Christopher Allen’s very short stories have appeared in Night Train, Indiana Review, Literary Orphans, and SmokeLong Quarterly: the Best of the First Ten Years, 2003-2013 anthology, among over a hundred other fine places. Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire) and in 2015 the recipient of the Ginosko Literary Journal‘s flash fiction award. He lives somewhere in Europe, blogs about his crazy life of travel at www.imustbeoff.com, and since 2014 has been the managing editor at SmokeLong Quarterly.
Rusty Barnes lives and works in Revere, MA, but grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his BA from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Emerson College. His fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in over two hundred journals and anthologies. After editing fiction for the Beacon Street Review (now Redivider) and Zoetrope All-Story Extra, he co-founded Night Train, a literary journal which was featured in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and manages Fried Chicken and Coffee, a blogazine of rural and Appalachian concerns. He is the author of two collections of fiction, Breaking it Down and Mostly Redneck, a novel The Reckoning, and three books of poetry Redneck Poems, Broke, and I Am Not Ariel. His latest book is the novel Reckoning, and he’s busy trying to write a crime novel now.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award-winning photographer and visual artist. She is the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of The Year 2013 and has also won first place honors with National Geographic, The World Photography Organization, Nature’s Best Photography, and The National Trust, among others. Her work has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, The British Journal of Psychiatry, Life Force Magazine, British Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and as the cover of books and magazines throughout the world. Her art has been exhibited in New York, Paris, London, Rome, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Copenhagen, Washington, Canada, Spain, Japan, and Australia, among many other locations. She is the only person from the UK to have work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity 2010.
Spencer K. M. Brown was born in Bedfordshire, England. He attended Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. While in school, he wrote the first draft of his debut novel Swimming With Birds during a trip to Key West and completed it while living in his parents’ garage. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Prime Number Magazine, Unbroken Journal, and The Belle Reve Journal. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Spencer K. M. Brown is represented by Jo Schaffer and Gateway Literary Agency.
Ron Burch’s fiction has been published in numerous literary journals including Mississippi Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, Eleven Eleven, [PANK], and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Bliss Inc., his debut novel, was published by BlazeVOX Books. He lives in Los Angeles.
Shuly Cawood is a writer and editor who is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Queens University. Her writing has been or will soon be published in Mud Season Review, Naugatuck River Review, Label Me Latina/o, Rathalla Review, Full Grown People, Fiction Southeast, Under the Sun, The Louisville Review, Ray’s Road Review, and Two Cities Review.
James Claffey has new writing and reviews at The Vignette Review, Fiction Southeast, Litro UK, Flash Fiction International Anthology, MadHat Lit, The Eunoia Review, The Miscreant, Flash Fiction Chronicles, Prime Number Magazine, Entropy, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Blood a Cold Blue.
Paul Crenshaw’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Essays, Best American Nonrequired Reading, anthologies by Houghton Mifflin and W.W. Norton, Ecotone, Brevity, North American Review, and Glimmer Train, among others.
Terri Brown-Davidson is a Pulitzer Prize nominee in poetry for her first book, The Carrington Monologues, and has received the AWP Intro Award Prize in poetry, the New Mexico Writer’s Scholarship for fiction, and Yaddo and Millay Colony fellowships for fiction. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in more than 1,000 journals, and she’s a former instructor at Gotham Writer’s Workshop. She recently received three 1x.com “Fresh Idea” awards for her photography and was also awarded the Dillman Resort Scholarship for Colored Pencil.
Daniel Davis is the Nonfiction Editor for The Prompt Literary Magazine. His own work has appeared in various online and print journals. You can find him at Facebook.com/DanielDavis05, on Twitter @dan_davis86.
Matthew Dexter is an American author living in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. His fiction and narrative nonfiction have been published in hundreds of literary journals and dozens of anthologies. He writes abhorrent freelance pieces for exorbitant amounts of pesos to pay the bills while drinking cervezas in paradise with tourists. He is the author of the novel The Ritalin Orgy (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013), among hundreds of short stories. His second novel, third novel, and debut story collection are forthcoming. He is memoir editor for Split Lip Press.
William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and teaches at Keene State College. His most recent book of poetry is The Suburbs of Atlantis (2013). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals. More can be found about him and his work at williamdoreski.blogspot.com.
Laurel Dowswell walks in the woods every chance she gets. She was raised and educated in Florida, but landed in Santa Fe, NM, as a copy editor for an independent feminist newspaper. She likes porches, wine, and songs with guitar solos, particularly if they come together and sit for a spell. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her son, and is currently working on a novel filled with oil paintings, family drama, and the spectrum of sexuality.
