2015 Clovers

We are excited to announce that the following established, emerging, and student writers have joined us in 2015.

Kristy Athens

Kristy Athens is the author of Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living (Process Media, 2012). In 2014, she received an Oregon Literary Fellowship from Literary Arts. She will complete an M.S. in Food Systems and Society from Marylhurst University in June 2015. She lives in Wallowa County, Oregon, where she works at the NE Oregon Economic Development District as Outreach Specialist. Her nonfiction and short fiction have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and literary journals, and she has been a regular contributor to HandPicked Nation. Kristy has served on the boards of the Hood River County Cultural Trust, Independent Publishing Resource Center, and Northwest Writers; she has been a guest blogger for New Oregon Arts & Letters; editor of Columbia Gorge Magazine; and coordinator of the Columbia Center for the Arts Plein Air Writing Exhibition, and of Literary Arts’ Oregon Book Awards and Oregon Literary Fellowships programs. Her text-infused, repurposed collage artwork appears in 1,000 Ideas for Creative Reuse and is available at http://ithaka.etsy.com.

Amber Atiya

Amber Atiya is the author of the chapbook The Fierce Bums of Doo-wop (Argos Books). She has performed at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Museum of Modern Art, New York University, and Theater for the New City. Her work has appeared most recently in The Atlas Review, Nepantla: A Journal of Queer Poets of Color, Boston Review, and Apogee Journal, and has been nominated for Best of the Net (2014) and a Pushcart Prize (2013). A proud native Brooklynite, she is a member of a women’s writing group celebrating 13 years next spring.

Arielle Baer

Arielle Baer was born and raised in Queens, NY but recently made the big move to New Jersey to live with her boyfriend and their cat. She received her MFA from Queens College, City University of New York and has been previously published in Literary Orphans and Room Magazine.

Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art.  The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills.  Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. She currently lives and works in Quito, Ecuador but has also found “home” in Taipei, Beijing, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com

Rachel Barton

Rachel Barton writes poems and short stories about family, community, and making connections that enrich your spirit, with nature as a common backdrop for character development and revelation.  She is an award-winning poet who has been published in a number of northwest literary magazines including the Oregon English Journal, Cloudbank Magazine, and the Sunday Oregonian. She teaches poetry workshops at Linn-Benton Community College and offers poetry workshops at the Northwest Poets Concord, Willamette Writers on the River, and at other sites in the Willamette Valley. She has family all over the states and lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband and teenage son.

Nora Boydston

Nora Boydston is the founder of Cartwheels for Justice and prose editor of Broke Journal. She earned an MFA in fiction at The New School and currently resides in Chicago where she teaches English to speakers of other languages.

Kaitlyn Britt

Kaitlyn Britt (Kaite) was born in Georgia and moved to Virginia in 2006. In the words of her father “She was always imaginative and good at making up stories.” She studied at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School as a Literary Arts Major through high school. During her studies she was published in Asgard, the school’s literary magazine, and Poetic Power (Spring 2012).  Kaite is currently a student at Virginia Tech as an English Major, though she also intends to earn a BA in Engineering. When asked about her ideal writing spot and environment, Kaite prefers a quiet hallway with clean floor space and natural light. If she is perilously distracted then she adds wordless music to the equation for the perfect spot. Other hobbies include reading, TEK robotics Team, belly dancing, volunteering at the Blacksburg Children’s Museum, drawing, and collecting feathers.

Monique Brouillete

Monique Brouillette started her career in science, working in a biology lab MIT that studied genetics in fruit flies. After a few years of fly pushing, she decided she was more interested in reading and writing about science than actually doing it. She earned a Masters in Health Communication from Tufts University and has worked for academia, non-profits, and public radio. Monique lives and works in Cambridge, MA as a freelance science journalist.

