Michael Bagwell received an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence. He has work published in Bodega, Dark Sky Magazine, Whiskey Island and others. He is founding editor of El Aleph Press and is somehow a software engineer.

Megan Bounds is an essayist in the process of migrating from the Midwest to the West Coast. She received her BA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. She drinks tea like it is her job, but unfortunately, it’s not. 

Boy Kong is a contemporary artist from Orlando, Florida. Boy’s multilayered acrylic paintings on wood combine an appreciation for the craftsmanship of traditional work with an eye-popping color palette and visual aesthetic. His work may be found at

Joey De Jesus slurps on the marrow of the hand that feeds. His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry JournalDevil’s LakeGuernicaRhino, Versal and elsewhere. He is the poetry editor at Apogee Journal and channels wrathful spirits from his nook in Brooklyn.

Chris Dungey is a retired auto worker living in Michigan. He feeds two wood-stoves (a year-round job), hikes, bikes, sings in a Presbyterian choir, watches plenty of English football as well as MLS, camps at sports-car races, and spends altogether too much time in Starbucks. “Back Spasm” is his 48th story credit and may have been born in Starbucks, come to think of it.

Sara Fetherolf was born in California, raised in the Midwest, came of age in the backwoods of New Jersey, and lives in Brooklyn these days. She is a 2015 MFA candidate at Hunter College, where she also teaches. Her poetry has appeared in Room, Arsenic Lobster, The Pedestal, Gertrude Journal, The Sow’s Ear, OVS, and Switched-On Gutenberg, among others.

Emily Hipchen is a Fulbright scholar, the editor of Adoption & Culture, and one of the editors of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. She is also the author of a memoir, Coming Apart Together: Fragments from an Adoption (2005) and an editor of Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Works of Julia Alvarez (SUNY 2013). Her essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in Fourth Genre, Northwest Review, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She is an associate professor at The University of West Georgia.

Eve Kenneally is a soon-to-be second-year MFA student at the University of Montana, from Boston by way of DC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cutbank (All Accounts and Mixture), Star 82 Review, baldhip, Bluestockings Magazine, and Sugared Water, among other journals. 

Brittany Kerfoot received her MFA in Fiction from George Mason University where she also taught English and Creative Writing. Her work has previously been published in Driftwood Press, Cactus Heart Press, and Paper Tape Magazine, among others. She lives in Washington, DC with her fiancé and their many pets. 

Beth Konkoski is a writer and high school English teacher living in Northern Virginia.  Her fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals including Story, Mid-American Review, The Baltimore Review and New Delta Review.  In 2013 she won the F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Story Contest sponsored by Montgomery College and The Potomac Review which published the story in 2014.  Work is forthcoming in Gargoyle and Saranac Review. 

Although she grew up in the rural Midwest, Alysse Kathleen McCanna now resides in Colorado where the mountains meet the plains.  She recently received her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College.

Dennis Norris II is a graduate of Haverford College and holds an MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for his short fiction, and was recently named a 2015 Kimbilio Fellow. His story, “Solitaire”, appears in Issue 106 of Bound Off: An Online Literary Audio Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn where he is a co-curator for the second season of “How To Build A Fire”, a Brooklyn-based live storytelling series.

Monica Prince recently received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry from Georgia College & State University. She received her B.A. in English Creative Writing in 2012 from Knox College. She teaches creative writing with the Writers in the Schools Alliance and Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Juanita Rey is a Dominican poet who has been in this country five years. She has worked many jobs while studying to improve her English. She has been writing for a number of years but only recently has begun to take it seriously. She enjoys reading. Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison are particular favorites.

Glenn Shaheen is the author of the poetry collection Predatory and the flash fiction collection Unchecked Savagery. His second collection of poetry, Energy Corridor, is forthcoming in early 2016.

Daniel James Sundahl is Professor Emeritus from Hillsdale College where he taught for 32 years. He and his wife Ellen have retired to Greer, South Carolina, trading a couple of months of humidity for three months of grayish-slushy Michigan weather. 

Avril Thurman was born in a log cabin in Brown County, IN. She is a poet and visual artist currently operating out of Cincinnati, OH.

John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose process resides in an area between rigid technicality and honest expression. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to its core fundamentals: composition, color, and paint application.

Liza Michelle Williams is a writer and visual artist who received a MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories titled Raiders of the Lost Ark. She resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a teaching artist in the community. 

Lauren YS moved from Denver to the Bay five years ago to attend Stanford University where she studied Visual Art and English. She started painting murals as a way to work large, travel, connect with urban landscapes and other artists who share a lifestyle of wanderlust. She is inspired by forests and oceans, nasty feelings, things that grow while we are sleeping, ultraviolet colorscapes, little girls who fight monsters, black holes, cybernetic organisms, love, death and jelly.


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