Joan Connor is Professor in Fiction Writing at Ohio University and a professor in the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing Program. Her third collection of short stories, History Lessons, won the AWP Award, 2002. Her previous collections are Here on Old Route 7 and We Who Live Apart.
Joe Bonomo’s essays and prose poems appear recently in Fourth Genre, Brevity, New Ohio Review, Hotel Amerika, and Center. He’s the author of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell (33 1/3 Series), Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found, Installations (National Poetry Series),
Allison Pranger, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, is currently an MA in Professional Writing and Editing candidate at West Virginia University and is working full-time as a technical writer in Fairmont, WV.
Marlaina Gaspardi is currently wrapping up her MFA at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She teaches high school English and creative writing at Old Rochester Regional High School and lives happily in a little apartment on a quiet street with her fiancé.
JP Reese earned a BS in psychology and an AA in Health Sciences from The University of Bridgeport in 1979 and 1980 before she was swallowed by the gaping maw of the restaurant business. From Nashville, to Miami, to Dallas, she twirled bottles, pouring ounce and a quarter shots behind her back,
Michael Lipsey grew up in Chicago, a city that does not like to waste words, and after forty years in California, the Chicago still shows in his writing. He read the Great Books at Shimer College and remains an active observer of intellectual, religious and popular culture.
Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books of poetry, including Lāhaina Noon; Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen; and Portable Planet. His poetry appears in Ploughshares, Slate, North American Review, Threepenny Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Australia's Island and Quadrant,
Ethel Morgan Smith is the author of From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College. Recently her essay "Love Means Nothing" was the winner of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Prize for Nonfiction. "Outside of Dreams" has just been published in Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers.
Kelly Sundberg is originally from Salmon, Idaho. She now lives with her husband, son, and friendly dog in Morgantown, WV where she is an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at West Virginia University.
Nicole Sheets is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah working on a nonfiction manuscript about her experiences growing up in an Evangelical church. She has work forthcoming in Mid-American Review and the anthology Permanent Vacation (Bonafide Books)
Lisa Alvarez's essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the OC Weekly, the Santa Monica Review and the Green Mountains Review and the anthologies Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California Literature, Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992