Laurel Blossom is the author of two book-length narrative prose poems, Degrees of Latitude (2007) and Longevity (2015), both from Four Way Books. Previous books of lyric poetry include Wednesday: New and Selected Poems (Ridgeway Press, 2004), The Papers Said (Greenhouse Review Press, 1993), What’s Wrong (Cobham & Hatherton Press, 1987), and a chapbook, Any Minute (Greenhouse Review Press, 1979). Her chapbook, Un-, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. She is the editor of Splash! Great Writing About Swimming (Ecco Press, 1996). She served as the first-ever Poet Laureate of Edgefield, South Carolina, 2015–17. She lives in Los Angeles.
Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of four collections of stories, most recently The Amnesiac in the Maze (Braddock Avenue Books, 2023). He serves as editor-in-chief of Moon City Press and Moon City Review, as well as interviews editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.
James William Gardner writes extensively about the American South. He has over 50 published short stories including two collected volumes: Deep August (Luminaire Press, 2021) and The Healing Ground (Luminaire Press, 2022). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in his hometown of Roanoke, Virginia.
Scott Garson is the author of Is That You, John Wayne? (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2013),
a collection of stories. He teaches writing at the University of Missouri.
Gary Moshimer has stuff in Pank, Frigg, SmokeLong Quarterly, Necessary Fiction, Blue Lake Review, TQR, Keyhole Magazine, and many other places. He lives near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and talks to cows.
Paula Reed Nancarrow (she/her) is a poet whose work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is a past winner of the Sixfold Poetry Prize. Recent poems have appeared in Ibbetson Street Magazine, Blood Tree Literature, and La Piccioletta Barca. She lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Find her at Paula Reed Nancarrow.
Jacob Schepers is the author of A Bundle of Careful Compromises (Outriders Poetry Project, 2014). His poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming in Heavy Feather Review, Indianapolis Review, Dialogist, Anti-Heroin Chic, Belt Magazine, and Midway Journal. His reviews and critical writing have appeared or will soon appear in Cleveland Review of Books, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Entropy, The Fanzine, and Tupelo Quarterly. He holds an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame where he now teaches in the University Writing Program. With Sara Judy, he edits ballast, a journal of poetry and poetics. More at Jacob Schepers and on social media @JacobSchepers.
Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, and Healing Muse, among other journals. She is the author of Waiting to be Called (IFSF Publishing, 2015) and Until I Couldn’t (Prolific Press, 2018). She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry (She Writes Press, 2015).
Kevin Spaide has published stories in Wigleaf, New World Writing, Frigg (of course), and several other places. His first story came out in Punk Planet about a million years ago. He lives in Madrid with his wife and son.
Laura Zapico was born and raised in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Bravura, Riprap, and Your Impossible Voice.