Anis Mojgani (issue #1 cover artist as well as poet published in issue #1) is a two time U.S. Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the World Cup Poetry Slam, and a TEDx Speaker. He has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations, and his work has appeared in such journals as Rattle and The Lumberyard. Anis has three poetry collections, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Over the Anvil We Stretch, The Feather Room, and Songs From Under The River. Originally from New Orleans, he currently lives in Texas with his wife and their dog Trudy.
Katie Wheeler-Dubin, born and raised in San Francisco, is currently attempting to collaborate with as many people as possible. She has been published in Sparkle and Blink, Poets 11 2012 and Carry the Light and has read at numerous Bay Area reading series, such as Porchlight, Quiet Lightning, Portuguese Artists Writing Colony, LitUp Writers, and UC Santa Cruz’ Literature Undergraduate Colloquium. She won the UC Santa Cruz Deans’ Undergraduate Award with her story, “Inside Games” and won the acclaimed San Mateo County Fair Best of Show with her short story, “Lilith.” You can reach her at
Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz has been published in Gulf Coast, PANK, Rattle, Conduit, La Petite Zine, decomP, Muzzle, and Thrush, among others. Her recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011) and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013). Her sixth book of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes, will be published by Write Bloody Publishing in Fall 2013 and her second book of nonfiction, Curiosity: Thomas Dent Mutter and the Dawn of Modern Medicine, will be published by Gotham Book in Fall 2014. For more information, visit her website:
Dawn Gabriel is a veteran of four National Poetry Slam teams (Worcester, Providence, and Boston twice).  Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Knocking at the Door published by Write Bloody subsidiary Birch Bench Press, and Boston Poetry Slam: 20 Years at the Cantab Lounge available from the Harvard Book Store at  Dawn lives in Cambridge with her beloved and three children.  She can be reached at
Khary Jackson is a Detroit born writer/musician that has lived in the Twin Cities since 2004. He is a multiple grant recipient, the most recent of which has made his first one-man show (An Unauthorized Biography of Superfly) an exciting reality. His first book, Any Psalm You Want, was just released with Write Bloody Publishing, and his website is
Steve Langan is the author of Freezing, Notes on Exile and Other Poems and Meet Me at the Happy Bar. A letterpress collection, What It Looks Like, How It Flies, is forthcoming. Online, his poems have been included in Slope, Drunken Boat, Diagram, Octopus, Pool, Anti- and Strange Machine, among others. Langan is founder and director of the Seven Doctors Project, a Nebraska Writers Collective program through which healthcare workers and area writers collaborate in an ongoing writing workshop.
Shawnte Orion’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New York Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Barrelhouse, MiPOesias, Georgetown Review, and other publications. He has been a featured reader at bookstores, bars, universities, laundromats, museums, and hair salons.  He can be found online at:
Bart Schaneman lives and writes in Seoul, South Korea. He has published numerous stories, essays and poems and is most recently the author of a travelogue (Trans-Siberian, 2012). He was raised in rural Nebraska.  Visit: for more.
Todd Robinson teaches in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His poems have appeared most recently in Sugar House Review, Natural Bridge, Midwest Quarterly Review, and Light Quarterly. His first book, Note at Heart Rock, was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2012. His work can be found online at and at He can be reached at
Michael Mlekoday is the author of The Dead Eat Everything (Kent State University Press, 2013). Mlekoday is a National Poetry Slam Champion, serves as Poetry Editor of Indiana Review, and their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, and other journals. Mlekoday occasionally tweets at @mlekoday.
Sam Stecher is an educator and poet residing in Kearney, Nebraska, USA. Presently he serves as an elementary school principal. Sam also is a founder of the school culture advocacy agency, which is an agency attempting to have a global impact one interaction at a time.
Ross Hickerson is a Lifeflight Dispatcher and part time Corpse Removal Technician.  You can find more of his work online at  He currently lives in Omaha, NE.
Heidi Hermanson received her MFA in 2008.  Her work appears in Midwest Quarterly and Hiram Poetry Review. She has directed four ekphrastic shows, which she describes as a marriage between visual art and poetry. Her website is

Marcella Remund is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a South Dakota transplant. She teaches English courses at the University of South Dakota, where she is also the faculty advisor for the Vermillion Literary Project (VLP), the University’s literary/creative writing student organization. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Small Religions, and a full-length collection of poems, Finger Bones & Other Relics. Blog: Contact: