Ana Balka is a copy editor, writer, and songwriter living in Kiln, Mississippi and Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their cat and dog, Lisa and Lou. Ana is associate editor of the Bay St. Louis, Mississippi webzine The Shoofly.
Devon Balwit, a poet and educator from Portland, Oregon, says: “Every morning, I throw a frisbee to my dog, using the height of his leaps to judge the fortunes of my day. Then I write and write, trying to produce a thing of beauty or at least interest. My poetry found more than 60 homes in 2016, some of which are: Oyez, Timberline Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Rattle, The Cape Rock, Third Wednesday, Red Paint Hill, and Emerge Literary Journal.”
Gayle Bell’s work has been featured in numerous anthologies, print and online publications. In 2013-2014 she was co-docent for My Immovable Truth-A Dallas Lineage. She facilitated her and other GLBTQYs’ oral history and performance, sponsored by MAP (Make Art With Purpose), at the African American Museum of Dallas.
A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Lana Bella is an author of three chapbooks: Under My Dark (Crisis Chronicles Press, 2016), Adagio (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Dear Suki: Letters (Platypus 2412 Mini Chapbook Series, 2016). Her poetry and fiction have appeared in over 330 journals, including 2River, California Quarterly, Chiron Review, Columbia Journal, Otoliths, Poetry Salzburg Review, San Pedro River Review, The Ilanot Review, Third Wednesday, Tipton Poetry Journal, and Westwind. She resides in the U.S. and the coastal town of Nha Trang, Vietnam, where she is a mom of two far-too-clever-frolicsome imps.
Judith Camann, a poet, education specialist, and business owner, lives in the Pacific Northwest, riding motorcycles with her husband. She co-founded the writing groups Overcoming Oranges and Parents Are Writers Too. Presently an MFA candidate, she also holds degrees in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education as well as an M.Ed. in Counseling. She claims a lifetime of madness has carried her thus far, questioning how that very same madness has not yet killed her. She hopes her poetic voice captures the functions of the mind calling attention to the ways in which we walk through whatever life presents. She has been or is slated to be featured in anthologies from Main Street Rag and Weasel Press.
Laura Chaignon is a twenty-one-year-old Paris-based author and a graduate student at Sorbonne University, where she studies the effects of artificial intelligences’ creativity on the world of literature. She is primarily a French author but enjoys writing poetry in English.
After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans, Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made videos with poetry videographers Michael Dickes, Swoon and Marie Craven.
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran makes her living at the intersection of art and faith in Charlotte, North Carolina. Poetry is her first love, but she enjoys the written word in all forms.
Maureen Fielding is an associate professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State Brandywine. Her work has appeared in Rubbertop Review, Amarillo Bay, Westview, and other journals. She is working on a novel inspired by her experiences as a Russian intercept operator in West Berlin during the Cold War.
Britt Ford loves big words and high kicks, poetry and post-modern performance. She is an Atlanta-based dance artist and poet interested in creating interdisciplinary performance that collapses genres and allows for a conversation between that which is of the body and that which is of language.
Hester L. (“Lee”) Furey is a literary historian and poet, author of Little Fish: Poems (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and the editor of Dictionary of Literary Biography 345: American Radical and Reform Writers, Second Series. With Mike Rovinsky, in 2015 she self-published the first episode of Love & Revolution, a graphic novel about the artists and writers who worked for the magazine The Masses (1911-1917). Her work focuses on marginal creatures and dancing with the stories that house/imprison us. “The Night Mama Outran Fatboy’s Cadillac” was originally published online at The Whistling Fire (August 23, 2012).
Richard Gess (Guest Editor) is a writer, musician, and visual artist from Decatur, Georgia. He has an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and was most recently published in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet 25, Bound Off 78, and Eyedrum Periodically 6 and 10. He guest-edited Eyedrum Periodically 6 (Backwards). His novel-in-progress has the working title The Light of Television.
Samara Golabuk is a previous Pushcart nominee whose work has appeared in Strong Verse, The Whistling Fire, 5×5, and others. She has two children, has recently returned to university to complete her BA in Creative Writing, and is a long-time member of a weekly poetry workshop group.
Daniel Gold is a fiction writer from Decatur, Georgia. He is currently working toward an MFA in creative writing at the City College of New York.
