Aimée Baker holds an MFA in Fiction from Arizona State University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Southern ReviewThe Massachusetts Review, and Gulf Coast. She is currently working on a collection of poetry about missing women in the United States and a series of essays exploring her brother’s struggles with drug addiction and schizophrenia. She lives in rural northern New York with her husband and daughter.

Nathan Blake’s chapbook Going Home Nowhere and Fast is available from Winged City Press. He lives in Virginia.

Kathleen Boland is an MFA candidate at Louisiana State University. She is the Assistant Fiction Editor for New Delta Review.

Gabrielle Burton is a writer and filmmaker. Her current film is Kings, Queens, & In-Betweens, a documentary on drag queens, kings, and trans performers in Columbus, Ohio and the larger issue of gender expression and identity. Last year, she gave a TedxTalk on gender and drag and being a parent.  Burton recently returned to writing and won the Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award from Southern Indiana Review for best non-fiction essay “East of East” about the giant turtles of Malaysia (released December 2013), the Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Award, Common Ground Review‘s first prize in poetry 2014, and was a finalist in this year’s Atlanta Review poetry contest.  Poems also appeared this and last year in the The Los Angeles ReviewConnecticut River Review, and the compilation The Burden of Light.  After Harvard, she studied music at Berklee and film in France on fellowships. Gabrielle founded FIVE SISTERS PRODUCTIONS with her four real-life sisters (

Clay Cantrell is an M.F.A. candidate in creative writing at the University of Memphis. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Toad, Nashville Review, The Midwest Quarterly and others. He is currently ridding a farmhouse of a rat snake infestation in Decatur County, Tennessee.

Emily Arnason Casey was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. She currently resides in Burlington, Vermont where she writes, raises children, and teaches at the Community College of Vermont. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in writing program, her writing has appeared in Mid-American Review, South Loop Review, upstreet, Sonora Review, and other journals. She was a finalist for the 2014 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize and her essay “Laughing Water” was named as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2014. She is a creative nonfiction editor at the online magazine Atlas & Alice.

Chen Chen is a University Fellow at Syracuse University, where he also serves as Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. His work has appeared/is forthcoming in PoetryThe Massachusetts ReviewDIAGRAMTupelo Quarterly[PANK]Split This Rock Poem of the WeekNepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, among other places. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Tent: Creative Writing, and the Saltonstall Foundation.

Charles Gabel earned an M.F.A. in Poetry from Boise State University, and his recent work can be found in Timber and Alice Blue Review. With Erich Schweikher, he co-edits the Northside Review, and he works at the Cincinnati Public Library.

Jennifer Genest grew up riding horses and playing near the brooks of Sanford, a mill town in southern Maine. She has her MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and was a Peter Taylor Fellow for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Her writing has appeared in Paris PlayCactus Heart, and The Doctor TJ Eckleburg Review. In the past, Jennifer worked as a chambermaid for a beachfront motel in Maine, for a patriotic beer company in Boston, and as a copywriter in Los Angeles. She now lives with her husband and young daughters near Long Beach, CA. Her novel manuscript, The Mending Wall, is currently seeking publication. (

Dylan Krieger is a third-year MFA student in creative writing at LSU, where she has also served as a composition instructor and co-coordinator of the annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival. Prior to her migration southward, she graduated with highest honors from her hometown University of Notre Dame with a BA in English & Philosophy. Her current (thesis-related) research obsessions include apocryphal Christology and de Sadean erotic caricatures of violence. Her recent work can be found online in Jacket 2Foothill, and Crab Fat.

J. Robert Lennon is the author of seven novels, including Mailman, Castle, and Familiar, and two story collections, Pieces For The Left Hand and See You in Paradise. He teaches writing at Cornell University.

Muriel Leung is a multimedia poet and former teaching artist from Queens, NY. Her poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Coconut, Ghost Proposal,TENDE RLOIN, Nepantla, Bone Bouquet, and others. She is a recipient of a Kundiman fellowship and is a regular contributor to The Blood-Jet Writing Hour poetry podcast. Currently, she is a MFA candidate in poetry at Louisiana State University where she also serves as the Assistant Editor of New Delta Review.

