|Kate Asche’s poetry was published in RHINO, Confrontation, and elsewhere and is forthcoming in Bellingham Review. She was a finalist in the 2011 Missouri Review audio competition. A graduate of the UC Davis creative writing program, she teaches workshops in her community and co-edits the Sacramento Poetry Center’s journal, Tule Review.
“Hook, Jaw, and Bone”
|Walter Bargen is the author of fifteen books, including Trouble Behind Glass Doors (BkMk Press, 2013), Endearing Ruins (LILIOM Verlag, 2012), Theban Traffic (WordTech Communications, 2008), and The Feast (BkMk Press, 2003). His work has appeared in over one hundred magazines, such as American Literary Review, The Missouri Review, and River Styx. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship (1991), winner of the Quarter After Eight Prose Prize (1996), the Hanks Prize (1996), the Chester H. Jones Foundation Poetry Prize (1997), and the William Rockhill Nelson Award (2005). He was elected Missouri’s First Poet Laureate in 2008.|
|For years Nancy Bourne represented California schools as a senior partner in an education law firm. Since retirement, she has taught college English at a California state prison. Ms. Bourne has recently published in The Summerset Review and Forge. Another story was a finalist in the 2011 Reynolds Price Fiction Award.
What You Made of Me
|Michael Cavanagh was raised in California but has lived in Iowa for several decades, making his career as an English professor at Grinnell College. His specialties are modern poetry, Milton, Dante, and James Joyce. His book on Seamus Heaney, Professing Poetry, was published in 2009 (Catholic University of America Press).
|Marek Czarnecki is an iconographer from Meriden, Connecticut, who continues to study under the tutelage of Russian Orthodox iconographer Ksenia Pokrovsky. Marek received the 1996 and 2004 Artist’s Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the American Council for Polish Culture’s Jan de Rosen Award, and an apprenticeship grant funded by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Southern New England Traditional Arts Program.|
|Ramola D is a poet, fiction writer, and literary journalist. Her short fiction collection Temporary Lives (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009) was awarded the 2008 AWP Grace Paley Prize. Invisible Season, her first poetry collection, co-won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House award in 1998. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Prairie Schooner, Agni, Indiana Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and has been reprinted in Best American Poetry (Scribner, 1994), and Best American Fantasy (Prime Books,2007). Her fiction was included in Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington Area Women (Paycock Press, 2006). She is the recipient of a 2005 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry. Ramola holds an MFA from George Mason University. She is the founder and co-editor of Delphi Quarterly.|
|Scott Doyle freelances and writes fiction in Los Angeles. His stories have been published in journals such as Confrontation, New Madrid, and Night Train. Additionally, his work has been featured in the New Short Fiction Series, LA’s longest-running spoken-word series, and awarded with the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program Kirkwood Prize.|
|Donna L. Emerson’s recent publications include The New Ohio Review, Sanskrit, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems from the San Francisco Bay Watershed (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2010), The Paterson Literary Review, Praxis, and Eclipse. Chapbooks include This Water (2007), Body Rhymes (Finishing Line Press, 2009) which was nominated for the California Book Award, and Wild Mercy (Finishing Line Press, 2011). She lives in Petaluma, California.
|Lisa Fitzgibbons attended Kent State University and continued her studies in Paris and Montreal. She has been teaching and painting still life, landscapes, and Byzantine icons for two decades. Her murals can be found in Neiman Marcus and Best Western hotels and other artwork appears in galleries throughout the nation. In Arizona she teaches classes, holds workshops, and gives private instruction.|
|Brianna Flavin is currently a student in the MFA program for poetry at the University of Virginia. She grew up in Minnesota, where she plans to return after school to continue writing near the lakes and snow.|
|Ernestia Fraser is a Bahamian author and poet with a BA in English and communication and an MFA in screenwriting. Carnival of Love (Caribbean Studies Press, 2012) was her first book. She is currently writing a tribute collection of poems, entitled “Shallow Water: a short history of where I’m from.”|
|Philip Fried has published five books of poetry, the most recent being Early/Late: New and Selected Poems (Salmon, 2011). “Isolated Act” is from his new book, Interrogating Water (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 2013).
|Regina Marie Fronmüller, OSU, an Ursuline Sister living and working in a community in New Orleans, holds a BFA from Webster University and a MFA in education from the College of New Rochelle. She has organized three mural projects for the city of New Orleans and served as the Art Consultant for Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Her works can be found in private collections in the US and Europe, and she has had exhibitions across the globe.|
|Louis W. “Jody” Fry, PhD, is the founder of the International Institute for Spiritual Leadership and a professor at Texas A&M University Central Texas. Fry’s most recent book is titled Maximizing the Triple Bottom Line through Spiritual Leadership (Stanford University Press, 2013) and examines business models that integrate ethics, leadership, employee well-being, sustainability, social responsibility, profitability, and organizational growth. The case studies in the book are informed by more than a decade of research investigating spiritual leadership in organizations.|
|Kim Goldfarb has a BFA from the University of Georgia and is a sculptor, glass designer, and painter. She enjoys the physical nature of her process and often she lays the board on the floor, then pours, wipes, splatters, and scrapes the paint waiting for the image to emerge.|
|Karen Green is the Ancient & Medieval History Librarian at Columbia University. Having been an A.A. Heckman Scholar at the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library in 1997, she created Orbis Latinus, a digitized version of Graesse’s 1909 edition of the guide to Latin place names. She earned a BA in medieval and renaissance studies at NYU, an MA and MPhil in medieval history at Columbia University, and her MLIS from The School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers University. She runs a monthly column at comiXology, “Comic Adventures in Academia.”|
|Ken Haas lives in San Francisco, where he works in healthcare and sponsors a poetry writing program at UCSF Children’s Hospital. His poems have appeared in Alabama Literary Review, Caesura, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Stickman Review, Tattoo Highway, and Wild Violet, among others.
