Randi Adams received her Master of Arts in English from Western Carolina University in 2019. She has presented at the American Literature Association and Appalachian Studies conferences, among others, and is published in a forthcoming edition of the Journal of the Short Story in English. She is most interested in Southern and Appalachian literature and cultural history, especially in relation to economic class and the environment.
John Mark Ballenger lives with his wife and two children in Mount Vernon, Ohio. He grew up in rural southeastern Ohio, the northern edge of Appalachia. That landscape and people influence much of his writing and interests and imagination. John earned his MFA in poetry from Ashland University.
Devon Capizzi is a writer based in Brighton, Massachusetts. Their work has been supported by the Tin House Workshop, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a fellowship from Emerson College. Their writing has appeared or will appear in Pigeon Pages, Ninth Letter, Foglifter Journal, Passengers Journal, and elsewhere. When they're not writing, they're probably cooking.
Andrew K. Clark is a writer whose work has appeared recently in Out of Anonymity: The UCLA Writing Project, Good Juju, and NO:1 journals. Main Street Rag Press published Jesus in the Trailer, his full-length book of poetry, in 2019. He is the recipient of the Georgia Southern University Roy F. Powell Creative Writing Award and is an MFA candidate at Converse College.
Noah Davis grew up in Tipton, Pennsylvania, and writes about the Allegheny Front. Davis's manuscript Of This River was selected by George Ella Lyon for the 2019 Wheelbarrow Emerging Poet Book Prize from Michigan State University's Center for Poetry, and his poems and prose have appeared in The Sun, Southern Humanities Review, Best New Poets, Orion, North American Review, and River Teeth, among others. Davis earned an MFA from Indiana University and lives with his wife, Nikea, in Missoula, Montana. [End Page 104]
Elizabeth Estochen is a queer/non-binary writer and editor based in Charleston, South Carolina. Their work has appeared in Emerge Literary Journal, Barren Magazine, Versification Zine, and Dirt Media, and they are a first reader for Ploughshares. Their debut chapbook, For Love, and for Cruelty, was published in January 2020 by WordTech Editions.
Andrew Gudgel is a writer, translator and poet who lives in Maryland. His essays, poetry and translations of Classical Chinese poetry have appeared in Lily Poetry Review, Speckled Trout Review, Western Michigan University's journal Transference, Brevity magazine's blog, Under the Sun, and other publications. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University's Science Writing program and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.
Reshmi Hebbar is a writer and professor of multicultural literature at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Her nonfiction has been published at Slate, and her fiction has been published at Funicular Magazine, The Account, Parhelion, West Trade Review, and is forthcoming at The Santa Fe Literary Review and The Chaffin Journal. In 2020, one of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Melissa Helton is Associate Professor of English at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Originally from the Great Lakes region, she has called southeast Kentucky home since 2010. Her poetry, nonfiction, and photography has appeared in Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Still: The Journal, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, and more. Her chapbook Inertia: A Study was published in 2016. She has publications forthcoming in Shenandoah and her chapbook Through the Interval is forthcoming from Workhorse Press in December 2021.
Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of six novels, most recently Southernmost, as well as three plays and one book of creative nonfiction. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and The Atlantic, and his writing has appeared in Time, Oxford American, Narrative, Ecotone, and many other publications. House serves as the NEH Chair of Appalachian Studies at Berea College and on the fiction faculty at Spalding University's MFA in creative writing program. [End Page 105]
Alison Condie Jaenicke teaches writing at Penn State University, where she also serves as Assistant Director of Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from such places as Pleiades Magazine, Hippocampus, Superstition Review, Gargoyle Magazine...