Karen Ackland's work has appeared in Catamaran Literary Review, StoryQuarterly, Salon, the Ploughshares and Prairie Schooner blogs, and other journals. She regularly reviews fiction for Foreword Reviews, and earned a MFA in Writing from Pacific University. She lives with her husband in Santa Cruz, California. karen@karenackland.com

Robert Boucheron grew up in Syracuse and Schenectady, New York. He worked as an architect in New York City and Charlottesville, Virginia. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review, Fiction International, Litro, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Poydras Review, Short Fiction, and other magazines. robertboucheron.com

Kelly Cherry has published eleven books of fiction, eleven of poetry, four of nonfiction and one Kelly Cherry Reader (the first pages of which must be skipped because an intern made staggering mistakes). She has two more nonfiction books to do and plans after that to focus solely on poems. Her awards and honors can be found on her Wikipedia page. She and her husband live in country near the bottom of Virginia.

Marlena Fiol, PhD, is a freelance writer, certified tai chi instructor and spiritual seeker whose writing explores the depths of who we are and what's possible in our lives. Her most recent essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Furious Gazelle, GFT Press, Crux Magazine, The Creative Truth and The Manifest-Station. marlenafiol.com

Paulette Guerin is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Florida. She lives in Arkansas and works as a freelance editor. Inspired by Thoreau's Walden, she is building a tiny cabin on seven acres (with pond) and blogging about the experience at pauletteguerinbane.wordpress.com. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Concho River Review, Tishman Review, 2 River View, Main Street Rag, and others. She also has a chapbook, Polishing Silver.

Christine Kendall grew up in a family of artists, the fourth of six children, where everyone studied the piano along with one other instrument. She still feels sorry for the neighbors. Her short fiction has appeared in Niche Literary Magazine and the Kweli Journal. Her debut novel, Riding Chance, published by Scholastic in October 2016, was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens. Christine lives with her husband in Philadelphia, PA. christinerkendall@me.com

Leah Mueller is an indie writer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of chapbooks, Queen of Dorksville and Political Apnea, and books, Allergic to Everything, Beach Dweller Manifesto, and The Underside of the Snake. Her work appears in Blunderbuss, Outlook Springs, Atticus Review, Your Impossible Voice, and many anthologies. She was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival, and received honorable mention in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry contest. seventhhousesun@aol.com

Jed Myers lives in Seattle. He's author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press, forthcoming), and two chapbooks. Recent honors include the Prime Number Magazine Award, Southeast Review's Gearhart Prize, and the McLellan Poetry Prize. Recent poems can be found in Rattle, Poetry Northwest, Southern Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, Natural Bridge, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Solstice, Canary, and elsewhere. He's Poetry Editor for Bracken. medjyers@hotmail.com

Steve Nickman lives in Brookline, Massachusetts and takes part in Poemworks: The Workshop for Publishing Poets. He is a psychiatrist and works mainly with kids, teenagers and young adults. He has a strong interest in the experiences and dilemmas of adoptees and their families, and is working on a book about therapy, The Wound and the Spark. Steve's poetry is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Tar River Review, Exit 7, Juxtaprose, Tule Review, and The Southern Poetry Review. stevenickmanpoetry@gmail.com

David Anthony Sam, whose poetry has appeared in over seventy journals and publications, lives in Virginia with his wife, Linda. He has four collections and was the featured poet in The Hurricane Review (2016) and Light: A Journal of Photography and Poetry (2017). Sam's chapbook, Finite to Fail: Poems after Dickinson, was the 2016 Grand Prize winner of GFT Press Chapbook Contest. In 2017, he began serving as Poetry Editor for GFT Press. www.davidanthonysam.com

Kelly R. Samuels lives and works as an adjunct English instructor near what some term the "west coast of Wisconsin." Her work has appeared online at apt, Off the Coast, Cleaver and Burningword, and is forthcoming in Kestrel and Chiron Review. krsamuels423@gmail.com

Paul Zakaras shares a hillside above Santa Barbara with a bevy of quail and backyard birds of every size and stripe, including hungry winter migrants from Alaska. He has taught writing and literature courses at the University of Maryland (Europe) and at Santa Monica City College. His poetry has been published in Naturewriting, and his most recent prose publication was a review of an imaginary novel called "The Wall" for The Satirist. pzakaras@gmail.com