Alumni/Alumnae Profiles

Traci Cox

 Traci CoxIn 2013 I graduated from Mason's MFA program with an emphasis in Creative Nonfiction Writing.  An essay I wrote as a graduate student at GMU, "Missed," was published in The Masters Review and was later a notable mention in the 2014 edition of The Best American Essays.  Currently I'm a PhD candidate focusing on CNF at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I teach undergraduate Composition and Creative Writing courses.  I'm also an editorial intern at The Missouri Review, where I have the opportunity to read manuscripts and judge submissions for the Jeffery E. Smith Editor's Prize and the Miller Audio Prize.  If you happen to be in the Mid-Missouri area, I hope you'll come and see me read on February 26th in Tate Hall with two of my fellow Mizzou PhD candidates.  Please feel free to contact me at


Rajpreet Heir

Rajpreet HeirI am a third-year creative nonfiction student. One of my personal essays was just accepted by The Normal School and another will appear in an anthology published by Aunt Lute books this spring. I write about growing up Indian in Indiana.  





Sarah Marcus

Sarah MarcusI teach high school literature & creative writing in inner city Cleveland, and I am the Series Editor for the As Is Ought To Be High School Poetry Series: Gender, Identity, & Race. I'm a co-editor at Gazing Grain Press where I'm always on the hunt for inclusive feminists to interview for our blog. I also serve on the VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts Events Committee. I have a poetry manuscript that explores the theme of sexual trauma due out this summer from the GTK Press: Vanguard Series, and my manuscript, They Were Bears, will be published by Sundress Publications in 2017. I'm currently rereading, "Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation," a brilliant collection edited by Brett Fletcher Lauer and Lynn Melnick. For more stuff I'm into:


Jessica McCaughey

 Jessica McCaugheyJessica McCaughey, who graduated in 2012 with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, is an Assistant Professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Since graduating, she has published nonfiction in The Rumpus, Gulf Coast, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications. She is currently at work on a novel. She lives in Virginia with her husband, fellow Mason MFA alum Jay Patel.


Paul Fauteux

Paul FauteuxI'm teaching 10th grade English at Marshall High School.  My most recent poems have been published in After the PauseAnima Poetry Journal, and Third Point Press.  I'm writing in Centreville, VA, where I live with my wife and where we'll soon be joined by a baby girl.  I maintain a sometimes-updated website at, and my Twitter handle is @fauteupb.  At the moment, I'm on the poetry staff of Green Briar Review, I've got a chapbook available from Plan B Press called The Best Way to Drink Tea, and I'm contributing book recommendations to The Lit Pub.


Alyse Knorr

 Alyse KnorrAlyse Knorr (MFA poetry class of 2012) is an assistant professor of English at Regis University and editor of Switchback Books. She is the author of the poetry collections Mega-City Redux (winner of the 2017 Green Mountains Review Book Prize), Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2016), and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013), as well as the non-fiction book Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books 2016) and the poetry chapbooks Epithalamia (Horse Less Press 2015) and Alternates (dancing girl press 2014). Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, storySouth, and ZYZZYVA, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University, where she co-founded Gazing Grain Press. 


Qinglan Wang

Qinglan Wang is a multilingual writer, artist, and teacher originally from Hawaii. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2012), her work has been featured in DelugeOrigami Poetry Project, and ROAR Magazine.





Steve Amick has published two novels with Pantheon, The Lake, the River & the Other Lake and Nothing But a Smile. His short stories have appeared in Zoetrope:All-Story, Playboy, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Story, McSweeney’s, in the anthology The Sound of Writing, and on National Public Radio.   His plays have been produced in Chicago and he won a Clio for work in advertising.  Since 2013, he has been a member of the fiction faculty in the acclaimed low-res MFA program at Pacific University.  As such, he contributed to Pacific’s craft book, When the Rewards Can Be So Great: Essays on Writing and the Writing Life, edited by Kwame Dawes.

Betsy Andrews is editor-at-large at Rodale's Organic Life magazine. She is a wine columnist for Betsy was the executive editor of Saveur magazine and editor of Saveur DRINK. She is a former dining critic for The New York Times, a former Zagat editor, and the author/photographer of Food & Wine magazine's first-ever blog, "On the Line in New Orleans," an inside report on the rebuilding of the New Orleans restaurant industry after Katrina. She has written about food, drink, travel, and culture for The Wall Street Journal, Eater, Penthouse, Arrive, Salon, Gay City News, The Village Voice, Chow and other publications. Betsy is also a poet. She is the author of The Bottom (42 Miles Press, 2014) winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Prize, and New Jersey (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007), the 2007 winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her chapbooks include She-Devil (Sardines Press, 2003); In Trouble, (Boog Reader, 2004); and Supercollider, a collaboration with the artist Peter Fox (2006).

Renee Angle is the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center's Program Coordinator and oversees administrative and logistical details of educational outreach programs. She is the author of WoO (Letter Machine Editions, 2016). Her poems have been published in Diagram, Practice New Art + Writing, Sonora Review, EOAGH, I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women, and in the chapbook Lucy Design in the Papal Flea (dancing girl press). 

Jessica Anthony’s fiction has appeared in Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, McSweeney's, Mid-American Review, New American Writing, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, the Summer Literary Seminars fiction contest, and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Lana Austin is the author of In Search of the Wild Dulcimer, from Finishing Line Press, and her poems, interviews and fiction pieces have recently been featured in Mid-American Review, The New Guard, The Writer's Chronicle and Visions International. Also a journalist, she has written for numerous newspapers and magazines. Born and raised in Kentucky, she has lived in England and Italy but currently resides in Alabama with her husband and three children. She teaches creative writing (Poetry, Fiction and Playwriting) and directs both original works via her Performing Playwrights classes as well as traditional operettas and musicals through Ars Nova Productions & School of the Arts. She is about to begin directing the first Opera In the Schools program in Huntsville in 2016, culminating in original operas written and performed by area students. She will also join the English faculty at The University of Alabama Huntsville in Spring 2016.

