Elaine Briney received her B.A. in English from Hollins University and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She currently lives in Florida with 3 cats, which is too many for someone her age.

Kass Fleisher did her undergraduate work at Dickinson College, her M.A. at University of North Dakota, and her Ph.D. at Binghamton University (SUNY). She spent four years as the administrative manager of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Fleisher is the author of four books: Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman (Dalkey Archive Press, forthcoming 2008); the documentary nonfiction work, The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History (SUNY, 2004); and two books of innovative prose, The Adventurous (Factory School, 2006) and Accidental Species: A Reproduction (Chax, 2005). Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including The Iowa Review, Bombay Gin, Postmodern Culture, Z Magazine, American Book Review, and her fiction has been awarded annual prizes from The Dickinson Review and Plainswoman. Her most recent screenplay, Yellow Medicine (coauthored with Joe Amato), advanced to the semifinal round of the 2006 Nicholl Fellowship screenplay competition, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while placing in the second round of the 2006 Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Fleisher has recently completed a novel, Dead Woman Hollow, the first in a trilogy of historically inspired novels set in northern Appalachia. She teaches creative writing and women's literature at Illinois State University.

John Hoppenthaler’s two book of poetry are Lives Of Water (2003) and Anticipate the Coming Reservoir (2008), both titles from Carnegie Mellon University Press.  Recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in  Laurel Review, West Branch, Waccamaw, Poetry Miscellany, Poetry Calendar (Alhambra Publishing), and Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State University of NY Press).  With Kazim Ali he has co-edited a book of critical essays on the poetry of Jean Valentine.  He serves as Advisory Editor for the cultural journal, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, where he also edits A Poetry Congeries and curates the monthly Guest-Edited Poetry Feature.

Monica Merenda is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she completed her MFA in fiction. She was the fiction editor of The Greensboro Review, and spent some years teaching. She is currently living and working in Hangzhou, China.

Gail Peck’s first chapbook won the North Carolina Harperprints Award, and her first full-length won the Texas Review Breakthrough Contest. Main Street Rag published Foreshadow and Thirst. Her most recent chapbook is From Terezin. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, The Greensboro Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Brevity, Cave Wall, and in numerous other journals. She was a 2007 finalist for Nimrod’s 2007 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.

Meg Pograss's story "Leaving Hope Ranch in 971 Menu" was chosen for Wigleaf ‘s Top 50, 2009. "Lost and Found, in elimae" was chosen in May 2009 by Storyglossia for Short Story Month showcase. Her many stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gigantic, Annalemma, 3AM, The Pedestal, Toronto Quarterly, decomP, Pank, JMWW, Mud Luscious, Juked, Pindeldyboz, Smokelong Quarterly,Wigleaf, Elimae, Keyhole, Frigg,Wordriot, The Rose and Thorn, Thieves Jargon, Eclectica, Kitty Snacks, Rumble, and various upcoming anthologies of flash, including Dogs: Wet and Dry. Meg serves as a staff editor for SmokeLong Quarterly, and is currently mentoring with Dzanc’s Creative Writing Sessions.

Christopher Shipman’s poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Exquisite Corpse, Carolina Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Louisiana Review, Redactions, Salt Hill and Tule Review. His poem “From all the Purple Deer” was featured on Verse Daily, and a review of Andrei Codrescu’s Jealous Witness appeared in American Book Review. He is a post-doc Instructor at Louisiana State University.

Tyler Smith was born in the heart of the Heartland in Bloomington, Illinois. Soon he'll have two degrees to his name: a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and an MFA from Louisiana State University. Hopefully he'll finish his experimental novel and finish developing his hour-long action television show by the time he leaves Baton Rouge. Catch his weekly column about pop culture on TheAvantGuardian.Or

Jane Stubbs / Jane Stubbs received her M.F.A. from LSU in 2009, a year when she also won the department's screenwriting award and the Faulkner Society's Faulkner-Wisdom Novel-in-Progress prize.  She lives in New Orleans with her beloved chicken, Dinner.

Chris Tusa  was born and raised in New Orleans. He holds a B.A. in English, an M.A in English, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. Aside from teaching in the English Department at LSU, he also acts as Managing Editor for Poetry Southeast. With the help of a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, he was able to complete his first chapbook of poetry, Inventing an End. His debut collection of poems, Haunted Bones, was published by Louisiana Literature Press in 2006. His work has appeared in Connecticut Review, Texas Review, Prairie Schooner, The New Delta Review, South Dakota Review, Southeast Review, Passages North, Spoon River, New York Quarterly, Louisiana Literature, Tar River, StorySouth, and others. He has studied under a number of notable writers, including Tim Gautreaux, Sidney Wade, and Debora Gregor. His debut novel, Dirty Little Angels, was released by The University of West Alabama in March of 2009.

Jennifer Whitaker is a lecturer in English and assistant director of the University Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Mid-American Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review and Pebble Lake Review. She has won an Academy of American Poets prize and two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prizes, and serves as an assistant poetry editor for storySouth.