Wendy Barker's sixth collection, One Blackbird at a Time, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and was published by BkMk Press in 2015. Her fourth chapbook, From the Moon, Earth Is Blue, was published by Wings Press in 2015. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013. Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships among other awards, she teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Piotr Florczyk’s most recent books are East & West, a volume of poems, and several volumes of translations, including I’m Half of Your Heart: Selected Poems by Julian Kornhauser and Building the Barricade by Anna Świrszczyńska, which won the 2017 Found in Translation Award and the 2017 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. A doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California, he is completing a volume of poems based on Holocaust testimonies entitled From the Annals of Kraków. www.piotrflorczyk.com
Born in Northampton, Massachusetts, Celeste Goyer has lived in California since age 11, mostly in remote towns of the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts. She edited Mind in Motion magazine, a literary quarterly, for fourteen years and currently works for an affordable housing nonprofit. She's also a visual artist.
Liz Huston, a native of Los Angeles, California, may live in a place known for interesting characters, but it’s in Huston’s imagination where the truly unique characters exist. Entirely self taught, Huston’s work has evolved over two decades from a traditional film photography background into digital assemblage, photomontage, and currently into mixed media through combining acrylics, oil and watercolors with her digital works.
Huston is a full-time artist, owning and operating a gallery, dubbed her ‘studio shoppe’ in Downtown Los Angeles. Huston’s mixed media art is whimsical, surreal and dreamy, and her occult path informs this art in every way. In her symbolic visual works she creates an esoteric narrative that hints at a logic far beyond the average and mundane. In her art, she bridges the worlds; creating not just art, but medicine for the human spirit.
Huston was a featured photographer in Juxtapoz Magazine, the Parisian art magazine, “Hey!”, and was named one of the “Photographers You Should Know” by Rangefinder Magazine. Her artwork has appeared on a number of book and album covers. Huston has published several books, including Sacred~ New Orleans Funerary Grounds (2005), At the Threshold of Life (2008), The Motionless Dream (2010), This Breathing Body (2010-2018) and The Dreamkeepers Tarot (2018).
Laura Maher is the author of the chapbook, Sleep Water (Dancing Girl Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in The Common, Crazyhorse, The Collagist, New Ohio Review, and Third Coast. She is the recipient of awards from the Spring Creek Project, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the Academy of American Poets. Maher holds a Master of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She lives and writes in Tucson, Arizona
Rachel Neve-Midbar’s collection Salaam of Birds has won the 2018 Patricia Bibby First Book Award and will be published by Tebot Bach Press. She is also the author (under the name Heimowitz) of the chapbook, What the Light Reveals (Tebot Bach Press, 2014.). Rachel’s work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Spillway, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review as well as other publications and anthologies. She was recently a finalist for the COR Richard Peterson Prize, winner of the Passenger Poetry Prize and she has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Rachel completed her MFA at Pacific University in 2015 and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Jeanne-Marie Osterman is from Everett, Washington. She is the author of There’s a Hum (Finishing Line Press). A 2018 finalist for the Joy Harjo Poetry Award, her work has appeared in Bluestem, The Madison Review, SLAB, The Esthetic Apostle, and Cathexis Northwest, and will soon appear in Oregon State University’s 45th Parallel Magazine. Jeanne-Marie earned a BA from Gonzaga University and an MA in Linguistics from San Francisco State. She lives in New York City where she serves as Assistant Poetry Editor for Cagibi Literary Magazine
Megan Peak received her M.F.A. in Poetry from Ohio State University, where she was former Poetry Editor at The Journal. Her first book of poetry, Girldom, won the 2018 Perugia Press Prize from Perugia Press, 2019 The John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, and was named a 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist. She lives in Fort Worth, TX with her son, Auden.
Stan Sanvel Rubin's work has appeared widely in magazines including Georgia Review, Poetry Northwest, Iowa Review, One, and most recently, The Shanghai Literary Review, Agni, the twenty-fifth anniversary issue of Atlanta Review (2019) and the anthology, For the Love of Orcas (2019). He received the 2018 Vi Gale award from Hubbub. His fourth full-length collection, There. Here, was published by Lost Horse Press. His third, Hidden Sequel, won the Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize. He lives on the northern Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.
Mariano Zaro is the author of four bilingual books of poetry. Most recently Tres letras/Three Letters (Walrus, Barcelona). His poems are included in anthologies and literary journals in USA, Mexico and Spain. He has translated American poets Philomene Long, Tony Barnstone and Sholeh Wolpé. His narrative received the 2004 Roanoke Review Short Fiction Prize and the 2018 Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Fiction Prize. Zaro hosts a series of video-interviews with prominent poets as part of the project Poetry.LA. (www.Poetry.LA). Since 2016, he has served as a trustee of Beyond Baroque Literary Center (Venice, CA). He is a professor of Spanish at Rio Hondo Community College (Whittier, CA).