Emma Bolden’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in such journals as VERSE, MARGIE, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Southern Humanities Review, and CRANKY. She has received awards from the Alabama Writer’s Forum, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and New England Writers. She teaches English at Auburn University.

Matt Bondurant’s first novel The Third Translation (Hyperion) was published in 2005 and has been translated into 14 languages world-wide. His second novel was recently purchased by Scribner to be published in 2009. His work has appeared in various journals, with poetry appearing most recently in The Notre Dame Review and Ninth Letter.

Daniel Boster earned a B.A. from the University of Texas and an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He currently teaches literature and writing at Ralston High School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Edward Butscher has written biographies of Sylvia Plath and Conrad Aiken. His most recent poetry collection is Child in the House from Canio’s Editions (Sag Harbor).

Ryder Collins is the poetry editor of Cream City Review and has work published in Nimrod and The Strange Fruit.

Sean Conrey is currently a visiting assistant professor at Purdue University, where he received his Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition and M.F.A. in poetry. He lives in Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Carol Fadda-Conrey, and spends his summers in Beirut, Lebanon. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Notre Dame Review, Midwest Quarterly, Aries, Permafrost, and Plainsongs.

Jack Conway’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Antioch Review, The Columbia Review, Rattle, The Norton Anthology of Light Verse, and elsewhere. He is the author of American Literacy, published by William Morrow. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts and Bristol Community College.

Matt Dennison finished his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University where, in addition to placing third in the Southern Literary Festival for fiction, he won the National Sigma Tau Delta essay competition (as judged by X. J. Kennedy). He was then accepted by the graduate program at UT Austin, where he spent one year. Recent poems have been published in Natural Bridge, Runes, G. W. Review, Steam Ticket, and Whiskey Island. His first chapbook, Dog Medicine, is now available from Pudding House Publications.

Beth Gylys has published two books of poetry: Spot in the Dark (Ohio State University Press, 2004) and Bodies that Hum (Silverfish Review Press, 1999). Her work has appeared in many journals.

Shaun Hand received his M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in May 2007. He grew up among trees, pick-up trucks, and gas stations in western Massachusetts. He currently lives in fabulous Yonkers, New York.

William Hengst’s poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Aurorean, GreenPrints, Pearl, Red Wheelbarrow, and The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and has lived in Philadelphia for 45 years where he has worked as a city planner. Now, he runs his own gardening business and writes.

Richard Jones is the author of six books of poems, including his most recent volume, Apropos of Nothing (Copper Canyon Press, 2006). His poems are published in such popular anthologies as Billy Collins’s Poetry 180 and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems, and he has been heard many times on National Public Radio. In 2000, a volume of new and collected poems, The Blessing (Copper Canyon Press, 2000), won the Society of Midland Authors Award for poetry. For twenty-seven years he has been editor of the award-winning literary journal Poetry East, which celebrates poetry, translation, and art from around the world. Currently he is professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago, where he directs the creative writing program.

Jessica Lamb’s work has appeared in literary magazines such as Poetry, Willow Springs, Carolina Quarterly, and Green Mountain Review. Her first collection of poems, Night Feeding, has been finalist for several first book prizes. She lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon.

Lyn Lifshin has written over 120 books and edited four anthologies. Her website is http://www.lynlifshin.com. Her last two Black Sparrow books, Cold Comfort, and Before It’s Light, won Paterson Review Awards. She is working on a book about the amazing, beloved Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro.

Greg Moglia’s poems have been accepted in over one hundred journals in the U.S., Canada, and England as well as five anthologies. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005 and for inclusion in the University of Virginia anthology Best New Poets of 2006. He lives in Huntington, New York.

Dan Morris is the author of Bryce Passage (Marsh Hawk Press, 2004). He teaches at Purdue University.

Matt Nienow’s work has appeared in LOCUSPOINT, Trestle Crack Review, The Hill, and The Quarry. He has been the recipient of a Paulson Poetry Award and a Ferguson Publishing Grant. When he is not writing, he canoes across Canada, plays music, and lives with his wife in Minnesota.

David O’Connell recieved an M.F.A. from Ohio State University. His work has previously appeared in Fugue, Pebble Lake Review, Poet Lore, and other journals.

Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To find out more about him, visit his website at http://www.literati.net/Ries/.

Jason Tandon is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Flight (Finishing Line Press) and Rumblestrip (sunnoutside), both forthcoming in 2007. His first full-length collection, Give over the Heckler and Everone Gets Hurt, was a finalist for the 2006 Kinereth Gensler Award (Alice James Books). His poems have appeared in many journals, including Adirondack Review, Columbia Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, Red Cedar Review, and Poet Lore.

Jamie Thomas teaches English at the University of Houston where he is a Ph.D. candidate in literature and creative writing. His poems have recently appeared in Barrow Street, Rattle, Sycamore Review, and Verse.

Jane Varley has published poems and reviews in several journals, including Slant, Wisconsin Review, and Eclipse. Her book of creative nonfiction (University of Nebraska Press, 2005) chronicles the devastating Red River Valley flood and fires of 1997. She is an associate professor of English and coordinator of creative writing at Muskingham College in Ohio.

Edward Walker is a writer and teacher from Des Moines, Iowa. His work has appeared in several journals, most recently Puerto del Sol, Black Ice, and Nimrod.

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