HEATHER BELL ADAMS has published short fiction in Clapboard House, Pembroke Magazine, Thick Jam, Deep South Magazine, First Stop Fiction, and other journals. She is on the fiction staff of Raleigh Review.
SARAH WOOD ANDERSON is an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison teaching courses in American Literature. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of North Carolina. Anderson is the mother of three children.
BRIAN MICHAEL BARBEITO is a resident of Ontario, Canada. Recent writing and photography work appears at Fiction International and The Tishman Review. Brian is the author of Chalk Lines (Fowl Pox Press, 2013).
GERSHON BEN-AVRAHAM grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and lives in Be’er Sheva, Israel. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Recently published short stories include “Grandma’s Postcard” in the Winter/Spring 2016 edition of Steel Toe Review; “The Janitor” in Issue 18 of Jewish Fiction .net (www.jewishfiction.net); “Janek” in Volume 16.2 of the Big Muddy: a Journal of the Mississippi River Valley; and “The Emperor” in Number 1701 of the Wild Musette Journal of Music, Mystery and Myth.
CARL BOON lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. Recent or forthcoming poems appear in Posit, The Tulane Review, Badlands, The Blue Bonnet Review, and many other magazines.
LINDA BRAGG worked for over 21 years as a public relations specialist. A chapter from her memoir Heart Thieves was published in October 2015 by The Penmen Review. Bragg published two personal essays in the Tampa Bay Times, as well as won first place in the essay and short story categories in the American PEN Women’s Writing Contest, Pinellas County Chapter. Additionally, she received two honorable mentions in the Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition (2013 and 2014).
JOHN BRANTINGHAM is the author of seven books of poetry and fiction and is the editor of the LA Fiction Anthology. His work has appeared in publications such as The Best Small Fictions, Writer’s Almanac, and The Journal. He teaches composition and creative writing at Mt. San Antonio College, and he teaches and directs a nature art and poetry program that is free to the public in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
BILL BROWN is the author of six collections of poems, three chapbooks and a textbook. His new collection, Elemental (3: A Taos Press) was released in November. The recipient of many fellowships, Brown was awarded the Writer of the Year 2011 by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. His work appears in Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, River Styx, Southern Humanities Review, Potomac Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Smartish Pace, Rattle, West Branch, Borderlands, The Literary Review, and Connecticut Review, among others.
BRETT BUSANG often tells people that he became a writer because he’d run out of everything else to do. Ultimately, he started to read fiction and, while he didn’t understand it very well, he was immediately drawn to the columns of careful prose, sophisticated dialogue, and great English lawns he encountered between the covers of a book that, when dropped, made people jump out of their skins. Busang also became an artist, but came to dislike all the stuff he had to schlepp around. His work has appeared recently in Lost Coast Review, Gastronomica, Coldnoon, and Loch Raven Review.
CHRIS CARBAUGH is a retired high school teacher who has written the stories that his children and grandchildren have asked him to recount time and again. “The Great American Ping Pong Ball Drop” is one of twenty “MamaLu Stories.”
TOMMIE MARIE CASSEN lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where she works as a special education researcher. Cassen received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Cassen’s poetry has appeared previously in Inscape Magazine.
JAMIE CREPEAU works full time as a machinist in Connecticut and has been writing poetry seriously for the past four years. In 2014 and 2015, Crepeau was an editor for Freshwater, the literary magazine of Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut. In 2014, Crepeau was the recipient of Asnuntuck’s Excellence in Poetry Award.
GREGG CUSICK’S fiction has appeared in more than two dozen journals and has won numerous awards, including the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition and The Florida Review Editor’s Prize, and has been three times nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds a master’s in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University and lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he bartends and tutors literacy.
JOHN DELANEY is a former Curator of Historic Maps at Princeton University Library (2000-2014). Delaney is also a kayaker and letters-to-the-editor whiner. He thinks of poems as waypoints.
NICHOLAS DEMSKI is a 28-year-old father to a 2-year-old girl, who has applied for his M.A. in Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He has two poems that have been accepted for publication in Whiskey Island.
