Stephanie Alexander is a PhD student at Louisiana State University. Her dissertation examines contemporary uses of the pastoral in Northern Irish poetry.

Dawn Black was born in Louisiana where she received a BFA from Louisiana State University. She earned both MA and MFA from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. She has had solo exhibitions at Curator’s Office (Washington DC), Columbus Museum of Art (Columbus, GA), Cynthia Reeves Gallery (New Hampshire), and Kunstoffice (Berlin, Germany). Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs in the US, Germany, England, Italy, and Spain. Her work has been reviewed by the Washington Post and the Art Papers magazine, among others. In 2012, she was nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and received a Career Advancement Grant from the state of Louisiana. Black has held residencies including Bemis Center for the Arts, the McColl Center for the Arts, VCCA, and Lawndale Art Center. Currently, she lives and works in Baton Rouge.

Laurie Blauner is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Wrong, two novels, and a novella. A poetry chapbook is forthcoming from dancing girl press and a new novel called The Bohemians from Black Heron Press.

Chloé Cooper Jones lives in New York City where she makes her living teaching philosophy to undergrads. She is also the interviews editor at Gigantic, a literary journal based out of Brooklyn.

Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota who teaches needlepoint classes for the Minneapolis school district and writing classes at The Loft Literary Center. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Worcester Review, Broken Pencil, and Slipstream, and she is the recipient of the 2011 Sam Ragan Poetry Prize from Barton College. Her most recent published books are Walking Twin Cities and Notenlesen für Dummies Das Pocketbuch.

Davis Enloe is a graduate of Converse College MFA program. His work has been published, or is forthcoming in, Barrow Street, Cold Mountain Review, Main Street Rag, The Blotter Magazine, The Helix Magazine, The Homestead Review, and Yellow Medicine Review.

Elisa Fernández-Arias’ fiction has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Concho River Review, cream city review, Puerto del Sol, and Roanoke Review, among other publications. In 2011, she began her studies at the graduate program in creative writing at Columbia University, where she is a De Alba and Chair’s Fellow. She is currently at work on a murder mystery novel entitled The Suicide Case. For more, go to

Kit Frick is the author of two chapbooks: Echo, Echo, Light (winner of the Slope Editions Chapbook Contest, forthcoming in 2013) and Kill Your Darlings, Clementine (a finalist for the 2012-13 New Delta Review Chapbook Contest, forthcoming in 2013 from Rye House Press). Her poems have recently or will soon appear in places like DIAGRAM, Conduit, CutBank, Sixth Finch, and Forklift, Ohio, and have been featured on Verse Daily. A 2012 “Discovery” / Boston Review semi-finalist, Kit is the Chapbook Editor for Black Lawrence Press. Kit lives in Brooklyn with her husband and lives online at

Lynn Casteel Harper is a Baptist minister serving as an interfaith chaplain at a retirement community on the Jersey Shore. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, So to Speak, CALYX, Freerange Nonfiction’s Freshly Hatched, Big Muddy, the Journal of Religion and Abuse, and elsewhere. Originally from southeastern Missouri, she lives in Princeton, NJ with her spouse Ryan Harper.

Jen Julian received her BA in English from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, and her MFA in Fiction from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she worked as editor for The Greensboro Review. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her work has been published in Press 53’s 2010 Open Award Anthology and Four Way Review, and her short fiction has won the Margery McKinney Short Fiction Award and has been a finalist for the NC State Brenda L. Smart Fiction Prize. She is from no town in particular but considers herself “of the South.”

Diane LeBlanc is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Dancer with Good Sow (Finishing Line Press, 2008) and Hope in Zone Four (Talent House Press, 1998). Her work appears in Bellingham Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Louisville Review, Natural Bridge, Tupelo Press Poetry Project, Water~Stone, and other journals. Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Website:

Brandon Lussier’s poems and translations have been published in Harvard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Columbia Review, and elsewhere. A former creative writing Fulbright Scholar and NEA Fellow in literary translation, he is a senior editor of The California Journal of Poetics.

