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* Here's our feeling on the bios. We prefer them to be entertaining, but above all they should be useful. Hence we include email addresses and website where you can find the writers, if the writers agree to this. We don't like to list awards or graduate degrees unless they are useful for readers. (We suspect these are not useful for readers.) However, we are happy to list other places you might find these writers' work, and where they teach or work, if you want to find them and send them cash or love or creepy or dirty or just plain sweet photos.

Gina Alexandra is an amateur human but an expert wolf. She recently moved to a beach town only to realize she's a desert. If you contact her, she will respond with the sound it makes. [email]

Claire Alexandria enjoys playing chess and spends her mornings dreaming. Her poems have appeared in Alien MouthPowder Keg MagazineDreginald, and TYPO. [email]

Miriam Cohen's fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Black Warrior Review, StoryQuarterly, West Branch Wired, Cream City Review, The Florida Review, The Collagist, Cimarron Review, and Carve. [email]

Will Cordeiro cannot drive a car. He is not on any social media. Some question if he is American. Others, whether he is human.

Paul Cunningham is the author of GOAL/TENDER MEAT/TENDER (horse less press, 2015), and he is the translator of two chapbooks by Swedish author, playwright, and video artist, Sara Tuss Efrik: Automanias: Selected Poems (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2016) and The Night's Belly (Toad Press, 2016). He is a contributing editor to Fanzine and his more recent writing has appeared in Yalobusha ReviewGigantic SequinsReality BeachFirefliesCloud RodeoDREGINALD, and others. His most recent poem-film, It Is Announced (a collaboration with Valerie Mejer Caso), premiered in India's 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. He currently co-curates the Yumfactory Poetry Series with Jake Syersak in Athens, Georgia. [email] [website]

Ryan Dzelzkalns is a Midwestern boy at heart. He has work appearing or forthcoming with Assaracus, The Offing, Rattle, Tin House, Waxwing, and others. He works for the Academy of American Poets and is the tallest man in New York.

Cody Ernst's work is appearing in Best New Poets, Bat City Review, The Minnesota Review and elsewhere. He is an instructor at The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and serves as a poetry editor of The Adroit Journal. [website]

James Franco is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents have been fed through the elaborate machine of James Franco's imagination. Though passages relating to health, fitness, and creative writing do draw on the author's extensive education, they should not be substituted for the medical advice of physicians. See also the chapbook Nice Things By James Franco, ed. Sean Lovelace and Mark Neely (New Michigan Press, 2016).

Nina Gaby is a writer, visual artist, and psychiatric nurse practitioner living in central Vermont across from the longest floating bridge east of the Mississippi. Gaby's essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications including Creative Nonfiction, Lilith Magazine, Seal Press, The Intima: Journal of Narrative Medicine, Entropy Magazine, and Kevin MD. She edited her first anthology, Dumped: Stories of Women Unfriending Women, published in 2015.

Sara Gelston is the author of Odette (New Michigan Press, 2016), from which this excerpt was taken. Her recent work appears in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Originally from Maine, she lives in Indianapolis and teaches at Butler University. [email]

Khaleel Gheba's poems have appeared in Redivider, Parcel, the Nashville Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives and works as a public librarian in his home state of Maryland. [email]

Aleah Sterman Goldin lives in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she forages for berries and mushrooms. She dreams of visiting other worlds often. Her work is published or forthcoming in Verse, Hobart, and other journals. [email]

Nick Greer is an editor for Territory, a literary project about maps and other strange objects. Recent writing has appeared in Salt Hill7x7.laBOAAT, and Phantom. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Miriam W. Karraker is a poet at the University of Minnesota's MFA in creative writing. Her writing can be found at 3:AM MagazineBOAATTAGVVERK, and Full Stop. She is in a tenuous relationship with the internet. [email]

