Neil Aitken is the author of The Lost Country of Sight, winner of the 2007 Philip Levine Prize, and founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review. A former computer programmer of Chinese, Scottish, and English descent, he was born in Vancouver, BC and raised in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and the western United States and Canada. His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. He recently completed a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at USC and now lives in Vancouver, WA. His second book of poetry, Babbage’s Dream, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.
Rebekah Anderson is one of the founding members of Lit Crawl Seattle. This year, she will be managing most of the venue wrangling, working on marketing and PR, and curating a few of the readings. She is the Director of Marketing for Sasquatch Books in Seattle and has an MFA in Fiction from NYU. She probably holds a world record for longest time spent working on a first novel and promises to finish it soon.
Linda Andrews‘ poetry and stories have been featured in numerous journals and reviews including Calyx, Nimrod, Spindrift, Poetry Northwest, Crab Creek Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, CutBank, Willow Springs, Midwest Quarterly, Gadfly, and Seattle Review. A book of her poems, Escape of the Bird Women, was published by Blue Begonia Press and received a Washington State Book Award. She is the recipient of a Ucross Foundation Fellowship residency, an Artist Trust fellowship grant, a Vernon M. Spence Poetry Prize, and an Academy of American Poets Prize through the University of Washington. She is currently on the faculty of Walla Walla Community College and is serving as a judge for the Washington State Book Awards.
Daemond Arrindell is a poet, performer, and teaching artist. Adjunct Faculty at Seattle University and Cornish College for the Arts; Faculty member of Freehold Theatre and co-facilitator of poetry and theater residencies at Monroe Correctional Complex for men; and Writer-In-Residence through Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program. He has performed in venues across the country and has been repeatedly commissioned by both Seattle and Bellevue Arts Museums. Daemond was published in Specter Magazine in 2013, was a 2013 Jack Straw Writer and is a 2014 VONA/Voices Writer’s Workshop fellow.
Tara Atkinson is the author of Bedtime Stories (alice blue books) and Boyfriends (forthcoming from Instant Future) and a founder and Managing Director of APRIL, a festival of small press and independent literature.
Quenton Baker is a poet and teacher from Seattle. His work operates from the premise that poetry is a vital practice capable of rewriting narratives through the art of naming. His current focus is the lived, racialized experience in a society lacking any real dialectical framework for the opposing poles of white supremacy and black subhumanity. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in anthologies such as Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. His chapbook, Diglossic in the Second America, is forthcoming from Punch Press. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine and a Creative Writing BA from Seattle University. He is a 2015-16 Made at Hugo House fellow and a 2014 Pushcart Prize nominee.
Shannon Barber is a 38 year-old author from the Pacific Northwest. When not writing or commuting, she enjoys crocheting, pie, extravagant coffee, blogging, and taking long walks. She has been writing the better part of her life and has been getting published here and there both online and in print for about 20 years. She lives near Seattle with her partner, several elderly computers, and a lot of creepy nicknacks. Her fiction and poetry has been seen in Shotgun Honey, Gorgon Poetics, and Flash Fiction Magazine. See her nonfiction at Medium, XoJane, and Nailed Magazine. She is the author of Self Care Like A Boss from MotherBlazing available now at www.selfcarelikeaboss.com.
Steven Barker is a 2014-2015 Made at Hugo House fellow and is working on a collection of essays that detail the wide range of short-term jobs he’s held over the past ten years. When he’s not working or writing he hosts the arts and entertainment podcast Ordinary Madness (ordinarymadness.org), and he is the co-founder of Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose.
Rick Barot has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015). His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. He is also the poetry editor for New England Review.
Sean Beaudoin is the author of The Infects and Wise Young Fool. His short story collection, Welcome Thieves, is due this February from Algonquin press. He is a founding editor of the arts and culture site the Weeklings.com.
Emily Bedard grew up in Salt Lake City, received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana, and now lives in Seattle. She teaches for the Henry Art Gallery, Hugo House, and Writers in the Schools, currently serving as the resident poet for the Roosevelt High School Roughriders. Her poems have appeared in The Indiana Review, Swivel, and elsewhere. She’s at work on a mix of projects, including a series of tiny mutant essays and a collection of poetry called Cargo that inquires into stuntmen, memory’s tricks, and the weirdness of sex ed.
Ellie Belew, writer, community historian, and arts instigator, is author of Run Plant Fly (novel with audio CD), and two labor histories, Fully Involved and Bringing Power to the People. Her short fiction has appeared in or at various literary venues including Particles on the Wall, Oregon Quarterly, the Search for Meaning Book Festival (Seattle University), Hugo House, and Jack Straw Studios. She is currently wrapping up a new novel, Isotopia, an anachronistic vision of the Manhattan Project, based on a real-life physicist whose career was shaped by her choice of lovers as much as her scientific accomplishments.
Adam Boehmer’s poems have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Spork, Gertrude, The Monarch Review, City Arts, and the anthology The Full Spectrum, from Knopf Books. He has worked as a contributing writer for online entities such as Ironing Board Collective and Vignettes Collection. His chapbook White Wood was a finalist for the Eli Coppola Prize in 2011. A collaborative book, Sweaters & GLASS, was produced through Vignettes in 2013 with Los Angeles-based artist Maggie Carson Romano, integrating poetry, photography, and objects. He is currently preparing his first full-length manuscript of poetry.
