Michael McDermit is a writer and musician living in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the University of Oregon, where he also served as the writing instructor for the Oregon Young Scholars' Program. He is a contributing member of the My Idea of Fun artist collective that is based out of his flood-famous hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and currently teaches writing to underserved college students in South L.A..
Jay Nebel is a poet and photographer living in Portland, Oregon. His first collection of poems, Neighbors, was awarded the 2014 Saturnalia Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Narrative, Ploughshares, Tin House and other journals.
Jamaal May's first collection of poems, Hum, won the 2012 Beatrice Hawley Award and was published by Alice James Books. His poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, The Believer and Best American Poetry 2014, among many other places. With Tarfia Faizullah he co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series.
Mia Ayumi Malhotra lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her poems have appeared in Greensboro Review, Mid-American Review, Drunken Boat, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow and has been a finalist for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, the Benjamin Saltman Award, and the Kundiman Poetry Prize.
Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems: Mezzanines (Alice James Books, 2013), and Contradictions in the Design which is forthcoming from Alice James Books in November, 2016. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Necessary Fiction, Brevity, Southern Review and elsewhere. Currently, he’s the 2015-16 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Svetlana Beggs’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades and Columbia Poetry Review, and her stories were recently in Cleaver Magazine and Bartleby Snopes. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia she has an M.A. in Philosophy and lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter.
Javier Zamora was born in La Herradura, El Salvador in 1990. When he was nine, he migrated to the United States. He is a scholarship recipient from Breadloaf, Napa Valley, Squaw Valley, VONA, and Yaddo; and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Zamora’s poems appear or are forthcoming in APR, Narrative, Ploughshares, POETRY, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He is the winner of Meridian’s Editor’s Prize, CONSEQUENCE’s poetry prize, and the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Contest.
Dan Beachy-Quick is the author, most recently, of gentlessness (Tupelo) and Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs (Omnidawn). He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Colorado State University, and is currently a Guggenheim Fellow.
Daniel DeVaughn is the executive editor of the arts journal Cumulus, as well as the co-curator of the The Daily Dive, an online forum for the exchange of literature, music and visual art. He holds an MFA from the University of Oregon, and has received fellowships from Sewanee, the Norman Mailer Writer's Workshop, and the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. His poems have most recently appeared in The Nashville Review and Fogged Clarity.