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Julia Ballerini

An historian of photography and former professor of art history, for the past fifteen years Julia Ballerini has devoted full time to writing fiction. Many of her stories, as does “Ultimatum,” address elders and understandings and misunderstandings across generations, cultures, and social strata. She has a lifelong history of volunteer work with immigrants and the homeless. Her academic publications are extensive and several works of fiction have appeared in print and in online journals such as Persimmon Tree (2012), The Tishman Review (2015), 2Elizabeths (2018), Bare Fiction (2018 award) and others. Forthcoming: Linea (2019), The New Guard Volume VIII (Contest Semi-Finalist 2019).


Lynne Burnett

Lynne Burnett lives in the Pacific Northwest. Recent publications include Arc Poetry, Blue Heron Review, Comstock Review, Kissing Dynamite, IthacaLit, Mockingheart Review, New Millennium Writings, Ristau, River Styx, Tamsen, Taos Journal of Poetry & Art, Underfoot Poetry, and several anthologies. She is the 2016 winner of the Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize, has been nominated for Best of the Net and was shortlisted for Arc’s 2018 Poem of the Year. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook Irresistible in March, 2018. She maintains a blog/website at https://lynneburnett.ca


Robin Carey

Robin Carey has published three books of creative non-fiction, a photography book text, a number of short stories (one, "Postcard," is in Wordrunner eChapbook's Rites of Passage issue, March, 2018), and a smattering of poems. He is an Emeritus Professor living with his wife and extended family in Missoula, MT. Awards include the Oregon Book Award for Baja Journey and a National Endowment for the Arts Award in creative nonfiction. See his author page on Amazon for published books.


Linda Ferguson

Linda Ferguson has won awards for her poetry and lyrical nonfiction and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for both fiction and poetry. Her work has appeared in many journals, including Cloudbank, Saranac Review, VoiceCatcher, and The Santa Fe Review. Her poetry chapbook, Baila Conmigo, was published by Dancing Girl Press. As a writing teacher, she has a passion for helping students find their voice and explore new territory. https://bylindaferguson.blogspot.com


Sarah Freligh

Sarah Freligh is the author of Sad Math, winner of the 2014 Moon City Press Poetry Prize and the 2015 Whirling Prize from the University of Indianapolis. Her fiction and poetry work have appeared in Sun Magazine, Hotel Amerika, BOAAT Journal, diode, SmokeLong Quarterly, and in the anthology New Microfiction: Exceptionally Short Stories (W.W. Norton, 2018). Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006. More details at: https://sarahfreligh.com

Donna Isaac

Poet Donna Isaac is a teaching artist who helps organize community readings in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Published work includes a poetry book, Footfalls (Pocahontas Press), a paean to her formative years growing up in the Appalachians; two chapbooks, Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press); Holy Comforter (Red Bird Chapbooks); and work in journals, e.g., Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel; Perfume River, The Saint Paul Almanac, and others. Details at: donnaisaacpoet.com


Catharine Leggett

Catharine Leggett's prize-winning short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals in Canada and the United States, as well as online publications, and on CBC Radio. She is the winner of the Okanagan Fiction Award, and a two-time finalist in the Columbus Creative Cooperative Great Novel Contest. A novel, The Way to Go Home, will be published in the spring of 2019 by Urban Farmhouse Press. A short story collection, In Progress, won the Eludia Award and will be published by Sowilo Press (Hidden River Arts) in the spring of 2019. She lives in London, Ontario, Canada. Details at: http://catharineleggett.com


Catherine Montague

Catherine Montague is a writer, professor, and education researcher who divides her time between Sebastopol and Berkeley, California. Her poetry has been published in the Redwood Writer’s Phoenix: Out of Silence and Something to Crow About anthologies and the Point Reyes Seashore Association newsletter.


Grant Price

Grant Price is the author of the dystopian climate fiction novel By the Feet of Men, which is scheduled to be published by Cosmic Egg Books in September 2019. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Further details are available at https://grantrhysprice.com.


Jonathan Travelstead

Jonathan Travelstead served in the Air Force National Guard for six years as a firefighter and currently works as a full-time firefighter for the city of Murphysboro, and as co-editor for Cobalt Review. Having finished his MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, he also turns a lathe, crafting pens under the name Scorched Ink Penturning. His first collection How We Bury Our Dead from Cobalt Press was released in March, 2015, and Conflict Tours (Cobalt Press) was released in 2017.


Emma Wunsch

Emma Wunsch is the author of the YA The Movie Version and the chapter-book series Miranda and Maude. The third book in the series (Miranda and Maude: Recess Rebels) will be published in early September. Emma's short fiction has been published in a variety of journals including: The Tishman ReviewPassages North, The Best of the Bellevue Review, Lit, J Journal, and The Brooklyn Review. Her story "Looking for Cat Stevens" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017.  Emma is currently working on a collection of short stories loosely linked around the 2016 election. More information is at emmawunsch.com and on Twitter @emmawunsch.



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