Katharine Brownley

Katharine Brownley is a junior Creative Writing major at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Born and raised in Ohio, she enjoys exploring the beautiful landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Stemming from a lifelong love of theatre and movies, she is particularly interested in dramatic writing and developing a career as a scriptwriter. She also frequently writes prose fiction and dabbles in poetry from time to time. Her dream is to someday publish a full-length novel. She is especially fascinated by twentieth-century literature; the rebellious, experimental, and non-conventional forms characteristic of the period heavily influence her writing. A professed bibliophile, she is an avid collector of books and an equally fervent reader. Her bookshelves are overwhelmed with dog-eared favorites and items on her ever-growing “to read” list.

Claire Bruncke

Claire Bruncke will graduate this spring from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Liberal Studies and a minor in Writing. In sixth grade Claire won an essay contest which sparked her interest in writing and eventually led her to this place. Today, she is a contributor for DAMchic Magazine, and has been featured in PRISM Literary Arts Magazine. Joining The Clovers Project is a way for Claire to learn about turning a long time hobby into a career that could help support her while she pursues her other greatest passion – a career in summer camp.

Sarah Cheshire

Sarah is a poet, satirical writer, pun-maker, postcard collector, and bluegrass music fanatic She is currently working as a community organizer in Washington, DC. but recently graduated from Oberlin College, where she was a Bonner Scholar and coordinated one of the largest storytelling/ community affirmation projects in campus history. She has a birthmark below her right clavicle, believes in ghosts, and wears neon orange doc martens on days when she wants to feel big.

Alex Conall

Alex Conall is a queer, genderqueer white atheist and intersectional feminist activist. Ze is an online student at Oregon State University and a full-time employee of the State of Delaware. Ze has an especial interest in speculative fiction, epic poetry, and retellings of familiar stories in an intersectional feminist manner. As Junot Díaz said, people need to see themselves in the literary mirror in order not to think of themselves as the monsters society often insists they are; as Ursula K. Le Guin said, speculative fiction is the art of seeing alternatives to “our fear-stricken society”, alternatives we need in order to have hope and freedom. Alex’s aim is to create those mirrors and those alternatives. In time not spent working, studying, or writing, ze crochets, knits, makes jewelry, draws, and attempts to keep up with media fandom.

Lesley Dahl

Lesley Dahl is the author of the young adult novel, The Problem with Paradise (Random House/Yearling).  Her short stories have appeared in various lit magazines.  Portions of another novel were dramatized in the Los Angeles New Fiction Series.  Originally from Los Angeles, she now lives and works in New Mexico where the sky is spectacular every day and there is no traffic.

Mary Christine Delea

Mary Christine Delea is originally from Long Island and has lived and travelled over the USA. Her publications include The Skeleton Holding Up the Sky and Did I Mention There’s Gambling and Body Parts?, as well as many published and award-winning poems (these journals include Mid-American Review, nor, Zone 3, and Crab Orchard Review). Christine has a web site, two Etsy shops, a Girl Scout Brownie troop, and numerous writing projects in various stages. Besides writing, Christine beads, quilts, works with kids, saves cats, edits, judges poetry contests, sews, knits, makes soaps and other bath items, creates mixed media art, and takes crazy road trips and themed vacations. She has taught pre-k through graduate students, been a social worker in NYC, done group comedy improv on the stage, worked in domestic violence shelters, and most recently was an AmeriCorps VISTA in Mississippi with the American Red Cross. Her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing is from the University of North Dakota, her M.A. in English is from Marshall University in West Virginia, and her B.A. is from Marietta College in Ohio.

Tessara Dudley

Tessara Dudley is a poet, educator, and activist. She lives in Portland, OR, where she is attending university in pursuit of a Black Studies degree. Tessara’s writing can be found online at Black Girl Dangerous, and The Prospect, and on her blog at http://tessaradudley.com. She is in the process of starting a publishing company, with 2 books forthcoming: Fallen/Forever Rising, a personal book of poems, and After Ferguson, a collection to raise funds for victims of police violence, and organisations that benefit and heal the Black community.

Sarah duRivage-Jacobs

Sarah duRivage-Jacobs is an actor and writer living in New York City with her cat Jasper, who bites her often.