KAREN DI PRIMA is a corporate communications professional by day and fiction writer by night. Her nonfiction articles have appeared in the Philadelphia Business Journal, New Jersey Lifestyles Magazine, The American Lawyer, and elsewhere. She has completed three novels (unpublished), one of which won an Honorable Mention in a publisher’s contest. “Of Guts and Glory” is the first of her short stories to be published.
TIMOTHY B. DODD is from Mink Shoals, West Virginia. His poetry has appeared in The Roanoke Review, William & Mary Review, Big River Poetry Review, Crannog, Floodwall, Two Thirds North, and elsewhere. He is currently in the M.F.A. program at the University of Texas El Paso.
Other poems by MATTHEW DULANY can be read in recent issues of The Chaffin Journal, San Pedro River Review, and The Sow’s Ear, and are forthcoming in Pisgah Review, South Carolina Review, and The Worcester Review. This year Hard Nock Press is publishing his first novel, The Quitter.
KEITH DUNLAP’S collection of poems, The Foot in the Elevator, was a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize and a finalist at Brickhouse Books New Poets series, as well as a semi-finalist at Brooklyn Arts Press. He is a former co-editor of The Columbia Review and former co-editor of Cutbank. His poems have been accepted for publication in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Georgetown Review, Poet Lore, and Sou’wester, among other places. Dunlap has a B.A. in English from Columbia College in New York, an M.A. in Classics from Columbia University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Montana. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, the novelist Jenny Siler, and his daughter, Vivica.
KEVIN FITTON is a student in the Writing Seminars at Bennington College. He is the author of the children’s book, Higher Ground, with Caldecott-winning artist, Mary Azarian. He has published fiction in several small literary journals, most recently the story, “Laura-Jean” in the University of Kentucky’s Limestone Journal. He lives in Vermont with his wife and two daughters, and works as a pastor.
SAMUEL J. FOX is currently on hiatus from his M.F.A. degree in poetry at North Carolina State University. He holds a B.A. in Literature and has been published in SLAB, Dewpoint, Iodine Poetry Journal, and is forthcoming in MockingHeart Review. He lives in the Piedmont of North Carolina.
ALAN GARTENHAUS is a retired assistant curator of the New Orleans Museum of Art and Education Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution. His work has been published in the Santa Fe Literary Review and Mothering, and has published several nonfiction books, including Questioning Art: An Inquiry Approach to Teaching Art Appreciation and Minds in Motion: Exploring Creativity and Museums with Children. In addition to writing, Gartenhaus farms and raises sheep on the island of Hawaii. His new novel, Balsamic Moon, is available at Amazon Books.
JONATHAN GREENHAUSE was longlisted for this year’s National Poetry Competition (UK) by The Poetry Society. He was also named a finalist or honorable mention in 2014’s poetry contests from Naugatuck River Review, New Millennium Writings, Peregrine, Red Hen Press, and River Styx. Greenhause’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Bitter Oleander, The Dark Horse, Potomac Review, Quarter after Eight, RHINO, and Stand, among others. His work has appeared previously in the Broad River Review.
BRANDON GREER has lived in southern Illinois his entire life, where he is a meat cutter at a local grocery store. Besides writing he enjoys reading, video gaming, and spending time with his son, Hunter.
SAM GRIEVE was born in Cape Town, and lived in Paris and London prior to settling down in Connecticut. She graduated from Brown University, and has worked as a librarian, a bookseller and an antiquarian book-dealer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous magazines, including A cappella Zoo, Daily Science Fiction, PANK, and Southern Indiana Review. Stories of hers have been recognized as Notable in The Best of American Nonrequired Reading 2014 and by the 2015 storySouth Million Writers Award.
PATRICIA L. HAMILTON is Professor of English at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Her first volume of poetry, The Distance to NIghtfall, was published in 2014 by Main Street Rag. Additional work has recently appeared in Third Wednesday, Red River Review, Broad River Review, and Innisfree Poetry Journal. Hamilton has received two Pushcart nominations.