Rachel May’s writing has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and published most recently in Michigan Quarterly Review, Memoir(and), Indiana Review, Green Mountains Review, Word for/Word, and other journals. Her book on modern quilting is forthcoming from Storey (Workman), and she’s finishing a collection of shorts and sewn images.

Liz McGehee graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in Creative Writing. Her poetry is heavily influenced by the vibrant city she grew up in, New Orleans, as well as the rigidity of traditional gender roles. She has recently been admitted into the MFA program at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Kathleen McGookey’s work has appeared in over forty journals and ten anthologies. She has published a book, Whatever Shines (White Pine Press), a chapbook, October Again (Burnside Review Press), and a book of translations of French poet Georges Godeau’s prose poems, We’ll See (Parlor Press). She lives with her family in Middleville, Michigan.

Carrie Murphy’s first collection of poems, PRETTY TILT, was released by Keyhole Press in 2012. Her chapbook, MEET THE LAVENDERS, appeared in 2011 from Birds of Lace. She received an MFA from New Mexico State University and works as a teacher, freelance writer, and doula.

Blake Lee Pate is the founding Editor of Smoking Glue Gun Magazine, along with her husband Taylor Jacob Pate. She is an MFA candidate in the New Writer’s Project at the University of Texas, Austin, where she is the current Marketing Director for Bat City Review. She earned her BA in Creative Writing & French from Louisiana State University, where she served as Co-Editor of Delta Journal. Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, Black Warrior Review, The Anemone Sidecar, elimae, decomP magazinE, and Grist.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah teacher based in Portland, Oregon. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, 6×6 and the Boston Review. She is the recipient of residencies and scholarships from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference and Six Points Fellowship and holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson. Alicia tours internationally with her band, Girls in Trouble, and her one-woman show, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, premiered in fall 2012 at Joe’s Pub in NYC. She is currently at work on her first full-length poetry manuscript.

Daniel Saalfeld’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Hopkins Review, The Southeast Review, The Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, The New York Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, The South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Margie, Valparaiso Poetry Review, South Dakota Review, Poet Lore, and The Pinch. A Fulbright Scholar recipient, he lectured on modern and contemporary American poetry and creative writing in Russia. He teaches creative writing at the George Washington and the Johns Hopkins Universities.

Peter Schireson lives in California. His writing (mostly poetry) has appeared or is forthcoming in Post Road, Naugatuck River Review, Portland Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Annalemma, and other journals.

Born an honest liar in the Himalayan bosoms of Nepal with Mount Everest in sight from his rooftop, Ashish Shrestha says he is the tallest man to have walked into Harry’s bar at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, from where he graduated with a dual major in English Creative Writing and Literature. Having walked across international boarders all his life — Tajikistan and Cambodia, to name a few inspiring places where he’s lived — his soles have eroded and his back has slumped. He now stands at 5 ft. 6 ½ inches. Traveling extensively, it is only fair that he writes about people in locked rooms or communities. This is his first publication.

Mark Skwarek is an artist working to bridge the gap between virtual and physical world with augmented reality. He organized the augmented reality artist group manifest.AR and the arOCCUPYWALLSTREET movement. Skwarek earned his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. He is full time faculty at New York University Polytech. Reviews of his artwork have appeared in the New York Times, Art in America, Boing Boing, WIRED, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, NPR, BBC, and Leonardo. Skwarek has exhibited in various venues, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; ISEA; Dumbo Arts Festival, UCLA Digital Grad Gallery; the CyberArts Festival; the Sunshine International Art Museum, Beijing; and the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Upcoming shows include FACT in Liverpool England, Siggraph 2013, and The 2013 Augmented World Expo.

Sara Wallace’s poetry has appeared widely in such publications as Grand Street, Hanging Loose, Hayden’s Ferry, North American Review, Pebble Lake, Rhino, and others. She currently teaches at New York University and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Her chapbook Edge is forthcoming from Pudding House Press.

Rachel VanSickle