Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has two chapbooks forthcoming: Simpler Times and Staring Down Miracles. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.
Roy Bentley is the author of Walking with Eve in the Loved City, a finalist for the 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House), which won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize. A new book, American Loneliness, is due out in April of 2019 from Lost Horse Press.
Claudia Buckholts has received Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and the Grolier Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Minnesota Review, New American Writing, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and other journals; and in two books, Bitterwater and Traveling Through the Body.
Rachel Aviva Burns is a writer living and working in New York City. She is a recipient of Harvard’s Edward Eager Memorial Prize for Poetry, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including the Atlanta Review, Florida English, and Eclectica.
Dionne Custer Edwards is a writer and arts educator at The Wexner Center for the Arts. She created Pages, a writing program where she curates arts experiences for high school students, and co-edits an anthology of student writing and art. She has work in 3Elements Review, Flock, Grist, The Seventh Wave, Crack the Spine, Tahoma Literary Review, and others. She is based in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives with her husband and three sons. Find her online at lifeandwrite.com and @dcusteredwards.
Henry Goldkamp was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Recent work appears in Indiana Review, Diagram, South Carolina Review, Lumina, Notre Dame Review, and The McNeese Review, among others. He is the grateful recipient of the Ryan Chighizola Prize for poetry from University of New Orleans. His public art projects have been covered by Time and NPR. Currently, he lives in Louisiana with his small, lovely family.
Alex Higley is the author of Cardinal (longlisted for the PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction) and Old Open. He has been previously published by Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, New World Writing, PANK, and elsewhere.
Romana Iorga, Originally from Chisinau, Moldova, lives in Switzerland. She is the author of two poetry collections in Romanian, “Poem of Arrival” and “Simple Hearing.” Her work in English has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Cagibi, Washington Square Review, PANK, and others, as well as on her poetry blog at clayandbranches.com.
Barry Kitterman attended the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Montana, where he received his MFA in 1981. He has taught writing and literature in the US and abroad, and is a Professor of English at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. He has been a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Hambidge Center in Georgia, the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Council Grant and an NEA grant, and is the fiction editor for Zone 3 Magazine. He is the author of a novel, The Baker’s Boy, and a collection of stories, From The San Joaquin.
Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, fiction, and history, and a long-time independent teacher of writing. Her how-to-write guide is The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life (Second Edition, University of New Mexico Press). Her work appears widely and her books are: Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press), Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Poets, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press), and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press). She is also author of Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry. Her awards include a National Magazine Award. Her science column, Science Frictions, ran for 92 weeks in The American Scholar. She earned an MFA from the University of Washington and serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history. She grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Angie Mason lives in Duluth, Minnesota. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has poems recently published or forthcoming in Arkana, Split Rock Review, Midwest Review, and North Dakota Quarterly.
Florence Murry’s poetry has appeared in Rockhurst Review, CQ/California State Poetry Society, Southern California Review, The Black Buzzard Review (Florence Bohl), and others.
For a bio, Uzodinma Okehi figures he’ll just never measure up. He draws comics. Or kind of. A while back he went to Hong Kong. He wrote about that in his book, Over for Rockwell, from Short Flight/Long Drive: http://www.hobartpulp.com/books/over-for-rockwell.
Jeanne-Marie Osterman is from Everett, Washington. She is the author of There’s a Hum (Finishing Line Press). A 2018 finalist for the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, her work has appeared in Bluestem,The Madison Review, SLAB, The Esthetic Apostle, and Cathexis Northwest, and will soon appear in Oregon State University’s 45th Parallel Magazine. Jeanne-Marie earned a BA from Gonzaga University and an MA in Linguistics from San Francisco State. She lives in New York City where she serves as Assistant Poetry Editor for Cagibi Literary Magazine.
Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum is an award-winning author, editor, ghostwriter, activist, and meanderer. He is also Acquisitions Editor for Upper Rubber Boot Books, Founder and Editor of PoemoftheWeek.com, Founder and Editor of The Floodgate Poetry Series, and professor of creative writing at Colorado Community College.
stephanie roberts has been featured in publications such as Verse Daily, Quiddity, Atlanta Review, Crannóg Magazine, great weather for MEDIA, and Arcturus. Born in Central America, she grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and has long held residence in Québec, Canada. This year, she is a BoxSet Series poet with Oxidant|Engine.
Jessica Simorte completed her MFA with an emphasis in painting at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning in 2014. She is currently living in Texas where she teaches within Sam Houston State University’s WASH program. She has shown regionally, nationally and internationally and has been included in numerous publications including New American Paintings and Maake Magazine. Recently, she has held a solo exhibition in Houston, been in many national exhibitions, had works purchased for an international public collection, and co-curated exhibitions. Her upcoming opportunities include solo exhibitions in Illinois and Kansas. When she is not teaching or painting, she’s probably dreaming of adopting another dog.
John Jay Speredakos is a NY-based professional actor and writer with a BA from Muhlenberg College and an MFA from Rutgers University. He has appeared on and off-Broadway, in films, TV, commercials and radio dramas, and is a devoted daddy to his daughter, Calliope. Recent publications include poetry in Typishly, Cathexis Northwest Press, Chaleur Magazine, River Heron Review, Gravitas: Volume 18 Issue 1, Tiny Seed Literary Journal, and upcoming in Alternating Current, Portrait of New England and Duck Lake Journal. More info, photos, etc. can be found on IMDb at: imdb.me/johnsperedakos.