Brian Barker is the author of The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006), winner of the Tupelo Press Editor's Prize, and The Black Ocean (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition. His poems, reviews and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Ploughshares, Agni, Quarterly West, TriQuarterly, The Writer's Chronicle, The Washington Post, Blackbird, Pleiades and storySouth. In 2009, he was the co-winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Colorado Denver where he co-edits the literary journal Copper Nickel.

Catee Baugh now lives in Hawaii.  Her poetry has appeared in ArLiJo and Indigo Ink’s Modern Grimmoire.

Scott W. Berg is the acclaimed author of 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Frontier’s End (2102) and Grand Avenues: The Story of Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the French Visionary Who Designed Washington, D.C. (2007), both published in hardcover by Pantheon Books and in paperback by Vintage Books. Born and raised in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Scott received a BA in Architecture from the University of Minnesota, an MA in English from Miami University of Ohio, and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University, where he now teaches nonfiction writing and literature. Since 1999, he has also been a contributor to The Washington Post and other publications.

Lucy Diamond Biederman is the author of four chapbooks, As Yet (Country Music, 2014), As I Walked Into the Middle of the Night Squinting (Red Bird Press, 2013), The Hardest Part is Done (Grey Book Press, 2013), and The Other World (dancing girl press, 2012).

Matthew Blakely is Program Support Assistant at the Poetry and Literature Center in the Library of Congress.

Brian Brodeur is the author of the poetry collections Natural Causes (2012), which won the 2011 Autumn House Poetry Prize, and Other Latitudes (2008), winner of the University of Akron Press’s 2007 Akron Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbooks Local Fauna (Kent State University Press 2015) and So the Night Cannot Go on Without Us (2007). A former Walter E. Dakin Fellow at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Associate Editor for The Cincinnati Review, he is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University East. Brian maintains the blog How a Poem Happens, an online anthology of over one hundred and fifty interviews with poets. He lives with his wife and daughter in Richmond, IN.

Andy Brown is full-time freelance writer with cross-functional experience in marketing, communications, strategy and business development. With classmates Dennis Campbell and Chris Perkowski he co-founded Red Morning Press, an independent publisher of contemporary poetry in 2004.

Kimberly Burge is a narrative journalist, a longtime activist, and a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa. A contributing writer for Sojourners magazine, she previously worked for twelve years at Bread for the World, a Washington-based advocacy organization combating hunger and poverty in the United States and worldwide. In 2005, she accompanied 150 grassroots activists to the G-8 activities in Scotland, where an international mobilization organized by grassroots leaders, along with Bob Geldof and Bono, called on world leaders to increase efforts to fight poverty in Africa. Kimberly has published feature stories, editorials and reviews on issues of culture, politics, global poverty and development, faith and public policy. Her articles include an account of Johnny Cash’s last public performance (“Johnny Cash Goes Home,” Sojourners, January 2004) and an award-winning profile of writer Anne Lamott (“Crooked Little Faith,” Sojourners, May-June 1999). She has spoken about the girls of Amazw’Entombi at “After Girl Power: What’s Next?” an international girls’ studies conference hosted by the Centre for Women’s Studies at the University of York, U.K, and at “Culture, Creative Transformation, and Adversity,” a faculty seminar at Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland. In 2012, as Visiting Humanities Scholar, she led a creative writing workshop for 25 inmates at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland.

Ryan Call is the author of the short story collection The Weather Stations (Caketrain, 2011). He received a 2011 Whiting Writers’ Award in fiction. 

Liam Callanan is the author of The Cloud Atlas (Delacorte, 2004; Dial, 2005), All Saints (Delacorte, 2007; Dial, 2008), and Listen (Four Way, 2015). He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing. He has regularly contributed to local and national public radio, and is possibly the only person now living (but consult your own Venn diagram) who has written for all of the following: the Wall Street Journal (on zeppelins, jetpacks, and touring Paris and Greece with children's books), The Awl, Medium, Commonweal, (on swimming and flying), Slate, the New York Times Book Review, the Times’ op-ed page, the Washington Post Magazine, Forbes FYI, Good Housekeeping, Parents, Milwaukee Magazine and elsewhere. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of literary journals, including Gulf Coast, the New Haven Review, Tinge (where his story was named one of the Millions Writers Award Notable Stories of 2011 by storySouth), the Writers’ Chronicle, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, Caketrain, failbetter and Phoebe. Liam is also the creator and co-executive producer of the Poetry Everywhere animated film series.

Dennis Campbell is Director of Marketing at AKF Group. AKF is a full-service consulting engineering firm serving public and private sector clients across the United States and around the world.

Kirsten Clodfelter is the author of a chapbook of war-impact/homefront stories, Casualties, published by RopeWalk Press in 2013. A freelance writer, editor, and marketing/publications consultant, Clodfelter has written for Salon, The Good Men Project, EdSurge, and Modern DC Business Magazine, among others, and freelances as a copy writer, editor, and brand content specialist for a diverse portfolio of global businesses. She is the Series Editor of At the Margins, a small-press review series for marginalized authors and writing, housed at As It Ought to Be, where she is a contributing editor.

Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004) about her hometown of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and Green-Wood (Factory School, 2010) about a famous nineteenth-century cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. The New York Times called Green-Wood “a gorgeous, subtle, idiosyncratic gem.” Her third book, Plastic, An Autobiography is out from Essay Press. Her new collection of poetry, After We All Died, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. She was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and received a 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission. She works for The Environmental Defense Fund. She lives in Portland, Oregon.    