Alyse Knorr is the author of the poetry collections Copper Mother (Switchback Books, 2016) and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books, 2013), as well as the non-fiction book Super Mario Bros. 3 (Boss Fight Books, forthcoming 2016) and the poetry chapbooks Epithalamia (Horse Less Press, 2015) and Alternates (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and ZYZZYVA, among others. She currently teaches at Regis University and serves as a co-founding editor of Gazing Grain Press. [email]

Veronica Kuhn's poetry and reviews have appeared in The Adroit Journal, CutBank, Sonora Review, and Meridian. [email]

Ellyn Lichvar is the managing editor of The Louisville Review and works on the staff of Spalding University's MFA in Writing Program. Her poems have appeared in The Minnesota ReviewThe JournalWhiskey Island, The Boiler, TypoParcel, and others. [email]

Matthew Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize, and Small Gods, forthcoming from New Issues Press in 2017. He is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Wick Poetry Center, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his MFA. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from numerous journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2014, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review, among others. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon. [email]

Kathleen Mitchell-Askar lives, writes, and teaches in Los Angeles. [email]

Daniel Myers is an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Alabama. His work appears or is forthcoming in Word Riot and Blue Earth Review. He does not know many things, but he does know he loves pizza and Game of Thrones much much too much. [email]

Elizabeth Onusko is the author of Portrait of the Future with Trapdoor (Red Paint Hill, 2016). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington ReviewBest New Poets 2015Conduit, Witness, Sixth Finch, The Awl, and Redivider, among others. She is the editor of Foundry and assistant editor of inter|rupture. [website] [email]

When not writing weird plays, listening to Prince, making endless batches of chicken curry for her teenaged son, or generally overdoing things, Khadijah Queen is a fan of Power Lazing.™ She teaches in the Mile-High MFA creative writing program at Regis University. [email]

Jason Reed-Mundell is on track to be an ambulant planetarium of the better dreams, currently living in his empty pockets, you're welcome to buy him a drink. [email]

Beth Roberts' first book is Brief Moral History in Blue (New Issues, 2001). She finished a second book manuscript, Evolvers, in 2016, and it's doing OK but still seeking a publisher. She's the editorial director in communication & marketing at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. [email]

John Timothy Robinson is a twelve-year educator for Mason County Schools in Mason County, WV, as well as a poet with work appearing in over fourteen literary journals and websites this year. [email]

Martha Silano's books include The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception and Reckless Lovely, both from Saturnalia Books. She also co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Martha's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Blackbird, AGNI, New Ohio Review, and Copper Nickel. Martha edits Crab Creek Review and teaches at Bellevue College. [website] [email]

Joseph Spece is editor at Fathom Books and the SHARKPACK imprints. His books are my centigrade is like a captive star (PYRAMID, 2017) and Roads (Cherry Grove, 2013). He maintains a speculative column on animal being at Noble / Gas Qtrly. [website] [email]

Joselyn Takacs lives and teaches in Los Angeles, California. She is a Provost Fellow at University of Southern California, where she is pursuing her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House's Flash Fridays, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature as the 50th Issue Fiction winner, and Narrative magazine. In 2016, she was featured as one of Narrative magazine's Top Writers Under 30. [email]

Peter Twal is an electrical engineer living in Lafayette, IN and working at Purdue University. His poems have appeared (or will soon) in Best New Poets 2016, Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter Online, Columbia Poetry Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Third Coast, Crab Creek Review, Quarterly West, cream city review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.  [email] [twitter] [website]

Zachary Tyler Vickers is the author of Congratulations on Your Martyrdom! (Break Away Books | Indiana University Press). His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The American Reader, KGB Bar Lit Magazine, BOOTH, Hobart, and elsewhere. [website] [email]

Michael Wheaton lives with his wife in Orlando, Florida. His work has appeared previously in Revolution House, Punchnels, and Burrow Press's Fantastic Floridas. [twitter] [email]

Brooke Juliet Wonders is an Assistant Professor at the University of Northern Iowa and serves as Nonfiction Editor of the North American Review. [email] [website]