Kelly Cressio-Moeller's (American Landscape With Chalk Outlines) poetry can be seen at Boxcar Poetry Review, burntdistrict, Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, Poet Lore, Rattle, Southern Humanities Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and ZYZZYVA among others. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. She is an Associate Editor at Glass Lyre Press. Visit her website at www.kellycressiomoeller.com.
Adam Crittenden (Devil Dog Road) holds an MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. He also serves as an editor for Lingerpost and Puerto del Sol. His work has appeared in decomP, Bayou Magazine, Barn Owl Review, Whiskey Island, and other journals. Blood Eagle is his first full-length book of poetry and is available now from Gold Wake Press. Currently, he teaches writing in Albuquerque at Central New Mexico Community College.
Kara Krewer (Orchard Charm) grew up on an orchard in rural Georgia. She holds an MFA in poetry from Purdue University, where she also taught creative writing and film studies. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Prodigal, Ninth Letter Web Edition, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a 2016-2018 Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University.
Kathryn Hunt (Spud Henry) makes her home on the coast of the Salish Sea. Her poems have appeared in The Sun, Orion, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, The Writer’s Almanac, The Missouri Review, and Narrative. Her first collection of poems Long Way Through Ruin was published by Blue Begonia Press. “Spud Henry” is part of “Minneconjou County, Wyoming,” a series of persona poems from her manuscript You Won’t Find It on a Map.
K.T. Landon (To My Husband, To Make Much Of Time) received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the 2013 winner of the Arts & Letters PRIME Poetry Prize, the runner up for the 2015 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North, and a two-time Pushcart nominee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fugue, Jabberwock Review, and Ibbetson Street, among others, and she is a poetry reader for MUZZLE Magazine.
Fleming Meeks' (But O That Heavenly Light) poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, and (forthcoming) in the Yale Review. His poem "Ten Years" appeared in the first issue of Radar. For the past three decades, he has worked as a financial journalist. He is the executive editor of Barron's.
Rebecca Hart Olander's (Dressing The Wounds) poetry has appeared recently, or is forthcoming, in Brilliant Corners, Queen of Cups, and Yemassee Journal, and her critical work has appeared in Rain Taxi Review of Books, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. She was the winner of the 2013 Women’s National Book Association poetry contest, judged by Molly Peacock. Rebecca lives in Western Massachusetts where she teaches writing at Westfield State University and is the incoming director of Perugia Press. You can find her at rebeccahartolander.com.
Annette Oxindine's (10th Grade Honors) poems appear or are forthcoming in Willow Springs, Gulf Coast, Shenandoah, Crab Creek Review, RHINO Poetry, Superstition Review, Hollins Critic, and New Orleans Review, among others. Originally from Maryland, she lives in Ohio and misses the ocean.
Phoebe Reeves (The Gardener And The Garden 1, 3) earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and now teaches English at the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College in rural southern Ohio, where she advises East Fork: An Online Journal of the Arts. Her chapbook The Lobes and Petals of the Inanimate was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2009. Her poems have recently appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Drunken Boat, Phoebe, and Memorious.
Nicole Santalucia (Supermarket Blowout) is the author of Because I Did Not Die (Bordighera Press). She is a recipient of the Ruby Irene Poetry Chapbook Prize from Arcadia Magazine and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize from The Tishman Review. She received her M.F.A. from The New School University and her Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Santalucia teaches poetry at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and brings poetry workshops into the Cumberland County Prison.
Talin Tahajian (Messages From The City) grew up near Boston. Her poetry has recently appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2014, Salt Hill, Sixth Finch, and Columbia Poetry Review. She wrote half a split chapbook, Start With Dead Things (Midnight City Books, 2015), and edits poetry for The Adroit Journal. She's currently a student at the University of Cambridge, where she studies English literature.
William Woolfitt (Manzanar Relocation Center-Sunstroke, Pine Rat) is the author of two poetry collections: Beauty Strip (2014) and Charles of the Desert (2016). His fiction chapbook The Boy with Fire in His Mouth (2014) won the Epiphany Editions contest. His poems and short stories have appeared in Blackbird, Image, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Epoch, Spiritus, and other journals.
Andy Young's (Museum Of Mourning) poetry collection All Night It Is Morning was published in 2014 by Diálogos Press. She teaches at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and is a writer for Heinemann Publishing. Her work has appeared recently in Voluble, One, storySouth, Red Sky: Poetry on the Global Epidemic of Violence Against Women (Sable Books, 2016) and is forthcoming in Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond (New York University Press). Her work has also been published in Egypt, Lebanon, Ireland, and Mexico.
