Eric Wilson lives in Chicago where he splits his time between teaching, reading, watching or playing basketball, and chilling with cats. You can find some of his writing on the post-apocalyptic imagination at visionsaftertheend.blogspot.com. Eric occassionally makes music, which can be found at thespiritofspace.bandcamp.com and in The Blackstone Review podcasts. He also runs The Blackstone Review's Twitter account @BlackstoneRevue.
A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Lana Bella is an author of two chapbooks, Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016) and Adagio (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming), and has had poetry and fiction featured with over 300 journals, 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Otoliths, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Ilanot Review, Third Wednesday, and Tipton Poetry Journal, among others. She resides in the US and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.
Michael Chin was born and raised in Utica, New York, and writes and teaches in Corvallis, Oregon. He won the 2014 Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for fiction from the University of New Orleans and has previously published fiction and poetry in over twenty journals, including Bayou Magazine, The Rappahannock Review, and Pacific Review. Find him online at miketchin.com and on Twitter @miketchin.
David Cordero lives and works in Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Inversion in Havana, re: a memo to peregrine staff in Mexico City, and Prolegomena at Jack Hanley Gallery in New York City. His work has been featured in Hunter and Cook, the Chicago Tribune, and The Art Newspaper. Cordero was a teaching fellow at the University of Chicago, where he received his MFA in 2010. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007.
Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, WINDFALL, and The Last Bad Job, which Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have: a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology. Poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver Jews, Actual Air) said of Dodds’s work: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” Colin’s book-length poem That Happy Captive was a finalist for the Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award as well as the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2015. And his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semifinalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. See more of his work at thecolindodds.com.
William Doreski recently retired after years of teaching at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent book of poetry is The Suburbs of Atlantis (2013). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals.
Thomas Gillaspy is a northern California photographer. His photography has been featured in numerous magazines including the literary journals: Compose, Portland Review, and Brooklyn Review. Further information and additional examples of his work are available at www.thomasgillaspy.com.
Benjamin Goluboff teaches English at Lake Forest College. Aside from a modest list of scholarly publications, he has placed imaginative work—poetry, fiction, and essays—in numerous small-press journals, most recently The Fourth River, Vending Machine Press, Bird’s Thumb, and War Literature & the Arts. His book, Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse, and Other Poems, is forthcoming in 2017 from Urban Farmhouse Press. Some of his work can be read at www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/goluboff.
W.H. Holmes is an artist, intellectual, archivist, historian who peers into the depths of infinitude to discern where the tide turns to stone. He is a man of myth, a man of legend, a man with no country, a man without a past, a man out of time whose literary and visual fabrications are testaments to impermanence.
Mark Magoon writes poetry, short stories, and secret songs for his dog. His publication credentials feature works of creative nonfiction and poetry that have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and Pushcart Prize. Magoon’s first book of poems, The Upper Peninsula Misses You, was released by ELJ Publications (2015). His work can be found in many places, including After Hours, Burrow Press Review, DIAGRAM, Midwestern Gothic, and The Nervous Breakdown, among others. Magoon makes home in the Windy City with a wife far too pretty and a bulldog named Kinnick. He currently serves as a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Follow him on Twitter @MarkPMagoon.
Cameron Morse taught and studied in China. He is currently an MFA candidate at University of Missouri—Kansas City and lives with his wife, Lili, in Blue Springs, Missouri. His work has been or will be published in I-70 Review, TYPO, Otis Nebula, Sleet, Steam Ticket, Referential Magazine, The Bombay Review, Shot Glass Journal, Rufous City Review, Small Print Magazine, Two Hawks Quarterly, First Class Lit, Phantom Kangaroo, Cha, and District Lit. Follow him at Facebook.com/cshmorse.
t.j. peters is a humorist and filmmaker dwelling atop a mount in Los Angeles. To alleviate the mind-numbing rigmarole of the entertainment industry, t.j. writes short prose and poetry, often relying on irony and paradoxes to examine things large and small in scale. In addition, t.j. considers himself an amateur falconer, though there is no evidence to support this claim. His recent work can be found in Westwind, UCLA's journal of the arts, and The Higgs Weldon. t.j. makes tweets as @tpeters, if you care about that.
Cassandra completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Lindenwood University in June of 2015. She earned her BA at Keene State College where she minored in creative writing. Her flash fiction has appeared on the No Extra Words podcast and her lyric essays will be appearing in the spring issue of The Transnational. When not writing, Cassandra works as an academic advisor for students at a local university.
Joshua Rothes is a Southern native living in Napoleonic exile in the Pacific Northwest. His debut collection, An Unspecific Dog: Artifacts of This Late Stage in History, is due out this fall via punctum books/Dead Letter Office. He is, assuredly, not Elena Ferrante.
Sarah Schiff-Berger is a student at the City Colleges of Chicago. She plans on finishing her AA and transferring to a four-year college to get a BA in dance. Sarah has been studying dance for the past twelve years and is a member of the Joel Hall Dancers 2nd Company. Modern dance and ballet are her favorite styles of dance. In her spare time, Sarah works as a certified lifeguard and swim instructor at the Leaning Tower YMCA of Metro Chicago. She also volunteers at the Chicago Park District, where she assists with the dance programs at Indian Boundary Park.
Laurie Stone's fourth book, My Life as an Animal, Stories, will be published this October by Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. Her recent short fiction appears in Fence, The Collagist, Barzakh, The Offing, and Five on the Fifth. Her work has also appeared in Open City, Nanofiction, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction among other journals. To learn more about her work visit lstonehere.wordpress.com as well as Facebook and Twitter @lauriestone.
Hilary Ashton Strang lives, teaches, and sometimes writes in Chicago.
Joel Tomfohr has an MA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA. In addition to his degrees, he participated in the Nebraska Summer Writer’s Conference (2005 and 2007) and the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore College (2010) where he was a full-tuition scholarship recipient. He has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont (2013), The Cultural Center in New York Mills, Minnesota (2014), and the Headlands Center for the Arts (2014-2015). His fiction has appeared in 580 Split, and sPARKLE & bLINK.
Millie Tullis is a student at Utah State University. In 2015, she won the Sandy River Review’s Undergraduate Poetry Contest. In 2016, she won the Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Prize. She has been published in Profane, The Hamilton Stone Review, The Voices Project, and Mud Season Review. She lives in Logan, Utah, with her cat, Martin Heidegger.