Book-It Repertory Theatre is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspiring its audiences to read.
Suzanne Bottelli’s poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, and Poet Lore, among others. Her chapbook, The Feltville Formation, was published this year by Finishing Line Press. She has been awarded grants from Artist Trust and the Seattle Arts Commission, and has been a Jack Straw writer. She lives in Seattle where she teaches Humanities and Writing at The Northwest School.
Jean Burnet lives and works in Seattle. She holds an MFA from the University of Washington. Her work has previously been published in the Los Angeles Review, Brevity, and Palaver, among others. She is a 2014–2015 Made at Hugo House fellow. www.jeanburnet.com
Jennine Capó Crucet is the author of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers (August 2015, St. Martin’s Press) and the story collection How to Leave Hialeah, which won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize and the John Gardner Award. A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and former Picador Fellow, she teaches Creative Writing and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Bill Carty was a 2013-14 Poetry Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. His chapbook Refugium was published by alice blue books, and his poems have recently appeared (or will soon) in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Pleiades, The Volta, Oversound, Sixth Finch, and other journals. He edits book reviews for Poetry Northwest and teaches at Richard Hugo House.
Cabaret queen Princess Charming and her quirky accompanist have delighted audiences with their enchanting blend of story and song at venues/events such as Chop Suey, Bacon Strip, Pony Bar & Patio, and APRIL Festival’s “A Poet, A Playwright, A Novelist, and A Drag Queen,” where Princess took first prize.
Frances Chiem (née Dinger) is a writer of fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in Fanzine, Poets & Writers online, Washington Trails and the Best of Alt Lit, among other places. She works in environmental advocacy and is also deputy director of the APRIL Festival, an annual event celebrating independent literature held in Seattle during the last week of March. She tweets @f_e_chiem.
Richard Chiem is the author of YOU PRIVATE PERSON, a collection of short stories published by Scrambler Books. His work has appeared in City Arts, Fanzine, elimae, and Everyday Genius, among other places. He is currently living in Seattle with his wife and their loud cat. He tweets at @giganticanovel.
Langdon Cook is the author of The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, which the Seattle Times called “lyrical, practical and quixotic.” His writing appears in numerous publications, and he has been profiled in Bon Appetit, Outside, Salon.com, and the PBS TV series Food Forward. Cook lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.
Kevin Craft is the editor of Poetry Northwest. His books include Solar Prominence (Cloudbank Books, 2005), and five volumes of the anthology Mare Nostrum, an annual collection of Italian translation and Mediterranean-inspired writing (Writ in Water Press, 2004–2009). He served as a judge for the Washington State Book Awards from 2012–2014, and is the curator of the Jack Straw Writers program for 2015. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in such places as Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The New England Review, City Arts, and The Stranger. He lives in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle, and directs both the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College and the University of Washington’s Summer Creative Writing in Rome Program.
Laura Da’ is a poet and public school teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Her first chapbook, The Tecumseh Motel, was published in Effigies II. The University of Arizona Press recently published her first full-length manuscript, Tributaries. Da’ lives near Seattle with her husband and son.
Stephen Danos authored the poetry chapbooks Playhouse State (H_NGM_N Books, 2012) and DO NOT WANT (alice blue books, 2015). His poems appear or are forthcoming in Boston Review, American Letters & Commentary, City Arts, NOÖ Journal, Pleiades, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Pinwheel, an online journal of poetry and art.
Darren Davis writes personal essays on technology, video games, and the workaday. His most recent work appears in Kill Screen, Hobart, and the Monarch Review. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and is an editor at Seattle Met.
Ian Denning‘s fiction has been published in Five Chapters, New Ohio Review, and Washington Square. He edits prose for Lettered Streets Press and fiction for Pacifica Literary Review, and he is the co-creator with Robert P. Kaye of the Seattle Fiction Federation, a quarterly reading series at Hugo House.
Sara Dickerman writes about food and travel, and her work has appeared in Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Saveur, Sunset, Seattle Magazine, and Slate (where her writing won a James Beard award). Her first cookbook, Bon Appétit’s Food Lover’s Cleanse, will be published this December. She likes to spend free time swimming above the oysters in the Puget Sound.
Litsa Dremousis is the author of Altitude Sickness (Future Tense Books). Seattle Met named Altitude Sickness one of the all-time “20 Books Every Seattleite Must Read”. Her essay “After the Fire” was selected as one of the “Most Notable Essays of 2011″ by Best American Essays 2012. She’s a contributing editor at The Weeklings. Seattle Weekly named her one of “50 Women Who Rock Seattle.” @LitsaDremousis, litsadremousis.com.
Natalie Dupille is a cartoonist and illustrator based out of Seattle. Natalie is a maker of comics and zines that are autobiographical, whimsical, and reminiscent of an upbringing in the Pacific Northwest. Her most recently completed project is an eight-month illustrated travelogue detailing her adventures through Oceania and Nepal.
M.C. Easton’s first chapbook, Sagebrush and Cedar, was published by Watermark Press. From poetry, she moved on to a memoir about leaving Mormonism and her family. Her latest short story, “Pockets Full of Stones,” is bound to appear somewhere soon. Hopefully The New Yorker. She blogs at http://mceaston.com/. Her novel, The Gods of Kittitas County, is in search of an agent.
