Sheila Ashdown hails from Cleveland, Ohio, but currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she publishes a literary magazine called The Ne'er-Do-Well ( and works as a freelance editor. She holds an MFA in creative writing, and her work has appeared in Monkeybicycle and Eclectic Flash.

Heather Fowler holds a M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. She has taught at UCSD, California State University at Stanislaus, and Modesto Junior College. Her debut story collection, Suspended Heart was published by Aqueous Books in 2010. Her work has been published in the US, England, Australia, and India. Her poetry was recently featured at MiPOesias, The Nervous Breakdown, poeticdiversity, and The Medulla Review, and has been selected for a joint first place in the 2007 Faringdon Online Poetry Competition.

Becky Adnot Haynes is a doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati. She has published short fiction in literary magazines such as Missouri Review and Post Road, and has work forthcoming in CutBank and West Branch. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband and their dog and cat.

Sandra Irwin holds an AB in English from Vassar College, a JD from the University of San Diego, and is a 2009 graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where she received a full teaching fellowship. Ten of her poems have been published in recent months or are forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review, Shot Glass Journal, Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems, and Indigo Rising Magazine. A flash fiction piece was published in Luna Station Quarterly.

Nancy Carol Moody's poetry has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Natural Bridge, The New York Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, and The MacGuffin. Her book, Photograph With Girls, was published in 2009 by Traprock Books.

Erin Murphy is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Word Problems (Word Press, 2011), and is co-editor of Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (SUNY Press, 2010). Her works have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. She is associate professor of English at Penn State Altoona. This is her second appearance in the journal.

Ronald Rindo's piece in this issue is one in a story cycle he's working on entitled Still Life, with Animals. Recent work of his has appeared in The Gettysburg Review and, and he has an essay in The Best American Essays, 2010. He is Professor of English Chair at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

Amy Roper is an MFA student at Brigham Young University. This is her first published work in a national magazine.

Jay Rubin teaches writing at The College of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area, and publishes Alehouse, an all-poetry literary journal, at He holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and lives in San Francisco.

Gabriel Welsch is author of Dirt and All Its Dense Labor and the chapbook, An Eye Fluent in Gray. Recent work appears in West Branch, Southern Review, PANK, Whiskey Island, American Literary Review, and Chautauqua. He is vice president of advancement and marketing at Juniata College, in Huntingdon, PA, where he lives with his family.