Mary Biddinger is the author of the poetry collections Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), and A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2014). She is also co-editor of The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (U Akron Press, 2011). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Bat City Review, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, Forklift, Ohio, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Quarterly West, and Redivider, among others. She teaches literature and poetry writing at The University of Akron, where she edits Barn Owl Review, the Akron Series in Poetry, and the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several books, chapbooks, and zines, including the shared properties of water and stars (Noctuary Press, 2013) and girl show (Black Lawrence, 2013). She lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio.
Alicia Catt is an MFA candidate at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in MARY, The Dirty Napkin, Revolution House, and decamp, among others. She prays nightly that her English 101 students never, ever Google her. Caroline Crew edits ILK journal. Her own poems have appeared in PANK; Salt Hill Journal; Forklift, Ohio; Sixth Finch & elsewhere. Often she doesn't have a home but currently lives between Old England & New England.
Rebecca Farivar is the author of Correct Animal (Octopus Books, 2011) and chapbooks Am Rhein (Burnside Review, 2013) and American Lit (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). Individual poems have appeared in The Volta, Denver Quarterly, 6x6, American Poetry Journal, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland. Sarah Jean Grimm recently received her MA in English from Fordham University, where she also earned her BA in English and Classical Languages. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her cat and works as a publicity assistant at Penguin. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Fordham Observer, The Washington Square Review, and NAP.
Allison Leigh writes poems, songs and stories and was born in 1989 in Bakersfield, California. She won an Academy of American Poets Prize in 2010 and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in 2011. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Evergreen Review, The Collagist, Red Lightbulbs, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mixed Fruit, 20x20, Inscape, Dunes Review and elsewhere. She likes rearranging things, collecting handwritten notes, acting and ruminating on universal abstractions. She lives and works in Traverse City, Michigan. Kati Mertz is a writer of fictions and poems in the NEOMFA. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Rubbertop Review and a contributor for Whiskey Island. When she is not doing those things, she is managing the interwebs for the BIG BIG MESS READING SERIES. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vector, The Bakery, Requited & others. She lives in Akron, OH.
Kim Stoll is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Arizona. In the hot, bright southwest, she waits until the moon is full and the air is crisp to wander off into the desert wilderness in search of, she's not sure what. She cannot help her animal self. Her work has recently appeared in Alice Blue Review, Permafrost, plain china, and Stone Highway. Eve Strillacci is a second-year MFA candidate at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, where she enjoys lawn games and sleeping late when she can. Previously, her work has appeared in Write from Wrong Literary Magazine, JMWW Journal, and Shadow Road Quarterly. All her poems have been begrudgingly proofread by her feisty identical twin. Any success is likely due to this.