Dalton Edwards

Dalton Edwards is a Sophomore at the University of Utah studying English and Philosophy. His recent authorial interests include: the late David Foster Wallace, Thomas Pynchon, Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, and James Joyce. He’s a member of the Hinckley Journal of Politics editorial board, and has written for the publication based on his experience at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. However, a long-time atheist, his distaste for the irrational nature of contemporary politics precludes his pursuit in the industry. His interest in writing stems from a long history of reading on extended car rides and camping trips and through his attempts (and subsequent failures) to mimic in his writing what he was reading. If he hopes to gain one thing from The Clovers Project, it is to be reassured not that writing as a profession is possible, but that it’s worthwhile.

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Emma Copley Eisenberg is a writer of fiction and nonfiction based in Charlottesville, VA.  She received an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Poe Faulkner fellow.  Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Five Chapters, Narrative, Cutbank, The Rumpus and others.

Michael Erard

Michael Erard is a linguist and journalist. His essays, reviews, and reportage have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Science, New Scientist, The Morning News, and many other magazines, websites, and newspapers. He is the author of two books: Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean (Pantheon, 2007) and Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners (Free Press, 2012), which won the 2013 Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction. In 2008 he won the Dobie Paisano Writing Fellowship and a Magazine Column award from the Houston Press Club. He graduated from William College and holds an MA in linguistics and PhD in English, both from the University of Texas at Austin. He edits the digital publication Schwa Fire, which publishes long-form language journalism. He lives in South Portland, Maine with his wife and son.

Alexus Erin

Alexus Erin is originally from Princeton, New Jersey; however, she is a  fourth-year student at Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland. She is pursuing a degree in Comparative Literary Cultural studies and a minor in Environmental Science. Her academic work specializes in the theoretical frameworks of embodiment. Alexus’ background also consists of feminist, gender, critical race and environmental justice studies. Her poetry has previously appeared in Franklin University’s Literary Society Magazine, Potluck Magazine, the Melanin Collective, 6Sentences, the American Society of Young Poets, as well as others. She is currently in the process of pitching her feature-length screenplay American Lotus Project.

Paula Friedman

Paula Friedman is an author and editor living in the Portland, OR, area. Her novel The Rescuer’s Path (PVP 2012) was termed “exciting, physically vivid, and romantic” by Ursula K. Le Guin, and “wise, humane, and vivid. . .held me from the first page to the last” by Cheryl Strayed; this novel recounts the tragic love between a Holocaust survivor’s young daughter and an Arab American antiwar activist who is the FBI’s prime suspect in a lethal truck bombing in Nixon-era Washington DC. Friedman is currently editing her novel of the late-1960s Berkeley antiwar movement for publication, and her science fiction meta/parody/postnuclear novel Extreme! Oral HIstories of the Garbage Era is soon being serialized on a widely read science fiction lit blog. Her short fiction and poetry have received awards from New Millenium Writings, Oregon State Poetry Association, Red/Green Press, and others, and have appeared in over 40 publications nationally. She has taught writing in adult education programs in Oregon, Paris (France), and the San Francisco Bay Area. Friedman is a reunited “birthmother” and a single (formerly Welfare) mother, and a longttime social justice and antiwar activist; she received the 2006 award from the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace.

Kat Friedrich

Kat Friedrich is a science journalist fascinated by clean energy, green buildings, sustainable cities, and socially responsible technology – and the social changes they create. Her reporting adventures have included covering street lighting and safety in Detroit, affordable solar power in Peru, and energy conservation for businesses in Texas. She brings to the table a culturally diverse upbringing on the South Side of Chicago, four years of factory work as a mechanical engineer, and an intense curiosity about the technology frontiers of journalism. She is the editor of Clean Energy Finance Forum, a news website sponsored by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. The three accomplishments of which she has been most proud are putting herself through graduate school as an environmental journalist, starting a successful science writing business, and breaking her first board in a self-defense class. She has eight years of martial arts experience and has been taking dance classes for close to a decade. She lives in Western Massachusetts, where she has founded a science writers’ group. You can follow her on Twitter at @katsciwriter.

