Featured Writer Mary Jo Salter is the author of seven collections of poetry, all published by Alfred A. Knopf, including the 2013 volume Nothing By Design. She is also a lyricist and playwright, and the author of a children’s book, The Moon Comes Home. A former poetry editor of The New Republic, she is a co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Having taught at Mount Holyoke College for many years, she is now Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at The Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Anonymous is a painter and poet who lives in Boston, Mass. He is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking program at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and studied poetry at the University of Edinburgh. He was an educator in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Caryn Coyle’s fiction has been published in several literary journals including Cobalt Review, Gargoyle, The Journal (Santa Fe), JMWW, The Little Patuxent Review, Loch Raven Review, Midway Journal, The Potomac, the anthologies City Sages: Baltimore from City Lit Press, and On the Edge from the Missouri State Poetry Society. Her fiction has won awards from the Maryland Writers Association, the Delmarva Review, the Missouri Writer’s Guild, the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and the New Millennium.
Elizabeth Hazen is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2013, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, The Normal School, Bellevue Literary Review, and other journals. She teaches English in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dave Housley‘s second collection of short fiction, If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, will be published in 2015 by Dzanc Books. His work has appeared in Hobart, Mid-American Review, Nerve, Quarterly West, and some other places. He’s one of the founding editors and all around do-stuff people at Barrelhouse magazine, and one of the founders and organizers of the Conversations and Connections writer’s conference, which is held in Washington, D.C. in the Spring and Philadelphia in the Fall.
William Loizeaux is the author of two memoirs, both of which have been recently reissued in paperback and ebook: The Shooting of Rabbit Wells and Anna: A Daughter’s Life, a New York Times Notable Book. His essays and stories have appeared in venues such as The Christian Science Monitor, The American Scholar, TriQuarterly, The Massachusetts Review, and in a number of anthologies. Another essay is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review. He has also published two novels for children: Clarence Cochran: A Human Boy and Wings, which received the 2006 ASPCA Henry Berg Children’s Book Award and was the 2006 Golden Kite Honor Book for Fiction. With his wife, he lives in Boston, where he is Writer-in-Residence at Boston University. The Tumble Inn, from which “Up the Brook” is excerpted, is his first novel for adult readers.
Richard Peabody is a French toast addict and native Washingtonian. He has two new books out—a book of poetry Speed Enforced by Aircraft (Broadkill River Press), and a book of short stories Blue Suburban Skies (Main Street Rag Press). He won the Beyond the Margins “Above & Beyond Award” for 2013. He has edited Gargoyle Magazine since back before Elvis died.
Diane Sward Rapaport has a Masters Degree in Renaissance Literature from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She is the author of How to Make and Sell Your Own Recording and A Music Business Primer, (Prentice Hall); “Getting Younger, Feeling Older,” the introduction to Tai Chi: Health for Life by Bruce Frantzis; and articles in numerous art, travel and environmental magazines. Her book, Home Sweet Jerome: Rescuing a Town from its Ghosts, from which her 3QR story is excerpted, will be published in January 2014 by Johnson Books, a subsidiary of Big Earth Publishing.
Jean Roller taught in Baltimore City Public Schools for three years. She has BA in English from Yale and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins. Her writing has appeared in several publications, including the Baltimore Review, GreenPrints, and the Bolivar Herald-Free Press. She is the author of Hookers, Flankers, & Locks (Bare Knuckles Press). She now lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Chris. For more, see her blog at jeanroller.com.
A.K. Small is a French-American writer. She’s a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts and has studied with writers such as Ann Hood, Caroline Leavitt, and Stewart O’Nan. She has attended The Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, Writers-In-Paradise, as well as Bread Loaf. She writes a column, A French Girl’s View Du Monde, for Barrelhouse magazine. Currently, she’s shopping her first novel, THE RULES OF ADULTERY and finishing her second, RAT-GIRLS. When she’s not writing, she mothers three daughters and takes yoga.