James H Duncan is the founding editor of Hobo Camp Review and is the author of What Lies In Wait, Berlin, Dealing With the Devil In the Middle of the Road, and other collections of poetry and fiction. He is more than likely standing on a train station platform as you read this. For more, visit www.jameshduncan.com.
Kathy Fish’s stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Guernica, Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, Quick Fiction, and elsewhere. She is the author of three collections of short fiction: a chapbook of flash fiction in the chapbook collective, A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness (Rose Metal Press, 2008), Wild Life (Matter Press, 2011) and Together We Can Bury It, a second printing of which is available now from The Lit Pub. She has recently joined the faculty of the forthcoming Mile-High MFA at Regis University in Denver where she will be teaching flash fiction.
Cheryl Anne Gardner is a hopeless dark romantic, lives in a haunted house, and often channels the spirits of Poe, Kafka, and de Sade. She prefers novellas and flash fiction to writing bios because she always seems to forget what point of view she is in. When she isn’t writing, she likes to chase marbles on a glass floor, eat lint, play with sharp objects, and make taxidermy dioramas with dead flies. Her writing has been described as “beautifully grotesque,” her characters “deliciously disturbed.” Her short fiction has been published in dozens of journals including Dustbin, Hobo Pancakes, Carnage Conservatory, Pure Slush, Negative Suck, Danse Macabre, and at The Molotov Cocktail among others. She lives with her husband on the East Coast USA, and she is currently the head fiction editor at Apocrypha and Abstractions Literary Journal.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY at New Paltz, is the author of several poetry collections, including most recently Beautiful Decay and The Cruel Radiance of What Is from Another New Calligraphy and Fugitive Pieces from Right Hand Pointing Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over eight hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for work published in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in Denver.
Hedy Habra is the author of a poetry collection, Tea in Heliopolis, winner of the 2014 USA Book Awards and finalist for the 2014 International Book Award, a short story collection, Flying Carpets, winner of the 2013 Arab American National Book Award’s Honorable Mention and finalist for the 2014 USA Book Awards and the 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award. She is a recipient of the 2012 Nazim Hikmet Poetry Award. Her multilingual work appears in numerous publications, including Drunken Boat, Cutthroat, The Bitter Oleander, Blue Fifth Review, Diode, Nimrod, Cider Press Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetic Diversity, Mizna, and Poet Lore. She has a passion for painting and teaches Spanish at Western Michigan University.
Justin Hamm is the author of a full length collection of poems, Lessons in Ruin, and two poetry chapbooks. He is the founding editor of the museum of americana and his work has appeared in Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Sugar House Review, Hobart, the Weekly Rumpus and elsewhere. Justin has also received the Stanley Hanks Memorial Prize from the St. Louis Poetry Center.
Ron Hayes writes fiction and poetry when he isn’t teaching history, coaching varsity football or girls’ basketball, or watching his son play lacrosse. He recently served two terms as Poet Laureate of Erie County, Pennsylvania, and later this year his first short story publication, longlisted in the Nivalis Short Story contest, will appear in an anthology of short fiction from Fabula Press.
Peter Haynes lives in Birmingham, UK. His work has appeared in a number of print anthologies, on EveryDayFiction.com, and in Hypertext Magazine. He is active in various local writers’ groups and can be found on Twitter @ManOfZinc.
Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. He has been published in Your Impossible Voice, Night Train, Toad, Matchbox and elsewhere. His latest ebook is Father Dunne’s School for Wayward Boys at amazon.com. He blogs at http://upatberggasse19.blogspot.com/.
Davis Horner studied elves at Furman University, and has been a staff features writer for various tabloids and newspapers. He became a writer as a young man, quit in disgust to become a musician, and now is writing again. He has had stories placed recently at Scrutiny, Foliate Oak, Gravel, and Furious Gazelle. He lives in Greenville, SC, with his wife and two cats. His wife and one of the cats are internationally famous. He is not. His Twitter is @scphrogg. His Facebook is Davis Horner – Writer.
Seth Jani currently resides in Seattle, WA, and is the founder of Seven Circle Press (www.sevencirclepress.com). His own work has appeared throughout the small press world in such places as The Foundling Review, The Hamilton Stone Review, Hawai`i Pacific Review, and Black Heart Magazine. More about him and his work can be found at www.sethjani.com.
Russell Siler Jones lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is a husband, father, runner, and psychotherapist. He also directs the Residency in Psychotherapy and Spirituality for Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He writes an occasional blog, Clear Eyes, Full Heart.