Allison Ellis is a Seattle-based freelance writer. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, SELF, Redbook, Marie Claire, Fodor’s Travel Guides, ParentMap, and the Seattle Times. She is currently working on a memoir about young widowhood and her tragicomic pursuit of a new husband, and was recently selected as a 2015 Literary Contest Finalist by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
Zach Ellis writes nonfiction and is the author of Being, published by Instant Future. His work has appeared in Rad Dad, The Gravity of the Thing, Nailed, and The Nervous Breakdown. He enjoys writing very much.
Kevin Emerson always imagined himself writing sad fiction for sad grown up’s, but a chance job teaching in an elementary school hooked him on children’s and teen fiction, and he’s never looked back. He has published fifteen novels for the tween and teen set, jumping genres from contemporary to sci fi to fantasy. Kevin’s books have been published in ten different countries, and you could say that he’s big in the Czech Republic. When he is out of ideas, Kevin teaches teen classes at Richard Hugo House to steal his students’ ideas.
Renee Erickson co-owns The Walrus and the Carpenter, The Whale Wins, Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise Doughnuts. She also owned Seattle’s Boat Street Café for 18 years and launched Boat Street Pickles as an offshoot of that venture. Erickson is dedicated to providing the best, fresh, local, foraged, and farmed organic ingredients in all her dishes and sources them from a growing community of food providers. She has been a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest for the last two consecutive years.
Melissa Febos is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press). Her work has been widely anthologized and appeared in publications including The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Post Road, Salon, New York Times, Hunger Mountain, Portland Review, Dissent, The Brooklyn Rail, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Bitch Magazine, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, Anderson Cooper, and elsewhere. Her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The MacDowell Colony. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). She serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and has co-curated the Manhattan reading and music series, Mixer, for eight years. The daughter of a sea captain and a psychotherapist, she was raised on Cape Cod and lives in Brooklyn.
Kathleen Flenniken is the president of the board at Jack Straw and author of two poetry collections, Plume (UW Press, 2012) and Famous (Nebraska, 2006).
Eroyn Franklin is a comics artist, illustrator, educator, and public artist. She has written two graphic novels, the Xeric-grant-winning book Another Glorious Day at the Nothing Factory and Detained, which is part of a Wing Luke Museum permanent exhibit at Seattle’s former INS building. Eroyn’s comics have been listed in The Best American Comics: The Notable Comics of 2013 and 2014 and she was on the short list for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for her work on Medium.com. She is the co-founder of Short Run Comix & Arts Festival, which celebrates indie comix and self-published, small press and handmade books from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
Kelly Froh has self-published over 45 mini-comics and zines including her newest 36-page all-comics magazine The Weeknight Casserole Collection. She has performed her comic stories at the Hugo House’s acclaimed Literary Series, Gridlords in Portland, Lit Crawl, Pecha Kucha, On the Boards, and at Bumbershoot. Kelly is the co-founder and managing director of Short Run Comix & Arts Festival, now in its fifth year.
Kelle Grace Gaddis is the author of MyMyths (Jouissance Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in Knot Literary Magazine, Shake The Tree, Entropy, Writing For Peace Journal, Blackmail Presses 37th Edition (2014) and Dove Tales “The Nature Edition” (2015) and elsewhere. She is one of 4Culture’s “Poetry on the Buses” contest winners (2015), and the winner of Jouissance Presses Chapbook Contest (2015). Her second chapbook, Polishing a Gem on the Surface of the Sea is currently a finalist in a national contest. The winner will be announced later in 2015. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington.
Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She’s the author of four books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, and her latest, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, from Mayapple Press. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.
Sarah Gallien raises two small children in the Northwest near a National Park and former Hudson Bay Company outpost. She studies Education. She works for the district. She cofounded and edited alice blue review and over the years she has published work in other online literary magazines, some of which still exist. She has work forthcoming in Asimov’s Science Fiction. Turns out she’s been writing Science Fiction this whole time. Probably she was born to it. When she was little, her dad was a computer engineer for that software company across the lake. He drove her to and from her progressive elementary school every day, in a midnight blue Accord, playing tape after audio tape of Asimov’s Foundation trilogy.
Matt Gano is author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press (2013), and has been writing and teaching professionally since 2004. Matt’s poetry has recently appeared at Drunk In a Midnight Choir, The Breadline Anthology, City Arts, and The Operating System: Print Vol. 3. Other published work includes chapbooks: Up From the Mine, Bones For The Builder, Music Maker, Welcome Home, I Eight the Infinite and Art Barker, a poetry LP entitled “Music Maker,” and a live recording entitled “A Giant’s Pulse.” http://www.mattgano.com
James R. Gapinski earned his MFA from Goddard College, and he’s managing editor of The Conium Review. His fiction has recently appeared in NANO Fiction, Word Riot, Lunch Ticket, Juked, and elsewhere. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his partner and a collection of 8-bit video games. He tweets @jamesrgapinski. http://jamesrgapinski.com
Sierra Golden received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Winner of the program’s 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize, Golden’s work appears or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. She has also been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook, the Island Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Although she calls Washington State home, Golden has spent many summers in Alaska, working as a commercial fisherman. She now works in communications. http://www.sierrahgolden.com/
Felicia Gonzalez was born in Cuba. She believes that language and the act of speaking are not only physical but also have a geographic presence. She is an alumna of the Hedgebrook Writers Retreat and curator of the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Program, and her writing has received numerous awards including an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship. A poet and short fiction writer, she was awarded an individual artists grant from the Office of Arts and Culture, City of Seattle to produce the chapbook Recollection Graffiti. Felicia is currently working on a novel in stories entitled Swimming in Mercury, exploring identify and culture. She serves on the board of 4Culture and Clarion West.
