Barbara Alfaro is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Playwriting. Winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Memoir for her memoir Mirror Talk, her poetry has appeared in various literary journals including Poet Lore.


Janis Harper is a BC (Canadian) writer, musician, actor, and former College English instructor turned expressive arts therapist. Her writing can be found in literary journals and anthologies, including two anthologies that she conceived and edited: Body Breakdowns: Tales of Illness and Recovery (Anvil 2007) and Emails From India: Women Write Home (Seraphim 2013).


John Laue has edited Transfer, San Francisco Review and Monterey Poetry Review, and won awards for his writing beginning with the Ina Coolbrith Poetry Prize at The University of California, Berkeley. With five published poetry books (two of 3 line travel poems), the last full length on out last year (A Confluence of Voices Revisited, ((Futurecycle Press)), and a book of prose advice for people psychiatrically diagnosed, he presently coordinates the reading series of The Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium.


Douglas Penick has written opera libretti (Munich Biennale,Santa Fe Opera), texts for video (Leonard Cohen, narrator) as well as novels on the 3rd Ming Emperor (Journey of the North Star),and about spiritual searches amid social collapse (Dreamers and Their Shadows). He also wrote three book-length episodes from the Gesar of Ling epic on a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation. Wakefield Press published his and Charles Ré’s translation of Pascal Quignard’s A Terrace In Rome. Shorter works appeared in Agni, Chicago Quarterly, New England Quarterly, Kyoto Journal, Levekunst, Utne Reader, Tricycle, etc. His book of essays, THE TIME OF WAITING about the mental environment of ecological catastrophe will be published by Arrowsmith Press in 2020.


Luisa Kay Reyes has had pieces featured in The Raven Chronicles, The Windmill, The Foliate Oak, The Eastern Iowa Review, and other literary magazines. Her essay, “Thank You”, is the winner of the April 2017 memoir contest of The Dead Mule School Of Southern Literature. And her Christmas poem was a first place winner in the 16th Annual Stark County District Library Poetry Contest. Additionally, her essay “My Border Crossing” received a Pushcart Prize nomination from the Port Yonder Press. And two of her essays have been nominated for the Best of the Net anthology. With one of her essays recently being featured on “The Dirty Spoon” radio hour.


Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy, Water And Abandon and two meditative essay collections, Cold Snap As Yearning and The Least Cricket Of Evening. His first poetry book is called Mystery My Country–and he’s co-written a second called Traversings with the poet Richard Jackson. He teaches at Alma College and as a core faculty member at The Vermont College Of Fine Arts. His latest book, All I Feel Is Rivers, is just out with the Univ. of Nebraska Press.