Derek Annis is a poet from Spokane, Washington, who holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. Their poems have appeared in The Account, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Crab Creek Review, Fugue, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review: Poem of the Week, and Spillway, among others.
Chelsea Dingman’s first book, Thaw, was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2017). Her second poetry collection, Through a Small Ghost, won The Georgia Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press (February 2020). She has won prizes such as: The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Contest, The Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize, Water~Stone Review’s Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s Creative Writing Award for Poetry. She is also the author of the chapbook, What Bodies Have I Moved (Madhouse Press, 2018). Her work is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, and TriQuarterly, among others.
Lawrence F. Farrar
Lawrence F. Farrar is a former US diplomat with multiple assignments in Japan as well as postings in Germany, Norway, and Washington, DC. He also lived in Japan as a graduate student and as a naval officer. His stories have appeared over seventy times in lit magazines such as The Chaffin Journal, Zone 3</em>, Streetlight Magazine, Curbside Splendor E-Zine, Evening Street Review, Big Muddy, Tampa Review Online, O-Dark-Thirty, Jelly Bucket, The MacGuffin, and Green Hills Literary Lantern. His stories often involve people coming up against the customs of a foreign culture.
Melody S. Gee
Melody S. Gee was born in Taiwan and grew up in Cerritos, CA. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Dead in Daylight (Cooper Dillon Books, 2016) and Each Crumbling House (Perugia Press, 2010), as well as essays that have appeared in Blackbird, Copper Nickel, North Dakota Quarterly, and Barnstorm. Melody is a freelance writer and editor living in St. Louis, MO with her husband and two daughters.
Scott Hunter is the author of over 10,000 post cards. A 2018 Lambda Literary fellow, his work is forthcoming in Emerge: 2018 Lambda Fellows Anthology. His short fiction has appeared in the Kyoto Journal and was included in The Writers Studio at 30, an anthology released by Epiphany Editions. He was a semifinalist in Nimrod’s Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers in 2018 and has won Honorable Mention and Top 25 in Glimmer Train’s short fiction contests. He teaches at the Writers Studio in New York City.
Kaitlin LaMoine Martin
Kaitlin LaMoine Martin was raised by a community of writers in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’s been published in Bellevue Literary Review, Passages North, Third Coast, with forthcoming work in RHINO. She owns a photography business, works for a non-profit, and spends hours thinking of new ways to entertain her dogs, Frida and Adam Lee Wags II.
Melissa Matthewson’s essays have appeared in Guernica, DIAGRAM, American Literary Review, River Teeth, The Rumpus, Bellingham Review, Mid-American Review and elsewhere. She teaches at Southern Oregon University and owns an organic vegetable farm. Her first book of nonfiction, Tracing the Desire Line, is forthcoming from Split Lip Press in the fall of 2019.
Erin Slaughter is editor and co-founder of The Hunger, and the author of I Will Tell This Story to the Sun Until You Remember That You Are the Sun (forthcoming from New Rivers Press in 2019). Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Split Lip Magazine, New South, Passages North, TYPO, and elsewhere. Originally from north Texas, she is pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at Florida State University.
Rochelle Smith holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho, and has published nonfiction in Callaloo, The Sun and So To Speak, and poetry in Touchstone and The Meadow. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she is an associate professor and humanities librarian.
Marcela Sulak’s third poetry collection and first memoir are forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press, where she’s previously published Decency and Immigrant. She’s co-edited Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. A 2019 NEA Translation Fellow, her fourth translation</em>, Twenty Girls to Envy Me. Selected Poems of Orit Gidali was nominated for a 2017 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She hosts the podcast ‘Israel in Translation,’ edits The Ilanot Review, and is an Associate Professor of English Literature and Linguistics at Bar-Ilan University.
Stephanie Trott lives and writes in southeastern Massachusetts. She holds an MFA in fiction from UNC Wilmington, where she was poetry editor of Ecotone magazine, and is now an editor of Harvard University’s College Class Reports. Her fiction additionally appears New South.