Aaron Brame, writer
Aaron Brame teaches English at a private school in Memphis, Tennessee. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Straight Forward, Pembroke Magazine, and Avatar Review, and his essay about witnessing the Challenger disaster was published in Greenhaven Press’s Perspectives on Modern World History. He has a writing degree from Rhodes College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in literature from the University of Memphis. He lives with his wife and two children in Memphis.
Nichole Descant Chigoy, photographer
Nichole Descant Chigoy is a mother and wife living the good life in a Texas small town. She and her family live in a cheery bungalow with tall windows that rattle in the Texas wind. She enjoys dabbling in homesteading hobbies as her quarter acre lot can attest to her earnest intentions. Her front yard is bursting with vegetable beds and herbs while her backyard is home to a flock of hens and a hive of honey bees. In between her time tending to the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees, she enjoys nothing more than her first cup of morning coffee, a good book before bed, wildflower meadows in the golden hour, the company of her vivacious 5 year old, and her husband’s good charm. She blogs about her days at Live Free.
Melinda Clemmons, writer
Melinda Clemmons lives in Oakland, California. Her work has previously appeared in Eclipse, The Cimarron Review, Cavalier, and The Monthly.
Marissa Davis, writer
Though Marissa Davis is a native of Paducah, Kentucky, she is currently attending college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Her major is English Literature. To date, she has been published in Teen Ink, A Celebration of Poets (Spring 2013), and The Vanderbilt Review.
Kiki DeLancey, writer
Kiki DeLancey is an Ohio writer. Her fiction earned a grant from the Ohio Arts Council in 2003 and again in 2014. Her book Coal Miner’s Holiday (Sarabande Books, 2002), was named the best short fiction collection of that year by the Independent Publishers’ Association. Her stories are published from time to time in the literary press, and have been anthologized in The Jazz Fiction Anthology (University of Indiana Press) and These United States (Thunder’s Mouth Press). She has a blog about art at SelfAppointedExpert.com.
Kika Dorsey, writer
Kika Dorsey is a poet and professor from Boulder, Colorado. She wakes up at 5:00 every morning and crafts poetry out of dreams, studies myths and folktales, taxis her children to activities, teaches, and runs with her dog. Her chapbook, Beside Herself, was published by Flutter Press in 2010 and her book, Rust, is coming out in 2016 with Word Tech Editions.
Kelly DuMar, writer
Kelly is a poet, playwright and Writing Truth & Beauty workshop facilitator from the Boston area whose poems have been published in many literary magazines, including Corium, Poydras, Tupelo Quarterly, Kindred, and The Milo Review. Her award winning chapbook, All These Cures, was published in Oct. 2014 by Lit House Press. She produces the Our Voices Festival of Women Playwrights at Wellesley College, now in its ninth year. Her website is kellydumar.com.
Katherine Faigen, writer
Katherine Faigen received her MFA from Emerson College, where she currently teaches in the First Year Writing Program. When she’s not at Emerson, you can find Katherine in the Writing Center at Berklee College of Music or on the Mystic River coaching high school rowing. Katherine’s work has previously appeared in the Rappahannock Review, 48 Review, Words Apart, and Moondance Literary Magazine.
Kate Gaskin, writer
Kate Gaskin grew up in Alabama and has poems and other writing published and forthcoming in Turtle Island Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Cherry Tree, Hobart, and the Examined Life Journal. She lives in the panhandle of Florida with her husband and toddler. She can be found at katebgaskin.com.
Bernard Grant, writer
Bernard Grant lives in Washington State. His writing has appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review, Hippocampus, and other journals. He is enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University, and is a 2015 Jack Straw Fellow.
Laura Anne Heller, writer
Laura Anne Heller lives in the Jackson area, works as a public librarian and archivist, and writes from her Mississippi and Kentucky roots. She prefers the persona poem, allowing older voices to tell stories from Southern history and culture. She has poems included in the Mongrel Empire Press anthology Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing (2010), and a published book, Lexington Lives: Poems for Those Who Lived & Died in Lexington, Kentucky, 1800s-1900s (2013).
Janele D. Johnson, writer
Janele is a professor of English and Literature (and sometimes, of poetry writing) at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. Much as her choice of career—not to mention her solitary, book-addicted childhood—steeped her in the beauty of words, she is a late player to the game of writing poetry, having only done so for about decade. Suddenly, she was galvanized to join a conversation she had only been attentively listening to all her life. She has published to In Other Words as well as to her college’s literary magazine, Almagre, and to the Colorado Springs-based web site, United States Represented. Most recently, a poem of hers appeared in this publication’s summer issue.