Jen Coleman is a poet in Portland, Oregon. She spent eight years in Washington DC (where she co-hosted In Your Ear readings for a time) and eight years in New York (where she co-edited the journal POM2). Winner of the 2013 Bob Kaufman Book Prize selected by Poet Dara Wier, her collection Psalms for Dogs and Sorcerers, was published by Trembling Pillow Press. Her work appears widely, including Ixnay, Chain, Tangent, Peaches & Bats and other fine journals.

Christina Collins, MFA ’15, has sold her novel Zero, a middle-grade contemporary novel, to Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in a two-book deal. Publication is scheduled for 2018.

Sarah E. Colona lives and teaches in her home state of New Jersey. She is the author of three poetry collections: Hibernaculum (Gold Wake Press, 2013), Thimbles (dancing girl press, 2012) and That Sister, which will be published by dgp in August 2016. Sarah's poems also appear in Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism (SUNY, 2013).

Amber Cook teaches English at Bound Brook High School in New Jersey.

Michael Ann Courtney has led Eastern Mennonite University’s poetry writing workshop since 2002, and teaches courses on British and American literature. Her literary interests include 17th century metaphysical poets, the intersection of literature with film and philosophy, current experimental verse, and offensive limericks.

Donna Lewis Cowan is the author of the poetry collection Between Gods (Cherry Grove 2012). Her work appears in Crab Orchard Review, DMQ Review, Notre Dame Review, 32 Poems, and Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry, among other publications. She is also an experienced technical writer and computer programmer.

Anya Creighteny is the program specialist for the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress, where she helps plan and shape the Center’s literary events. She is a Cave Canem Fellow.

Cathy Cruise, MFA ’93, had her first book published in early December: A Hundred Weddings.

Daniel D'Angelo lives and works in northern Virginia.  He is an associate editor at The Writers’ Chronicle.  Some of his poems may be found at H-ngm-n, Jellyfish, NOO Journal, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere.

J.K. (Jen) Daniels’s collection of poems Wedding Pulls, was selected by C. D Wright as the winner of the New Southern Voices Book Prize from Hub City Press. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets, 2011; Queer South; Beltway Poetry Quarterly; Calyx; ILK; New Orleans Review (online); and others. She teaches creative writing and American literature at Northern Virginia Community College, where she is also a dean.

Danielle Cadena Deulen is a poet and essayist. Her collection of poems, Lovely Asunder, published with the University of Arkansas Press in 2011, won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize as well as the Utah Book Award. Barrow Street published her second collection of poems, Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us. Her memoir, The Riots, published with University of Georgia Press in 2011, won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction as well as the GLCA New Writers Award.  Formerly, she was a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poetry and essays have appeared most recently in The Kenyon Review (KRonline), The Utne Reader, The Missouri Review, and The Iowa Review. She is on the faculty of Willamette University.

Bianca Diaz’s chapbook, No One Says Kin Anymore, won the Robert Watson Poetry Award from Spring Garden Press in 2009. She taught high school English and Creative Writing for several years and currently lives and writes full time in North Carolina.

Jean Donnelly co-founded the journal So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language & Art. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, among them Big Allis, Fence, The Germ, Lingo, Situation, and Volt. A chapbook, the julia set, was published in 1995 by Edge Books. Her first full-length collection, Anthem, was selected by Charles Bernstein for the 2000 National Poetry Award Series and was published by Sun & Moon Press.

Rebecca Dunham is the author of three collections of poetry. Glass Armonica was published by Milkweed Editions in 2013, after winning the 2013 Lindquist & Vennum Prize. Her first book, The Miniature Room, won the 2006 T.S. Eliot Prize and was published by Truman State University Press. Her second book, The Flight Cage, was a Tupelo Press Open Reading selection, and was published in 2010. A limited edition chapbook of poems, titled Fascicle, was published by dancing girl press in 2012. Other awards and honors include the 2012 So to Speak Poetry Prize, a 2007 NEA Fellowship, the 2005-2006 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the 2011 Poetry Prize, and the 2005 Indiana Review Prize for Poetry. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern ReviewPrairie Schooner, AGNI, The Journal, FIELD, The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Third Coast, Crazyhorse, and Colorado Review. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Wade Fletcher is a Teaching Assistant Professor, as well as Learning Specialist in the Office of Disability Support Services at George Washington University. He is the author of Snitch Culture.

Andy Fogle has published five chapbooks of poetry, most recently The Last Apprenticeship (White Knuckle), as well as various nonfiction essays about literature, education, and baseball in The Writer’s ChronicleEnglish JournalGargoyleCobalt, and Popmatters.

Daniel M. Ford is a fantasy novelist, poet, and teacher. His debut novel Ordination: Book I of The Paladin Trilogy will be released by Santa Fe Writers Project in 2016, with its sequels Stillbright and Crusade to follow in 2017 and 2018. His poetry has appeared in Soundings Review, The Cossack, Ginger Piglet, Vending Machine Press, Floorboard Review, and Phoebe. He teaches writing and literature at a college prep high school in North East, Maryland. He can be found on twitter @soundingline.

Alyson Foster is the author of the novel, God is an Astronaut (Bloomsbury USA, 2014).

Graham Foust is the author of several collections of poetry, including As in Every Deafness (2003); Leave the Room to Itself (2003), which won the Sawtooth Poetry Prize; Necessary Stranger (2007); A Mouth in California (2009); and To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems (2013). With Samuel Frederick, Foust co-translated the German poet Ernst Meister’s In Time’s Rift (2012). Foust’s essays and writing have appeared in journals such as Conjunctions, Jacket, and TriQuarterly. He has taught at Saint Mary’s College of California and at the University of Denver.

Ethan Fugate is Digital Program and Content Coordinator at Medical University of South Carolina.

