Featured Writer Lalita Noronha is a research scientist, writer, teacher and editor from India. Recipient of a Fulbright travel grant to the U.S., she has a Ph.D. in Microbiology (St. Louis University School of Medicine). She has worked at the National Institutes of Health and in the biopharmaceutical industry, overseeing programs in areas of cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory and renal physiology, and has taught at St. Paul’s School for Girls. Her scientific papers and abstracts have been published in over a hundred journals. Her literary work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies such as The Christian Science Monitor, Gargoyle, Catholic Digest, Asian Pacific American Journal, Reed, and Crab Orchard Review. She is the author of a short story collection, Where Monsoons Cry (BlackWords Press) which won the Maryland Literary Arts Award and a new poetry chapbook, Her Skin Phyllo-thin (Finishing Line Press.)Others credits include a Maryland Individual Artist Award (fiction) and Dorothy Daniels National League of American Pen Women. She currently serves as a fiction editor for the Baltimore Review. Her website is http://www.lalitanoronha.wordpress.com
Anonymous, the author of “Diversity in Academia,” teaches college-level English in a small town. She loves her students and draws her inspiration from them.
Jean Free received a Master of Arts in Poetry from Johns Hopkins University, where she also works in undergraduate student life. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including The Free State Review, String Poet, Lines + Stars, The Sewanee Theological Review, The Raintown Review, and The Rotary Dial. Jean lives in Baltimore City with her husband, Jason, and their eight-year-old daughter, Eva.
Once upon a time, Eddie Jeffrey was a cemetery groundskeeper. Now he works for University of Maryland School of Medicine where, in 1807, a mob destroyed an anatomy theater for fear the cadavers used for instruction there were being provided by grave robbers. He received his Master’s in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and is an editor for The Baltimore Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in O-Dark-Thirty, Thrice Fiction, Chaffey Review, BlazeVOX, JazzTimes, and the Alexandria Times.
Kerry Graham lives, teaches, writes, runs, and photographs in Baltimore, MD. Her work has been featured in 20 Something Magazine and elephant journal. She hopes her severe case of wanderlust never fades.
Amy Lynwander has a Masters in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She is an administrator and co-owner of Baltimore Ghost Tours. Her essays have appeared in The Boston Globe and other publications. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with her family.
Holly Morse-Ellington’s articles and essays have appeared in Outside In, Baltimore Fishbowl, Smile, Hon, You’re In Baltimore, Urbanite, The Journal of Homeland Security, and The Washington Times. Anthologies include Whereabouts: Stepping Out Of Place and FreshlySqueezed: A “Write Here, Write Now” Anthology. She is a fiction editor for the Baltimore Review and the incoming Vice President of the Maryland Writers’ Association. Holly writes as a consultant for a Federal grants review contractor, LCG, Inc. Her website is www.hollyneat.com.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
Michael Salcman, poet, physician and art historian, served as chairman of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland and president of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. He lectures widely about art and the brain, including on The Knowledge Network of The New York Times. Recent poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review, New Letters, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore and Ontario Review. Featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily and All Things Considered, his work has received six nominations for a Pushcart Prize. He is the author of four chapbooks and two collections, The Clock Made of Confetti, nominated for The Poets’ Prize, and The Enemy of Good Is Better (Orchises, 2011). Poetry in Medicine, his anthology of classic and contemporary poems on doctors and diseases, is forthcoming (Persea Books, 2015). Special Lecturer in the Osher Institute at Towson University, Salcman is a poetry editor at The Baltimore Review and consulting editor in art for The Little Patuxent Review.