“Christmas 20XX AD”
|Nicole Hardy’s latest is a memoir: Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin (Hyperion, 2013). Her poetry collections include This Blonde (Main Street Rag, 2009) and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling (Main Street Rag, 2006). Her work has appeared in The New York Times as well as many literary journals. Find her at nicolehardy.com
|Kathleen Hellen is a poet and the author of Umberto’s Night (Washington Writers Publishing House, 2012) and The Girl Who Loved Mothra (Finishing Line Press, 2010). Her poems are widely published and have appeared in Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, Witness, among others. They also were featured on WYPR’s The Signal.
“Some Things a Shirt Can’t Shrug Off”
|Ann Hostetler is the author of a volume of poetry titled Empty Room with Light (DreamSeeker Books, 2002) and editor of A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2003). She teaches at Goshen College in Indiana and edits the Journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing at www.mennonitewriting.org.
|Monty Jones is a writer in Austin, Texas. His poems have been published, or are forthcoming, in Arcadia, Assisi, Canary, Clapboard House, The Christian Science Monitor, Grey Sparrow Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
|Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, and many other journals in the US. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song and is the vice president and events coordinator of the Sacramento Poetry Center.
“Sympathy for the Windigo”
|Marian Kilcoyne is an Irish writer based on the west coast of Ireland. Her work has appeared in Crannog, Apalachee Review, The Liner, Poetry Salzburg Review, Grey Sparrow, and others.|
|Jacqueline Kolosov’s third poetry collection is Memory of Blue (Salmon Poetry, 2013). She has published two young adult novels with Hyperion and co-edited two collections of contemporary women’s prose. Her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Cimarron Review, Orion, Cincinnati Review, and several anthologies. She is a professor of English at Texas Tech University.|
|Jami Macarty has poems published or forthcoming in Cimarron Review, The Fiddlehead, Arc Poetry Magazine, and Drunken Boat. Former executive director of Tucson Poetry Festival (1996-2004), she divides her time between the Arizona desert and Vancouver, BC, where she teaches poetry at Simon Fraser University.
|John McKernan, who grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, is now retired after teaching 41 years at Marshall University. He lives in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press. His most recent book is a selection of poems titled Resurrection of the Dust (Backwaters Press, 2007). He has published poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many other magazines.
|Joshua McKinney’s most recent book of poetry is Mad Cursive (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2012). His work has appeared widely in such journals as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, New American Writing, and Ploughshares. He is co-editor of the online poetry journal Clade Song.
|Tania Moore’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Kestrel, The Other Journal, The Westchester Review, Opium online, among others. She was a finalist for the 2012 Bosque Fiction Prize, and she lives and works along the mighty Hudson River. Contact her at taniamoore.me.
|John Nester teaches ceramics at Elmhurst College. He received his BFA in photography and art education from Illinois Wesleyan University and his MFA in ceramics from Northern Illinois University. As an adjunct faculty member at the College of DuPage for 18 years, he taught ceramics. He retired from York High School in 2006 after teaching art in public schools for 38 years.|
|Paula Neves grew up in and around Newark, NJ’s Ironbound section and currently teaches English composition at Rutgers University-Newark, where she received her MFA in poetry. Her writing has appeared most recently in The Waiting Room Reader II (Laurelbooks, 2013), the art book Between Mountain, and New Laurel Review.
|Katie Rafferty is a southern artist working in New Orleans. A mixed media artist, Katie works with watercolors, collage, monotype, drawing, and stenciling. “Mother of Millions” is from her latest series entitled “Flora and Fauna”. Ms. Rafferty’s work is represented by the Cole Pratt Gallery on historic Magazine Street in New Orleans.|
|David Salner’s second book, Working Here, was published by Minnesota State University’s Rooster Hill Press in 2010. Recent poetry appears in Poetry Daily, The Pedestal, and The Threepenny Review. Chapters from his novel about hard-rock miners in the Old West appear in Cottonwood Magazine and New Plains Review.|
|Mathias Schergen, born and raised in Chicago, received a BFA in 1980 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then he has spent 20 years teaching art at the Chicago Public Schools’ Jenner Fine Arts Academy. Schergen has had works exhibited at a number of shows in Chicago.|
|George M. Steele, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, is an English teacher in upstate New York. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and received his MA in American and English literature from the College of William and Mary. He served in the US Navy and is married with two sons.|
|George Stratigakis’ poetry has appeared in The Innisfree Poetry Journal and in Contemporary American Voices. He is the editor of a collection of classic short stories for modern readers and is a translator of Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway into Greek.
“A Bee is Nothing”
|Joshua Sullivan recently earned an MA in literature from Iowa State University. He now lives in central Maine and works as a composition instructor at Thomas College, as well as a farmhand for local agricultural businesses. His poetry has recently appeared in Midwestern Gothic and The Fourth River, and an article of literary criticism appears in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.|
|Jon Thompson’s first collection was The Book of the Floating World (Parlor Press, 2007). His next book, After Paradise: Essays on the Fate of American Writing (Shearsman Books, 2009), is a collection of lyrical essays. It is followed by his current project “Landscape with Light.” In addition to writing poetry and essays, he edits Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, an online poetry journal of poetry, poetry in translation, interviews, and reviews. He also edits the single-author perfect-bound, paperback poetry series Free Verse Editions. For more on his work, go to www.jon-thompson.net|
|Jesse Wallis’s poetry has appeared in CutBank, Poet Lore, Poetry East, The Southern Review, Southwestern American Literature, and Tampa Review. After living in Japan for nine years, he returned to his hometown of Phoenix, where he works in human resources for a public school district.|