in June 2009 and September 2011.

Anna Halberstadt was born and raised in Vilnius, Lithuania She moved to Moscow at the age of eighteen to study psychology at Moscow State University, and immigrated to New York twelve years later to attend Hunter College, where she earned a degree in social work. Since 1980, she has worked as a clinician, teacher, and administrator of mental health clinics specializing in the adaptation of immigrants, with a special interest in immigrants from the former Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries. She has published many works in psychology but has found poetry to be a more adequate and condensed way to expand on the same themes—growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors in a country still struggling with past trauma, living in three countries (Lithuania, Russia, U.S.), and immigration. Her creative work has been published by Cimarron Review, St. Petersburg Review, and Tiferet.

Ann Hostetler is the author of Empty Room with Light: Poems and editor of A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The American Scholar, The Cream City Review, The Cresset, Grey Sparrow, Limestone, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Quiddity, Rhubarb Magazine, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, Washington Square and Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets and many other journals and anthologies. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, where she also edits the online Journal for the Center of Mennonite Writing at

Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared most recently in Gargoyle, Bellingham Review, Solo Novo, Monkeybicycle, Rhino, Cortland Review, Atticus, Per Contra, and Forge JournalTurning Inside Out won the Black River Competition and is available from Black Lawrence Press.  Blue Eyes Don’t Cry won the Hackney Award for the Novel. She teaches Developmental English at West Virginia University Parkersburg.

Anthony J. Langford lives in Sydney Australia. He writes stories, poetry and makes video poems. His story The Long Jetty featured in the Verandah 25th Anniversary Edition. Some of his recent publications include Ink, Sweat & Tears, Mused, Citizens for Decent Literature, Crack the Spine and Eunoia Review. He works in television and has made short films, some of which have screened internationally. His novella, Bottomless River is out now through Ginninderra Press. A poetry collection, Caged without Walls will be released in 2013. A wide selection of his work can be found at

Jackie Davis Martin teaches at City College of San Francisco. She has stories published online and in print in journals including Trillium, Midway, Sangam, Flashquake, JAAM, 34th Parallel, and Most recently, a story was anthologized in Shadow and Light: The Monadnock Writer’s Group Anthology on Memory; flash fiction in April’s Flash and Fractured West. Her novella, Extracurricular, was a finalist in the Press 53 Awards of 2011. Her memoir, Surviving Susan, has just been published.

Robert McGuill is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and Glimmertrain finalist, whose short fiction has appeared, or will soon appear, in Southwest ReviewBryant Literary Review, South Dakota Review, Baltimore Review, The Santa Clara Review and other literary publications, here and abroad. He lives and writes in Colorado.

JB Mulligan has had poems and stories in several hundred magazines, including recently, Angle, The Kerf, Loch Raven Review, Turbulence, and Shot Glass Journal, has had two chapbooks published: The Stations of the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS, and has appeared in multiple volumes of the anthology, Reflections on a Blue Planet, as well as in the anthology Inside Out: A Gathering Of Poets.

Jennifer Nicolini has no pseudonym, though sometimes wishes she did. She is a 26 yr old dual college graduate (UNC-Asheville and UNC-Charlotte) with 3 B.A.’s (Engl./Phil./Econ.), a mountain of student debt, and a reckless inability to abandon her writing pipe dreams. After 7 years of college, she has finally been released into the real world, for which she finds she has a general distaste, as no one seems to be seeking a single, educated, not-yet-thirty-some female for much of anything. Originally growing up in Long Island, New York, she found herself a transplant in the heart of the NC mountains at age 18. The Appalachian experience changed her life and her art in unalterable ways for the next 8 years.

Morgan O’Connor grew up in a small village on Lake Huron and always desired to travel the world. He has lived in New York, London, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Dublin, Doha, Nice, Sevilla, Verona, Miami, Barcelona, and his current home, Rio de Janeiro. He has taught English at The University Of Miami and Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and spent 15 years working as a professional actor. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, yoga, and languages. His writing has been published in The Guardian, The Write Practice and Collective Exile.

Aside from writing, Joe Occhipinti teaches geography and holistic medicine, and co-owns a small, independent used book store and gift shop.  He likes to travel about the world and has lived in Italy, Canada and Argentina.  As an avid nature lover Joe blogs at  You will occasionally find him behind a brush, the bench in his shop, or occupied in some other manual endeavor.  His work has been published or is forthcoming in The Forge, GryphonwoodThe HelixPerihelion Science Fiction, and the anthology Twisted Tails VII: Irreverent. 

Jimmy J. Pack Jr. is a part-time lecturer in writing at Penn State-Abington and is a graduate of the Creative Writing MFA program at Temple University where he worked on his first creative nonfiction “novel” titled Dispatches to America: A Route 66 Memoir. Much of his writing and photography of Route 66 can be found at He has been published in RosebudLost on Route 66: Tales from the Mother RoadTaproot, The Rockford ReviewBluestem, The Berkeley Fiction ReviewThe Evansville Review,Cooweescoowee, The Vermont Literary Review, and American Road Magazine.

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He has a wife, Vickie and a daughter, Sage. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including Prime Mincer, Sheepshead Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Fox Cry, Prairie Winds and The Red Cedar Review.

Timothy Schirmer lives in New York City, where he’s happy to walk down the street with his headphones on.  His writing has recently appeared in Jenny, Kerouac’s Dog , Interrobang!?, and now in Bluestem.  He is currently applying to MFA programs around the country.  You can find a bit more of his writing at

Laura Schulkind is a poet and writer, and an attorney by day, where she is entrusted with telling others’ stories. Through fiction and poetry she tells her own. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming in The MacGuffin, Talking River, Eclipse, Minetta Review and Forge. She and her husband divide their time between Berkeley and Big Sur California. Her two grown sons continue to inspire her.

Laurie Sewall’s recent work can be found in Folio, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Peregrine, The Pinch, Poet Lore, Salamander, and Soundings East, among other publications.  Her poetry was selected as a finalist in the Atlanta Review 2011 International Poetry Contest. After living in New England for many years, she now resides in rural Iowa, where she writes and teaches poetry.

Sarah Stanton is a translator, editor and writer from Western Australia who has spent the past three years living and working in Beijing. She has been published in a number of magazines and indie projects, including Clarkesworld, Voiceworks, Hunger Mountain, Cha and Conte. She blogs at and tweets @theduckopera.

Abigail Warren lives in Northampton, Massachusetts and teaches at Cambridge College. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in print and on-line, in Monarch Review, Duct, Forge, Pearl, Brink Magazine, Gemini Magazine, Into The Teeth of the Wind, Sanskrit, Emerson Review, The Clarion, and Compass Rose.  She is a recipient of the Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize.