J. Bowers is a fiction writer whose work has appeared in The Indiana Review, StoryQuarterly, The Portland Review, and other national journals. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri and is currently a full-time faculty member in English at Maryville University, St. Louis.
Ramola D's first short fiction collection, Temporary Lives, was awarded the 2008 AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was a finalist in the 2010 Library of Virginia Fiction awards. Also a poet, teacher, and human-rights activist, she is the recipient of a 2005 NEA fellowship in poetry.
Anne Elliott is the author of The Beginning of the End of the Beginning, released by Ploughshares Solos in 2014. Her stories can be seen in Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Hobart, Bellevue Literary Review, Fugue, r.kv.r.y, and others. She lives in Portland, Maine, and is at work on a novel.
Catherine Evleshin grew up on a farm in California, then left the rural life for academe and the performing arts. Her stories appear in Agave Magazine, Canary Journal of Environmental Crisis, Gemini Literary Magazine, Fiction Vortex, and Riding Light Review, among other publications.
Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher, and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Poems appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review, and other magazines and received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.
JoeAnn Hart is the author of the novels Float, a dark comedy about plastics in the ocean, and Addled, a social satire about Canada Geese at a country club. Her short fiction, essays, and articles have been widely published, including Orion magazine and Terrain.org.
Claire Ibarra is currently in the MFA creative writing program at Florida International University. Her fiction has appeared in many fine literary journals and anthologies, including Natural Bridge, Amoskeag, The MacGuffin, and Torched Anthology. Claire has worked for nonprofits, teaching creative writing to incarcerated women in Florida. In addition to writing fiction, she enjoys poetry and photography.
Rachel King received a BA from the University of Oregon and an MFA from West Virginia University. Her fiction has appeared in Concho River Review, the Farallon Review, and on the Museum of Americana. Her poems have appeared in the Blue Collar Review, the Aurorean, Windover, and the Penwood Review. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
C.S. Malerich lives and works near the District of Columbia. Her speculative fiction has appeared previously in Ares Magazine, The Again, and the first volume of Among Animals. She is a founding member of the collective DC Stampede, supporting grassroots organizing on behalf of animals, people, and the planet.
Carmen Marcus lives and writes in the British Victorian spa town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea. As the daughter of an Irish mother and Yorkshire fisherman, her writing pulls together the magical and the practical. She has won numerous awards for poetry and fiction, including BBC Radio 3’s New Voice 2015.
Sascha Morrell reads, writes, teaches, and scrambles over rocks on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge before taking up a post as Lecturer in English at the University of New England (Australia) in 2013. She has published short fiction and poetry in numerous British and Australian literary journals. Her latest creative work explores the relationship between human beings and moths.
Robyn Ryle started life in one small town in Kentucky and ended up in another just down the river in southern Indiana. Her chapbook, The Face of Baseball, is available from WhiskeyPaper Press. She has stories and essays in CALYX Journal, Midwestern Gothic, Big Truths/Little Fiction, and Bartleby Snopes, among others.
Anthony Sorge is a high school teacher, writer, and cartoonist from Connecticut. In addition to writing short fiction, Anthony has self-published the comic zine Crust Dog since 2011 and produces the podcast Another World.
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Laura Maylene Walter is the author of Living Arrangements (BkMk Press). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, The Sun, Poets & Writers, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She was a Tin House Scholar and a past fiction editor of Mid-American Review. She lives in Cleveland.