Lois Barr teaches Spanish at Lake Forest College. Her work has been published in journals, zines, and anthologies, and a story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for 2012.
Libby Cudmore and Matthew Quinn Martin are writing partners and BFFs–so much so, that they prefer the 3rd person in their cover letters. They understand that this is painfully quirky, but it has to be done. They’re like Vic Mackey and Shane Vendrell but without all the backstabbing and murder (yet). Matthew plots and plans all the angles, Libby kicks down the door and storms in guns blazing. Libby writes the skeleton drafts, Matthew fills in the details. Sometimes they tell people they each write one word at a time, just to be assholes. They both have lots of publications themselves, but together, they’ve published in The Writer and have a piece coming out in the Emprise Review.
Cari Wade Gervin is staff writer at Metro Pulse in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Joanne M. Lozar Glenn is an independent writer and editor who specializes in education and healthcare. Her creative nonfiction and poetry have been published in Perceptions, GetSparked.org, WordWrights, Under the Gum Tree, Peregrine, and 410grrls.
Paul Hostovsky’s poems have been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer’s Almanac, and Best of the Net. He has been published in Carolina Quarterly, Shenandoah, New Delta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Poetry East, The Sun, and many other journals and anthologies. He has won a Pushcart Prize, the Comstock Review’s Muriel Craft Bailey Award, and chapbook contests from Grayson Books, Riverstone Press, Frank Cat Press, and Split Oak Press. He has four full-length collections of poetry, Bending the Notes (2008), Dear Truth (2009), A Little in Love a Lot (2011), and Hurt Into Beauty (2012). He makes his living in Boston as a sign language interpreter at the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Lane Last is an artist and filmmaker based in Martin, Tennessee. He is a professor of art at the University of Tennessee – Martin in the Department of Visual and Theatre Arts and the Director of the New Media Stream Project. Lane holds an MFA and a BS – Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with primary concentrations in Painting, Digital Art, Video, and New Media, though he has worked in Film Production, Performance Art, Installation, and Non-Static Forms. Lane has been exhibiting his work in international venues and competitions for the past nineteen years. He has also been exhibiting his paintings in international, national, and regional museums and galleries for the past fifteen years. His works can be found in public and private collections across the U.S., Korea, Italy, and Japan.
Ellen Birkett Morris’s poetry is forthcoming in Thin Air Magazine, and has appeared in journals including The Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, The Pedestal Magazine Political Anthology, Alimentum, Gastronomica and Inscape. Her poem, “Origins,” was nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize. Ellen is a recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Fellowship given by the Kentucky Arts Council.
Keith S. Norris is a poet and professor who teaches writing and literature at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Jessy Randall is a librarian at Colorado College. She has a collection of collaborative poems with Daniel M. Shapiro, Interruptions (Pecan Grove Press, 2011). For more information, visit http://personalwebs.coloradocollege.edu/~jrandall/.
Jody Stokes-Casey’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Tennessee and Kentucky. For more information about the artist and to see additional samples of her work, you can visit her website at http://www.jodystokes-casey.com/
Brenda Yates grew up an Air Force brat before settling first in Massachusetts and then in California, where she lives with her husband. Recent and upcoming publications include pieces in Askew, Cider Press Review, Spillway, City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry (University of Iowa Press) and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (Texas Review Press). A Pushcart nominee, she won a Patricia Bibby Memorial Prize and the Beyond Baroque Poetry Literary Arts Center Contest Prize.
Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman, grew up in rural China, holds a PhD in English, and currently works as a private tutor in Vancouver; his poetry has appeared in literary publications across 20 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Kanto and SAND.