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aamina ahmad grew up in London. She completed her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her full-length play, The Dishonored, is set to tour the United Kingdom in 2016. Her fiction sppears in the Normal School, the Missouri Review, and the anthology And the World Changed. She is currently a 2015–2017 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.*

shirlette ammons is a Durham, North Carolina–based poet and musician whose recent work includes Twilight for Gladys Bentley, a full-length hip-hop album that reimagines the work of 1960s blues singer Gladys Bentley. In September 2015, she launched SugarQube Records in collaboration with her twin sister Shorlette, to support artists who are often underrepresented and whose music blends and blurs genre lines. ammons’s sophomore solo album, Language Barrier, will be co-released by Churchkey and SugarQube Records in February 2016 and features guest appearances by the Indigo Girls, Meshell Ndegeocello, Hiss Golden Messenger, and others.*

noh anothai studied Thai literature in Bangkok as a Fulbright scholar from 2011 to 2012. In that time, he hosted cultural events for Thailand’s Ministry of Culture and College of Dramatic Arts. His original poems and translations of Thai poetry appear both online and in print, most recently in Words Without Borders, the Berkeley Poetry Review, Waxwing, and Reunion: The Dallas Review.*

ned balbo’s The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press) received the Donald Justice Prize and the Poets’ Prize. His previous books are Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize) and Galileo’s Banquet. A new book, Upcycling Paumanok, is due out in 2016 from Measure Press. He currently teaches in the MFA program in creative writing and environment at Iowa State University.*

frank brannon is a native of Tennessee and a graduate of the MFA in the book arts Program at the University of Alabama. He is the proprietor of SpeakEasy Press, a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and a printmaking instructor at Southwestern Community College in western North Carolina. His limited-edition letterpress books are held in libraries’ special collections in the United States and England as well as by private collectors. His 2005 letterpress monograph presents his research on the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper of northern Georgia, 1828–1834.*

sarah bryan is a writer, folklorist, and old-time fiddler who lives in Durham, North Carolina. Photographs from her collection appear in two book-CD sets on the Dust-to-Digital label, Lead Kindly Light, a 2014 collaboration with Peter Honig, and the 2012 release Never a Pal Like Mother, as well as in the CD set Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard, released in 2011 by Tompkins Square. Her essays are forthcoming in the Southern Review and the anthology South Carolina Welcomes Y’all, and she is the editor of the Old-Time Herald and of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal.* [End Page 189]

john lee clark was named a finalist for this year’s Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry and Activism in recognition of his work on translating ASL poetry into English and advocating for poets with disabilities. His latest book is Where I Stand, a collection of essays, and he is also the editor of the anthologies Deaf American Poetry and Deaf Lit Extravaganza. His poetry appears in many publications, including Apogee, Better, Pif, Poetry, and the Seneca Review. He lives in Hopkins, Minnesota.*

michael brooks cryer teaches English at Arizona State University. His poems appear in Quarterly West, Hayden’s Ferry Review, DIAGRAM, spork, and others. He lives in Phoenix with his dog, Archie, a volunteer firefighter.*

katy didden is the author of The Glacier’s Wake (Pleiades Press). She earned a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri. She has published poems in many journals, such as Image, Poetry, 32 Poems, and the Kenyon Review. A former Hodder fellow at Princeton University, she is currently an assistant professor at Ball State University.

brian doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, in Oregon. He is the author most recently of the essay collection Children and Other Wild Animals.

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