Katherine Benfante is an engineer by training and a writer by passion. She is currently raising her two daughters while writing in all the spare time she can carve out of each day. Her short fiction has appeared in Ariel Chart and Potato Soup Journal.
Bethany Bruno was born and raised in South Florida. She attended Flagler College, where she earned a B.A in English. She later earned her M.A in English from the University of North Florida. Her work has been previously published in Lunch Ticket Magazine, Dash Literary Journal, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Still Point Arts Quarterly, October Hill Magazine, Litro Magazine, etc. She's working on her first novel.
Dinah Cox's first book of stories won the fourth annual BOA Short Fiction Prize. A second collection appeared last year from PANK Books. Individual stories have appeared in a number of publications, including Prairie Schooner, StoryQuarterly, Copper Nickel, and Cream City Review.
Mark Hammerschick writes poetry and fiction. He holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a BS and MBA. He is a lifelong resident of the Chicago area and currently lives on the north shore, most of his professional career has been focused on digital strategy and online consulting as a solution architect and digital transformation strategist. His current work will be published in The Metaworker, Vext Magazine, Breadcrumbs Magazine, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Lucky Jefferson, The Fictional Café, Wingless Dreamer, HP 2020 Poetry Challenge, Trolley Magazine, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, The Write Launch, Scarlet Leaf Review, North Dakota Quarterly, The Showbear Family Circus, Carcinogenic Poetry, The Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Panoplyzine.
Charles Hayes, a multiple Pushcart Prize Nominee, is an American who lives part time in the Philippines and part time in Seattle with his wife. A product of the Appalachian Mountains, his writing has appeared in Ky Story’s Anthology Collection, Wilderness House Literary Review, The Fable Online, Unbroken Journal, CC&D Magazine, Random Sample Review, The Zodiac Review, eFiction Magazine, Saturday Night Reader, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Scarlet Leaf Publishing House, Burning Word Journal, eFiction India, Blue Lake Review, and others.
Mark Jacobs has published five books and 160 stories in magazines including The Atlantic, Playboy, The Baffler, The Iowa Review, Evergreen Review, The Hudson Review, and Blue Lake Review. A full list of his publications, including books, can be found at markjacobsauthor.com.
Jeffrey Penn May has published stories, poems, and articles in over twenty magazines. He has earned many short fiction awards, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and an excellent review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Jeff has been a waiter, hotel security officer, principal, credit manager, deckhand, technical data engineer, fly fishing instructor, and currently teaches creative writing.
Bruce Morton splits his time between Montana and Arizona. His volume of poems, Simple Arithmetic and Other Artifices, appeared in 2015. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many magazines and anthologies, most recently Muddy River Poetry Review, The Lake (UK), Nixes Mate Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Main Street Rag, Blue Unicorn, and Better Than Starbucks.
Dan Pettee is a native New Englander who currently operates his own freelance writing business in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He's had poems published in a wide range of publications including Chicago Review, Texas Review, The Old Red Kimono, The Lyric, Evansville Review, and Poem.
Shmeeta Rabinath is a 17-year-old from South Africa who has just begun her writing journey. She is currently in her last year of schooling and is looking forward to improving and growing as a writer.