Ann Howells edits Illya’s Honey, the literary journal of the Dallas Poets Community, recently taking it digital: www.IllyasHoney.com. Her publications are: Black Crow in Flight (Main Street Rag), Under a Lone Star (Village Books), Letters for My Daughter (Flutter), and Cattlemen & Cadillacs, an anthology of Dallas/Fort Worth poets she edited. She has four Pushcart nominations.
Miriam C. Jacobs is an alumnus of the University of Chicago and teaches college writing, literature, and humanities. Her poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Exit 271 (Georgia Writers Association), Reform Jewish Quarterly, Jewish Literary Journal, The East Coast Literary Review, and Calliope, among other publications. Jacobs is the editor of Eyedrum Periodically, the art/literature journal of Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery, Atlanta. Her chapbook of poems, The Naked Prince, was published by Fort!/Da? Books in September 2013.
Laurie Kolp lives in Southeast Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She has recently returned to teaching after a 14-year hiatus during which she published a full-length collection of poetry, Upon the Blue Couch (Winter Goose Publishing) and the chapbook Hello, it’s Your Mother (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have recently appeared in concīs, Bracken, Up the Staircase, The Leveler, and PITH. Learn more at www.lauriekolp.com.
Robert McPeak is a high school English teacher in West Virginia. In his time off he enjoys playing guitar and hiking the Appalachian Trail. His fiction has recently appeared in The Vignette Review and Riverbabble.
Patricia Percival is the author of the chapbook, Bargain with the Speed of Light, published by Kattywompus Press in 2015. She lives in Atlanta and spends most of her spare time trimming boxwoods and weeding—excuses to stay outdoors and let her mind wander. Read her work at: https://www.sixfold.org/PoFall13/Percival.html.
Peter Peteet says: “I am a 58-year-old man living where I was born, married to the mother of my two sons. I wrestle a living as well as some drinks from this culture I must claim by wrenching on these beasts called cars, which poison our air and propel us in remarkable orbits and spectacular crashes. I’m grateful to have been published twice before by Eyedrum Periodically.”
Jessica Ramsey is a Drawing, Painting and Printmaking major at Georgia State University. “The illustrations here are all part of the same series, which peeks into a suburb in a fictional America, where all of our fears about our neighbors, government, and ourselves, are true. It is about personal demons and all the skeletons in the family closet, and what would happen if we had to contend with them literally. Although the theme of ‘Drunken’ is not dealt with in the literal sense, a running theme throughout the pieces is the intoxicating nature of both ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ and dogmatic thought.”
Janette Schafer is a writer and singer from the Pittsburgh area She recently won a Maenad Fellowship through Chatham University. Last year, she was an ARTS Mode Fellowship winner through New Sun Rising for playwriting. The resulting play from that fellowship, northeastsouthwest, won the Spirit of the Fringe Award at the 2015 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival.
Sarah Dickenson Snyder’s first full-length collection of poetry, The Human Contract, is forthcoming from Aldrich Press; her first chapbook, Notes from a Nomad, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. In May 2016 she was a 30/30 Project Poet for Tupelo Press.
Alec Solomita’s fiction has appeared in, among other publications, The Mississippi Review, Southwest Review, and Ireland’s Southword Journal. He’s published poetry in Literary Orphans, Silver Birch Press, Rat’s Ass Review, Algebra of Owls, Driftwood Press, The Fourth River, and elsewhere.
Alan Walowitz has been published various places on the web and off. He’s a Contributing Editor at Verse-Virtual, an Online Community Journal of Poetry, and teaches at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. and St. John’s University in Queens. His chapbook, Exactly Like Love, is available from Osedax Press.
V.E. Willis is the co-editor of Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music and Subculture, and her writing has appeared in Reading Joss Whedon, The Journal of American Culture, and At Home in the Whedonverse: Domestic Entanglements in the Works of Joss Whedon. This is her first foray into creative non-fiction.
Marshall Yarbrough is a writer and translator. His translations, from German, of work by Anna Katharina Hahn and Wolfram Lotz have appeared in n+1, InTranslation.org, and in the journal SAND. His critical writing has appeared in Electric Literature, Full-Stop.net, Tiny Mix Tapes, The Rumpus, and The Brooklyn Rail, where he is assistant music editor. He lives in New York City.