Elena Botts grew up in Maryland and currently lives in Northern Virginia. She’s been published in over twenty literary magazines in the past few years. She is the winner of four poetry contests, including Word Works Young Poets’. Her poetry has been exhibited at the Greater Reston Art Center. Check out her poetry book, a little luminescence, at allbook-books.com. Additionally, her visual art has won her several awards. Go to o-mourning-dove.tumblr.com to see her latest artwork.
Shruti Swamy lives and writes in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, New American Writing, Crate Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2012, she was named Vassar College’s 50th W.K. Rose Fellow. You can find her online at shrutiswamy.com
Mark Jackley is the author of several chapbooks and two full-length collections, most recently Hello Hello Hello (Blurb Press). His work has appeared in Tampa Review, Melic, Crate, Talking River, Sugar House Review, and other journals. He lives in Sterling, Virginia.
Laurie Blauner is the author of three novels, The Bohemians (2013), Infinite Kindness (2007), and Somebody (2002), and six books of poetry. Her most recent chapbook of poetry was published by dancing girl press. A novella called Instructions for Living was published in 2011 by Main Street Rag. She has received a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship as well as Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, 4Culture, and Artist Trust grants and awards. She was a resident at Centrum in Washington state and was in the Jack Straw Writers Program in 2007. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Nation, The Georgia Review, American Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, and many other magazines. A new book of poetry is forthcoming from What Books Press. Her web site is www.laurieblauner.com.
S.D. Lishan is an Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, where he teaches courses in creative writing and poetry. His poems, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Bellingham Review, Barrow Street, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Chicago Review, Kenyon Review, The American Poetry Journal, In Posse Review, Mudlark, Arts & Letters, New England Review, Versedaily, and other journals. His book Body Tapestries, a winner of the Orphic Prize, was published by Dream Horse Press. He lives in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Lynda.
Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the author of the chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon, as well as the full-length collections Hurrah’s Nest and A Penny Saved. Her debut collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award and is a finalist for the 82nd California Book Awards. Co-editor for HER KIND, an online literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and the editorial manager for Dance Studio Life magazine, Arisa has received residencies, fellowships, or scholarships from Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Rose O’Neill Literary House, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, her poetry has been widely published and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet. Arisa is a native New Yorker, living in Oakland, CA, with her partner. For more information visit arisawhite.com or facebook.com/Arisapage.
A product of American Bottom, an Illinois floodplain across the Mississippi from St. Louis, Steve Davenport is the author of two poetry collections: Overpass (2012) and Uncontainable Noise (2006). His poems, stories, and essays have been anthologized, reprinted, and published in scores of literary magazines both on-line and in print. A recent story in The Southern Review received a 2011 Pushcart Prize Special Mention.
Daniel Borzutzky is the author of The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011), The Ecstasy of Capitulation (2007), and Arbitrary Tales (2005). His translations include Raúl Zurita’s Song for his Disappeared Love (2010) and Jaime Luis Huenún’s Port Trakl (2008). His work has been anthologized in, among others, A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years (Fence Books), Seriously Funny (University of Georgia Press, 2010), and Malditos Latinos Malditos Sudacas: Poesia Iberoamericana Made in USA (El billar de Lucrecia, 2010). Journal publications include BOMB, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Conjunctions, Chicago Review, TriQuarterly, and many others. Chapbooks include Failure in the Imagination (2007) and One Size Fits All (2009). His poems have been translated into Spanish, Bulgarian, French, and Turkish. He lives in Chicago.
Joe Wenderoth was cut out of porous rock in the rain while electricity surged. The result was incredible—what wonderful eyes! Then things slowly but surely got worse.