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Jeanie Tomasko

Jeanie Tomasko is the author of a few books of poetry, including most recently, The Collect of the Day and Dove Tail (both from Bent Paddle Press), Violet Hours (Taraxia Press) and Small Towns Along the Coast (Dancing Girl Press).

Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider

Elizabeth Dingmann Schneider is a writer and editor. She earned her MFA from Hamline University, and she also completed a one-year poetry fellowship with Commons Magazine. Her work has appeared in Commons Magazine, The Saint Paul Almanac, Mosaic, Sleet, the What Light Poetry Contest, and others.

Laura-Gray Street

Laura-Gray Street is the author of Pigment and Fume (Salmon Poetry, 2014) and co-editor of The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013) and A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia (forthcoming University of Georgia Press). She has been the recipient of poetry prizes from The Greensboro Review, the Dana Awards, the Southern Women Writers Conference, Isotope: A Journal of Literary Science and Nature Writing, and A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments.

James R. Gapinski

James R. Gapinski’s fiction has previously appeared in The Collapsar, Juked, Monkeybicycle, Psychopomp, SmokeLong Quarterly, Word Riot, and other publications. He’s managing editor of The Conium Review, associate faculty at Ashford University, and an instructional specialist at Chemeketa Community College. James lives with his partner in Portland, Oregon.

Karl Plank

Karl Plank’s writing has been published in journals such as Notre Dame Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Zone 3, New Madrid, Briar Cliff Review, and has been featured on Poetry Daily. He is the author of the recent poetry chapbook, A Field, Part Arable (Lithic Press, 2017). A past winner of the Thomas Carter Prize and a Pushcart nominee, he is the J.W. Cannon Professor of Religious Studies at Davidson College.

Shannon Schenck

Shannon Schenck earned an MFA from Hamline University in 2006 and an MA in Psychotherapy and Counseling from Adler Graduate School in 2013. She currently works in the behavioral health field as an Employee Assistance Consultant. Resurfacing is her first published book.  

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Michael Backus

Michael Backus’ writing, fiction and non-fiction, has appeared in Digging Through the Fat, Okey Panky, One Story, Exquisite Corpse, Cleaver, Oyster River Pages, Prime Number Magazine, Every Writer’s Resource, Hanging Loose, The Writer, and The Sycamore Review, among others.  Xynobooks published his novel Double in ebook-only form in 2012 and The Vanishing Point will be published as a physical book by Cactus Moon Publications in 2018.  He teaches creative writing for Gotham Wr

Jayne Marek

Jayne Marek's poetry and art photos appear in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, 3Elements, Silk Road, Sliver of Stone, Sin Fronteras, Cold Mountain Review, Peacock Journal, About Place Journal, Spillway, Camas, Central American Literary Review, Flying Island, Tipton Poetry Journal, and New Mexico Review, among others.  She has a chapbook, a co-authored collection, and a new full-length poetry book, In and Out of Rough Water (Aldrich Press, 2017), with a second full-length collection, The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bo

Margot Fortunato Galt

Growing up a Yankee in Charleston, South Carolina, Margot moved slowly north and west to settle in Minneapolis/St. Paul, not far from her mother’s North Dakota hometown. On her father's side, his Italian heritage has exerted a powerful tug at her. Language and place inhabit everything she's published—from two books of poetry, a chapbook The Country’s Way with Rain (Kutenai Press) and a full-length collection, Between the Houses (Laurel Poetry Collective)—to five books of nonfiction.

Miriam Sagan

Miriam Sagan is the author of 30 published books, including the novel Black Rainbow (Sherman Asher, 2015) and Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space (Casa de Snapdragon), which just won the 2016 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She founded and headed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement in 2017.