Justin Bigos is the author of the poetry chapbook Twenty Thousand Pigeons (iO Books, 2014). His poems have appeared in magazines such as New England Review, Ploughshares,The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, and The Collagist; his fiction in McSweeney’s and Ninth Letter. Justin cofounded and co-edits the literary magazine Waxwing. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University.
Sophie Brenneman is a 2015 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting. Her current work addresses the dynamic energies of interaction among two forms in a shared space. Sophie has studied and exhibited nationally and internationally, and she will continue to pursue a career in the arts as she works to obtain her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Brandon Courtney is a veteran of the United States Navy, and the author of The Grief Muscles (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014) and Rooms for Rent in the Burning City (Spark Wheel Press, 2015). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Boston Review, American Literary Review, New Poetries VI Anthology, and 32 Poems. He has a chapbook and a full-length forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2016-17.
Alexandria Hall is a poet and electronic musician from Burlington, VT. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and will begin working toward an MFA at NYU in the fall of 2015.
Catherine Knepper is a writer and editor based in Des Moines, Iowa. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine, West Branch, and The Florida Review.
Scott Lambridis' debut novel, The Many Raymond Days, about a scientist who discovers the end of time, received the 2012 Dana Award. His stories have appeared in Slice, Painted Bride, Cafe Irreal, Flash Fiction Funny, New American Writing, and other journals. He recently completed his MFA from San Francisco State where he received the Miriam Ylvisaker Fellowship and three literary awards. Before that, he earned a degree in neurobiology, and co-founded Omnibucket.com, through which he co-hosts the Action Fiction! performance series.
Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012), Ardor (Tupelo 2008), and In Medias Res (Sarabande 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. Lee also wrote two chapbooks, God’s One Hundred Promises (Swan Scythe 2002) and What the Sea Earns for a Living (Quaci Press 2014). Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations (Cambria 2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. She earned an MFA from Brown University and PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she serves as Full Professor of English and Chair at a small liberal arts college in greater Los Angeles, where she is also a novice harpist. Lee is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.
Gail Mazur, the founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is author of seven books of poems, including Forbidden City (University of Chicago Press 2016) Figures in a Landscape (University of Chicago 2011); Zeppo’s First Wife: New and Selected Poems (Chicago 2005), winner of the 2006 Massachusetts Book Award, a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; and They Can’t Take That Away from Me (2001), a finalist for the National Book Award. Mazur was a 2009 Fellow in Poetry at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, a 1996 Fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and the 2005 recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Distinguished Artist Award. For many years Distinguished Writer in Residence in Emerson College’s MFA program, Mazur’s also been visiting faculty at Boston University, University of Houton, and University of California, Irvine, and continues to teach poetry workshops in the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown’s summer program. Land’s End: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from University of Chicago Press in 2019.
Marc McKee is the author of What Apocalypse?, which won the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM 2008 Chapbook Contest; Fuse (Black Lawrence Press, 2011); and Bewilderness (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). His work has appeared in journals such as Barn Owl Review, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Conduit, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, LIT, and Pleiades, among others. He teaches at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Erika Meitner is the author of four books of poems, including Copia (BOA Editions, 2014), and Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA program. She was the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at Queen’s University, Belfast in Spring 2015.
Carly Joy Miller's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, Blackbird, Linebreak, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Pushcart and was a finalist for the Stadler Fellowship. She is the assistant managing editor for The Los Angeles Review, a contributing editor for Poetry International, and a founding editor of Locked Horn Press.
Wendy Oleson's recent stories appear in Washington Square, PANK, The New School, and Carve Magazine as second-place winner of the 2014 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Her poems are forthcoming in Calyx and Hotel Amerika. She teaches for the Writers' Program at UCLA Extension.
Allan Peterson is the author of five books including Precarious (42 Miles Press, 2014) and Fragile Acts (McSweeney's, 2012), finalist for the 2013 Book Critics Circle and Oregon Book Awards. His Other Than They Seem won the 2014 Snowbound Chapbook award from Tupelo Press.
Kiki Petrosino is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. She is the author of two books of poetry: Fort Red Border (2009) and Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013), both from Sarabande Books. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Tin House, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago. She co-edits TRANSOM, an on-line poetry journal.
Catherine Pond is a poet from Alpharetta, Georgia. She currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is Associate Poetry Editor of H.O.W. Journal and Assistant Director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute in Saratoga Springs, NY. She is a recipient of the Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts & Sciences (Poetry), 2015.
Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collection Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in New England Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Best New Poets, Southern Review, and many other journals and anthologies, and she has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a freelance editor and writer in San Francisco.
Angela Voras-Hills earned her MFA at UMass-Boston and was a fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Linebreak, among other journals. She received the 2013 Spring Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and currently lives in Madison, WI.
Holly M. Wendt is Assistant Professor of English at Lebanon Valley College. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Rumpus, Footnote, Hobart, Gulf Stream, and others. She received a Robert and Charlotte Baron Creative and Performing Artists Fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and has been a fellow at the Jentel Foundation. She is currently at work on a novel about pirates.
Catherine Wing is the author of two collections of poetry, Enter Invisible and Gin & Bleach. Her poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Nation, and The New Republic, featured on The Writer's Almanac, and included in Best American Erotic Poems and Best American Poetry 2010. She teaches at Kent State University and serves as the General Editor for the Wick Poetry Center’s Ohio Chapbook Series.
Kathleen Winter is the author of Nostalgia for the Criminal Past (Elixir Press), winner of the Antivenom Poetry Prize and the Bob Bush Memorial Award for a first book. She will be the fall 2015 Dobie Paisano Fellow in Austin, TX. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, AGNI, Gulf Coast and Poetry London.