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.
Samantha Deal holds an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has been a finalist for The Rattle Poetry Prize, The Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, The Boiler Journal’s Flash Essay Contest, and others. Her manuscript—[Taxonomies / Something Opened]—is still looking for home, but has been a finalist for The Zone 3 Press First Book award, The OSU/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry, and The Anhinga Press Robert Dana Poetry Prize Samantha’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review, Ninth Letter Online, The Journal, The Mississippi Review, Hunger Mountain, Rattle, Word Riot, and others. Currently, she is working towards her doctorate at Western Michigan University. You can follow her on twitter at @SammyLeeDeal.
I am the author of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books, April 2015). I am the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. My work has appeared in the Boston Review, Lana Turner, APR, Guernica, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review and elsewhere. I also direct the Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, Scotland, and Bernheim Forest.
Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. She recently finished her MFA at Emerson College and works in Cambridge, MA. She’s received scholarships from the NY State Summer Writers Institute, the Bread Loaf Translator’s Conference and the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Workshop. You can find more at www.eloisaamezcua.com.
Teniola Tonade is a Nigerian poet and a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Lagos. His poems are forthcoming in More Than a Number: Poems and Prose for Baga, an anthology edited by D. M. Aderibigbe and Jumoke Verissimo. He is currently researching the possibility of sifting original African philosophy from its robust literature.
Elizabeth Schurman writes in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She is finishing her tenth year teaching English to city kids in public schools. In 2012, she co-founded the Meyer Mansion Arts Society and ran various arts events in Kansas City, Missouri. She has been previously published in 8 1/2 x 11, Knee Jerk Magazine , the Kansas City Star, Fugue, and at presentmagazine.com and ereview.org.
Nicole Rollender is editor of Stitches. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, The Journal, Radar Poetry, Salt Hill Journal, THRUSH Poetry Journal, West Branch and others. Her first full-length poetry collection, Louder Than Everything You Love, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications. She is the author of the chapbooks Absence of Stars (dancing girl press & studio), Arrangement of Desire (Pudding House Publications), and Bone of My Bone, a winner in Blood Pudding Press’s 2015 Chapbook Contest, forthcoming this year. She’s the recipient of poetry prizes from CALYX Journal, Ruminate Magazine and Princemere Journal. Find her online at nicolerollender.com.