Emily Blair’s poetry has appeared in The Mississippi Review and WSQ. In 2006, she received a NYFA Fiction Fellowship. She is the author of Idaville, an illustrated chapbook (Booklyn Artists’ Alliance, 2010) and a member of Next Question, a collaborative art group whose projects incorporate interviews. More of her work, including artists’ books and comics, can be seen at emilyblair.com.
Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize. She received her MFA from New York University and is the recipient of fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Hedgebrook, and Poets House. Originally from Los Angeles, she currently lives in Brooklyn.
Born in the Philipines and currently residing in Brooklyn, Francis Estrada is a visual artist, Museum Educator at MoMA, and freelance educator of Filipino art and culture. His artwork incorporates pieces of personal, historic and/or ethnographic photographs, text, and motifs; most of which address themes of history, sentimentality, and nostalgia. Using some or all of these pieces, he composes scenarios with which he finds personal connections which he then arranges without providing a complete image or narrative. By de-contextualizing the appropriated images from their original source, he attempts to create an ambiguous space for the viewer to complete.
Susan Jamison holds a MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design where she received the Award of Excellence. Her distinctly feminine imagery has been exhibited in museums and galleries nationwide. Her works are in the collections of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum of Art, Pom International Corporation, and numerous private collections. During her childhood, Jamison learned about plants, birds, and wildlife from her mother during frequent outings into the woods. These memories and her sense of connection to nature strongly inform her thought process as an artist. Jamison lives in Roanoke, Virginia.
Philip Kobylarz lives in the East Bay of San Francisco. Recent work of his appears or will appear in Tampa Review, Apt, Santa Fe Literary Review, New American Writing, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Salzburg Review and has appeared in Best American Poetry. His book, rues, has recently been published by Blue Light Press of San Francisco. His book-length essay "Nearest Istanbul" and his collection of short fcition "Now Leaving Nowheresville" are forthcoming.
Jane Lin teaches poetry writing at UNM-Los Alamos. She received her MFA from NYU where she was a New York Times Fellow. Her poem “Signs and Portents” was transformed into an art song by Emmy-Award-winner Glen Roven for his composition “The Santa Fe Songs” for soprano and piano. Other poems have appeared in The Harwood Poetry Anthology, New Madrid, Slant, Spoon River Poetry Review, and The Mas Tequila Review. She is the recipient of scholarships to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Taos Summer Writers' Conference.
Casandra Lopez was raised in Southern California's Inland Empire and has an MFA from the University of New Mexico. She has been selected for residencies with the Santa Fe Art Institute and the School of Advanced Research where she is the Indigenous writer in resident for 2013. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in various literary journals such as Potomac Review, Hobart, Acentos Review, Weber–Contemporary West, and Unmanned Press. She is a founding editor of As/Us: A Space For Women Of The World.
Susan Rich is the author of three collections of poetry, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, named a finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, and Southern Review. Cloud Pharmacy, her fourth collection, will be published by White Pine Press next year. Along with Jared Hawkley and Brian Turner, Susan is the co-editor of The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Crossing Borders (2013) a selection of essays on poets who travel published by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation.
Natalie Young is a founding editor and graphic designer for the poetry magazine Sugar House Review, based out of Salt Lake City. Previous and upcoming publications include Tar River Poetry, Rattle, South Dakota Review, Tampa Review, terrain.org, and others. Natalie is a fan of mint chocolate chip ice cream and, of course, Michael Jackson.