Jennifer Lagier has published ten books of poetry and been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies. She taught with California Poets in the Schools and is a member of the Italian American Writers Association and Rockford Writers' Guild. She co-edits the Homestead Review and maintains websites for Ping Pong Free Press, Henry Miller Library, The Monterey Poetry Review, and misfitmagazine.net. She also helps coordinate the Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium’s Second Sunday Reading Series. Her 2016 forthcoming books are Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press Helen Kay Chapbook Prize co-winner), and Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Visit her website at jlagier.net.
Melissa Rendlen is a practicing Urgent Care physician. In 2015, as she neared retirement, she decided to return to her love of writing and took an Amherst method writing class. The class not only improved her writing but also increased her confidence. This was supplemented with auditing a university creative writing class and taking writing workshops. She has had poems published in Writing Raw, Ink in Thirds, and an honorable mention in Flash Fiction Magazine's Three Line Thursday. She continues to write.
Rachel Tramonte's poetry has been published in Two Girls Review, The Cambridge Chronicle, Black Buzzard, and Red Fez. She received her MA in English and creative writing from Binghamton University. She lives with her partner and two daughters in Berkeley, CA.
Carissa Stevens lives in Berea, Kentucky, where she is a full-time English teacher and a part-time MFA student.
Tom Russell started writing poetry the second time he went to college. After graduating, he took a 30-year coffee break from writing and has now been back at it for a couple of years. He lives in Nebraska and works at the Omaha Public Library.