Molly Gaudry is the author of We Take Me Apart, which was shortlisted for the 2011 PEN/Joyce Osterweil, named 2nd finalist for the Asian American Literary Award for Poetry, and has earned her comparisons to Gertrude Stein, Samuel Beckett, Marguerite Duras, Angela Carter, and Cormac McCarthy. The verse novel continues to be taught at Brown, Wesleyan, Cornell College, Queens College, CUNY, and other creative writing programs in the US. In December 2015, Ampersand Books will release its sequel, Desire: A Haunting. Gaudry teaches fiction, flash fiction, and lyric essay workshops for the Yale Writers' Conference, as well as teen workshops for New Haven's Company of Writers.  She is the creative director of The Lit Pub.

Kathy Goodkin’s poems have previously widely in such journals as  Fourteen Hills, RHINO, and wicked alice.  For several years she lived in Denver and directed the Writing Center at Regis University. She is an editor for feminist publisher Gazing Grain Press, and co-founder of Hoist Point Writing, an organization that facilitates creative writing in prisons. She lives in North Carolina.

 Carrie Grabo is the undergraduate coordinator for George Mason University’s Department of History and Art History. She has published poetry and fiction in such journals as Poetry and Quarry West.

Anthony Grooms is the author of a collection of poetry, Ice Poems (1988); a collection of stories, Trouble No More (1995), which won the Lillian Smith Book Award in 1996; and a novel, Bombingham (2001), which won the Lillian Smith Book Award in 2002. His stories and poems also have been published in Callaloo, African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, George Washington Review, and other literary journals. He is the recipient of the Sokolov Scholarship from the Breadloaf Writing Conference, the Lamar lectureship from Wesleyan College, and an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Joe Hall is a teacher, poet, and critic pursuing a PhD in Literature at SUNY Buffalo. He is researching waste, property, and commons in trans-Atlantic Restoration literature. His secondary research interest is  Palestinian literature. He is the author of The Devotional Poems and Pigafetta Is My Wife (Black Ocean  2013 & 2010). With Chad Hardy, he co-authored The Container Store Vols I & II (SpringGun 2012). With Cheryl Quimba, he co-authored May I Softly Walk (Poetry Crush 2014). An article on figures of water and waste in Palestinian literature is forthcoming in The Journal of Post Colonial Studies. His book reviews appear in The Colorado Review.

Sara Henning is the author of the poetry collection, A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink, 2013), as well as a chapbook, To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012).  Her poetry, fiction, interviews and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Willow Springs, Bombay Gin and the Crab Orchard Review.  Currently a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, she serves as Managing Editor for The South Dakota Review.

Kirsten Hilgeford is managing editor at Americans for the Arts.

Cynthia Marie Hoffman is the author of two poetry collections: Sightseer, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, and Paper Doll Fetus, both from Persea Books. A chapbook, Her Human Costume, was published in Spring 2014. Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Director’s Guest fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. Her work has appeared in Fence, diode, Crab Orchard Review, The Missouri Review Online, and in the anthology Best New Poets 2005. Collections have appeared as an intro feature in Pleiades, a featured chapbook in Mid-American Review, and in the annual Introductions Reading Loop online at Blackbird. Cynthia has taught creative writing and composition at George Mason University, the University of Wisconsin, and Edgewood College. She works at an electrical engineering firm in Madison, WI, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Darcy Holtgrave completed a PhD in Folklore from the University of Missouri. Her research interests include health belief systems, narrative theory, and online communities; a portion of her dissertation research, an exploration of YouTube vlogs about bipolar disorder, will be included in the edited volume Diagnosing Folklore: Perspectives on Disability, Health, and Trauma. Darcy has taught college courses in composition, literature, folklore, professional writing, and creative writing, and is a poet.

R. J. Hooker can be read in such journals as Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Cortland Review and Meridian.

Dallas Hudgens is the author of the novels “Drive Like Hell” (Scribner, 2005), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, and “Season of Gene” (Scribner, 2007), a Book Sense Notable. He has appeared at the (Downtown) Omaha Lit Fest, Virginia Festival of the Book, Georgia Center for the Book and venues around the country. His writing has been published in FANZINE (, Five Chapters ( and The Washington Post.

Hadiyah Huma’s work has appeared in North American Review, Spry, Construction and elsewhere. She was a fellow at the 2012 Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. A member of the Gazing Grain Press Editorial Circle, she works as a preschool teacher and lives in the greater Baltimore area.

Huan Hsu is the author of The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China. As a staff writer for the Washington City Paper in Washington, DC, and the Seattle Weekly, he won two Society of Professional Journalists awards and received recognition from the Casey Foundation for Meritorious Journalism. His essays and fiction have appeared in Slate, The Guardian, The Literary Review, and Lucky Peach. He currently lives in Amsterdam where he teaches journalism and creative writing at Amsterdam University College.

Michele Johnson is on the English faculty at High Point University in North Carolina. Her poems have appeared widely.

Moriah Jones is recently returned from Fulbright Fellowship in Korea, where she taught for a year. Her poetry can be found in St Katherine Review and Rock and Sling.

Jessica Kallista’s poems have appeared in Phoebe, Sou’wester, and So to Speak. She is as well a visual artist whose work incorporates found and original photography and text to form her own unique style of collage and mixed media art. Her work has most recently been included in exhibitions at George Mason University, The Adam Lister Gallery, and Epicure Café in Fairfax, VA, Gallery Underground in Arlington, VA, as well as Tempus Projects and The Bricks of Ybor in Tampa, Florida. She is the owner of Olly Olly, an alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia.

