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Lissa Kiernan is the author of Two Faint Lines in the Violet, (Negative Capability Press, 2014), a Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist, as well as a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press. Her book-length braided essay, Glass Needles & Goose Quills: Elementary Lessons in Atomic Properties, Nuclear Families, and Radical Poetics, is forthcoming from Haley’s. Individual poems can be found in numerous journals and anthologies and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Along with her MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine, Lissa holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School. lissakiernan.com
Joshua holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi, an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, and an M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A former Grisham fellow, he has taught fiction, poetry, and multi-genre workshops. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Goblin Fruit, The Warwick Review, and The Glass Seed Annual. He lives in Athens, Ohio, where he's pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature at Ohio University.
Susan is editor and publisher of the Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal and madam of the Chicago Poetry Bordello. Her chapbook, Catastrophe Theory, is from Hyacinth Girl Press. She received first prize in the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 2010 Juried Reading and works fulltime at the Associated Press. She recently completed her MFA in poetry at Columbia College Chicago and has published poems and short stories in several print and online publications.
Ryan is a teacher and poet currently living in New York City. He graduated from Emerson College in the fall, where he studied with Richard Hoffman and Peter Shippy. He has been published in Gravel, Words Apart, and Blueline Literary Magazine among others. Ryan is particularly interested in using art to empower communities in need.
Alexandra van de Kamp lives in San Antonio, TX, and is the Creative Writing Classes Program Director for Gemini Ink, a Literary Arts Non-profit. She has been published in numerous journals nationwide: The Cincinnati Review, River Styx, Meridian, Lake Effect, The Denver Quarterly, 32Poems, Court Green, Lake Effect, and The Connecticut Review. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, was published by CW Books in 2010, and her chapbook, Dear Jean Seberg (2011), won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest, judged by Matthew Dickman. Her most recent chapbook, A Liquid Bird inside the Night, was published in 2015 by Red Glass Books. A second full-length book of poems, Kiss/Hierarchy, is forthcoming from Rain Mountain Press (NYC) in 2016. For six years she lived in Madrid, Spain, where she co-founded and edited the bilingual journal, Terra Incognita. You may see more of her poetry and prose at her website: http://alexandravandekamp.blogspot.com.
Stacey Balkun is the author of two chapbooks, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl press 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ Publications 2016). She received her MFA from Fresno State and her work has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She is a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers at www.tcjww.org.
Judith Roney has created and taught writing workshops for adults challenged by mental illness in conjunction with the University of Central Florida’s Literary Arts Partnership. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. Field Guide for a Human was a 2015 finalist in the Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest. Her poetry collection, According to the Gospel of Haunted Women, received the 2015 Pioneer Prize. A memoir piece, “My Nickname was Frankenstein,” is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She confesses to an obsession with the archaic and misunderstood, dead relatives, and collects vintage religious artifacts and creepy dolls. Currently she teaches poetry at the University of Central Florida, and is an assistant poetry editor for The Florida Review. More information can be found at www.judithroney.com .
Mall Flower, Tina Barry’s book of poems and short fiction (Big Table Publishing, 2015), received two Pushcart Prize nominates and won a place in The Best Short Fiction 2016 anthology. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines, as well as literary publications such as Drunken Boat; Elimae; Lost in Thought; Blue Fifth Notebook; Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction; and Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women. She is a Best of the Net nominee. In 2014, Barry received her M.F.A. in creative writing at Long Island University, Brooklyn. A long-time Brooklynite, Barry now resides in the Hudson Valley. Find her at TinaBarryWriter.com.
Heather Knox is the author of the poetry collection Dowry Meat (Words Dance Publishing) and the forthcoming young adult fiction series Vampire Wars (EPIC Escape). Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, [PANK], decomP magazinE, Word Riot, and others places. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2013. Heather currently teaches online as an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University and serves as Managing Editor for The Wardrobe (Sundress Publications).
Maureen is the author of Apparition Wren, Mantic, and several chapbooks including Luminal Equation in the collection Narwhal (Cannibal Press), the dream and the dream you spoke, and 12 Greatest Hits, Nightingale Habit and Origin of Stone. She is the winner of Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Arsenic Lobster, Typo, The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review.
Brenda Mann Hammack is an Associate Professor of English at Fayetteville State University where she teaches seminars in: creative writing; contemporary poetry; children's literature; women's studies; British literature and culture. Her first book, Humbug: A Neo-Victorian Fantasy in Verse was released by Misty Publications in 2013. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Rhino, The Medulla Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Caveat Lector, Toad Suck Review, A capella Zoo, Mudlark, Arsenic Lobster, The North Carolina Literary Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Pedestal, and Steampunk Magazine. Brenda has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on three occasions. Her scholarly articles can be found in SEL, Mosaic, Interfictions Online: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, and Victorian Hybridities: Cultural Anxiety and Formal Innovation, edited by U.C. Knoepflmacher and Logan D. Browning.
Rachel Moritz is the author of Borrowed Wave, a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and five poetry chapbooks. Her second poetry collection, Sweet Velocity, won the 2015 Besmilr Brigham Women Writer’s Award and is forthcoming from Lost Roads Press. Moritz’s poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, TYPO, and Volt. Among her awards are three fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Moritz received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and has taught writing in a variety of community and academic settings. She lives with her partner and son in Minneapolis, where she reviews for Scout Poetry.
Writing from the rice-fields of Arkansas, where she lives with her husband three daughters (ages four and younger), Renee Emerson earned her MFA in poetry from Boston University, where she was also awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2009. She is the author of Keeping Me Still, (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press, and the forthcoming Threshing Floor (Jacar Press, 2016). She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Where Nothing Can Grow (Batcat Press), The Whitest Sheets (Maverick Duck Press), and Something Like Flight (Sargent Press). Her work has been published in literary magazines such as 32 Poems, Christianity and Literature, Indiana Review, Literary Mama, Southern Humanities Review, and storySouth. Aside from teaching for the Poetry Barn, she adjunct teaches courses on composition, American literature, and creative writing for Shorter University. You can read her blog and poetry at Reneeemerson.wordpress.com
Laurie Posner is interested in writing that investigates the associative and the unsaid. She has a MPA from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, where she was a National Urban Fellow. Her work is dedicated to addressing structural inequities and to the production of actionable knowledge that empowers communities. Laurie is contributing as a Poetry Barn volunteer in 2016 on strategic development and grants.