Regina Borsellino is from Rockland County, New York. She currently resides in Maryland, where she is obtaining a B.A. in English Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing, from the University of Maryland.
C.D. Carter -- Between his full-time job as an education reporter in Washington, D.C., and his freelance gigs for local magazines, C.D. Carter has written tales of the macabre for a host of publications, including Dark Moon Digest, Horrorbound Magazine, Flashes in the Dark, SNM Horror, Static Movement, Lost Souls Magazine, and Death Head Grin. Much of Carter's short story horror is based on the life of a journalist. Carter credits his wife, Melissa, and his friends, Pat and Mariel, for green-lighting his best ideas, and telling him which stories should be buried and left for dead.
Angela Jackson-Brown is a poet and writer residing in Indianapolis, IN. She is an English professor at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and a graduate of the Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Angela’s work has appeared in literary journals, such as: Pet Milk, New Southerner Literary Magazine, The Louisville Review and Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal. She has presented her fiction and poetry at the 2009 Limestone Dust Poetry Festival and the 2009 Southern Women Writers Conference and she has been a guest on Accents - A Radio Show for Literature, Art and Culture on WRFL, 88.1 FM, Lexington, Kentucky and a featured reader at Carmichael’s Bookstore in Louisville KY. Angela’s short story, “Something in the Wash” was awarded the 2009 fiction prize by New Southerner Literary Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Fiction.
Kate LaDew is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Studio Art.
Martin Lochner lives in Cape Town, South-Africa. He studied fine art at Jack Meyer College and currently studies at the University of South-Africa. Kalahari blues a chap book of poetry has been published by Free Penny press. He has poems published in Sparkbright Magazine, Lyrical Passion poetry E-Zine, Poetrybay, Long Island Review, Sketchbook. He collaborates with Combustus on-line. He is also a devout Zen Buddhist.
Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published five novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010) and Following Richard Brautigan (2010), Gardner Remembers (2011), 2 full length poetry collections, Some Identity Problems (2008) and Before the Great Troubling (2011), and 3 books of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009), Notes toward the Story and Other Stories (2011) and I’ll Give You Something to Cry About (2011). He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. He also claims to have written, “Coronet Blue.” With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at www.coreymesler.com.
John Miatech grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has worked as a farm hand, loaded trucks, worked assembly lines, driven a bus, been a mail carrier, worked in construction, was a nature director for a camp for underprivileged youth, been in the Navy, and taught for over twenty-five years at every grade level, first through twelfth. He has attended workshops conducted by Robert Bly, William Stafford, Leslie Marmon Silko, Simon Ortiz, Etheridge Knight, Clive Matson, and many others. He attended the 2012 San Francisco Writer’s Conference where he won the award for poetry. He currently works as a special education teacher in northern California.
His work has appeared in Anesthesia Review, BlazeVox, RiverSedge, Cellar Roots, and Northwest Review.
KG Newman is a senior at Arizona State, where he is double majoring in Journalism and English. As a sports writer for The State Press as well as AZ Front Row Magazine, he covers ASU athletics and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Born in 1990 in Centennial, Colorado, he’s inspired to write by the game of baseball, girls pulling at his heartstrings and the endless minutiae of life. Since his childhood dream of becoming a big-league ballplayer has long evaporated, he now plans on peddling poems and articles for the rest of his life.
Jody Sperling is editor of The Mustard Seed Risk and Editor-at-large for the Metropolitan. Jody attends the University of Nebraska Omaha in pursuit of a BFA in Creative Writing. Jody's work has previously appeared in Six Sentences, Bartleby Snopes, Eunoia Review, The Linnet’s Wings, and Metropolitan Literary Journal.
James Valvis is the author of How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books, 2011). In addition to his previous appearance in Blue Lake Review his work has been published in Anderbo, Atlanta Review, Juked, Nimrod, Poetry East, River Styx, and has been featured in Verse Daily. He lives in Issaquah, Washington.
Clinton Van Inman is a high school teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida. He graduated from San Diego State University and was born in Walton on Thames, England. His recent publications include: Warwick Unbound, Tower Journal, The Poetry Magazine, Down in the Dirt, The Inquisition, The Journal, the New Writer, The Hudson Review, Essence, Forge, Houston Literary Review, Greensilk Journal, BlackCatPoems, Munyari.com and Out of Four, to name a few.
Mark Vogel has published short stories in Cities and Roads, Knight Literary Journal, Whimperbang, SN Review, and Our Stories. Poetry has appeared in Poetry Midwest, English Journal, Cape Rock, Dark Sky, Cold Mountain Review, Broken Bridge Review and other journals. He is currently Professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and directs the Appalachian Writing Project.