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MATTHEW FOGARTY‘s story collection, Maybe Mermaids and Robots Are Lonely, was released this year by Stillhouse Press. He has twice been a finalist for the Write-a-House residency, and has received scholarships from the New Harmony Writers Workshop, the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He earned his MFA at the University of South Carolina, where he served as the Editor of Yemassee. Currently, Fogarty is a Co-Publisher of Jellyfish Highway. He is originally from Troy, Michigan, one of the square-mile suburbs of Detroit.

ALLY HARRIS is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with an MFA in Poetry. She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Her Twin Was After Me (Slim Princess Holdings, 2014), and Floor Baby (dancing girl press, 2011). You can read more of her poems online at Typo, BOMBLOG, Sixth Finch, Sink Review, and Tarpaulin Sky. She teaches and writes in Portland, Oregon.

When GINNY MACDONALD was fifty-year-old undergrad, a younger classmate said happily, “I love it when older women are in the class because they always bring treats!” Ginny said, “No way, I’m not your grandma.” She continues to not bake cookies at her home in the Upper Peninsula woods. Her essays have been published in BrevitymatchbookHobart45th Parallel, and elsewhere. She grows her own vegetables, heats with wood, and is pretty excited about her new flashlight.

JOSH MACIVOR-ANDERSEN is a former Tennessee-state tree climbing champion, the author of the memoir On Heights & Hunger, and the editor of Rooted: An Anthology of Arboreal Nonfiction. His essays, reviews, and reportage have won numerous awards and nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and can be found in a variety of journals, magazines, and anthologies. He also rescues tree-trapped cats.

DAN MANCILLA, Ph.D. lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his partner, Liz and their pup, Sophie. He is Professor of General Education at Aquinas College. His fiction has appeared in such publications as BarrelhouseThe Chicago TribuneMonkeybicycleThe Saturday Evening Post, and River Styx, among other journals. He’s the author of the novella, The Deathmask of El Gaucho (Passages North/Little Presque Books) and All the Proud Fathers, a story collection from Dock Street Press. You can read more about him and his work at

KYLE McCORD is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House, 2016). His work has been featured in AGNI, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Kyle has received grants from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. He serves as executive editor Gold Wake Press and lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where he teaches at Drake University.

JEN HAHN NIELSEN, poet and taxidermist, hails from west Michigan. She has worked as the Assistant Editor for PANK and is a current Assistant Editor of Mid-American Review. She is pursuing her MFA at Bowling Green State University and has been published in Prairie SchoonerHeavy Feather ReviewRock & Sling, and elsewhere.

CASEY THAYER earned an MFA at Northern Michigan University. He’s the author of Self Portrait with Spurs and Sulfur (University of New Mexico Press, 2015), large chunks of which were written in an alcove in Peter White Public Library. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago.


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