Nina Bennett is the author of Forgotten Tears: A Grandmother's Journey Through Grief. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Pulse, Alehouse, Panache, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, The Broadkill Review, and anthologies such as Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS. Nina is a contributing author to the Open to Hope Foundation.

Leah Erickson has work most recently published in Saint Ann's Review, Stickman Review, Menda City Review, Forge Journal, Absent Willow Review, and Prick of the Spindle. Her work appears in the print anthology, Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind. She has work upcoming in Battered Suitcase and Membra Disjecta.

Joseph Gross has appeared recently in Alaska Quarterly Review, Fourth Genre, Mid-American Review, Salamander, and other places. He teaches and writes in Kalamazoo, MI.

Caroline Horwitz is currently pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction through Chatham University's low-residency program. She lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband. This is her first publication in a national magazine.

Dustin Junkert grew up in Oregon and Washington, went to George Fox University, and now works at a coffee shop in Newberg, OR. He and a friend started a journal called Cartographer: A Literary Review. He recently had an essay published in The New York Times. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Weber: The Contemporary West, Willow Review, Chaffey Review, Georgetown Review and Barbaric Yawp.

Adam King has recently been published in Best New Writing 2011, Crossed Genres, A Cappella Zoo, and A Thousand Faces. He is the 2010 recipient of the Eric Hoffer Award for Short Prose. He received an MFA from Western CT State University.

Peter D. Kramer is the author of six books, including the novels Spectacular Happiness (Scribner) and the international bestseller Listening to Prozac (Viking/Penguin). His most recent books are Against Depression (Viking/Penguin) and the brief biography Freud (HarperCollins/Atlas Books). His short story, "After Alice Left," was the lead item in one of the final print issues of TriQuarterly, 2010.

The three poems in this issue by Sarah Maclay appear in her recently released poetry collection, Music for the Black Room. She has published two previous collections, Whore, and The White Bride. All are from the University of Tampa Press. Her poetry and critical prose appears in APR, FIELD, Ploughshares, The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present, The Writers' Chronicle, VerseDaily, Poetry International, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing and literature at Loyola Marymount University.

Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, now lives in Napa, California. Her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Other Voices, Pleiades and the Massachusetts Review. Another story of hers appeared in our Winter 2010 issue. She has also published a novel, Lost Sister.

Dennis Saleh has published books of poetry, prose, and artwork, and contributes widely to publications in the U.S. and abroad. He has ten pages of poetry in Little Star 2, and is in the Hotel Amerika "Aphorisms" issue. He will be featured in an upcoming issue of Psychological Perspectives (C. G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles), with poetry and excerpts from a novel-in-progress as well as commentary on his work.

Mary Wood lives and writes on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She is the author of three plays which have been produced at local theatres. A children's book, The Magic Mystery Swan, first published in the 70s, is being reissued in a new format in September. Her first book of poetry, The Balanced Moment, was published by the Literary House Press of Washington College in 1997. A second book, First Ice, is due out in September.