* We believe in the serial comma.

* We prefer to avoid dishing about our contributors' undoubtedly impressive degrees, as we just don't care that much.

* Or, well, we obviously care a little since we like to let our contributors mention other things. But not that thing. We don't like it. It's kind of weird. We admit it.

Lindsay Bell lives and works in Chicago. Post-MFA, she supports her writing habit by working admin for an environmental consulting company downtown. She also sings, plays guitar and longs for open spaces. She sometimes updates and can be reached via her blog. [email] [blog]

Scott Butterfield's work has been summarily rejected by many publications, most notably McSweeney's, The New Yorker, Fence, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, and many more. Never let a bit of bad prose get him down. As a child, making venn diagrams out of word problems was bliss. He eats only plants. He loves Leslie. He balances.

J. P. Dancing Bear's most recent poetry collections are Conflicted Light, Gacela of Narcissus City, Billy Last Crow and What Language. His poems have been published in New Orleans Review, National Poetry Review, Knockout, Bateau, diode, Verse Daily and many others. He is the editor of the American Poetry Journal and the host of "Out of Our Minds," a weekly poetry program on public radio station KKUP. His next book, Inner Cities of Gulls, will be published by SalmonPoetry in 2010. [email]

Laura Donnelly is the editor of Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, and Portland Review. [email]

Matt Dube doesn't know the ant king personally, but is certainly familiar with his minions and the way they march the gridded kitchen lino of his mid-Mo apartment. He's learned that when such problems arise, there's no shame in calling the professionals.

Adam Houle was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a PhD student at Texas Tech University where he works for the Sowell Family Collection. Other pieces have appeared or are forthcoming in Passages North, 42opus, Poetry Midwest, and elsewhere. He is also an associate editor at Iron Horse and Emprise Review. [email]

Maria Hummel is the author of poems and essays in Creative Nonfiction, Third Coast, The Believer, and Ploughshares. She is the Draper Lecturer in Nonfiction at Stanford University.

T. J. Jarrett is a software developer and a current MFA candidate at Bennington College. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. [email]

Gabrielle Jesiolowski makes poems, installations and performance art. In the last few years she has been trying to make sense of love and space which includes heartache, clothing as architecture, wandering and experimental cartography. Her greyhound rohen is her loyal traveling companion. [email] [website]

Elizabeth Langemak lives in Columbia, Missouri.

John Madera lives in New York City. His work has appeared in elimae, New Pages, Open Letters Monthly, The Quarterly Conversation, The Rumpus, 3:AM Magazine, Word Riot, and forthcoming in ArtVoice, Little White Poetry Journal, and Underground Voices. You may find him at hitherandthithering waters and editing The Chapbook Review. He sings and plays guitar for Mother Flux. [email] [website]

Amanda Maule read somewhere that she exists in the Spokane area. She also read that she studies and writes poetry. There was a part in some footnotes about her being an Assistant Managing Editor for Willow Springs. Yep, she read it (maybe in different publications of varying popularity).

A. McHugh currently studies creative writing at University of Arkansas, where she is pursuing her MFA. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review and Unsplendid as well as other publications. In addition, she is a co-editor of Linebreak, an online literary journal, which can be found [here]. [email]

Keith Montesano is the author of Ghost Lights (Dream Horse Press, forthcoming 2010). Other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, American Literary Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Another Chicago Magazine, River Styx, and elsewhere. Beginning in the fall of 2009, he will be a PhD Candidate in English at Binghamton University. He has continued Kate Greenstreet's poetry first book interview project [here]. [email] [blog]

Daniel Robbins is a Hackney Award winner whose writing has appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review, The Allegheny Review, Poetry, storySouth, and others. Currently, he is on the editorial board of Southern Women's Review, and is working on a book about literature in the comic book medium entitled In Defense of Men in Tights. He lives in Athens, GA. [email]

Aubrey Ryan lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She is a poetry editor for Passages North.

Glenn Shaheen is a Nova Scotian living in Houston, where he co-edits the journal NANO Fiction. His work has appeared in /nor, The Laurel Review, Subtropics, and Zone 3.

Analicia Sotelo attended the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in 2008. She lives in San Antonio, Texas. [email]

Andrew Terhune is originally from Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of two chapbooks, Helen Mirren Picks Out My Clothes (forthcoming, the greying ghost press) and Handle This Bludgeon and Run Me Through (2008, Tilt Press). [email] [blog]

Florencia Varela is a MFA candidate in creative writing at Columbia University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Paterson Literary Review, 2River View, Western Humanities, and Drunken Boat. [email]

Catherine Wing recently moved from the Evergreen State to the Keystone State, where despite her many new keys, she feels a rather greenless blue. Her first book of poems, Enter Invisible, was published by Sarabande Books and nominated for a 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She teaches at Shippensburg University. [email]

Joshua Jennings Wood teaches in the Creative Writing Conservatory at the Orange County High School of the Arts, in Santa Ana, CA. He also teaches at three area colleges on an adjunct basis. He does this to support the habits of his notorious two-year-old and soon-to-be newborn. (He sleeps when he drives.) He has recent or upcoming pieces in The North American Review, Nimrod, and Zaum. [email]