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Laryssa Wirstiuk- Mrs. Jacobi

Laryssa Wirstiuk lives in Jersey City, NJ with her miniature dachshund Charlotte Moo. She teaches creative writing and writing for digital media at Rutgers University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Crab Fat, Gargoyle Magazine, Word Riot, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. You can view all her work here: http://www.laryssawirstiuk.com.

Catherine Arra- Stain of an Angel

Catherine Arra lives in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her poetry has been published in various journals online and in print. Recent work appears in Nine Mile Magazine and The Timberline Review. Red Ochre Press published her first chapbook, Slamming & Splitting, in 2014.  Flutter Press released her second chapbook, Loving From the Backbone, in April 2015.

M.S. Rooney- Winter Bath

M.S. Rooney lives in Sonoma, California with her husband, poet Dan Noreen. Her work appears in journals, including Bluestem, The Cortland Review, Earth's Daughters, Main Street Rag, Theodate, and 3:AM Magazine, and anthologies, including American Society: What Poets See, edited by David Chorlton and Robert S. King, and Journey to Crone, edited by S. Philip. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Michelle Yee- In Our Countdown to Death

Michelle Yee has served as Editor in Chief for the West Wind literary journal at Azusa Pacific University, and has recently been honing her craft of poetry abroad at the University of Oxford in England as well as in her home state of California. She has published in the West Wind, Crux, and Two Words For, with work forthcoming in The Milo Review, Polaris, and Tule Review. 

Jen Stein- Rag Doll

Jen Stein is a writer, advocate, mother and finder of lost things.  She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where she works in family homeless services. Her work has recently appeared in Rogue Agent Journal, Menacing Hedge, Luna Luna Magazine, Nonbinary Review and Stirring. Upcoming work will be featured in Cider Press Review. You can find her on the web at jensteinpoetry.wordpress.com. 

Stephen Mead- Alzheimer’s

As a writer and artist publishing for the last three decades, Stephen Mead has finally gotten around to getting links to his poetry still online at various zines available in one place:  http://stephenmead.weebly.com/links-to/poetry-on-the-line-stephen-mead.  His latest Amazon release  is entitled "Our Spirit Life”", a poetry/art meditation on family heritage, love,  and the evanescence of time.  For Christmas 2014 he released a sound collage song cycle, "Threnody for a Forgotten Plague", a series-in-progress, dealing with the early days of the AIDS Pandemic, free to listen to via http://amazingtunes.com/stephenmead/albums/

Danielle Brown- All-Nighter

Danielle Brown lives in Mission Viejo, California where she works as a Marketing Content Developer for California Pools, Inc., serves as Co-Editor in Chief of The West Wind, and explores her various creative passions.  Her work has been featured at reading events and in several journals including The West Wind and Aberration Labyrinth.

Jim Davis- Fitzpleasure and Rimbaud: Master of No One

Jim Davis is a Master’s candidate at Harvard University, and has previously studied at Northwestern University and Knox College. His work has appeared in Seneca Review, Santa Clara Review, Sugar House Review, Midwest Quarterly, and California Journal of Poetics, among many others. In addition to the arts, Jim is a teacher, coach, and international semi-professional football player.

Sam Gordon- Jigsaw

Sam Gordon is a spoken word artist and educator based in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is the author of Worn, a chapbook published by Next Left Press. He is a co-organizer of the New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM) and host of Word Bank, a weekly writing group that takes place in my living room. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Freezeray Poetry, Neutrons Protons, Turn, and Button Poetry. He also make a mean banana bread.

TJ Wiley- Gold

TJ Wiley is a poet, freelance editor, and swim coach living on Whidbey Island in Washington State. She teaches poetry workshops at local schools, and loves to see creativity catch fire in young writers. Her poems have appeared in Pontoon, Adanna, and CAB.

Nancy Jean-Pement- Chagrin

Nancy-Jean Pément’s poems have appeared in Morning GloryThe ScribblerThe Moorpark Review and in Silver Birch Press’ Where I Live Series among others. She was a finalist in Garrison Keillor’s 2014 Common Good Books poetry contest. Recently, she was named an emerging voice in Ventura County. She lives in Thousand Oaks, California. Chagrin was written to honour her father, Léonard.

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