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Jessica Roeder

Jessica Roeder was born in Chicago and lives in Duluth, Minnesota. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in magazines including Threepenny Review, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, and AGNI. Honors include a Pushcart Prize, a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, and a McKnight Artist Fellowship. She teaches writing and dance.

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Carolyn Agee

Carolyn Agee is an actress, author and spoken word performer living on the Puget Sound. When she isn’t suffering from existential depression, she enjoys petrichor, unknown forest trails and intimate gatherings of kindred spirits.

Her publication credits include the “Ever Silence Menacing” (Mount Analogue -- Political Pamphlet Series, 2016) and the forthcoming YA novella "The Ambiguous Tides of Saudade" (Wolfsinger Publications, 2017).

Beth Mayer

Beth Mayer’s fiction has appeared in The Threepenny ReviewThe Sun Magazine, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in The Missouri Review’s 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize contest in fiction. Beth is a Loft Mentor Series Winner in Fiction for 2015-16. Her short story collection was named a 2015 finalist for the Many Voices Project with New Rivers Press. Beth holds an MFA from Hamline University, coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate at Century College, and lives in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Shaun Turner

Shaun Turner writes in West Virginia, where he is fiction editor for Cheat River Review. His work can or will be found in Crack the Spine, Cleaver Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, Blue Lyra Review, and Word Riot, among others.

James Croteau

In the fall of 2016, when this chapbook was about to be published, James M. Croteau was living and working in Kalamazoo, MI where he had been a professor at Western Michigan University since 1990.  Jim had grown up gay and Catholic in the south. In times of rapid change, he believed that remembering history was important, especially how we carry our history in tow.  Sadly, Jim died unexpectedly of a heart attack on September 18, 2016.   He is survived by his partner of 31 years, Darryl Loiacano, and their two Labrador retrievers.

Andy Hjelmeland

As a young man, Andy Hjelmeland spent many years in correctional facilities. He first began to write in prison, and has published articles in Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The Nation, Mother Earth News, Mpls-St Paul Magazine, and Sports Literate. His books for young readers include Drinking and Driving, Kids in Jail, and Prisons.  He lives in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Taylor Brorby

Taylor Brorby is an essayist and environmentalist. He's received grants and fellowships from St. Olaf College, Hamline University, The Ecumenical Institute of St. John's University, and the North Dakota Humanities Council. His work has appeared in Sleet Magazine, Orion, the Northern Plains Ethics Journal, Augsburg Fortress Press, and others.

Kindra McDonald

Kindra McDonald is the author of Concealed Weapons (ELJ Publications, 2015).  Her poems have appeared in Muddy River Poetry Review, The Camel Saloon, Liturgical Credo and various anthologies.  She teaches poetry to children and adults at The Muse Writers Center and teaches the not as exciting kinds of writing to undergraduate students.  She graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College and has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.  She can be found writing, baking and cat wrangling with her husband in Norfolk, VA.  

JoAnn Bren Guernsey

JoAnn Bren Guernsey is the author of nineteen books for children and young adults, both fiction and nonfiction. In addition, she collaborated with photographer Jim Brandenburg to write four award-winning children’s books. Her short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies, including The Best American Erotica  of 1997. She received a McKnight Artist Fellowship in 2003 for the novel-in-progress that, after years of revision, became Glass Asylum, published in 2011 by North Star Press.

Kelly Magee

Kelly Magee is the author of Body Language (UNT Press 2006), winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Short Fiction, The Neighborhood (Gold Wake Press 2016), and several collaborative works, including With Animal (Black Lawrence Press 2015) and The Reckless Remainder (Noctuary Press 2017), written with Carol Guess. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Booth, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. She teaches creative writing and queer literature at Western Washington University. 
 

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