J. Bowers has published fiction in national journals, including StoryQuarterly, The Indiana Review, and Guesthouse. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Bowers won The Laurel Review’s 2014 Midwest Short Fiction Prize and the 2016 Winter Anthology Prize. She is an assistant professor of English at Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Janay Brun relates better to an outside world devoid of humans rather than an inside one full of them. At present she roams the saguaro-studded mountains and cottonwood arroyos of southern Arizona. She is the author of Cloak & Jaguar: Following a Cat from Desert to Courtroom.
JoeAnn Hart is the author of the crime memoir Stamford ’76: A True Story of Murder, Corruption, Race, and Feminism in the 1970s (University of Iowa Press, 2019). Her novels are Float (Ashland Creek Press), a dark comedy about plastics in the ocean, and Addled (Little, Brown), a social satire.
Gwen C. Katz is an author, artist, game designer, and former mad scientist who lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband and assorted chickens and cats (but currently no salamanders). Her first novel, Among the Red Stars, is about Russia’s all-female bomber regiment known as the Night Witches.
Diane Lefer is delighted to appear in another ACP anthology. Animals often figure in her novels. Confessions of a Carnivore was inspired by her relationship with a baboon at the LA Zoo. In Out of Place, scientists become suspect after 9/11 while characters include rattlesnakes, bears, one good dog, and many cats.
Charlene Logan’s work has been published in West Marin Review, About Place Journal, Witness Magazine, Blackbird, Pembroke Magazine, and other magazines and journals. She received a writing fellowship from MacDowell and earned an MFA in playwriting from UC Davis. She is a volunteer with NorCal Collie Rescue.
Nadja Lubiw-Hazard is a Toronto-based writer and veterinarian. She is the author of the novel The Nap-Away Motel; her short stories have been published in Understorey, Room, Canthius, The Dalhousie Review, Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, and more. Nadja is a lifelong animal lover and longtime vegan. (www.nmlhazard.com) Read an interview with Nadja here.
Marilyn Moriarty is a professor of English and creative writing at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She is the author of the textbook Writing Science through Critical Thinking and the creative nonfiction book Moses Unchained. She has won prizes for her writing, and her essays and short stories have been published in a number of literary magazines.
James Edward O’Brien hails from Bloomfield, New Jersey. Jim’s short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies and speculative fiction magazines, both online and in print, as well as on the StarShipSofa and Tales to Terrify podcasts. He currently resides in Queens, New York, with his wife and three rescue dogs.
Helia S. Rethmann grew up in Germany. Her fiction has appeared in River and South, Breakwater Review, and others, as well as in anthologies published by Pure Slush, Virgins, Between the Lines, and Two Sisters. Helia lives on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee, with her wife and too many animals.
Denise Rettew studied creative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has been teaching yoga since 2003. She leans on these two practices for inspiration, understanding, and equanimity. Denise lives in North Carolina near the ocean, where, after twenty years in the area, she is finally breaking away from everyday life and getting her feet on the sand.
Ingrid L. Taylor is an award-winning poet, writer, and veterinarian whose work has appeared in Southwest Review; FERAL: A Journal of Poetry and Art; Horse Egg Literary; and others. She’s received support from Playa, the Horror Writers Association, and Gemini Ink, and she received her MFA from Pacific University.
Jacquie Vervain holds a BA in English literature with a minor in classical studies, an MEd in secondary education, and an MFA in fiction. She writes dark fantastical mysteries and runs The Mad Girl’s Guide to Animal Liberation, a website designed to connect teen girls with the fight for animal rights.
Kipp Wessel loves animals, wilderness, and writing. His debut novel, First, You Swallow the Moon, is about heartbreak and grizzly bears. He earned a fiction fellowship and his MFA from the University of Montana. He’s taught fiction writing there, the Loft Literary Center, and elsewhere. He lives in Minnesota.