Jacob M. Appel is a physician and attorney in New York City. He has published more than two hundred short stories, fifty works of creative nonfiction, a dozen stage plays and numerous articles in the field of bioethics. His first collection of short fiction, Scouting for the Reaper, will soon be published by Black Lawrence Press. Jacob is a graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at New York University and currently teaches at the Gotham Writers' Workshop. www.jacobmappel.com

Byron Beynon lives in Swansea, Wales. His work has appeared in many publications including London Magazine, Cyphers (Dublin), Poetry Wales, Agenda (UK), Quadrant (Australia), and The Warwick Review. A new collection, Human Shores, is forthcoming from Lapwing Publications (Belfast). bwbeynon@ntlworld.com

Alyce Lomax has had fiction appear in Gargoyle, Lily, Pindeldyboz, The Paumanok Review, Drunken Boat, and jmww. One short piece was included in the anthology Gravity Dancers: Even More Fiction by Washington Area Women from Paycock Press. She writes regular commentary for The Motley Fool. alyce.lomax@gmail.com

David McAleavey's most recent book is HUGE HAIKU (Chax, 2005). Since 2010 he has been in dozens of journals, including Poetry Northwest, Denver Quarterly, diode poetry journal, Epoch, Poetry East, and soon, Stand [UK]. He teaches literature and creative writing at George Washington University in Washington, DC. david.mcaleavey@gmail.com

John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Southern Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, New York Quarterly, Ninth Letter and Cincinnati Review. He won the 2011 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and received his PhD from the University of Missouri in 2012. john.a.nieves@gmail.com

Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, now lives in Napa, California. Her collection of stories, Survival Skills, is scheduled for release with Ashland Creek Press in early 2013. Her fiction has appeared twice before in The Summerset Review, and her collection includes all work which was first published here. Other fiction of Jean's has appeared in places such as Other Voices, Pleiades, and the Massachusetts Review. She is the author of the novel, Lost Sister. lena1000@sbcglobal.net

Loren Stephens' essays and short stories have appeared in Oracle, The Jewish Women's Literary Annual, MacGuffin, The Sun, Peregrine, New Laurel Review, Eclectica, The Los Angeles Times, and The Chicago Tribune, among many other places. In addition to her writing career, she is an award winning documentary filmmaker. www.writewisdom.com

Barbara Buckman Strasko was the first Poet Laureate of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Strasko's poems have appeared in The Best New Poets of 2006, Rhino, Tar River Review, Brilliant Corners, Ninth Letter, Nimrod and elsewhere. Her new collection, Graffiti in Braille, is due out this Fall from Word Press. bstrasko@comcast.net

Helen Wickes lives in Oakland, California. For many years she worked as a psychotherapist. Her first book of poems, In Search of Landscape, was published in 2007 by Sixteen Rivers Press. Her poem, "Driving West After Sunset" is from an unpublished manuscript called The Moon Over Zabriskie. wickes.helen@pqrmail.net