MARYANNE HANNAN has published poetry in Rattle, Light Quarterly, upstreet, WomenArts Quarterly, Gargoyle, and Minnesota Review. A former Latin teacher, she lives in upstate New York.
TOM HARPER was born in Gadsden, Alabama, and educated by travels through the evangelical South. A poet, playwright, journalist and editor, his work has been presented on stages, in newspapers, journals and on the BBC World Service Short Story Programme. He’s had stories published from Canada to New Zealand and various places in the United States. Currently, though he is growing quite old, he still hikes Pohick Creek with his old dog, grows tomatoes and continues to write. Recent stories appeared in The Opiate and Blood and Thunder: Musing on the Art of Medicine, with stories upcoming in The MacGuffin and Valley Voices, as well as a long prose poem to be published online in Gravel Literary Journal.
LINDA HEURING is a short story writer known for her character-driven narratives and her penchant for the overheard phrase. Her short fiction has appeared in Crannog (Ireland), Crack the Spine, Rosebud, Kestrel, and Dos Passos Review, among other publications. Her story “Breaking Point” appeared in the 2015 issue of Broad River Review. She has been awarded the Fish International Short Story Prize (Ireland), was a finalist for the 2014 Rash Award in Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Bristol Story Prize (UK). She lives outside Chicago.
For several years, LYNN HOGGARD was an arts writer for the Times Record News in Wichita Falls and wrote more than six hundred articles, features, and reviews. She has published five books: three French translations, a biography, and a memoir. Hoggard taught at Midwestern State University as professor of English and French and the coordinator of humanities. In 2003, the Texas Institute of Letters awarded Hoggard the Soeurette Diehl Fraser award for best translation.
LYNN MARIE HOUSTON is a poet, essayist, and educator. Her writing has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Word Riot, and Squalorly, among others, as well as in her first poetry collection, The Clever Dream of Man (Aldrich Press), which contains a Puschart-nominated poem, as well as a poem nominated for The Best of the Net Award. Her poetry has won or placed in contests sponsored by Prime Number Magazine/Press 53, Whispering Prairie Press, and the National Federation of Poetry Societies (Arizona State Poetry Society). She is currently pursuing her M.F.A. at Southern Connecticut State University.
LINDA IMBLER is the author of several poetry books including The Weather in My Head, Doubt and Truth, and Precious Vibrations. She has written such diverse poems as “Tomb,” “We,” “Leviathan,” and “Walking the Road.” Her work has been called evocative, provocative and beautiful. Linda has designed her own book covers. This poet, yoga practitioner, and acoustic guitar player resides in Wichita, Kansas.
As founding editor of Many Voices Press, LOWELL JAEGER compiled Poems Across the Big Sky, an anthology of Montana poets, and New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states. He is author of six collections of poems, most recent of which are How Quickly What’s Passing Goes Past (Greyson Books, 2013) and Driving the Back Road Home (Shabda Press, 2015). He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.
ESTHER WHITMAN JOHNSON is a former high school English teacher and counselor living in Roanoke, Virginia. She now travels the globe doing volunteer work and often writing about her journeys. Johnson’s writing has appeared previously in the Broad River Review, Main Street Rag, Artemis, Colere, Dirty Chai, Blue Lotus, Virginia Literary Journal, and Virginia Writers.
RICHARD JONES was born in London to American parents and later raised in the United States. Otherwise, he has published six books with Copper Canyon Press. More info can be found on his hard-to-find website, richardjonespoetry.wordpress.com.
JANET JOYNER’S poems have appeared in numerous magazines, with prize winning poems honored in the 2011 Yearbook of the South Carolina Poetry Society, Bay Leaves of the North Carolina Poetry Council in 2010, 2011, and in Flying South in 2014, and 2015. Her first collection of poems, Waterborne, is the winner of the 2014 Holland Prize and will be published by Logan House Press this fall.
HELGA KIDDER is a native of Germany’s Black Forest and lives in the Tennessee hills with her husband and dog. She was awarded an M.F.A. from Vermont College. She is co-founder of the Chattanooga Writers Guild and leads their poetry group. Her poems have been published in the Louisville Review, Comstock Review, Relief, and many others. She has three poetry collections, Wild Plums (2012), Luckier than the Stars (2013) and Blackberry Winter (2016).