Michelle Goodman is the award-winning author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and My So-Called Freelance Life, both published by Seal Press. Her essays and journalism on careers, commerce, and creativity have appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Salon, Vice, Bust, Bitch, The Bark, Seattle Times, Seattle magazine, and several anthologies. She’s been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook and Whiteley Center. Before becoming a full-time freelance writer two decades ago, she played admin to an array of dazzlingly bad bosses. http://www.michellegoodman.com
Andrea Gough is a librarian in the Reader Services department at The Seattle Public Library. She mostly reads mysteries and literary fiction, but likes to explore in all genres. Her readerly quirk is only reading books during the season when they’re set, such as Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book in summer.
Bernard Grant is a winner of the 2015 Paper Nautilus Press Chapbook Debut Series Chapbook contest. His stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Stirring, Fiction Southeast, and other journals. He is the Associate Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown and is currently enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program.
Allison Green is the author of a memoir, The Ghosts Who Travel with Me (Ooligan) and a novel, Half-Moon Scar (St. Martin’s). Her essays, stories, and poems have appeared in publications such as the Gettysburg Review, ZYZZYVA, Calyx, Willow Springs, Raven Chronicles, and Yes! Magazine. She lives and teaches writing in Seattle.
Brett Hamil is a standup comic based in Seattle, where The Stranger called him “a truly treasured ham.” He writes a regular humor column for City Arts along with cartoons, videos, essays, and interviews. He performs at clubs, theaters, casinos, and festivals all over the U.S. and Canada. His comedy videos and political rants have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Mr. Hamil lives on Beacon Hill with a wife and two dogs, all of whom he found on the internet. www.BrettHamil.com
Nicole Hardy‘s memoir, Confessions of a Latter-Day Virgin, was a finalist for the 2014 Washington State Book Award. Her other books include the poetry collections This Blonde and Mud Flap Girl’s XX Guide to Facial Profiling–a chapbook of pop-culture inspired sonnets. Her work has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times, and has been adapted for radio and stage productions. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was noted in 2012’s Best American Essays. She earned her MFA at the Bennington College Writing Seminars. nicolehardy.org.
Jenny Hayes grew up in Berkeley, California, and moved to Seattle in the ’90s. Her writing has appeared in New Flash Fiction Review, Litro NY, Eclectica, The Toast, and other interesting places. Featuring an illustrated story about junior high and David Bowie, her chapbook Dear Rosie AKA Ro-Ho-Zee AKA Rosarita Refried Beans is part of the Shotgun Wedding series from alice blue books.
Sarah Hepola is the author of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget and the former personal essays editor at Salon.com. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New Republic, Glamour, Slate, Guardian, and Morning News. She lives in Dallas.
Maggie MK Hess lives and writes in Seattle. She serves as the poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review. Her poems have appeared in Willow Springs, FIELD, North American Review, Cimarron Review, and others. She writes about online dating and other concerns of the Internet age at dearmrpostman.com.
Lucy Hitz graduated from UNH with an MFA in poetry, where she studied with David Rivard and Charles Simic, among others. Her work has been published in ROAR, La Fovea, and elsewhere. She blogs over at PreppingFor30.com, and was born and raised in New York City.
Tessa Hulls is an artist/writer/adventurer who is fascinated by the tension between culture and wildness. She grew up in a very small (really: 350 people small) town and spent her formative years climbing interesting trees and reading her way through the public library. She is defined by her love of solitude and forward motion, and she lives a semi-nomadic seasonal lifestyle that allows her to conduct creative field research in exceedingly remote places. When in Seattle, she splits her time between serving as the editor of The Project Room and writing narrative vignettes about the hopes, dreams, longings and fears of Honeybucket portable toilets.
Lauren Ireland is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an editor at Ghostwriters of Delphi. She is the author of The Arrow (Coconut Books, 2014) and Dear Lil Wayne (Magic Helicopter Press, 2014). She’s been a creative brand consultant for over a decade, working with major retailers, beauty brands, advertising agencies, hoteliers and magazines. She lives in Seattle and online at laurenireland.net and ghostwritersofdelphi.com.
Graham Isaac is a writer and performer from Seattle. He is author of Filthy Jerry’s Guide To Parking Lots on Babel/Salvage press and the forthcoming The Third Best of All Possible Outcomes from Shotgun Wedding. He is co-curator of The Medicine Ball, a poetry/playwriting showcase for new works. His work has appeared.
Sara Jaffe is a fiction writer living in Portland, Oregon. Her short fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including Fence, BOMB, NOON, Paul Revere’s Horse, matchbook, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She coedited The Art of Touring (Yeti, 2009), an anthology of writing and visual art by musicians drawing on her experience as guitarist for post-punk band Erase Errata.
