CL Bledsoe is the author of the young adult novel Sunlight; three poetry collections, _____(Want/Need), Anthem, and Leap Year; and a short story collection called Naming the Animals. A poetry chapbook, Goodbye to Noise, is available online at www.righthandpointing.com/bledsoe. Another, The Man Who Killed Himself in My Bathroom, is available at http://tenpagespress.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/the-man-who-killed-himself-in-my-bathroom-by-cl-bledsoe/. His story, "Leaving the Garden," was selected as a Notable Story of 2008 for Story South's Million Writer's Award. His story “The Scream” was selected as a Notable Story of 2011. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 5 times. He blogs at Murder Your Darlings, http://clbledsoe.blogspot.com Bledsoe has written reviews for The Hollins Critic, The Arkansas Review, American Book Review, Prick of the Spindle, The Pedestal Magazine, and elsewhere. Bledsoe lives with his wife and daughter in Maryland.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. You can find her here: http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com
Joan Colby is the author of eight books including The Lonely Hearts Killers, The Atrocity Book, and the forthcoming Dead Horses (Future Cycle Press). She has published over 950 poems in publications including Poetry, Atlanta Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, The New York Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Epoch, and others. She has been awarded two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards (one in 2008), an IAC Literary Fellowship, honorable mention in the 2008 James Hearst Poetry Contest—North American Review, the 2009 Editor’s Choice Contest--Margie, and as a finalist in the 2007 GSU (now New South) Poetry Contest, 2009 Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize, 2010 James Hearst Poetry Contest and Ernest J. Poetry Prize. Joan lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois with her husband and assorted animals.
W. Gosnell's poems and stories have appeared in Soundings East, The Windless Orchard, The Kit-cat Review, Negative Capability, The New Kent Quarterly , Luna Negra, Scrivener Magazine and others.
Debbie Howard is a teacher of English as a Second Language. She has had poems published in journals including The Connecticut River Review, and wrote the lyrics for the town anthem for Manchester, CT. She lives in Manchester with her husband and two children.
Worcester resident and winner of the 2012 Frank O’Hara Prize, Dan Lewis is the author of a chapbook, Tickets for the Broken Year, and a full-length poetry collection, This Garden. His work has appeared in numerous journals.
Tracy Lyall has been published several times by random zines and local newspapers. But, her ultimate goal is to get out of town.
Rodger Martin is an editor emeritus at The Worcester Review and co-editor of The Granite State Poetry Series (Hobblebush Books). He has published three collections of poetry.
Janet McCann’s poetry has appeared in journals including Kansas Quarterly, Parnassus, Nimrod, Sou'wester, New York Quarterly, Tendril, Poetry Australia, and others. A 1989 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship winner, Janet has taught at Texas A & M University since 1969.
Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock and Barbara Hull. His work has appeared in various periodicals over the last thirty five years, as well as the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, and Line Drives. His chapbook, Three Visitors will be published by Negative Capability Press later this year and his novels, The Magic War and Knight Prisoner will be published in the coming months. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian and filmmaker Joan Juster. Currently he's seeking gainful employment since poets are born and not paid.
Diane Vanaskie Mulligan is the managing editor of The Worcester Review and the director of a writing conference for students at St. John’s High School where she teaches English. Her poetry has appeared in English Journal, Her Mark 2008, and Worcester Magazine, among others, and her fiction has appeared in Glassworks Literary Journal and Dash. She blogs at www.dvmulligan.blogspot.com.
Daryl Muranaka holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. He has lived in Spokane, Japan, Hawaii, and now Boston with his wife and daughter. He was born in Los Angeles and works for a university.
C. R. Resetarits’ most recent poetry appears in Solo Novo: 122 Days, Redwood Coast Review, Ellipsis, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Burner Magazine (The Revolutionaries Issue), Front Range, and Watershed.
Karrie Waarala is the creator of LONG GONE, a one-woman show based on her circus poems. Her work has most recently appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review and The Collagist.
Megan Nicole Risley Wildhood is a transplant from Denver. Megan now lives, works (after completing a BA in June 2010) and bikes in soggy Seattle, WA. She enjoys her free time by writing, cycling and learning languages.