Abigail Bautista was born in Manila, Philippines. She now lives in New York working as a fulltime editorial associate for Barnes and Noble. She holds a BA in Print Journalism from St. Scholastica’s College. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Off the Coast, Stone Highway Review, Blackberry Magazine, among others.

Cathy Bryant worked as a life model and civil servant before writing full-time. She’s won nine literary awards including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize, and blogged for the Huffington Post. Cathy’s collection, Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature, was published recently. | website

Patricia Budd is a former engineer who took her MFA in 2006, from Stonecoast, at the age of 70. She lives in Maine with her physicist husband and teaches at the Osher Institute at the University of Southern Maine. Her poetry has been published in MARGIE, MacGuffin and Alehouse Press among other journals and websites.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, will be published in 2014.

Alexandra Caselle is a Floridian writer who envisions herself as a dreamer and a maverick. She has published works in digital publications such as All Things Girl & BLACKBERRY; a magazine. | website

SuzAnne C. Cole is a retired college instructor with an MA from Stanford. Her essays have been published in Newsweek, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, Baltimore Sun, Personal Journaling and many anthologies. She also writes poetry, short fiction and plays in a studio in the Texas Hill Country.

Shawna Ervin is a mother to two preschoolers and teaches writing in a monthly workshop and other courses. She is an active member of Lighthouse Writers in Denver, where she focuses on poetry and nonfiction. She is working on a memoir about adopting her children from South Korea.

Camille Griep lives and writes north of Seattle, Washington. Her work has been featured at Hippocampus Magazine, Used Furniture Review, The Lascaux Review, Treehouse, and Punchnel’s.

Susan Grier’s essays have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including, most recently, YOU: An Anthology of Essays in the Second Person. She is writing a memoir about growing up southern, raising a transgender child, and falling in love with another woman at midlife.

Catherine Lanser lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Her essays “The Great Walnut Caper,” “Forever Eighteen,” and “Playing with Tradition” have appeared in Adams Media’s Classic Christmas, Chick Ink and Christmas Traditions: True Stories that Celebrate the Spirit of the Season. Her essay “The Smell of Lilacs” appears in Stories of Strength.

Amasa Guy Larkins is a 75-year-old retired professor. He lives on a 50 acre farm with his wife, pig, goats, cows, and a herd of cats. Many of his poems celebrate love and lust for his 75-year-old wife. Larkins has been published in JJournal, Slipstream, and Burrow Press. His work as also been accepted by Pank and Switched on Gutenberg.

Danial Powers, a Washington resident, enjoys dabbling in mixed media, eraser carvings, and digital art.

Melissa Wiley is a freelance culture and food writer living in Chicago who flies her sailboat-shaped kite at close haul. Invoking the memory of her parents, her kinship with the Island of Misfit Toys, and the beauty of caterpillars, her creative nonfiction has been published in a number of literary magazines.


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