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  • About the Contributors

Brett Armes was born and raised in southern Indiana. He is currently pursuing a PhD in creative writing from the University of North Texas.

Karen Babine is the author of All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer (Milkweed Editions, 2019) and the award-winning Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction. She also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. She lives in Minneapolis.

K. Mikey Borgard is a graduate student enrolled in Colorado State University's MFA program. He holds a BA from the University of Illinois and is the recipient of the Crow-Tremblay Fellowship and the Mani Iyer Scholarship for Disabled Writers. In 2013, while working at Fenway Park, Mikey sustained injuries in the second explosion of the Boston Marathon bombing. He is currently writing a docu-novel based on this experience. When he is not goofing off with his golden retriever, Mikey enjoys practicing macro photography, re-watching Harry Potter films, and adding to his tattoo collection.

Joanna Brichetto is a naturalist in Nashville, where she writes the urban nature blog Look Around: Nearby Nature. Her essays have appeared in The Hopper, Flyway, The Common, City Creatures, Longleaf Review, Hippocampus, storySouth, The Fourth River, and other journals.

Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Saudade (Copper Canyon, 2017), and the hybrid poetry and essay collection Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (forthcoming Copper Canyon, 2020). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Believer, The New Republic, and Best American Poetry. Her essays have appeared in Southern Review, Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, Brevity, and elsewhere. A 2013 NEA Fellow, she's currently an associate professor of creative writing at Kansas State University.

Achas Burin is the Lord and Lady McNair Early Career Lecturer in Law at Somerville College in Oxford, England. She is also a practicing lawyer. She grew up in Kenya, where part of her family is from, before moving to England, where the other half lives.

Robert Cocanougher is a native of North Florida and has spent far too much time at Florida State University, earning a BA in editing, writing, and media; media/communication studies; and philosophy, and has most recently earned his MA in literature.

Dawn Davies ( is the author of Mothers of Sparta: A Memoir in Pieces (Flatiron Books, 2018), which recently won the Florida Book Award Gold Medal for General Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. It was also a 2018 and 2019 Indies Next List book. Her essays and stories have been Pushcart Special Mentions and Best American Essays notables. Her work can be found in McSweeny's Quarterly Concern, the Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, Arts & Letters, Narrative, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. She lives in weird Florida.

Ashwak Fardoush (@AshwakF) is a writer, an educator, and a creativity workshop facilitator. She was born in Bangladesh and emigrated to the United States with her family at a young age. Her work has appeared in The Margins, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Poets & Writers's Readings & Workshops blog.

Maribeth Fischer is the author of two novels, The Language of Goodbye (Dutton, 2001) and The Life You Longed For (Simon & Schuster, 2007), which was published in five countries. Since 2009, Fischer has received three Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowships for fiction and nonfiction. Most recently, she was awarded a fellowship as an Established Writer in Creative Nonfiction for 2018. She has published essays in such journals as The Iowa Review, The Yale Review, and Creative Nonfiction and has received two Pushcart Prizes for her essays "Stillborn" in 1994 and "The Fiction Writer" in 2014. Maribeth founded the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild in 2005, where she currently serves as executive director and teaches both fiction and nonfiction classes.

Vince Granata is from New Haven, Connecticut. Most of his writing concerns mental health care. His recent essays have appeared in Massachusetts Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and Passager. His essay "First Visit" won the Chattahoochee Review's 2017 Lamar York Prize in...