Bette Adriaanse is a writer and a visual artist. She writes short stories and novels. Her first novel, Rus Like Everyone Else, is coming out with The Unnamed Press in December 2015, in the UK and the US. Find out more about her visual artwork and writing on her website: www.betteadriaanse.nl
Kierstin Bridger is a Colorado writer and winner of The Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and The ACC Writer’s Studio Prize. She is editor of Ridgway Alley Poems, Co-director of Open Bard Poetry Series and contributing writer for Telluride Inside and Out. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fugue, The Lascaux Prize 2015 Anthology, Prime Number, Memoir, Thrush Poetry Journal, Mason’s Road, Blast Furnace, Pilgrimage, and others. She teaches writing at the Ah Haa School in Telluride and and at Weehawken Creative Arts in Ridgway, CO. Her chapbook, Demimonde, is forthcoming from Lithic Press. She earned her MFA degree at Pacific University. http://thepoetryloft.net/kbridger/
John Kinsella’s most recent volumes of poetry are Sack (Picador, 2014) and the collaborative volume with Alan Jenkins, Marine (Enitharmon, 2015). He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and Professor of Literature and Sustainability at Curtin University.
Medbh McGuckian was born in Belfast. Her collections of poetry include The Flower Master (1982), Venus and the Rain (1984), On Ballycastle Beach (1988), Marconi’s Cottage (1992), Captain Lavender (1995), Shelmalier (1998), and Drawing Ballerinas (2001). Her Selected Poems 1978-1994 was published in 1997. Among the prizes she has won are the British National Poetry Competition, the Cheltenham Award, the Alice Hunt Bartlett prize, the Rooney Prize and the American Ireland Fund Literary Award. She has been Writer-in-Residence at Queen’s University and at the University of Ulster; Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; and Writer-Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.
Cindy Hunter Morgan:
Cindy Hunter Morgan lives in East Lansing, Michigan. She teaches creative writing at Michigan State University and is the author of two chapbooks. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Award. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center’s 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including West Branch, Salamander, and Sugar House Review. New work is forthcoming in several journals, including The Pinch and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Her book-length manuscript about Great Lakes shipwrecks is under contract.
Wayne Price is a lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen. His work has appeared in Strand, Poetry Wales, Carve Magazine, Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Passages and Route Publishing’s Bonne Route and Book at Bedtime collections. His first short story collection, Furnace, was published in 2012 and received a nomination for the Frank O’Connor Prize.
Tracey Slaughter is a poet and short story writer from Cambridge, New Zealand. Her story ‘scenes of a long-term nature’ won the 2014 Bridport Prize in short fiction, and her poem-cycle ‘it was the seventies when me & Karen Carpenter hung out’ was shortlisted for the 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize. Her novella The Longest Drink in Town was published by Pania Press in June 2015, and her short story collection deleted scenes for lovers is due for publication by Victoria University Press in early 2016. Tracey teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato, where she edits the online literary journal Mayhem.
William Woolfitt is the author of two books of poetry, Beauty Strip (Texas Review Press, 2014) and Charles of the Desert (Paraclete Press, forthcoming). He has received a Howard Nemerov Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His poems and stories have appeared in Shenandoah, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Threepenny Review, Appalachian Heritage, Tin House online, Notre Dame Review, New Ohio Review, The Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.