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Scott Anderson is an illustrator with clients including The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, and many others. He also teaches as an associate professor of art at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Bob Barba began life as an Ohioan but fled to Western Massachusetts, where he has lived since 1982.

Brian Bedard is the author of two short story collections: Hour of the Beast and Grieving on the Run, which won the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for fiction from Snake Nation Press.

Christian Blaza is an illustrator based in New Jersey. Christian graduated Montclair State University in May 2015 with a 3.618 GPA. Along with receiving a BFA in Animation/Illustration, he was awarded Excellence in Illustration by the Department of Art & Design for the class of 2015.  Interested in editorial, sequential, and fantasy illustrations.

Devon Branca teaches at Morrisville State College. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry International, and elsewhere.

Brianne Burnell is a freelance digital illustrator living and creating from her home studio in Toronto, Canada.

French-American poet Brigitte Byrd’s most recent poetry book is Song of a Living Room (Ahsahta Press).

Catherine Byun is a freelance illustrator based in San Francisco. She spends her time drawing, watching movies, and hiking around California.

Hannah Craig lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her first collection is forthcoming from Parlor Press in the fall of 2016.

Dana Diehl earned her MFA in Fiction from Arizona State Univeristy. Her debut short story collection is forthcoming from Jellyfish Highway Press. 

Jennifer Gravley makes her way in Columbia, Missouri. She is a writer of sentences and a watcher of bad television.

Dan Haney is an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University, where he serves as Editor-in-Chief for Nashville Review.

Brett Hanley attends the MFA program at McNeese State. Her poetry is forthcoming or published in Hotel Amerika and apt. 

Michael Holladay holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Saint Ann’s Review, Paper Darts, Fiction Southeast, and elsewhere.

A. M. Kaempf is a contributing editor at The Northwest Review of Books. His work has also appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Millions, and Full Stop.

Robert King has been a contributing editor in drama to NAR since ’93. His Ethos of Drama is in nearly a thousand libraries worldwide.

Kathryn Kirkpatrick is Professor of English at Appalachian State University where she also serves as editor of Cold Mountain Review. She is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently two recipients of the NC Poetry Society’s Brockman-Campbell award, Our Held Animal Breath (2012), and Her Small Hands Were Not Beautiful (2014).

Melissa Kirsch is the author of The Girl’s Guide (Workman, 2015). Her work has appeared in Northwest Review, Fence, Meridian, Southwest Review, Indiana Review and Virginia Quarterly Review.

BJ Love teaches middle school in Houston, TX. Recent work can be found in Bodega, Poetry City USA, and Hobart. His podcast, Pretty LIT, can be found at

Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia, which was shortlisted for three Australian book awards.

Joseph W. Meeker is a professor of comparative literature. He is currently an Emeritus Professor at the Graduate School of the Union Institute and University. His books include Spheres of Life, The Comedy of Survival, and Minding the Earth.

Rajiv Mohabir, author of The Taxidermist's Cut (2016, Four Way Books Intro Prize), winner of the 2015 Kundiman Prize, is currently a PhD candidate in English at the University of Hawai‘i.

A Best Small Fictions 2015 Winner, Dave Petraglia‘s writing and photography have appeared in many magazines and literary journals. His blog is at

Anzhelina Polonskaya was born in Malakhovka, a small town near Moscow. Since 1998, she has been a member of the Moscow Union of Writers and in 2003, Polonskaya became a member of the Russian PEN-centre. In 2013 Paul Klee’s Boat was published by Zephyr Press and was shortlisted for the 2014 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. In 2016 her first volume of prose, Greenland, appeared in a German edition.

Jessica Reed’s work has appeared in Conjunctions, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Spiral OrbKudzu House Quarterly, The Fourth River, and Isotope.

Grant Riedel is a writer from Iowa. Recently, his work has appeared in Black FoxLiterary Magazine and Rivet.

Amy Roa is a poet living in Brooklyn, NY.

Clay Rodery is an illustrator who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Clay’s illustrations have been featured in many issues. 

Adam Scheffler’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Rattle, Colorado Review, Cincinnati Review, and many other journals.

Bradford Tice is the author of Rare Earth (New Rivers Press, 2013), which was named the winner of the 2011 Many Voices Project, and What the Night Numbered (forthcoming from Trio House Press, 2015), winner of the 2014 Trio Award. 

Wyatt Townley is the 2013-15 Poet Laureate of Kansas. She is the author of five books, most recently The Afterlives of Trees.

Anthony Tremmaglia is an Ottawa-based illustrator, artist, and educator. His clients include WIRED, Scientific American, Smart Money, HOW, and San Francisco Weekly.

Anthony Ventura is a graduate from the Sheridan College Illustration Program in Oakville Ontario, Canada. He has done work for print, multimedia, advertising and television. Anthony currently resides in a Hamlet North of Toronto Ont., Canada with his wife Georgia, his dog Larry and his infant son, Finnegan.

Andrew Wachtel is president of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Previously he was dean of the Graduate School at Northwestern University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an active translator from multiple Slavic languages.

Brian Phillip Whalen’s recent work appears in Mid-American Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Tammy, The Pinch, and elsewhere.

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