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Hal Ackerman has been on the faculty of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television since 1985 and is currently co-area head of the screenwriting program. His book, Write Screenplays That Sell…The Ackerman Way, is in its third printing, and is the text of choice in a growing number of screenwriting programs around the country. He has had numerous short stories published in literary journals including North Dakota Review and New Millennium Writings, among others. His short story “Roof Garden” won the 2008 Warren Adler Award for fiction, and “The Dancer Horse” received a Pushcart Nomination in 2011. He is the author of two mystery novels, Stein, Stoned (2010) and Stein, Stung (2012).

Louis Bourgeois is the Executive Director of VOX PRESS, a non-profit arts organization based in Oxford, Mississippi. His memoirs, The Gar Diaries, was nominated for the National Book Award in 2008.  His Collected Works, will be published by Xenos Books in 2015.

Susana H. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology. Her photos have appeared in San Pedro River Review and Blue Hour Magazine, among others. Author of several chapbooks, her Slapering Hol Press chapbook, The Scottish Café, was published in a dual-language version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Poland’s Opole University Press. She authored the books, Salem In Séance (WordTech Editions), Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips (Anaphora Literary Press), and Earth and Below (Anaphora Literary Press). 4 Rms w Vu is forthcoming from Mayapple Press in 2014. Please visit her online at:

Hope Coppinger has been previously published in North Dakota Quarterly and was invited to participate in the reading series of the National Women’s Studies Conference in 2005. As a result of working for a nature preserve, she is composing a novel about failed foragers.

Satch Dobrey has a B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and an M.A. in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis. He has recently won First Place in the Chesterfield Arts Writing contest for 2012. Dobrey’s poetry has previously appeared in the September 2012 online issue of Bluestem Magazine, and is forthcoming in the Spring 2014 edition of Rampike. He currently works as a librarian and freelance writer, residing with his wife in Southern Illinois on the old bluffs of the Mississippi River.

Andrew M. Howard is a graduate of Texas Tech University and Georgia College & State University, where he earned an MFA in fiction while teaching GED courses in the nation’s oldest mental institution. His fiction has appeared in Southwest American Literature, Kaleidotrope, Clapboard House, and on the short list for the Carve Prize. He currently lives and teaches in Washington, DC.

Karly Little has an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She served as the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Lunch Ticket, reads creative nonfiction for The Citron Review, and interns for The Rumpus. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Free State Review, Drunk Monkeys, and Spry Literary Journal. She coordinates community education and teaches English at Barton Community College. Karly lives, writes, rollerblades, and watches sports with her husband in a north-central Kansas town of 172 people.

Katie Manning is the author of three poetry chapbooks: The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman (Point Loma Press, 2013), Tea with Ezra (Boneset Books, 2013), and I Awake in My Womb (Yellow Flag Press, 2013). She lives in the Los Angeles area and teaches poetry at Azusa Pacific University. She is especially fond of tea and board games. Find her online at

Sarah Hulyk Maxwell lives in Pittsburgh with her two cats and husband. She works with a law firm, but has promised not to write poems about them. . .yet, and earned her MFA from LSU. Her work can most recently be found or is forthcoming in The Nassau ReviewCommon Ground Review, and Blood Lotus Review.

Erin L. Miller earned her MFA at Bowling Green State University. Her poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior ReviewSugar House ReviewLinebreakMid-American ReviewPrick of the Spindle, and others. She was awarded a Devine Fellowship and was a finalist for The Tusculum Review Poetry Prize as well as the Rita Dove Poetry Award. She lives in Ohio.

Renée K. Nicholson lives in Morgantown, WV. Her writing has appeared in Mid-American ReviewPerigee: A Journal of the ArtsPasteMoon City ReviewCleaver MagazinePoets & WritersDossierLinden AvenueLos Angeles ReviewBlue Lyra ReviewSwitchbackThe Superstition ReviewThe Gettysburg Review and elsewhere. She serves as Assistant to the Director of the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop, and was the 2011 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State-Altoona. She is co-host of the literary podcast SummerBooks, and co-founder of Souvenir: A Journal. Renée’s collection of poems, Roundabout Directions to Lincoln Center is forthcoming from Urban Farmhouse Press. Her website is

Miho Nonaka is a native of Tokyo and a bilingual poet.  Her poems and essays have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Cimarron Review, American Letters & Commentary, Iowa Review, Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House and American Odysseys: Writings by New American (Dalkey Archive Press).  She teaches English and Creative Writing at Wheaton College.

Andy Roberts lives in Columbus, Ohio where he handles finances for disabled veterans. He has two Pushcart Prize nominations, three published chapbooks, and poems forthcoming in Lake EffectMudfish, and Slipstream.

Erin Elizabeth Smith is the Creative Director at the Sundress Academy for the Arts, as well as the author of two full-length collections, The Fear of Being Found (Three Candles Press 2008) and The Naming of Strays (Gold Wake Press 2011). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Mid-American32 PoemsZone 3GargoyleTusculum Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Among other things, she also teaches a bit of everything in the English Department at the University of Tennessee and serves as the managing editor of Sundress Publications and Stirring.

Valerie Vogrin is the author of Shebang. Her short stories have appeared in Ploughshares, AGNI, Zone 3, The Florida Review, Natural Bridge, Black Warrior Review, and elsewhere. In 2010, she was awarded a Pushcart Prize. Vogrin is currently an associate professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she serves as a prose editor of Sou’wester.

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