Alternating Current, Kosovo, Letting Go, We Two Girls, Cherry, Synchronicity, Untitled, Martha’s Dream, Incinerate & Zeon—Debra Clem is a professor of fine arts at Indiana University Southeast, located in New Albany, Indiana. She has shown her paintings in more than sixty group, invitational, and solo exhibitions. Clem is the recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship, the highest individual award given to artists from the state of Kentucky, and has also been awarded fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center.
“HDTV”—Michael Waters has written ten books of poetry, including Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2006); and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems, finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize (2001). His poems have appeared in various journals, including The Yale Review, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Georgia Review and Rolling Stone. Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation and fellowship residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Tyrone Guthrie Center (Ireland), Le Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland), and The St. James Centre for Creativity (Malta). He is professor of English at Monmouth University and also teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Waters lives with his wife, poet Mihaela Moscaliuc, in Ocean, New Jersey.
“Amusement Part after Rain”—John Hart was born and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. He currently resides in Winter Park, Florida.
“Blessed One,” “Upon Seeing Silent Footage of Eva Braun,” & “Eighteen”—Michael Meyerhofer’s third book, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. His previous books are Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award) and Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books, finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize). His work has appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Arts & Letters and other journals. He currently teaches creative writing at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. In his spare time Meyerhofer dabbles in fantasy. His first novel, Wytchfire, is forthcoming.
“Your Mother’s Place”—Cindy E. King currently lives in Lancaster, Texas, where she is an assistant professor of English at the University of North Texas Dallas. She holds an MA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a PhD from Florida State University. Her most recent publications include poems in Callaloo, North American Review, American Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and Barrow Street. King’s work has also been featured on American Weekend, a National Public Radio production.
“Out of the Flock”—Catherine Anderson is the author of In the Mother Tongue (Alice James Books) and The Work of Hands (Perugia Press). In 2010, she won the Richard Peterson Prize for Poetry sponsored by the Crab Orchard Review. She lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Life Sentence”—Michael Schmeltzer earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. His honors include the Gulf Stream Award for Poetry, Blue Earth Review’s Flash Fiction Prize, and the Artsmith Literary Award. He helps edit A River & Sound Review and has been published in Water~Stone Review, Natural Bridge, and numerous other journals.
“Calling Out Larry”—Jim Daniels' recent books include Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry, Carnegie Mellon University Press, and From Milltown to Malltown with Jane McCafferty and photographer Charlee Brodsky, Marick Press. Forthcomin books include Trigger Man, short fiction, Michigan State University Press, and Birth Marks, BOA Editions. He wrote and produced the independent film Mr. Pleasant in 2010.
“Order of the Day”—Nathan E. White is a writer and musician living in the Los Angeles area. He received his MFA in creative writing from New York University in 2004. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of magazines, including Lake Effect, Tulane Review, Bellingham Review, South Dakota Review, and Redactions: Poetry & Poetics.
“Beneath the Bleacher’s Din”—Tony Tracy is the author of two poetry collections: The Christening and Without Notice. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, North American Review, Rattle, The Briar Cliff Review, Poetry East and many other magazines and journals. He lives in Urbandale, Iowa, with his two dogs, two sons and one wife.
“Suicide Watch”—Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum has had poems, essays, interviews, and reviews recently appear or are forthcoming in The Writers Chronicle, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Poet Lore, The Missouri Review, storySouth, Copper Nickel, New Letters, Glimmer Train, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Potomac Review, Sou’wester, Crab Orchard Review, and The Cold Mountain Review, among others. He is founder and editor of PoemoftheWeek.org, managing editor of AdHominem.weebly.com, and teaches English at Metro State College of Denver.
“Animal Heart” & “Actual Animals”—Rebecca Hazelton attended The University of Notre Dame for her MFA in poetry and completed her PhD at Florida State University. She was awarded a fellowship year as the Jay C. and Ruth Hall Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Creative Writing Institute, and also received a fellowship from Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Salt Hill, Puerto del Sol, American Book Review, and Pleiades, and D.A. Powell chose “Book of Janus” for inclusion in Best New Poets 2011. Hazelton teaches creative writing at Beloit College.
“Endurance” & “Belief”—Richard Jackson is the author of ten books of poems, most recently Resonance (Ashland, 2010), Half Lives: Petrarchan Poems (Autumn House, 2004), and Unauthorized Autobiography: New and Selected Poems (Ashland Poetry Press, 2003). His own poems have been translated into a dozen languages, and he has edited two anthologies of Slovene poetry: The Fire Under the Moon and Double Vision: Four Slovenian Poets. Jackson is also the author of a book of criticism, Dismantling Time in Contemporary American Poetry (Agee Prize), and Acts of Mind: Interviews With Contemporary American Poets (Choice Award). His several dozen essays and reviews have appeared in Georgia Review, Verse, Contemporary Literature, Boundary 2, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and numerous other journals, as well as anthologies such as The Planet on the Table: Writers Reading (2003) and John Ashbery (ed. Harold Bloom, 2004). In 2000 he was awarded the Order of Freedom Medal for literary and humanitarian work in the Balkans by the President of Slovenia and has received Guggenheim, NEA, NEH, two Witter-Bynner and Fulbright Fellowships, and five Pushcart Prizes.
“Nothing More Paleolithic: An Interview with Michael Meyhofer”—Anthony Rintala is a poet and composition instructor at the University of Southern Indiana. He received his MFA from Louisiana State University and has served as the poetry editor of LSU’s New Delta Review and has been on the editorial staff of other journals, including Callaloo. Rintala is also a former music critic whose work was published in a now defunct, semi-reputable website. His poetry can next be seen in A Few Lines Magazine.
“The Last Ice Age”—Sara Lynn Pevar is a Philadelphia native and a recent graduate of the University of Montana’s MFA program in fiction. In the past, she has served twice as a representative to the AWP Intro Journals Project and won the Merriam-Frontier Award for Fiction. “The Last Ice Age” is her first published story.
“Other Than Us”—Lucas Church's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Literarian, The Carolina Quarterly, Hobart, and other journals. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is currently in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.
“The Gar of Muck Bay”—Eric Neuenfeldt’s collection of stories, Fall Ends Tomorrow, won the 2010 Iron Horse Literary Review Single Author Competition, judged by Mark Richard. He currently serves as associate editor for Cimarron Review and contributing editor for Arroyo Literary Review.
“Lost”—Kevin Corbin studied education before moving on to a career in law enforcement. His short stories have been finalists in several competitions, including the recent fiction open contest for Glimmer Train. Corbin resides in Evansville, Indiana, with his wife and two daughters.
“Lunch at Woolworths”—Kirby Wright was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received his MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University and is a past recipient o the Ann Fields Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Award, the Browning Society Award for Dramatic Monologue, and Arts Council SiliconValley Fellowships in Poetry and The Novel. Before the City, his first book of poetry, took first place at the 2003 San Diego Book Awards. Wright is also the author of the companion novels Punahou Blues and Moloka’i Nui Ahina, both set in Hawaii. He was a visiting fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii and lectured with poet Gary Snyder. He was also a visiting writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Writers Residency in Edgartown, Massachusetts.
“People Called Me Strange”—Natalie Sears received a BA in religion from Barnard College and an MS in library and information science from Pratt Institute. Her writing has appeared in the Columbia Review, Indiana Review, and The Missouri Review. Sears works as a librarian and bookseller in her native Cleveland, Ohio.