Piper Abernathy’s poems have appeared in Pleiades and Mid-American Review. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a regional coordinator for Poetry Out Loud.
Albert Abonado holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in issues of The Awl, The Collagist, Harpur Palate, New Ohio Review, No Tell Motel, Salamander, and others. He lives with his wife in Rochester, NY where he is the editor of The Bakery.
Michael Cooper lives in Tallahassee, where he is book review editor at The Southeast Review. His most recent work has appeared in JMWW, Juked, and Fugue. Stories are forthcoming in The Ampersand Review, Cimarron Review, and Midway Journal. He’s at work on a novel.
Oliver de la Paz is the author of three books of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, and Requiem for the Orchard. With poet Stacey Lynn Brown, he is the co-editor of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He is the co-chair of Kundiman.org’s advisory board and he teaches creative writing at Western Washington University.
Hafizah Geter is a South Carolina native currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and is a Cave Canem Fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in RHINO, New Delta Review, BOXCAR Poetry Review, and Drunken Boat, among others.
Sara J. Grossman is the recipient of a 2012 Hedgebrook Residency, the 2011 Betty Gabehart Prize, and fellowships from the New York State Writers Institute and the West Chester Poetry Center. Her poems are forthcoming in the Cincinnati Review and she is currently a doctoral candidate in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark.
Michael Kolster teaches at Bowdoin College. He is currently producing ambrotypes for a project comparing Maine’s Androscoggin River with the James in Virginia. Solo exhibitions of photographs depicting the Androscoggin River will open in 2012 at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and at the College of Southern Maryland. Loupe, the Journal of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, has published a portfolio of his river photographs. An earlier project, Changing Places, similarly concerned with land use policy and its implications, depicted changes in Las Vegas, San Francisco, and New Orleans over a 10-year time span. A 23-image portfolio from Changing Places was acquired for the permanent collection of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography in Rochester, NY. Work from the same series was featured in Consilience - The Journal of Sustainability, published through Columbia University. For over ten years Michael has maintained a website, The Daily Post, to which he posts a photograph each day. He holds a BA in American Studies from Williams College, an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, and a certificate from the full-time Documentary Photography program at the International Center of Photography in New York. You can visit his website at www.michaelkolster.com.
Margot Livesey is the author of a collection of short stories, Learning By Heart, and seven novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, Eva Moves the Furniture, Banishing Verona, The House on Fortune Street, and most recently, The Flight of Gemma Hardy. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the N.E.A., the Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has taught in numerous writing programs including the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Boston University, and the Warren Wilson MFA program, and she is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College.
Joanna Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD from the University of Missouri. Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Memorious, and New South, and her collection The Beach at Galle Road is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in October, 2012. She is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Potsdam.
Sally Wen Mao was born in Wuhan, China and has lived in Boston, the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Ithaca, where she teaches writing at Cornell University. Recent work can be found forthcoming or published in Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, The Journal, Post Road, and West Branch.
Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013), which won the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have received awards from the Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Third Coast and have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Georgia Review, Nashville Review, and TriQuarterly Online, among other places. A graduate of the University of Maryland (MFA, poetry), Tyler Mills is currently in the PhD program for creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Sarah Rose Nordgren’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Pleiades, The Literary Review, Quarterly West, Cincinnati Review, Verse Daily, and the Best New Poets 2011 anthology. She is the recipient of two poetry fellowshipsfrom the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Louis Untermeyer Tuition Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She grew up in Durham, North Carolina.
Alexis Orgera lives in southwest Florida where she writes, edits, and teaches. She is the author of How Like Foreign Objects (H_NGM_N Bks, 2011) and two chapbooks, Illuminatrix (Forklift, Ink) and Dear Friends, The Birds Were Wonderful! (Blue Hour Press). Her poems, essays, interviews, and reviews can be found in Barrelhouse Online, Bat City Review, Beecher’s Magazine, Big Bell, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Fou, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, HTMLGiant, The Journal, jubilat, The Leveler, No Tell Motel, Parthenon West, RealPoetik, The Rumpus, Sixth Finch, storySouth, and elsewhere.
Chad Parmenter received his PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, and he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Luther College. His poems have won contests by Hotel Amerika and The Black Warrior Review and have also appeared in Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry.
Austin Segrest’s poetry has appeared in TriQuarterly, The Threepenny Review, The Yale Review, Ploughshares, and New England Review. He teaches English at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI.
Sean Singer’s first book Discography won the 2001 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He has also published two chapbooks, Passport and Keep Right On Playing Through the Mirror Over the Water, and is the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a doctoral student in American Studies at Rutgers-Newark.
Karen Skolfield teaches travel writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is a contributing editor at the literary magazine Bateau and her poems have appeared recently in The Adirondack Review, Apple Valley Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Conte, PANK, RATTLE, Slipstream, Sugar House Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and others.
Anne Valente’s stories appear or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Sou’wester, Bellevue Literary Review, and Hobart, among other journals, and her work was selected as a notable story in Best American Non-Required Reading 2011. Originally from St. Louis, she currently lives and teaches in Ohio.
Lisa Williams has poems forthcoming or recently published in Shenandoah, The Cincinnati Review, Raritan, and on Poetry Daily, and creative non-fiction forthcoming in The Louisville Review. Her books are The Hammered Dulcimer (1998) and Woman Reading to the Sea (2008). She teaches at Centre College in Kentucky.
Greg Wrenn’s first book, Centaur, was awarded the Brittingham Prize in Poetry and will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in Spring 2013. Recent work of his has appeared in The American Poetry Review, New England Review, Gulf Coast, and FIELD, and he was recently awarded the Lyric Poem Award from the Poetry Society of America. A Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he is currently at work on a novel as well as a second collection of poems.