Barbara Crooker is a poetry editor for Italian Americana, and author of nine full-length books of poetry; Some Glad Morning is forthcoming in the Pitt Poetry Series. Her awards include the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Her work appears in a variety of anthologies, including Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania and The Bedford Introduction to Literature.

Peter Leight lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has previously published poems in Paris Review, AGNI, Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, FIELD, Raritan, and other magazines.

Originally from New York, Linna Mack lives in Pennsylvania with her husband in their now empty nest. She has returned to her first love, poetry, after years of other writing; retired from college teaching, she is usually still buried in books. But she can also be found native-plant gardening, hiking local trails, collaging in mixed-media or researching family history.

Kwoya Fagin Maples is a writer from Charleston, South Carolina. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and is a graduate Cave Canem Fellow. She is the author of Mend (University Press of Kentucky, 2018.) A finalist for the AWP Prize, Mend tells the story of the birth of obstetrics and gynecology and the role enslaved women played in that process.

Diane K. Martin lives in Sonoma County, California. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Field, Kenyon Review, Plume and elsewhere. Her work was included in Best New Poets, received a Pushcart Special Mention, and won the 2009 poetry prize from Smartish Pace. Her first collection, Conjugated Visits, a National Poetry Series finalist, was published by Dream Horse Press. Her second book, Hue & Cry, will be published by MadHat Press in September.

Melanie McCabe is the author of His Other Life: Searching For My Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams, as well as two poetry collections, What The Neighbors Know and History of the Body. Her essays and poems have appeared in The Washington Post, The Georgia Review, The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, and many other journals.

Daniel Murphy teaches creative writing and literature at Boston University and Emmanuel College, and works as a carpenter during his summers. His poems have appeared in Sugar House Review, Panhandler Magazine, Lullwater Review, and The Adirondack Review, among others. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Massachusetts.

Michael Pearce's fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Conjunctions, Epoch, Shenandoah, Witness, and elsewhere, and has won some national prizes (Dogwood, Bosque, Gemini).

Julie Watson is a writer and communications professional living in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Her work has earned recognition in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition and the Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition. In addition to writing short fiction, Julie is hard at work on a novel.

Jed Wyman received his MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University in 2009 and currently teaches writing at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay. His stories have appeared in places such as Bangalore Review, 34thParallel, The Radvocate, JMWW, Verdad, and Shark Reef, and have been shortlisted for Writecorner Press's E.M. Koeppel Award. He has spent two summers teaching in Kenya, twelve summers building trails and packing mules in Sequoia National Park, and played guitar in a number of craptastic rock bands including Grim Reefer (Bard College, New York) and Non Drowsy (Missoula, Montana).