Elizabeth Ballou studies English and Spanish at the University of Virginia. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prick of the Spindle, Crack the Spine, the Adroit Journal and Best of Adroit, Bustle, Literally, Darling, and the Virginia Literary Review, among others. She hopes to one day learn to parallel-park without panicking. You can read a selection of her work here.

Christine Brandel is a British-American writer and photographer. In 2013, she published her first collection, Tell This To Girls: The Panic Annie Poems, which the IndieReader described as a “well-crafted, heartbreakingly vivid set of poems, well worth a read by anyone whose heart can bear it.” To balance that, she also writes a column on comedy for PopMatters. She teaches writing at a community college in the Midwest.

Phyllis Brotherton is a financial management executive and late-blooming writer, proving that she can work, however effectively or ineffectively, out of both sides of her brain. She earned her MA in Creative Nonfiction at Fresno State University in 2000 and is currently a second-year MFA student there. She has worked for the past 14 years at a local public television station, ValleyPBS, and lives with her wife, Denise, in Clovis, CA.

Kevin Brown is a Professor at Lee University. He has published two books of poetry–A Lexicon of Lost Words (winner of the Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry, Snake Nation Press) and Exit Lines (Plain View Press, 2009)–and two chapbooks: Abecedarium (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Holy Days: Poems (winner of Split Oak Press Chapbook Contest, 2011). He also has a memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again (Wipf and Stock, 2012), and a book of scholarship, They Love to Tell the Stories: Five Contemporary Novelists Take on the Gospels (Kennesaw State University Press, 2012). He received his MFA from Murray State University.

Brittany Cagle‘s poetry and prose has most recently appeared in Sweet: A Literary Confection, Welter, Mad Swirl, This Zine Will Change Your Life, Rhetoric Matters: Language and Argument in Context, and is forthcoming in Infinite Press and The Stray Branch. Her work was recently nominated for the 2014 AWP Intro Journals Award. She works as a creative writing instructor at University of South Florida and as the Nonfiction and Art Editor for Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art.

Neil Carpathios is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Playground of Flesh (Main Street Rag), At the Axis of Imponderables (winner of the Quercus Review Press Book Award), and Beyond the Bones (FutureCycle Press). He is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Jacob Collins-Wilson, a high school English teacher, has had poetry published or forthcoming in Crack The Spine, Barely South Review, The Finger Literary Magazine, Spillway, Rathalla, Poetry Quarterly and Burningword Literary Journal, among others, in addition to being a finalist for the Best of the Net 2013 anthology. He can be reached by everyone here.

Chella Courington teaches at Santa Barbara City College. Her prose and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and recently in Blink-Ink, Every Day Fiction and Nano Fiction. She lives on the Pacific Coast with another fiction writer and two cats.

Born in Victoria, B.C., Canada, Paul de Marion is a well-traveled high school dropout who lives half the year in Spain and the other half in the north of Canada. He is a writer and musician and is either too ugly to send a photograph, or kind of sick of the obsessive photo culture today. Your choice.

Risa Denenberg is an aging hippie poet currently living in Sequim, Washington. She earns her keep as a nurse practitioner and spends the rest of her time cloud-gazing and reading poetry. Her publications include three chapbooks: what we owe each other (The Lives You Touch Publications, 2013); blinded by clouds (forthcoming Hyacinth Girls Press); and In My Exam Room (forthcoming, The Lives You Touch Publications); and a full length volume, Mean Distance from the Sun (Aldrich Press, 2013).

Amorak Huey, a former newspaper editor and reporter, teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2012, The Southern Review, Los Angeles Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, The Collagist, and many other journals. His chapbook The Insomniac Circus is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press.

Lucas Jacob‘s work has appeared in a few dozen journals, including Southwest Review, Evansville Review, and Worcester Review and is forthcoming in several others. He lives, writes, and teaches (in a K-12 school) in Fort Worth, TX.

