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Fortress. Oil on canvas, 22 x 30 in. 2015. © Erika Navarrete.

Erika Navarrete grew up in the central California town of Visalia. She currently works as an artist and instructor in Evansville, IN. Navarrete received her bfa from the Kansas City Art Institute and her mfa from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She maintains an active studio practice investigating relationships between people and the structure of the home through the mediums of painting, drawing, and printmaking.


Fleda Brown ’s The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems is new in the University of Nebraska’s Ted Kooser series of contemporary poetry. Brown has nine previous collections of poems. Her work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry and has won a Pushcart Prize, the Felix Pollak Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer’s Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she directed the Poets in the Schools program. She was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07. She now lives with her husband, Jerry Beasley, in Traverse City, Michigan, and is on the faculty of the RainierWriting Workshop, a low-residency mfa program in Tacoma, WA.

Brynn Downing served as the 34th Writer-in-Residence at St. Albans School for Boys in Washington, DC; she now teaches literature at an independent high school in Los Olivos, CA. She earned her mfa in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where she ran the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival, and received her ba in global studies, focusing on masculinity and nationalism in former-Yugoslavia, from the College of William and Mary. She serves as the interviews editor for Four Way Review and reviewed poetry for the Rumpus . Visit

Lucy Ferriss is the author of ten books, mostly fiction. Her novel A Sister to Honor, set partly in northern Pakistan, was a wnba 2015 Great Group Read, and her novel The Lost Daughter was a Book–of-the-Month pick. Her work has won several national awards and been translated into five languages. Recent short [End Page 182] fiction and essays appear in the American Scholar, the New York Times, the Missouri Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Arts & Letters , and weekly at the Chronicle of Higher Education ’s Lingua Franca. She lives in the Berkshires and Connecticut, where she is Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College.

Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry is a Russian-American émigré who holds a ba in English from Moscow State Linguistic University and an mfa in creative writing form Hollins University. Her work has appeared in Bayou, the Southern Review, Rosebud, the Southwest Review, Nimrod, Arts & Letters, the Louisville Review, Confrontation, and elsewhere. Her short fiction was a finalist for multiple awards, including three Pushcart Prizes. She is the winner of the 2013 Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. Her novel, Not to Be Reproduced, was shortlisted for the 2016 Dundee International Book Prize.

Chad Hanson serves as chair of the Department of Social & Cultural Studies at Casper College. His nonfiction titles include Swimming with Trout (University of New Mexico Press) and Trout Streams of the Heart (Truman State up). He is also the author of two collections of poems: Patches of Light (Red Dragonfly Press) and This Human Shape (Red Dragonfly Press).

Merran Jones ’s fiction has appeared in After the Pause, Molotv Cocktail, and Literary Orphans, among dozens of others. She lives in Adelaide, Australia, and is a physiotherapist and mum in her spare time. Visit

Brenda Peynado ’s stories have been selected for the O. Henry Prize Stories 2015, the Chicago Tribune ’s Nelson Algren Award, Glimmer Train ’s Fiction Open Contest, and a Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic. Her work appears in the Georgia Review, the Threepenny Review, EPOCH, Shenandoah, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, and others. She received her MFA from Florida State University and is currently a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati.

Jessica Reidy is a Brooklyn-based writer and professor. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Narrative Magazine as Short Story of the Week, the...


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