JOHN KRISTOFCO’S poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in over a hundred different publications, including Rattle, Folio, Cimarron Review, Sierra Nevada Review, and Slant. He has published three collections of poetry and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times.
LEE LANDAU has poetry forthcoming in Breath and Shadow and Avalon Literary Review, was a Finalist for the 2015 Anna Rosenberg Prize at Poetica Magazine. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Monmouth University and an M.L.S. in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. Landau’s work has also appeared in Elsewhere Lit, Tipton Poetry Journal, ICEBOX Journal, Rockhurst Review, and the Monarch Review, among other publications.
MARC LAROCK is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction. He studied philosophy at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Colorado, Boulder. He currently lives in Denver.
EVALYN LEE is a former CBS News producer living in London with her husband and two children. She has produced television segments for 60 Minutes in New York and the BBC in London. She has studied English literature both in the United States and in England and had the opportunity to interview writers, including Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Dick Francis, and Margaret Atwood, about their work. Lee’s broadcast work has received an Emmy and numerous Writers Guild Awards. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amarillo Bay, Diverse Arts Project, and Willow Review. Lee is currently working on her first novel.
MARTIN H. LEVINSON is a member of the Authors Guild, National Book Critics Circle, and the book review editor for ETC: A Review of General Semantics. He has published nine books and numerous articles and poems in various publications. Levinson holds a Ph.D. from NYU and lives in Forest Hills and Riverhead, New York.
MILES LISS lives in Northern Virginia and teaches literature to struggling readers. His poetry is strongly influenced by place, and based on various travels, whether it be a roadside fruit stand, or a spiritual community in South India. Along with the Broad River Review, previous poems have appeared in Blue Moon Literary & Arts Review, Poets for Living Waters, and Open Minds Quarterly. A recent submission won the DASH: Poetry in Motion contest for the city of Alexandria. Liss is presently at work on a full-length manuscript.
Starting in Cincinnati, still entrenched in the Midwest, MICHAEL M. MARKS was schooled during the cold war/fallout shelter era evolving to anti-Vietnam war college days, from Beatniks to Hippies, from Elvis to the Rolling Stones, earning his passion for poetry under the tutelage of Gwendolyn Brooks in Chicago. The first of the baby-boomers, he is a generation apart, always fighting to be heard.
RON MCFARLAND teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Idaho. His twenty or so books range from a composition text and chapbooks of poetry to a critical study of regional memoir, The Rockies in First Person, and most recently Appropriating Hemingway: Using Him as a Fictional Character (2015), and a biography, Edward J. Steptoe and the Indian Wars (2016). His most recent full-length book of poems, Subtle Thieves, came out in 2012. He is currently at work on a book blending nonfiction and poems about fishing.
Pushcart nominee BRUCE MCRAE is a Canadian musician with over 900 poems published internationally, including Poetry.com, Rattle, and The North American Review. His first book, The So-Called Sonnets, is available via Silenced Press and Amazon. To see and hear more poems, go to ‘BruceMcRaePoetry’ on YouTube.
STEVE MEADOR has published three books of poetry, and when he is not on a road trip you can find him in Florida working as a real estate broker. His work has appeared regularly in print or online journals, resulting in numerous nominations for awards. However, he has yet to see his name at the top of the list. He is too humble to provide a long list of his publications, so, by the grace of God and the good work (evidently) of Al Gore, you can Google Steve and he will magically appear in the internet search results.
ASHLEY MEMORY’S work has most recently appeared in Pinesong, Carolina Woman, Thomas Wolfe Review, and Brilliant Flash Fiction. Her poem, “The Murder House at Sweetwater Ridge,” was named a finalist in the annual narrative poetry contest sponsored by The Naugatuck River Review and appeared in the Spring 2016 issue.
TOM MONTAG is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013. In 2015 he was the featured poet at Atticus Review (April) and Contemporary American Voices (August), with other poems at Hamilton Stone Review, The Homestead Review, Little Patuxent Review, Mud Season Review, Poetry Quarterly, Provo Canyon Review, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere.
