Marjorie Thomsen earned her MSW from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Her first collection of poetry, “Pretty Things Please” will be published in 2016 (WordTech/Turning Point). She received the New England Poetry Club’s 2012 Firman Houghton Award and won first place in The University of Iowa’s School of Social Work National Poetry Contest. Her poems have been published in journals and anthologies, most recently in “FEAST” (Black Lawrence Press), which includes poetry and recipes. Marjorie lives in Cambridge, MA.
Anna B. Sutton is a poet and publisher from Nashville, TN. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Third Coast, Copper Nickel, Quarterly West, DIAGRAM, Brevity, and other journals. She received her MFA from UNC Wilmington and a James Merrill fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. She is a co-founder of The Porch Writers’ Collective in Nashville, poetry editor at Dialogist, a reader at Gigantic Sequins, a designer for One Pause Poetry, and project manager at John F. Blair, Publisher. She lives and works in Winston-Salem, NC.
Nicholas Kerklaan lives in Edmonton, Alberta. This is his first published poem.
M.K. Foster’s poetry won the 2013 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, has been recognized with an Academy of American Poets Prize, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast; The Account; H.O.W. Journal; B O D Y; The Baltimore Review; The Journal; Ninth Letter; Radar Poetry, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and starting this fall, she will be a Ph.D. student in English Literature through the Hudson Strode Renaissance Program at the University of Alabama.
Helena Chung’s work appears in PANK Magazine. She studies poetry in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, where she recently received an Academy of American Poets Prize. She serves as an editor for Vector Magazine.
Hari Alluri is a co-founding editor of Locked Horn Press, a community facilitator, and a poet. His work appears or will appear in the following journals and anthology, among others: B O D Y, Chautauqua, Contemporary Verse 2, Duende, and Dismantle (Thread Makes Blanket). He is the author of Carving Ashes (CiCAC) and The Promise of Rust – a chapbook forthcoming in 2015 from Mouthfeel Press. Hari has been immigrating to Vancouver, Coast Salish territories, since age 12 and currently writes in San Diego, Kumeyaay land.
Born exactly 200 years after Samuel Morse, Daniel Myers is from Nashville. He lives in Tuscaloosa, where he is pursuing an MFA in poetry and a TESOL degree at the University of Alabama. He is an assistant editor at the Black Warrior Review.
Ana Hurtado is a candidate at Iowa State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing & Environment, where she teaches composition & rhetoric courses and works as the Creative Director for Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment. Ana was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and grew up in Quito, Ecuador; she is bilingual and writes fiction and poetry both in English and Spanish. Her poetry is forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Alicia Hoffman now lives, writes, and teaches in Rochester, New York. Author of “Like Stardust in the Peat Moss”(Aldrich Press), her poems have appeared recently in journals such as Rust + Moth, A-Minor Magazine, Hermeneutic Chaos, Camroc Press Review, Tar River Poetry, SOFTBLOW, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, and elsewhere. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Will Harris was born into a military family and spent most of his public school years outside the U.S., particularly in England and Germany. After serving two military staff tours in the Middle East, he left the military but returned to live in the United Arab Emirates for over a decade. He and his wife currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Will’s writing is forthcoming or has been published in African American Review, The Austin Writer, Cold Mountain Review, College Language Association Journal, Colorado-North Review, Eleventh Muse, Existere, Mantis, MELUS, NEBULA, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Storyscape, The Trinity Review, Voices in English, Wascana Review, Word Riot, Writers’ Forum, and The Zora Neale Hurston Review.