Jason Allen has an MFA from Pacific University and is currently a PhD candidate at Binghamton University, where he is an editor for Harpur PalateIn 2015, a collection of Jason's poetry, Gunmetal Blue, was published by Jane's Boy Press. 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.

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.


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."


Liam Meilleur invented the Moon at the age of ten. As a wayward teenager, he hitchhiked his way across Atlantis and chased the waves back into the sea. After earning an MFA from the University of New Orleans, Liam became a 2013 Clarion West writer and a submissions editor for Urban Fantasy Magazine and Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Liam is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Binghamton University, where he teaches for the English department. You read about his misadventures at a Rainy Day in Eden.


Matt Sumpter's poems have appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Best New Poets 2014, and five of his poems received the Crab Orchard Review Special Issues Feature Award. His scholarship on writing pedagogy has appeared in College English. He received his MFA from The Ohio State University, and he is currently a PhD candidate at Binghamton University. He has strong feelings about sports, camping, and homemade alcohol.


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.