Clare Johnson is a writer and visual artist, published in Blithe House Quarterly, quiet Shorts, Frogmore Papers, 14 Magazine, Lumina, and Cranky. Solo exhibitions include Oxford’s North Wall, Bridport Arts Centre, Hugo House, Storefronts Seattle, and London’s Guy’s Hospital. She is a Michael S. Harper Poetry Prize recipient, and her ongoing Post-it Note Project (drawing a memory on a post-it each night) won a Seattle Magazine Best of 2011 for “Best New Take on the Memoir,” and also garnered a cover feature in Real Change. Recent honors include Artist Trust funding to expand her series of drawings inspired by favorite works of literature, and the publication of Roses, a book pairing her art with poems by Rainer Maria Rilke. Currently, she is designing interactive digital art backdrops for an upstate New York production of “Our Town,” and working on her book-length poetry and fiction project Will I live here when I grow up.
Robert P. Kaye’s stories have appeared in the Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review, Beecher’s, Pear Noir!, Ellipsis, Per Contra, Los Angeles Review and elsewhere, with details available at www.RobertPKaye.com. His chapbook Typewriter for a Superior Alphabet is published by alice blue books. He facilitates the Works in Progress open mic at Hugo House and is the co-founder (with Ian Denning) of the Seattle Fiction Federation reading series.
Jourdan Keith‘s poetry is currently featured at the Northwest African American Museum. A contributing writer for Orion Magazine, her essays, “Desegregating Wilderness” and ” At Risk” were chosen for the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing Anthology. She has been awarded fellowships from Wildbranch, Santa Fe Science Writing workshop, VONA, Hedgebrook, and Jack Straw. She received awards from Artist Trust, 4Culture and Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture for her choreopoem/play, The Uterine Files and Coyote Autumn, a memoir. Seattle Poet Populist Emeritus and Seattle Public Library’s first naturalist-in-Residence, she is storyteller in the Griot tradition and student of Sonia Sanchez. An excerpt from her memoir, is included in the travel writing anthology Something to Declare (University of Wisconsin). She is at work on a series of linked essays called Tugging at the Web, an expansion of her TEDx Talk.
Anne Liu Kellor is a mother, writer, and teacher of creative nonfiction. Her essays have appeared in publications such as the anthology Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally (Seal Press), The Los Angeles Review, Vela, Raven Chronicles, Literary Mama, Blue Lyra Review, and Duende. Anne is a Hedgebrook alum, a Jack Straw writer, and a 4Culture grant recipient. She holds an MFA from Antioch University-Los Angeles and is seeking publication of her memoir, SEARCHING FOR THE HEART RADICAL, which follows her quest for language, love, and belonging as she migrated between China, Tibet, and America during her twenties. To learn more about Anne’s work, please visit: www.heartradical.blogspot.com.
Rachel Kessler (Typing Explosion, Vis-à-Vis Society) is a Seattle-based poet and essayist who works with comics, video, installation, and performance art. Her work has appeared in Open Daybook, Tin House, USA Today, Narrative Magazine, Poetry Northwest, The Stranger, Henry Art Gallery, Bellevue Art Museum, and elsewhere. She works as a teaching artist with Writers in the Schools, Path with Art, University of Washington and Centrum.
Arlene Kim‘s first collection of poems What have you done to our ears to make us hear echoes? was a recipient of the American Book Award and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She lives in Seattle where she edits by day and writes by night.
Sasha LaPointe is a member of the Nooksack Indian Tribe. Her work has appeared in The Portland Review, AS/Us Journal, THE Magazine, and Aborted Society Online Zine. Sasha lives in Seattle where she is currently pursuing her MFA through The Institute of American Indian Arts with a focus on nonfiction and poetry.
A semi finalist for the PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Robert Lashley has had poems published in such journals as Feminete, No Regrets, Your Hands, Your Mouth, NAILED, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, and The Cascadia Review. His work was also featured in Many Trails to the Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and lyric poetry, and Make It True, an anthology of innovative Cascadia poetry. His full length book, The Homeboy Songs, was published by Small Doggies press in April 2014.
Sonya Lea‘s memoir Wondering Who You Are (Tin House) was a BBC Top Ten Book of the summer, and it has been featured by People Magazine and NPR. Lea’s essays and interviews have appeared in Salon, The Southern Review, Brevity, Guernica, Cold Mountain Review, Tricycle, The Prentice Hall College Reader, The Rumpus and The Butter. She has won several screenwriting awards, placed in the Nicholl Fellowship, and has adapted novels for the screen. Lea teaches writing at Hugo House, and she’s leading a pilot project to teach writing to women veterans through the Red Badge Project. She recently directed her first short film, Every Beautiful Thing, which will play in festivals in 2015. Originally from Kentucky, she lives in Seattle.
Stacey Levine is the author of four books of fiction. Her story collection The Girl With Brown Fur, which was longlisted for The Story Prize, was also shortlisted for the Washington State Book Award in 2012. Her novel Frances Johnson was shortlisted for the Washington State Book Award in 2005, and her collection My Horse and Other Stories won a PEN/West Fiction Award. My Horse and Levine’s novel Dra— were published by the much-lauded Sun & Moon Press in the 1990s. A Puschcart Prize nominee, her fiction has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Fence, Tin House, The Fairy Tale Review, The Iowa Review, The Notre Dame Review, Yeti, and other venues. Levine received a Stranger Genius Award for Literature in 2009 and her fiction has been translated for Japanese and Danish publications.
