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  • About the Contributors

Jad Adkins is a recent graduate of Georgia College’s MFA program. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pinch, Appalachian Heritage, Sonora Review, South Loop Review, Jelly Bucket, and elsewhere. He is currently the nonfiction editor of Pinball.

Fleda Brown’s eighth collection of poems, No Need of Sympathy (BOA Editions, LTD), and her collection of essays with Sydney Lea, Growing Old in Poetry (Autumn House Press), came out in 2013. Her memoir is Driving With Dvorak (University of Nebraska Press, 2010). Professor Emerita at the University of Delaware and past Poet Laureate of Delaware, she lives in Traverse City, Michigan, and is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program in Tacoma, Washington.

Nona Kennedy Carlson is the recipient of a 2011–2012 Loft Literary Center Mentor Series award, a 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, and a 2012 Jerome Foundation travel and study grant. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, temenos, Dust and Fire, The Talking Stick, and Minnpost. She has twice been a finalist for the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, and in 2014 her story “Box of Daylight” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers. She is a graduate student in Hamline University’s MFA program and is currently at work on Boom, a novel set against the backdrop of the Bakken oil boom.

Lauren Crux’s personal narratives, poetry, photography, and performance monologues have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies. She has written and performed five full-length solo monologues and has [End Page 217] coproduced several community-based art performances. She has an MFA in interdisciplinary studio arts as well as a private practice in psychotherapy in Santa Cruz, California, where she lives. Following the advice of Yogi Berra, whenever she comes to a fork in the road, she takes it.

Dawn S. Davies ( splits her time between Florida and South Carolina. She was the 2013 recipient of the Kentucky Women Writers Gabehart Prize for nonfiction and her essay collection, Mothers of Sparta, received the 2015 FIU UGS Provost Award for Best Creative Project. She has been awarded residencies with the Vermont Studio Center and Can Serrat and was a 2015 SLS Disquiet prize finalist for nonfiction. Dawn holds an MFA from Florida International University. Her work can be found in River Styx, Brain, Child, Hippocampus, Cease, Cows, Saw Palm, Ninth Letter, New Plains Review, Green Mountains Review, Chautauqua, and elsewhere.

Kate Carroll de Gutes was lucky enough to have Judith Kitchen as a mentor and friend. Her book, Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, is the final book in the “Judith Kitchen Select” series published by Ovenbird Books. Kate holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop, where she received the Deborah Tall Fellowship for Lyric Essay.

Laurel DiGangi’s creative nonfiction appeared regularly in the Chicago Reader and her fiction has been published in Denver Quarterly, Asylum, Atlanta Quarterly, Cottonwood, and Santa Fe Literary Review, among others. A former entertainment journalist, she has met dozens of actors and once sold Johnny Depp’s cigarette butt on eBay for $200. She is currently an adjunct professor at Woodbury University in Burbank, California, and is working on a childhood memoir, Things We Couldn’t Live Without.

Brandel France de Bravo’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Bellingham Review, Better, Copper Nickel, Gargoyle, and the Seneca Review. Her essay “A Tale of Two Rivers” won the Penelope Niven creative nonfiction award from Salem College’s Center for Women Writers. She is the author of two books of poetry—Mother, Loose and Provenance—the editor of Mexican Poetry Today: 20/20 Voices, and coauthor of a parenting book. She works for a consumer health organization in Washington, D.C., and serves on the board [End Page 218] of Washington Writers’ Publishing House, a 40-year-old cooperative press managed by former prize winners.

Diane Glancy is Professor Emerita at Macalester College. She was a 2012–2014 visiting professor at Azusa Pacific University. Her 2014 and 2015 books are Fort Marion Prisoners and the Trauma of Native Education (creative...


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