Janet Bowdan’s poems have appeared in APR, Crazyhorse, Verse, Denver Quarterly, The Pinch, Free State Review, Peacock Journal, Best American Poetry 2000, Poetry Daily and many other journals. The editor of Common Ground Review, she teaches at Western New England University and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband, son, and sometimes a lovely stepdaughter or two. She was also in the chorus of Valley Light Opera’s H.M.S Pinafore where the real Jamie and Rachel fell in love. The art of Liza Lou can be seen in Liza Lou (Smart Art Press); her kitchen was on display in the Smith College Art Museum.
Jordan Durham holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Idaho where she was the 2015-16 Centrum Fellow. A finalist for the Grist Pro Forma Contest and Arcadia Dead Bison Editors’ Prize in Poetry, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Quarterly West, Rattle, Harpur Palate, and Indiana Review, among others. She lives in Columbia, Missouri.
Natalie De Paz
Natalie De Paz is a poet and aspiring screenwriter of Cuban descent who was born and raised in South Florida. She is the winner of the 2017 Puerto del Sol Poetry Contest and her work has been published in The Southampton Review, Tule Review, and City Works Journal. She is currently an MFA candidate and Turner Fellow in the Creative Writing Program at Stony Brook Southampton.
Alexis Rhone Fancher
Alexis Rhone Fancher is the author of How I Lost My Virginity To Michael Cohen and other heart stab poems (2014), State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies (2015), and Enter Here (2017). She’s published in Best American Poetry 2016, Rattle, Plume, Nashville Review, Hobart, Diode, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Her photographs are published worldwide. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles.
Sanderia Faye serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University. Her novel, Mourner’s Bench, is the winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in debut fiction, The Philosophical Society of Texas Award of Merit for fiction, and The 2017 Arkansas Library Association, Arkansiana Award. She is co-founder and a fellow at Kimbilio Center for Fiction, and was awarded the 2017 Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholarship.
She holds an MFA from Arizona State University, a MA from the University of Texas at Dallas, a BS in Accounting from the University of Arkansas. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of North Texas where she was nominated for the University of North Texas Wingspan Presidential Award For Excellence.
Henry Goldkamp has lived in major cities along the Mississippi River his entire life—a fancy way of saying Saint Louis and New Orleans. Recent work appears in Wild Violet, Third Wednesday, BULL, Blood Orange Review, b(OINK), Sierra Nevada Review, Pretty Owl, Permafrost, and others. His work has been twice nominated for 2017’s Best of the Net. His public art projects have been covered by Time and NPR.
Writing under the pseudonym Bernard James, James Bernard Short is an emerging novelist, essayist, and poet. His singular ambition as a writer is to produce smart, expressive, and culturally authentic content that captures the wide spectrum of aspirations and challenges encountered by persons of color. James’ work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callalo, The New Guard, The McNeese Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, and sx salon, a Small Axe Literary Platform. He is a 2017/2016 Kimbilio Fellow, and a 2015 Givens Writing Fellow. James holds degrees from Northwestern and The University of St. Thomas. He currently resides in the Twin Cities.
Lisa Knopp is the author of six books of creative nonfiction. Her most recent, Bread: A Memoir of Hunger (University of Missouri Press, 2016), is about eating disorders and disordered eating among older women. Both Bread and What the River Carries: Encounters with the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte (University of Missouri Press, 2012) won Nebraska Book Awards. Knopp’s essays have appeared in numerous literary journals including Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Michigan Review, Gettysburg Review, Crab Orchard Review, Connecticut Review, Iowa Review, Shenandoah, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, and Seneca Review. Her current project is “Like Salt or Love: Essays on Leaving Home,” which will include “Name-staker.”
Geoff Kronik’s fiction and essays have appeared in Salamander, SmokeLong Quarterly, the Boston Globe, The Common Online, Litro and elsewhere. He has a degree from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and lives in Brookline, MA.
Alexa Lemoine is a Dominican-American poet and student, studying at the University of Central Florida. When not writing, she is traveling, capturing photos, and learning how to navigate the world through her art.
Allan Peterson’s most recent books are: Other Than They Seem (2016 ), winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Prize from Tupelo Press; Precarious (42 Miles Press, 2014), a finalist for The Lascaux Prize; Fragile Acts, (McSweeney’s Poetry Series, 2012), a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle and Oregon Book Awards. A visual artist as well as a poet, he divides his time between Florida and Oregon.
Donna Miscolta’s story collection Hola and Goodbye was selected by Randall Kenan for the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman and publication by Carolina Wren Press in 2016. Hola and Goodbye won an Independent Publisher gold medal for Best Regional Fiction and an International Latino Book Award silver medal for Best Latino Focused Fiction. Miscolta is also the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced (Signal 8 Press, 2011). Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including the 2016 anthology Memories Flow in Our Veins: Forty Years of Women’s Writing from CALYX. Excerpts from her novel-in-progress The Education of Angie Rubio appear in The Adirondack Review and Crate (now the Santa Ana River Review).
Kathlene Postma’s poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art have appeared in Hawai’i Review, Willow Springs, ZYZZYVA, The Los Angeles Review, Passages North, Natural Bridge, Rattle, EVENT, Green Mountains Review, Red Rock Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and other magazines. Her work has been cited in Best American Travel Writing and performed for radio at the Furnace Series in Seattle. She’s lived and taught in Turkey and China. She returns to Asia often to teach and write. A professor of creative writing at Pacific University in Oregon, she co-edits Silk Road Review, a literary magazine with a global perspective. She is currently at work on a collection of adult fairy tales on healing through gardens and art.
Erica L. Williams
Erica L. Williams received an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Kansas City Voices, Necessary Fiction, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and The East Bay Review. She tweets @EricaLWilliams3 and Instagram @ericalwilliams3. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.