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Melanie J. Cordova considers northern New Mexico, when it's not on fire, one of the most beautiful places in the country. She likes to see submissions that use magical elements as setting, not plot device, and that can handle magical elements in original ways. Melanie is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing Fiction and has work out or forthcoming with Red Savina Review, Whitefish Review, The Oklahoma Review, Yemassee, and various others. She reviews books for The Santa Fe Writers Project and IndieReader. You can follow Melanie on Twitter via
Jason Allen Jason Allen has an MFA from Pacific University and is currently a PhD candidate at Binghamton University, where he is an editor for Harpur Palate. A section of his memoir, Still Kicking, was recently nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Prize, and some of his fiction and poems have been published in: Passages North, Cream City Review, Paterson Literary Review, Contemporary American Voices, Ragazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Oregon Literary Review, and other venues. He hopes to meet Tom Waits and buy him a cup of coffee.
Liam Meilleur is a submissions editor for Urban Fantasy Magazine and Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. He attended Clarion West in 2013, has an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Binghamton University, where he teaches for the English department and serves as an editor for Binghamton Writes and the Harpur Palate literary journal.
Roberta Borger is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she studied Filmmaking and Screenwriting. After moving to the U.S in 2008, she earned a second Bachelor's in Creative Writing from SUNY Purchase, and an M.F.A from Chatham University. Roberta is currently pursuing her PhD in English at Binghamton University. Her poems, short stories, and photographs have been published in On the Rusk, The Acentos Review, K Magazine, and others.
Carolyn Keller is currently working her master's degree in English and Creative Writing. She writes creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, and the only things she loves more than writing are travel and her cat, Marlowe. In her "other life," she's an ESL instructor and longtime barista. She believes good storytelling and good coffee can bring people together, and agrees with Ashoke from The Namesake: the best part about books is they allow you "to travel without moving an inch."
Julian Darragjati is a second-year PhD Candidate in Literature and Creative Writing. His fiction has appeared in The Barcelona Review, Green Mountains Review, and Harpur Palate, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Dante DiStefano's poetry and essays have appeared recently in The Writer's Chronicle, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Shenandoah, Brilliant Corners, The Southern California Review, and elsewhere. He was the winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, The Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, The Phyllis Smart-Young Prize in Poetry, The Bea Gonzalez Prize for Poetry, and an Academy of American Poets College Prize. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and he makes his living as a high school English teacher.
Abby E. Murray has lived in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Georgia, Colorado, and New York, not because she is wanted by the law but because her husband is in the army. Her second chapbook, Quick Draw: Poems from a Soldier's Wife, was released by Finishing Line Press in 2012, and she continues to write poems that are influenced by war. Her work can be found in current and forthcoming issues of Rattle, New Ohio Review, Crab Creek Review, and Paterson Literary Review.
Sri Siddhi N. Upadhyay lives in New York and is a graduate student earning her PhD in Cognitive Psychology. She loves literature, language, and researches how we read and process meaning in text. Sri has been published most recently in Luna Negra, Alt Lit Press, Boston Poetry Magazine, Prosaic Magazine, Ghost House Review, and Flyover Country Review.
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Anita Raychawdhuri is a sophomore at Binghamton University. She is an English Major and Classical Civilizations Minor. She loves reading, particularly Tolkien, and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in English Literature.