Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press). Her poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and her poems and prose have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Nashville Review, Smartish Pace, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She is the Reviews Editor for Southern Indiana Review and teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.
Stacey Balkun is the author of Eppur Si Muove, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak, & Lost City Museum. Winner of the 2017 Women's National Book Association Poetry Prize, her critical & creative work has appeared in Best New Poets 2018, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, and many other anthologies & journals. Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications, Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn & The Loft. Visit her online at www.staceybalkun.com.
David Gonzalez is a professional storyteller, poet, playwright, musician and public speaker. He is a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department, and is the proud recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth “Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence“. Mr. Gonzalez was named a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Experience” for The Frog Bride. David has created numerous productions, including the critically acclaimed ¡Sofrito!with The Latin Legends Band, and MytholoJazz, both of which enjoyed sold-out runs at New Victory Theater. Sleeping Beauty was co-commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn College, and The McCallum Theater. David was a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, and appeared for three seasons at the Royal National Theatre in London. The Man of the House was commissioned by, and premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2013.
Jennifer Suzanne Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Mexican-American writer and activist from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of four full-length collections: Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins), Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize chosen by Ross Gay), and Rosa’s Einstein (Camino Del Sol Poetry Series, 2019), and two chapbooks: Lifeline (Glass Poetry Press) and The Daughter’s Curse (Yellow Flag Press). Her novels, Trinity Sight and Jubilee, are forthcoming from Blackstone Press. Her honors include the Frost Place Latinx Scholarship, a National Latinx Writers’ Conference Scholarship, the Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal’s Greg Grummer Poetry Prize chosen by Monica Youn, the Pinch Poetry Prize chosen by Ada Limón, the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize 2nd place chosen by Patricia Spears Jones, and fifteen Pushcart nominations. Givhan holds a Master’s degree in English from California State University Fullerton and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She teaches composition at the University of New Mexico, writing workshops online at The Poetry Barn, and she lives in Albuquerque with her partner and two children.
Kim Noriega is the author of the poetry collection, Name Me published by Fortunate Daughter Press. Her poems have appeared in textbooks, journals, and anthologies including: American Life in Poetry, Paris-Atlantic, Split Lip, and The Tishman Review. She was the winner of San Miguel Literary Sala’s 2017 Flash Nonfiction Prize, a finalist for the 2017 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize, and one of 30 poets selected to collaborate with 30 film artists as a part of the 2018 Visible Poetry Project.
Ms. Noriega teaches children, teens, and adults in public libraries and recovery homes and was a finalist for the 2017 Toyota National Family Teacher of the Year Award. She lives in San Diego where she heads San Diego Public Library’s family literacy program. More at kimnoriega.com.
High wire artist Philippe Petit writes, draws, performs close-up magic, practices lock-picking and eighteenth century timber framing, plays chess, studies French wine, gives lectures on creativity, directs theater plays and tightrope master classes, is an accomplished pickpocket, and was once sighted bullfighting in Peru.
Petit, author of eleven books, including “Creativity: The Perfect Crime,” "To Reach the Clouds" and “Why Knot?" has been artist-in-residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for more than 30 years and has performed on the high wire more than 80 times around the world. He has been a featured speaker at TED and other national venues and he also walks on the wire and does street performances whenever (and wherever) he likes.
Judith Roney’s diverse work has appeared in numerous publications. Most recently, her chapbook, Waiting for Rain, received an honorable mention from Two Sylvias Press, and Field Guide for a Human was a finalist in the Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest. Her poetry collection, According to the Gospel of Haunted Women, received the Pioneer Prize. She confesses to an obsession with the archaic and misunderstood, dead relatives, and collects vintage religious artifacts and creepy dolls. She teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida, is a poetry reader for The Florida Review, and a teaching artist for The Poetry Barn in West Hurley, New York.
Christopher Locke’s poems, stories, & essays have appeared in such magazines as The North American Review,Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Parents, Poetry East, Verse Daily, Southwest Review, Slice, The Literary Review,Barrelhouse, The Sun, West Branch, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gargoyle, Mudlark, Saranac Review, and NPR's Morning Edition and Ireland’s Radio One. Locke has seven collections of poetry published: How to Burn (Adastra Press—1995), Slipping Under Diamond Light (Clamp Down Press—2002), Possessed (Main Street Rag—2005), End of American Magic (Salmon Poetry—2010), Waiting for Grace & Other Poems (2013—Turning Point), Trespassers (2016—Finishing Line Press), and Ordinary Gods, (Salmon Poetry—2017). His first post-punk/spoken word album, Late Lights, was recently released by Burst & Bloom Records, and 25 Trumbulls Road, a collection of speculative fiction, won the 2018 Black River Chapbook Competition (Black Lawrence Press) and will be released in early 2020. Locke has received over a dozen grants, fellowships, and awards for his poetry including the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Award, state grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and Poetry Fellowships from Fundacion Valparaiso, (Spain) and PARMA (Mexico). He teaches creative writing at North Country Community College in the Adirondacks.
Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. is the author of Apparition Wren (Main Street Rag, 2007), Later, Knives & Trees (Negative Capability Press, 2014), Mantic (Augury Books, 2013), Mirror Inside Coffin (WordTech Editions, 2015) 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 numerous journals and anthologies including AGNI, Baltimore Review, Barrow Street, Berkeley Poetry Review, Bitter Oleander, Blackbird, Diode, Drunken Boat, Kenyon Review Online, Pank, Spinning Jenny, Baltimore Review, Pinch, Versaland Verse Daily, among others.
Tina Barry conceived, wrote and curated “The Virginia Project,” a traveling exhibition of collaborations between Tina and 14 women artists, based on the lives of Virginia Haggard and Jean McNeil, the artist Marc Chagall’s lover and her daughter. Later this year, Tina’s Beautiful Raft: The Mostly Made-up Lives of Marc Chagall’s Lover and her Daughter (Golden Antelope Press, 2019), will be published. Tina’s poems and short fiction have appeared in numerous literary publications such as The Best Short Fictions 2016, Drunken Boat, Connotation Press, The American Poetry Journal, Nasty Women Poets: An Anthology of Subversive Verse, Feckless Cunt, and the upcoming A Constellation of Kisses. Tina is the author of Mall Flower: Poems and Short Fiction (Big Table Publishing). She holds an MFA in creative writing from Long Island University, Brooklyn. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has several Best of the Net nods. Tina is a teaching artist at The Poetry Barn and Gemini Ink.