Katherine Brittain graduated from Texas A&M University, and moved with her husband to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in 1981. This is her first published work in a national magazine. Being one of twelve percent "whites" in the Rio Grande Valley, she ran in the circles of upper class White Anglo Saxon Protestants, or WASPs, until she stumbled into researching a curandero (Mexican folk healer) for her Master's thesis in Anthropology. Her solidarity with her own WASP culture was dissolved. Today she feels free to write from new perspectives. Vive la différence. katherinethewasp.com

Charles W. "Bud" Gibbons III retired as Professor Emeritus of Penn State University in 2015 after teaching art at the university level since 1973 at Penn State, Salisbury University in Maryland, MFA Mentor Program at Art Institute of Boston, Lesley University and the University of the Arts College of Art & Design in Philadelphia. He also served as visiting Professor at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China and Normal University, Chan Chung, China. Bud received an MFA from Penn State University and a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art. He is represented at galleries in New York City, NY, Ligonier, PA and Londonderry, VT. www.budgibbons.com

Peter Grandbois is the author of seven previous books. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in over eighty journals. His plays have been performed in St. Louis, Columbus, Los Angeles, and New York. He is a senior editor at Boulevard magazine and teaches at Denison University in Ohio. grandboisp@denison.edu

Dwight Hilson holds an MBA from Northwestern University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and his poetry and short fiction has been published in The Alembic, MacGuffin, Sanskrit, Coe Review, Colere, Valpariso Fiction Review, Moon City Review and others. Born in New York City, he has lived across America, but now resides with his wife as empty nesters in Connecticut and is hard at work completing two novels: one set around a small town New England railroad, and the other during 1968 in East Africa. dwight@dwighthilson.com

Denny Kolakowski has poems with paintings scheduled to appear in Poetry Pacific, Scarlet Review, Indiana Voice Journal and Oddville Press. His short stories, essays, and poetry appeared in various journals in the 70s and 80s, as has his screenwriting over the past ten years. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association and serves as Penn State engineer and facilities manager for Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, University of Pittsburgh Applied Research Center and Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. dvkolakowski@comcast.net

Kelly Lenox is the author of The Brightest Rock. Her poems and translations appear in Rappahannock Review, Still: The Journal, Raven Chronicles, Faultline, The Wide Shore, RHINO, Summerset Review, Switched-on Gutenberg, and elsewhere. Translations also appear in Voice in the Body (Ljubljana: Litterae Slovenicae, 2006) and Six Slovenian Poets (Lancaster, U.K.: Arc Publications, 2006). She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and works as a science writer/editor for the National Institutes of Health. www.kellylenox.com

January Pearson lives in Southern California with her husband and two daughters. She teaches in the English department at Kaplan University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Watershed Review, The Lake, Four Chambers Press, Timberline Review, The Chiron Review, Scintilla Press, and Modern Haiku. janipearson@gmail.com

Ryan Row's fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Quarterly West, Bayou Magazine, Shimmer Magazine, and elsewhere. He is a winner of the Writers of the Future Award, and holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. ride-the-sky@live.com

Kendra Tanacea holds an MFA from Bennington College. Her collection of poetry, A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees, was a finalist for the Idaho Prize for Poetry and was published by Lost Horse Press in 2017. Her second book, Garbage Heart, was a semifinalist for The Elixir Press 17th Annual Poetry Award. Kendra's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in North American Review, Poet Lore, 5AM, Rattle, and Juked, among others. www.kendratanacea.com

Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for deaf children, a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children's librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook, The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press), and a full length poetry collection, What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. jimzola@hotmail.com