Mary Christine Delea is from West Islip, New York. She has degrees from colleges and universities in Ohio, West Virginia, and North Dakota, and has taught in Mississippi, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Kentucky. She is the author of The Skeleton Holding Up the Sky, as well as two chapbooks, poems in five anthologies, and numerous other published and award-winning poems. Delea now lives in Oregon with her husband and their five cats. christinedelea@cs.com.
Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of both an Academy of American Poets' Prize, and the Wendy Fort Foundation Prize. In 2008, she was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for excellence in lyric poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Margie, Redactions: Poetry and Poetics, Whiskey Island Magazine, and The New York Quarterly. Liz lives and teaches in Omaha, where she is co-editor of the upcoming anthology from Backwaters Press, The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets. ekay@tconl.com.
Maria Kuznetsova was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and raised mostly in New Jersey. She received a B.A. in English from Duke University and she will be completing her M.A. in Creative Writing at UC Davis in the spring. She is currently working on The Accident, a novel. This is her first published story. mashakuz@gmail.com.
Stephen Longfellow has a MFA in creative writing from Vermont College and currently teaches a little at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His poetry is out or forthcoming in a number of magazines, among them the Los Angeles Review, In Posse Review, and Oak Bend Review. He looks forward to kayaking the Missouri River sometime soon. slongfellow@gmx.us.
Hoyt Rogers has published original work, translations, and criticism in a wide variety of journals and reviews, most recently in The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, and The Yale Review. His many book credits include original works, editions, and translations. His poetry collection, Witnesses, was published by Corripio in 1986. His essays on and translation of Bonnefoy’s The Curved Planks (Les planches courbes) appeared in 2006 at Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His translation of Philippe Claudel’s novel Les â mes grises, winner of the Prix Renaudot, was published in 2006 by Knopf-Random House. His short story, "Cecy's Complaint," will appear this spring in the anthology Men on Men, selected by Christopher Rice, forthcoming at the Alyson Press. hoytrogers@gmail.com.
Barbara Buckman Strasko is the first Poet Laureate of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She is the River of Words 2009 Teacher of the Year. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, Rhino, Nimrod, Brilliant Corners, and Ninth Letter. Her chapbook, On the Edge of a Delicate Day, was published by Pudding House Press in 2008. bstrasko@comcast.net.
Adam Tavel's poems have appeared in Apalachee Review, Poet Lore, and Night Train, among others, and he has new work forthcoming in South Carolina Review, Portland Review, Georgetown Review, and Cave Wall. He earned his MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and serves as poetry editor of Conte, an online journal of narrative writing: www.conteonline.net. He lives and teaches in Maryland.
Sue Ellen Thompson is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Golden Hour, (2006), and the editor of The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. She lives in Maryland and is the 2010 recipient of the Maryland Author Award. iambic@aol.com.
Henry F. Tonn is a semi-retired psychologist. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in such print publications as the Gettysburg Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and Weave Magazine, and online publications such as Front Porch Journal, Bewildering Stories, and Quay. He writes monthly reviews of literary journals for Newpages.com, and is on the third version of his memoir about forty years in the mental health field. He hopes to see its publication before he shuffles off the proverbial mortal coil.
Francine Witte is a poet, playwright and fiction writer living in NYC. She received her MA in English/Poetry Writing from SUNY Binghamton. She has an MFA in Poetry Writing from Vermont College. Her poetry chapbook, The Magic in the Streets, was published by Owl Creek Press. Her flash fiction chapbook, The Wind Twirls Everything, was published by MuscleHead Press. Her poetry chapbook, First Rain, was published Summer 2009 by Pecan Grove Press. She is a high school English teacher. www.franigirl.com.