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Aleda Bliss > Poetry > New York, USA

Aleda Bliss is an actress and a poet. Her written work has appeared in Chronogram, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and as part of The Boudica Series: A Festival of Women’s Voices in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Chelsea Bunn > Poetry > New Mexico, USA

Chelsea Bunn is a poet and educator living in New Mexico. Her work appears in publications in print and online, including Maudlin House, Apathy Magazine, Cover, The Big Windows Review, Dogwood, and Georgetown Review. She earned her BA in creative writing and her MFA in poetry at Hunter College in New York, where she received a teaching fellowship, a Norma Lubetsky Friedman Scholarship, and taught creative writing for eleven years. She was selected as Thinker in Residence by Art in Odd Places in 2016 and was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize twice. Born and raised in NYC, she currently teaches poetry for the Continuing Education Departments of Santa Fe Community College and UNM.

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Diane Raven > Creative Nonfiction > Michigan, USA

Diane Raven is a naturalist, therapist, and illustrator/writer. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Michigan University. She co-founded Headwaters Environmental Station in the Keweenaw Bioregion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she taught environmental /ecological education. Her column, Field Notes, ran in Minnesota and Wisconsin newspapers throughout her career as a naturalist. She co-produced the radio program Journeys Into a Sense of Place for Minnesota Public Radio affiliate WGGL. Raven worked as a therapist developing/directing the art therapy program for an adolescent residential behavioral health agency. Most recently, she authored the chapter “Hidden Voices: Creative Art Therapy Interventions for Adolescents with Dissociation” in The Fractured Child: Diagnosis and Treatment of Youth with Dissociation, by Frances S. Waters (2016, Springer Publishing Company). She is currently working on writing/illustrating a book on the development of an ecological conscience in children. She and her husband continue to live at Headwaters.

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Emily Alice Katz > Flash Fiction > North Carolina, USA

Emily Alice Katz's fiction has appeared recently in Mud Season Review and Kindred and has been recognized by Glimmer Train (September 2016); her short story "The Italian Dance" was nominated for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her family and assorted household and barnyard critters.

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Jarred Thompson > Poetry > South Africa

Jarred Thompson graduated from Alabama State University with a Summa Cum Laude in English.  He has been published in Typecast Literary Magazine, Type House Literary Magazine, The Best New African Poets Anthology of 2016, New Contrast Literary Journal, and was longlisted for The Sol Plaatje Award and Anthology of Poetry and placed second in the Fitzgerald Museum Short Story Contest, a national contest for college students in the US. He currently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa where he is at work on his Masters at the University of Johannesburg.

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Jesse Miksic > Poetry > New York, USA

Jesse Miksic is a graphic designer and writer living in Peekskill, New York. He spends his life hanging out with a wonderful wife and daughter, cycling rapidly through projects that rarely seem to get finished. His writing can be found in Berfrois, Issue 116 of Right Hand Pointing, and the December 2017 issue of Cold Creek Review.

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John Hicks > Poetry > New Mexico, USA

John Hicks is an emerging poet: has been published or accepted for publication by:  I-70 Review, First Literary Review – East, Panorama, MidnightCircus, The Lincoln Underground, and The Society for the Preservation of Wild Culture.  When he retired, he started an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska – Omaha, recently completing it.

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Michael Hardin > Poetry > Pennsylvania, USA

Originally from Los Angeles, Michael Hardin lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife, two children, and two Pekingeses.  His poetry has appeared in North American Review, Seneca Review, Quarterly West, Tampa Review, and Gargoyle, among others.  He is currently working on a memoir entitled, How to Raise an Atheist.

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Richard Martin > Poetry > Massachusetts, USA

Richard Martin's latest book is Goosebumps of Antimatter (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), a selection of poems and stories, art galleries, and interviews with poets and artists. Martin is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Poetry and founder of the Big Horror Poetry Series (1983-1996) in his hometown, Binghamton, New York. He lives in Boston with his family.

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Sandra Lindow > Poetry > Wisconsin, USA

Sandra J. Lindow has been publishing her poetry for 57 years.  Her first published poem appeared in a Sunday School magazine when she was 11.  She now has seven collections of poetry and several more in process.  Lindow has served as Regional Vice President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets since 1987.  Her awards include two WWA Jade Ring awards, the WFOP Triad Award, and the Wisconsin Press Women's Award for Poetry.  She lives on a hilltop in Menomonie, Wisconsin.

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Tera Joy Cole > Flash Fiction > Idaho, USA

Tera Joy Cole is the author of the short story, “Where Things Are Made” which was published by Blunderbuss Magazine (April 2015). Additionally, her short story “Coyotes Don’t Litter” appeared in the online literary journal, The Writing Disorder (Winter 2015). She holds an M.A. degree in English and teaches composition and literature at Idaho State University. When she’s not teaching or writing, she enjoys trail running in the beautiful mountains of Idaho.