Emily A. Benton (In Lieu Of An Altar) is an assistant poetry editor for storySouth. She has poems in recent issues of Barn Owl Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Waccamaw. In 2013, her work was also a finalist for the 49th Parallel Award in Poetry. She currently lives and works in Honolulu.
Karen Craigo (Professor Roy Hinkley…) teaches English to international students at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. A chapbook, Someone Could Build Something Here, was just published by Winged City Chapbook Press, and her previous chapbook, Stone for an Eye, is part of the Wick Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in the journals Atticus Review, Poetry, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, The MacGuffin, and others.
Geffrey Davis (What I Mean…; Teaching Twelve-Year-Olds...) grew up in Washington and holds degrees from Oregon State University and Penn State University. Revising the Storm (BOA Editions)—winner of the 2013 A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize—is his first book of poetry. Davis’s awards also include the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, Pushcart nominations, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Recent work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Los Angeles Review, The Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Nimrod, [PANK], Sycamore Review, Zone 3, and elsewhere. Davis considers the South Puget Sound "home"—though he's been raised by much more of the Pacific Northwest. In Fall 2014, he joins the MFA faculty at the University of Arkansas. Learn more at www.geffreydavis.com.
Joshua Gottlieb-Miller's (Co-Extrusion) work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Indiana Review, Blackbird, A Poetry Congeries, The Journal, and elsewhere. Currently he works in a writing center and a grocery store, and volunteers with the Writers in Prisons Project, in Madison, WI.
Derek Graf (My Night As A Splinter...) is the author of the chapbook What the Dying Man Asked Me, forthcoming from ELJ Publications in 2015. His work has been shortlisted for the 2013 Peter Meinke Prize for Poetry and New Delta Review's 2013-14 Chapbook Contest. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Boiler Journal, Misfit Magazine, and Lunch Ticket. He currently lives in Stillwater, OK, where he is completing his MFA degree from Oklahoma State University.
Tim Kahl (Umbilical) is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song. He is the Vice President and Events Coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. Find him online at www.timkahl.com.
Stephanie Kartalopoulos (A Memory From The Year…) completed her PhD in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Missouri, where she was a Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry and a genre editor for Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts. Her work appears widely in literary journals that include 32 Poems, Barn Owl Review, Laurel Review, Phoebe, Harpur Palate, Matter Monthly, and Thrush Poetry Journal. Stephanie is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry at Kansas State University.
Michael Levan's (Posed In Front…) work can be found in recent or forthcoming issues of Indiana Review, Tampa Review Online, DIALOGIST, Mid-American Review, Rock & Sing, and Heron Tree. He teaches writing at the University of Saint Francis and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife, Molly, and son, Atticus.
J.R. Toriseva's (Invitation To The Pond) poems have been selected for Best Canadian Poetry in English and the anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound (City Lights). Work has also appeared or is forthcoming from The Cincinnati Review, Descant, Fulcrum, The Fiddlehead, CV2, Prism International, 14 Hills, Nimrod, The Adirondack Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Soundings East, JACKET, and others.
Annalisa Baron (Well-Lit Doors) 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 www.annalisabarron.com.
Matthew Colaizzo (Ich Habe Genug...) was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work mainly consists of woodblock print inspired from the unique landscapes of Pennsylvania. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and The International Print Center New York. His works are in the permanent collections of the Luzerne County Historical Society in Wilkes-Barre, Penna., and the Huber Breaker Preservation Society in Ashley, Penna. He has also been part of the Signal Fire Outpost Residency in Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. Colaizzo currently teaches printmaking at Penn State Abington. Learn more about Matthew's work on his blog at mcolaizzo.blogspot.com.
Jason Cytacki (Faded) is an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Oklahoma. Jason earned an MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2011. His paintings examine the American character and its construction through history, popular culture and mythology. Utilizing characters and images drawn from popular culture, he explores the way Americans view themselves and their country. His recent work has dealt extensively with exploring Frontier mythology, in particular its continued importance in the popular imagination. He has been exhibited regularly and is represented in a variety of collections.
Jeremy Miranda (Low Tides) 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.
Brooke Vertin (Talk, Friend; Nightshadow; Rainbow; Prairie Self) is a printmaker and art professor. Her work explores issues of interior metamorphosis, our ability to change yet remain the same. The imagery in her work is greatly inspired by nature, poetry, fairytales, and medieval art. Although originally from the Midwest, Brooke is currently adjusting to life on the East Coast. You can view more of her artwork at http://www.krop.com/brookevertin/#/.