Merveille Adomou is 17 years old and currently attends Rockville High School in Maryland.
Leah Angstman is an amateur historian and a transplanted Midwesterner, unsure of what feels like home anymore. She is the recent winner of the Loudoun Library Foundation Poetry Award and Nantucket Directory Poetry Award and was a placed finalist in the Bevel Summers Prize for Short Fiction (Washington & Lee University), Pen 2 Paper Writing Competition (in both Poetry and Fiction categories), Saluda River Prize for Poetry, and Blue Bonnet Review Poetry Contest. She has earned three Pushcart Prize nominations and serves as Editor-in-Chief for Alternating Current Press and a reviewer for Publishers Weekly. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, including Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, Tupelo Quarterly, Electric Literature, Midwestern Gothic, Atticus Review, Slice Magazine, and Shenandoah. She can be found at leahangstman.com.
Wendy Weil Atwell is a writer living in San Antonio, Texas. She received her MA in Art History and Criticism from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2002 and has been actively writing since then for various visual arts publications, both online and in print, including Art Lies, Glasstire, and …might be good. In 2012, Atwell wrote The River Spectacular, a series of essays on art along the San Antonio River Walk’s Museum Reach. She can be found at quesoconfessions.com.
Eric Boyd lives in Pittsburgh and is working on his first short story collection, “Brownfields”. His writing has been published by Bridge Eight, The Offing, Hobart, Guernica, and the Missouri Review blog, among others. He appeared in the anthologies “Prison Noir” (Akashic Books; ed. Joyce Carol Oates) and “Words Without Walls” (Trinity University Press; eds. Sheryl St. Germain & Sarah Shotland). He is the editor of “The Pittsburgh Anthology” (Belt Publishing) and guest-edited for The James Franco Review (Issue 3, fiction). Boyd is a winner of Slice Magazine’s Bridging the Gap award, the PEN Prison Writing award, and was a semifinalist for the H.E. Francis award. He was also a judge for the 2016 Waldman International Arts and Writing competition. His website is Eric-Boyd.com.
Michael Chaney lives in Vermont and has been published in Fourth Genre, Los Angeles Review, and Minnesota Review. He is the author of Reading Lessons in Seeing: Mirrors, Masks, and Mazes in the Autobiographical Graphic Novel (Mississippi, 2017) and the editor of Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels (Wisconsin, 2010).
Meghan Maguire Dahn grew up in the middle of the woods, alongside fisher cats and deer, beavers and coyotes, and a whole unintended aviary. Her first poem was published in Highlights Magazine and read primarily in waiting rooms by children nervous about getting shots or stitches. Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, the Iowa Review on-line, the Cincinnati Review, the Boog City Reader, Blunderbuss, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, Phantom Limb, the Long River Review, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cartographer, and ellipsis…a journal of art and culture. She was a winner of the 2014 Discovery/92nd Street Y Poetry Prize (judges: Eduardo Corral, Rosanna Warren, Susan Mitchell, and John Ashbery). She has an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She lives steps away from Manhattan’s only forest.
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of twenty-seven books of poetry, most recently Ghost / Landscape (with John Gallaher; BlazeVox Books, 2016) and the forthcoming Dark Horse (C&R Press, 2017). Her awards include three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet, as well as a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, a Fundacion Valparaiso Fellowship, and three residencies at the American Academy in Rome. She is the recipient of grants from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund. Her poems appear in New American Writing, The Mid-American Review, Poetry International, Passages North, Nimrod, and many other magazines. She has published essays in Agni, The Gettysburg Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Descant, and elsewhere. She is Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Quarterly and Grants Specialist at Black Ocean. She divides her time between the United States and Europe.
Christian Duran is a New World School of the Arts graduate who earned a BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998. In 1999 he returned to his hometown of South Florida where he continues to produce and exhibit his work. Duran’s art focuses on themes related to nature, science, the human body, and religion. Duran’s solo and two person exhibitions include: Lost in the Agar (2014) at Aimee Perez Art Space, Miami, FL; Bringing Up the Dead (2009) at the Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL; Path of Least Resistance (2007) at Ingalls & Associates, Miami; Views from Within: Christian Duran and Vickie Pierre (2006) at the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL; Nerve (2004) at Edge Zones, Miami; and Equinox (2003-4) at the Capitol, Cabinet Meeting Room, in Tallahassee, FL.
Sarah Fox is a freelance writer living in Honolulu. Her work has been featured in Modern Loss, The Hairpin, and various other websites.
George Franklin practices law on Miami Beach, teaches writing in the state prisons with Exchange for Change, and even subs for the occasional yoga class. He received his MFA from Columbia, PhD from Brandeis, and JD from University of Miami. His poems have been published in Salamander, The Threepenny Review, Verse, The Ghazal Page, and Vending Machine Press, and his criticism has been published in ELH.
