TERRY ADAMS has poems in Poetry, Ironwood, The Sun, Witness, College English, The Painted Bride Quarterly,and elsewhere. He MCs poetry events at the Beat Museum in San Francisco and in La Honda, California. His first collection, Adam’s Ribs, is available from Off The Grid Press. He rescued from oblivion and lives in Ken Kesey’s infamous 1960s cabin in La Honda, California.
ALICIA ANDERSON is a storyteller living in Atlanta. She studies mythology for her novel while wrangling a spreadsheet-intensive day job. Her work has been reprinted by the Rebelle Society.
CONSUELO ARIAS is a professor, writer, and translator born in New York City to Spanish parents. She has a Ph.D from Princeton University, where she specialized in modern and contemporary Hispanic poetry. She has published critical essays on the construction of the queer subject (Writing the Female Body in the Texts of Cristina Peri Rossi: Excess, Monumentality and Fluidity  and (Un)veiling Desire: Configurations of Eros in the Poetry of Jaime Gil de Biedma ) in Spanish and Spanish-American literature. In 1998 she published an English-to-Spanish translation, Favorite Latino Authors Share Their Holiday Memories. Her most recent publications, Ramos Otero, de Times Square a Mar Chiquita (2014) and Nueva York o la cartografía de lo híbrido (2015), are fragments of a manuscript comprised of autobiographical essays on growing up bilingual and bicultural in New York City. Ms. Arias has recently completed a Spanish-to-English translation of El Gran criminal (1997) by the renowned Spanish writer Dionisio Cañas. Various texts from the manuscript will be published in the journal Modern Poetry in Translation in early 2017. She has taught at Skidmore, Sarah Lawrence, and various CUNY colleges. Currently she is a Professor of Spanish and Women’s Studies at Nassau Community College.
GABRIELLA M. BELFIGLIO’s work has appeared most recently in Literary Mama. She is the second-place winner of the 2014 Yeats Poetry Contest. She has also had writing published in the award-winning anthology Poetic Voices Without Borders, The Potomac Review, The Monterey Poetry Review, The Dream Catcher’s Song, Avanti Popolo, Folio, The Centrifugal Eye, Radius and Lambda Literary Review, and others.
ALLISON BLEVINS received her MFA at Queens University of Charlotte and is a Lecturer for the Women’s Studies Program at Pittsburg State University and the Department of English and Philosophy at Missouri Southern State University. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as the minnesota review, Sinister Wisdom, Pilgrimage, and Josephine Quarterly. She lives in Joplin, Missouri, with her wife and two children.
CAROLYN BOLL is a writer based in Montreal, Canada. Her poems have been published in The Gay & Lesbian Review and The Lavender Review, where she was the Guest Art Editor for the Dance Issue, and where she has had her collage work published as well. She has a BA in Western Civilization and Culture and an MA in Communications from Concordia University. She is a graduate of the Mentorship program at The School for Writers at Humber College, and is the Communications Consultant for Linda Leith Publishing. The recipient of Canada Council for the Arts and Ministère des Affaires Culturelles grants as an independent dance artist, Carolyn has attended writing retreats at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she has workshopped parts of the book she is working on rooted in her childhood experience as a tomboy in the ballet world.
MELISSA BUCKHEIT is a poet, dancer/choreographer, photographer, English Lecturer and professional Bodywork Therapist. She is the author of Noctilucent (Shearsman Books, 2012), and two chapbooks: Dulcet You (dancing girl press, August 2016), and Arc (The Drunken Boat, 2007). Her poems, translations, photography, essays, critical interviews and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, The Feminist Wire, HerKind, The VOLTA, Sinister Wisdom, The Drunken Boat, Bombay Gin, Spiral Orb, Shearsman Magazine, Waxwing, The Sonoran Desert: A Literary Field Guide (University of Arizona Press, 2016), and elsewhere. Olga Broumas has described her poetry as deploying “the sensory intricacies of high lyric, iridescent candor & dynamic range to serve our imagination an eclectic feast of electrifying, intimate, thermospheric meditations,” and Jocelyn Heath, in a review in Lambda Literary, noted of Noctilucent that, “Buckheit pairs earthly longings with writings of celestial delicacy to show us what we can see when we look beyond immediacy. Her collection, like the noctilucent cloud that shares its name, lingers long in the atmosphere.” Buckheit translates the poet Ioulita Iliopoulou from Modern Greek, and is a recipient of the American Poets Honorary Award, a Tucson-Pima Arts Council Dance grant, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from Naropa University and a B.A. in English & American Literature, Dance/Theatre & French from Brandeis University. She has co-curated the innovative Edge Reading Series in Tucson, AZ since 2008, and taught at Pima College, University of Arizona and Zuzi Dance Company. Find her at melissabuckheit.com.