Gary Copeland Lilley is a North Carolina poet currently living on the northwest peninsula. He earned his MFA from Warren Wilson College, and he is a Cave Canem fellow. His publications include three full-length collections and three chapbooks.
Casandra Lopez is a Chicana, Cahuilla, Luiseño, and Tongva writer raised in Southern California who currently lives in Seattle. She has an MFA from the University of New Mexico and has been selected for residencies with the Santa Fe Art Institute, School of Advanced Research, and Hedgebrook. Her poetry chapbook Where Bullet Breaks was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a founding editor of As/Us: A Space For Women Of The World.
Claudia Castro Luna is Seattle’s Civic Poet, a 2014 Jack Straw Fellow, and the recipient of a King County 4Culture grant. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate and an MFA in poetry from Mills College. Her poems have appeared in Milvia Street, The Womanist, Riverbabble, and forthcoming in the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art. She has been a featured reader for the Berkeley Poetry Festival and for NPR-affiliate KALW. Claudia is also writing a memoir, an excerpt of which appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers’ Anthology. Living in English and Spanish, Claudia writes and teaches in Seattle where she gardens and keeps chickens with her husband and their three children.
Mita Mahato is a cut paper and comics artist, as well as Associate Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound. Her creative work has been featured in Drunken Boat and The Globe and Mail, and has been exhibited in Seattle, Toronto, Baltimore, and London. Using found paper to suggest the transformative power of art, Mita’s cut paper comics explore themes related to loss and grieving.
Erin Malone‘s first full-length collection, Hover, won the Patricia Bibby Award from Tebot Bach Press and was published in March 2015. What Sound Does It Make, a chapbook, appeared in 2008 from Concrete Wolf Press. The recipient of grants from Washington’s Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Colorado Council of the Arts, she’s taught writing at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, Hugo House, and at the University of Washington Rome Center in Italy. Currently she works for Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program, teaching poetry to elementary school students.
Corinne Manning is the founding editor of The James Franco Review, an online journal dedicated to the visibility of underrepresented artists. Recent stories have appeared in or are forthcoming from Story Quarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Moss. Additional writing has appeared in The Nervous Breakdown, The Oxford American, Arts & Letters, and as a chapbook through alice blue review’s Shotgun Wedding Series. She has received grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Artist Trust, and The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.
Jay McAleer was a 2013 Jack Straw Writer and has received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Centrum Arts Foundation. His work has been featured online at Ordinary Madness and The Far Field, in print in Pacifica Literary Review and as part of the 2013 Jack Straw Writer’s anthology.
Brian McGuigan is the director of Lit Crawl Seattle. His essays have appeared in Gawker, Salon, The Stranger, and elsewhere and has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. In 2010, The Stranger shortlisted him for their Genius Award in Literature, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s Power 50 Culture Makers. Currently, Brian’s working on a memoir. When he’s not lit-crawling and writing, he’s the co-founder/curator of the reading series, Cheap Wine & Poetry and Cheap Beer & Prose. For about a decade, he worked in programs and marketing at Hugo House, where he organized and promoted hundreds of readings, events, and writing programs. He is now the program director at Artist Trust. Follow him at @iambrianwithani.
Ross McMeekin’s stories have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Redivider, Tin House online, and elsewhere. He’s a weekly columnist for the Ploughshares blog, where he reviews short stories. He has been awarded fellowships from Richard Hugo House and Jack Straw, and he edits the literary journal Spartan.
Peter Mountford‘s debut novel A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism won the 2012 Washington State Book Award in fiction, and his second novel The Dismal Science, released by Tin House Books in 2014, was a New York Times editor’s choice. His work has appeared in Southern Review, Best New American Voices 2008, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Boston Review, and elsewhere. A fellow of Yaddo and Bread Loaf, he’s currently the events curator at Hugo House, and is on faculty at Sierra Nevada’s low-residency MFA program.
Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer in UW’s English Department and the Writer in Residence in the University Honors Program where she was the 2013 “Teacher of Distinction.” As a public scholar and arts instigator, McCue has spent her career connecting academic inquiries with community life. From 1996 to 2006, McCue was the founding director of Hugo House. Her second poetry collection, The Bled, published by Factory Hollow Press, won the Washington State Book Award in 2011. Her book of essays about Richard Hugo and Northwest towns, The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs, was a runner-up for the book award in the same year. Frances is also the author of The Stenographer’s Breakfast and her most recent book, Mary Randlett Portraits, was released in September.
Natasha Kochicheril Moni‘s fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews have been published in over fifty journals, magazines, and anthologies including: Verse, DIAGRAM, [PANK], Hobart, Rattle, Indiana Review, and Fourteen Hills. Natasha’s first full-length poetry collection, The Cardiologist’s Daughter, was released by Two Sylvias Press in late 2014. To see read some of her work, please visit www.natashamoni.
Amber Nelson is the co-founder and poetry editor of alice blue review, and the founding editor of alice blue books and Shotgun Wedding. She lives in Seattle where she rides her bike and hikes mountains.
