Julian Berengaut is a retired international debt negotiator born in Poland and living currently in Bangkok, Thailand. He is the author of The Estate of Wormwood and Honey.
Sarah Bridgins’s work has appeared in Monkeybicycle, InDigest, Sink Review, Bluestem, Two Serious Ladies, and Bone Bouquet, among other journals. Her poetry chapbook, We Are Not Pilgrims, was recently published by Mondo Bummer.
Like nomadic Pericú natives before him, Matthew Dexter survives on a hunter-gatherer subsistence diet of shrimp tacos, smoked marlin, cold beer, and warm sunshine. He is the author of the novel, The Ritalin Orgy (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing 2013). His short fiction and narrative nonfiction has been published in hundreds of literary journals and dozens of anthologies. He lives in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Born in Georgia (former USSR), Regina Edwards now lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and son. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a degree in mathematics, and now works as a teacher, inflicting her enthusiasm for the subject upon high school students. When free time materializes, she writes.
Madeline ffitch was a founding member of the punk theater company The Missoula Oblongata with whom she wrote, performed, and toured to post offices, grocery stores, farms, and warehouses. Her work has appeared in The Chicago Review and on Chuckwagon Press. Her play, Debris Upon the Forest Floor, produced with the weaver Elspeth Vance and the musician Jordan O Jordan, was catalogued in the 2012 Emergency Index, a project of Ugly Duckling Presse. Originally from Portland, Oregon, she now lives and writes in Appalachian Ohio where she homesteads and raises ducks and her small son, Nector Vine Ballew. fitch’s collection of short stories, Valparaiso, Round the Horn, is forthcoming from Publishing Genius.
Diane Lefer’s most recent novel, The Fiery Alphabet, set in 18th-century Italy, Poland, and the Ottoman Empire, was published in September. Sixteen years ago, she was hired to write mitigation reports but the job evaporated before it began. She has, however, facilitated writing workshops for incarcerated youth and for men on parole. Her books include California Transit, which received the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and The Blessing Next to the Wound, nonfiction co-authored with Colombian exile and torture survivor Hector Aristizábal. www.dianelefer.weebly.com
Josh Ostergaard is the author of The Devil’s Snake Curve, a book about baseball, published by Coffee House Press in 2014. He has been an urban anthropologist at the Field Museum and now works at Graywolf Press.
Joani Reese (JP) is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Final Notes and Dead Letters. Her poetry and fiction have been widely anthologized and featured in over seventy print and online venues. A senior poetry editor for Connotation Press—An Online Artifact and an annual fiction guest editor for Scissors and Spackle, Reese won the first Patricia McFarland Memorial Prize for her flash fiction and The Graduate School Creative Writing Award from The University of Memphis for her poetry, where she also earned her MFA. Reese lives and teaches in Texas.
Frank Roger was born in 1957 in Ghent, Belgium. His first story appeared in 1975. Since then his stories appear in an increasing number of languages in all sorts of magazines and anthologies, and since 2000, story collections are published, also in various languages. Apart from fiction, he also produces collages and graphic work in a surrealist and satirical tradition. They have appeared in various magazines and books. His work is a blend of genres and styles that can best be described as “frankrogerism,” an approach of which he is the main representative. By now he has a few hundred short stories to his credit, published in about 40 languages. In 2012 a story collection in English (The Burning Woman and Other Stories) was published by Evertype (www.evertype.com). Find out more at www.frankroger.be.
Shya Scanlon is the author of In This Alone Impulse, Forecast, and Border Run. His novel The Guild of St. Cooper will be published in 2015.
An Tran is a writer from the Washington, DC area. His fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Southern Humanities Review, Gargoyle Magazine, The Carolina Quarterly, The Good Men Project, and Big Lucks, among others, and has received a “Notable” distinction from the Best American series. He is pursuing an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte and he curates the Waterbear Reading Series in Arlington, Virginia.
Erika T. Wurth’s novel, Crazyhorse’s Girlfriend, has been accepted for publication by Curbside Splendor. Her collection of poetry, Indian Trains, was published by The University of New Mexico’s West End Press. A writer of both fiction and poetry, she teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals including Boulevard, Fiction, Pembroke, Florida Review, Stand, Cimarron Review, The Cape Rock, Southern California Review, and Drunken Boat. She is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee and was raised outside of Denver.