Matthew Gellman’s poems are featured of forthcoming in Thrush, The Journal, The Adroit Journal, MUZZLE, H.O.W. Journal and elsewhere. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize and a scholarship from the NYS Summer Writer’s Institite. Currently, Matthew lives in New York, where he edits Lambda Literary’s Poetry Spotlight and is an MFA candidate at Columbia University.
Gabe Hales is a 17-year-old high schooler from Okemos, Michigan. He has worked with major corporate companies such as Context Summits on photography and videography. He also freelances for local businesses, bands, and other events.
A Seattle graphic designer and author of two middle grade novels, Tim Haywood’s current passions are short stories and flash fiction. During the past year, his fiction has appeared in Twisted Vine Literary Arts Journal, Heater magazine and Firstwriter.com Literary Journal. In addition, since 2009 Tim has written a blog entitled, ‘Reflections of a Shallow Pond,’ offering his take on parenthood, middle-age and his perspective as a tail-end Baby Boomer.
Mirjana M. Inalman is a poet and artist hailing from Belgrade, Serbia. She loves creating synergy between Art and Literature, and to digitally explore the many shades of the collage the two make. Her pieces are most often inspired by introspection and the search for how many different landscapes a soul can have.
Devin Kelly earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He is the author of the collaborative chapbook with Melissa Smyth, This Cup of Absence (Anchor & Plume) and the books, Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (forthcoming 2017, ELJ Publications). He has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes. He works as a college advisor in Queens, teaches at the City College of New York, and lives in Harlem.
Kate Koenig is a writer and photographer studying History, English, Children’s Literature and German at the University of Pittsburgh. Her writing has previously been published in The Original Magazine and NewPeople Newspaper and her photography has been published in TeenInk, NewPeople Newspaper, Hot Metal Bridge Magazine, and Three Rivers Review. If Kate won the lottery, she would probably adopt thirty dogs and spend the rest of her days writing, napping, and photographing the world around her. Her photography website is http://www.katekoenigphotography.com
Daniel Miller is a Texas-based writer and teacher. He holds degrees from the University of Edinburgh and Duke University. He has published one book, Animal Ethics & Theology (Routledge, 2012). His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in journals such as Amarillo Bay, Cleaver, Riding Light, Rock & Sling, and The Tishman Review.
Jennifer Stewart Miller grew up in Vermont and California, and holds an MFA from Bennington College. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jabberwock Review, Raleigh Review, Sycamore Review, and other publications. She’s a Pushcart nominee, and lives in New York.
Emily Mohn-Slate’s recent poems are forthcoming or have appeared in New Ohio Review, Crab Orchard Review, Radar, Muzzle Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her manuscript, The Falls, was a finalist for the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize offered by University of Pittsburgh Press. She teaches creative writing at Chatham University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Rachel Morgan is the author of the chapbook, Honey & Blood, Blood & Honey (Final Thursday Press 2017). Her work recently appears or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill, Bellevue Literary Review, Mid-American Review, and Barrow Street. Currently she teaches at the University of Northern Iowa and is the Poetry Editor for the North American Review.
Bibhu Padhi has published eleven collections of poetry. His poems have appeared in magazines and anthologies throughout the English-speaking world. He lives with his family in Bhubaneswar, India.
Jenn Powers is a creative writer and photographer from New England. Her most recent work is published or forthcoming in The Pinch, Jabberwock Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Driftwood Press, Don’t Talk to Me About Love, Raven Chronicles, Jet Fuel Review, and The Tishman Review. Please visit www.jennpowers.com.
Kirk Schlueter received his MFA in poetry at Southern Illinois-University Carbondale. His poetry has been a finalist for the Yemassee contest, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Ninth Letter, the minnesota review, and Atticus Review among others. He has been awarded a full scholarship to the NYS Summer Writers Institute, and has been part of the Hungry Young Poets Reading Series.
Brian Simoneau is the author of River Bound (C&R Press, 2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Four Way Review, The Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, Poet Lore, RHINO, and other journals. He lives in Connecticut with his family.
John Sproul has been a professional artist for 25 years and has been actively involved in the art community. He has exhibited throughout the United States, (including New York and extensively in Los Angeles), parts of Europe and Malaysia. Some of the venues he has exhibited in include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; The Painting Center, New York; The Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany; and the Sienna Art Institute, Italy. As an advocate for the arts he served on the UMFA’s FOCA Executive Committee from 2006-2013 and was Chair in 2013. He co-founded and directed the Art Group (2007-2015); founded and directed the Foster Art Program (2009-2011); founded and directed the Utah Contemporary Art Think Tank (2010-2011); and currently owns and operates Nox Contemporary Art Gallery (a project oriented, non-commercial gallery).
Bob Sykora is an MFA candidate at UMass Boston and the Editor-in-Chief at Breakwater Review. His chapbook “I Was Talking About Love–You Are Talking About Geography” was a winner of the 2016 Nostrovia! Press chapbook contest. He can be found at bobsykora.tumblr.com.