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Dead End. Oil on linen, 36 x 30 in. 2017. ∫ Rachel Foster

Rachel Foster is a painter and an assistant professor at Butler Community College. She received her bachelor of fine art degree from Kansas State University and her mfa from Wichita State University. Her work has been exhibited across the country. Visit


May-lee Chai is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction and one book-length translation from Chinese to English of the 1934 Autobiography of Ba Jin. She teaches in the mfa program in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Her new collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories (Blair Press) is forthcoming.

Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway and Young Lions Fiction Awards; It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and The Veins of the Ocean, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her stories appear in Best American Short Stories 2017, Best American Short Stories 2014, and elsewhere. She teaches at the University of Miami.

Heather Johnson is a Diné woman from the Navajo Nation who currently resides in Albuquerque, NM, where she is working on a mfa degree at the University of New Mexico. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southwestern American Literature, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Sigma Tau Delta's Rectangle. She writes personal essays and is working on a novel and a book of poetry. Her experiences as a former child protective services social worker and sexual assault victim advocate, and her own struggles with mental health guide her writing. She is a founding member of the Trigger Warning Writers Group. She won the Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest for this essay, "Nowhere Place."

Molly Quinn's fiction has been published or is forthcoming in the Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Post Road, and elsewhere. She's working on a collection [End Page 183] of short stories set in a psychiatric hospital, which draws on her experience as a registered nurse. She lives in Minneapolis. Visit


'Gbenga Adeoba's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, Hotel Amerika, Poet Lore, Salamander Magazine, Pleiades, and elsewhere. He lives in Nigeria.

Julie E. Bloemeke is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a 2017 fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Crab Orchard Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Poet Lore, Four Chambers, Palooka, and Bridge Eight among others. Her work has also been featured on Verse Daily and has been published in various anthologies, including Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, the Southern Poetry Anthology Volume V: Georgia, My Cruel Invention, the Great Gatsby Anthology and others. She is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer in Atlanta. Visit

Christopher Bolin's book, Triage Songs, is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. His previous collection, Ascension Theory (U of Iowa P), was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award finalist. He teaches writing at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, in Minnesota.

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press), Sacrum (Four Way Books), and Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (E. Phillabaum Award, LSU). He is a Regents Professor of English at University of North Texas.

Mary-Alice Daniel was born in northern Nigeria and raised in England and Nashville. After attending Yale University, she received her mfa in poetry from the University of Michigan. Her poems have thrice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and have appeared in American Poetry Review, the Iowa Review, New England Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Callaloo, and several anthologies, including Best New Poets 2017. She was a finalist for The Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the Brunel University International Poetry Prize. Her adopted home is Los Angeles, where she is completing...


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