Naomi Beeman is the Development Writing and Research Manager at The 5th Avenue Theatre by day and experimental prose writer by night. She spent ten years teaching modern through contemporary interdisciplinary humanities courses and German language at five universities in the United States and two in Germany, before leaving academia to move to Seattle in 2016. She holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Emory University in Comparative Literature. Her articles on European literature, philosophy, psychoanalysis, visual art, and film are published and forthcoming in Modern Language Notes, Monatshefte, Short Film Studies, Journal of the Kafka Society of America, and other edited volumes.
cris cheek (cris cris) is a documentary performance writer, sound composer, and photographer, living in Cincinnati and teaching at Miami University in Ohio. Most recent publication, Pickles & Jams (BlazeVOX Books, 2017).
Erica Martz is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner. She lives in Seattle, WA.
Erin L. McCoy holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Washington. Her poem “Futures” was selected by Natalie Diaz for inclusion in Best New Poets 2017. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Cimarron Review, The Tusculum Review, and other publications. She is Acquisitions Editor for Entre Ríos Books, and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and the Oakley Hall III Memorial Scholarship to attend the Community of Writers in Squaw Valley, California, among other awards. She is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her website is erinlmccoy.com.
Sierra Nelson is a Seattle-based poet, performer, and installation artist. Her books include I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press, 2002) and forthcoming books The Lachrymose Report (Poetry NW Editions) and Vis-à-Vis Society collaborative project 100 Rooms (Entre Ríos). She is president of the Cephalopod Appreciation Society and her poems have appeared in the Slovenian Natural History Museum, and elsewhere. For more info: songsforsquid.tumblr.com.
Jay Aquinas Thompson lives with his family in Seattle, where he teaches creative writing to incarcerated women. His poetry, essays, and criticism appear or are forthcoming in Full Stop, Fog Machine, Sprung Formal, Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, The Stockholm Review of Literature, Berfrois, The Conversant, Kenyon Review Online, THEthe Poetry, and Poetry Northwest, where he’s a contributing editor.
Keith Tuma is the author of Climbing into the Orchestra (The Mute Canary, 2017), On Leave: A Book of Anecdotes (Salt, 2011), The Paris Hilton (Critical Documents, 2009), Holiday in Tikrit (Critical Documents, 2005, with Justin Katko), Fishing by Obstinate Isles: Modern and Postmodern British Poetry and American Readers (Northwestern, 1998), and other books and articles. He is the editor of Anthology of 20th Century British and Irish Poetry (Oxford University Press, New York, 2001), Mina Loy: Woman and Poet (NPF, 1998, with Maeera Shreiber), and other books. He is a Professor of English at Miami University in Ohio and Editor of the Miami University Press.
Harris Wheeler is a poet and sculptor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Their work looks for the intersection of language and sculpture, usually arriving at the body. They are interested in blurring the lines between art and lived experience.
Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and five books of poetry: c.c. (Krupskaya Books, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn Publising, 2008), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011), and Howell (Atelos Books, 2011). A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile Books in 2017. A new book of poetry, As Iz, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in fall 2018.