Maya Frost

Maya Frost is an American writer, teacher and education consultant who has lived in several countries.  Her first book, THE NEW GLOBAL STUDENT (Random House/Crown, 2009) offers insider tips and inspiring stories to help parents and students find thrilling and fulfilling ways to get a great international education without going into debt. Her recent work, WHITE CRANE SPREADS ITS WINGS is a novel currently on submission. It is set in both Portland, Oregon and Hangzhou, China. Maya is the mother of four grown daughters and she lives with her husband on the grounds of a boarding school in Hangzhou while serving as the private tutor for the family of a famous billionaire. To learn more, visit MayaFrost.com

Courtney Gillette

Courtney Gillette’s stories and essays have appeared in several anthologies and publications. In 2013 her writing was chosen by A.M. Homes for The Masters Review, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Most recently her story, “Love For the Bomb” won Gertrude Press’ First Annual Prose Contest.

Roland Goity

Roland Goity lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he writes in the shadows of planes coming and going from SFO. His stories appear in dozens of publications in print and online, including Fiction International, PANK, Raleigh Review, Word Riot, The MacGuffin, and 2 Bridges Review. He edits WIPs: Works (of Fiction) in Progress, and co-edited the anthology EXPERIENCED: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction. Roland also reviewed new fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University.

F.I. Goldhaber

As a reporter, editor, business writer, and marketing communications consultant, F.I. Goldhaber produced news stories, feature articles, essays, editorial columns, and reviews for newspapers, corporations, governments, and non-profits in five states. Now, her poems, short stories, novelettes, essays, and reviews appear in paper, electronic, and audio magazines, ezines, newspapers, calendars, and anthologies. She published five erotica novels and a novella under another name. In addition to paper, electronic, and audio publications, F.I. shares her words at events in Portland, Seattle, Salem, Keizer and on the radio. She appeared at venues such as Wordstock, Oregon Literary Review, PDX SynesthiA, bookstores, libraries, and community colleges; gives presentations on subjects as diverse as marketing, writing erotica, and building volunteer organizations; and taught Introduction to Indie Publishing at Portland Community College and as a weekend intensive. http://goldhaber.net/

Alina Grabowski

Alina Grabowski is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying English. During high school she was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts finalist and a YoungArts winner. At Penn she was recently awarded the first Clearman Cottage Residency, a prize that will allow her to work on a short story collection at Buzz Bissinger’s guest cottage in Washington state. She has received the Phi Kappa Sigma prize for best undergraduate fiction writing, and has read at the ICA Philadelphia as part of its Seven Writers program celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary. Her fiction has been published in Cleaver Magazine and is forthcoming in Peregrine, the print journal of Penn’s Creative Writing Department. When not in class or writing, she serves as a coordinator for Write On, a creative writing mentoring program for local middle-schoolers, and as the managing editor of student art and writing publication Symbiosis.

Kate Gray

For more than 20 years teaching at an Oregon community college, Kate tends her students’ stories. Her first novel, Carry the Sky, (Forest Avenue Press, 2014) attempts to stare at bullying without blinking. She is the author of three poetry collections and has also published essays. She’s been awarded residencies at Hedgbrook, Norcroft, and Soapstone, and a fellowship from the Oregon Literary Arts. Volunteering for Write Around Portland is just about the most important work she’s ever done. She and her partner of 14 years live in a purple house in Portland, Oregon with their sidekicks, Rafi and Wasco, two very patient dogs.

Alec Grevstad

Alec is twenty two years old and is from Boring, Oregon. He has lived in Oregon for most of his life except for two years when his family moved to Arizona. Alec is a Speech Communication major with a minor in writing. Junior year is when he got serious about writing and started taking as many writing courses as he could. On top of that Alec started working for the The Daily Barometer (the college newspaper at OSU) as the political satirist. He likes a variety writing genres but is mostly interested in visionary and metaphysical fiction. When not busy with school he likes to do anything outdoors (when there isn’t a torrential downpour), hang out with his family, or watch too many shows on Netflix. Alec is an aspiring writer and wants to now the ins and outs of how to make a career of doing what he loves.

