Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago, where she is a book publicist for the University of Chicago Press, the poetry editor for Black Ocean, and a biscuit maker and whiskey drinker. She is the author of Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013) and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009) as well as the chapbooks “Overture in the Key of F” (above/ground press 2013) and “A Useless Window” (Black Ocean 2006).
Lisa Marie Basile is the author of two chapbooks, Andalucia (The Poetry Society of New York) and Triste (Dancing Girl Press). Her forthcoming chapbook, war/lock, will be released by Hyacinth Girl Press in 2014. Her work can be seen in various literary journals, including PANK, kill author, Johns Hopkin’s The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, Prick of the Spindle and others. She is the founding editor of Luna Luna Magazine, a daily arts & culture site for women, and Patasola Press, a micropress that focuses on emerging, established and female writers. She has taught poetry at The Brooklyn Brainery and at Westfield High School, performs for The Poetry Brothel and is an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. She also recently guest-edited Sundress Academy for the Arts’ STIRRING Journal. Lisa Marie will be a featured poet in the Spring issues of Poets & Artists and Relapse Magazines.
Emma Bolden is the author of Maleficae, a book-length series of poems about the witch trials in early modern Europe (GenPop Books, 2013). She’s also the author of four chapbooks of poetry — How to Recognize a Lady (part of Edge by Edge, Toadlily Press); The Mariner’s Wife, (Finishing Line Press); The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press); This Is Our Hollywood (The Chapbook) – and one nonfiction chapbook – Georgraphy V, forthcoming from Winged City Press. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Prairie Schooner, Conduit, the Indiana Review, the Greensboro Review, Redivider, Verse, Feminist Studies, The Journal, Guernica, and Copper Nickel. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily’s Web Weekly feature. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern University. You can find her online at A Century of Nerve (EmmaBolden.com).
A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several book, chapbook, and zine projects, including the forthcoming beautiul, sinister (Maverick Duck Press, 2013) and girl show (Black Lawrence, 2013). She lives in Chicago where she runs dancing girl press & studio, devoted to paper-oriented arts and publishing work by women writers/artists.
Anne Champion is the author of Reluctant Mistress (Gold Wake Press, 2013) and The Dark Length Home (Noctuary Press 2017). Her poems have appeared in Verse Daily, The Pinch, Pank Magazine, The Comstock Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Cider Press Review, The Aurorean, and elsewhere. She was a recipient of the Academy of American Poet’s Prize, a recipient of the Barbara Deming Memorial grant, a Pushcart Prize nominee, a St. Botolph Emerging Writer’s Grant nominee, and a Squaw Valley Community of Writers Poetry Workshop participant. She holds degrees in Behavioral Psychology and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and received her MFA in Poetry from Emerson College. She currently teaches writing and literature at Wheelock College in Boston, MA and is a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine.
Joanna Penn Cooper is the author of The Itinerant Girl’s Guide to Self-Hypnosis (Brooklyn Arts Press), as well as the chapbooks Mesmer (dancing girl press) and Crown (forthcoming from Ravenna Press). Her creative work has appeared in a number of journals, including South Dakota Review, Poetry International, Supermachine, and Boog City. Joanna holds a Ph.D. in American literature from Temple University, and she has held full-time visiting positions at Marquette University and Fordham University. She lives in Brooklyn and can be found here.
Carol Guess is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics, and Tinderbox Lawn. Forthcoming books include How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents (co-written with Daniela Olszewska), Instructions For Staging (co-written with Kristina Marie Darling), and With Animal (co-written with Kelly Magee). She is Professor of English at Western Washington University. Follow her here: www.carolguess.blogspot.com.
Eva Heisler is a U.S. poet and art critic based near Heidelberg, Germany. Her poems have been widely published in journals including Crazyhorse, The Nation, and Poetry Northwest. Honors include The Nation’s “Discovery” Award and the Poetry Society of America’s Emily Dickinson Award. A Fulbright grant brought her to Iceland in 1997 where she lived for nine years, researching Icelandic art with a focus on conceptual practices. Her essays on Icelandic contemporary art have been published in academic journals, art magazines, and museum catalogs. Recent publications include an art historical examination of Icelandic conceptualism for the five-volume History of Icelandic Art, published by the National Gallery of Iceland in 2011, and the chapter “Doubled Bodies and Live Loops: On Ragnar Kjartansson’s Mediatized Performances” in Bastard or Playmate? Adapting Theatre, Mutating Media and the Contemporary Performing Arts, published by the University of Amsterdam Press in 2012. Heisler’s collection of poems Reading Emily Dickinson in Icelandic (Kore Press, 2012) explores how language shapes perception and was inspired by her nine years in Iceland, a time in which the romance and astonishments of a foreign land were challenged by the difficulties of earning a living as a foreigner.
Virginia Konchan is the author of Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press), and the short story collection Anatomical Gift (forthcoming, Noctuary Press). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, The New Republic, and Verse, her criticism in Boston Review, Colorado Review, and Jacket2, her translations in Asymptote and Circumfrences, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly, Joyland, Hobart, PANK, and Requited, among other places. Her work has also been anthologized in several collections, and acknowledged with grants and fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Montreal.
Kelly Magee‘s first short story collection, Body Language (UNT Press 2006) won the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Short Fiction, and her second story collection, With Animal (co-written with Carol Guess), is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. Her writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Passages North, and others. She teaches in the undergrad and MFA programs at Western Washington University. Find links to her writing at kellyelizabethmagee.com.
T.A. Noonan’s latest chapbook, The Midway Iterations, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press in 2015. Her previous books include Petticoat Government, The Bone Folders, and four sparks fall: a novella. Recent work can be found in Stirring, LIT, West Wind Review, Eleven Eleven, Menacing Hedge, and more. A weightlifter, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serves as resident artist at Firefly Farms, home of the Sundress Academy for the Arts.
Sarah Sweeney is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Lumina, Rattle, Barrelhouse, Muzzle, Pank, Cream City Review, “Madonna & Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop” (Soft Skull Press, 2013), and others. A journalist for the Harvard University Gazette, she also runs a storytelling salon at Oberon in Harvard Square. She has received awards from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation and just completed a stay at the Akumal International Artist Residency, where she finished a collection of poems about a doomed affair in Mexico. Visit her at www.sarah-sweeney.com.