Christine Pacyk is a poet and educator from the Chicago suburbs. She completed her MFA from Northwestern University in 2014. Her poetry has appeared in Monsters & Dust, Jet Fuel Review, Canopic Jar, and Beloit Poetry Journal.
Mercedes Lawry has previously published poems in such journals as Poetry, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, and Prairie Schooner. She has two chapbooks - There are Crows in My Blood and Happy Darkness, and has received honors from the Seattle Arts Commission, Jack Straw Foundation, Artist Trust and Richard Hugo House. She has also been a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and held a residency at Hedgebrook. In addition, she publishes short fiction as well as stories and poems for children.
A CantoMundo fellow, José Angel Araguz has had poems recently in Huizache and Salamander. He is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Cincinnati. Author of six chapbooks and the collection Everything We Think We Hear, he runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence.
Emari DiGiorgio’s debut collection The Things a Body Might Become is forthcoming from ELJ Editions. She is the recipient of the 2016 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize Honoring Jake Adam York and has received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.
Lori Lamothe is the author of three poetry collections, Trace Elements, Happily and Kirlian Effect (forthcoming, 2017), as well as several chapbooks, most recently Ouija in Suburbia with dancing girl press. New work appears in The Journal, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Verse Daily and elsewhere.
Maya Marshall holds fellowships from Callaloo, Cave Canem, and The Watering Hole. She is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her writing has appeared most recently in Blackbird, RHINO, Jasper, and The Volta. Currently, Marshall is an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina where she is the editor of Yemassee Journal. Her chapbook Secondhand
(2016) was released by Dancing Girl Press.
Gail Goepfert is a poet, amateur photographer, and teacher. Currently, she is an associate editor of RHINO Poetry. Her first chapbook, A Mind on Pain, was released by Finishing Line Press in early in 2015. Twice she’s received Pushcart nominations. Recent publications include Blue Lyra, Crab Orchard and Jet Fuel Reviews, Florida English, Examined Life Journal, and Room Magazine. Her photographs appear online at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Olentangy Review, 3Elements Review and on the cover of February 2015 Rattle. She lives, writes, and snaps photos in the Chicagoland area. You can find out more at gailgoepfert.com.
Robert Carr is the author of Amaranth, a chapbook published in 2016 by Indolent Books. His recent poems can be found in the fall 2016 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review, New Verse News, Radius Journal, Pretty Owl Poetry, White Stag Journal, The Pickled Body, The Good Men Project, and other publications. In addition to his writing, Robert currently serves as Deputy Director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. To learn more about his work, and upcoming readings go to robertcarr.org.
Leslie Ann Minot has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She has had poetry and translations published in The Chicago Review, New Letters, Red Rock Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Alyssa Maurer is a Pittsburgh local photographer currently earning her BFA at Point Park University. Her documentary work ranges from editorial travel, to the candid; reflecting her daily interactions. Her photographic work has been published multiple times in The Fix Magazine, as well as appearing in curated shows such as SPE's regional 2015 conference, "About a Place", and her solo exhibition, "Trash Monsters". She is currently working towards her BFA in photography and eventual MFA.