Paul Bilger (Milkweed) is an experimental photographer and philosopher. His work has been featured in literary journals Brevity, SmokeLong Quarterly, quarrtsiluni, Hot Metal Bridge, and Blue Mesa Review and as cover art for the musical collectives Dead Voices on Air, Autistici, and Brian. More album art can be viewed at Discogs. In 2012, he was a featured artist for Kompresja, a Polish journal of art and science. He teaches Philosophy for Penn State University and Chatham University. He lives in Pittsburgh.
Merritt Cates (Briar Cur) was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Influenced by cultural myths from an early age, Merritt set out on a path to investigate the psychological phenomenon of storytelling. To hone his craft in print media and the pictorial form, Merritt completed a BFA in printmaking at Savannah College of Art and Design in 2014. He continued to develop his expertise working as a commercial textile printer before pursuing an MFA in printmaking and book arts at The University of the Arts. He will graduate in the spring of 2017. Learn more at merrittcates.com.
Carrie DeBacker (Cover Art) is an interdisciplinary artist, originally from the Chicago area and currently living and working in Seattle. She holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Studio Art from Carleton College. Currently in remission from Hodgkins Lymphoma, her work seeks to illustrate the body's conscious and subconscious processes through imagined gestures, creating a personal language of self-representation.
Deanna Dorangrichia (Banana Bullets...) studied at the Art Institute of Boston and Binghamton University where she graduated with a BA in Studio Art. She is a visual artist whose generative process is intimate and personal. There is importance and weight in the viewer not only seeing the work, but feeling something from it as well. In addition to her works on paper, Deanna began producing small batch, utilitarian ceramics full-time after moving to central Pennsylvania from her home state of New York. Learn more about Deanna’s work at dorangrichiaceramics.com.
Joyce Hayden (Fall Birches) left her teaching job at Westfield State University to pursue her artwork, to travel, and to complete her memoir, The Out Of Body Girl. You can find her artwork, her writing, and her blog at her website joycehayden.com.
Ursula Murray Husted (The Garden, The Garden) lives in a small house with a big garden in Minneapolis, teaches comics at a small state university in Wisconsin, dislikes sudden loud noises and styrofoam packing peanuts, but adores regional candy and road-side attractions.
Lise Latreille (Icehouse Door, Cabin Faith, Ugly River, John's Hand) is a photographer who was born in Shawville, Quebec, Canada, in 1984. She is based in Montreal, where she's currently completing an MFA at Concordia University. Her work looks at the poetic potential of everyday spaces. See more at liselatreille.com and liselatreille.tumblr.com.
Shannon Rankin (Anatomy Series-Hands) creates installations, collages and sculptures that use the language of maps to explore connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy. Rankin was born in California and lives and works in Rangeley, Maine. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art. Her recent solo and two person exhibitions include Overview, RMAC, Roswell, NM, Crux, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME, Fathom, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, Disperse/Displace, Gallery Voss, Düsseldorf, Germany. Recent group exhibitions include Beyond Boundaries, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT, Excavations, New Art Center, Newton, MA, U.S. Embassy, Doha, Qatar. Awards include the Individual Artist Grant awarded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the CMCA Biennial Juror's Price, and residencies at the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and the Vermont Studio Center. Learn more at shannonrankin.com.
Tema Stauffer (White Car...) is a photographer whose work examines the social, economic, and psychological landscape of American spaces. Her work has been exhibited at Sasha Wolf, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, and Jen Bekman galleries in New York City, as well as galleries and institutions internationally, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. In 2010, she was awarded an AOL 25 for 25 Grant for innovation in the arts for her combined work as an artist, curator, and writer. She was a finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013; she was also the recipient of the 2012 Women in Photography – LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant and a 2014 Workspace Residency for her documentary portrait series, Paterson, depicting residents of Paterson, New Jersey during the years following the American economic crisis. She received her BA from Oberlin College and her Master’s degree in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Stauffer is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography (LTA) at Concordia University in Montreal. Learn more at temastauffer.com.
Ashley Valmere (Finding A Muddy Path...) grew up in various locations and cultures, learning to use the camera as a way to explore undiscovered places or to build her own. Inspired by the outdoors and science fiction novels, Ashley seeks to portray the world around us in a way that questions our belief in the physical truth of things as they appear to be.
Rowan Wu (Brooklyn) is an artist and student currently obtaining her bachelor's degree in Urban Studies at Barnard College in New York City. Hailing from Boston, she expresses her love for cities in her sketches of urban scenes using watercolor and ink. Her clients have included Greystar Apartments, Oxbridge Academic Programs, and Salthouse Catering. Learn more at rowanwuart.com.