Never Enough, I Told You So, Sunny Days, Looking for Balance, Offering, Journey, Willing, Fiona (Red Shoe Series), Amy (Red Shoe Series), Conversations, and Chained to Fashion—Deborah S. Ball earned an MFA in ceramics from Indiana State University, where she studied with Ray Chen.
“Rig Worker”—Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award winner Amanda Auchter is the founding editor of Pebble Lake Review and the author of The Glass Crib, winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award judged by Rigoberto González, and of the chapbook Light Under Skin (Finishing Line Press, 2006). A former Theodore Morrison Poetry Scholar for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she has received awards and honors from Bellevue Literary Review, BOMB Magazine, Crab Orchard Review, Cutthroat, Mid-American Review, and others. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and teaches creative writing and literature at Lone Star College-CyFair.
“Wake”—Karen Dale holds an MFA from University of California, Irvine, and her publishing credits include Greensboro Review, Threepenny Review, Los Angeles Times, and Persimmon Tree.
“Sheyna in 1936”—Ed Frankel divides his time between Northern California and Los Angeles, where he is on the faculty of the UCLA English Dept. Writing Programs and adjunct faculty at Antioch Los Angeles. His poetry has appeared in Fugue, The Breadline West Coast Poetry Anthology, The Dogwood Journal of Poetry and Prose, Nimrod, Pedestal, Pearl, The Litchfield Review, and others. Frankel was nominated for the Pushcart Best of the Small Presses Poetry Prize 2006 and 2010. He has won first prize poetry awards from Confluence, New American Review, and The Hackney Review. His chapbook When the Catfish Are In Bloom: Requiem for John Fahey was nominated for The PEN Center USA Literary Award and the California Book Award, and another chapbook, People Of The Air, was published by New American Press.
“X”—Maya Pindyck’s first collection of poetry, Friend Among Stones (New Rivers Press, 2009), won the Many Voices Project Award. She is also the author of the chapbook, Locket, Master, which received a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship in 2006. Her poetry won Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Poetry Award and recently appeared in Squaw Valley Review, Oranges & Sardines (Poets & Artists), The Tusculum Review, and Ekleksographia. She lives in Brooklyn.
“Barriere di Lingua”—Gene Albamonte graduated with an MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Florida. Thus far, his fiction has appeared in Clapboard House and Fragmentation + Other Stories, an anthology published by Burrow Press. He was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s January 2008 Family Matters competition and earned an Honorable Mention in the April 2008 Family Matters competition. Albamonte writes a weekly column for PANK Magazine’s blog and two columns for Burrow Press’s blog.
“The Children and I”—Bipin Aurora has worked as an economist, an energy analyst, and a systems analyst. His fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Epiphany, Harpur Palate, Prism Review, and North Atlantic Review, and is forthcoming in Quiddity and Eclipse: A Literary Journal.
“Gun Shy”—Kim Bradley earned an MFA from the University of New Orleans. Her stories have appeared in Kalliope and Gulfstreaming. Bradley teaches writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and poetry to at-risk children. She edited a collection of their poems called Juice up the True Say. Currently she is at work on a novel.
“Old Man Evil”—Vince Czyz is the author of Adrift in a Vanishing City. He is also the recipient of the 1994 Faulkner Prize for Short Fiction and two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts. Czyz's fiction has appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, Louisiana Literature, and the Massachusetts Review. His work has also been antholgized in Turkish translation.
“The Beheadings”—Ashley Rose Davidson is from Flagstaff, Arizona. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Meridian, Sou’wester, Quarterly Westand other journals. She’s currently a student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
“The Theory of Dog Shit”—Gary Fincke’s collection of stories Sorry I Worried You won the Flannery O’Connor Prize and was published by the University of Georgia Press. His next book, a collection of poems titled The History of Permanence, won the Stephen F. Austin University Press Poetry Prize and will be published in the fall of 2011. Fincke is the Charles Desgenstein Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University.
“Casino”—Rita Hypnarowski studied creative writing at American River College and the University of California at Davis. Her nonfiction and fiction have appeared in Fugue, The Roanoke Review, Willard & Maple, and The Santa Clara Review.
“From the Mountaintop”—Jim Krosschell worked in science publishing for 30 years, starting as a 29-year-old production assistant, avoiding the real world until then via grad school, Peace Corps, travel, and TESOL teaching. He has mostly retired now, writing essays and a blog, dividing his time between Newton, MA, and Owls Head, ME. His essays are published, or forthcoming, in Louisville Review, Southeast Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Contrary, Saranac Review, and others.
“The Only Explanation for Electricity”—Alison Ruth was a feature writer for the popular music magazines Creem, Rock!, Rock Fever, and Wavelength. Her fiction has been published in J Journal, for which she was nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize; G.W. Review; and Tulane Literary Magazine. Ruth graduated from Upsala College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.
“Dear Katie”—Robert Yune earned an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and received a full tuition minority scholarship to the advanced fiction workshop at the New York State Summer Writers Institute. His publications include a short story, “Clear Blue Michigan Sky,” in Green Mountains Review, an interview with Michael Byers in Hot Metal Bridge, and a book review of Allison Amend’s Things That Pass for Love in Hot Metal Bridge. Yune works as a tutor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Writing Center and as a reader for Chatham University’s Low-Residency MFA program.
“My Father’s Tears”—Marilyn Martin received her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her work is forthcoming in Front Porch, and she is also the author of a book about her experience as a parent of a child with a nonverbal learning disability.
“A History of the Kiss”—Scott Saalman's work has appeared in the anthology Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana; Lost Magazine; The Evansville Review; Evansville Living magazine; The Coconut Telegraph; Country Magazine; Editor's Workshop; and numerous newspapers.
"The Keeper's Voice"—Anthony Rintala is a poet and English Instructor at the University of Southern Indiana.