Roy Bentley, finalist for the Miller Williams prize for his book Walking with Eve in the Loved City, is the author of seven books of poetry, including, most recently, American Loneliness (Lost Horse Press). He has published poetry in Shenandoah, Blackbird, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, and Rattle among others.
Mark Danowsky is a writer from Philadelphia and author of the poetry collection AS FALLS TREES (NightBallet Press, 2018). His poems have appeared in About Place, Cordite, Gargoyle, The Healing Muse, Kestrel, Subprimal, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere. He is Managing Editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal and Co-Founder of Wood & Water Press.
P.J. Gannon is a writer in Manhattan and hold a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University. P.J.'s work has appeared or is set to appear in The Alembic, Gadfly Online, Amarillo Bay Literary Journal, The Blotter Magazine, and many other journals.
Diane D. Gillette lives, writes, and teaches in Chicago. She is a founding editor at Cat on a Leash Review. Her work has appeared in various literary venues including the Saturday Evening Post and the Maine Review. You can find more of her published work through www.digillette.com.
Wendell Logan is a seventy-five year old retired counselor. He is the author of the novel Hard Rain Falling and has a second book about his experiences working with teenagers. He has published in other magazines and has worked as a freelance sports writer, a laborer and a rodeo cowboy. Wendell lives in Denver, Colorado.
DS Maolalai recently returned to Ireland after four years away, now spending his days working maintenance dispatch for a bank and his nights looking out the window and wishing he had a view. His first collection, Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden, was published in 2016 by the Encircle Press. He has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize
Mark Mulholland is not from the USA or Canada or the UK or even Australia or anywhere snazzy like that. Mark, through no fault of his own, was born and raised in Ireland. However, when fifteen, as luck would have it, he underwent a stroke of genius and left schooling to linger around a second-hand bookstore. By further miraculous intervention he slipped his way into employment and with his small earnings bought books by their cover or title or by some indefinable inclination. The whole world was to be found in that bookshop, he says, and everything a boy needed to learn could be learned there. He has been educated in this way ever since. Mark writes about light, gravity, God, purpose, belief, behaviour, death, good, bad, all the goofy stuff, and he comes at these questions from odd angles. Because what Mark eventually figured out is that nobody knows anything about everything. So he might as well have a go at it. Mark is the author of the acclaimed novel A Mad and Wonderful Thing. His short fiction has been published in the USA, Ireland, and the UK and has been shortlisted for the Dorset Fiction Award. He lives in rural France.
Forest Arthur Ormes' stories have appeared in past issues of Amazing Stories Magazine, Blue Lake Review, Long Story, North Dakota Quarterly, Red Savina & Ginosko Literary Journal (their last two issues). The Winter, 2019 issue of The MacGuffin will be publishing his story entitled, “Garry Owen.” Forest's childhood was spent in an Illinois orphanage and later rural Indiana. He grew into adolescence in Gary, Indiana where he spent three years on probation with the Indiana Department of Corrections. At Chicago’s Roosevelt University, where he received a BA degree, he was recommended for a Rhodes Scholarship. Later in life, he obtained a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois. He then worked for two decades as a bi-lingual therapist and addictions counselor, serving the horsemen and horsewomen of the Chicago-area racetracks.
Mark Vogel lives at the back of a Blue Ridge holler with his wife, Susan Weinberg, an accomplished fiction and creative non-fiction writer, and two foster sons. He currently serves as Professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he co-directs the English Education Program. Poems and short stories have appeared in several dozen literary journals.