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Cuifen Chen was born and raised in Singapore where she now lives and works, having spent many years abroad in the UK and Australia. Her fiction has been anthologized by Ethos Books/Margaret River Press and Regulus Press, while her poetry has been published in Southeast Asian Review of English. Cuifen was the first prize winner of the UK’s Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2018 and the Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition 2019. She is currently pursuing a MA in Creative Writing at LASALLE College of the Arts.

Beth Cleary’s work has appeared in Punctuate, XCP:Cross-Cultural Poetics, The Playwrights’ Center: Monologues for Women/Men, Artist & Influence, and other publications. A writer, theater professor, and director, she is also the cofounder of the East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul, Minnesota, a center for history and social justice activism.

Kate Carroll De Gutes is a wry observer and writer who started her career as a journalist and then got excited by new journalism, which then became creative nonfiction and is now called essay (well, you can see where this is going). She is the author of two award-winning memoirs and her essays have been widely anthologized. Her work centers around sexuality, gender presentation, and questioning cultural norms of femininity and masculinity.

Nancy DeJoy is associate professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University. She is an installation poet whose work has appeared in museums and galleries. Nancy works with commitment and passion to ensure that poetry is included in public art movements in her community.

Joshua Doležal is professor and chair of English at Central College. His memoir, Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging, was shortlisted for the William Saroyan Prize in 2016. His essays have appeared in many journals such as Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and Gettysburg Review. He also cohosts a podcast, Mid-Americana: Stories from a Changing Midwest, with Brian Campbell.

James Allen Hall is the author of a book of poems, Now You’re the Enemy, which won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His book of lyric personal essays, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, won the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Essay Collection Award, judged by Chris Kraus. Recent essays appear in Texas Review and Copper Nickel. Hall teaches creative writing and literature at Washington College, where he directs the Rose O’Neill Literary House.

Timothy J. Hillegonds is the author of the The Distance Between (Nebraska UP, 2019). His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, Fourth Genre, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Rumpus, River Teeth, Baltimore Review, Brevity, Under the Gum Tree, and others. In 2019, Tim was named one of “30 Writers to Watch” by the Guild Literary Complex. Tim earned a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing (MAWP) from DePaul University in Chicago and currently serves as a contributing editor for Slag Glass City, a digital journal of the urban essay arts.

Jo Hooste is a queer, neurodivergent, nonbinary writer. They do not have to be good. Their work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse and elsewhere. For the past twenty years, they have been offering freelance dream interpretation to coworkers and fellow public transit passengers. They live in Chico, CA, with their Queen of Pentacles, two cats, and five plants.

Jacob Little has worked at a zoo, a box office, Bath and Body Works, Block-buster, a UPS warehouse, and a convenience store. He has been a custodian, a valet, a telemarketer, a graphic designer, a maintenance man, a radio host, a managing editor, and a luggage salesman. Now he creates training materials for engineers and volunteers at a women’s shelter and prison in his free time. His writing can be found in Ninth Letter, The Pinch, Indiana Review, and Slice Magazine, among other places. He’s currently shopping his essay collection, “Closing Blockbuster.”

Cameron Quan Louie lives in Tucson, where he serves on the board of directors with POG: Poetry in Action. He received his MFA...


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