Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., moved to Chicago, educated at red-bricked universities and on city streets, Charles Thielman has enjoyed working as a social worker, truck driver, city bus driver, and enthused bookstore clerk. Charles is a loving grandfather of five free spirits and is a shareholder in an independent bookstore collective. His other poems have been accepted by literary journals such as The Pedestal, Pif Magazine, SLAB, The Commonline, Gargoyle, Poetry365, The Criterion [India], Poetry Salzburg [Austria], Gangway, and others.
Jacob Paul Patchen was born and raised outside of Byesville, Ohio, where he spent his youth tormenting babysitters and hiding in trees. He is a graduate of Meadowbrook High school and Muskingum University. Jacob is a poet, blogger, author, and combat veteran.
Katherine Givens is working toward an MS from Drexel University. She has publications in numerous print and online magazines, including WestWard Quarterly, Tipton Poetry Journal, The Copperfield Review, Nazar Look, and From the Depths. She also published Passages of Love: A Collection of Poems with Nazar Look in November 2015. If you would like to learn more about Katherine or her writing, please visit her at https://katherinegivenspoet.wordpress.com/.
Alexander Jones lives in Jersey City. He has a BA in English, which is why he works as a metal fabricator. His publishing highlights include stories in Crack the Spine and Bastion Magazine and nonfiction anthologized by 2Leaf Press. He tries to write something, anything, every day.
Kirsty A. Niven lives in Dundee Scotland with her husband and two Oriental Shorthairs. Her poetry has appeared in Artificial Womb, Mothers Always Write, Creekwalker, the anthology I Only Wanted One Time To See You Laughing, on the Journeys-Dundee.com interactive map, and on The Scottish Book Trust’s website. Her work is also due to appear in the magazines The Dawntreader and Sarasvati, as well as the anthology LOVE: A Collection of Poetry and Prose on Loving and Being in Love.
Philip Elliott is Irish, 23 years old, and editor-in-chief of Dublin-based international literary magazine Into the Void. His fiction and poetry can be found in various journals, most recently Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, Subprimal Poetry Art, and Yellow Chair Review. He is currently finishing up work on his first novel, A War of Hearts, which he hopes to publish in 2017. He believes there are no such thing as characters, only people. If you ask him what day it is, he almost definitely won't know. Stalk him at philipelliottfiction.com.