Jennifer Bryan grew up in Spokane, Washington. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University and her PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was the 2011 Kimmel Foundation Award writing recipient and has held a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She has taught writing and literature at SUNY Cortland, Syracuse University, and other institutions. Her stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, LIT, Fifth Wednesday, /nor, and other journals. She has recently completed a novel titled, You'll Be Here Soon. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

Christina Marie Glessner received her BA in Creative Writing at Susquehanna University. She is Managing Editor of Blue Mesa Review, a TA in ENG and CW, and a Fiction MFA Candidate at the University of New Mexico. Her poetry has appeared in Prick of the Spindle Vol. 7.4 and in Crack the Spine's Fall 2013 Anthology. She lives with her husband, Tuxedo kitty, and schooling fish in Albuquerque and San Diego.

Tim McLafferty lives in New York City and works as a drummer. He has played on Broadway in Urinetown, Grey Gardens, and many other places. His poetry appears in Barrow Street, decomP, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pearl, Portland Review and elsewhere.

Fred Misurella has published Only Sons, a novel; Lies to Live By: Stories; Short Time, a novella; and Understanding Milan Kundera: Public Events, Private Affairs. He is a Fulbright scholar whose work has appeared in many journals, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Village Voice, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review, Salmagundi, and Voices in Italian Americana. His second novel, Arrangement in Black and White, will appear in summer, 2014.

Mark Petterson grew up in Prairie Village, Kansas. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas, where he co-founded Beecher's Magazine, a national literary journal. Since then, he has lived in England, St. Louis, and Seattle. You can find his fiction and poetry in journals such as The Mochila Review, Stone Highway Review, elimae, and others. He teaches writing at Seattle Central Community College.

Donna Pucciani, a Chicago-based poet, has published poetry in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia in such diverse journals as International Poetry Review, The Pedestal, Shi Chao Poetry, Spoon River Poetry, Journal of the American Medical Association, Gradiva, and Christianity and Literature. Her work has been translated into Italian, Chinese and Japanese. Her books include The Other Side of Thunder, Jumping Off the Train, Chasing the Saints, To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn, and Hanging Like Hope on the Equinox. She has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, and Poetry on the Lake.

Justin Runge lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he serves as poetry editor of Parcel. He is the author of two chapbooks, Plainsight (New Michigan Press, 2012) and Hum Decode (forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press). Recipient of a 2014 Langston Hughes Award, Runge has published in Linebreak, DIAGRAM, Harpur Palate, Best New Poets 2013, and elsewhere.

E.M. Schorb's latest collection of prose poems is Manhattan Spleen. His novel, A Portable Chaos, is out in a revised edition after originally winning the Eric Hoffer Award for Fiction. Recent poetry collections include The Ideologues and Other Retrospective Poems and The Journey.

Tina Tocco's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Passages North, Italian Americana, Clockhouse Review, Inkwell, Border Crossing, and The Westchester Review, among other publications. Her poetry was anthologized in Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008). In 2013, she was a finalist in CALYX's Flash Fiction Contest. Tina earned her MFA in creative writing from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell.

Shelby Vane is a recent graduate of Salisbury University where she majored in English Creative Writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in SOFTBLOW, Sun & Sandstone Review and Polaris. She spends most of her time reading the works of Charles Bukowski and anxiously awaiting responses to her pending MFA applications.