Kristi Beisecker is an artist who lives and works as a freelance graphic designer in Massachusetts. In her spare time she creates photograms using electricity and organic materials with analog darkroom processing. She also reads and writes about science and spirituality, composes and performs music and gives spiritual guidance through her psychic ability.
Emily Rose Cole is writer, folksinger, and MFA candidate in poetry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her debut solo album, “I Wanna Know,” was released in May of 2012 and is available on iTunes and Amazon. Last spring, she was honored to receive the Nancy D. Hargrove Editor’s Prize. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Weave Magazine, Jabberwock Review, Neon, and Word Riot, among others. “In Kansas” is part of a collection of persona poems that re-envision The Wizard of Oz.
Stephanie Dugger’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Calyx, CUTTHROAT, Hartskill Review, Naugatuck River Review, The Southeast Review, Still: The Journal, and Zone 3. She grew up on a farm near Muscle Shoals, AL, received an MFA from the University of Wyoming and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, where she serve as the poetry editor for Grist.
Shannon Ellis is an artist and South Florida native with a deep affinity for the local ecology. Her most recent body of work utilizes paint to explore the negative impact of society on the environment. She is in her senior year at FAU pursuing a BFA in painting.
Ross Garrison was born in Virginia and currently lives in North Carolina where he is pursuing an MFA at UNC Greensboro. He recently won the NC State Short Story Award. He has also been a finalist for the Meridian Editor’s Prize in Fiction and the Phoebe Winter Fiction Contest.
Erik Gleibermann is an academic and writing mentor with a private practice in San Francisco. His poetry and essays have appeared in Adirondack Review, New Delta Review, The New Haven Review, Red Rock Review, Southern California Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Tikkun, and other publications.
Landis Grenville is completing an undergraduate degree in creative writing at Florida State University. She currently lives in Jacksonville, Fl. This is her first publication.
Ariel Francisco is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Florida International University in Miami. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Jai-Alai Magazine, The Manhattanville Review, Paper Nautilus, Poetry Quarterly, and Sliver of Stone.
Tony Hoagland’s books include What Narcissism Means to Me and Donkey Gospel, as well as three other poetry collections, and two collections of essays about poetry and poetics. His work has received the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEA fellowship, the Jackson Poetry Prize, the James Laughlin Award, and the O.B. Hardisson Prize for teaching. His poems have been widely anthologized and published. His collection Twenty Poems That Could Save America and Other Essays was just published this month (The title essay was published in Harper’s Magazine Online, and was reviewed on NPR’s Lehrer Report.) He teaches creative writing at the University of Houston, and runs Five Powers of Poetry seminars for teachers wherever he can around the country.
Amorak Huey, a former newspaper editor and reporter, is author of the chapbook The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2014) and the forthcoming collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015). His poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012, The Southern Review, The Collagist, and many other journals. He teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Follow him on Twitter: @amorak.
Emily Jalloul is a Florida native, a graduate from Lynn University, and a lover of good coffee and bad cats. She’s currently pursuig her MFA in poetry at FIU.
Patrick Kindig is a graduate student in Indiana University’s Department of English. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Electrica, Fugue, Bloom, Court Green, and elsewhere.
Kelly Magee is the author of Body Language (UNT Press 2006), winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, and the forthcoming collaborative works co-written with Carol Guess, With Animal (Black Lawrence Press 2015) and The Reckless Remainder (Noctuary Press 2016). Her writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Passages North, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Literary Mama, Word Riot, and others. She is Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University.
Danielle Manton graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. She recently exhibited in the Spectrum RAW Artist showcase in Orlando, Florida curated by Melissa Hernandez. Manton has also been published in Women in Art 278 magazine and has shown work in local galleries statewide including 621Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida.
Jennifer Maritza McCauley is a writer, teacher, and editor living in Miami, Florida. She is the recipient of a Knight Fellowship in fiction from Florida International University, where she earned her MFA. She is also a co-editor of Origins Literary Journal, a book reviews editor for Fjords Review, and a contributing editor for The Florida Book Review. Her most recent work can be found in Deep South Magazine, The Boiler, and First Inkling amongst other outlets.
Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections, most recently Aftermath, and a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress. His work has recently appeared in Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Passages North, and has been cited as Notable in both Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays. He teaches at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.
Jonathan Nehls holds an MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso. Originally from Denver, he currently lives in El Paso, Texas where he teaches at UTEP and Doña Ana Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has work forthcoming in The Ilanot Review.
Claudia Rankine is the Henry G. Lee Professor of English at Pomona College.and the author of four collections of poetry, including Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric; PLOT, The End of the Alphabet, and Nothing in Nature is Private, which received the Cleveland State Poetry Prize. She is a winner of the Jackson Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships from the Academy of American Poetry, the National Endowments for the Arts, and the Lannan Foundation. In 2006, she served as a Judge for the National Book Award for Poetry. Her latest book, a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry is Citizen: An American Lyric.
Daniel Riddle Rodriguez’s real name is Daniel Riddle Rodriguez. He is a full-time student and father from San Lorenzo, California, where he lives with his son. Previous and forthcoming publications include Prairie Schooner, Fourteen Hills, and The Ampersand Review. Moonlighting as a performance poet, he is a member of the Oakland Slam Team and represented the Bay Area at the National Poetry Slam in 2014. He is thrilled to be here.
Stephane Selander is a candidate in fiction at Florida International University’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in the Florida Book Review
Rebecca Thomas’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, and Graze Magazine. She received her MFA from West Virginia University. Originally from Orange County, California, she now teaches writing in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Guy Thorvaldsen received the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 2013 Kay Saunders Memorial New Poet Award. His poetry and stories have appeared in The Aurorean, Barefoot Review, The First Day, Flyway, Little Patuxent Review, Perfume River Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Academy Review. He received his MFA from Vermont College and now teaches English at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. He is also a journeyman carpenter, husband, father, avid (though woeful) golfer, and contributing poet/essayist for local public radio.