John R. Beardsley divides his time between Evansville, Indiana, where he teaches composition at the University of Southern Indiana, and Tallahassee, Florida, where he is pursuing a doctorate in Creative Writing at Florida State University. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Journal, Gulf Coast, CutBank, Third Coast, American Literary Review, juked, and Makeout Creek.
Xavia Harrington, a native South Carolinian, graduated from Claflin University with a BA in English Education and certification to teach grades 7-12. As an undergraduate student, she worked extensively with ELL populations testing the classical educational theorems against the modern, urban environment in which they learned academic literacy. Xavia went on to attend Auburn University and work as a graduate teaching assistant and researcher, later graduating from Auburn University with an MA in Composition & Rhetoric with a concentration in Technical & Professional Writing. As an educator, Xavia enjoys teaching Composition & Rhetoric I & II as well as Introduction to Literature. As a researcher, Xavia is constantly enthralled with the juxtaposition of popular culture, literature, and literacy.
Jim Hunter was educated at Miami (OH) University and earned his MA in English at Virginia Tech. He currently teaches composition and literature at USI, and he has worked as an actor, a cook, an accountant, and a paramedic.
Anthony Rintala is a poet and English instructor at the University of Southern Indiana.
Alice Shen teaches playwriting, theatre history, and English composition at USI. She received her MFA from Virginia Tech and her BA from James Madison University. Her full-length play, Entitled, won the Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Charles M. Getchell New Play Award in 2010.