Born in Miami, Paul David Adkins lives in New York. He earned an MFAW in poetry from Washington University. He joined the Army in 1991, and has served four tours in either Iraq or Afghanistan since 2002.
Mark Dostert was an undergraduate student in Chicago and volunteer counselor at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center where he later became a full-time Children’s Attendant. "Intake" is adapted from a book he is writing about that experience. He holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of North Texas and currently takes graduate English classes part-time at the University of Houston. His essays have appeared in Cimarron Review, Houston Chronicle, and Southern Indiana Review.
Bart Edelman is a professor of English at Glendale College where he edits Eclipse, a literary journal. His poetry has appeared in anthologies and textbooks published by City Lights Books, Etruscan Press, Harcourt Brace, Heinle, McGraw Hill, Prentice Hall, Simon & Schuster, Thomson, Wadsworth, and the University of Iowa Press. His poetry collections include Crossing the Hackensack (1993), Under Damaris’ Dress (1996), The Alphabet of Love (1999), The Gentle Man (2001) and The Last Mojito (2005). Red Hen Press will publish his next book of poetry in 2011.
Charles Haddox lives in El Paso, Texas. His mother's family is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico. His fiction has appeared in Temenos, Folio, The Sand Hill Review, Switchback and many other journals.
Joseph Little, PhD, is a professor of English at Niagara University, where he teaches writing and directs the first-year writing program. His research focuses on the interplay of metaphor and science. "Maria" is his first published work of poetry.
Denise Low, 2007-2009 Kansas poet laureate, has published ten books of poetry. Her awards are from the Kansas Arts Commission, Poetry Society of America, NEH, Lannan Foundation, and Roberts Foundation. She is vice president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs national board. She has taught creative writing at Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Kansas, and University of Richmond.
Midge Raymond's short-story collection, Forgetting English, received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and was published in 2009. Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Ontario Review, Indiana Review, North American Review, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Her current projects are supported by an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. Visit her online at
Jo-Anne Rosen's work has appeared in Other Voices, The Florida Review, FlashQuake, A Room of One's Own, and other journals. She is a freelance book and website designer, living in Petaluma, California. She also edits and publishes an online chapbook series of fiction, memoir and poetry at
Mabel Yu was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area and received her MFA from Eastern Washington University. Her work has appeared in cream city review, Quarter After Eight, Inkwell, RHINO, and Quick Fiction, and is forthcoming in Clackamas Literary Review, Passages North, Crab Creek Review, and Tampa Review.