HOLLY MORSE-ELLINGTON’S work has appeared in Wanderlust and Lipstick, Matador Network, Three Quarter Review, The Journal of Homeland Security, and elsewhere. She co-authored the play, “Fifty Miles Away,” the 2015 winner of the Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts One-Act Festival. She is also an editor for The Baltimore Review.
JED MYERS lives in Seattle. His poetry collections include Watching the Perseids (winner of the 2013 Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award) and the chapbook The Nameless (Finishing Line Press). His work has received Southern Indiana Review’s Editors’ Award, the Literal Latte Poetry Award, Blue Lyra Review’s Longish Poem Award, two Pushcart nominations, and, in the UK, a Forward Prize nomination. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, I-70 Review, Fugue, Crab Creek Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Atlanta Review, The New Guard, and elsewhere.
JENNIFER NEELY received an M.F.A. in fiction in 2001 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her work has been published recently in Spoon River Poetry Review, Pacific Review, and Origins, and has work forthcoming in Crab Creek Review.
SHANNON LEIGH O’NEIL is the managing editor of a bimonthly magazine and works as a freelance writer. O’Neil studied creative writing at the Writers’ Studio and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in art history from the City College of New York.
ALICE OSBORN is a poet, singer/songwriter, editor-for-hire and popular writing and workshop coach. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, two children, four loud birds and one messy guinea pig. Visit her website at http://www.aliceosborn.com.
ILARI PASS is a new graduate student at Gardner-Webb University, pursuing an M.A. in English Literature. She has been working for the United States Postal Service for close to 18 years. Pass received a B.A. in English Literature from Guilford College this past May. She won the Betty Place Prize in Poetry in April 2014 and 2015-15, as well as the Guilford College Arts Merit Club Award in Poetry in April 2015.
RICHARD KING PERKINS II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, Illinois with his wife, Vickie, and daughter, Sage. His work has appeared previously in the Broad River Review.
MICHAEL PHILLIPS has published several short stories and poems in literary journals such as the Roanoke Review (forthcoming), Philadelphia Stories, Rathalla Review, Stone Highway Review, The Monongahela Review, Pebble Lake Review, Red River Review, and River Walk Journal. Phillips has a B.A. and M.A. in English and works as an editor for a nonprofit healthcare research institute outside Philadelphia.
MARYKATE POWELL is a 2016 graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a degree in English. With a true heart for writing and a passion for story-telling, Powell is eager to enter the working world as an enthusiastic writer capable of academic, creative, and professional works. She has been featured in Western Carolina University’s Imagine magazine and is excited to be the recipient of the J. Calvin Koonts Poetry Award in this edition of the Broad River Review.
ANNE M. RASHID is an associate professor of English and director of Women’s & Gender Studies at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has published poetry in Adagio Verse Quarterly, Lit Candles: Feminist Mentoring and the Text, The Metro Times, Pittsburgh’s City Paper, Forum, and Paterson Literary Review. She was a finalist in the Pat Schneider Poetry Contest in 2014.
FRANCINE RUBIN’S poetry has appeared in the chapbook Geometries (Finishing Line Press), the pamphlet The Last Ballet Class (Neon), and the David Mikow Art Gallery. A former ballet dancer, she now works as the Director of Academic Support at Roxbury Community College. Online, she can be found at http://www.francinerubin.tumblr.com.
DOMENIC SCOPA is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the 2014 recipient of the Robert K. Johnson Poetry Prize and Garvin Tate Merit Scholarship. He is a student of the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. program, where he studies poetry and translation, and he is a literature professor at Changing Lives Through Literature at UMass Boston. His poetry and translations have been featured nationally and internationally in Poetry Quarterly, Belleville Park Pages, Visions International, Cardinal Sins, Misfit Magazine, Poetry Pacific, and others. He resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
CLAIRE SCOTT is an award winning poet who has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2013 and 2014). She was also a semi-finalist for both the 2014 Pangaea Prize and the 2014 Atlantis Award. Claire was the grand prize winner of The Maine Review’s 2015 White Pine Writing Contest. Her first book of poetry, Waiting to be Called, was recently published by IF SF Publishing.