Eleanor Haglund

Eleanor Haglund is a junior in the creative writing program at Carnegie Mellon University. She enjoys writing fiction, screenplays and plays. She is also studying to get a minor in Psychology in order to learn about the motivations behind people’s actions. She was born and raised in New Jersey. She is the Director of Marketing for a Pittsburgh startup, AbiliLife, which specializes in biomedical products for people living with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. She is also a volunteer EMT with Carnegie Mellon’s Emergency Medical Services. When she isn’t working on her latest story, she enjoys reading anything she can get her hands on (including stop signs) and enjoying exciting food with friends.

Suzanne Herman

Suzanne Herman is a senior at Barnard College in New York City, where she studies English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Psychology. She is originally from Chicago. As a hopeful writer at the very beginning of her career, she has had her short fiction published by Wising Up Press and She Writes Press. She is thrilled to be graduating in the spring of 2015 and hopes to continue living in NYC, pursing writing, editing, and involving herself in the city’s literary community as best she can. She is very thankful to the Clover project for the opportunity to meet and connect with other writers more experienced than herself.

Rachel Herron

Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Pack Up the Moon, the five book Cypress Hollow romance series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, and when she’s not busy writing, she’s a 911 fire/medical dispatcher for a Bay Area fire department. Splinters of Light, her next mainstream standalone, will be out in March 2015 from Penguin. She lives with her wife, Lala, in Oakland, California, where they have more animals and instruments than are probably advisable. Rachael is struggling to learn the accordion and can probably play along with you on the ukulele. She’s a New Zealander as well as an American. She’s been known to knit.

Ethan Heusser

Ethan Heusser is a first-year student at Oregon State University. A native Oregon resident from Portland, Ethan is excited to get the chance to nurture his passion for poetry and fiction at the collegiate level. Having grown up immersed in science fiction and fantasy literature, Ethan is eager to expand his horizons in order to help him bridge the gap between the aesthetic beauty of poetry and the empathetic capacity of narrative fiction. Ethan is also very hopeful that he can one day turn his passion for writing into a career where he can work with the words that he loves, and is therefore incredibly grateful to The Clovers Project for helping him on the next step in his journey.

Gwendolyn Hill

Gwendolyn Hill is a student at Oregon State University, where she studies English, with a minor in Writing. She has dreamed of becoming a writer for as long as she can remember, but only recently discovered that poetry is her favorite form. Hailing from Iowa City, Iowa, she moved to Oregon seven years ago to get closer to nature, though she carried her agricultural roots with her and finds most of her poetry inspiration in orchards and vegetable patches. She is interested in the connections between fields and gardens and kitchen tables, and the processes that take place between. She is especially fascinated by the science and inner workings of plants. She writes to bring readers closer to their plates, and to honor the work it takes to transform a tomato from seed to supper.

Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth – aka Ellie – fell in love with writing at a young age and has been crafting fiction stories since she was old enough to pick up a pen. She is currently in her second year of college as an English major, and in her spare time she works as writing tutor for her fellow students. In addition to writing, she enjoys dance and cooking, and she never misses a chance to travel. She is passionate about Shakespeare and has an incurable obsession with Hamlet; however, J.K. Rowling will always remain her ultimate writing inspiration. She currently lives in Oregon and recently finished writing her young adult novel Invincible, which she hopes to publish soon.

Amitha Knight

Dr. Amitha Jagannath Knight was named a winner of the 2012 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award and received a Letter of Merit for her writing from the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 2011. While her parents were originally from South India, she (and her identical twin!) were born in the United States. She has lived in Texas and Arkansas, and now lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two children, and two cats. Find out more about Amitha at her website: http://www.amithaknight.com or on twitter: @amithaknight

Nadia Laher

Nadia Laher is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majors in Political Science and minors in Creative Writing. Her work has received the 34th Street Magazine Annual Fiction Contest first prize and the Gibson Peacock Creative Nonfiction Contest second prize, and has appeared in Stamped Magazine. She has dreamt of being a writer for as long as she can remember. In addition to writing, she cares deeply about social justice and travel. She will graduate in May 2015.

