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Maureen Alsop's poems have appeared widely in a variety of journals including Barrow Street, ditch, Glint, Typo, burnt district, and others. She is the author of two full poetry collections: Mantic and Apparition Wren. [website] [email]

Toby Altman is the author of a chapbook, Asides (Furniture Press, 2012). His poems have recently appeared in The Black Warrior Review, Fact-Simile, The Offending Adam, and other journals. He lives in Chicago, where he co-curates Absinthe and Zygote, an experimental reading series, and co-runs Damask, a chapbook press. [website] [email]

Monica Berlin & Beth Marzoni’s collaborations have appeared in Better: Culture & Lit, Colorado Review, Meridian, and New Orleans Review, among others. Their collection of poems, No Shape Bends the River So Long, was awarded the 2013 New Measure Poetry Prize and is forthcoming in 2014 from Free Verse Editions, an imprint of Parlor Press. [website] [website]

Caitlyn Luce Christensen is a Pushcart-nominated essayist from Virginia. She is writing her first manuscript, a collection of essays about American systems of cruelty and control. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, Defunct, and Columbia. Currently, she lives in Pittsburgh's Polish Hill and works in the city's public schools. [website] [email]

Lindsey Drager has lived in four U.S. time zones in the last six years. Currently, she studies typography and the history of natural glass in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of The Sorrow Proper, forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2015. [email]

Lauren Hilger's poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming inThe Cortland ReviewGreen Mountains Review, Harvard Review Online, and Kenyon Review Online, among other journals. She was awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, and is a finalist for the DISQUIET International Literary Prize. She lives in Manhattan and serves as Poetry Editor for No Tokens Journal. [email] [website]

Courtney Kersten’s Moon is in Aquarius. Her Mars trines Venus, her Sun is in Aries, and her Jupiter is in the 12th house. She studies in the University of Idaho’s MFA in Creative Writing program. [email]

David LeGault lives and writes in Minneapolis, where he works on essays and art installations concerning his obsession with collecting. [email]

Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of Sixth FinchHis poems can be found in Gulf Coast, Sink ReviewiOinter|ruptureH_NGM_N and other journals. He has books forthcoming from Rye House Press and Racing Form Press. [email]

Christopher Merkner is the author of the story collection The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic (Coffee House Press 2014). His stories have been in Best American Mystery Stories, Black Warrior Review, Chicago Tribune: Printers Row Journal, Cincinnati Review, CutBank, Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, Fairy Tale Review, New World Writing, The Collagist, and elsewhere. He teaches for and co-directs the creative writing program at West Chester University. [website] [email] [facebook] [twitter]

Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a naturopathic medical student and a writer. Her first full-length poetry book, The Cardiologist's Daughter, is forthcoming from [Two Sylvias Press] this fall. [website] [email]

Lara Mimosa Montes is currently a PhD candidate in English at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Other works of hers have been published or are forthcoming in Fence, Triple Canopy, Bone Bouquet, and BOMB, among others. She was born in the Bronx. [website] [email]

Jesse Nathan studies literature at Stanford and edits the McSweeney's Poetry Series. He lives in Bayview, in San Francisco. [website] [email]

Robert Andrew Perez works for the English departments of UC Berkeley and Saint Mary’s College. He is an associate editor for speCt!, a letterpress imprint based out of Oakland, and his work is forthcoming in Omniverse, Manor House Quarterly, and The Awl. [email]

Jessica Lynn Smith lives in Lakewood, Ohio where she is a poetry candidate in the NEOMFA and assistant editor at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Her work has appeared in H_NGM_N, Ilk, and Jellyfish. [email]

A native St. Louisan, Valerie Witte currently lives in the Bay area, where she edits photography books and videos. Her poetry has appeared in various journals, and her first book, a game of correspondence, is due out in Spring 2015 from Black Radish Books. She is a member of Kelsey Street Press and the Bay Area Correspondence School. Artist books based on her manuscript, Flood Diary, were recently on display in the exhibit, "Quotidiaen/Elements of the Everyday: Water," at Celery Space gallery in Berkeley. [website]