Jennifer Battisti, a Las Vegas native, studied creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada. Her work has appeared in the anthology, Legs of Tumbleweed, Wings of Lace, and is forthcoming in Where We Live, an anthology of writing and art in response to the October 1st tragedy, as well as The Desert Companion, Minerva Rising, The Citron Review, FLARE, Helen: A Literary magazine,The Red Rock Review, 300 Days of Summer and elsewhere. In 2016 Nevada Public Radio interviewed her about her poetry. She holds a leadership position on the Las Vegas Poets Organization and is the administer and a participating teaching artist for the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project in Nevada. This is her first chapbook.
Karen Craigo is the author of two poetry collections: No More Milk (Sundress, 2016) and the forthcoming Passing Through Humansville (Sundress, 2018), as well as the chapbooks Someone Could Build Something Here (Winged City, 2013) and Stone for an Eye (Kent State/Wick, 2004). She maintains Better View of the Moon, a daily blog on writing, editing, and creativity, and she teaches writing in Springfield, Missouri. She is the nonfiction editor and former editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review, as well as the interviews editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.
Letisia Cruz is a Cuban-American writer and artist. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program and currently lives in Miami, Florida with her boyfriend and two cats. Her poetry chapbook, Chonga Nation, was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Gazing Grain Press Poetry Chapbook Contest, and her writing and artwork have appeared in Ninth Letter, The Acentos Review, Gulf Stream, and Ink Brick, among others. She serves as resident artist and co-editor at Petite Hound Press.
Vanessa Couto Johnson
Vanessa Couto Johnson’s “Try the yen relish,” a sixteen-page prose poem sequence, was released in a first BoxSet from Oxidant | Engine in early 2018. Softblow, Thrush, Field, Blackbird, Cheat River Review, Cream City Review, and other journals have featured her poetry. Her third chapbook, speech rinse, won Slope Editions’ 2016 Chapbook Contest; her second chapbook is rotoscoping collage in Cork City (dancing girl press, 2016); and her first chapbook, Life of Francis, won Gambling the Aisle’s 2014 Chapbook Contest. A Brazilian born in Texas (dual citizen) and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she is currently a Lecturer at Texas State University, where she earned her MFA.
Shome Dasgupta is the author of i am here And You Are Gone (Winner Of The 2010 OW Press Fiction Chapbook Contest), and The Seagull And The Urn (HarperCollins India, 2013) which has been republished in the UK by Accent Press as The Sea Singer (2016). His first collection of short stories, Anklet And Other Stories was published by Golden Antelope Press in 2017. His novel, Pretend I Am Someone You Like, is forthcoming from the University of West Alabama's Livingston Press. His stories and poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, New Orleans Review, NANO Fiction, Everyday Genius, Magma Poetry, and elsewhere. His fiction has been selected to appear in The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing (&Now Books, 2013). Shome's work has been featured as a storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story, nominated for The Best Of The Net, and longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50. He is a high school English teacher, living in Lafayette, LA.
Howie Good, Ph.D., a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of The Loser's Guide to Street Fighting, winner of the 2017 Lorien Prize from Thoughtcrime Press, and Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements, winner of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry, among other books. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.
Carolyn Guinzio is the author of five previous collections, most recently Ozark Crows, a sequence of visual poems (Spuyten-Duyvil, 2018). Her book Spoke & Dark (Red Hen, 2012) was selected by Alice Quinn as winner of the To The Lighthouse/A Room of Her Own Prize. Her work has appeared in Agni, Bomb, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The New Yorker and many other journals. A Chicago native, she lives in Fayetteville, AR
Brittany Hailer is a freelance reporter and educator based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with Master’s in Fine Arts from Chatham University. She taught creative writing classes at the Allegheny County Jail and Sojourner House as part of Chatham’s Words Without Walls program. She has won several awards for her creative work. In 2017, for PublicSource, she wrote a ten-part series called Voices Unlocked exploring how the U.S. penal system has shaped identity and life of many Pittsburgh residents. That series also aired on local NPR news station 90.5 WESA. For PublicSource, she has also covered stories on drug addiction, race, development, and motherhood.
Jen Hirt’s memoir, Under Glass: The Girl With a Thousand Christmas Trees (University of Akron/Ringtaw Press), won the Drake University Emerging Writer Award. Her essay “Lores of Last Unicorns,” published in The Gettysburg Review, won a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-editor of Creating Nonfiction: Twenty Essays and Interviews with the Writers (SUNY Press, 2016), which won “Gold” in the Foreword Reviews INDIE award for 2017. She is the co-editor of Kept Secret: The Half-Truth in Nonfiction (MSU Press, 2017). Her essays have also received the Gabehart Prize for Nonfiction from the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, and three notable essay mentions in Best American Essays. She was a finalist at the Zone 3 Creative Nonfiction Book award and the Pleiades Press Prize. She has an MFA from the University of Idaho, an MA from Iowa State University, and a BA from Hiram College. She is an associate professor of creative writing at Penn State Harrisburg.
Chad Meadows lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter and cat with a high pitched voice. He once dropped a 12-pound shot-put on his head in elementary school. The ground was wet and he did not dry off the shot-put after the previous child attempted to throw it. It slipped out of his tiny hands. Why were they asking that of these children to begin with? He has an MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where his story Trivia Barker Can’t Lose was selected for the 2011 Director’s Award for Fiction. His writing has appeared on the Squawkback.com, Crack The Spine Literary Journal, Fixional.com and TLR Online, and in the upcoming Fairleigh Dickinson University Alumni Anthology. He has never been struck by lightning and has read at least 10 Hardy Boys mystery books.
Benjamin and Steven Ostrowski
Benjamin Ostrowski is a current PhD student studying Organizational Behavior at Carnegie Mellon University. He has poems published in The Gyroscope Review, Blue Muse, weirderary, The Dark River Review, An Anthology of Emerging Poets, and The American Journal of Poetry. With his father, Steven Ostrowski, he has published a collaborative chapbook called Seen/unseen. Steven Ostrowski is a poet, fiction writer, painter and songwriter. In 2009, he won Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Award for a single poem. In 2017, he won The Atlantic Road Prize for his long poem, After the Tate Modern, which will be published as a chapbook by Island Verse Editions in 2018. He has published four previous chapbooks, and his work appears widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies. He teaches in the English Department at Central Connecticut State University.
Jesse Sensibar is unafraid to die but terrified of dying alone. He loves big bore handguns with short barrels; the clean, uncluttered lines of old outlaw choppers, old pawn jewelry, and small fuzzy critters with equal abandon. He has a soft spot in his heart for The Virgin of Guadalupe, tide pools, house cats, quiet bars, innocent strippers, and jaded children. He has worked as a mechanic, heavy equipment operator, strip club bouncer, repossession agent, tattoo shop owner, private investigator, tow truck driver, snow plow operator, wildland firefighter, and college English teacher. He received an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English from Northern Arizona University. He currently resides in Flagstaff, Az and Tucson, Az.
Cody Wilson teaches English in Arizona, where he lives with his wife. They are expecting their first son this summer. He has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, where he served as poetry editor of QU. He enjoys making things with his hands, including wooden furniture, shadow puppets, and gestures of approval or disapproval. He has recent poems published in Juked, Juxtaprose, Southampton Review and forthcoming in Emrys.