Lori L. Lake

Lori L. Lake is the author of eleven published novels (so far) and two books of short stories and the editor of two anthologies. She’s known for her enjoyment of teaching and for sharing writing resources with both aspiring and published writers. Her 2013 mystery, “Buyer’s Remorse,” recently won a Rainbow Award, and “Jump The Gun” was Runner-Up. She received the Ann Bannon Award for “Snow Moon Rising,” Golden Crown Goldies for “Buyer’s Remorse” and “Snow Moon Rising,” and was honored with the Alice B. Reader Appreciation Award for her body of work. Her editing skills have yielded a Lambda Literary Finalist in the anthology category. Lori lived in Minnesota for 26 years, but re-located to Portland, Oregon, in 2009. When she’s not writing, she’s at the local cinema, working on her sweetheart’s house, or curled up in a chair reading. She’s currently working on a book about writing inspiration that will be out in late 2014. She loves to hear from readers. Her website: http://www.LoriLLake.com.

Alaina Leary

Alaina Leary is a 21 year old senior at Westfield State University. She grew up just outside of Boston, MA and she’s a lover of all things reading, writing, summer and fashion. She attends Westfield State University where she studies English and Communications as an Honors student. She’s a tutor for several institutions at her school and also has part-time positions off-campus as a freelance editor and writer. At her university, she lives with her girlfriend of almost 6 years and two best friends. Alaina is passionate about decorating everything in her life, from the outfits she wears to the interior decorating in her home, to her Erin Condren life planner. At home, she lives with her fabulous dad, her fat cat, Winnie, and her frantic hamster, Yuki (a.k.a. Dim Shaw). She spends most of her time writing, reading a ton of books, re-watching Gilmore Girls and The Vampire Diaries, obsessing over fictional characters, putting glitter on everything and wishing it was summer.

Laura M. Mac Donald

Laura M. Mac Donald is an award-winning writer whose books include Curse of the Narrows: The 1917 Halifax Explosion and Kay Darling. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The LA Times, and The Globe and Mail among others. She is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia but resides in Harlem.

Mishele Maron

Mishele Maron lives in Seattle, Washington. She writes around and despite her two girls, two dogs and many cats. Mishele also has a culinary degree. In her prior life she worked as a chef on large private yachts. She often finds herself writing about food, traveling and the raucous business of being a woman in the world at large. Her favorite writers  include George Saunders, Tobias Wolfe, Mark Doty and Pam Houston. In her free time she’s reading, running and cooking with the kids.

Kristina Martin

Kristina Martin has always liked to tell stories. From a young age, she was gregarious but willing to listen to what others had to say. She pursued her interest in writing and journalism, earning a degree in 2010. She’s passionate about grammar and punctuation, perfect sentence structure and AP Style. She enjoys reflecting on positive dining experiences and covering relevant lifestyle topics, such as health and fitness.

Carolyn Moore

Carolyn Moore’s work has garnered over 100 awards and honors, including the New Millennium Writing Poetry Prize, The Foley Poetry Award, and the C. Bailey Hamilton Fellowship in Poetry from Literary Arts, Inc. Her four chapbooks won their respective competitions. Her book-length collection, What Euclid’s Third Axiom Neglects To Mention about Circles, won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2013. She taught literature and creative writing at Humboldt State University (Arcata, California) until able to make a living as a freelance writer and researcher working from the last vestige of the family farm in Tigard, Oregon.

Cynthia-Marie Marmo O’Brien

Cynthia-Marie Marmo O’Brien writes lyric essay, memoir, criticism, reportage and other nonfiction she calls biography of place. She examines narratives in public discourse; intersections of ethnicity and religion; the body, exile, and illness; cultural inheritance; and politics of knowledge and collective memory. Her Bellevue Literary Review essay on imagination, depression and faith was selected as notable in the Best American Essays 2011 anthology. Her work has also been published by America: The National Catholic Review, Killing the Buddha, Narratively, The Rumpus*, and Words without Borders: Dispatches. She has reviewed for Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. She founded and edits the literary journal Hypothetical, and serves as contributing editor for Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. Cynthia-Marie has degrees in creative writing Columbia University and Dartmouth College, where she also studied Latin American literature and international relations. She works as a freelance editor and writing consultant after teaching for several years at universities in the United States and Europe. Currently, she is focusing on writing essays, a spiritual autobiography, and an account of the construction of narratives of mental illness in the United States.

