Jada Ach teaches English at a college in Wilmington, NC. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Southwestern American Literature, Blast Furnace, Weave Magazine, Barnwood Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She was recently awarded a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council to help fund a summer writing program in Lithuania. sites.google.com/site/jadaach/

Nancy Bourne has a master's degree in English literature, and has been teaching writing to prisoners at San Quentin State Prison for the past eight years. Work of hers has appeared in Forge and was finalist in the 2011 Salem College International Literary Awards. She enjoys hiking in the Mt. Tamalpais and Point Reyes areas of Marin County, California. nbbourne99@yahoo.com

Ha Kiet Chau's writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Thrush Poetry Journal, Marco Polo Arts Mag, Columbia College Literary Review, and many others. She received a nomination from Ploughshares for Best New Poets in 2011. Ha teaches art and literature in the San Francisco Bay Area. hapoetryblog.tumblr.com

Joe Giordano was born in Brooklyn, and grew up in a blue-collar section of New York City. He and his wife, Jane, lived in Greece, Brazil, Belgium and Netherlands. They now live in Texas with their little Shih Tzu, Sophia, where Joe studies writing at the University of Texas in Austin. jagintx@austin.rr.com

John Fenlon Hogan is the poetry editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Arts. He also works for a financial services company, AdviceIQ, that seeks to educate investors on financial advisors and raise awareness about Wall Street swindlers. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Washington Square, Barely South Review, Foothill, The Hawai'i Review and elsewhere. john.fenlon.hogan@gmail.com

Erin Murphy is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Word Problems (Word Press), and is co-editor of Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (SUNY Press). She won the 2011 Normal School Prize (judged by Nick Flynn). She is associate professor at Penn State Altoona. Her poetry has appeared in two previous issues of this magazine. www.erin-murphy.com

Justin Nicholes is the author of the novels Ash Dogs (Another Sky, 2008) and the recently released River Dragon Sky (Signal 8, 2012). His stories have appeared in Stickman Review, Slice, Prick of the Spindle, SLAB, Karamu (now Bluestem Review), The Medulla Review, and elsewhere. He teaches English composition in the Henan province of China. www.justinnicholes.com

Alana Ruprecht's work has appeared in The Westchester Review and online in Opium Magazine, The Apple Valley Review, Is Greater Than, and McSweeney's (under Alana Marie Dease). Her poem won the Apple Valley Review's Editor's Prize for 2010. alanaruprecht@gmail.com

P. Ivan Young is the author of A Shape in the Waves and recipient of a 2011 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work appears in the anthology Challenges for the Delusional, and in Innisfree, Crab Orchard Review, Barnwood, Blue Mesa Review, The London Magazine, and Cream City Review, among others. piyoung@salisbury.edu