Harley April completed her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College, where I studied English with a writing concentration. She has participated in the International Women’s Writing Guild Conference in Saratoga, NY, and Writer’s Week at Manhattanville College. She hasalso been attending Writer’s Week and seminars at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence since 2008. Her work has appeared in The Alembic, The Westchester Review, and Wild Violet. In her free time she enjoys candy-making, walking, and swimming.
Catherine Campbell's stories appear in Arcadia, Atticus Review, [PANK], Fwriction Review, Drunken Boat, Prick of the Spindle, and other journals. She was recently shortlisted for the Masters Review and nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Michael De Rosa -- After earning a B.A. in History from Hunter College In New York, NY, Michael returned to his hometown of Cold Spring, NY, where he began writing fiction. After two years of assisting in curatorial, and archival work, Michael decided to move to Toronto, where he spent his time writing for the past year. He has had pieces published in Offline Samizdat, a literary & visual arts publication based in Berlin.
John O'Connor is a high school English teacher outside Chicago and an adjunct professor at Northwestern. He has written two chapbooks of haiku (the most recent of which was named a finalist in the Touchstone Distinguished Book contest) and two books on teaching: Wordplaygrounds and This Time It's Personal. The first chapter of the latter was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, 2011.
His poems have appeared in places such as The Cortland Review, Rhino, and Poetry East. He has set poems to music on a CD called Evenings and Other Beginnings; he writes lyrics with the local blues band, Mississippi Heat; and he has blogged and written curriculum for the Poetry Foundation.
Michael Shirzadian wrote his story "ATM" one blurry night in 2011. He was an MFA student at the time. Now he's a PhD student. He taught HS English in New Mexico for a while, in between. His work has appeared in Word Riot, the NewerYork, Subtopian Magazine, Identity Theory, WiFiles, and elsewhere. Except for his cat Auden, the moon of his life, he lives very much alone.