Amanda Auchter (Interview) is the author of two books of poetry: The Wishing Tomb (Perugia Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2013 PEN Center USA Literary Award, and The Glass Crib (Zone 3 Press, 2011), which was awarded the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Lone Star College in Houston, and is desperately learning to cross-stitch owls in her spare time.
Gabrielle Bates (Persephone In Alabama…) is a Southern writer living in Seattle, where she is an MFA candidate at the University of Washington and associate editor of The Seattle Review. She is the official voice of Broadsided Press on twitter, an Awesome Foundation grant recipient, and a Bucknell Seminar fellow. Her poems have been published by Rattle, Southern Humanities Review, Broadsided, and Redactions. Find her online at gabriellebatesstahlman.com or on Twitter @GabrielleBates.
Doug Paul Case (Pastoral With Boy…) is the author of the forthcoming chapbooks Something to Hide My Face In (Seven Kitchens) and College Town (Porkbelly Press). He recently earned his MFA from Indiana University, and he is the poetry editor of Word Riot and Gabby.
Joanna Chen (A Strange Vitality) is a poet, literary translator, and essayist. Her work has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica, Poet Lore, Cactus Heart, and Asymptote, among others.
Maggie Colvett (About A Boat) edited volume 41 of The Mockingbird, the arts and literature magazine of East Tennessee State University. Her poems can be found in recent or upcoming editions of Hayden's Ferry Review, Colorado Review, and Architrave Press's broadside series, among other places. She lives in Athens, Georgia and Piney Flats, Tennessee, where her family keeps many dozens of chickens.
Dennis Hinrichsen’s (Piece for Prepared Piano…) most recent works are Skin Music, co-winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press (forthcoming autumn 2015), and Electrocution, A Partial History, winner of the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize from Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art (forthcoming spring 2015). His previous books include Rip-tooth (2010 Tampa Poetry Prize) and Kurosawa’s Dog (2008 FIELD Poetry Prize). An earlier work, Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, received the 1999 Akron Poetry Prize. New poems of his can be found in The Adroit Journal, Memorious, and Michigan Quarterly as well as a number of recent anthologies including Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, New Poetry From the Midwest 2014, and Clash by Night (an anthology inspired by The Clash’s London Calling).
Andrea Jurjević (Hotel Scandinavia) is a native of Croatia. Her poems have appeared in The Journal, Harpur Palate, Raleigh Review, Best New Poets, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere; her translations of Croatian poetry can be found in Lunch Ticket, RHINO, and The Adirondack Review. She is the winner of the 2013 Robinson Jeffers Tor Prize and the 2014 Der-Hovanessian Translation Award.
Elizabeth Onusko’s (Museum of Snowglobes, Subdivision Idyll) work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, featured on Verse Daily, and published in Linebreak, The Journal, Poetry East, The Collagist, and Bellevue Literary Review, among others. She is the author of a chapbook, The Prague Winter (Finishing Line Press), and a co-founder of Guernica.
Ondrej Pazdirek (Slapy, 1997) was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic. He graduated from Florida State University’s creative writing program in 2013 and currently studies poetry at the University of Cincinnati. He is the recipient of the John McKay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award for 2013. He has been published in Bayou Magazine.
Mike Soto ([When The Firing…]) grew up in Dallas overhearing trains on the Santa Fe railroad, and in a small town in Mexico, overhearing swallows. He received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, where he writes, teaches, and translates. To find more of his work, please visit mikesoto.com. Special thanks to William G. Lockwood for his work on the audio recording of this poem.
Adam Tavel (When We Were Very Young) won the Permafrost Book Prize for Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015). He is also the author of The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming) and the chapbook Red Flag Up (Kattywompus 2013). Tavel won the 2010 Robert Frost Award and his recent poems appear or will soon appear in Beloit Poetry Journal, Sycamore Review, Passages North, The Journal, The American Literary Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among others. He can be found online at adamtavel.com.
Terrell Jamal Terry’s (Nightmornings) poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, West Branch, Green Mountains Review, Washington Square, cream city review, Phantom Limb, Parcel, Interim, and elsewhere. He resides in Raleigh, NC.
Annalisa Barron (Bursting Air) 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. Learn more about Annalisa’s work at annalisabarron.com.
Peter Croteau (Billboard…, Parking Lot...) was born in Boston, MA in 1988. He considers himself to be an explorer of mundane spaces, looking to transform the everyday into something otherworldly through the use of 8x10 and 4x5 view cameras. Peter received his MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and his BS in Photography from Drexel University in 2010. He currently lives and works out of Providence, RI. Learn more at petercroteau.photography.
Ruth Dusseault's (Play War...) screenings and exhibitions include Ethnografilm Festival Paris, Chelsea College of Art London, Boston Center for the Arts, Houston Center for Photography, Bemis Center for the Arts, New York's School of Visual Arts, Emory University, High Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and the Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Science and Technology. As Artist in Residence at Georgia Tech for 11 years, and as Visiting Faculty at Emory, she taught photography and special topics courses that merge science, video, design and installation art. She has curated touring exhibitions that merge art and architecture for the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the District of Columbia Art Center and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Awards include the Artadia Foundation, Forward Arts Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts, Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs and Center Santa Fe. One of her most recognized local projects is the Atlantic Steel Project in which she tracked the six-year transformation of Atlanta's last large-scale industrial site from an historic steel mill into Atlantic Station. Recently, she was awarded a print and web commission from Art Papers magazine for the launch of her new project, Ecotopia. Learn more at ruthdusseault.com.
Tayfun Gülnar (In Flames) is an artist living in Istanbul, where he is pursuing a university degree in the Fine Arts, specializing in painting. He has won awards for his work and has been featured in several exhibitions around Turkey. Learn more about his work at tayfungulnar.com.
Diego Enrique Flores (San Antonio, Santa Muerte, St. Petersburg) is a documentary photographer from South Texas currently based in Mexico City, Mexico. His work focuses on themes regarding ritual, loss, and conflict. He is currently working on a variety of long-term, social-documentary projects in and around Mexico. Learn more at diegoenriqueflores.com.
Seo Kim (Contained Risk, About A Boat) is an award-winning freelance illustrator and designer living in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born in Busan, South Korea and grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she cultivated her love for sweet tea. She received her MFA in Illustration Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art. She currently teaches illustration at MICA. She loves taking natural, organic forms inspired by nature to create, expand, and explore the world of image making. Learn more about Seo's work at seokim.com.
Elizabeth Pelley (Torso Study) 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.
George Perrou (The Gathering) is a self-taught artist based in Portland, Oregon, whose work has a distinctive mid-century-inspired style. He grew up watching his fair share of cartoons, and credits much of his painting inspiration to the Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera animation of the '50s and '60s. His work can be found in permanent collections across the country. Learn more about George's work at atomicnest.com.
Elizabeth Claire Rose (Ground) was born near the sand prairies of central Illinois, has resided in Montana for nearly 15 years, and is currently exploring artist collectives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has a BA in fine arts from the University of Montana focusing on printmaking and photography with a minor in wilderness studies. Her work was selected for publication in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American PhotographersVol. 2. She has received many awards for drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography, including the Scholastic National Art Silver Award for photography portfolio and the National American Vision Award. She has exhibited her work in various galleries nationally and internationally. She recently completed artist residencies with the Alberta Printmakers' Society in Alberta, Canada, and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Learn more about Elizabeth's work at elizabethclairerose.com.