David O’Connor

Growing up in a small village on Lake Huron, Morgan O’Connor always desired to travel the world. He lived in New York, London, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Dublin, Doha, Nice, Sevilla, Verona, Miami, Barcelona, and his current home, Rio de Janeiro.  He has taught English at the University of Miami and Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and spent 15 years working as a professional actor.   In his free time, he enjoys cycling, yoga, and languages. His writing has been published in the Guardian, the Write Practice, and the Collective Exile.

Marielle Prince

Marielle Prince is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marielle received her MFA from the University of Virginia, where she also taught poetry and composition and served a term as poetry editor of Meridian. Formerly managing editor of Bull City Press and reader for several publications, including The Carolina Quarterly and Best New Poets, Marielle loves the process of bringing new poets and poems into the reading community. Currently, she is supporting this process as a 2014 VIDA Count Intern—compiling data for VIDA’s annual publication of the gender breakdown of bylines in the nation’s top literary journals. Marielle’s own poems have appeared in print and online thanks to journals such as 32 Poems, The Collagist, The Greensboro Review, Lumina, Shenandoah, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Wacccamaw.

Barbara Rogan

Barbara Rogan was born in New York City and raised on Long Island. Two years after moving to Israel, at the age of 24, she launched the Barbara Rogan Literary Agency, which represented American and European publishers and agents for the sale of Hebrew rights, and Israeli writers for the sale of foreign rights. During this period her first novel, CHANGING STATES, was published simultaneously in England, the U.S., and Israel. Several years later, she sold the agency and, with husband and child, returned to New York. Since then she has produced eight more novels and co-produced a second son. Her fiction has been translated widely and graciously reviewed. Her most recently mystery,  A DANGEROUS FICTION, was declared “required reading” by the New York Post. About SUSPICION, The Washington Post wrote, “If you can put this book down before you’ve finished it, it’s possible that your heart may have stopped beating.” “What Bonfire of the Vanities tried to be,” Library Journal wrote of SAVING GRACE; and CAFÉ NEVO was termed “unforgettable” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “an inspired, passionate work of fiction, a near-magical novel” by Kirkus Review. Barbara has taught fiction writing at Hofstra University and SUNY Farmingdale, and currently teaches online courses on writing and revising fiction at Writers Digest’s online school and in her own Next Level Workshops. She blogs about the craft and business of writing at In Cold Ink, and can be found on Twitter at @RoganBarbara.

Amy Schutzer

Amy Schutzer’s second novel, Spheres of Disturbance, was published in April 2014 by Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, and is a finalist for a 2015 Oregon Book Award. Her first novel, Undertow (Calyx Books, 2000), was a Lambda Literary Award finalist, a Violet Quill Award finalist, and a Today’s Librarian “Best of 2000” Award-winner. She is the recipient of an Astraea Grant for Fiction and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Finishing Line Press published Taking the Scarecrows Down, a chapbook of her poetry, in 2011. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of national literary reviews and magazines. She lives in the SE wilds of Portland, Oregon with her partner Patricia, one dog, one big cat, and too many houseplants to name. For more information on Amy’s writing and books: http://www.amyschutzer.com

Katherine D. Stutzman

Katherine D. Stutzman’s stories have appeared in Everyday Genius, Bound Off, jmww, and The Summerset Review, among other journals.  She holds an MFA in fiction from Penn State University.  She was a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow in 2013. She currently lives, writes, and teaches in Philadelphia. Find her online at katherinedstutzman.com.

Katie Sherman

Katie Sherman is a Brooklyn-based writer whose DIY, beauty, and lifestyle work has appeared in Vogue, Verily, and Birchbox. She’s naturally curious — which explains the flamenco dancing, roller skating, poetry writing, and endless tweeting. For more, visit katie.contently.com or follow @katieshermanink.

