Genevieve Salazar is a writer, poet and artist whose work aims to render visible the shamanic spirit in modern culture and society. Her poetry has been published both in print and online. If she’s not writing (which is hardly ever), you can usually find her hunched in a corner with her nose in a thick volume of fairy tales.
Sarah Lilius lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and their two sons. Her poetry can most recently be found in journals such as BlazeVOX, Bluestem, and Crack the Spine. You can visit her personal website for links to her work.
Lisa Marie Cole
Lisa M. Cole is the author of the poetry collections Heart Full of Tinders and Dreams of the Living; both from ELJ Publications; both scheduled to appear in 2015. Lisa is also a contributor to Wood Becomes Bone: A Mental Health Awareness Series, forthcoming this August from ELJ Publications. Lisa has also written six chapbooks; most recently Negotiating with Objects from Sundress Publications; The Bodyscape from Dancing Girl Press, & the forthcoming Living in a Lonely House also from Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming in December of this year. She was a recipient of the Lois Nelson Award in Creative Non-Fiction in 2005, & was a runner-up in SLAB’s Elizabeth R. Curry poetry contest earlier in 2014. When not writing, Lisa teaches writing workshops in Tucson Arizona’s prisons as well as in various places within Tucson’s vibrant literary communities, including the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and Casa Libre En La Solona.
A Note from Lisa:
Wood Becomes Bone strives to erase the negative stigma attached to mental illness and bring awareness to mental health issues. I make no secret of my own struggles with mental illness: I have been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, chronic depression, and anxiety. The only way I have ever known to survive these dealings with the dark is to put them inside language; to verbalize them; to frame them in an artful way.
Alyssa S. Lowen
Alyssa S. Lowen was born in New York City and lives at the Jersey Shore. She received her MFA from Goddard College in 2013. Alyssa shares her passion for language, writing, and books by working as a librarian and teaching. “What She Had” is Alyssa’s return to writing poetry after several years of focusing on prose.