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Trisha Cowen's life goal is to get stuck in an elevator with Toni Morrison. While waiting for the fateful encounter, she spends her time planning what she's going to say to Morrison while also finishing her Ph.D in English and Creative Writing. Her fiction writing can be found or is forthcoming in The Portland Review, Amoskeag, Bitter Oleander Press, and others. She's currently working on a historical fiction novel set in Japan during World War II.
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 been published with The Santa Fe Writers Project, The Oklahoma Review, Yamassee, Larks Fiction Magazine, The Waterhouse Review, and others.
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.