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Robert Gregory works as a technical writer for an engineering school and divides his time between awake and asleep. His latest collection is You Won’t Need That (Willow Springs). 

Alicia Hoffman lives, writes, and teaches in Rochester, New York. Author of Like Stardust in the Peat Moss (Aldrich Press), her recent poems have appeared in A-Minor Magazine, Word Riot, One Throne Magazine, Amethyst Arsenic, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, Rust + Moth,and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.  

Ted Jean is a carpenter who writes, paints, and plays tennis with lovely Lai Mei. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and once for Best of the Net, his work appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, [PANK], DIAGRAM, Up the Staircase, and dozens of other publications.

Steve Klepetar is the best-known Shanghai-born, Jewish-American poet in all of Central Minnesota. Recent collections include My Son Writes a Report on the Warsaw Ghetto (Flutter Press) and Return of the Bride of Frankenstein (Kind of a Hurricane Press).  

Michael Kriesel won North American Review’s 2015 Hearst Prize. He’s President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. Books include Whale of Stars (haiku) and Moths Mail the House (both available from Sunnyoutside). He was a print / broadcast journalist in the Navy in the 1980s.  

Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco lives in California’s Central Valley, where she works as a librarian. Her work has appeared in Right Hand Pointing, One Sentence Poems, The Potomac Review, and The Kentucky Review, among others.  

Alex McKeown poems and translations have recently appeared or are forthcoming in 7x20, Form Quarterly, and the online journal of The Society of Classical Poets. He lives in Tasmania, Australia.  

Laurel Rose Milburn is an MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia College Chicago.

Tom Montag, author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, is a contributing writer at Verse-Virtual and a featured poet at Atticus Review and Contemporary American Voices. Other poems are at Hamilton Stone Review, Homestead Review, Little Patuxent Review, Mud Season Review, Poetry Quarterly, Provo Canyon Review, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. 

Val Dering Rojas is a Los Angeles-based poet and artist who has also studied Addiction and Recovery Counseling and Psychology. She is the author of the chapbook TEN (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and a Pushcart nominee. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in many fine journals.  

Tom Russell lives in Nebraska and works at the Omaha Public Library. Roll credits. Wait. Let’s hold off on that. 

Sarah J. Sloat lives in Germany. Her poems and prose have recently appeared in The Offing, Lunch Review and Cleaver Magazine.  

John L. Stanizzi is author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall (Antrim House), After the Bell, and Hallelujah Time! (Big Table). His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New York Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Rattle, and many others. He has read at many venues throughout Connecticut, and teaches English in an adjunct capacity at Manchester Community College.

R. L. Swihart currently lives in Long Beach, CA, and teaches high school mathematics in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various online and print journals, including Rhino, Right Hand Pointing, 1110, decomP, and Pebble Lake Review. His first collection of poems, The Last Man, was published in 2012 by Desperanto Press.  

Anastasia Vassos is a poet living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. She wrote her first poem, in Greek, at age 9.
Her work has appeared most recently in Haibun Today, Blast Furnace Press and The Literary Bohemian. She is a vice president of marketing for a global engineering firm.

Gareth Writer-Davies was commended this year in the Prole Laureate Competition, the Welsh Poetry Competition and the Sherborne Open Poetry Competition. He was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Erbacce Prize in 2014. His pamphlet "Bodies" was published this year by Indigo Dreams.  

Mark Young is the editor of Otoliths, lives in a small town in North Queensland in Australia, & has been publishing poetry for more than fifty five years. A new collection of poems, Bandicoot habitat, came out from Gradient Books of Finland this year.






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