Roy Bentley is the author of Starlight Taxi (Lynx House), which won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize. Books include The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine), which was the winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize, Any One Man (Bottom Dog), and Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama Press), which won the University of Alabama Press Poetry Series. Recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the NEA, six Ohio Arts Council fellowships, and a Florida Division of Cultural Affairs fellowship, his poems have appeared in Moon City Review, the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and elsewhere.
Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles and lives on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. Her most recent book – Fish Stories – is a collection of nature poems in ghazal and glosa forms here.
Theresa Hamman is a poet from La Grande, Oregon. Her poems can be found in the following literary journals and magazines: The Tower Journal, Oregon East, basalt, The Paddock Review, and Nailed. She also teaches undergraduate composition and creative writing courses at Eastern Oregon University and Southern New Hampshire University. She earned her MFA in 2016 from Eastern Oregon University, where she was also the editor of the student literary journal Oregon East. Although she enjoys writing in all creative genres, her first love is poetry. She gets lost in the musicality of it and how it bends language to create new objects.
Gordon Hilgers has published short stories, poetry, book reviews, and journalism fairly widely. His poetry has appeared in Chiron Review, Poetry Quarterly, Sequestrum, Red Fez, Edgar Allen Poet Journal, The Texas Observer and many other reviews, journals and magazines. Currently, he lives in the Five Points neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, an area The Los Angeles Times dubbed “the Ellis Island of Texas” due to the over 30 languages spoken in a five-mile quadrant. His work as an advocacy journalist with a street newspaper, Endless Choices, led to the formation of the Dallas Homeless Coalition, a HUD Continuum of Care agreement and a new city-owned homeless shelter.
For 35 years, Sandra Kolankiewicz’s poems and stories have appeared in reviews and anthologies, most recently in London Magazine, New World Writing, BlazeVox, Prairie Schooner, Bellingham Review, Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, Fifth Wednesday, ArGiLo, Per Contra, and Pif. Turning Inside Out won the fall Black River contest at Black Lawrence Press. Finishing Line Press published The Way You Will Go in 2014 and released Lost in Transition in March 2017. When I Fell, an e-novel about aging, redemption, and time travel, with 76 color illustrations by Kathy Skerritt, is available from Web-e-Books and will be coming out in book format.
Evalyn Lee is a former CBS News producer currently living in London with her husband and two children. Over the years, she’s produced television segments for 60 Minutes in New York and the BBC in London. Lee studied English literature both in the U.S. and in England and has had the opportunity to interview writers, including Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Dick Francis, and Margaret Atwood, about their work.
Thomas Locicero’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Roanoke Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Long Island Quarterly, The Good Men Project, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Jazz Cigarette, Quail Bell Magazine, Antarctica Journal, Rat’s Ass Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Hobart, Ponder Review, vox poetica, Poetry Pacific, Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal, Indigo Lit, Saw Palm, Fine Lines, New Thoreau Quarterly, Birmingham Arts Journal, Clockwise Cat, and Snapdragon, felan, and The Ghazal Page, among other journals. He lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Pete Miller’s work has appeared in Bayou Magazine, Slice, Superstition Review, Minus Times, The Moth (Ireland), and 491 Magazine. His chapbook, Born Soap, was published online by H_NGM_N. Miller received an MFA from Arizona State University and currently lives in Omaha, Nebraska. He works as a Community Health Worker at a clinic for the homeless. Miller co-edits the on-line poetry journal A Dozen Nothing.
Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and Best of the Net nominee (2016), 2nd place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz Annual Poetry Competition sponsored by Alaire publishing house. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in FRIGG, Tipton Poetry Journal, Drunk Monkeys, and Bitterzeot Magazine. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.
William Carlos Williams Summer Poetry Contest, 2017
Cassandra Rockwood-Rice is a single mother, birth doula, activist, artist, and writer. Her poems have been published in The New Delta Review, Savannah Art and Literature Magazine (SALit), Understory, Cirque, Oakland Review, Arkana Mag, and Rip Rap. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California Institute of Integral Studies and is an MFA Writing candidate at California College of the Arts. Cassandra self-publishes a small Art and Literary Zine called “Rag,” she is interested in borders, identity, diasporas, and confession. She lives in with her daughter and two cats on a street with a Berkeley postal code and Oakland man-holes.
Stan Sanvel Rubin’s work has appeared most recently in Poetry Northwest, The National Poetry Review, and The Laurel Review. His fourth full-length collection, There. Here., was published by Lost Horse Press (2013). He lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.
Howard Winn’s work has been published in such literary journals as Dalhousie Review, Galway Review, Descant. Antigonish Review, Southern Humanities Review, Chaffin Review, Evansville Review, and Blueline. He has been nominated for a Pushcart prize three times. He is Professor of English at SUNY-Dutchess.