Kristin Thiel

Informed by her early work life as a substitute teacher, AmeriCorps literacy program coordinator, and nonprofit theater fund-raiser (and probably not a little bit by her time in pet-tag manufacturing–you have to write about something!), Kristin has been a professional in the world of words for the past decade. After the Christian Science Monitor and the Rake magazine published her nonfiction in 2004, she went on to focus on writing book reviews (the Oregonian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Rain Taxi, the Star Tribune, among others) and arts articles (Christian Science Monitor, PDX Magazine, LivePDX). She’s worked as an editor for more than a decade—for individuals before they submit to agents or independently publish, publishing houses such as Coffee House Press and Simon & Schuster, and organizations such as Lewis & Clark College and Portland State University.  A short story of hers is in Men Undressed: Women Writers and the Male Sexual Experience (Other Voices Books), and new essays are forthcoming in the Prague Revue (when she fills in as guest columnist for Cris Mazza), and in a book published by Seal Press. She read at Powell’s Burnside, for the second time this fall.

Rachel Turner

Rachel the magnificent born one rainy day in the cold mysterious land of Chatteris, that rested so calmly in Great Britain. Daughter of gods and kings, slaver of many a cup of tea. A woman born into this land of men she toiled somewhat triumphantly at the English education system. Finding godly solace and great power in the arts, honing her skills over the ad breaks of top gear she found something evil lurking on the horizon. Her endless challenges have led her to the titanous grip of University. Locked in a deadly battle of essays, surviving on pot noodles and bread crusts. No one can truly know how this battle of wills, intelligence and student loans will end.

Boyce Upholt

Boyce Upholt is a writer and editor based in Cleveland, Miss. He is contributing writer to Delta Magazine and regular contributor to Mississippi magazine, and his essays and journalism have also appeared in Roads & Kingdoms, Sugar & Rice, Politics Magazine, and Philadelphia City Paper. A founding editor of the online literary journal land that I live, Boyce is a current MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College.

Kristen Valentine

Kristen Valentine is a writer and graphic designer in Columbus, Ohio. She likes bourbon, hotels, vintage cameras, and Oxford commas. She was raised by Law & Order reruns.

Kristin Vukovic

After graduating magna cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in Literature and Writing, Kristin completed an MFA degree in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, during which she was Editor-in-Chief of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and held an editorial internship at The New Yorker’s “Goings On About Town.” A freelance writer and editor whose feature articles have appeared in The Daily Beast, Wall Street Journal India, Forbes India, Condé Nast Traveller India, and Culture, Kristin has also contributed to ISLANDS, Wine Enthusiast, and Food & Wine, among others. She has worked as a freelance Reporter at Condé Nast Traveler and a freelance Researcher at InStyle and Vogue. In-between positions, travel writing assignments have taken her to India, Croatia, Argentina, and the Maldives, among other incredible corners of the world. Kristin is a Contributing Writer at Organic Spa Magazine and a freelance Travel Expert for Jetsetter.com, where she helps clients customize itineraries to Croatia and writes copy for the site. She is working on a novel about two rival cheese makers on a divided Croatian island. She lives in Manhattan with her entrepreneurial Sikh husband and Japanese Chin, Sachi.

Laurnie Wilson

Laurnie’s creative writing career began with a short story about her first grade teacher, entitled, If You Give Mrs. Moore an Apple. Since then, she has dabbled in historical fiction, blogging, and more contemporary work. Laurnie has always been a morning person and finds it easiest to write when she’s just woken up. She is also a firm believer in pencils, paper, and physical books. When she isn’t writing, you can find her eating or baking (but probably both). Additionally, Laurnie enjoys meditation, yoga, and food photography, as well as adventure and travel. She is currently a junior studying Creative Writing, History, and German at Carnegie Mellon University.

Kyra Young

Kyra Young was born in Lander Wy. She was adopted at three days old and was raised on a farm in Siletz, OR. In 4-H she showed sheep, cattle, dogs, and horses mainly, as well as goats and rabbits. She attends Oregon State University and is a 5th Generation Beaver. She loves to go for walks with her dog and ride her horse, Sully. Kyra is excited to be getting married in August, 2015 and she can’t wait to become more involved in her writing after graduating this June.