Wendi Kaufman's stories have appeared in various literary journals and magazines, including The New Yorker, Fiction, and New York Stories, and have been anthologized in "Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops," the Elements of Literature textbook, and most recently, Faultlines: Stories of Divorce. She received a fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, was the winner of a Mary Roberts Rhinehart award for short fiction, and a Breadloaf Writer’s Conference David Sokolov Scholar in Fiction. Kaufman curated the prominent D.C.-area book blog, "The Happy Booker" from 2005 - 2009 and was a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and Washingtonian magazine.

Maura Kelly started her career with jobs at The Washington Post and Slate. She has been a staff writer for Glamour, a daily dating blogger for Marie Claire and a relationships columnist for amNew York. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Daily, The New York Observer, Salon, The Guardian, The Boston Globe Magazine, Rolling Stone, More and other publications and anthologies.

Rebecca Knotts is the author of a collection of poetry, Luna Gypsy (Foothills Publishing, 2013). For many years she has taught at the University of Montana Western and she now owns a florist shop, Wildwood Floral, in Dillon, Montana.

Christi Kramer is pursuing a PhD at University of British Columbia, considering poetry and traditions of reconciliation. Her poems have appeared widely.

Elizabeth Kuhn is the author of Average C-Cup: Poems (Cincinnati, Ohio: Turning Point, 2006).

Elizabeth Deanna Morris Lakes’ poetry has appeared in Mom Egg Review, {Ex}tinguished & {Ex}tinct: An Anthology of Things That No Longer {Ex}ist, Whiskey Island, OVS, and Hot Metal Bridge. She has chapbook, Patterning, from Corgi Snorkel Press.

Sue Landers is the author of three full-length volumes of poetry, Franklinstein (Roof Books, 2016), Covers (O Books, 2007), and 248 mgs, a panic picnic (O Books, 2003). Her chapbooks include What I Was Tweeting While You Were on Facebook (Perfect Lovers Press, 2013) Selections from Franklinstein (Cannot Exist, 2013), and 15: A Poetic Engagement with the Chicago Manual of Style (Least Weasel, 2011) She has held residencies at PLAYA Summer Lake and Saltonstall Art Colony. In 2018, she was named executive director of Lambda Literary, the nation's leading LGBTQ+ literary organization.

Tara Laskowski grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and now navigates traffic in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She is the author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons (Matter Press 2012) and Bystanders (Santa Fe Writers Project 2016). Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded the Kathy Fish Fellowship from SmokeLong Quarterly in 2009, and won the grand prize for the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Series. Since 2010, she has been the editor of SmokeLong Quarterly. She and her husband, writer Art Taylor, write the column Long Story Short at the Washington Independent Review of Books. Tara earned a BA in English with a minor in writing from Susquehanna University and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University.

Hope (Smith) LeGro is Director of Georgetown Languages and Assistant Director of Georgetown University Press, where she focuses on publishing foreign language learning materials and linguistics books. Her poems have appeared in DIAGRAM and gutcult, among other publications. 

Tom LeGro is a video journalist at The Washington Post. His work has won a Capital Emmy and awards from the MDDC Press Association. He contributed to The Post’s coverage of the National Security Agency's global surveillance programs, which earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2014. Previously he was a reporter and producer for PBS NewsHour and a copy editor and page designer for The Washington Post. 

Aubrey Lenahan is the author of the chapbook Note Pinned to the Back of a Dress (H_NGM_N BKS 2013). Recent poems can be found in Forklift, Ohio, Leveler Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, and The Greensboro Review. She teaches creative writing and American literature at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga and curates the Fusebox Reading Series.

Emily Lu works as a librarian in Falls Church, Virginia. Her poems and mixed-media work can be found at DCpoetry and English Matters.

Rachael Lyon is the author of The Normal Heart and How It Works, winner of the White Eagle Coffee Store Press Poetry Chapbook Award and finalist for the Black River Chapbook.

M. Mack is a genderqueer poet, editor, and fiber artist in Virginia, with an academic background in gender studies and queer theory, English and poetry, and visual art and photography. Mack is the author of Theater of Parts (Sundress Publications, 2016) and the forthcoming chapbooks Imaginary Kansas (dancing girl press, 2015) and Traveling (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015). Theater of Parts investigates the performativity and consciousness of gendered embodiment through page-bound theatrical productions.

Mike Maggio has published fiction, poetry and translations in journals and anthologies in the United States and abroad. His work has appeared in such places as Phoebe, Apalachee Quarterly, Potomac Review, Pleaides, Black Bear Review, The Arabesques Review, Pig Iron and many others. He is the author of Your Secret Is Safe With Me, an audio collection of poems (Black Bear Publications), Oranges From Palestine (and other poems) (Mardi Gras Press, two collections of short fiction, Sifting Through the Madness (Xlibris) and The Keepers (March Street Press) and a full-length collection of poetry, deMockracy (Plain View Press), and a novel, The Valley of Granite and Steel (

Sandra Marchetti, is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Heart Radicals (About Editions, 2018), Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra's poetry appears widely in Poet Lore, Blackbird, Ecotone, Southwest Review, River Styx, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at The Rumpus, Whiskey Island, Mid-American Review, Barrelhouse, and other venues. Sandy earned an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from George Mason University and now serves as the Coordinator of Tutoring Services at the College of DuPage in the Chicago area.

Siwar Masannat is an Arab writer from Jordan. Siwar holds degrees in pharmacy and creative writing from Jordan University and George Mason University, respectively. She is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is a co-founder of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook contest funded by the Fall for the Book literary festival. Her poetry collection, 50 Water Dreams, was chosen by Ilya Kaminsky for Cleveland State University's First Book Award in 2014. Her poems and articles have appeared in Denver Quarterly, 7iber, and New Orleans Review, among others.

