Laura Valeri's most recent book, a collection of linked essays titled After Life as a Human, will be released by Rain Chain Press in the United States and by Galaad Edizioni in the Italian version in early 2020. She has previously authored three collections of stories, The Dead Still Here (SFAU Press 2018), Safe in Your Head (SFAU Press 2013) and The Kinds of Things Saints Do (UI Press 2003). Her fiction has received numerous awards, including, among others, an Iowa John Simmons Award, a Binghamton John Gardner Award, and an SFAU Press contest winning manuscript selection for the literary fiction category. Laura Valeri’s writing appears in many journals, including most recently in SFWP Quarterly, The Forge, Fiction Southeast, South85 Journal, Cagibi, PRISM, and others.
Danelle Lejeune’s debut poetry collection is Landlocked: Etymology of Whale Fish and Grace (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her writing has also appeared in Literary Mama, Glass Poetry Journal, Red Paint Hill, Whale Road Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Nottingham Review, The Olive Press, Driftwood Press, Drunk Monkeys, Moon River, Mothers Always Write, and Red Rose Review. She teaches writing at Georgia Southern University and is the Assistant Director at the Ossabaw Writers’ Retreat.
Joel Caplan is an art photographer and a former technical writer for J.P. Morgan. His photography has appeared in numerous galleries in San Francisco, New York, and Savannah, where he currently resides. He has a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Pratt.
Theresa Malphrus Welford grew up near Savannah, Georgia. She has published poetry, creative nonfiction, book chapters, and academic articles, as well as two edited anthologies of poetry: The Paradelle and The Cento (both published by Red Hen Press). Theresa and her husband, Mark Welford, happily share their home with countless rescued animals (cats and dogs).
Genavieve Alt is an MA candidate for the Georgia Southern University’s master in Literature and Philosophy. She is an avid reader and writer, with a passion for true crime stories, and a penchant for copyediting and proofreading. She recently started her teaching career, a new passion, and she has high hopes of continuing in the world of post-secondary education. In her very rare glimpses of downtime, when she’s not spending quality time with her beautiful daughter, Autumn, she enjoys reading from her eclectic literary collection, editing, watching crime shows, playing World of Warcraft and cuddling with her pug, Iza, her cat, Maestro, and her Guinea Pig, Laurel. Genavieve is currently at work on a detective novella and various other works.
Lily Couldridge is from Columbus, Georgia. She loves to read and write primarily fiction, though she is also interested in creative nonfiction. She is enrolled in the Writing & Linguistics BA at Georgia Southern University and has ambitions to become an author of children’s books, and either an editor at a literary publishing house or a grant/proposal writer for nonprofits.
Jared Yates Sexton