Ryan Eckes is a poet from Philadelphia. His other books include Valu-Plus and Old News (Furniture Press 2014, 2011). He has worked as an adjunct professor at many colleges and in recent years as a labor organizer in education. He was the recipient of a 2016 Pew Fellowship in the Arts. General Motors is forthcoming in early 2018.
Sam Herschel Wein lives in Chicago and specializes in aimless frolicking. He is a poetry editor for The Blueshift Journal and is co-founder of a new journal, Underblong. Recent work has appeared in Vinyl Poetry, Pretty Owl Poetry, and Connotation Press, among others. See what he's up to at shmoowrites.com.
SJ Sindu’s debut novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies was published in in 2017 by Soho Press. She has received scholarships from the Lambda Literary Retreat, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference. Her creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Brevity, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review of Books, apt, Vinyl Poetry, PRISM International, VIDA, Black Girl Dangerous, and elsewhere. Visit her at sjsindu.com.
Kristen Arnett is a fiction and essay writer who has held fellowships at Tin House, Kenyon Review, and Lambda Literary Foundation. She was awarded Ninth Letter's 2015 Literary Award in Fiction and was runner-up for the 2016 Robert Watson Literary Prize at The Greensboro Review. Her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American Review, The Normal School, OSU's The Journal, Portland Review, Grist Journal, Tin House Flash Fridays,The Guardian, Salon, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her on twitter here: @Kristen_Arnett
Shasta Grant is the 2016 SmokeLong Quarterly Kathy Fish Fellow. She won the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest and will be the Spring 2017 Writer-in-Residence at the Kerouac House. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in cream city review, Epiphany, Outlook Springs, Pithead Chapel, wigleaf, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is Managing Editor of Storyscape Journal.
Melissa Wiley lives in Chicago, where she earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. Her literary nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in literary magazines including DIAGRAM, Atlas and Alice, PANK, Superstition Review, Tin House Open Bar, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Drunken Boat, Under the Sun, Eclectica Magazine, Gone Lawn, Split Lip Magazine, Menacing Hedge, Specter, Souvenir Lit Journal, Pithead Chapel, Great Lakes Review, and elsewhere.
Jared Yates Sexton teaches creative writing at Georgia Southern University. He has had work appear in publications like Salon, Southern Humanities Review, Hobart, PANK, and elsewhere. His stories have been nominated for a handful of Pushcarts, the Million Writers Award, and was a finalist for the New American Fiction Prize. His first book, An End To All Things, has been lauded by critics in Publisher’s Weekly, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Portland Book Review, among others. Jared is at www.jysexton.com.
Mila Jaroniec earned her MFA in fiction from The New School. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Playboy, Hobart, Joyland, LENNY, Teen Vogue, Luna Luna Magazine, FLAPPERHOUSE, Nylon, and Milkfist, among others. She is the editor of drDOCTOR and currently lives in Akron, OH, where she is writing her second novel. Tweet her @milajaroniec.
Kara Vernor’s fiction has appeared in Gigantic Sequins, PANK, No Tokens, The Los Angeles Review, and elsewhere. She has been a Best Small Fictions finalist, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference Estelle Frank Fellow. She is currently an Elizabeth George Foundation scholar at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and she cohosts Get Lit, a quarterly reading series in San Francisco’s North Bay. Learn more at karavernor.com.
Katie Schmid lives in Nebraska and is originally from Illinois. She earned her MFA from the University of Wyoming and currently attends the PhD program at the University of Nebraska. She has been published in Best New Poets 2009, Quarterly West, Hobart, [PANK] and The Rumpus, among others. She was a 2011 AWP Intro Journals Winner. Visit her at katieschmid.net.
Tasha Coryell lives and writes in Tuscaloosa, where she received an MFA from the University of Alabama. She's had fiction, nonfiction and poetry published in Word Riot, Diagram, Barrelhouse, Winter Tangerine, and other journals. She is currently working on a novel about murderous sorority girls and a YA novel about witches taking over the government. You can find her tweeting under @tashaaaaaaa and her rarely updated website. Her short story collection is forthcoming from Split Lip Press in summer 2018.
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach came to the United States as a Jewish refugee in 1993, from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon. For her poetry, Julia has been awarded Lilith Magazine’s 2013 Charlotte A. Newberger Poetry Prize and the 2014 William Carlos Williams prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has appeared in Berfrois, Tupelo Quarterly, Nashville Review, Guernica, and JMMW, among other journals, and Julia is the Editor of Construction Magazine. Visit her at www.juliakolchinskydasbach.com.
Tom C. Hunley is a professor of English at Western Kentucky University and the director of Steel Toe Books. He is the author of four previous full-length poetry collections, two textbooks, and six chapbooks. He is the co-editor, with Alexandria Peary, of CREATIVE WRITING PEDAGOGIES FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015). He divides his time between Kansas and Oz.