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Louise Blalock

Louise Blalock is a student at The Writers Studio New York and has recently completed a novella. She has kept a journal for decades, but only began to write poems and stories after a long, lively, and challenging career as a public librarian. She likes to hike, bike, row, bake bread, and reread great novels. “Submerge” is Louise’s first publication.

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Jane Boch

Jane Laube Boch holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Seton Hall University. She won the Press 53 story contest in June 2015, and her writing has appeared on Silver Birch Press. Her novel-length manuscript placed third in the 2020 James River Writers Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

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Margaret Emma Brandl

Margaret Emma Brandl's writing has appeared in journals such as Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, Yalobusha Review, Pithead Chapel, Cartridge Lit, and CHEAP POP. She earned her PhD at Texas Tech University and her MFA at Notre Dame, and she currently teaches at Austin College. More details at: http://margaretemmabrandl.tumblr.com

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Ruth Askew Brelsford

Ruth Askew Brelsford retired after forty years in community and educational theatre in 2017.  She lives in a log cabin in southeastern Oklahoma with her husband, three dogs, four cats, three hens, one rooster, and a neighbor's goat she befriends daily.  PreCovid, the retired Ruth was a CASA volunteer, mediator in both Small Claims and Child Placement court cases, president and founder of the local arts council, and creative writing teacher in the local minimum security correctional facility.  Now she hikes through the woods, pondering the meaning of life, and makes soup, reads novels, and writes short essays about her family and friends.

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Ed Davis

Ed Davis has immersed himself in writing and contemplative practices since retiring from college teaching. Time of the Light, a poetry collection, was released by Main Street Rag Press in 2013. His latest novel, The Psalms of Israel Jones (West Virginia University Press 2014), won the Hackney Award for an unpublished novel in 2010. Many of his stories, essays and poems have appeared in anthologies and journals such as Leaping Clear, Metafore, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Bacopa Literary Review. He lives with his wife in the bucolic village of Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he bikes, hikes, meditates and reads religiously.

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Laura Foxworthy

Laura Foxworthy works in advertising and is earning an MFA in Creative Writing. She is currently writing a novel set in the desert, as well as a series of short memoir pieces, all with song names as titles. She has authored and published the Music Blog lyriquediscorde.com for nine years and helped create the literary magazine, The Battered Suitcase. Laura has been a part of writing workshops with Francesca Lia Block. A third-generation Southern California, she lives in a Los Angeles suburb with her three children and her partner. She is currently working from home and writing her way through this pandemic. “Whisper to a Scream” is Laura's first publication.

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Leonore Hildebrandt

Leonore Hildebrandt is the author of the poetry collections Where You Happen to Be, The Work at Hand, and The Next Unknown. Her poems and translations have appeared in the Cimarron Review, Harpur Palate, Poetry Daily, RHINO, and the Sugar House Review, among other journals. We published two of her poems in our 2017 Pushing Boundaries anthology. She was nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. A native of Germany, Leonore lives “off the grid” in Harrington, Maine, and spends the winter in Silver City, New Mexico. LeonoreHildebrandt.com

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Stefan Kiesbye

Stefan Kiesbye is the author of six books of fiction, among them the novel Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone. He lives with his wife in the North Bay Area and teaches creative writing at Sonoma State University.

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Carmela Delia Lanza

Carmela Della Lanza is an associate professor of English at the University of New Mexico-Gallup branch, and as well as a writer. She has two published chapbooks of poetry, Long Island Girl (published by Malafemmina Press) and So Rough A Messenger (published by Finishing Line Press). Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Comparative Woman, Chantwood Magazine, Voices in Italian Americana, Southwestern Women: New Voices, and Bloodroot Literary Magazine. 

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Robert Murray

Canadian-born Robert Murray earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College in 1994. A longtime singer-songwriter, four albums with his all-original tunes are available in the world of contemporary acoustic music. In 2010, North of Eden Press published a collection of his personal essays entitled A Chicken Hawk Comes Home. A recent poem, “The Voice of Someone Other,” was a finalist in the Lascaux Review Poetry Prize for 2018 and was published in the Lascaux Prize anthology, Vol. 6. He and his wife recently moved to Taos, New Mexico from Montpelier, Vermont.

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Jacalyn Shelley

Jacalyn Shelley has been published in several journals including Sugar House Review, Dunes Review, DASH, San Pedro River Review, Barely South, Shot Glass Journal, and Pilgrimage’s Injustice and Protest Issue. In 2018 and 2019 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. We published two of her poems in our 2016 Devices anthology. To read more of her poems go to JacalynShelley.com.

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Nick Sweeney

Nick Sweeney's stories are scattered around the web and in print. Laikonik Express, his Poland-set novel, came out with Unthank Books. His novella A Blue Coast Mystery, about the swingin' sixties and genocide, was published last November by Histria Books. He is a freelance writer and musician, and lives on the English coast. More than any sane person could want to know about him can be found at www.nicksweeneywriting.com

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