Joe Baumann has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he served as the editor-in-chief of Rougarou and the Southwestern Review. He is the author of Ivory Children: Flash Fictions, and his work has appeared in Tulane Review, Willow Review, Hawai'i Review, and many others, and is forthcoming in Jelly Bucket, Lunch Ticket, and others. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at St. Charles Community College in St. Charles, Missouri.

Mark McCaig received a grant in poetry in 2011 from the Maryland State Arts Council. His poems have appeared in many journals, occasionally winning prizes. The MSAC also has also supported him hosting "Words in the Woods," a literary series. He is a school founder, father, and lifelong naturalist. In 2008, Fairhaven School published his nonfiction and poetry collection Like Water, a book about the school's first decade. In 2014, Kattywompus Press published Lifelist, a chapbook of prose poems.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Osiris, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books and his essay titled "Magic, Illusion and Other Realities," please visit his website at

Matthew Perini's fiction and poetry have appeared in Crack the Spine, The Tower, Logos, and The Minetta Review. His nonfiction has appeared in numerous books, including The Core Six and Tools for Thoughtful Assessment, winner of a 2013 IPPY Award. A few years back, Matthew gave up writing fiction for all the wrong reasons: too busy, noticeably better cable-television programming, the aching self-doubt. When he turned forty, he decided to take another stab at short stories. Matthew lives in New Jersey with his wife, Kristen, his daughters Ella and Alison, and whoever pops in for a glass of wine.

Graziela Pimentel is a retired librarian and coauthor of Viva, a self-published novel that follows several generations of a Portuguese family. She has published stories in Persimmon Tree and Knit Simple. She lives part of the year in the Azores where she was born.

Donna Pucciani, a Chicago-based writer, has published poetry in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia in such diverse journals as Poetry Salzburg, Shi Chao Poetry, Journal of the American Medical Association, America, Gradiva and The Christian Century. Her work has been translated into Italian, Chinese, Japanese and German. She has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, The National Federation of State Poetry Societies and Poetry on the Lake. Her sixth and most recent collection of poems is A Light Dusting of Breath.

David Anthony Sam has written poetry for over forty years and has two collections, Memories in Clay, and Dreams of Wolves (2014). He lives in Virginia with his wife and life partner, Linda, and currently serves as president of Germanna Community College. In 2014-15, he had poems accepted by Carbon Culture Review, The Crucible, The Flagler Review, From the Depths, Hound, Literature Today, and other places.

Valerie Vogrin is the author of the novel Shebang. Her short stories have appeared in print in journals such as Ploughshares, AGNI, and The Los Angeles Review, as well as online at Hobart and Bluestem. In 2010, she was awarded a Pushcart Prize. She teaches at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

H. Wallis was born and raised on a remote farm in British Columbia, Canada, but has spent most of her adult years living in Northern California. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Crack the Spine, The Critical Pass Review, Drunk Monkeys, Existere, Fourteen Hills, The MacGuffin, Oxford Magazine, Pennsylvania English, and Watershed Review.

Kami Westhoff's work has appeared in various journals including Meridian, Carve, Phoebe, The Madison Review, Third Coast, Sundog Lit, Stone Highway Review, and Lost Coast Review, and is forthcoming in Mojave River Review, The Dallas Review, Prism Review, WomenArts Quarterly, The Pinch, and Passages North. She teaches Creative Writing at Western Washington University.