The group Norf Cackalack: Ryan Wensil, Gary Lilley, and Chris Wensil, came together in Winston-Salem, North Carolina around their shared love of blues, folk, poetry, and the old-time gospel music played in the rural communities in which they were raised. They perform at street festivals, cafes, and coffeehouses honoring those tobacco road cultural traditions in a manner that seems old and new at the same time.
John Olson is the author of numerous books of poetry, the most recent being Larynx Galaxy, from Black Widow Press, in 2012. He is also the author of three novels, including The Seeing Machine, The Nothing That Is, and Souls of Wind, the latter of which was shortlisted for a Believer Book of the Year award in 2008. In 2004, Olson received The Stranger’s annual genius award for literature and in 2012 he was shortlisted for an Artist Trust Innovator Arts Award.
Sara Marie Ortiz (Pueblo of Acoma) is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts and Antioch University Los Angeles’ MFA program with a focus in creative nonfiction. She’s formally studied law, Indigenous education, global self-determination in Indigenous communities, theater, critical theory, and film. Ms. Ortiz’s work has appeared in journals such as the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Sentence, and Fulcrum. Her first collection of poetry and nonfiction Red Milk was published in 2013, and she is currently at work on her second collection called Savage: A Love Story. Sara Marie lives in Seattle and is currently the Native Education Program Manager for Highline Public Schools.
Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014), Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015) and the forthcoming Bruja (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hazlitt, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and The Nervous Breakdown, among other places. She lives in Los Angeles.
After winning the 2012 Youth Speaks Seattle and University of Washington Poetry Grand Slam, Troy Osaki went on to represent Seattle and his respective communities at national level events including Brave New Voices in Berkeley, CA and the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in New York City and La Verne, CA. In 2013, Troy qualified and was selected to compete in the largest Asian American talent show in the nation, Kollaboration Star, held in Pasadena, CA. He then became the 2015 Rain City Slam Poetry Champion and proceeded to represent Seattle at the National Poetry Slam for his second year in a row in Oakland, CA.
John Osebold is a writer, musician, and performer in Seattle. He’s a staff writer for Woot.com, posts a new album every December at josebold.com, and generates short fiction, unstageable plays, and other literary flora & fauna which have found their way into Poetry Northwest, Filter Literary Journal, The Monarch Review, and Folio. He’s also part of sketch comedy troupe The Habit and theater art band “Awesome”. His stage works under the name Jose Bold—ranginxg from a symphony in a remodeled church to the surreal comedy “musical” Spidermann that opened in NYC next to the Broadway Spider-Man musical—resulted in a 2011 Genius Award by The Stranger.
Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks:landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias Press) andLast Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). Her poetry can be found in Asian American Literary Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, The Collagist and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon, Kundiman, Artist Trust, 4Culture, and the Richard Hugo House, as well as scholarships from VONA/Voices, Vermont Studio Center, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others.
Elizabeth Rosner is the author of Electric City (paperback edition of her novel from Counterpoint) and Gravity, poetry and prose about being the daughter of Holocaust survivors (Atelier26Books). Liz is also the author of The Speed of Light.
Montreux Rotholtz is a poet and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work appears in jubilat, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, the PEN Poetry Series, Fence, and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle with her husband and a dog named Toast.
Jason Schmidt was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1972 and was raised up and down the I-5 corridor — but mostly on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Jason is the author of A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me, a memoir published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, a Macmillan imprint. His writing has appeared in Jeopardy Magazine, Cranky Literary Journal, and ZYZZYVA, only one of which has since gone out of business. He took first place in the 4th quarter of the 1998 L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest (yes, you read that right), and is the recipient of a 4Culture Art Projects grant. He holds a BA in Creative Writing and a JD, both from the University of Washington. As a law student he received the Frank E. Holman & Judge William Steinert scholarships, and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award. He can make a large cheese pizza in under 40 seconds.
Matthew Schnirman earned his MFA from the University of Arizona. Before Jack Straw, he was a 2013-2014 Made at Hugo House fellow. His poetry appears in fabulous journals like Phantom Limb, Whiskey Island, and CutBank.
Philip Shaw designs, writes, and directs communications on behalf of organizations advocating for progress in education, gender equity, women’s health, social justice, and advancing the literary arts. His essays and prose have appeared in Kahini, Torches & Pitchforks, No News Today, and the travel magazine Everywhere. His poem “What’s She Doing Now?” was selected for the Wild Light Award, and appeared in the recent edition of The Los Angeles Review. For more than five years he has been visually documenting his writing process at www.aRoughDraft.com
Gina Siciliano is an artist and musician who lives in Seattle. She graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art, and for the past few years she has been researching, writing, and drawing a three-part historical graphic novel called I Know What I Am: The True Story of Artemisia Gentileschi. Selections from this work were on display at Fantagraphics throughout August and September of this year, and last fall she spoke about the project at Breadline. Gina is also an oil painter, and the drummer and vocalist for two rock bands. www.ginasiciliano.com
Rachel Springer lives at the intersection of poetry and statistics (poetrydataproject.org). She is the author of the chapbook Hive Mind (Poor Claudia, 2014), and her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Cartridge Lit, Fanzine, and Big Lucks.
