Anna Betts is a poet and a student. She is currently working on her Master’s in British and American Literature at North Carolina State University. Born and raised in North Carolina, Anna’s work has appeared in N.C. State’s literary and visual arts magazine The Windhover as well as online in Bohemian Pupil Press’ Poetry Rag Dead Flowers. Her interests include the observer, the child, and the natural world.
Sara Borjas is a poet, writer, bartender, and writing instructor from Fresno, California. She earned her MFA from UC Riverside and her interests include space and time, memory, aromatics, crafted beers and cocktails, and hospitality and bar culture. She is the editor for the LoWriter of the Week Poetry Series. She currently bartends and lives in Los Angeles and likes it there.
Erin Byrne writes travel essays, short stories, poems, and screenplays. Her work has won numerous awards, including three 2014 Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards, and 2013 and 2012 Grand Prize silver and bronze for Travel Story of the Year. Her work appears in a wide variety of publications, including Points North Atlanta, World Hum, Travelers’ Tales Best Travel Writing and Burning the Midnight Oil anthologies, and Vestoj, The Journal of Sartorial Matters.
Erin is the writer of The Storykeeper, an Accolade Award-winning film about occupied Paris. She is occasional guest instructor at Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris, and is co-editor of an anthology of writings from the bookstore, Vignettes & Postcards From Paris, winner of ten international awards.
Erin is currently working on Wings From Victory, a collection of her stories about France; the novel The Storykeeper of Paris; and the film Siesta, to be filmed in Spain in 2014. Details can be found at http://www.e-byrne.com.
Haley Kral was born and raised in the great state of Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in French. She also holds a Masters of Library Science from the University of North Texas, which includes Graduate Academic Certificates in Youth Services and Storytelling. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing at SNHU. Kral currently works as an academic librarian but, in her past life, she also worked as a high school French teacher, photographer, and customer service assistant. She currently resides in Arlington, Texas with two cats and a dog, who graciously allow her to share their space. She enjoys knitting, crochet, spinning, and weaving and actively participates in her local fiber arts community. Her work has been featured in the Penmen Review.
Annie Lampman lives in Moscow, Idaho with her husband, three teenaged sons, and a bevy of hens. She has a MFA in creative writing and teaches writing—in all its various forms—at the University of Idaho. Her essays, poetry, and fiction have recently been published in: Orion Magazine; Adanna Literary Journal; High Desert Journal; WORK Literary Magazine; Wilderness House Literary Review; Dunes Review; word~river; IDAHO Magazine; the meadow; Copper Nickel: Women Writing the West; and Talking River. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize special mention and an Idaho Commission on the Arts writing grant. Her first novel is currently under consideration in New York.
Colleen Wells writes from Bloomington, Indiana, where she lives with her husband, three teenage children, three cats, and three dogs. In fact, Colleen’s favorite number is 333.
She loves crafting with recycled or repurposed objects, decorating, and cooking too, but only when she’s in the mood. Colleen is disgusted by the fact that she is addicted to Starbucks, and on her bucket list is to visit Ireland with her sister and get a tattoo with her son. Her first book Dinner With Doppelgangers – A True Story of Madness and Recovery is forthcoming from Wordpool Press. You can read more about here at http://www.ColleenWells.com or http://www.dinnerwithdoppelgangers.com.
Joan Fox’s short stories and poems have appeared in the anthologies Listening to Cougar, with an introduction by Jane Goodall and Deep Down Things, and in War, Literature and the Arts, Seattle Review, Weber Studies, Stand, Calyx, Timber Creek Review, Flyway, New Writing, Writer’s Forum and elsewhere. An excerpt from her novel in progress was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joan Fox’s work can be found online archived in the following journals: War, Literature and the Arts, Weber Studies, and New Writing.
Alice Pettway’s work has appeared in various journals and magazines, including The Bitter Oleander, The Connecticut Review, Keyhole, Teaching Tolerance and WomenArts Quarterly Journal. Her chapbook, Barbed Wire and Bedclothes was published by Spire Press, Inc. in 2009. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry and is a former Lily Peter fellow, Raymond L. Barnes Poetry Award winner, and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her full-length collection, The Time of Hunger | O Tempo de Chuva, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in early 2017. Alice currently teaches creative writing in Bogotá, Colombia.
“Barbed Wire & Bed Clothes” and “Striptease” originally appeared
in Barbed Wire & Bed Clothes, Spire Press (2009)