Dalia Ahmed is a junior at Miami Arts Charter School attending the Creative Writing Program. She has won keys and medals in Scholastic’s Alliance for Young Artists and Writers and was chosen as a semifinalist for the National Student Poets Program. Her most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Postscript Literary Journal, the Best Young Writers 2013 publication, and Dog Eat Crow Magazine. She has also received first place for poetry in the Sierra Nevada College High School Writing Contest. She lives in Miami, Florida, with a large Afro-Arab family, collections of colorful headscarves, and many bowls of hummus and pita bread.

Amy Beeder’s second book, Now Make an Altar, came out in 2012 (Carnegie Mellon University Press). Recent poems appear in Poetry, december, and Plume.

Chana Bloch’s Swimming in the Rain: New and Selected Poems will be published in 2015. The author of four collections of poetry, she is cotranslator of the Song of Songs as well as translator of Israeli poets Yehuda Amichai and Dahlia Ravikovitch.

Bruce Bond is the author of nine published books of poetry, most recently Choir of the Wells: A Tetralogy (Etruscan, 2013), The Visible (LSU, 2012), Peal (Etruscan, 2009), and Blind Rain (LSU, 2008). In addition he has three books forthcoming: The Other Sky (poems in collaboration with the painter Aron Wiesenfeld, intro by Stephen Dunn, Etruscan Press), For the Lost Cathedral (LSU Press), and a book of critical essays, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (University of Michigan Press). Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and poetry editor for American Literary Review.

Rachel Cantor is the author of the novel A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee’s Guide to Saving the World (Melville House, 2014); a second novel, tentatively titled Door Number Two, is forthcoming. Two dozen of her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in anthologies and literary magazines such as One Story, Paris Review, and New England Review. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on another novel.

Adrienne Celt’s fiction appears or is forthcoming in Esquire, Puerto del Sol, Southeast Review, Carve Magazine, Gargoyle, Blackbird, and Yew Journal. Her translations, essays, and comics appear in the Rumpus, Cerise Press, Lemon Hound, Hobart, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Arizona State University, where she is an associate prose editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Kwame Dawes is the author of eighteen collections of poetry, most recently Duppy Conqueror (Copper Canyon Press), as well as two novels, numerous anthologies, and plays. He has won Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Emmy, and was the 2013 awardee of the Paul Engel Prize. At the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, he is a Chancellor’s Professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner. Dawes is the associate poetry editor at Peepal Tree Press, the series editor of the University of South Carolina Poetry Series, and the founding director of the African Poetry Book Fund. Dawes teaches in the Pacific MFA program and is the director of the biennial Calabash International Literary Festival.

Roger Desy has taught literature and creative writing and edited technical manuals. His plan throughout was to write. His poems are in Cider Press Review, Mid-American Review, Pinch, Poet Lore, and other journals.

Robert Gibb’s books include The Origins of Evening (1997), which was a National Poetry Series winner. Among his other awards are two NEA Fellowships and a Pushcart Prize. His most recent books, Sheet Music (Autumn House) and The Empty Loom (Arkansas), were both published in 2012.

Leslie Harrison is the author of Displacement, published by Mariner Books in 2009. A recent NEA fellow, she has work published or forthcoming in Pleiades, FIELD, Orion, Subtropics, and elsewhere. She teaches at Towson University and divides her time between Baltimore and the Berkshires.

Richie Hofmann is the recipient of a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. His poems appear in the New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others.

Noy Holland is the author of three collections of short fiction, Swim for the Little One First (Fiction Collective Two), What Begins with Bird (Fiction Collective Two), and The Spectacle of the Body (Knopf). She teaches in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.

Michaela Jenkins attends the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She is from Columbia, South Carolina. She enjoys reading and cooking.

John Koethe’s most recent book is ROTC Kills. His previous book, Ninety-Fifth Street, received the Lenore Marshall Award.

Linda Pastan’s latest book is Traveling Light. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Atlantic, Paris Review, and Five Points.

Lee Upton is the author of thirteen books including, most recently, The Tao of Humiliation: Stories (Spring 2014) and Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy. She is the writer-in-residence and a professor of English at Lafayette College.

Wil Weitzel teaches fiction and essay writing at Harvard University and is at work on a novel set in Alpine Pakistan showcasing mountain ecologies and contemporary human relations to wild spaces. His work has appeared in Southwest Review, New Orleans Review, White Whale Review, and Slush Pile, and stories are forthcoming in Chautauqua and Conjunctions.

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