Ashley Parker Owens, Birds in the Dark
Jeff Nesheim is a poet living and writing in Coralville, Iowa, with an M.F.A. from Bennington College. He’s lived in South Dakota, Wyoming, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Iowa. Jeff has worked in student affairs at several large universities, in IT and educational technology, as a software developer, and currently is an executive at a large nonprofit assessment company. His poems have most recently appeared in the journals Big Muddy and Straight Forward and are upcoming in the Evening Street Review.
Tara Dasso is a poet and special educator from Western Massachusetts. She loves art in all its forms and enjoys collaborating across genres with other artists. Her work is inspired by her experiences as a hearing impaired person in a world filled with noise and chatter. Her work has appeared in Page & Spine, Silkworm, and The Poet's Haven. Her poem "The Contortionist's Poses" was published in October 2016's Ground Fresh Thursday.
Cord Moreski is a poet and teacher from Ocean Grove, New Jersey. He is the author of the chapbook Stay Afloat Inside (2016, Indigent Press) and was a nominee for 2016 Poet Laureate of Asbury Park. When Moreski is not writing, he teaches middle school children that poetry is awesome. You can follow Cord at cordmoreski.com.
Ed Doerr's work has appeared most recently or is forthcoming in One Teen Story, Water/Stone Review, Hippocampus Magazine, The Tishman Review, West Texas Literary Review, and more. When he's not writing, he teaches middle school English in New Jersey, where he lives with his wife. Ed also recently completed a master's degree in creative writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Saige Cross is a writer living in Oklahoma City with his wife and his pug.
Mary Sesso is a retired nurse who volunteers at the National Children's Center where she sits on the Human Rights Committee. She's a member of the Writer's Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and is active in three workshops. Her most recent work appeared (or will appear) in Passager, Third Wednesday, and Comstock Review. Her chapbook, published by Finishing Line Press, will appear later this year.
Marianne Lyon has been a music teacher for 39 years. After teaching in Hong Kong, she returned to the Napa Valley and has been published in various literary magazines and reviews. Marianne was nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize, is a member of the California Writers Club, Healdsburg Literary Guild, and is an Adjunct Professor at Touro University California.
Kevin J. McDaniel lives in Pulaski, Virginia, with his wife, two daughters, and two chocolate Labs. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in JuxtaProse, West Texas Literary Review, Clinch Mountain Review, Bluestone Review, Common Ground Review, The Cape Rock, Broad River Review, and others. In addition, his poetry chapbook, Family Talks (Finishing Line Press), is set for publication in July of 2017. In recent years, he has taught university core at Radford University and English composition at New River Community College.