ELISSA CAHN recently completed an MFA at Western Michigan University, where she served as the nonfiction editor for Third Coast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Harpur Palate, Quarterly West, Hobart, SmokeLong Quarterly, PANK, Sou’wester, and others.
DIONISIO CAÑAS lives in La Mancha, Spain. Some of his notable books of poetry are Lugar: antología y nuevos poemas (2010), La balada del hombremujer (2008), Videopoemas (2002-2006) (2006) and El Gran criminal (1997). He has also published nonfiction works as Memorias de un mirón (Voyeurismo y sociedad) (2002) and El poeta y la ciudad (1994). Writer-artist, his career is characterized by a constant search for new means of expression, from the traditional field of book publishing to collaboration with visual artists and the use of video and performance art. His website is http://dionisioc.com/.
MERRILL COLE’s is the author of The Other Orpheus: A Poetics of Modern Homosexuality and the translator from the German of the 1923 naked dancing magnum opus, Dances of Vice, Horror, and Ecstasy. “The Blond Sheep” is part of a longer narrative in progress, “Accidental Berliner.” His poetry has most recently appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Good Men Project, and Poetic Diversity. Cole received a Fulbright Award to study in Germany in 2010-11. Currently, he teaches literature, creative writing, and queer studies at Western Illinois University.
KELLI CONNELL‘s body of work Double Life has been widely received and included in numerous national solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Microsoft, The Haggerty Museum of Art and The Dallas Museum of Art. Publications include MP3: Midwest Photographers’ Publication Project (Aperture and The Museum of Contemporary Photography), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon) and Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture). Connell’s first full-length monograph Kelli Connell: Double Life was released by DECODE Books in August 2011. She lives in Chicago.
CHASE DIMOCK is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. His research focuses on forgotten queer writers and artists from LGBT history and transnational queer studies. His publications in these fields include journal articles and book chapters on authors Gale Wilhelm, Robert McAlmon, Nella Larsen, Yoko Tawada, and Kurban Said. His literary reviews of LGBT publications have appeared in The Lambda Literary Review, Western American Literature, Modern American Poetry, As It Ought To Be, and Dissertation Reviews.
DAVID EYE earned a midlife MFA from Syracuse University in 2008. His debut poetry collection, Seed, is forthcoming in 2017 from The Word Works, selected by Eduardo Corral. His chapbook, Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past, was released in 2013 from Seven Kitchens Press, and his poems have appeared in BLOOM, Cider Press Review, The Good Men Project, Lambda Literary, The Louisville Review, Puerto del Sol, Stone Canoe, and other journals and anthologies. David is the winner of the 2014 Hudson Valley Writers Guild Non-Fiction Award in humor. He has received scholarships to the 2014 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the 2016 West Chester University Poetry Conference and he was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as a finalist in the 2015-2016 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest. David has taught creative writing, academic writing, and literature at St. John’s University, Manhattan College, Syracuse University, and Cazenovia College. He grew up in rural Virginia, and lives (for now) at the edge of a forest in the Catskill Mountains.
DONNA FLEISCHER’s poems are in anthologies and journals worldwide, including A Vast Sky, Bones, Contemporary Haibun, Cornell University Mann Library’s Daily Haiku, Exit Strata, Fiera Lingue, Haiku 2015, Haiku 2014, is/let, Kō, Lilliput Review, moongarlic, Naugatuck River Review, Otoliths, Peace Is a Haiku Song, Poets for Living Waters, Presence, Solitary Plover, Spiral Orb, The Marsh Hawk Press Review, TRUCK, Under the Basho, Verse Osmosis, and We Are All Japan. <Periodic Earth > (Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press, Pueblo, CO, 2016), is her fourth chapbook. Other chapbooks are with Longhouse Publishers, useful knowledge press, and bottle rockets press. Fleischer curates poetry, photography, philosophy, and permaculture content at her blog word pond.
TYLER GILLESPIE lives in New Orleans. His most recent work appears or is forthcoming in PANK, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and Deep South.
