About the Contributors

A native of York, PA, Alyse Bensel received her MFA in poetry from Penn State in 2012. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including MAYDAYCider Press Review, and Word Riot. She volunteers for a cat rescue and participates in a work-share program at a local CSA farm.

Tyler Gobble is lead editor of Stoked, a member of the Magic Helicopter Press team, and a contributor with Vouched Books. He is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Goodness is a Fine Thing to Chase, and The Fullness of Everything, a chapbook anthology also featuring Christopher Newgent and Brian Oliu (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2012). More about him, here.

Melissa E. Jordan has poems appearing or forthcoming in Terrain.org and Word Riot. Now a freelance journalist, she has worked as a newspaper reporter and as an editor/writer for hunger relief agencies. She lives in northwestern Connecticut.

Kathleen Kirk is the author of four poetry chapbooks, most recently Nocturnes (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2012), and is the poetry editor for Escape Into Life. Her work appears in the “Windows” and “Animals” issues of YB Poetry, and in a variety of print and online journals, including Blood Lotus, Poems & Plays, and Sweet. She blogs about poetry, reading, and synchronicity at Wait! I Have a Blog?!

Dorothee Lang (gallery and header) is a writer, web freelancer and traveller, and the editor of the BluePrintReview. Her book Wor(l)ds Apart – about a friendship across cultures, is forthcoming from Folded Word Press. For more about Dorothee, visit her here. 

Neila Mezynski is author of Glimpses and A Story (2013) from Scrambler Books, a pamphlet (Girls In Trees) from Greying Ghost Press, echapbooks from Radioactive Press (Yellow Fringe Dress) and Patasola Press (The Pure Girl); and chapbooks from Folded Word Press (Men Who Understand Girls, 2012), NAP (Floaters, 2012), Deadly Chaps Press (Dancers On Rock; 2011,Warriors , 2013), and Mud Luscious Press (At The Beach, 2011).

Uche Ogbuji was born in Calabar, Nigeria, and has lived (among other places) in Egypt and England before settling near Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and four children. Uche is a computer engineer and entrepreneur whose abiding passion is poetry. His poems have appeared in journals including ELF: Eclectic Literary ForumCorium MagazineSoundzineLucid RhythmsThe FleaIthacaLitUnsplendidString PoetMountain GazetteThe Raintown Review and Verse Wisconsin. He is the poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown.

Basil Rosa, who also writes as John Flynn, has published five poetry chapbooks; a story collection, Something Grand; a book of poems, Moments Between Cities – and translations from the Romanian of Nicolae Dabija, Blackbird Once Wild Now Tame. He’s earned awards from the New England Poetry Club, and the U.S. Peace Corps. His novel, Heaven Is A City Where Your Language Isn’t Spoken, is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press.

Mark Seidl loves New York’s Hudson Valley, where he works as an archivist and special collections librarian, but he often finds himself dreaming of Charlottesville, Virginia. His poems have appeared in Burnside Review, decomP, and Melusine.

Rimga Viskanta received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She’s worked for several government and nonprofit organizations and now spends her time at home taking care of her three children. Writing keeps her sane.

Nicolette Wong is a writer, magician, dancer, and the editor of A-Minor Magazine. She is also on the editorial team of Negative Suck. Read more about her here.