Alina Stefanescu was born in Romania, raised in Alabama, and reared by the love-ghost of Tom Waits and Hannah Arendt. She won the 2015 Ryan R. Gibbs Flash Fiction Award and was a finalist for the 2015 Robert Dana Poetry Award. More online at http://www.alinastefanescu.com.
AMBER ROSE WALSH
ANITA OLIVIA KOESTER
Anita Olivia Koester is a Chicago poet. She is the author of the chapbooks Marco Polo (Hermeneutic Chaos Press) and Year of the Dogs (Back to Print). Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Vinyl, Tahoma Literary Review, CALYX Journal, Stirring and elsewhere. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and won the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Award as well as the First Night Evanston Poetry Contest. Her writing has been supported by Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm, and SAFTA. Visit her online at- http://www.anitaoliviakoester.com
Caroline Allen teaches literature and writing at the College of Creative Studies. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published by Spectrum, Lumina, Into The Teeth of the Wind, Solo Novo, and other places. She is working on a memoir about her years living as an outsider in the L.A. punk scene of the late 1970s. She is also a painter.
DYLAN KRIEGER & VINCENT CELLUCCI
Dylan Krieger & Vincent Cellucci are partners in crime and poetry in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where they earned their MFAs in creative writing from LSU and now work in editing and teaching, respectively. Dylan’s first book is forthcoming later this year, and Vincent’s full-length titles include An Easy Place/To Die (City Lit) and _A Ship on the Line (Unlikely Books). More of their work can be found at http://www.dylankrieger.com and http://www.vincentacellucci.com.
Gracelyn Kuzman studies Creative Writing and Dance Choreography at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
JACE RAYMOND SMELLIE
Jace Raymond Smellie just finished his BS in Creative Writing at Utah State University. He grew up in the sagebrush hills of Idaho, but he considers anywhere from Idaho to Arizona as his home. In his rare spare time away from school, work, and his writing desk, he plays in competitive disc golf tournaments. Jace’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 30 North, Sucarnochee Review, and Boston Accent Lit.
Jack Freeman is a student at Wichita State University. His work has appeared in Hinchas de Poesia, New Welsh Review, Off the Coast, and elsewhere.
“No More Secrets” is Jean Ann Owens first published book. Jean Ann has written since her early adolescent years and has a vast repertoire of poems. Her second book, Poetry Written in Adolescent Years, is her first collection of poetry. The poem “Black Princess” has made it twice in the finals, published in Lorain Journal and the Rainbow’s End. “My Dream” has been published in Portraits of Life, “Wealth” is published in The Best Poems of 1997 and received a golden award in John Campbell’s World of Poetry Contest in 1989. “Black Princess” is in The Best Poems of 1998 and received an Editor’s Choice award in 1996. Feel free to browse at, http://www.queenjeanann.com.
JESSICA WISEMAN LAWRENCE
Jessica Wiseman Lawrence’s first collection of poetry, Terrible Little Stars, is currently available through Kentucky Story Chapbooks. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes. Her work has also appeared in Stoneboat, Kindred, The Blue Collar Review, and Cease, Cows. She lives in central Virginia with her family and works as an administrative assistant.
Juliette is a current NYU sophomore from Marseille, France. She is majoring in Social & Cultural Analysis with a focus on Gender & Sexuality Studies, and minors in Politics and Creative Writing. She takes an interest in coming up with all sorts of creative responses (long and short, abstract and specific, spontaneous and longstanding) when asked what she wants to do with her life (as if life was an accessory thing to being a person, like you can opt out of life as something people just ‘do things with’). She spends much of her free time thinking about/watching dogs.
A recent graduate, Kristen now spends her time searching for dogs to pat and planning her impending funeral. She likes piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. She’ll be kicking it around Boston for the time being.
Matt Stefon lives and writes north of Boston. He studied at Penn State and Boston University, and teaches comparative religion in Norwich University’s online division. His poems have appeared in Oddball Magazine, Three Line Poetry, the Unrorean, and the “poemfilms” he uploads to his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0x_tny8ooBTpGbj3zFuhCQ
Ray Greenblatt is an editor of the Schuylkill Valley Journal and teaches a poetry course at Temple University in Philadelphia. He taught at the Philadelphia Writers Conference and spoke at the John Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, CA. His poetry was recently in: Comstock Review, Boston Literary Magazine, and Apiary. His literary reviews have been published in: English Journal, Joseph Conrad Today, and Bookmark Quarterly. His work has been translated into Japanese, Greek, and Polish.
Scott Blackwell is a former resident of San Francisco and an MFA graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has most recently had poetry published in Ascent Aspirations, The Stray Branch, The Interpreter’s House, Main Street Rag, Floyd County Moonshine, Nerve Cowboy, Tribeca Poetry Review, and others. He currently resides in Champaign, Illinois.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poetry has appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Osiris, Forge, The New Yorker and elsewhere. For his essay Magic, Illusion and Other Realities, as well as free e-books, please visit his site http://www.simonperchik.com.
TAYLOR D. WARING
Taylor D. Waring is a poet/musician/provocateur currently residing in Oshkosh, Wi.
THOMAS C. DUNN
Thomas C. Dunn’s poems have been published in ‘The Missing Slate’, ’99 Pine Street’, and the ‘West Trade Review’ among others. His film work includes writing and directing the features, ‘The Perfect Witness,’ starring Wes Bentley, and ‘The Body Tree,’ starring Erica Dasher. As a playwright, his one-act, ‘The Thread Men’, was the winner of Samuel French’s prestigious Short Play Festival and his work has been shown in numerous theatres domestically and internationally. His most recent full-length play, ‘Breaking the Cage,’ premiered in Melbourne, Australia, in March, 2016.