Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the collection This Last Time Will Be The First (Burnside Review Press 2014), as well as the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press) and three chapbooks. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Redivider, Salt Hill, Gulf Coast and Boston Review, among others.
Maureen Alsop, PhD is the author of two full collections of poetry, Apparition Wren and Mantic. Recent poems appear in ditch, Citron Review and Mantis. www.maureenalsop.com
Kelly Cherry is the author of 21 books, 9 chapbooks, and two translations of classical drama. Her most recent poetry collection is The Life and Death of Poetry (LSU 2013) and the most recent chapbook, also poetry, is Vectors: J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Years before the Bomb. Her new book of interlinked stories is forthcoming in March 2014.
Kyle Churney’s poems have most recently appeared in The Journal, Rhino, and Catch Up. A recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation, he lives in Chicago and reads for Another Chicago Magazine.
Eugene Gloria received the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for poetry for his collection My Favorite Warlord (Penguin 2012). His previous books are Hoodlum Birds (Penguin 2006) and Drivers at the Short-Time Motel (Penguin 2000), a National Poetry Series selection. He is currently a professor of English at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City. Her work appears in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, Pushcart Prize and elsewhere. She is fiction editor of The Kenyon Review and teaches at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Vandana Khanna was born in New Delhi, India and received her MFA from Indiana University. Her first poetry collection, Train to Agra, won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize and her second collection, Afternoon Masala, won the Miller Williams Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Arkansas Press in 2014.
Virginia Konchan is the author of Vox Populi (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press), and her poems, stories, and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Republic, and Boston Review, among other places. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Montreal.
Magnolia Laurie lives and works in Baltimore, MD. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, the Hamiltonian Gallery in DC, and the Jentel Foundation in Wyoming. Her recent exhibitions include: what could hold us together at frosch & portmann in NY, with a tug and a hold at VisArts in MD, The Big Reveal at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO. You can see more of her work at www.magnolialaurie.com.
Ellen Litman is the author of the novel in stories The Last Chicken in America, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award and for the Young Lions Fiction Award, and Mannequin Girl, forthcoming from W. W. Norton in March 2014. She has been the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and her work has appeared in Best New American Voices, Best of Tin House, American Odysseys: Writing by New Americans, Dossier, Triquarterly, Ploughshares, and other publications. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Mansfield and teaches writing at the University of Connecticut.
Robert Lopez is the author of two novels, Part of the World and Kamby Bolongo Mean River, and a story collection, Asunder.
Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry including Sympathy from the Devil (Gold Wake 2013). He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He’s the co-editor of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry and teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton where he coordinates Kraken Reading Series.
Maya Pindyck is the author of Friend Among Stones (New Rivers Press 2009) and a chapbook, Locket, Master (Poetry Society of America 2006). Her poems have appeared in Sycamore Review, Narrative Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Bellingham Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, she is currently in the PhD program for English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Rachel Richardson, a 2013-2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, is the author of Copperhead (Carnegie Mellon 2011). Her poems and prose have appeared recently on The Poetry Foundation website, Kenyon Review Online, and Birmingham Poetry Review. She is currently the Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
José Antonio Rodríguez is the author of The Shallow End of Sleep (Tia Chucha/Northwestern UP) and Backlit Hour (SFA Press). Recent work has appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, Green Mountains Review, Lake Effect, and elsewhere. He was awarded the Clifford D. Clark Doctoral Fellowship from Binghamton University, where he received a PhD in English. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Texas-Pan American.
Kevin Simmonds is a writer, musician and filmmaker based in San Francisco. His books include the poetry collection Mad for Meat and two edited works, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and Ota Benga Under My Mother’s Roof. He wrote the music for the Emmy Award-winning documentary HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica and, most recently, the Japanese noh theatre piece Emmett Till, a river, commissioned by the Creative Work Fund which debuted at San Francisco’s Theatre of Yugen.
Hannah Stephenson is a poet, editor, and instructor living in Columbus, Ohio. Her full-length collection, In the Kettle, the Shriek, is forthcoming from Gold Wake Press (August 2013), and her poems have appeared in publications that include Room, The Huffington Post, Hobart, Contrary, and The Nervous Breakdown. She is the founder of Paging Columbus!, a literary arts monthly event series. You can visit her daily poetry site, The Storialist, at www.thestorialist.com.
Joseph P. Wood is the author of four books of poetry: YOU. (Etruscan Press, forthcoming 2015), Broken Cage (Brooklyn Arts Press, forthcoming 2014; finalist for 2013 National Poetry Series), Fold of the Map (Salmon, forthcoming 2014), and I & We (CW Books, 2010). He's also author of five chapbooks and his poetry and criticism has been published in Arts & Letters Daily, Beloit Poetry Journal, BOMB, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, Verse, among a variety of other journals. He is managing editor for Noemi Press.