Ruth Awad has a MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and her work has appeared in The New Republic, Southern Indiana Review, CALYX, Diode, Anti-, Rattle, The Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week, Vinyl Poetry, Epiphany, The Drunken Boat, Copper Nickel, RHINO, KYSO Flash, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her work also appears in the following anthologies: The Hundred Years’ War: Modern War Poems (Bloodaxe Books, 2014), New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American Press, 2015); Poets on Growth (Math Paper Press, forthcoming). She won the 2013 and 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. She is a copy editor and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her fiancé, two Pomeranians, and rabbits.
Joshua Butts’ poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Tampa Review, Harpur Palate, Burnside Review, and Heavy Feather Review. His first collection, New to the Lost Coast (Gold Wake Press) was published in early 2015. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Philosophy at the Columbus College of Art and Design. He lives in Columbus, OH with his wife, Lesley Jenike, and daughter Willa Mae.
Aubrie Cox went to university to write a novel and came out writing haiku. She has served as an editor for A Hundred Gourds and Juxtapositions: A Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship, and is now the editor of Haiku Society of America’s journal Frogpond and executive producer of the weekly podcast Citizen Lit. She is the author of the chapbooks tea’s aftertaste (Bronze Man Books 2011) and Out of Translation (Kattywompus Press 2015), and winner of Wyvern Lit’s first annual flash fiction contest. Her prose and poetry can be found in publications such as NANO Fiction, Modern Haiku, and The Mondegreen. She tweets @aubriecox.
Nicole M. K. Eiden is an award-winning poet and filmmaker whose work captures the simple challenges and beauty of ordinary life. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she has made New Orleans her home for the last seventeen years. Nicole holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in film from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Communications degree in video production from Ohio University.
Nicole’s films have screened at numerous film festivals and have won a variety of awards, including the CINE Golden Eagle Award. Her poem, “Mortgage,” from her debut book, I Am One of You, won 3rd place in the Women’s National Book Association 2016 Writing Contest. Additionally, Nicole co-owns Windowsill Pies, a Southern-style pie and tart company in New Orleans, where she lives with her husband and young daughter.
Zack Hill is the Coordinator and Advisor of the Western Program. He’s spent over ten years in academia as either an instructor (of English and Creative Writing) or an advisor. His background is in English and Psychology, and he is an aspiring screenwriter (after dabbling in poetry and fiction). He lives in Hamilton, OH with his wife and a small herd of rescued shelter and stray pets.
Aubrey Hirsch is the author of a short story collection, WHY WE NEVER TALK ABOUT SUGAR, and a chapbook, THIS WILL BE HIS LEGACY. Her work has appeared widely in journals like American Short Fiction, The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, Third Coast and The New York Times. She currently teaches in the creative writing program at Oberlin College.
Kevin Hollo is a senior consultant and musician currently living in Columbus, Ohio.
T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently The Midway Iterations (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), Fall (Lucky Bastard Press, 2016), and The Ep[is]odes: a reformulation of Horace (Noctuary Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in LIT, Menacing Hedge, Ninth Letter, Phoebe, Reunion: The Dallas Review, West Wind Review, and others. A weightlifter, artist, teacher, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she is the Vice President and Associate Editor of Sundress Publications.
Amanda Page teaches writing and humanities courses to nursing students at a single purpose institution. She earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama, and holds a Bachelor of Specialized Studies in Writing & Women’s History from Ohio University. She writes about personal finance, student loan debt, higher education, and the art of the personal essay for various print and online publications. Learn more about her work at amanda-page.com.
Michael Prihoda writes and teaches 8th grade English in the Midwest. He is the founding/managing editor of After the Pause, an experimental literary journal. His publications can be found in journals around the digital/physical sphere and his published collections most recently include The Same That Happened Yesterday (Weasel Press, 2016) and Threat (Sein Und Werden Books, 2016).
Erin Elizabeth Smith
Erin Elizabeth Smith teaches poetry writing, public writing, and a variety of literature and genre classes including Women in American Literature and Introduction to Poetry at the University of Tennessee. Her first book of poetry, The Fear of Being Found, was published by Three Candles Press in early 2008 and her chapbook, The Chainsaw Bears, was published by Dancing Girl Press. Her second full-length collection, The Naming of Strays was released by Gold Wake Press in 2011.
Smith’s poetry and nonfiction have appeared in 32 Poems, Mid-American, The Yalobusha Review, New Delta Review, Florida Review, Third Coast, Crab Orchard, Revolution House, West Branch, and Willow Springs, among others. In 2009, she graduated with her PhD in Creative Writing from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1999, she founded Stirring: A Literary Collection, and since then has also served as the managing editor of Sundress Publications and the Best of the Net Anthology (2006-2013). Smith currently lives in Oak Ridge, TN where she is the Creative Director forSundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms.
Maggie Smith’s second book of poems, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, was selected by Kimiko Hahn as the winner of the Dorset Prize and was released in April 2015 by Tupelo Press. She is also the author of Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press 2005), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, and three prizewinning chapbooks, the latest of which is Disasterology, forthcoming in 2015 from Dream Horse Press. Her poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. A 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in poetry, Maggie has also received four Individual Excellence Awards from the Ohio Arts Council and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She can be found online at http://www.maggiesmithpoet.com.
Hannah Stephenson is a poet, editor, and instructor. She is the author of In the Kettle, the Shriek (Gold Wake Press), editor of New Poetry From the Midwest (New American Press) and The Ides of March: An Anthology of Ohio Poets (Columbus Creative Cooperative), and a poetry and arts blogger for The Huffington Post. Hannah’s writing has appeared in publications that include The Atlantic, 32 Poems, Sixth Finch, and Poetry Daily. Find her online at http://www.thestorialist.com.
Joy Sullivan is a poet and educator living in Franklinton, Ohio. Currently, she teaches Creative Writing at Columbus State Community College, Columbus Academy and Thurber House. Joy earned an MA in Poetry from Miami University and her academic work reflects an interest in social justice, community development, and creative education. Her most recent publications include Periodisa Publishing, Boxcar Poetry, and Mirror Dance. Additionally, she currently serves as the Artist-in-Residence for the Wexner Center’s Pages Program.
Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows(Sundress Publications, 2013) as well as seven chapbooks, most recently Tinder, Smolder, Bones, and Snow (dancing girl press). She serves as the reviews editor forStirring: A Literary Collection and teaches middle school in the suburbs of Chicago.
Jim Warner’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including The North American Review, RHINO poetry, New South, and is the author of two collections (PaperKite Press). Currently, Jim teaches in the MFA program at Arcadia University and serves as host of the literary podcast Citizen Lit.
Robin Yocum’s third novel, A Brilliant Death, was released April 5, 2016, by Seventh Street Books. He also is the author of the critically acclaimed novels, Favorite Sons and The Essay. Favorite Sons, by Arcade Publishing, was named the 2011 USA Book News’ Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense. It was selected for the Choose to Read Ohio program for 2013-14, and was a featured book of the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival. The Essay, by Arcade Publishing, was released in October 2012.