Ronda Broatch is the author of Shedding Our Skins, (Finishing Line Press, 2008), and Some Other Eden, (2005). She is the recipient of a 2007 Artist Trust GAP Grant. Her work has appeared on Verse Daily and in the Atlanta Review, RHINO, Blackbird, and Rattle. Ronda is currently an assistant editor for Crab Creek Review.
Alison Christy's short fiction has been or will be published in Quarter After Eight, 34th Parallel, Existere, and Vestal Review. Her first novel, The Third Component, was selected for serial publication on the web site
Barbara Crookerís work has appeared in magazines such as Yankee, The Christian Science Monitor, Highlights for Children, and other journals. She is the recipient of the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud, the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Radiance, her first full-length book, won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; her newest book, Line Dance (Word Press) just received the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence.
Barbara Daniels' most recent book, Rose Fever: Poems, was published by WordTech Press in 2008. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals. She earned an MFA from Vermont College, received two Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was granted a Dodge Full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center.
Julien Harneis, whose photograph "Sasha" accompanies a story in this issue, joined UNICEF after the Tsunami. He was in Aceh for two years with missions to Yogyakarta for the earthquake and Lebanon after the conflict in 2006, and is now in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. He writes: "One of my children introduced me to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Zac was about eight. I was not a perfect father. He came back from school with a copy of the CRC which he handed to me without a word, turned on his heel, and left. My photographs are dedicated to my children."
Aubrey Hirsch received her MFA in Fiction Writing from The University of Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in magazines like Kaleidoscope, Chronogram, Quality Fiction, Annalemma, flatmanCROOKED, and the Minnetonka Review. She has also been honored as a top 25 finalist in Glimmer Train's Fiction Open. She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Chatham University and at Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
Jason Kapcala's fiction and poetry has recently appeared in Blueline, Santa Clara Review, and Yale Angler's Journal.
Scott Miles is from Downriver Detroit and lives in Chicago. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in LIT, Storyglossia, Beloit Fiction Journal, Cimarron Review, The MacGuffin, Thieves Jargon, and Pebble Lake Review.
Erin Murphy is the author of three books of poetry: Dislocation and Other Theories (Word Press, 2008); Too Much of This World (Mammoth Books, 2008); and Science of Desire (Word Press, 2004). With Todd Davis, she is co-editor of Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets (forthcoming from SUNY Press). She teaches English and creative writing at Penn State University, Altoona College.
Lee Strickland won an Illinois Arts Council grant for a story published in Other Voices, and was short-listed in Best American Short Stories for the story "Paper Trail," which appeared in Gettysburg Review. Work of hers has also appeared in StoryQuarterly, Sou'wester, and other places.