Amber Adams currently attends the University of Denver for an MA in Literary Studies, where she focuses on war poetry and trauma literature. She received a BA in English from Regis University. She spent seven years in the United States Army Reserves and was deployed under Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her poem "The Crossing" was a finalist in Narrative Magazine's Fourth Annual Poetry Contest.
Darren Demaree's poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Carolina Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Cottonwood, The Tribeca Poetry Review, and Whiskey Island. Recently, Freshwater Poetry Journal and Blue Stem have each nominated him for a Pushcart Prize. His first full collection of poetry, tentatively entitled As We Refer To Our Bodies is forthcoming from 8th House Publishing House this fall. He is currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and daughter.
Dane Hamann works as a copy editor for a publishing company in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. He also studies part-time in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Northwestern University. He was recently awarded 2nd place in the 2012 Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. His writing can be found in TriQuarterly Online, Jet Fuel Review, and Stymie Magazine.
Kate E. Schultz earned an MA in English from Ohio University, where she also served as Assistant Editor of the New Ohio Review. Her work has appeared in Bayou Magazine and is forthcoming in Eclipse: A Literary Journal and Conclave: A Journal of Character.
Fred Shaw is a native of Pittsburgh, PA where he teaches writing and literature at Point Park University. His work has been published at 5AM, Mason's Road, Shaking Like a Mountain, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Pittsburgh City Paper, where he's also a book reviewer.
Michelle Villanueva is in her second year of study in the MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received a J.D. from the University of Wyoming and a M.Div. from Bangor Theological Seminary. She is also in the process of ordination to the Episcopal priesthood. Her poetry has been published in The Red Rock Review.