THOMAS COCHRAN was raised in Haynesville, Louisiana. His work includes the novels Roughnecks (Harcourt) and Running the Dogs (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Non-fiction and poetry have appeared under his name in Oxford American, Rattle, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and other publications. He currently lives with his wife on a mountain in rural northwest Arkansas.
WILLIAM DORESKI teaches at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent book of poetry is City of Palms (2012). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Worcester Review, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and Natural Bridge. He won the 2010 Aesthetica poetry award.
ALEX GUARCO attends Susquehanna University, where he is the senior co-editor of the nonfiction magazine Essay, co-founder of the campus spoken word poetry group, and a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team. He spends his summer days working as a gardener and spends nights serving clam fritters at a local drive-in movie theater. His writing has appeared in RiverCraft, TomFoolery Review, Outrageous Fortune, and The Blue Route.
LUKE M. JONES is a creative writing MFA student at Emerson College. He writes both fiction and poetry. His work has appeared in HazMat Review and Slush Pile, among others. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Words Apart.
JULIUS KALAMARZ received his MFA from Columbia University. His work has appeared in Opium Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Fortunates, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. PIROULETTE—an automatic last words generator (LCD screen, wood) showed last year in Apexart’s, “Let It End Like This.” AVENIR (24 boxed postcards based on the work of Yves Klein) was published as Object 009 in the ZIMZALLA Avant Object Series.
LUBNA SAFI has wanted to be a writer since she was nine years old. Her passion for poetry and words has propelled her into the fast paced world of literary publishing, where she hopes to make her mark one day. She is currently residing in Doha, Qatar where she teaches writing by day, and sets pen to paper by night.
ELEANOR LEONNE BENNETT is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) among many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.
KIMBERLEY MOK is a writer, designer and illustrator based in Montreal. She has a bachelor of architecture from Cornell University, and writes about green design and architecture for environmental blog TreeHugger, named one of TIME’s top blogs in 2009.
DR. ERNEST WILLIAMSON III has published poetry and visual art in over 380 national and international online and print journals. Some of Dr. Williamson’s visual art and/ or poetry has been published in journals representing over 35 colleges and universities around the world. View over 1000 of Dr. Williamson’s paintings/drawings on this website: http://www.yessy.com/budicegenius.
ROBERT BOUCHERON is an architect and freelance writer. His academic degrees are Harvard, B. A. 1974 and Yale, M. Arch. 1978. At Harvard, he studied poetry composition with Elizabeth Bishop, and won the Sargent Prize for translation from Latin. Since 1987, he has lived in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he writes on housing, gardens, local food, communities, and the people who build them. His articles, fiction, poems and drawings have appeared in the Advocate, Albemarle, Baffler, Classical Outlook, Country Living, C-Ville Weekly, Echo, Inform, Literary Dilettantes, New England Review, New York Native, Northern Virginia, Piedmont Virginian, Prime Number, and Real Estate Weekly.
RONIT FEINGLASS PLANK writes fiction and nonfiction and has written and performed her own work for the theatre. She is the winner of Switchback’s May 2012 flash fiction contest and has also had her fiction published by Red Fez. She lives in Seattle with her family.
HUDA BIUK is a Libyan/American writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida, and works as a columnist for The Tripoli Post, Libya’s oldest English-language newspaper. Her work has appeared inSweet Magazine and Consequence Magazine. She currently lives in Tripoli, Libya with her family where she enjoys exploring the Libyan society without Gaddafi in it.
JAMI NAKAMURA LIN is an MFA candidate at the Pennyslvania State University. She is a nonfiction editor at Revolution House magazine (www.revolutionhousemag. com). A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Monkeybicycle, r.k.vr.y, Escape Into Life, Airplane Reading, Thunderclap Press, Prospective, and Short, Fast, and Deadly.