Crystal Simone Smith
Crystal is the author of Routes Home, (Finishing Line Press, 2013) Running Music, (Longleaf Press, 2014), and Wild Flowers: haiku, senryu, and haibun, (2016). Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Frogpond, African American Review, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA at Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Durham, NC. She teaches Creative Writing, English Composition, and Literature.
Adrienne is a Cave Canem fellow, whose poems have been published in Obsidian, Alimentum, Falling Star, Silk Road, and others. She earned her Bachelors in English from the University of Michigan, and her Masters in Creative Writing from Pacific University.
Jonathan is the author of That Peculiar Affirmative: On the Social Life of Poems and the editor in chief and poetry editor of At Length. He lives in Durham, NC, and teaches middle and high school English.
Daniel is the author of When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His poetry and photography can be found in The Los Angeles Review, Gargoyle, MiPOesias, Yemassee, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and he lives in Long Beach, CA. He loves football, but he bleeds Dodger Blue… A lot…
Shannon C. Ward
Shannon is author of the poetry chapbook, Blood Creek (Longleaf Press, 2013). A recipient of the Foley Poetry Award, the White Oak Kitchen Prize in Southern Poetry, and the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize, Ward has also been a resident fellow at Yaddo, Norton Island, Brush Creek Ranch, and the Anderson Center. She received an MFA in Poetry from North Carolina State University in 2009. Shannon was raised in a renovated slaughterhouse on the outskirts of Wilmington, Ohio.