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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 student in Creative Writing Fiction and has work out or forthcoming with Red Savina Review, Whitefish Review, The Oklahoma Review, Yemassee, and various others. She also reviews book reviews for The Santa Fe Writers Project and IndieReader.


Jason Allen is a poet and prose writer with an MFA in fiction from Pacific University. He is currently living in upstate New York and pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Binghamton University, where he is at work on his first book of poetry and his second novel, as well as short creative nonfiction pieces. His work has been published or is forthcoming in: Passages North, Oregon Literary Review, Pathos, Life With Objects, Apercus Quarterly, Pointed Circle, and other venues. He hopes to one day meet Tom Waits and buy him a cup of coffee.

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.


Rose Fritzky-Randolph


Dante DiStefano's poetry and essays have appeared recently, or are forthcoming, 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, and an Academy of American Poets College Prize. He currently serves as a poetry editor for Harpur Palate and he was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Abby E. Murray worked as a veterinary assistant in Atlanta before teaching writing courses, where she restrained sweet but frightened dogs while collecting small, moon-shaped scars. She seeks clarity and a confident handling of metaphor in contemporary poems. Finishing Line Press recently released her second chapbook, a collection of war poems titled Quick Draw: Poems from a Soldier's Wife, which are based on her husband's deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She studied with Dorianne Laux, Peter Sears, Joe Millar, and Marvin Bell at Pacific University, where she earned her MFA in 2009. Originally from the Seattle area, Abby is currently earning her Ph.D. in English.

Sri Upadhyay


Thomas Mackin

Kaitlyn Schembri