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Jo Ann Steger Hoffman is a writer, editor, and former corporate communications director whose publications include a children’s book, short fiction, and a variety of poems in literary journals, including The Merton Quarterly, Pinesong, Fall Lines, and New Verse News. She has received recent contest awards from Pamlico Writers' Group, Carteret Writers, Inc., and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Her 2010 nonfiction book, Angels Wear Black, recounts the only technology executive kidnapping to occur in California’s Silicon Valley. A native of Toledo, Ohio, she and her husband now live in Cary and Beaufort, North Carolina.
Ann Christine Tabaka was born and lives in Delaware. She is a published poet, artist, chemist, and personal trainer. She loves gardening, cooking, and the ocean. Chris lives with her husband and two cats. Her poems have been published in numerous national and international poetry journals, reviews, and anthologies. Chris was selected as the resident haiku poet for Stanzaic Stylings.
John is an architect living in Winchester, Virginia, who loves designing buildings by day and building with words by night. He learned poetry-making while playing Sentence Cube Scrabble with a friend, decades ago. In this game, the objective was to create sentences from twenty-one basic, randomly-generated words. The two eventually turned to arranging these as poetry, learning word economy and appreciation for the simplest elements of the English language.
Daniel James Sundahl is professor of English and American studies at Hillsdale College where he has taught for thirty years.
Helena Garcia Mariño is from Madrid, Spain, and has studied law, political science, and comparative literature. She was a lawyer; she was an effective teacher; now, she’s earning an MFA in Spanish creative writing. Helena enjoys when her students unexpectedly speak to her in poetic Spanish. For example: instead of “dolares” (dollars), they say dolores (pains). “It cost me twenty pains.” Her parents, Greek scholars, would nag her in iambic trimeter (and still do via Whatsapp), which explains her current trauma concerning both rhythm and meter. She´s currently working on her first book of poems, the tongue in pieces.
Isabella Ronchetti is a young artist and writer originally from San Francisco, California. She spent a few years studying in Florence, Italy, and now lives in Virginia. Isabella enjoys spending her free time reading psychology books, swimming, and people watching.
David Morgan O'Connor is from a small village on Lake Huron. After many nomadic years, he is now based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where a short story collection progresses. He contributes monthly to The Review Review and New Pages. His writing has appeared in Barcelona Metropolitan, Collective Exiles, Across the Margin, Headland, Cecile's Writers, The Great American Lit Mag (Pushcart nomination), Bohemia, Beechwood, Fiction Magazine, After the Pause, The New Quarterly, and The Guardian. Twitter: @dmoconnorwrites
D. S. Maolalai was born in Ireland and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he spends his nights working maintenance for a hospital and his days drinking wine. His first collection of poems, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published by the Encircle Press in 2016. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.