Rafael Campo teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He also teaches in the creative writing MFA program at Lesley University in Cambridge. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry; his third collection, Diva (Duke University Press, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Enemy (DUP, 2007), won the Sheila Motton Book Award from the New England Poetry Club. His work has also been selected for inclusion in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies. New work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in The Hudson Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, upstreet, and elsewhere. His new book Alternative Medicine (DUP, 2013) was recently featured on the PBS NewsHour. For more information, please visit www.rafaelcampo.com.
Ava Chin is the author of the memoir Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal (Simon & Schuster, 2014). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Saveur, The Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice. She is an associate professor of creative nonfiction at the City University of New York.
Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Merrill Moore Prize for Poetry, and is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a 2014 recipient of a Talbot International Award for Writing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as La Respuesta magazine, the Fjords Review’s Black American Edition, Alicante’s Información, fields magazine, Pretty Owl Poetry, and elsewhere.
Marjorie Lotfi Gill is the Poet in Residence at Jupiter Artland, and the Writer in Residence for both the 2015 Spring Fling and the 2015 Wigtown Book Festival. Her poems have been published by a variety of anthologies and journals, including Rattle, Ambit, Gutter, The North, The Reader, Mslexia and Magma. She lives in Edinburgh.
Stephanie Jung is a freelance photographer based in Berlin, Germany. In 2010 she finished her studies in Visual Communications, where she discovered her passion for experimental photography. Since then she is working as a freelance photographer, focusing on her personal projects. She loves to travel all over the world, especially to big cities, to capture the vibrant and hectic mood of a place. But her work is not just about citylife, it's about time and caducity, about capturing special moments getting lost in time. Some of her work has been published in different magazines as well as exhibited in art galleries.
Iryna Lialko was born in the Central Ukraine. She studied graphic art of the College of the Arts and the Ukrainian National Academy of Visual Arts and Architecture. She has created murals and had her work exhibited in the Ukraine and Europe. While Lialko has worked in various mediums, from painting to costume design, her most recent work incorporates drawing with sand and speed painting with live performance. She has visited and performed her live act in 30 countries.
S. J. Murray is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and award-winning writer. Born in Ireland, she earned her PhD in literature at Princeton, studied screenwriting at UCLA and is on the faculty of the Honors College at Baylor University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, is a passionate abolitionist and believes insanely great stories can (and will) change the world. She lives in Austin with her feisty wheatonpoo, Coco.
Nunzio Paci (b. 1977) is a visual artist based in Bologna, Italy. Since 2004, his work has been exhibited in museums, private galleries and art fairs in Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, Usa, Arab Emirates, Turkey and Singapore. It has also been featured on several art magazines and websites like, among others, Juxtapoz, Colossal, My modern Met and iGNANT. In recent years, he has been invited to attend international art festivals and residencies in Bosnia, Sweden and China.
Cataline Ouyang is a visual artist and writer based in St. Louis. Her work investigates private and collective archives and questions of memory, intimacy and inheritance through the lens of cultural indeterminacy. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Annapolis, Baltimore, Florence and St. Louis, including at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Contemporary Art Museum.
Jess Williard's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The McNeese Review, Nashville Review, Cider Press Review, Adirondack Review and Oxford Poetry. He is from Wisconsin.
Emma Zurer is a Brooklyn-bred artist, performer and educator. She helps to promote the acceptance of clowns and the legacy of Klaus Nomi. Her collages have been exhibited in New York at the SculptureCenter and CULTUREfix Gallery. Emma has performed with the artist collective Cheryl in nightclubs around New York, including the Museum of Modern Art. She has recently joined the engagement team at the Abrons Arts Center where she also teaches visual art and movement classes for children. You can view more of Emma’s collage work at veryimportantpapers.tumblr.com