Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. Jack’s work has appeared in Pidgeonholes, The Shore, Cotton Xenomorph, Okay Donkey, EcoTheo, The Hopper, Terrain, and other journals. He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.
Gay Degani has received honors and nominations for her work including Pushcart consideration and Best Small Fictions. She’s published a small collection of eight stories, Pomegranate, a full-length collection, Rattle of Want, (Pure Slush Press, 2015) and a suspense novel, What Came Before (Truth Serum Press, 2016). She occasionally blogs at Words in Place.
Scott Garson is the author of Is That You, John Wayne?–a collection of stories. He lives in Missouri.
Dave Gregory is a Canadian writer, a retired sailor, and an associate editor with the Los Angeles-based Exposition Review. His work has most recently appeared in MORIA, Reflex Press, & White Wall Review. Please follow him on Twitter @CourtlandAvenue.
Mary Grimm has had two books published, Left to Themselves (novel) and Stealing Time (story collection) – both by Random House, and a number of flash pieces in places like Helen, The Citron Review, and Tiferet. Currently, she is working on a YA thriller. She teaches fiction writing at Case Western Reserve University.
Kip Knott’s writing has recently appeared in The Dillydoun Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, New World Writing, and ONE ART. His most recent book of poetry is Clean Coal Burn (Kelsay Books). More of his work may be accessed at kipknott.com.
Mercedes Lawry has published short fiction in several journals including, Gravel, Cleaver, Garbanzo, Pithead Chapel and Blotterature and was a semi-finalist in The Best Small Fictions 2016. She’s published poetry in journals such as Poetry, Nimrod, & Prairie Schooner and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize six times. In 2018, she won the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook contest judged by Molly Peacock. That book, “In the Early Garden With Reason” is available on Amazon. Additionally, she’s published stories and poems for children. She lives in Seattle.
Nathan Leslie won the 2019 Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize for fiction for his satirical collection of short stories, Hurry Up and Relax. Nathan’s nine previous books of fiction include Three Men, Root and Shoot, Sibs, and The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice. Nathan is currently the series editor for Best Small Fictions, the founder and organizer of the Reston Reading Series in Reston, Virginia, and the publisher and editor of Maryland Literary Review. His fiction has been published in hundreds of literary magazines such as Shenandoah, North American Review, Boulevard, Hotel Amerika, and Cimarron Review. Nathan lives in Northern Virginia.
Alex Miller is a writer and graphic designer who lives in Denver. His fiction has appeared in Pidgeonholes, Back Patio Press and Rabbit Catastrophe Review. His novel, “White People on Vacation,” is forthcoming in 2022 by Malarkey Books.
Brittany Mishra helps make medical devices for a living and writes poetry and fiction as her passion. Brittany has lived in Washington, Oregon, and Connecticut and she now lives in Washington (again) near the Puget Sound with her husband. Brittany’s poetry can be found in Voice Catcher, Sky Island, The Write Launch, Deracine, Heartland Review, and Chestnut Review.
Heather Newman’s work has appeared in Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, Wisconsin Review, Love’s Executive Order, Hole in Head Review, Entropy Magazine, The Pi Review, Right Hand Pointing, The Inquisitive Eater, Matter, and more. Her poems have been anthologized in How To Love the World (Storey Publishing, 2021) and Voices from Here, II (Paulinskill Press). She has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.
Ian Willey has a Ph.D. in sociolinguistics and teaches at a university in the inland sea area of Japan. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and he was nominated for Pushcart Prizes for poems in One Sentence Poems and Mobius. He is originally from Akron, Ohio.
Didi Wood’s stories appear or are forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Jellyfish Review, Milk Candy Review, and elsewhere. “Rattle & Rue,” originally published in Cotton Xenomorph, was chosen for the Wigleaf Top 50 in 2019. The temporal structure of “Pieces” was inspired by Laura Gilpin’s poem “The Two-Headed Calf.” Find Didi at didiwood.com and on Twitter @DidiWood.
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