Rachel Kertz has been in love with taking photos for a while and discovered that other people actually enjoy her photos as well. Now she fills her days with as much photo-taking as she can. There are a million reasons why she loves photography, but the two most important: to be able to stop time and give it to others, and to show others that they are beautiful and memorable. If she can manage to do that for the rest of her life, she will be a very happy girl. Rachel is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, with a Bachelor’s in Communication Disorders. After graduating, she took courses in natural and studio lighting and is proficient in dark room developing procedures. Read and view more about her at Flickr , WordPress , and on Facebook.
Marc Labriola writes fiction and poetry. In the past year, his work has appeared in the The Vehicle, Hawaii Pacific Review, and in two issues of Cleaver Magazine. His work is also forthcoming in BorderSenses. He lives in Toronto, Canada, where he teaches English.
Dennis Mahagin’s poems have appeared in Evergreen Review, Absinthe Literary Review, Exquisite Corpse, Everyday Genius, elimae, The Nervous Breakdown, Corium, Stirring, Juked and Night Train. His latest poetry collection is called Longshot & Ghazal, available now from Mojave River Press.
Antonia Maltezos is a musician, artist, photographer, and student of psychology at Dawson College in Montreal.
Rosalyn Marhatta has been writing poetry since 2009 and participating in open mics which thrill her like dancing on the moon. She almost kissed a microphone once and frequently emcees the Writer’s Group of the Triad’s Third Sunday at Three program. She was selected by the NC Poetry Society to be mentored by Lynn Veach Sadler in the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series. She has poetry published in anthologies including Kakalak 2014 and Fire and Chocolate. Her work has appeared in Vox Poetica, Referential Magazine, Wild Goose Poetry Review, and Then and If.
Ilana Masad is an Israeli-American writer living in New York. She is the founder of TheOtherStories.org, a podcast that showcases fiction writers’ stories and struggles. Her work has appeared in The New York, Tin House, The Toast, The Rumpus, Hypertext Magazine, Printer’s Row and more. She can be found @ilanaslightly.
Corey Mesler has published in numerous anthologies and journals including Poetry, Gargoyle, Good Poems American Places, and Esquire/Narrative. He has published 8 novels, 4 short story collections, numerous chapbooks, and 4 full-length poetry collections. His new novel, Memphis Movie, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press. He’s been nominated for many Pushcarts, and 2 of his poems were chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife, he runs a bookstore in Memphis.
Joseph Mills has degrees in literature from the University of Chicago (B.A.), the University of New Mexico (M.A.), and the University of California-Davis (Ph.D). As he was working on his third one, his mother asked, “Don’t you know that stuff yet?” A faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he holds the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities. His published work includes poetry, fiction, drama, and criticism. He has published five volumes of poetry with Press 53: This Miraculous Turning, Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet; Love and Other Collisions; Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers, and Somewhere During the Spin Cycle . Joseph and his wife, Danielle Tarmey, are the authors of A Guide to North Carolina’s Wineries (John F. Blair, Publisher). The second edition was released in 2007. He blogs about various topics at “The Practice of Attention” and occasionally posts on Twitter @JosephRMills
Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz is an award-winning writer. Her work has appeared in various online and print publications, on coffee mugs and cans as well as 40 anthologies, including Hint Fiction and the 12-volume 2014: A Year in Stories. She is about to become an assistant professor of English, and she sews teddy bears by hand. She blogs (infrequently) about her life at http://www.gwennotes.blogspot.com and about her writing at http://wwwonewriter.blogspot.com
Laura Jean Moore is the 2014 winner of the Cobalt Review’s Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Prize. Her poetry, essays, and stories have been featured in [PANK], the Brooklyn Rail, and Corium Magazine. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Reed College. She is suspicious of most things.
Frank Morelli is an MFA candidate and a rabid baseball fan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Philadelphia Stories, East Coast Literary Review, Jersey Devil Press, the Ranfurly Review, and Monkey Puzzle Press. He lives in High Point, NC.
Kristina Moriconi is a poet and essayist. She is the author of the chapbook, No Such Place (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her work has appeared most recently in Cobalt Review, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Crab Creek Review, and is forthcoming in december. In 2014, she was named the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Poet Laureate. She lives and teaches now in suburban Philadelphia where she co-founded and now helps to sustain the nonprofit, Men Anpil (Many Hands), working to help educate Haitian students who will ultimately become medical professionals in their country.
