Ben Alfaro is a teaching artist and organizer. He performs with the collegiate poetry troupe Wordworks and co-founded WayneSLAM on the campus of Wayne State University. He works for InsideOut, Detroit's Citywide Poets program facilitating writing workshops for high school students.
Andrea Bartley is a 2012 BFA candidate for the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She is from Zionsville, IN and moved to Milwaukee, WI to pursue a degree in photography. While in school, she interned for Milwaukee Magazine and her work has been featured in local galleries.
Marianne Chan was born on a crab apple tree in the rural depths of Indianapolis, Indiana. She spent half of her life on three military bases in Germany, and the other half studying Theatre and English in DeWitt,Lansing and East Lansing, Michigan. Her hobbies include jogging, eating raw fish, talking frantically and counting her breaths as the church bells ring. She would like to thank Jack, Patricia, and Rammel Chan, Greg Teachout, Diane Wakoski, her poetry group and each one of her friends for their marvelous feedback and encouragement. She hopes to continue a life of writing and traveling.
Dana Diehl is currently a senior Creative Writing major at Susquehanna University. Next year, she hopes to pursue an MFA in fiction in some new, exciting corner of the country. She lives next to a river and enjoys Amish farmers markets and climbing mountains.
Alexandra Hay hails from Long Island, New York and has been an avid photographer since spending most of her freshman year of high school in a darkroom. She loves to travel and explore the cities of the world, taking photos of urban architecture and cityscapes. Alexandra currently studies English, Russian, and architecture at Princeton University and plans to pursue a career in architecture. [End Page 71]
Julia Howland-Myers is a junior Dramatic Arts major, Arabic minor, and Creative Writing minor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She's been writing since she can remember, especially during her summers from 2003-2008 at Duke Young Writers' Camp. Within UNC's Creative Writing program, she's been fortunate enough to study with professors Pam Durban and Daniel Wallace. For the moment, she's primarily interested in writing short fiction and short-short fiction. When she's not writing, she's probably acting, producing theatre with her student-run company the LAB! Theatre, drinking coffee, or playing with dogs.
Leena Joshi is a Portland, Oregon native and recent graduate of the University of Washington. She enjoys trees, punk rock, and good food.
Charissa Kim is from Southern California and is currently a freshman studying Communications at University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. From a young age, she has been passionate about art, literature, history, and traveling. She hopes to pursue a future career involving public relations or graphic design.
Shira Golden Kresch is a second year student at MSU studying in the Residential College for Arts and Humanities and Studio Art. Her favorite thing about painting is the process. "A lot of times I'll have to use several layers of paint before I'm happy with it, but I think revision is an important part of the experience of art-making or in any creative process," says Kresch. She often chooses portraiture as subject matter because it is a strong way to convey emotion through an image.
Keith Magnuson is an undergraduate student in creative writing at Western Michigan University. He plans on continuing his education at the postgraduate level. He lives in Kalamazoo, MI.
Chase O'Black is a junior at MSU majoring in marketing with a passion for photography. Along with work for the Red Cedar Log yearbook, Chase's photos can be found in Michigan State University's fashion magazine, VIM. Chase's interests include listening to hip-hop music, longboarding, and traveling the world. In the future you might catch him using his creativity to expand his appeal and the minds of everyone around him.
Margaret O'Brien is a senior at Alma College, Alma, MI, where she majors in English Literature and minors in Writing. Prior to transferring to Alma in 2009, she studied English Literature and...