Sarah Marcus, MFA '12, is the author of BACKCOUNTRY (2013, Finishing Line Press), Every Bird, To You (2013, Crisis Chronicles Press), Nothing Good Ever Happens After Midnight, which was released in August, and They Were Bears, which will be published in 2017. Her other work can be found at NPR’s Prosody: Pittsburgh Radio for Contemporary Literature, The Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, Cimarron Review, CALYX Journal, Spork, Luna Luna, and Marie Claire, among others. She is an editor at Gazing Grain Press, a spirited VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Coordinator, and the Series Editor for As Is Ought To Be’s High School Poetry Series: Gender, Identity, & Race. She currently teaches and writes in Cleveland, OH.

Michael Martinez received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and he is a Ph.D. Candidate in Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His latest book, from the University of Arizona Press, is In the Garden of the Bridehouse. He is the Poetry Editor of NOEMI Press and his poetry has been anthologized in Ahsahta Press’ The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, Rescue Press’s The New Census: 40 American Poets, and Counterpath Press’ Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing.  Martinez is also the author of the chapbooks Pinned to a Quail’s Wings (2006), The Care With Which There Is (2007), and And also a Fountain (2008), with James Belflower and Anne Heide. The Autumn Orchard, an opera for which he wrote the libretto, was performed by Colorado University’s New Opera Workshop. Cofounder and coeditor of Breach Press, Martinez is working on a critical collection of essays and nonfiction.

Angie Mazakis's poems have appeared in The New Republic, The Boston Review, Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Smartish Pace.

Melanie McCabe, MFA '05, is a high school English and creative writing teacher in Arlington, Virginia. Her second book of poems, What The Neighbors Know, was published in February, 2014 by FutureCycle Press.  Her first book, History of the Body, was published by David Robert Books in September, 2012. Her poems have appeared on Poetry Daily, as well as in BEST NEW POETS 2010, The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Cincinnati Review, Bellingham Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah and numerous other journals. She won first prize in a University of New Orleans Press contest for her nonfiction manuscript, His Other Life: Searching For My Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams; the book will be published in spring 2017.

Jeff McDaniels is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Chapel of Inadvertent Joy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). Other books include The Endarkenment (Pittsburgh, 2008), The Splinter Factory (Manic D, 2002), The Forgiveness Parade (Manic D Press, 1998), and Alibi School (Manic D, 1995). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1994 and 2010. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship. 

Sheila McMullin is author of daughterrarium, winner of the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize chosen by Daniel Borzutzky. She co-edited the collections Humans of Ballou and The Day Tajon Got Shot from Shout Mouse Press. She is a community organizer with a focus on working with youth to amplify their voices through storytelling and civic participation. She sat on the board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts from 2015-2017. She holds an M.F.A. from George Mason University and volunteers at her local animal rescue. Find more about her writing, editing, and activism online at

Marla Melito has worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of Fall for the Book at George Mason University, served as a writer-in-residence for the DC Creative Writing Workshop and DC WritersCorps, and held a variety of jobs in international public health. She is currently Student Academic Development Coordinator at Skidmore University. Her poems have appeared in Fifth Gear, Gargoyle, and the Hartskill Review, among others.

Nadine Sabra Meyer is a winner of the National Poetry Series for her book of poems, The Anatomy Theater, which was publish by HarperCollins in 2006. Her poems have won the New Letters Prize for Poetry, a Pushcart Prize, and have appeared in many journals, including Chelsea, Quarterly West, Pleiades, Notre Dame Review, and the North American Review. An Associate Professor at Gettysburg College, she has taught creative writing and literature courses at George Mason University, the University of Missouri, and Seton Hall University.

Carol Mirakove is the author of the poetry collections Mediated (Factory School), Occupied (Kelsey St. Press), and chapbooks Muriel’s House (Least Weasel Chapbooks), Wall (ixnay press) and with Jen Benka, 1,138 (Belladonna). She and Dutch musician bates45 released the electro-house single “temporary tattoos,” and she’s a member Collective Task. She is a certified ScrumMaster, a practitioner of Capybara and Cucumber, and lives in New York City.

Danika Myers is a poet and is a member of the First Year Writing Program faculty at the George Washington University. Her work has appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Crab Orchard Review, and in Forklift, Ohio.

Lee Newton is an Assistant Dean at Bradley University and has received a fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council and a Lannan Fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He has won Amaranth's Editor's Choice Award.  His most recent creative and scholarly works has appeared in Pleiades, Wisconsin Review, Lowell Review, Crab Orchard Review, Phoebe, and the Asian Pacific American Journal.

Annie Noble is a trademark examining attorney at the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals.

Matthew Norman’s first novel, Domestic Violets, was nominated in the Best Humor Category at the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Nancy K. Pearson is the author of The Whole by Contemplation of a Single Bone (Poets Out Loud Prize, Fordham University Press, 2016) and Two Minutes of Light (Perugia Press, 2008). Her poems have been published in many literary journals and magazines including Alaska QuarterlyGulf CoastThe Iowa Review, Black Warrior ReviewIndiana ReviewProvincetown Arts Magazine, and others. Her honors include winning the 2015 Poets Out Loud Prize, The 2015 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Poetry and The 2014 Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in Nonfiction, the Perugia Press Prize, the 2009 L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, The Massachusetts Book Awards "Must Read Book of 2009" and two seven-month fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Pearson grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and received her B.A. from University of Virginia and her M.F.A. in Poetry from George Mason University and her MFA in Nonfiction from The University of Houston, where she taught literature and writing. She is faculty at 24 Pearl Street & has taught at The Fine Arts Work Center's Summer Program.

Mel Nichols’s most recent books are Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon (Edge Books, 2009) and Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha, 2008). She teaches at George Mason University.

Kate Partridge, MFA '13, is the author of the poetry collection Ends of the Earth (University of Alaska Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Third Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, and Pleiades. She is a Graduate School Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing and literature, and she edits Switchback Books.

