Anne Valente’s debut short story collection, By Light We Knew Our Names, released from Dzanc Books in October 2014. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook, An Elegy for Mathematics. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in One Story, Ninth Letter, Hayden’s Ferry Review and The Normal School, among others, and her essays appear in The Believer and The Washington Post.


Heather Cox is the founding editor of Ghost Ocean Magazine and the chapbook press Tree Light Books. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, [PANK], Mid-American Review, Front Porch, Boxcar Poetry Review, Ghost Proposal, and elsewhere. She is a 2013 Luminarts Fellow and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Heather lives in Chicago with her wife and their two dogs and can be found online at


M. Ann Hull has had work published in Barrow Street, Mid-American Review, 32 Poems and Quarterly West, amongst others. She has won the Ed Ochester Award for Poetry and the Academy of American Poets Prize. She is a former poetry editor of Black Warrior Review and holds an MFA from the University of Alabama. She works in the Writing Program at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.


Vallie Lynn Watson’s debut novel, A River So Long, was published by Luminis Books in 2012. Her Pushcart-nominated work appears in PANK, decompE, Gargoyle, and dozens of other magazines. Receiving a PhD from the Center for Writers, she teaches at UNC Wilmington and is the editor of Cape Fear Review.


Joanna Ruocco is the author of several books including Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith from Fiction Collective Two & most recently Dan from Dorothy, a Publishing Project. She co-edits Birkensnake, a fiction journal with Brian Conn.