Inara Cedrins is an artist, writer and translator from Latvian to English. Her piece from Chicago Facades is about her experience during her artist’s residency at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Housing wasn’t included in the residency, and so she stayed at a homeless shelter on West Harrison and one in the basement of a church in Lincoln Park; at the Lincoln Park Conservatory where she was a docent; as well as in Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods.
R.M. Cooper‘s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Fugue, Portland Review, Berkeley Fiction Review (2014 Berkeley Sudden Fiction Award recipient), Whiskey Island, Paper Nautilus, and Ellipsis, among others. Cooper lives in central Iowa and is the founder and managing editor of Sequestrum (www.sequestrum.org).
José Hernández Díaz is an MFA candidate in poetry at Antioch University-Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley. His work has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Progressive, The Acentos Review, Bombay Gin, Foothill, Huizache, Metazen, Blazevox, and others. He has served as an editor for Lunch Ticket, and Floricanto Press.
John Estes directs the creative writing program at Malone University in Canton, Ohio and is on the faculty of Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA. He is author of Kingdom Come (C&R Press, 2011) and two chapbooks: Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoön (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and Swerve, which won a 2008 National Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America. You can read more at johnestes.org
Jeremy Freedman is an artist and writer in New York City. His photographs have been exhibited in Europe and the United States and have been recently featured in Hothouse, Redivider, the Monarch Review, the Citron Review and the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Cartagena, Eclectica, Otoliths, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Orbis, and elsewhere. More work can be seen at jfreenyc.com.
Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe, and he has had 9 one person shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum, The Guggenheim Museum,The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 his paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 200 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment For The Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, The Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant, and in 2010 he received a grant from Artists’ Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at the United Federation of Teachers Program in Brooklyn.
Daniel Harnsberger has been teaching at inner city high schools in Salt Lake City and Washington D.C. for the past eight years. Recently Dan won a Utah Education Association Excellence in Teaching award. Dan is currently working on a memoir that he hopes will bring to life the real difficulties that he has faced as a teacher while also revealing what he has gained in life from his profession.
JJ Chen Henderson, M.D., Ph.D., writes fiction and poetry. Her recent works appear or are forthcoming in Poetry East, The Comstock Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Buddhist Poetry Review, Concho River, Second Voice Anthology by TSR Publishing, ELJ Publications, and SLANT. JJ grew up in China; currently she is thriving in a windy and dusty town in West Texas with her husband and their eleven-year-old daughter, Kate.
Corey Larue is from the East Bay Area of Northen California. Currently he lives in Boston, MA where he is pursuing his Masters of Fine Art in Painting at Boston University.
Sunsun Liu is a Chinese photographer and visual artist who lives and works in London. Her work often focuses on the diasporic nature of modern life, especially from a female viewpoint. The way she uses water and builds a narrative within photographs is her style. Her photography projects were exhibited in Iniva Gallery London, London Gallery West, Cardiff Chapter Arts Centre and Ambika P3 Gallery London. Please see more of her photographs on: http://www.sunsunliu.com
David Byron Queen was raised in Northeast Ohio. He holds a BA in Culture & Media from Eugene Lang College, and his short fiction has appeared in Everyday Genius. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kate Salvi is an internationally known artist who has been exhibiting and selling her photographs and paintings everywhere from Providence to NYC to Germany for about five years. After she received the People’s Choice Award at Chabot Fine Art Gallery in June 2006, Kate decided to expand her photo greeting card company. They are now sold in 23 flower shops & boutiques throughout RI where she currently resides. Most recently, Kate has been published in International magazines and literary journals like Litro out of London to NW Creative Magazine based out of Seattle. Kate hopes to continue exhibiting and selling her work while working on publishing her first book within the next few years which will include much of her artwork as well as a few written chapters. You may view her exhibits, diverse portfolio of photos and abstract paintings, publications and donations @ http://www.katesalviphotography.vpweb.com https://www.facebook.com/kate.salvi.54