Chris Perkowski is a partner at Nixon Peabody in Tax Credit Finance & Syndication and co-leader of the New Markets Tax Credit team. He represents financial institutions, community development entities and project sponsors who use federal incentives to bring private investment to underserved communities. Chris is also a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

Sarah Perrier is the author of two collections of poetry, Nothing Fatal (U of Akron P, 2010) and Just One of Those Things (Kent State UP, 2003).  Her other publications include work in Best New Poets 2008, The Cincinnati Review, The North American Review, Pleiades, and Mid-American Review, as well as the online sites for Verse Daily and the PBS News Hour's ArtBeat blog. Perrier joined the faculty at Point Park University in 2008.

Colin Phillips is Senior Writer-Editor at TSA where he writes, reviews, and edits high-level agency communications, such as Reports to Congress, Questions for the Record, Congressional Inquiries, Talking Points, and Briefings for the Secretary of Homeland Security, for signature of the TSA Administrator. He maintain timeliness, responsiveness, and clarity of tasks under multiple deadlines. Phillips collaborate with Chief Counsel, Public Affairs, Legislative Affairs, and other TSA program offices to ensure consistency with TSA policy priorities.

Darby Price teaches at California State University-Dominguez Hills and Orange Coast College. Her poems have appeared in PANK, Redivider, Sierra Nevada Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, among others.

Moriah Purdy is a Phd candidate in Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her poems have been published in such journals as DIAGRAM, Marginalia, Fringe, and elsewhere.

Meg Ronan's poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, APARTMENT Poetry, Big Lucks, Boog City, Everyday Genius, Interim, SpringGun, West Wind Review, & other lovely journals. Her book is The Obligatory Garnish Argument ( SpringGun Press, 2014) She works at Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC.

Kamau Rucker is a Cave Canem Fellow and author of The Heat, The Day and This Moment (San Francisco Bay Press, 2009).

Austin Sanchez-Moran poems can be found in Fjords Review, Rawboned, and The Sundial Review.

Kaia Sand is author of three poetry collections - Interval (Edge Books), Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press), and A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Money that Lost Its Puff (Tinfish Press, 2016). Her investigative, documentary poetry is often physical, experiential, and material, whether that be through walking, embroidering or sledgehammering copper cards. She teaches at the Portland State University Honors College, where she is a resident poet.

Rion Amilcar Scott, MFA '08, celebrated the August publication of Insurrections: Stories, centered on the fictional town of Cross River, Md., founded in 1807 after the only successful slave revolt in the United States. Scott was interviewed about the book on The Kojo Nnamdi Show in October. His other work has been published in numerous places such as The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Fiction International, The Washington City Paper, The Toast, Akashic Books, Melville House and Confrontation, among others. A story of his earned a place on the Wigleaf Top 50 (very short) Fictions of 2013 list. He was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland and earned an MFA at George Mason University where he won both the Mary Roberts Rinehart award and a Completion Fellowship. He is a Kimbilio fellow. Find him on twitter: @ReeAmilcarScott. His collection, Wolf Tickets, is forthcoming from Tiny Hardcore Press. Presently, he teaches English at Bowie State University.

Anne Shaw is the author of Undertow, which won the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry and Dido in Winter, both from Persea Books. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals such as Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, and Prairie Schooner. She is currently pursuing an MFA in sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   

Rod Smith is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Deed (University of Iowa Press, 2007). He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and co-edited The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley, (University of California Press, 2014).

Lesley Smith is Associate Professor in New Century College, and an affiliate faculty member of the Higher Education Program at George Mason University. She studied History at the universities of St. Andrews and Oxford, where she gained her doctorate in modern history. After ten years as a journalist in UK broadcast television, and two years as a freelance video producer and writer, she gained an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. She joined New Century College in 1998 and, in 2004, won a George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award.

Jack Snyder’s poems have appeared widely in Iron Horse, LEVELER, SWINE, and others. He is founder and co-editor of APARTMENT (, and was named a finalist for the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize by Ahsahta Press.

Jenna St. John, MFA ’08, wrote and produced the independent film Dinner with the Alchemist, which premiered in June 2016 at the Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles and screened at Washington, DC’s Reel Independent Film Extravaganza on October 6th. The film received 15 nominations for Indie Capitol awards.

Lauren Stahl is a poet and textile artist.  Her work as a poet melds with her work as a textile artist by examining traditional handicrafts practiced by generations of women.  Like quilting, her poems stitch together the fabric of family narrative through the lens of women’s experiences.

Danika Stegeman lives in Minneapolis and works at Wilson Library on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.  Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Lo-Ball, and Alice Blue Review, among other places.

Kevin Stoy is the Living Learning Community Coordinator for the Honors College at George Mason University. His poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 42opus, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others.

Peter Streckfus is the author of two poetry books: Errings, winner of Fordham University Press’s 2013 POL Editor’s Prize, and The Cuckoo, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2003. His poems appear in journals such as The Chicago Review, The New Republic, Seattle Review, and Slate. His awards include fellowships and grants from the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Peter S. Reed Foundation, the University of Alabama, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the American Academy in Rome where he is a Fellow in Literature. He lives in the Washington DC area with his wife, poet and translator Heather Green, and is on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at George Mason University.

Alison Strub is a poet and visual artist interested in the intersection of poetry, internet technology, and visual art. She enjoys exploring the way HTML5, the written word, and traditional forms of art can work in tandem to create a hyper experience. Her poetic works have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Shampoo, Alice Blue Review, Rhino, and other journals.

Chris Tanseer is a PhD candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Utah. He serves as an editorial assistant at Sugar House Review. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2012, The Journal, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, RHINO, Subtropics, and Western Humanities Review.

