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Clive Collins

Born in Leicester, England, Clive Collins has spent the greater part of his life working as a teacher in Ireland, Sierra Leone, and Japan. He is the author of two novels, The Foreign Husband (Marion Boyars) and Sachiko's Wedding (Marion Boyars/Penguin Books). Misunderstandings, a collection of short stories, was joint-winner of the Macmillan Silver PEN Award in 1994. He was a short-listed finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Sharon H. Smith

Sharon H. Smith, a poet-writer and former book designer, lives in San Francisco with her husband and frequent collaborator, architectural photographer David Wakely.  She is curious, seeks out new experiences, and has a drive to share them. She fills her heart weekly as a volunteer with Food Runners and champions Creativity Explored. She has long participated in Laguna Writers San Francisco, hosted writing retreats and workshops at her home in West Sonoma County, and produces the Birdland Journal, www.birdlandjournal.com.

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 Terrain.org: 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

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