Zhangbolong Liu was born in Beijing, China, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Liu is the recipient of the 2014 Shiseido Prize from the Three Shadows Photography Art Center in Beijing, and has had work featured in exhibitions at the Lianzhou Foto Festival, 798 Photo Gallery, and TOP20 China New Photographers in Hangzhou. (

Mia Ayumi Malhotra lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her poems have appeared in The Greensboro ReviewBest New PoetsDISMANTLE: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow and has been a finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, the Benjamin Saltman Award, and the Kundiman Poetry Prize.

Emily Goodman Means is currently completing her M.F.A. at Brown University. She is a co-editor of A Perimeter and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Lana Turner Journal, Berkeley Poetry Review and The Black Warrior Review.

Leah Poole Osowski received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work has appeared in The BoilerBlack Warrior ReviewWeave, and is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly and Third Coast.

Keija Parssinen is the author of The Ruins of Us, which won a Michener-Copernicus award, was chosen by Don George as National Geographic Traveler’s Book of the Month, and was a 2012 Ingram Book Club pick. A graduate of Princeton University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow, Parssinen was a visiting professor of creative writing at Louisiana State University in 2014. She grew up in Saudi Arabia and Texas, and now directs the Quarry Heights Writers’ Workshop in Columbia, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and son.

Michael Rands was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his MA from the University of Cape Town. His novel, Praise Routine Number Four, was published in South Africa by Human and Rousseau. He worked in the television industry before moving to Japan where he taught in a high school for three years. He co-wrote an economic satire, The Yamaguchi Manuscripts, and a non-fiction work, Kamikaze Economics: The Story of Modern Japan, both published through Amazon. He is currently a first year MFA candidate at LSU, and is working on a new novel, Slipping Minds, set predominantly in Japan.

Liz Robbins’ third collection, Freaked, won the 2014 Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award, judged by Bruce Bond. Her second collection, Play Button, won the 2010 Cider Press Review Book Award, judged by Patricia Smith; her album Picked Strings is a recording of various poems from that collection. Her chapbook Girls Turned Like Dials won the 2012 YellowJacket Press prize. Poems are in recent or forthcoming issues of American Literary ReviewBeloit Poetry JournalThe Cortland Reviewcream city reviewDenver QuarterlyDIAGRAMThe Kenyon Review Online and River Styx. She’s an associate professor of creative writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.

Danny Thiemann is a migrant farmworker advocate in the Pacific Northwest. He is a 2013 recipient of the Table 4 Writers Foundation’s award for new writers in memory of Elaine Kaufman and a 2008 recipient of the Madalyn Lamont Award for English Literature in Cairo, Egypt. His writing has appeared in GuernicaPaper Tape, Insight on Conflict, El Observador Global, the Matador Travel Network and the Africa Peace and Conflict Journal. 

Peter Twal holds down a day job as an electrical engineer. Before receiving his MFA from the University of Notre Dame, he programmed control systems aboard countless ships, despite being certain that just watching Titanic made him seasick as a kid. He only sometimes gets dizzy writing poetry these days. A recipient of the Samuel and Mary Anne Hazo Poetry Award, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bat City Review, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, New Orleans Review, Notre Dame Review, smoking glue gun, and elsewhere.

Emily Vizzo is a San Diego poet, journalist, and educator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in FIELD, The Journal, North American Review, The Normal School and Blackbird. Her essay, “A Personal History of Dirt,” was listed as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013. A San Diego Area Writing Project fellow, Emily serves as assistant managing editor at Drunken Boat, and volunteers with VIDA, Poetry International and Hunger Mountain. She completed her M.F.A. at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches yoga at the University of San Diego.

Annie Won is a poet, yoga teacher, and medicinal chemist who resides in Somerville, Massachusetts with her two fuzzy Maine Coon cats. Annie is particularly interested in spaces of mind, body, and page and creative opportunities within these domains. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a Juniper Writing Institute scholarship recipient. Her chapbook with Brenda Iijima, Once Upon a Building Block, published with Horse Less Press during summer 2014. Her work has appeared in Shampoo and RealPoetik, and is forthcoming from EAOGH, TheThePoetry, and TENDE RLION. Her critical reviews can be seen at American Microreviews and Interviews.

Alicia Wright is from Rome, Georgia, and she holds a B.A. from Middlebury College. She lives in Iowa City and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.