Dale Neal is the author of the novel, Cow Across America, winner of the 2009 Novello Literary Prize, and The Half-Life of Home. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Arts & Letters, Carolina Quarterly, Marlboro Review, Crescent Review, and many other literary journals. He works as a journalist for the Asheville Citizen-Times and lives in Asheville with his wife and dogs.
Roman Newell is a twenty-eight-year-old Army veteran. He grew up in the Oregon outdoors where he learned to watch and be still. He was schooled in West Point, New York, and has been afforded extensive opportunity to travel the world. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin, where he enjoys brisk walks, fast running, cigars, and true whiskey old-fashioneds.
Jim Nichols lives on a little river in Warren, Maine, with his wife Anne, their Springer Spaniel Brady, Brady’s new stepbrother Jesse (a flat-coated retriever), many ducks, cormorants, osprey, eagles, two hives of Italian bees, cardinals, waxwings…well, you get the picture. Jim has published work in many venues, including december, Esquire, Zoetrope ASE, Narrative, Night Train, River City, elimae, The Clackamas Review, American Fiction Vol.9, Conversely, Germ, and Portland Monthly. He is the 2014 winner of the Curt Johnson Prose Award for Fiction (December magazine), a past winner of the Willamette Fiction Prize, and a prize winner in the River City Writing Awards. His collection Slow Monkeys and Other Stories was published in 2003 by Carnegie Mellon Press, and his novel Hull Creek appeared in April 2011. Closer All The Time, a novel in stories, will appear in February 2015 by Islandport Press.
Valerie Nieman is the author of three novels, including Blood Clay, which received the Eric Hoffer Award in General Fiction. Her first novel, Neena Gathering, was republished in 2013 as a classic in the post-apocalyptic genre. She also has published a collection of short fiction, Fidelities. She is the author of two poetry collections, Hotel Worthy and Wake Wake Wake, as well as two chapbooks. Her poems have been honored with the Nazim Hikmet Prize, the Byron Herbert Reece Prize, and the Greg Grummer Prize, and she has held an NEA creative writing fellowship and a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship. She graduated from West Virginia University and Queens University of Charlotte. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she teaches creative writing at North Carolina A&T State University and is the poetry editor of Prime Number magazine. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @valnieman.
Despite the rumors, Corey Noll belongs to no secret clubs or organizations. Mr. Noll is a simple peasant turned sour. Twenty years have passed since he came down from the hill country carrying the book of Vespers drowned in mother’s milk. The modern world has appalled and aroused him ever since. In between the duties of reality television camerawork and an unlicensed home surgery practice, he tries to defeat the spellcheck on several unpublished manuscripts. In the meantime, photographs are so much easier to let go of.
Artist/writer Jan B. Parker lives and works just south of Raleigh, NC, with favorite feline, Sophie. Her work can be found in the following publications: South Writ Large, Broad River Review, GERM Magazine, Voices From the Porch, and Pear Noir! to name a few. She is a Trustee of the NC Writers’ Network and the founding co-host of Third Thursday Open Mic Night, the longest running open mic for poets and writers in the Triangle Area.
Born in Leicester, England, in 1963, Dean Pasch is a photographer, filmmaker, and poet. Between 1983 and 1987, Dean Pasch studied fine art and film in London and, in 1990, moved to Germany. He has lived and worked in Munich since 1999. Dean Pasch’s multi-faceted work has appeared in print and online and has been shown in art exhibitions and film festivals around the world. In the first part of 2015, some of Dean Pasch’s illustration work will appear in exhibitions in Scotland, as part of the Stanza International Poetry Festival, and at Berlitz Language Center’s “44 Pictures,” in Munich, Germany. His online multi-media project 53 Fragments began in September 2014, and runs until the end of September 2015. The work of Dean Pasch can be found on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, and Vimeo. You might also enjoy this interview.
Amy Penne earned her PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and works as Associate Professor of Humanities at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. Amy’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the KYSO Flash Anthology Embodied Effigies, Mouth, The Drunken Odyssey Podcast, and in Creative Nonfiction’s upcoming collection, Oh Baby! True Stories about Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love (Oct. 2015). Links to other published pieces and information can be found at www.thepensivepenne.com.
Matt Phillips is studying for his MFA at the University of Texas-El Paso. His noir novel, Redbone, was published in 2015 by Number Thirteen Press. His poems and stories have appeared in Gutter Eloquence, Camel Saloon, Apeiron Review, Near to the Knuckle, Flash Fiction Offensive, and Pulp Metal Magazine.
