Marissa Ahmadkhani, a Bay Area native is a poet. A Best of the Net nominee, she has writing published or forthcoming in Radar Poetry, Cosmonauts Avenue, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Southern Indiana Review, the minnesota review, The West Review, The Journal, and poets.org, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2015 and 2017. Currently, teaches at UC Irvine and serves as Assistant Editor for The West Review.
Steve Carr, from Richmond, Virginia, has had over 430 short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals, reviews and anthologies since June, 2016. He has had seven collections of his short stories, Sand, Rain, Heat, The Tales of Talker Knock, and 50 Short Stories: The Very Best of Steve Carr, and LGBTQ: 33 Stories, and The Theory of Existence: 50 Short Stories, published. His paranormal/horror novel Redbird was released in November, 2019. His plays have been produced in several states in the U.S. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice. His Twitter is @carrsteven960. His website is https://www.stevecarr960.com. He is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/steven.carr.35977
Kathryn Ciesielka is a high school student and is looking forward to the next four years of college as a potential English major. Currently, she is enrolled in AP Literature and Composition, as well as Creative Writing.
Michael D. Goscinski is not an award winning poet who has published numerous collections. His poems have popped up from time to time in various small press publications that he enjoys exploring. He often tampers with verse by pecking away at his keyboard in a dark room at his home in Rochester, NY. He can be harassed via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A.R. Rogers's writing has been published or is forthcoming in Permafrost, The West Review, Texas Poetry Calendar, Red River Review, and Southwestern American Literature. A recent graduate of Texas State University's MFA program, she now lives and teaches in Austin, Texas with her dog, Yakona.
Susan Sherrell has previously published in the San Francisco Examiner (This World section), in Inquiry, California Magazine, East West Magazine, and an anthology, Writing by Ordinary People. Most recently a short story, "David in Paris, 1968", was published in California's Emerging Writers. Susan previously published a mystery novel set in the Bay Area in the early 70's, in which the murder of a beautiful woman at the race track is tied to the battles between the Oakland police and the Black Panther Party. The book was published by Work Woman's Press. Susan has worked as a nurse in Thailand, Cambodia, Cuba, El Salvador and in the George Jackson Clinic run by the Black Panthers in Oakland, as well as other places. She is fascinated by history and its impact on our lives.
Ken Tomaro is an artist and writer living in Cleveland, Ohio whose work has been published in several literary journals. He has also published three collections of poetry available on Amazon. His writing reflects an open, honest view of everyday mundane life living with depression.
Kim Venkataraman's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Amarillo Bay, BoomerLitMag, Carbon Culture Review, Desert Voices, East Jasmine Review, Entropy Magazine, Evening Street Review, Forge, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Licking River Review, The MacGuffin, Midway Journal, Nassau Review, Nebu Review, Penmen Review, Poydras Review, Redivider, Riverwind, Spout Magazine, Talking River, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Whistling Shade, and Willow Review.
Karen Walker writes short fiction and flash in Ontario Canada. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in online magazines and anthologies including Reflex Fiction, The Brasilia Review, Commuterlit, Funny Pearls, Sunspot Lit, and Blank Spaces. People say Karen is fun and frustrating
Robert Wexelblatt is a professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies. He has published seven fiction collections, two books of essays, two short novels, two books of verse, stories, essays, and poems in a variety of journals, and a novel awarded the Indie Book Awards first prize for fiction.