Lee Kisling, writer
Lee Kisling is a recent graduate of Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota. In December 2013, his poetry chapbook The Lemon Bars of Parnassus was published by Parallel Press in Madison, Wisconsin.
Laurin Becker Macios, writer
Laurin Becker Macios earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Hampshire and is the program director of Mass Poetry. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Extracts: Daily Dose of Lit, Boxcar Poetry Review, [PANK], RHINO Poetry, and more. She lives in Boston with six plants and one wicked awesome husband.
Scarlet Martin, writer
In May of 2012, Scarlet Martin graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas,with a Bachelor of Arts in English, creative writing. During her time at Texas Tech, she served asan editor for the campus’s literary journal, The Harbinger. Scarlet continues working on collection of poems and short stories while currently serving overseas in humanitarian relief efforts.
Victoria Martinez, writer
Victoria Martinez is a science and poetry writer based in Montreal, QC. Her poetry has been published in Sassafras, Cactus Heart, and Eat It, a collection of women’s writing regarding sex and food by Feathetale. Her science writing most often appears in the Canadian Light Source’s publications.
Kimberly McClintock, writer
Kimberly McClintock is the recipient of a Larry Levis Post-Graduate Fellowship from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Alumni Association. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Glassworks, Bird’s Thumb, Mountain Gazette, Chatahoochee Review, The Poet’s Attic, and Wazee Journal. After many years by the ocean in New Jersey, Kimberly currently resides on the Front Range in Colorado.
Amy Newell, writer
Amy Newell writes poems about madness, marriage, motherhood, and elevators. In addition to her poetry, she has a trail of abandoned blogs and decades of overwrought journal entries. She has been recently published in r.k.v.r.y. quarterly. She lives in the Boston area with her husband, two children, and cat. You can find her on Twitter at @psychescoins.
Marlene Olin, writer
Born in Brooklyn, raised in Miami, and educated at the University of Michigan, Marlene Olin recently completed her first novel. Her short stories have been published in Emrys Journal, Upstreet Magazine, Biostories, Vine Leaves, Arcadia, Poetica, The Jewish Literary Journal, Poydras Review, Ragazine, Edge and The Saturday Evening Post online. They are forthcoming in Meat for Tea and The Broken Plate.
Laura Pashby, photographer
Laura Pashby weaves together the words that make up her world, and illustrates them with her photographs. She has had her work published in Idle, 91 Magazine, Crumbs, and Crafty. She spent a year as a columnist for Your Cotswold Family magazine. Laura writes the blog Circle of Pine Trees and hosts an online reading group called The Year in Books project. Laura has an MA in Poetry from the University of Bristol. She lives in Gloucestershire, UK, with her husband and her three young sons.
Kayla Pongrac, writer
Kayla Pongrac is an avid writer, reader, tea drinker, and record spinner. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Vinyl Poetry, Split Lip Magazine, Oblong, HOOT, KYSO Flash, and Nat. Brut, among others. Her first chapbook, The Flexible Truth, is available for purchase from Anchor and Plume. To read more of Kayla’s work, visit www.kaylapongrac.com or follow her on Twitter @KP_the_Promisee.
Scott Ragland, writer
Scott Ragland has an MFA in Creative Writing (fiction) from UNC-Greensboro. His credits include Writers’ Forum, Beloit Fiction Journal, The Quarterly, apt, and The Conium Review. He also has a story forthcoming in NANO Fiction. A former newspaper reporter, he is now director of development communications at UNC-Chapel Hill. He lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, with his wife and youngest son; he also has an older son and daughter.
Ryan Tahmaseb, writer
Ryan Tahmaseb grew up in the South and now lives in New England. He teaches English at The Meadowbrook School in Weston, Massachusetts during the academic year and spends his summers studying at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.
Lenore Weiss, writer
Lenore’s collections include Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Sh’ma Yis’rael (Pudding House Publications, 2007), and Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island (West End Press, 2012). Her most recent poetry collection is Two Places (Kelsay Books, 2014). She currently teaches a memoir class at Ouachita Parish Library in Monroe, Louisiana and serves as the copy editor of Blue Lyra Review. Her blog resides at www.lenoreweiss.com.
Harold Whit Williams, writer
Harold Whit Williams is guitarist for the critically acclaimed rock band Cotton Mather. He was a featured poet in the 2014 University of North Texas Kraken Reading Series, and is also the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize. His newest collection, Backmasking, is winner of the 2013 Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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Cover photograph: Nicole Descant Chigoy