David Bowen completed a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His work has appeared in The Literary Review, Colorado ReviewFlyway, Serving House Journal, Printer's Devil Review, and elsewhere.

Raul Clement is an editor at New American Press and MAYDAY Magazine. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in Blue Mesa Review, Coe Review, Surreal South '09, Serving House Journal, Masque and Spectacle, and elsewhere. His novel, The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (coauthored with Okla Elliott), was released by Dark House Press in 2015. For news, events, and links to online publications, visit

Okla Elliott is an assistant professor at Misericordia University in northeast Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Illinois, an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University, and a certificate in legal studies from Purdue University. His work has appeared in Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, A Public Space, Subtropics, and elsewhere, as well as being included as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2015. His books include From the Crooked Timber (short fiction), The Cartographer’s Ink (poetry), The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (a novel coauthored with Raul Clement), Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker (translation), and Pope Francis: The Essential Guide (nonfiction, forthcoming). For more information, visit his website at


Paul Crenshaw is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was a Fred Chappell fellow. His stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Essays 2005 and Best New American Essays 2011, Shenandoah, North American Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. He teaches writing and literature at Elon University.

Kirsten Clodfelter holds an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Her writing has been published in The Iowa Review, Brevity, Narrative Magazine, Green Mountains Review, and storySouth, among others. She is an Associate Editor of As It Ought to Be, where she writes about women and gender issues in popular culture and manages At the Margins, a review series for small-press and underrepresented books. Her chapbook of war-impact stories, Casualties, was published in 2013 by RopeWalk Press as the first runner-up of their annual Editor’s Fiction Chapbook contest.

Sivan Rotholz Teitelman received her MFA from the New School and is the Poetry Editor at As It Ought to Be. Previously a lawyer in San Francisco, she now lives in Israel.