JANE EATON HAMILTON is the author of eight books of fiction and poetry. Her memoir, Mondays are Yellow, Sundays are Grey, retitled No More Hurt, was a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK, shortlisted for the MIND Book Award and the VanCity Book Prize, and appeared on the Guardian’s books of the year list. Her poetry volume Love Will Burst Into a Thousand Shapes is out fall 2014. Her short story collection July Nights was shortlisted for the BC Book Prizes, and her short fiction collection Hunger was shortlisted for the Ferro Grumley Award. Body Rain, her first book of poetry, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Award, and her chapbook Going Santa Fe won the League of Canadian Poets Poetry Chapbook Award. She has been included in the Journey Prize Anthology, Best Canadian Short Stories, and has been cited in the Best American Short Stories. She has won many prizes for her short fiction, including twice each, first prize in fiction in the CBC Literary Awards/Canada Writes (2003/2014) and the Prism International short fiction award. She has published in the NY Times, Seventeen magazine, Salon, Macleans, VIDA, Numero Cinq, the Globe and Mail, the Missouri Review, Ms blog, the Alaska Quarterly Review and many other places. She has been a recipient of arts awards from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council. Jane’s work is upcoming in several anthologies, Siécle 21 in Paris, POEM in the UK and other places. She teaches writing students one-on-one for intensive workshops. Jane is also a photographer and visual artist and was a litigant in Canada’s same-sex marriage case. She lives in Vancouver. janeeatonhamilton.wordpress.com
J.D. ISIP’s academic writings, poetry, plays, and short stories have appeared (or will appear) in a number of publications including The Louisville Review, Changing English, Revista Aetenea, St. John’s Humanities Review, Teaching American Literature, The Citron Review, Poetry Quarterly, Scholars & Rogues, Mused, and The Copperfield Review. He is a professor at Collin College in Plano, Texas.
AMY KING‘s latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a co-winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the WNBA Award (Women’s National Book Association) and serves on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. King is co-editing, with Heidi Lynn Staples, the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change and is also co-editing the anthology Bettering American Poetry 2015. She is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.
DEBORAH LA GARBANZA lives in a cottage in the Oakland, California foothills with her cat Luna. Her work has appeared in a variety of online and in print publications including Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Read These Lips – Volume 5, Identity Envy – Wanting to Be Who We’re Not, Old 67 and Aunt Lute Books.
R.B. MERTZ has been published in DIAGRAM, Drunken Boat, BathHouse, and others.
KELLY MILLER’s work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Nano Fiction, Quiddity, The Boiler, and other journals.
JENNIFER MORALES holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University-L.A. She is a member of the board of the Driftless Writing Center. Meet Me Halfway, her collection of short stories about race relations in Milwaukee, was published by University of Wisconsin Press in April 2015. Recent publications include “Pillow / Book,” a poem and audio recording in Kenning Journal, “Falling,” in Stoneboat, and “Je m’accuse” in I Didn’t Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin (Cowfeather Press, 2014). Her short story “Heavy Lifting” was published in The Long Story and won the 2011 Honorable Mention in short fiction from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. In 2010, “Cross Reference,” a poem on the bombing of Hiroshima, received an Honorable Mention in the national Winning Writers War Poetry Contest.
SUSAN OKE worked in the UK Higher Education sector for thirteen years before surrendering to her passion for writing. She is now a full-time writer with a number of short stories published in anthologies and magazines (both online and print), and performed via podcast. Susan is active member of several critiquing groups and occasionally writes articles for Astronaut.com. View her blog and read samples of her work at: susanmayoke.com.
BOB PETERSEN teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University, fights the woodchucks intent on eating his vegetable garden, and writes stuff—academic conference papers, essays on writers as varied as Caroline Gordon, Lewis Carroll, and Kyoko Mori, and an occasional short story or poem.
ROBIN REAGLER is the author of the poetry chapbook, Dear Red Airplane (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011). Her work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She serves as the Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and lives in Houston, Texas.
DIANA RICKARD has recently had poems featured in The Outrider Review and Streetnotes. Her chapbook, Warped and Billowed, will be published in 2016 by Old Gold. She is an Assistant Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and has a reputation for beading tape dispensers and tampons, among other things.
SUSAN LYNN SOLOMON lives and writes in Niagara Falls, NY. Her story, “Sabbath,” published in a Kindle edition of Prick of the Spindle, was nominated for Best of the Net. “Kaddish,” a short memoir, was published in The Tampa Review Online. Her story, “Abigail Bender,” was an honorable mention in a Writers’ Journal short romance competition (2007). Her recent publications include “Ginger Man” (Imitation Fruit 2012), “Elvira” (Imitation Fruit 2013), “Second Hand” (Literary Juice 2012). “Ginger Man” and “Second Hand” have been reprinted in the short story anthology, Queen City Flash. Other stories have appeared in earlier editions of the online journals Imitation Fruit and Literary Juice, and in Sunstorm Fine Arts Magazine. She has written the text for a book containing the works of the artist, José Royo. Her essay, “Walking the Paper Trail,” has been quoted in court cases, and cited in law journal articles.
LEE COLIN THOMAS lives and writes in Minneapolis, MN. His poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Salamander, Narrative, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Water~Stone Review, Midwestern Gothic, Pilgrimage, and elsewhere. Online at www.leecolinthomas.net.