Amy Bailey recently earned her MFA from Miami University where she served as Oxford Magazine's nonfiction editor. She won the 2018 Jordan-Goodman Award in creative nonfiction and received Honorable Mention in the 2018 Atticus Review Videopoem Contest. She is an Ohio native but spent nearly 20 years calling Alabama home before returning north. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Split Lip Magazine, The Florida Review's Aquifer, PMS: Poem Memoir Story, Blotterature, and Voicemail Poems, among others. Amy also hosts the newly-launched podcast Girls Who Became Writers (girlswhobecamewriters.com) which features interviews on craft with women who write nonfiction.
Terry Hall Bodine is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and works as the housing coordinator at the University of Lynchburg. Recent publication credits include Roanoke Review, Scintilla, Split Rock Review, and Watershed Review.
Laurie Brown-Pressly lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, daughter, and two rescue dogs. She teaches part-time at Greenville Technical College and also works as a Tot Time leader for a local gymnastics facility. Laurie’s recent work has appeared on-line on WOW--Women on Writing, The Dead Mule School, and Defenestration.
Scott Bunze was born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, specifically, Pensacola. He briefly attended the University of North Florida and graduated from Florida State University. He started, one morning before work, writing fiction with an eye toward certain flavors of the Southern experience, the mysteries of the Gulf of Mexico, and the politics of divorce. Many drafts later, New York University took a flyer on him and he embarked upon an MFA in fiction writing at that institution. Scott lives in Ridgewood, Queens.
Maggie Dove is a cross-genre Southern writer by way of South Florida. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Cosmonauts Avenue, JMWW, Queen Mob's Tea House, Drunk Monkeys, The New Southern Fugitives, X-R-A-Y and elsewhere. She is currently a semifinalist for the 2019 Pamet River Prize for her memoir manuscript "Dirtbag Lights" and is a Best of The Net nominee. She is petty and immature and has many tribal tattoos from the 90s for which she refuses to be apologetic. Her blog can be found at romcomdojo.com and she is on Twitter at @romcomdojo.
David Joseph's writing has been published in The London Magazine, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Doubletake Magazine, and Rattle. A recipient of the John Henry Hobart Fellowship for Ethics and Social Justice, he spent the past two decades as an educator and nonprofit executive in Los Angeles. He has taught at Pepperdine University and at Harvard University. He lives in San Roque, Spain with his wife Karen and sons Jackson and Cassius.
Thomas Kearnes graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MA in film writing. His fiction has appeared in Hobart, Gertrude, A cappella Zoo, Split Lip Magazine, Cutthroat, Litro, Berkeley Fiction Review, PANK, BULL: Men's Fiction, Gulf Stream Magazine, Wraparound South, Night Train, 3:AM Magazine, Word Riot, Storyglossia, Driftwood Press, Adroit Journal, The Matador Review, Pseudopod, the Best Gay Stories series, Mary: A Journal of New Writing, wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, Pidgeonholes, Sundog Lit, The Citron Review, and elsewhere. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Originally from East Texas, he now lives near Houston and works as an English tutor at a local community college. His debut collection of short fiction, Texas Crude will print at Lethe Press in March 2019.
Michael Kocinski is a poet and illustrator in Winston-Salem, NC. He is a co-founder of The Toledo Poetry Museum and The Almeda St Poetry Co-op. He is also a co-founder/owner of Snacktime Arts, LLC, an illustrated lunch bag company that advocates for good nutrition and science literacy. Some of his poems have appeared in The Mid-American Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Trailer Park Quarterly, and others. He lives with his unflappable wife Amanda, their two sons, Henry and Walter, and his Amazonian step-daughter, Jada.
Issa M. Lewis is the author of Infinite Collisions (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and a graduate of New England College’s MFA program. A runner-up in the 2017 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize and 2013 winner of the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in journals such as Split Rock Review, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Pearl, and Panoply. She teaches composition, rhetoric, professional writing, and public speaking at Davenport University and enjoys all the seasons of west Michigan with her husband and two boys.
Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Heart Radicals (About Editions, 2018), Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra’s poetry appears widely in Poet Lore, Blackbird, Ecotone, Southwest Review, River Styx, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at The Rumpus, Whiskey Island, Mid-American Review, Barrelhouse, Pleiades, and other venues. Sandy earned an MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from George Mason University and now serves as the Coordinator of Tutoring Services at the College of DuPage in the Chicagoland area.
Jahnavi Newsom was born in Three Rivers CA into a Hare Krishna community. She lived all over the U.S. and India. When she turned 18 she attended a wilderness school and learned about Native American spiritual practices. In 2012 she met her husband, Addison Rice, and started a band called The Love Sprockets. A year later they cycled from Vermont to Texas with musical instruments and their dog, Zoso, and in 2014 they recorded their second album, Nobody Wants to Die. In 2015 Jahnavi bicycled solo across Mexico, discovering she was pregnant with Addison's baby. She returned to Austin, but their baby girl, Chickadee, died during birth. Jahnavi and Addison are currently on tour around the U.S. releasing an album dedicated to Chickadee. Whenever she finds the time, Jahnavi writes letters, essays, blog posts, and songs, and she is also working on a memoir.
Barry Peters lives in Durham and teaches in Raleigh, NC. Publications (some forthcoming) include The American Journal of Poetry, Best New Poets 2018, I-70 Review, Miramar, The National Poetry Review, Poetry East, Presence, Rattle, The Southampton Review, South Florida Poetry Journal.
Lazar Trubman was a college professor in the former USSR who immigrated to the United States in 1990, after spending four years as a political prisoner in Northern Russia for “assisting foreign agents in their tireless desire to destroy the socialistic way of life in the Soviet Union” – according to the Committee of State Security – KGB in common parlance. In 2017, after teaching Literary Theory and Roman languages for twenty-three years, Lazar retired to devote his time to writing. His nonfiction appears in dozens of publications, among them, The Forge, Bending Genres, Lit Mag, New Letters, Passager Books, and others.
Lisa Yarnell grew up in Waxhaw, North Carolina, and was for a long time a cocktail waitress, and then an office manager. She’s a graduate of UNC-Charlotte and now teaches at Eastern Florida State College while also an MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Her first story, "Unmoored," was published in The Scarlet Leaf Review in July.