Kyle Anderson is the recipient of a Fulbright. He is a 2014 and
2015 winner of VIA’s Poetry On the Move Contest. His work has
appeared in Voices De La Luna, Blue Hole, and the San Antonio
Express-News. A native New Orleanian, he currently resides in
San Antonio, TX where he teaches world geography. He plays
guitar in a rock and roll band called Levees.
Emily Densten is a recent graduate of Rowan University with a BA in Writing Arts with a Creative Writing concentration. She has been previously published in Spry Literary Magazine, Nib Magazine, and Here Comes Everyone. She blogs at http://www.emilydensten.tumblr.com about trying to act like an adult and her gradual inability to watch a movie without crying.
David Fingerman lives in Minneapolis. He’s published three novels and two books of speculative fiction short stories. He is currently working on a mystery/suspense novel.
Andrey Gritsman, poet and essayist, writes in English and in Russian, and lives in New York City. Author of several collections, he works as a physician but in reality is a daydreamer.
Scott Hotaling has written several articles for Flight Training magazine and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. His screenplay, Five Seventeen, won the 2013 Westfield Screenwriting Award's New York Award for best short script in upstate New York.
Victor Robert Lee has lived and traveled extensively in East Asia, South America and the former Soviet states-territories that serve as settings for his fiction. His current nonfiction reporting from the Asia-Pacific region can be found in The Diplomat and elsewhere. He is the author of the literary espionage novel Performance Anomalies, described by The Japan Times as "a thoroughly original work of fiction."
Mike McCormick is a Saint Paul writer whose work has appeared in a variety of publications, including local journals North Coast Review and Poetry Motel, and was a past winner of the Writer’s Digest Poetry Competition. Mike and his wife Laura like to travel, practice Tai Chi, hike the North Shore, and perplex cats.
Robbie Menge's poetry is inspired by Bob Dylan, English Romantics, and caffeinated Fall car rides. He currently substitute teaches in the Twin Cities. He plans on being a public sector lawyer and free-lance writer.
Irelyn Ruby Ozment is in the first grade. She loves to compose songs and poems with which she regales her parents (who try, whenever there is a pen handy, to transcribe them faithfully).
Nicholas Ozment is on the board of directors of the Rural America Arts Partnership in southeast Minnesota, and he co-edits The Green Blade, the annual literary arts publication of the Rural America Writers' Center. An earlier version of his story "Dead Dog" can be heard performed as a podcast at pseudopod.org. (This is the first time it has appeared in print.)
Patricia Faith Polak, after working on the people side of a "la-dida" investment counsel firm went back for an M.A. in Writing and MFA. She is now published widely in journals from the Lullwater Review to Southern Humanities Review. Her claim to fame: surviving on a search for archaeology countries that have now virtually ceased to exist—Iraq, Syria.
Tony Rauch is an Architect and Urban Designer living in Minneapolis. He has three collections of funky, jazzy, dreamy stories published, most recently What if i got down on my knees? (Whistling Shade Press).
Thomas R. Smith lives in River Falls, Wisconsin and teaches poetry at the Loft Literary Center, where he also serves as a poetry advisor in the Foreword Program. His most recent book of poems is The Foot of the Rainbow (Red Dragonfly Press), and a new collection is forthcoming. He posts poems and blogs at www.thomasrsmithpoet.com.
Patti Sullivan has three books of poems, For The Day, DeerTree Press, Not Fade Away, Finishing Line Press, and At The Boot Memorial Home for Unwed Mothers 1966, which won the Helen Kay Prize from Evening Street Press. She also is a visual artist and lives in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Justin Teerlinck is an occupational therapist 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?”
Marc Tretin is a retired attorney who lives with two rabbits, three cats, an old dog, two adult children and a very patient wife. His life is far happier than his poems.
Joel Van Valin is the publisher of Whistling Shade. His second novel, The Grand Dissolute, is due out any day now! He’d like to thank Sten Johnson and Julian Bernick for their special help in conceiving and shaping the Horror issue.
Joanna M. Weston is married, has two cats, multiple spiders, a herd of deer, and two derelict hen-houses. She has a middlereader, Those Blue Shoes, published by Clarity House Press; and poetry, A Summer Father, published by Frontenac House of Calgary. Her ebooks can be found at her blog: http://www.1960willowtree.wordpress.com
Hanakia Zedek is an International Speaker and Shaman. He was born and raised in Brooklyn NY and is now a resident of the Twin Cities, where he deploys his "Cutting Edge" impeccability training and extrapolations on his experience of Nothingness. His Tao- Zen Verses was published by Whistling Shade Press.