B.T. Baker was first published as a fourth grader in his hometown newspaper, which printed his Christmas story about getting sick in the back of the family station wagon. As an adult he picked up several “noncreative” nonfiction publication credits before deciding to have fun with his life. He is working on a screenplay.

Nancy Bourne practiced law for many years, representing California public schools as a senior partner in a statewide education law firm.  Since retirement, she has been writing stories, tutoring and teaching English composition to inmates at San Quentin State Prison, taking care of grandchildren, and hiking and bird watching on the mountain near her home in Mill Valley, California. Ms. Bourne has published stories in Summerset Review, Forge, Quiddity, and most recently in Persimmon Tree.  She studied with Tom Parker and Laurie Ann Doyle at the University of California, Berkeley Writing Program.

Leah Browning is the author of three nonfiction books for teens and pre-teens. Her third chapbook, In the Chair Museum, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. Browning’s poetry and prose have previously appeared in publications including Queen’s Quarterly, 42opus, Per Contra, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Citron Review, 300 Days of Sun, and Salome Magazine, as well as on a broadside from Broadsided Press, on postcards from the program Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, and in several anthologies. In addition to writing, Browning serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review. Her personal website is located at

Laura Citino is a fiction writer from southeastern Michigan. She received her MFA from Eastern Washington University and is a regular contributor to Bark, an arts and culture blog online at Her short fiction has appeared in The Mayo Review, The Intentional Quarterly, and Midwestern Gothic. She currently lives with her partner and teaches English in Terre Haute, IN.

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer (forthcoming July 2014 from W.W. Norton: Liveright), Pot Farm, and Barolo, the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and the chapbooks, Four Hours to Mpumalanga and Aardvark.  He teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction Editor of Passages North.  This winter, he prepared his first batch of whitefish liver ice cream.  It paired well with onion bagels.

Judy Halebsky’s book, Sky=Empty, won the New Issues Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. Her chapbook, Space/Gap/Interval/Distance won the Poets-Under-Forty award from Sixteen Rivers Press. The MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, and the Canada Council for the Arts have supported her work. She lives in Oakland and teaches at Dominican University of California.

Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets (both from Wipf & Stock). His poems, translations, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in American Literary ReviewContemporary Poetry ReviewImageNew England ReviewPoetry East, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among other places. He serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review.

Claire Hopple loves writing short fiction that is both concise and relatable. Her work has appeared or will soon appear in Quarter After EightNoctua Review, Limestone Journal and Hackwriters. As a former therapist, she believes writing is her personal therapy. She works for an online marketing company and lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at

Allen Jih and Adam Vines write their collaborative critters by sending lines back and forth over the internet. The poems end when one of them writes “cooked.” Allen is a yoga instructor and an aerialist with straps in Las Vegas. Adam is an assistant professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is editor of Birmingham Poetry Review. They have published their collaborative poems in Barrow Street, Confrontation, New Orleans Review, redivider, Texas Poetry Review, Margie, Baltimore Review, Drunken Boat, The Journal, among others.

Stephanie Kartalopoulos’ poems appear and are forthcoming from journals that include Thrush Poetry Journal, Barn Owl Review, Phoebe, Grist, Harpur Palate, 32 Poems, and Radar Poetry. She earned her PhD in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Missouri and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Kansas State University.

Anne Kniggendorf has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her poetry and fiction has been published in Number One Magazine, her creative non-fiction has been published in The Gadfly and The Moon. She writes book reviews for the Kansas City Star on a wide range of genres including science, poetry, biography, and memoir.

Donna Miscolta is the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced (Signal 8 Press, 2011). Her short story manuscript has been a runner-up for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award and a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of literary journals, including the anthology New California Writing 2013. She has received awards from 4Culture, Artist Trust, the Bread Loaf/Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the City of Seattle, and residencies from Anderson Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Find her at

Kelly Nelson’s chapbook, Rivers I Don’t Live By, will be published this coming fall by Concrete Wolf Press. She has work forthcoming in Another Chicago MagazineWatershed Review and I-70 Review as well as an anthology of erasure poems based on Charles Bukowski’s poems. She lives in the Sonoran Desert and teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University. Find her online at

T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently four sparks fall: a novella (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, 2013) and, with Erin Elizabeth Smith, Skate or Die (Dusie Kollektiv, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Reunion: The Dallas Review, West Wind Review, Hobart, Ninth Letter, and Phoebe, among others. A weightlifter, crafter, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she serves as the Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press, and Literary Arts Director for the Sundress Academy of the Arts.

John Palen’s Open Communion: New and Selected Poems was published by Mayapple Press in 2004. Since then he has had chapbooks published by March Street Press and Pudding House, and recent work appearing or forthcoming in Upstreet, The Heron Tree, Midwest Prairie Review, Poydras Review, Arcadia and Delmarva Review. He lives in Central Illinois.

Matthew Pitt teaches creative writing at TCU in Fort Worth. He is author of the short story collection Attention Please Now, which won the Autumn House Fiction Prize. Recent fiction of his appears or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Epoch, BOMB, The Good Men Project, Oxford American, and the anthology Writing Texas, and is cited in Best American Short Stories 2012.

Mark SaFranko’s novels, which include Hating Olivia (Harper Perennial, 13e Note Editions), Lounge Lizard (13e Note Editions, Murder Slim Press), God Bless America (13e Note Editions, Murder Slim Press) and Dirty Work (13e Note Editions) have collected rave reviews and a cult following in Europe, especially in France. His stories have appeared in 70 magazines and journals internationally, including the renowned Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. In 2005 he won the Frank O’Connor Award from descant magazine for his short fiction. He was cited in Best American Mystery Stories 2000 and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize.

Sarah Shaffer is a writer and freelance copyeditor, a Seattleite, and a lover of the outdoors. She’s an MFA graduate from Lesley University and now teaches flash fiction through the program. Her writing can be found at and, and her photography at

Robert Slack is a technical writer working in Washington, DC. He has an MA in  English and Publishing from Rosemont College in Pennsylvania.  He is an active freelance journalist writing on a range of issues, particularly on environmental themes. He lives with his wife and dog near College Park, MD.

Carolyn Stice is currently working on her PhD in Creative Writing at UT Knoxville, where she is poetry editor for the graduate literary magazine Grist. She has a particular interest in the work of female poets, especially that which deals with the landscape of the body. She is also working on a project translating the work of women poets of Venezuela. Her work has appeared in  Cutthroat, China Grove, The Clark Street Review, Antipodes, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Stirring: A Literary Collection, and is forthcoming in Permafrost, Booth, and Electra Magazine.


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