Amanda Auchter (La Llorona; Sitting Next To My Brother...) is the founding editor of Pebble Lake Review and the author of The Wishing Tomb, winner of the 2012 Perugia Press Award and the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry, and of The Glass Crib, winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry. Her recent work has appeared in Crab Creek Review, The Journal, Bellevue Literary Review, Quarterly West, and in the anthology, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). She teaches creative writing and English at Lone Star College and is currently at work on a memoir about adoption and the foster care system, What Took You So Long.
Mary Lou Buschi (Birthday Party in a Strange Town; The Goat) is the author of the chapbook The Spell of Coming (or Going), published by Patasola Press (2013). Ukiyo-e, her second chapbook, will be published by Dancing Girl Press (2014). Mary Lou’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in FIELD, Willow Springs, Indiana Review, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, and Ping Pong, among others.
MRB Chelko (Prayer) is the recipient of a 2013 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Manhattations. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including: AGNI Online; Forklift, Ohio; Indiana Review; PANK; and Poetry International. Her chapbooks are The World After Czeslaw Milosz (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and What To Tell The Sleeping Babies (sunnyoutside, 2010). Chelko holds an MFA in Poetry from The University of New Hampshire. She lives in Central Harlem.
Josh Exoo (A Light Wind in Winter) teaches at St. Lawrence University and lives in upstate New York with his wife, Kathryn Exoo. His poetry has appeared in Green Mountains Review and he is the recipient of the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry.
M.K. Foster (The Dream In Which...) earned a BA in English Literature from Birmingham-Southern College, where she served as the Editor of the literary magazine Quad. Her poetry recently won the 2013 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, and has appeared or is forthcoming in H.O.W. Journal, Breadcrumb Scabs, and elsewhere. She has studied writing at the New York State Writers’ Institute, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook, and she is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches writing.
Elee Kraljii Gardiner (School Figures) founded and directs Thursdays Writing Collective, a program of free, drop-in creative writing classes in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She is the editor and publisher of six chapbooks from the Collective and the coeditor with John Asfour of V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. Her writing, which earned the 2011 Lina Chartrand Poetry Award, appears in North American anthologies and publications. Originally from Boston, Elee is a dual US/Canadian citizen.
Catherine Owen (Phantomnul) is from New Westminster, BC. She has published nine collections of poetry and one of prose essays and memoirs. Her latest book is Designated Mourner, out from ECW (Toronto) in 2014. You can see samples of her multimedia work on her website or her YouTube channel.
Fleming Meeks (Ten Years) is a longtime magazine editor in New York. He is working on a 20-sonnet series called Knocko’s Wife. The first three poems of the series recently appeared in The American Poetry Review.
Caitlin Elizabeth Thomson (Invisible Morning; Collapse) resides in rural Washington state. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous places, including: The Literary Review of Canada, The Liner, EDGE, Echolocation, and the anthology Killer Verse. Her second chapbook Incident Reports is forthcoming in 2014 from Hyacinth Girl Press.
William Kelley Woolfitt (H.D. at Point Pleasant Beach; Our Lady of the Mills; The Foot Washer) teaches creative writing and American literature at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He is the author of two forthcoming chapbooks: The Salvager’s Arts (poetry), co-winner of the Keystone Prize, and The Boy with Fire in His Mouth (fiction), winner of the Epiphany Editions contest. His poems and stories appear in Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review, New Ohio Review, Appalachian Heritage, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, River Styx, Virginia Quarterly Review’s Instapoetry Series, and elsewhere.
Changming Yuan (Solitude; C) is a 7-time Pushcart nominee and the author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Landscaping (2013). He holds a PhD in English, tutors, and co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Recently interviewed by [PANK], Yuan has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry (2009-2012), BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine, Threepenny Review, and 749 others across 28 countries. Since mid-2013, Yuan has been bitten by 3 poisonous snakes.
Annalisa Barron (In That Water) holds a BFA from Penn State University. Her paintings and films have been exhibited in five countries. Her film Incarnate was featured at the No/Gloss film festival in Leeds, UK in 2013. Find out more about Annalisa’s work at www.annalisabarron.com.
Michelle Butler (Amphitrite) is a full-time artist and consultant living in New Jersey with her husband and two black labs. Her paintings have appeared in many juried shows and private collections over the past thirty years, in print journals such as Four Way Review, and as cover art for various poetry books. Currently, Michelle works in encaustics, pastels, and mixed media.
Amanda Li (Ten Years) is an illustrator and designer based in Los Angeles, California. She went to architecture school and transitioned into the animation field shortly after. Previous employers include Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Marvel and Darkhorse Comics. She currently works as a layout artist for Cartoon Network. You can find regular updates of her work on her tumblr page.
Jeremy Miranda (Searching; Library with Grey Sea; Northern Shore) is a painter based in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. His current work combines elements of landscape/seascape with manmade architectural elements in an attempt to generate a fragmented narrative space. You can visit his website to learn more.
Elizabeth Pelley (Condon Abandoned; Girl On Brown Paper; Judy) is an artist living and working in the Columbia River Gorge near Hood River, Oregon. She studied art at Hartford Art School in Connecticut and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Washington State University in Pullman. Elizabeth has received honors in juried shows throughout the Pacific Northwest and has won first prize for works in watercolor, acrylic and photo-digital collage. One of her recent pieces is on prominent display in the Mayor’s office in City Hall, Portland, Oregon. You can view recent work on her Facebook page.