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.
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.
Nicole M.K. Eiden
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.
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).
Karen Craigo is the author of the poetry collection No More Milk (Sundress, 2016) and the forthcoming collection Passing Through Humansville (ELJ, 2017). She maintains Better View of the Moon, a daily blog on writing, editing, and creativity, and she teaches writing in Springfield, Missouri. She is the nonfiction editor and former editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review, the reviews editor of SmokeLong Quarterly, an editor of Gingko Tree Review, and the managing editor of ELJ Publications.
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.
Robert Vaughan teaches workshops in hybrid writing, poetry, fiction, and hike/ write. He has facilitated these at locations like Alverno College, UWM, Fox Valley Technical School, JMWW (online), Red Oak Writing, The Clearing and Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos. He leads writing roundtables in Milwaukee, WI. He was a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award for Fiction twice (2013, 2014). His short fiction, ‘A Box’ was selected for Best Small Fictions 2016 (Queen’s Ferry Press). Vaughan is the author of four books: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press, 2012); Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps, 2013); Addicts & Basements (CCM, 2014). His newest, RIFT, is a flash fiction collection co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press, 2015). He blogs at www.robert-vaughan.com.
Kristin LaTour is a bubble, a leaf, a small wave in a freshwater lake. She casts spells, bakes pie, folds sheets. Her poems are narrative and lyric. Her drinks are usually strong. She takes her coffee black. Kristin can’t tell you where she lives. She’d have to write it in Cyrillic.
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.
Yocum also is the author of:
- Dead Before Deadline . . . and other tales from the police beat (University of Akron Press, 2004), which chronicles his four years as the crime reporter for the Columbus Dispatch.
- Insured for Murder (Prometheus Books, 1992), a true crime book about a murder-for-insurance scam that he and co-author Catherine Candisky covered for the Dispatch.
He is the president of Yocum Communications, a public relations and marketing firm in Westerville, Ohio. His clients include the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council, the McConnell Arts Center, and Thurber House, where he serves as the literary advisor.
He is well known for his work as a crime and investigative reporter with the Columbus Dispatch from 1980-1991. He was the recipient of 30 local, state and national journalism awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to feature writing.
Prior to joining the Dispatch, Yocum was the associate sports editor of the Martins Ferry, Ohio, Times Leader, and a general assignment reporter for the Lancaster, Ohio, Eagle-Gazette. After leaving the paper in 1991, Yocum spent eight years as the director of media relations for Battelle, the world’s largest non-profit research firm. He spent two years as vice president of media relations for Bank One’s Retail Division before starting his own business.
He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.
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.