William Aarnes has published two collections; Learning to Dance (Ninety-Six Press, 1991) and Predicaments (Ninety-Six Press, 2001). His work has appeared in such magazines as Poetry, The Seneca Review, and Red Savina Review. Recent poems have appeared in Main Street Rag, Shark Reef, and Empty Sink.
Sheila Bender is the founder of writingitreal.com, an online resource dedicated to those who write from personal experience. Her books include the memoir, A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, the poetry collection, Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, and the instructional books Writing in a Convertible with the Top Down, co-authored with Christi Glover, Sorrow’s Words: Writing Exercises to Heal Grief, and Creative Writing DeMystified. Bender teaches online for several writing sites as well as at writers’ workshops and conferences around the United States.
Byron Beynon lives in Swansea, Wales. His work has appeared in several publications including London Magazine, Grey Sparrow Journal, Cyphers (Dublin), Kentucky Review and the human rights anthology In Protest (University of London and Keats House Poets). A Pushcart Prize nominee. Recent collections include Nocturne in Blue (Lapwing Publications, Belfast) and The Echoing Coastline (Agenda Editions).
Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 4 chapbooks (including Mindscaping )
L. G. Corey has published one poetry collection, The Kalidas Verses, last February. Another, Rats’ Alley Poems (which takes its title from The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot, to whom the collection is dedicated), will be published sometime in early 2016. In addition, his work appears in literary magazines such as Chaffey Review, Empty Sink, Poetry Pacific, Snapping Twig, Corvus, Screech Owl, Hot Tub Astronaut, and Pif. Over the years he’s also been published in Evergreen Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Midstream, Choice, the Critic,and Zeek. Corey turned 80 last November.
Sarah Ghoshal’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Empty Mirror, Arsenic Lobster, Winter Tangerine Review and Broad! Magazine, among others. Her chapbook, Changing the Grid, is currently available for pre-order from Finishing Line Press. You can learn more about her at www.sarahghoshal.com.
Christina Murphy’s poems appear in a wide range of journals and anthologies, including PANK, Dali’s Lovechild, and Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and the anthologies From the Roaring Deep: A Devotional in Honor of Poseidon and the Spirits of the Sea, The Great Gatsby Anthology, and Remaking Moby-Dick. Her work has been nominated multiples times for the Pushcart Prize and for the Best of the Net anthology.
Neela Nandyal received a M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied creative writing at The Loft Literary Center of Minneapolis. She will be spending the 2015-16 academic year living and writing in Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica.
C.C. Russell currently lives in Wyoming with his wife, daughter, and two cats. He’s lived in New York and Ohio. His writing has appeared in the New York Quarterly, Rattle, Pearl, The Meadow, and Whiskey Island among others. He’s held jobs in a wide range of vocations – everything from graveyard shift convenience store clerk to retail management with stops along the way as dive bar dj and swimming pool maintenance. His short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions.
Jen Stein is a writer, advocate, mother and finder of lost things. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where she works in family homeless services. Her work has recently appeared in Rogue Agent Journal, Menacing Hedge, Luna Luna Magazine, Nonbinary Review and Stirring. Upcoming work will be featured in Cider Press Review. You can find her on the web at jensteinpoetry.wordpress.com.
Gina Williams lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, essays, and visual art have been featured most recently in Carve, The Boiler Journal, Kudzu House,The Sun, Fugue, Great Weather for Media, Palooka, Whidbey Art Gallery, Black Box Gallery and tNY Press, among others. Learn more about her and her work at GinaMarieWilliams.com.
Ken Waldman has six full-length poetry volumes, a memoir, a children’s book, and nine CDs that combine original poetry with Appalachian-style string-band music. He tours nationally. These two poems are from an unpublished manuscript, The Writing Party, a hybrid project that’s part writing instructional guide, part memoir, part poetry collection. More than four hundred of Ken’s poems have appeared in such publications as Beloit Poetry Journal, Manoa, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, South Dakota Review, and Yankee. His short stories have appeared in Gargoyle, Laurel Review, The MacGuffin, and almost a dozen other journals. Both his poetry and fiction have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Visit his website for more information: www.kenwaldman.com.
Howard Winn’s poetry and fiction has been published recently in Dalhousie Review, Galway Review, Taj Mahal Review, Descant (Canada), Antigonish Review, Southern Humanities Review, Chaffin Review, Evansville Review, and Blueline. He has a B. A. from Vassar College and an M. A. from the Stanford University Writing Program. He is a Professor of English at the State University of New York.