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. (Photo: Mary Bolton)
Emily Ramser is an undergraduate studying English, Creative Writing, and Religion at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing, and is expected to graduate in May of 2017. Some of her inspirations include Thornton Wilder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bhanu Kapil, Andrea Gibson, Gabriel Gudding, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gail Simone, and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Check out her black out poetry collection I Forgot How to Write When They Diagnosed Me. You can find more of her work at her blog.
Shannon Henesy is preparing to enter her third year at Salem College studying English and Creative Writing. She is on track to graduate with honors in the spring of 2017, and hopes to continue her studies and eventually obtain her doctorate in English. She has been published in the school’s literary magazine, Incunabula, each year since her enrollment. When she is not doing schoolwork, Shannon tutors other students at Salem’s Writing Center, writes her own poetry, and tries to find the time to read novels that are not assigned for class.