Michael Alessi is a graduate of the University of Michigan and a fiction candidate in the MFA program at Old Dominion University. He is the technical editor of Barely South Review and edits fiction for Green Briar Review. Michael divides his time between Virginia and Chicago. This is his first publication.
John F. Buckley lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, attending the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. His second book of poems written in collaboration with Martin Ott, Yankee Broadcast Network, is scheduled to arrive on Brooklyn Arts Press in late 2014. His website is http://www.johnfrancisbuckley.wordpress.com.
Anders Carlson-Wee was a professional rollerblader before he studied wilderness survival and started hopping freight trains to see the country. He has traveled through the forests of the South, the cornfields of the Midwest, the prairies of the West, and the blue-hued mountains of Alaska, eating food out of dumpsters and trash cans to avoid getting a job. Anders is an MFA candidate in poetry at Vanderbilt University, where he has received the graduate Topping Up Award. He is also the winner of a 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in Best New Poets 2012, and is forthcoming in Ninth Letter and Bluestem Quarterly.
Nancy Caronia’s creative work has appeared in or is forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as Lowestoft Chronicle, 94 Creations, New Madrid Journal, Tell Us a Story, The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture, and Don’t Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing. She and Edvige Giunta have co-edited Personal Effects: Essays on Memoir, Teaching, and Culture in the Work of Louise DeSalvo (Fordham UP 2014). Caronia is a Lecturer in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Rhode Island.
Tim Craven is originally from Stoke-on-Trent, England. He was a neuroscientist living in London until he began his poetry MFA at Syracuse. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Anon, Fourteen, The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Envoi, Natural Bridge, Eleven Eleven, and Moon City Review.
Jim Daniels’s new book of poems, Birth Marks, was published by BOA Editions in 2013. His next book of short fiction, Eight Mile High, will be published by Michigan State University Press in 2014. A native of Detroit, Daniels teaches at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Jeff Gibbons (Detroit 1982) is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in Dallas, TX. He received his MFA in Intermedia at the University of Texas at Arlington, and has most recently received the Dallas Museum of Art: Art Ball Prize. He started artist collaborative Apophenia Underground with fellow artist Justin Ginsberg, and the collaboration has received attention for curatorial projects in vacant spaces in Deep Ellum. His work has been exhibited at the Dallas Art Fair, and he has had solo exhibitions at Oliver Francis Gallery, The McKinney Ave Contemporary, and 500x. Gibbons has also participated in several group exhibitions through various venues, including the Texas Biennial, the Dallas Biennial (online), El Centro College, and Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.
Benjamin Goldberg lives with his wife outside Washington, D.C. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salt Hill, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Greensboro Review, Grist, The Southeast Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the 2012 Gearhart Poetry Prize, the 2013 New Millennium Writings Award for Poetry, and the 2013 Third Coast Poetry Prize. He teaches high school English. Find him online at www.benrgold.com.
Kathleen Heil’s poems, stories, essays, and translations have appeared in journals such as Michigan Quarterly Review, Gigantic, Pear Noir!, DIAGRAM, Guernica, and The Barcelona Review. Her website is kathleenheil.net.
Coby Hoffman is the author of Desert Stories, a short story collection. Stories from her recent collection have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Apalachee Review.
Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose and the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The Cave, which won the 2013 The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award and will be released in 2014. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break.
Dawna Kemper’s stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, The Florida Review, The Idaho Review, Quarterly West, Santa Monica Review, Shenandoah, The Collagist, and ZYZZYVA, and listed as “Notable” in the most recent Best American Nonrequired Reading. New work is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review.
A native of southeastern Nebraska, Caitie Leibman lives and writes in the state’s capital city. She earned her master’s degree in creative nonfiction and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is an instructor of English and communication at Doane College, a small liberal arts institution, where she has coached competitive speech since 2011.
Noritaka Minami is a visual artist born in Osaka, Japan. He received a BA in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. A solo exhibition of his works was held at the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design in the spring of 2012. His works have also been exhibited at Las Cienegas Projects (Los Angeles), Kearney Street Workshop (San Francisco), and Aviary Gallery (Boston). He has taught as a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley and is currently a Teaching Assistant in Photography at the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University.
Lori Mosley has work out or forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, the minnesota review, Whiskey Island, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others. She currently lives and teaches in southwest Louisiana.
Ann Pelletier’s manuscript, Strange Invention, was a Word Works Washington Prize honorable mention and a semi-finalist for The Brittingham and Pollak, Blue Lynx, May Sarton New Hampshire Book and 42 Miles Press awards. Her chapbook, Scape, was a Black River semi-finalist. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Antioch Review, Cider Press Review, Hunger Mountain, New American Writing, VOLT, and other journals. She lives in northern Nevada and Santa Cruz, California.
Ana Reyes is an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University, where she co-hosts The Underpass Reading Series. Publications include, or are forthcoming in, Gulf Coast, Pear Noir!, and Foliate Oak. She was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s 2012 Very Short Fiction Award and received an honorable mention in the 2013 Donald Barthelme Prize for short prose.
Polly Rosenwaike’s stories have appeared in the Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, Indiana Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, River Styx, ZYZZYVA, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She has published book reviews and essays in The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times Book Review, The Millions, and The Brooklyn Rail. She served as the 2013 Summer Prose Resident at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and currently teaches creative writing at Eastern Michigan University.
Jason Stocks is a writer born in Arkansas and raised in Mississippi. He studied creative writing at several institutions but credits life experiences for informing his work. His poems have appeared in Calliope, Deep South Magazine, BlazeVOX, Black Heart Magazine and others. For now he lives in south Florida and is exploring the Golden Circle in Iceland.
Sarah Pemberton Strong is the author of the poetry collection Tour of the Breath Gallery (Texas Tech University Press), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in Mississippi Review, Poetry Daily, Rattle, River Styx, The Southern Review, Southwest Review, The Sun, and elsewhere. She is also the author of two novels. She lives in Hamden, Connecticut, where she works as a plumber. Sarah’s website can be found here.
Hanna Tawater is an MFA candidate at UC San Diego, where she is developing a creative thesis on multimodal poetics. She performs and works with other writers as a part of So Say We All, a literary nonprofit. She currently has work forthcoming from The Radvocate and White Stag.
Universalscene is a collaboration among Tim Nolan, Jen Lu and Lasse Korsgaard. See their bios here.
Bryan VanDyke’s work has appeared recently in The Millions and The Rumpus. He is a graduate of Columbia’s M.F.A. program in fiction. In 2013, he was an artist-in-residence at Catwalk Art Residency in Catskill, NY. He is also the curator for a reading series that features emerging writers at the renowned KGB Bar in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter at @Literotaur.
Anna Wilson writes about Fogo, Gene Hackman, and sundry mysteries. Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Gulf Coast, Meatpaper, and elsewhere. She lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dustin Zemel is a video artist and scholar exploring media literacy and emerging approaches to nonfiction storytelling. He is the founder and former director of Grand Detour, a microcinema, curatorial group, and educational hub for experimental filmmakers and new media artists in Portland, OR. In 2011 he was the recipient of The Regional Arts and Culture Council’s prestigious “Innovation Prize” for his work on SCOOP 6PM, a seven channel interactive video installation. Currently he is pursuing a PhD at Louisiana State University as an EDA scholar studying realism in experimental and documentary media.