Sirianna Helleloid works in television production accounting by day and writes poetry and comics by night.
Peter Grandbois is the author of nine previous books, the most recent of which is Kissing the Lobster (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in over one hundred journals. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angeles, and New York. He is a senior editor at Boulevard magazine and teaches at Denison University in Ohio. You can find him at www.petergrandbois.com.
Katherine is currently in the final year of her MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her work has previously appeared and is upcoming in Lullwater Review, the Madison Review Online, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Meridian, the Tampa Review, and elsewhere.
Scott Wiggerman is the author of three books of poetry, Leaf and Beak: Sonnets, Presence, and Vegetables and Other Relationships; and the editor of several volumes for Dos Gatos Press, including Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry, Bearing the Mask, and Weaving the Terrain (www.dosgatospress.org). Poems have appeared recently in Softblow, Ocotillo Review, The Ghazal Page, bosque, and Allegro Poetry. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His website is http://swig.tripod.com
Julia Zanes graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been a practicing artist ever since. She shows in several galleries around New England and The Emblem Museum in downtown Brattleboro Vermont. She lives in rural Vermont with her family. Her work is in many private and public collections.
"Painter, Julia Zanes often uses rich, deeply researched source material, such as fairy tales, fables and other historic narratives, as inspiration. Her paintings are often prismed and complex, suffused with patterns from Indian crewel embroidery. The settings certainly have the feeling of the stage, or formal space in Persian Miniatures. Mythical beasts and oversized birds are rampant. So is a kind of mysterious, magical writing.
Julia Zanes’ work has been shown throughout the New England area, as well as in Canada, New Orleans, and Chicago."
- quoted from Rice Polak Gallery
Bell is the author of From the Belly (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012). Her poetry is forthcoming in 50/50: Poems and Translations by Women Over Fifty (QuillsEdge Press), and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems and personal essays have also appeared in Hypertext Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Rogue Agent, Gargoyle, Cider Press Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, and other journals and anthologies. She was a finalist for the Lamar York Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the Center for Women Writers Creative Nonfiction Contest. Bell is a Senior Editor with RHINO Poetry, an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago High School for the Arts, and the recipient of a Ragdale Foundation residency. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. You can learn about more about her work at www.virginia-bell.com and www.rhinopoetry.com.
Mary Ardery is from Bloomington, IN. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Sweet Tree Review, RHINO, Two Peach, and other journals. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Southern Illinois University. Visit her at maryardery.com.
James Croal Jackson
James Croal Jackson swore he’d never work in film again after leaving L.A. He has a chapbook, The Frayed Edge of Memory (Writing Knights Press, 2017), and has poems in Rattle, Roanoke Review, Reservoir, and Pouch. He edits The Mantle (themantlepoetry.com). Currently, he works in the film industry in Pittsburgh, PA. jimjakk.com
David B. Prather
David B. Prather received his MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. His first collection, We Were Birds, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag Publishing. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including Colorado Review, Seneca Review, Prairie Schooner, The American Journal of Poetry, The Literary Review, Poet Lore, and others. His work was also selected for one of Naomi Shihab Nye's anthologies, what have you lost? Currently, David spends his time as an actor and a director at a local theater in Parkersburg, WV.
Natalie Taylor earned a BFA in English with a creative writing emphasis from the University of Utah. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Eden’s Edge, and her work has been published in 15 Bytes, Hubbub (forthcoming), Rock & Sling, Talking River, the Helicon West Anthology, and Brain, Child. She won first place in the 2016 Utah Original Writing Competition for poetry and was named a 2017 Mari Sandoz Emerging Writer.