Christian Teresi, Director of Conference at AWP, oversees what has become the largest literary conference and bookfair in North America. Since his appointment in 2008, he has been dedicated to helping the conference expand and celebrate the diversity of contemporary literature. Christian joined AWP in 2003 as a membership assistant and went on to manage WC&C and Career Services. His poems and interviews have appeared in several literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, the Kenyon Review Online, Sou’wester, and the Writer’s Chronicle. He is the recipient of a 2011 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize.

Naomi Thiers lives in the Washington, DC area. Her full-length book of poetry, Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven, won the 1992 Washington Writers Publishing House competition and her chapbook In Yolo County was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, Pacific Review, Antietam Review, Gargoyle, Town Creek Poetry, Potomac Review,  Iris, Sojourners,  and many other magazines. She is an editor with Educational Leadership and lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Erin Ann Thomas is the author of Coal in Our Veins: A Personal Journey (Utah State University Press, 2012), for which she won the Evans Handcart Award in 2013.

LeeAnn Thomas is Assistant Professor of English and Honors Program Chair at NVCC Woodbridge Campus, where she has taught for the past five years. She is a Board Member of the Northern Virginia Review.

Eleanor Smith Tipton, MFA ’11, recently became the managing editor at Poet Lore: America's Oldest Poetry Journal. Her poetry has appeared in Front Porch, Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, Best New Poets 2010, among other journals.

Nicole Tong is the recipient of a Dorothy Rosenberg Prize in Poetry and a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in American Book Review, Cortland Review, Stirring, Sugared Water, Yalobusha Review, and others. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook MY MINE in 2015. Her full-length collection has been an honorable mention for the Joanna Cargill Coconut First Book Prize and a semifinalist for prizes with Crab Orchard and Perugia Press. She lives and teaches college-level English in Northern Virginia.

Melissa Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel, chosen by Charles Simic for the ABZ First Book Award (2013) and Rope as Witness, a chapbook published by Pudding House (2007). Her honors include a fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, a residency at Blue Mountain Center, and artist awards from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Ohio Arts Council. Her poems have been anthologized in Ecopoetry Anthology and Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action. Tuckey has a background in environmental activism and these concerns are present in her work. She is cofounder of Split This Rock, a national organization that celebrates poetry of witness and provocation. She now lives in Ithaca, NY where she works as a head cook at an ecovillage, an editor, and college writing instructor.

Hannah VanderHart lives in Durham, North Carolina. She is a Ph.D. student in English at Duke University, where she reads (and writes on!) medieval and early modern texts, philosophy, and poetry. Follow her on twitter @hmvanderhart. Her poems have appeared widely in journals such as Ruminate, Christian Century, Ilk, Rock & Sling, the St Katherine Review, and Prick of the Spindle.

Michael Joseph Walsh is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Denver. His poems and reviews have appeared in Coconut Poetry, The Denver QuarterlyDIAGRAM, Fence, The Volta, and elsewhere. He is co-editor for APARTMENT Poetry. 

Scott Weaver teaches at the College of Western Idaho. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as The New York Quarterly, Rattle, The Brooklyn Review, and Diagram.

Rebecca Wee's first book, Uncertain Grace, won the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets in 2000 and was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2001. U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins awarded Wee a Witter Bynner fellowship from the Library of Congress in 2003 and she served as Quad Cities poet laureate from 2003-2005. She is currently an associate professor of English at Augustana College where she teaches poetry, literature, and composition courses.

Brandon Wicks is the author of the novel, American Fallout (Santa Fe Writers Project, spring 2016). A graduate of George Mason University’s MFA program, he currently serves as an associate editor with SmokeLong Quarterly and teaches at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Elizabeth Winder is the author of the biography Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 and one poetry collection. Her work also has appeared in the Chicago Review, the Antioch Review, American Letters, and other publications.

Mark Winegardner’s novels include The Godfather Returns, Crooked River Burning, and The Veracruz Blues. He published a collection of short stories, That's True of Everybody, in 2002. His newest novel, The Godfather's Revenge, was published in November 2006 by Putnam. His Godfather novels continue the story of the Corleone family depicted in Mario Puzo's The Godfather. Winegardner has won grants, fellowships and residencies from the Ohio Arts Council, the Lilly Endowment, the Ragdale Foundation, the Sewanee Writers Conference and the Corporation of Yaddo. His books have been chosen as among the best of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Sun-Times, Los Angeles Times, the New York Public Library, and USA Today. His work has appeared in GQ, Playboy, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, DoubleTake, Family Circle, The Sporting News, Witness, Story Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Ladies Home Journal, Parents and The New York Times Magazine. Several of his stories have been chosen as Distinguished Stories of the Year in The Best American Short Stories.

Sarah Ann Winn, MFA ’14, first full length poetry collection, Alma Almanac, was selected by Elaine Equi as the winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize, and will be published by Barrow Street Press in 2017. She is the author of five chapbooks, the most recent of which are also forthcoming in 2017: Ever After the End Matter (Hermeneutic Chaos Press), and Exhibition Catalog from the Grimm Forest Open Air Museum (Yellow Flag). Her writing has appeared in many publications including Five Points, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, and Tupelo Quarterly. In 2016, six of her poems won Radar Poetry’s Coniston Prize, judged by Gabrielle Calvocoressi. She serves as Reviews Editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and is the founder of Poet Camp, a roving residency for women writers. Sarah teaches English and Creative Writing at the Art Institute of Washington. She and her husband live in Manassas, Virginia with two sweet beagle/lab mixed dogs and one bad cat.

Anne-Marie Yerks, MFA ’96, won the New Rivers Press Electronic Book Series Competition for her novel Dream Junkies, which was published this fall.

Tracy Zeman currently teaches writing and interdisciplinary research at the University of Illinois–Springfield. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals. In the spring of 2011, she was a resident at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the northwest coast of Oregon.