L.B. SEDLACEK’S poetry has appeared in publications such as Pure Francis, The Foliate Oak, Illumen, Main Street Rag, Third Wednesday, Mastodon Dentist, Big Pulp, and others. She publishes a free poetry newsletter resource for poets and received her M.A. from Wake Forest University. She is also a former Poetry Editor for ESC! Magazine.
Long a novelist, MARK SMITH came somewhat late to poetry, and in the time since has published some eighty poems in various journals including Poetry East, Pleiades, New Letters, and the Gettysburg Review, and most recently, in the Missouri Review, Atlanta Review, Tampa Review, New Ohio Review, New Delta Review, and Meridian. Smith has received grants and fellowships for fiction from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Ingram Merrill and Fulbright Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. His best-known novel, The Death of the Detective (Knopf) was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1974.
DAVID STARKEY served as Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate (2009-2010) and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College. He has published seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove, 2011), Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013) and Like a Soprano (Serving House, 2014), an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos TV series. In addition, over the past twenty-eight years, Starkey has published more than 400 poems in literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, American Scholar, Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review, Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Southern Poetry Review. Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012) is in its second edition and is currently one of the best-selling creative writing textbooks in the country.
MARGARET STEINER was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up in Galax, Virginian, in the kind of poverty that never leaves your bones. She attended Madison College (now James Madison University) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she began writing poetry. Steiner taught in Virginia and Georgia for thirty years and is now and living in Asheville, North Carolina. A member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, her stories and poems have appeared in the Georgia State University Review, Helix Literary Journal, Chrysalis, WNC Woman, Fresh, Moonshine Review, and Red Fez. She has completed a collection, Convergence, of inter-related short stories about two Southern women, and a novel, Flight, about an abused woman. Steiner is presently writing a novel about a female arsonist.
JO BARBARA TAYLOR lives near Raleigh, North Carolina. Her poems and academic writing have appeared in journals, magazines, anthologies, and online. Four chapbooks include Cameo Roles from Big Table Publishing and High Ground from Main Street Rag. A full-length collection is forthcoming from Chatter House Press in 2016. She is a freelance editor and writing coach, leads poetry workshops for OLLI through Duke Continuing Education, chairs the Brockman-Campbell Book Award for the North Carolina Poetry Society, and coordinates a poetry reading series for a local bookstore.
KORY WELLS is author of Heaven Was the Moon (March Street Press). After many years in software development, she now works as a writer, teaching artist, and advocate for various causes. Twice a finalist for the Rash Award for Poetry, Kory’s work appears in Christian Science Monitor, POEM, Unsplendid, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Broad River Review, and other publications. Kory and her poetry also appear on the album Decent Pan of Cornbread with her daughter, roots musician Kelsey Wells. A seventh generation Tennessean with deep roots in southern Appalachia, Kory lives near Nashville.
JOHN SIBLEY WILLIAMS is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including Controlled Hallucinations (2013) and Disinheritance (forthcoming 2016). A five-time Pushcart nominee, Williams serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: American Literary Review, Third Coast, Baltimore Review, Nimrod International Journal, Hotel Amerika, Rio Grande Review, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
HOWARD WINN’S fiction and poetry has been published in such journals as Dalhousie Review, Galway Review (Ireland), Descant (Canada), Blueline, Evansville Review, Antigonish Review, Strange Frenzies, Squawk Back, Break the Spine, Taj Mahal Review, Borderlands, and Xavier Review. Winn earned a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Stanford University, and a doctorate from New York University. Winn has been a social worker in California and is currently a professor of English at SUNY.
LISA ZERKLE’S poems have appeared previously in The Collagist, Southern Poetry Anthology, Broad River Review, Tar River Poetry, Nimrod, Sixfold, poemmemoirstory, Crucible, and Main Street Rag, among others. She is the author of Heart of the Light. A former editor of Kakalak, she lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she works with the Charlotte Center for Literary Arts.