Neil Aitken (Float; Assembly) is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of 2007 Philip Levine Prize, and the editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. He was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the western United States and Canada. His poems have appeared in The American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and elsewhere. A former computer programmer, he is presently pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where he writes poetry about the history of computers, artificial intelligence, and beauty and elegy in the midst of technology.
Charlie Clark's (The Devil At The End) work has appeared in Best New Poets 2011, Pleiades, Smartish Pace, West Branch, and other journals. He studied poetry at the University of Maryland and lives in Austin,Texas.
Logen Cure (Rainmakers, 1891) is a poet and teacher. She is the author of a chapbook, In Keeping, published by Unicorn Press in 2008. Her work also appears in Word Riot, Cactus Heart, IndieFeed: Performance Poetry, and elsewhere. Her poem "To Shed," published by Sundog Lit, was a finalist for the 2013 Best of the Net anthology. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lives in Texas with her wife. Learn more about Logen at www.logencure.com.
James Allen Hall (Modern Conditions) is the author of Now You're the Enemy, which won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as from writers conferences such as Bread Loaf and Sewanee. He teaches creative writing and literature at Washington College, on Maryland's eastern shore. Recent poems can be found in Arts and Letters, The Journal, and in Best American Poetry 2012. He blogs at notbeauty.blogspot.com and tweets at @jamesallenhall.
Dan Haney (At The Barbeque…), born in the coal region of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Bucknell University, where he worked on West Branch. He has been awarded the Cadigan Prize for Poetry, the Samuel Ziegler Lewis Prize, and is a '14 fellow in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. In the fall, he will pursue his MFA in poetry at Vanderbilt University.
Sean Patrick Hill (Discountry) is an MFA graduate of the Warren Wilson College Program for Writers and the author of Hibernaculum (Slash Pine Press, 2013) as well as Interstitial and The Imagined Field. He's received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Kentucky Arts Council, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
William James (Chasing Frogs) writes poems and listens to punk rock - not always in that order. He's a two-time Pushcart nominee whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bodega, Freeze Ray Poetry, Word Riot, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, and Radius. He currently lives in Manchester NH, where he pretends to be older & angrier than he really is.
Virginia Konchan's (D Is For Dynasty) poetry and criticism has appeared in Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Boston Review, and Verse. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Chicago.
Charlotte Pence's (Signs And Symptoms…) poetry merges the personal with the scientific by engaging with current evolutionary theory. Her first full-length poetry collection, Spike, which will be released by Black Lawrence Press in 2014, explores her father’s chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the physiological changes that enabled humans to form communities, households, and cities. A professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Illinois University, she is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012). New poetry is forthcoming from Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Poetry Anthology.
David Roderick (On The Bullet…; In My Name) is the author of The Americans, forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. His first book, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published jointly by The American Poetry Review and Copper Canyon Press in 2006. He has published poetry and fiction in several journals, including The Hudson Review, The Missouri Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, Verse, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. After earning an MFA at the University of Massachusetts, he spent two years as a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. He currently teaches poetry and creative writing in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Damian Rogers (Dear Leader...; The Heart…) was born and raised outside Detroit. Her second book of poems, Dear Leader, will be published by Coach House Books in the spring of 2015. She lives in Toronto.
Annalisa Barron (Myopia; Coalesce) 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.
Julie Farstad (Raspberry Girls; The Saints) is an artist and Associate Professor of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. Born and raised in Elmira, New York, Farstad earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has shown her work nationally and is represented by Byron Cohen Gallery in Kansas City and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. Learn more about Julie's work at www.juliefarstad.com.
Daniel Herr (Breakfast of NGO's) is a Brooklyn-based painter. His large-scale paintings are influenced by thoughts on mortality, the fluctuations of basket hedge fund valuations, and the sugar content of overly viewer-aware lukewarm Netflix Original television. He is originally from Northern California where he studied under Wayne Thiebaud at UC Davis. In 2011 he received an MFA from Boston University where he studied with John Walker. He has exhibited in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Davis, California. See more of his work at www.dherr.com.
Sarah Jacoby (Hiroshima) is an illustrator and artist, a writer and all-around creative thinker and maker. In the recent past, she studied literature and film at Haverford College and earned her MFA in at the Illustration Practice Program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) in Baltimore. Sarah has worked as a sound archivist, a coffee slinger, a digital media specialist, a lifeguard, and a movie theater projectionist. This varied existence aptly portrays Sarah’s constant desire to explore, experiment, and play. For Sarah, illustration is a unique and important forum in which all of these actions combine in a universal way. Learn more about Sarah's work at thesarahjacoby.com.
Elizabeth Claire Rose (Village Music; V Lete) 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 Photographers Vol. 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 www.elizabethclairerose.com.
Brooke Vertin (Fair Friends; Cemetery Road; Timefold) 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. Learn more about Brooke's work at www.krop.com/brookevertin/#/.