Nancy Bourne -- Since retiring as a public school attorney, Nancy has been writing stories, making pottery, and working with prisoners and incarcerated minors on writing projects. In addition to Blue Lake Review, her stories have appeared in Upstreet, Carolina Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, and numerous other publications. For a full list of her publications, please see nancybourne.us.
DC Diamondopolous is an award-winning novelette, short story, and flash fiction writer with over 200 stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. DC's stories have appeared in: 34th Parallel, So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Ball State University, Lunch Ticket, Progenitor, Blue Lake Review, and many others. DC was nominated for Best of the Net Anthology. She lives on the California central coast with her wife and animals. dcdiamondopolous.com
Erren Kelly is a two-time Pushcart nominated poet from Boston who has been writing for 30 years and has over 300 publications in print and online in such publications as Black Heart Literary Journal, Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, Poetry Magazine(online), Ceremony, Cacti Fur, Bitterzoet, Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, Poetry Salzburg and other publications. Erren' s work has also been published in anthologies and can been seen on Youtube
under the " Gallery Cabaret," links. Erren is also the author of the book, " Disturbing The Peace," on Night Ballet Press.
Bruce Levine, a 2019 Pushcart Prize Poetry Nominee, has spent his life as a writer of fiction and poetry and as a music and theatre professional. Over three hundred of his works are published in over twenty-five on-line journals including Ariel Chart, Friday Flash Fiction, Literary Yard; over thirty print books including Poetry Quarterly, Haiku Journal, Dual Coast Magazine, Tipton Poetry Journal, and his shows have been produced in New York and around the country. Six eBooks are available from Amazon.com. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his late wife, Lydia Franklin. A native Manhattanite, Bruce lives in New York with his dog, Daisy. Visit him at www.brucelevine.com
Lenny Levine attended Brooklyn College, graduating in 1962 with a BA in Speech and Theater. Immediately thereafter, he forgot about all of that and became a folk singer, then a folk-rock singer and songwriter, and finally a studio singer and composer of many successful jingles, including McDonald’s, Lipton Tea, and Jeep. He's composed songs and sung backup for Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Peggy Lee, Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, the Pointer Sisters, Carly Simon, and others. In addition, Lenny performed for a number of years with the improvisational comedy group War Babies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amarillo Bay, Bamboo Ridge, Bitter Oleander, Blue Lake Review, Cairn, The Dirty Goat, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, Evening Street Review, Forge, The Griffin, Hobo Pancakes, The Jabberwock Review, Lowestoft Chronicle, The Opiate Magazine, Penmen Review, Rio Grande Review, riverSedge, Rougarou, Verdad, Westview, and Wild Violet. He received a 2011 Pushcart Prize nomination for short fiction.
Richard Luftig is a former professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio now residing in California. His poems and stories have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States (including Blue Lake Review) and internationally in The United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Europe and Asia. Two of his poems recently appeared in Realms of the Mothers: The First Decade of Dos Madres Press. Richard's latest book of poems, A Grammar for Snow, has recently been published by Unsolicited Press.
DS Maolalai has been nominated four times for Best of the Net and three times for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in two collections, "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016) and "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019)
Shellie Richards currently edits scientific manuscripts and teaches technical writing at Vanderbilt University. Her creative writing has appeared in bioStories, Coachella Review, Cream City Review, Oatmeal Magazine, Bending Genres, Bartleby Snopes (where she was awarded Story of the Month), and The Chaffey Review, among others. Over the years she has attended multiple writing conferences, including the annual Association of Writers and Poets (AWP) meeting, and is presently studying with Tony D’Souza, author of Mule. She has an M.A. in English from Belmont University and will complete her MFA in 2020. Shellie lives in Nashville with her family and three scruffy dogs.
Emlia Rose is a poet, crafts artist, dollmaker. She enjoys working in several diverse mediums to achieve her goals. Living by a beach town lends itself for the natural inspiration to create poetry that flows with the lushness of nautical rhythms. With many friends and relatives throughout the country, she makes sure to attend both a poetry reading and a quilting circle, whenever possible. Published in several journals including Sun Street, Echo and Parrott poetry.
Jo Varnish -- Originally from England, Jo now lives outside New York City. She is the creative nonfiction editor at X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine and creative nonfiction contributing editor at Barren Magazine. Her short stories and creative nonfiction have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in PANK, Jellyfish Review, Pithead Chapel, JMWW Journal, and others. Jo is a 2021 Pushcart Prize nominee and is studying for her MFA. She can be found on twitter @jovarnish1.