Matt Jones is a fiction candidate in The University of Alabama MFA program. His previous work has appeared in Paper Darts, Phantom Drift, and theNewerYork. He has work forthcoming with Momma Tried Magazine.

Alicia Lai is the Founder / Editor-in-Chief of The Postscript Journal, and a 2014 National YoungArts Winner in Writing. She received the Easterday Poetry Prize from the National Poetry Quarterly and a scholarship from Kenyon Review‘s Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize. She has been recognized by the National Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Poetry Foundation, and the National Council of Teachers of English. Her work is published in the Kenyon Review, Curio Poetry, and Adroit, among others.

Karly Little has an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. She served as the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Lunch Ticket, reads creative nonfiction for The Citron Review, and interns for The Rumpus.  Her work has appeared in Free State Review, Drunk Monkeys, and Bluestem Magazine.  She coordinates community education and teaches English at Barton Community College.  Karly lives, writes, rollerblades, and watches sports with her husband in a north-central Kansas town of 172 people.

Alice Lowe reads and writes about food and family, Virginia Woolf, and life. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of literary journals, including Upstreet, Hippocampus, Switchback, Prime Number, Phoebe, and Hobart. She was the 2013 national award winner at City Works Journal and winner of a 2011 essay contest at Writing It Real. A monograph, “Beyond the Icon: Virginia Woolf in Contemporary Fiction” was published by Cecil Woolf Publishers in London. Alice lives in San Diego, California and blogs here.

Peter Mason is a poet from Rochester, New York. He is currently a SUNY Fredonia undergraduate student studying English Literature and Creative Writing. He has worked as a poetry editor for SUNY Fredonia’s literary magazine, The Trident, and founded the Inn House Review. Currently he is writing literary reviews for Arcadia Magazine’s  “Online Sundries.” His poetry has been published in Muzzle Magazine, Arcadia Magazine, Canto Magazine, and elsewhere.

Deanna Northrup earned her MFA in Writing at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Her short stories, poems, essays and book reviews have appeared in Amarillo Bay, Copperfield Review, Kennesaw Review, O Tempora Magazine, Perigee and The First Line. Her novel, Trail of Crumbs, was a top 100 finalist for the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

Richard Prins is a New Yorker who sometimes lives in Dar es Salaam. He received his MFA degree in poetry from New York University. His work appears in publications like Baltimore Review, Los Angeles Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Rattle, Redivider and Thrush Poetry Journal.

Jon Spayde is a writer, poet, editor, and solo performer who lives with his wife, Laurie Phillips, and cats Kerfuffle, Yuki, and Kiku in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He studied classical Japanese literature at Harvard University and creative writing at the University of Minnesota. His poetry, translations from Japanese, and fiction have appeared in the Harvard Review, Spindrift, Third Rail, and elsewhere. His autobiographical solo show, Writing the Breakdown Book, premiered onstage in Minneapolis in May and is featured in the Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Genanne Walsh lives in San Francisco and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in Puerto del Sol, Bloom, Blackbird, Swink and elsewhere.


Rachael Warecki lives in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Antioch University Los Angeles, and her work has previously appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Midwestern Gothic, and other publications. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter as well as at her website.


Mary Whiteside enjoys writing about rural areas, especially in the southern and western United States. Short fiction, haiku, haibun, and fragmentary writing, often with an element of history, captivate her imagination. Her writing has appeared in Lifting the Sky: Southwest Haiga and Haiku, Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, 200 New Mexico Poems, Forces Literary Journal, and Star 82 Review. She and her husband, photographer Alan Whiteside, live in Plano, Texas.


When she is not writing, Joscelyn Willett likes to make jam and play with her kids. Her work can be found in Sundog Lit Magazine; Cease, Cows; and other print and online literary journals. Her jam can be found in her pantry. You can see more of her writing here.


Elizabeth Yalkut is a writer in New York City. She attended Emma Willard School and Barnard College, Columbia University. Her work has been published in Bluestem Quarterly, Theodate, and East Jasmine Review, and she can be found online here.