Roy Bentley has won six Ohio Arts Council fellowships, a fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the author of Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama), Any One Man (Bottom Dog), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House).
Linda Jaye Bonafield has been published in Five Poetry Magazine and Scarlet Leaf Review. She has two bachelor’s degrees from The College of Charleston, SC. She loves to raise her son, write, read, and paint rocks. More of her work can be found at: moothalo.wordpress.com, or like/follow her at “Linda Jaye Bonafield” on Facebook.
Claudia Buckholts received Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the Grolier Poetry Prize. She has published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Harvard Magazine, Indiana Review, Minnesota Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, and other journals; and in two books, Bitterwater and Traveling Through the Body.
Lauren Claus lives in Massachusetts. She recently graduated from Harvard College, where she concentrated in English, wrote her thesis on John Keats’ poetry, and received a Le Baron Briggs Traveling Prize.
Jack Cooper’s first poetry collection, Across My Silence, was published by World Audience, Inc. in 2007. His poetry, flash fiction, and mini-plays have appeared in Rattle, Slant, Bryant Literary Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, and many other publications. His poetry has also been selected for Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” and Tweetspeak’s Every Day Poems, and his work has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize. He is co-editor of www.KYSOflash.com.
Stephen Galiani was born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and he holds an M.F.A. in writing from the University of San Fransisco. His prior occupations have included social work and investment managing, though he now works as a teacher. His short fiction and poetry has recently appeared in journals such as The Main Street Rag, Mobius, The Journal of Social Change, SPANK the CARP, California Quarterly, and Newton Literary, as well as And the Tail Wagged On Anthology and Marin Poetry Center Anthology.
Susan Holck is a retired physician who lived in Switzerland for 30 years before relocating to Philadelphia. After decades of scientific writing, she began writing poetry. Her poetry has been published in Cecile’s Writers Magazine, Theories of Her (Mercurial Noodle), and By&By Poetry. Holck’s writing is deeply informed by the death of her husband and son, and her daughter’s severe mental illness.
Eva-Lynn Jagoe is the author of The End of the World as They Knew It: Writing Experiences of the Argentine South, and a forthcoming memoir, Take Her, She’s Yours, about sexuality, psychoanalysis, and being a woman. She is a professor of Comparative Literature at University of Toronto, and writes essays and articles on motherhood, sexuality, cinema, visual art, and literature. She teaches experimental critical and creative writing, as well as courses on politics, culture, and gender.
Mary Christine Kane lives in St. Paul, Minnesota where she earned her MFA from Hamline University. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Burner Magazine, OVS Magazine, Sleet, and Right Here Right Now, The Buffalo Anthology.
Beth Keefauver‘s fiction has appeared in The Citron Review, Pisgah Review, Stirring, Blue Lotus Review, Press 53 Blog, and the anthology, Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary Anthology of Women and Place (Sundress, 2014). Her nonfiction has appeared in ISLE, Grist, and Great Smokies Review. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee and currently teaches Composition, Professional and Creative Writing, Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She has written and performed in the Asheville, NC area for LYLAS, an all female comedy troupe, and “Listen to This,” a monthly storytelling series. She is a former fiction editor of the literary journal, Grist. Beth lives in Fairview, NC with her husband, two young sons, a gaggle of chickens, and a toad named Burpee.
John Palen grew up in small towns in southwest Missouri and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a student of Donald Finkel. His poems have been published in literary magazines since the late 1960s. Recent work has appeared in MacNeese Review, Main Street Rag, Delmarva Review, Mud Season Review and upstreet. His eighth collection of poems, Distant Music, is tentatively scheduled to come out this year. After a 45-year career as a journalist and journalism educator, he lives in retirement in central Illinois, where he enjoys volunteering as a certified Master Naturalist.
Jaclyn Stephens is a printmaking-based multidisciplinary artist. In addition to her studio art practice, she works intensively with the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Arts in Healing Initiative programming. Both her studio and home temporarily inhabit a farm in Middletown, Ohio. Since her BFA studies in Over-The-Rhine, and MFA studies in Oxford, Ohio, her rural childhood makes a timely reconnection, physically and creatively, to her present. Not to be distinguished exclusive from the rest of her life, Jaclyn’s work generates associative play between environments, materials, meanings, work, sensory perceptions, and communicative processes. Cultivating multiple relationships with the landscape is neither only a way of living nor only a way of making, but rather the connection between everything she is constantly doing.
TWIXT is the mononym-onym of Peter Specker; he has had poetry published in Margie, The Indiana Review, Amelia, California State Quarterly, RE:AL, Pegasus, First Class, Pot-pourri, Art Times, The Iconoclast, Epicenter, Subtropics, Quest, Confrontation, Writers’ Journal, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Stand, Tulane Review and others. He lives in Ithaca, New York.
Kaja Weeks is an author of poetry and personal essays and a classically-trained singer who engages children with autism to their earliest communication. Her creative writing has been published in The Potomac Review (nominee, Pushcart Prize), Fickle Muses: A Journal of Mythic Poetry and Fiction, The New Directions Journal, Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, and in Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities (forthcoming). She is a graduate of the three year program, New Directions for Writing of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.