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How 'bout 'em!Featured Writer:  Emerging writer Amanda Doran lives in Baltimore, Maryland where she was born and raised. She teaches middle school English and creative writing. She earned a BS in English from Towson University and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. This is her first story published in a national literary journal.

Gale Acuff has published poetry in Ascent, Ohio Journal, Adirondack Review, Florida Review, Carolina Quarterly, Poem, Sequential Art Narrative in Education, and many other journals. He has authored three books of poetry, including The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2008). He has taught university English in the U.S., China, and the Palestinian West Bank.

Jeff Burt lives in Santa Cruz County, California. He grew up in Wisconsin, was tempered in Texas and Nebraska, and found a home in California, though the landscapes of the Midwest still populate much of his work. He has work in or forthcoming in Clerestory, The Cortland Review, Spry, Eclectica, and Storm Cellar, and won the 2011 SuRaa short fiction award.

D. Gilson is the author of Crush (Punctum Books, 2014), with Will Stockton; Brit Lit (Sibling Rivalry, 2013); and Catch & Release (2012), winner of the Robin Becker Prize. He is a PhD candidate in American literature & cultural studies at The George Washington University, and his work has appeared in PANK, The Indiana Review, and The Rumpus, and as a notable essay in Best American Essays. Find D. at dgilson.com.

Enid Kassner writes, rides her bike, and teaches yoga in Arlington, Virginia, where she lives with her two aging Westies. She has an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins and her work has appeared in Elephant Journal and Taking the Lane.

M.V. Montgomery is the author of six chapbooks and ten books, including the recent fiction collection Speculations (Winter Goose Publishing, 2015). He also writes screenplays and is currently developing a sci-fi trilogy. His website is mvmontgomery.wordpress.com.

Jed Myers is a Philadelphian living in Seattle. Two of his poetry collections, The Nameless (Finishing Line Press) and Watching the Perseids (winner of the 2013 Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), are 2014 publications. He’s received Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C. Mohr Editors’ Award, the Literal Latte Poetry Award, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and, in the U.K., a Forward Prize nomination. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod International Journal, JAMA, Fugue, Atlanta ReviewPainted Bride Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, The Citron Review, and elsewhere. He works as a psychiatrist with a therapy practice and teaches at the University of Washington. Visit him at http://jedmyers.com/.

Holly Painter is an MFA graduate of the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her poetry has been published in literary journals in the U.S., New Zealand, and Australia, and her first book, Excerpts from a Natural History, will be published by Titus Books later this year. Holly lives with her wife in Singapore, where she writes love poems on behalf of besotted people around the world at hollypainter.com.

Kim Roberts is the author of four books of poems, most recently Fortune’s Favor: Scott in the Antarctic, a series of blank verse sonnets based on the journals of the British explorer whose team was the second to reach the South Pole in 1912 (Poetry Mutual, 2015). She edited the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, D.C. (Plan B Press, 2010), and co-edits the journal Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. Her website: http://www.kimroberts.org.

Heidi Vornbrock Roosa completed her graduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, where she now teaches fiction. Her work has appeared in Pear Noir!, Literary Mama, Paper Nautilus, and South Dakota Review, among other journals.

Having retired from a career in psychology, Kenneth Weene turned to his dream profession, novelist. With five novels published, the most recent “Times to Try the Soul of Man,” Ken has developed a keen interest in marketing. A willing sharer, Ken can be reached on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+, or via his website, the Internet radio show he co-hosts, or The Write Room Blog. To buy his books, which of course you want to do,  visit http://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Weene/e/B002M3EMWU

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