Author Pages

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.

Alice Oleson

Alice Oleson is a writer and teacher living on the same river bluff to which she was born in Dubuque, Iowa, on the Mississippi. She is mother of Cece and Estella, daughter of Jim and Deb. Her writing is at times angry and slashing, but it is also emplaced, never letting go of the hands who gave her earth. This chapbook began as a search for a baby, a son. She will never stop seeing him find her. He will always be the red bird.

Holly Dowds

Holly Dowds discovered poetry late in life, following a brain injury, and credits her abundant writing with helping the healing process. Six of her poems appear in literary publications.

Janet McCann

Janet McCann is an old Texas poet who has been teaching at Texas A&M since 1968. Journals publishing her poems include Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou'wester, New York Quarterly, Tendril, Poetry Australia, etc. She has won five chapbook contests, sponsored by Pudding Publications, Chimera Connections, Franciscan University Press, Plan B Press, and Sacramento Poetry Center.

Nancy Christensen

After retirement, Nancy Christensen took a writing survey course at The Loft Literary Center and got hooked on poetry. She considers the discipline of the writing group and the support of fellow writers a wellspring of immeasurable benefit in honing craft.

Holly Dowds

Holly Dowds discovered poetry late in life, following a brain injury, and credits her abundant writing with helping the healing process. Six of her poems appear in literary publications.

Haley Lasché

Haley Lasché is a RYT-200 certified yoga teacher and a college writing instructor. Her poems have appeared in lit mags, anthologies and websites such as Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, Hartskill Review and Dossier Journal. She has her MFA from Hamline University.

Margaret Hasse

Margaret Hasse receives great joy from guiding the poetry workshop for the good people and talented writers featured in this chapbook. Nodin Pess brought out Between Us, her fifth collection of poetry, in 2016.

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