After 15 years in the Chicago comedy scene as a performer, writer, and director, Eric Rampson has turned his attention back to his first love, fiction. His stories have been published in the Logan Square Literary Review and Trembles. He is also editor-in-chief of Lonely Robot Comics through which he publishes several titles. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Fiction from The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.
R. Riekki’s non-fiction, fiction, and poetry have been published in Shenandoah, Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Juked, decomP, New Ohio Review, and many other literary journals.
Walter “Jack” Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books (wjacksavage.com) including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. More than fifty of Jack’s stories and over five hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.
Jay Sizemore dropped out of college and has since sold his soul to corporate America. He still sings in the shower. Sometimes he writes things down. His work has appeared online and in print with magazines such as Rattle, Prick of the Spindle, DASH, Menacing Hedge, and Still: The Journal. He’s never won any awards. Currently, he lives in Nashville, TN, home of the death of modern music. His chapbook Father Figures is available on Amazon.
Crystal Simone Smith is the author of Routes Home (Finishing Line Press) and Running Music (Longleaf Press). Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Obsidian II: Literature in the African Diaspora, African American Review, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She is an alumna of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Yale Summer Writers Conference. She is currently the Managing Editor of Backbone Press.
Patty Somlo has received four Pushcart Prize nominations and has been nominated for storySouth’s Million Writers Award. Her essay “If We Took a Deep Breath” was selected as a Notable Essay of 2013 for Best American Essays 2014. Author of From Here to There and Other Stories, her second book, Hairway to Heaven Stories, is forthcoming from Cherry Castle Publishing in January 2017. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including the Los Angeles Review, the Santa Clara Review, Under the Sun, Guernica, The Flagler Review, and WomenArts Quarterly, among others, and in sixteen anthologies.
Emily Strauss has an M.A. in English, but is self-taught in poetry, which she has written since college Over 300 of her poems appear in a wide variety of online venues and in anthologies, in the U.S. and abroad. The natural world is generally her framework; she also considers the stories of people and places around her and personal histories. She is a semi-retired teacher living in California.
A Baltimore, Maryland, native, Mickey Strider is a southern California transplant by way of New York City, Richmond, Virginia, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After taking first runner-up honors in 6th grade at the Baltimore County Film Festival with a stop-motion animation short, “The Coo Coo Conspiracy,” Mickey was hooked on filmmaking and storytelling. It has been a passion ever since.
Heather Sullivan has appeared and has work forthcoming in Corium Magazine, Busted Dharma and Chiron Review. She lives with her family, and a small herd of cats, in Revere, MA. She maintains a blog at www.ladyjaneadventures.blogspot.com.
Susan Tepper is the author of five published books of fiction and poetry. Her current title The Merrill Diaries (Pure Slush Books, 2013) is a novel in stories. Tepper is second place winner at storySouth Million Writers’ Award for this year. Let’s Talk is her monthly column at Black Heart Magazine, and she hosts FIZZ, a reading series at KGB Bar, NYC. Her new book, a zany road novel, is due out this year.
Donna Vitucci is Development Director of Covington Ladies Home, the only free-standing personal care home exclusively for older adult women in Northern Kentucky. Her stories have appeared in dozens of print and online journals, including PANK, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, Monkey Bicycle, Juked, Watershed Review, Gargoyle, Hinchas de Poesia, Contrary, Corium Magazine, GERM, and Southern Women’s Review. Her unpublished novel Feed Materials was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize and is currently under agent representation. Three other finished novels wait in a trunk.
Chelsea Laine Wells has been published in [PANK], The Butter, Bluestem, wigleaf, Evergreen, and Heavy Feather, among others. Recent honors include two Pushcart Prize nominations as well as one nomination for Best of the Net. She is the fiction editor for Hypertext Magazine. Currently she lives with her husband Nick and daughter Atlee Harper in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, TX, and is a high school librarian who proudly leads a stone cold pack of weirdos in a kick ass student writers’ club.
Charles Dodd White was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in both the city and the woods. He has been a Marine, a fishing guide, and a journalist. He is the recepient of the Jean Ritchie Fellowship, an individual artist grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, and is the author of the novels A Shelter of Others (2014) and Lambs of Men (2010), as well as the story collection Sinners of Sanction County (2011). He is at work on a new novel called Hurt River. He teaches English at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher, and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. He has published a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, Columbia, and Glimmer Train, among others. His photographs can be seen in his gallery. He is currently compiling a book of photography prompts for writers, From Vision to Text. (Photo: Linda Woods)