Sejal Patel plays lawyer by day and writer by night. A graduate of Northwestern Law School and Harvard Divinity School, her essays have been published in Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, BrevityMagazine, and other journals. She is a native Houstonian who spent nine years shoveling snow in Boston and now lives in sunny San Francisco with her husband and two daughters. Her favorite authors include Anton Chekov, William Shakespeare, Toni Morrison, her daughters, and all of her writer friends. @www.sejalhpatel.com
Janelle Drumwright is a teacher and the assistant director at The Writers Studio Tucson in Arizona, a branch of the New York-based creative writing school founded by Philip Schultz, 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner in Poetry. Her work has previously appeared in the Mulberry Fork Review and the Naugatuck River Review. Learn more at janellewrites.com.
Marléne Zadig (rhymes with "train a bad pig") is a born and bred Californian living in Berkeley and has an MFA from UMD. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Slice, Pithead Chapel, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. She’s a 2015 Best of the Net nominee, believes beer is a food, and is a sucker for Cormac McCarthy, Marilynne Robinson, Denis Johnson, Eudora Welty, and Roxane Gay. She is currently writing her second novel and loiters online @MarleneZadig.
Brooke is a hard-bitten literary gunner who has holstered her engineering career in favor of raising her four kids with her hubby, Matt. With four novels and a whole passel of short stories on her bandolier, she currently serves as the President of DFW Writers’ Workshop and squeezes in freelance writing gigs whenever possible. Follow her on Twitter @BAFossey.
Patrick Roesle is from New Jersey. He has an inordinate love for Herman Melville and enjoys fiction that subtilizes one’s understanding of the world. His other interests include mathematics, astronomy, and behaviorism; he is proficient in none of them. He once wrote a novel called The Zeroes and blogs at Beyond Easy.
Eva Langston received her MFA from the University of New Orleans, and her fiction has been published in The Normal School, Café Irreal, Pif, and the GW Review, among others. She recently obtained representation from Conville & Walsh, and she works part-time as a college math tutor. Follow her adventures at inthegardenofeva.com.
Matthew has attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and he graduated from UT Dallas. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas. He loves traveling and hates cold weather. His favorite authors are David Benioff, Aimee Bender, Amy Hempel, and of course, Raymond Carver. He has been the Editor since 2007.
Jocelyn is a poet and a northern California native. She is pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, where she teaches writing to undergraduates and edits Meridian. Her favorite novelists are those whose books, in her estimation, are essentially poems and include Faulkner, Woolfe, Toni Morrison, and Jonathan Safran Foer.
Ryan James is a proud alumnus of Ohio University. He now works as a writer and web marketing guru. Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami, and James Salter are amongst his favorite authors.
Rio's primary love is storytelling. The foundational story--whether it be in dance, music, or film--has always been the main draw for him. He loves the short story form and wishes short stories got more of their due. He was born in Manila, Philippines, but has lived in Southern California for most of my life.