Linda Wastila writes from Baltimore, where she professes, gardens, and gives a damn. Her prose and poetry can be read in Epoch Literary Journal, Citron Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Blue Fifth Review, the New York Times, Hoot, Every Day Fiction, and Nanoism, among others. When not working on novels-in-progress, she serves as senior fiction editor at JMWW.
Sally Crossley earned her MA in creative writing from Binghamton University after living in that city for most of her life. She also worked in bookstores and taught English in a public high school before retiring to a small town outside Portland, Maine, to write short stories and, more recently, essays. This is her first published piece.
Lynne Ellis writes in pen. Her words appear or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Sugar House Review, Red Wheelbarrow (2018 Poetry Prize winner), WA 129, and elsewhere. A digital collection of pandemic broadsides—co-created with Felicia Rice—is available for free in an unlimited edition online at Moving Parts Press. Her book of poems In these failing times I can forget (Papeachu Press) considers the human cost of rapid growth in a prosperous American city.
Mason Kiser is a fiction writer working in aviation. He lives outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife and pit bull, Camy. He enjoys board game nights and chasing thunderstorms on the southern plains, the subject of his novel-in-progress. This is his first publication.
Elise Juska’s short fiction has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, the Hudson Review, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Post Road, and several other publications. She is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize from Ploughshares, and her stories have been cited as distinguished by the Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. Juska’s five novels include The Blessings, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Rebecca Saltzman’s writing appears or is forthcoming in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, the Idaho Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in creative writing from New York University and lives in New York City. She is currently at work on a novel. Find her online at rebeccasaltzman.net.
Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) published more than fifty-five books of poetry in his native Slovenian. Translated into over twenty-five languages, his poetry received numerous awards, including the Jenko Prize, the Prešeren Prize, the European Prize for Poetry, and the Mladost Prize. He served for several years as the Cultural Attaché for the Slovenian Embassy in New York and held visiting professorships at various universities in the United States.
Sonia Feldman is a poet and writer living in Cleveland, Ohio. She runs Sonia’s Poem of the Week, an email newsletter sharing one good poem a week by someone other than herself with more than 1,500 readers. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such the Southern Review, the Normal School, and Chicago Quarterly Review.
Robin Reif’s writing has appeared in the New York Times’s Modern Love column, McSweeney’s, Off-Assignment’s Letter to a Stranger column, and Yes! magazine, among others. In addition to writing, she’s also a live storyteller who has appeared at the Moth and the Magnet Theater in New York. After holding leadership positions at global brand engagement agencies for over two decades, she is currently pursuing an MFA at Bennington Writing Seminars. To learn more about her writing, please visit www.robinreif.com