JOHN BLAIR'S short story collection, American Standard, was winner of the 2002 Drue Heinz Literature prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He has also published two books of poetry, The Occasions of Paradise (U. Tampa Press, 2012) and The Green Girls (LSU Press/Pleiades Press 2003). He has two novels from Ballantine/Del Rey & poems & stories in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. He is a professor in the English Department at Texas State University, where he directs the undergraduate creative writing program.
J. CAMP BROWN was the George Bennett Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Exeter Academy. He has received fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council and from the University of Arkansas, where he took his MFA. His poems can be found in RHINO, Tar River Poetry, Memorious, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. He plays bluegrass mandolin and sings tenor.
MATTHEW B. HARRISON lives in Minneapolis. His fiction and poetry have appeared or will soon appear in Sixth Finch, The Cincinnati Review, Gargoyle, The Saint Ann's Review, At Length, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, and others.
KEN HUGGINS lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley.
ANNE KORKEAKIVI is the author of a novel, An Unexpected Guest (Little, Brown), and short fiction that has been published by, among others, The Atlantic, The Yale Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, and Consequence Magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications in the US and UK and online. Born in New York City, she currently lives in Switzerland with her husband and daughters, and is working on a new novel.
MICHAEL LAVERS' poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, Arts & Letters, West Branch, 32 Poems, Queen's Quarterly and elsewhere. He completed an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Utah.
FARAH MARKLEVITS'S poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Octopus, Fourteen Hills, Salt Hill, and other journals. She lives in Davenport, Iowa and teaches at Augustana College.
AUTUMN MCCLINTOCK lives in Philadelphia, works at the public library, and recently has had the good fortune of having poems appear in Redivider, The Collagist, Leveler, and anderbo; additional pieces are forthcoming in THRUSH, Drunken Boat, Pembroke Magazine, and RHINO. Her essay, "Responsible for Death" appears in the anthology The Poet's Sourcebook, published by Autumn House Press (no relation) last year. She is a member of the poetry reading staff for Ploughshares.
NATHAN SCOTT MCNAMARA received his MFA in Fiction from Johns Hopkins University. His fiction has appeared in Word Riot and The Hopkins Review, and he has published book reviews with Ploughshares.
JORY MICKELSON'S work has appeared or is forthcoming in Superstition Review, Sundog Lit, Weave Magazine, The Collagist, The Los Angeles Review, The Adirondack Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, and other journals. He received an Academy of American Poet's Prize in 2011 and was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry. He is currently the 2014 Guest Poetry Editor for Codex Journal.
DAN MOREAU has fiction appearing or forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly, The Journal, and Potomac Review. He lives in Northern California with his wife.
MATT MORTON was a 2013 Finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Finalist in Narrative's 30 Below Contest. His poetry appears in West Branch, Colorado Review, Cincinnati Review, and 32 Poems, among others. Originally from Rockwall, Texas, he lives in Baltimore, where he teaches literature and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University.
JOSEPH MULHOLLAND'S poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Journal, Bayou, BODY, Beecher's Magazine, Whisky Island and elsewhere. He lives in San Juan and is a graduate student at the University of Puerto Rico.
ALICIA REBECCA MYERS is the author of the chapbook Greener (Finishing Line Press, 2009). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Gulf Coast, jubilat, Cream City Review, Fairy Tale Review, and The Southern Poetry Anthology: Georgia (Texas A&M). In February, she was awarded a poetry residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City. She holds an MFA from NYU and now lives in upstate NY, where she's at work on a first full length manuscript. She and her husband welcomed a son in August.
KATE PARTRIDGE'S poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Colorado Review, RHINO, Better, The Fourth River, and Verse Daily. She lives in Anchorage, where she teaches at the University of Alaska, coordinates the Crosscurrents Reading Series, and serves as a Count Coordinator for VIDA.
VIRGIL RENFROE is a father, poet, and songwriter. His poems have appeared in Forklift Ohio, Hiram Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, storySouth, Sixth Finch, The Greensboro Review, The Rialto, and elsewhere. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
AARON SANDERS' work has been published in Gulf Coast, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quarterly Westand others. He just finished a novel, Whispers of Heavenly Death, and a script, Bad Elders.
JASON SHULTS'S work has appeared or is upcoming in Birkensnake, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Cutthroat, and SmokeLong Quarterly.
NOA SNIR was born in Jerusalem, where she graduated with honors from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. She is currently residing in Berlin, where she works as a freelance illustrator. She has worked with magazines worldwide and exhibited her work in Israel, Germany, the US, and Portugal. Noa's work is frequently inspired, both thematically and visually, by the old world. She is interested in naive and folk art, religious art and art brut--art created by people who did not perceive of themselves as artists.
LYNNE STOECKLEIN has worked as a writer and editor in fields that range from promotion and marketing to medicine. She has won several awards for her promotional work in film and television and has been a Colorado Voices columnist for the Denver Post. Her story, "Stone Lake," received an Honorable Mention in New Millenium Writings' fiction contest. She is currently working on a collection of linked stories, which includes "Stone Lake."
BOB WATTS, a native of Taylorsville, North Carolina, teaches creative writing at Lehigh University. His first collection, Past Providence (David Robert Books, February 2005), won the 2004 Stanzas Prize from David Robert Books, and his poems have been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, and reDivider, among other journals.
P. J. WILLIAMS is a candidate in the MFA program at the University of Alabama. A North Carolina native, his work has appeared in PANK, Salamander, DIAGRAM, Crab Creek Review, Nashville Review, Ostrich Review, and others. New work is set to be published in Weave Magazine, Puerto del Sol, The Midwest Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, and Ninth Letter. He is the lead editor of Utter--an online journal of writing and visual art--and co- editor of the forthcoming anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop (Minor Arcana Press).
PHILLIPS SAYLOR WISOR is a musician and artist living in Washington, DC. His portrait sketches are drawn on cardboard food boxes from black and white photographs. He is currently setting the poetry of Carl Sandburg to music under his moniker, Stripmall Ballads.