2005 saw the publication of Christopher Barnes’ collection LOVEBITES, published by Chanticleer Press, 6/1 Jamaica Mews, Edinburgh.

Julian Bernick has been published in print in L'Ouverture, 100 Words, Word Outta Buffalo, and Poetry Motel, and online in 42opus and Whimperbang. He lives and works in Minneapolis.

Kevin Casey is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and received his graduate degree at the University of Connecticut. His work has been accepted by The Orange Room Review, Small Print Magazine, Frostwriting, Turtle Island Review, The Monarch Review, and others. He currently teaches literature at a small university in Maine, where he enjoys fishing, snowshoeing and hiking.

Charles Evans is an artist and author based in the Midwest. More information can be found at www.charlesdevans.com.

Daniel Gabriel's published work includes a short story collection, Tales From the Tinker's Dam (Whistling Shade Press), a novel, Twice a False Messiah (Florida Academic Press) and, as editor, the forthcoming anthology of student writing, Punch at the Wild Tornado. He is a lifelong vagabond traveler who has taken camelback, tramp freighter, and third class train through over 100 countries. Currently he is statewide Arts Program Director for COMPAS.

Pamela Hammond was born in Chicago, grew up in Southern California, and now lives in Santa Monica. She earned a bachelor's degree from UCLA and a master's from California State University, Northridge. She has published two chapbooks, Encounters (2011) and Clearing (2012) through Red Berry Editions, Fairfax, Calif. Also, her work has appeared in many journals in the past two years, including Assisi, Tulane Review, Crack the Spine!, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Born in South Dakota and educated at Stanford University and the University of Minnesota, Margaret Hasse makes her home in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She is author of four collections of poetry, including the latest, Earth's Appetite. Her poems have been published in anthologies such as Where One Voice Ends, Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry and in journals such as WaterStone, Poetry East, and Poet Lore. Awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Loft-McKnight.

Chuck Holmes used to live in the Twin Cities. He floated down the Mississippi in an old wooden rowboat, all the way from Minneapolis to New Orleans. Within the last year, he has had a story published in the Vermillion Literary Project; poems published by Surfpea Press in Sioux Falls, as part of an anthology; an essay about a man who ran the roller coaster in Arnolds Park on Lake Okoboji in Iowa History Illustrated; poems in South Dakota Magazine; and a long poem about Amy Winehouse read by Lit Undressed, an Omaha group which does readings in the nude.

Ted King is a jazz poet and performer. He is the author of two books: the Dishwasher, the dancer, and the Subatomic Particle, and New Beat – Jazz Infused Poems. And also a word jazz CD, Close To The Cool. Ted is a member of The Minneapolis Writers Workshop.

Mary Logue writes mysteries, children’s books and has published 5 books of poetry. She loves lakes, trees, poodles and her guy, fellow writer Pete Hautman.

Nancy Carol Moody is the author of Photograph With Girls (Traprock Books) and has just completed a new collection titled The House of Nobody Home. She can be found online at www.nancycarolmoody.com.

Tom Pescatore grew up outside Philadelphia dreaming of the endless road ahead, carrying the idea of the fabled West in his heart. He maintains a poetry blog: amagicalmistake.blogspot.com. His work has been published in literary magazines both nationally and internationally but he'd rather have them carved on the Walt Whitman bridge or on the sidewalks of Philadelphia's old Skid Row. His chapbooks Trapped in the Night, Shave and A Magical Mistake appeared in 2013.

Rob Plath is a 43-year-old writer from New York. Allen Ginsberg once tutored him for two years before he died in 1997. He has published a lot with the small presses, including eight chapbooks, three full-length collections and a play. Rob’s first novel is coming out this year. He is most noted for his infamous collection titled A Bellyful of Anarchy (epic rites press 2009).

Justin Teerlinck is a recent occupational therapy graduate living in the Portland, Oregon area, where he is learning how to place his writing skills and sense of the absurd in service to people with disabilities. His response to most standardized test questions is, "Meow don't know this theoretical construct. Meow try again please?"

Joel Van Valin is the publisher of Whistling Shade—which, sadly, is not a salaried position. His paying gigs include working as a paper boy, fast food server, department store clerk, ice cream truck driver, corn pollinator, cook’s help and technical writer (his current occupation).

Daniel Wallock is eighteen years old, has published a few short books, and his writing has appeared in Burningword, Wild Quarterly, Paragraph Planet, ExFic, The Vending Machine Press, and The Bolt Magazine. He's received four writing awards including first place in San Jose State University's Nonfiction Short Story Contest. Find Daniel at his website: Danielwallock.com.

Marie Sheppard Williams is a Minneapolis writer and poet. She has been awarded many prizes for her work. Her poetry has been published in Poetry East, The Sun Magazine, Ted Kooser's newspaper column, and previously in Whistling Shade.