Isaiah Zeke Swango is from a little casino town at the southern end of Washington State called La Center. The nephew of a serial killer, grandson of a Midwest magic realist, and raised by a gambling poet, Zeke has spent his life travelling the globe in search of truth. After being horribly disappointed by this endeavor, he began writing stories that attempt to convey the strangeness of human experience. He currently lives in Seattle and attends school with the intention of researching the influence western esotericism has had on English literature. Zeke likes goats, black metal, and all things Lovecraftian.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is most recently the author of a memoir, The End of San Francisco, winner of a 2014 Lambda Literary Award, and the editor of Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, an American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. Mattilda just finished a third novel, Sketchtasy. She’s trying her best to like Seattle.
Anca L. Szilágyi is a Brooklynite living in Seattle. Her fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears on the Ploughshares blog. She was awarded an inaugural Made at Hugo House fellowship for her short story collection More Like Home Than Home. Her novel-in-progress, Paralegal, was awarded a 4Culture Art Project grant and a Jack Straw fellowship. Currently, she co-organizes The Furnace Reading Series at Hollow Earth Radio and teaches creative writing at Richard Hugo House. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.” Find her at ancawrites.com.
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an Arab-American poet of Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian heritage. She spent childhood summers savoring poems and fresh-picked pistachios in her grandparents’ garden in Amman. She writes poetry as well as essays and literary translations. Her writing has been published in journals in the UK, Turkey, Egypt, Mexico, and the U.S., including the Kenyon Review online, the Lake for Poetry, the Monarch Review, and Sukoon. Her poem “Immigrant” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. Her first collection of poems, Water & Salt, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.
Sonya Vatomsky is a Moscow-born, Seattle-raised ghost and the author of poetry collection Salt is for Curing (Sator Press) and chapbook My Heart in Aspic (Porkbelly Press). They are an asst. editor at Fruita Pulp, where they also review poetry. Find them by saying their name five times in front of a bathroom mirror or at sonyavatomsky.tumblr.com.
Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules, a memoir published by Red Hen Press. Her work has appeared in Salon, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Weeklings, Filter Literary Journal, and Third Coast. She recently received a Potlatch Fund Native Arts Grant, an Artist Trust GAP Award, and a 4Culture Grant. In 2012, she was named an inaugural fellow in the Made at Hugo House program. She serves as adviser for the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington and nonfiction faculty for the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Elissa has performed her work at such venues as Bumbershoot, HuskyFest, Cheap Wine & Poetry, Castalia, Breadline, and the Seattle LitCrawl. She is currently working on a second book.
Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is a writer from New York City living in Seattle. She is co-founder of Till, an annual writing retreat at Smoke Farm in Arlington, WA, and is the Communications Associate for the Frye Art Museum. She received her MFA from Goddard College, is a fiction editor at Pacifica Literary Review, and is editorial director at Conium Review. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from H_NGM_N, Sonora Review, Monkeybicycle, Everyday Genius, Pif, Beecher’s Magazine, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others. chelseawernerjatzke.com
Alice Wheeler’s forthcoming book, Outcasts and Innocents: Photographs of the Northwest, brings together three decades of photographs made in and about a region complicated to define through anything other than its elemental landscape. She’s worked as a photojournalist for many publications including Newsweek, Time, Life, Rolling Stone, Spin, and No Depression, and was recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists in 1999. Wheeler’s photographs have been featured on record covers, in documentaries, in numerous books, and exhibited at EMP Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery, among others; she is included in the collections of these institutions as well as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and many private collections. She is represented by Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, where she has had four solo shows.
Deborah Woodard is the author of Borrowed Tales (Stockport Flats, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan Press, 2013), Filter, Handsome, Gargoyle, Shake the Tree, Zoland Poetry, and elsewhere. She has translated the poetry of Amelia Rosselli from Italian: The Dragonfly, A Selection of Poems: 1953-1981 (Chelsea Editions, 2009) and Hospital Series (New Directions, 2015). She holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Washington and teaches hybrid literature and creative writing classes at Hugo House.
Katie Woodzick is a writer, actress, director and External Relations Manager for Hedgebrook. She is the inaugural recipient of the Russell-Rich Scholarship for Poets on the Coast. Her writing has appeared in Floating Bridge Press, In-Flight Literary Magazine and Whidbey Life Magazine. She is the host of the Theatrical Mustang Podcast, which features interviews with unbridled talent in the Pacific Northwest. Listen to the podcast at theatricalmustang.podbean.com or via most podcasting apps. You can find her on Twitter: @TheWoodzick
Carolyne Wright‘s new book is the anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015). She has nine other books of poetry, including Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning Point, 2011); four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali; and a book of essays. Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende; and spent four years on fellowships in India and Bangladesh, translating Bengali women poets. She returned to her native Seattle in 2005 and teaches for the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ MFA Program and at Hugo House. She also serves as a Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press.
David Wright is a librarian at the Central branch of the Seattle Public Library, where he produces a lunch hour story time for grownups twice each month called Thrilling Tales. A lifelong Seattlite, he loves spy fiction and noir, and takes a curious interest in neglected books, the more obscure the better.
Corina Zappia is the nonfiction editor at Pacifica Review, a former staff writer for the Village Voice, and an MFA graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. As a journalist, she has written about art collectives that throw tea parties in the Hudson River for Dazed and Confused, covered Geek Girl Con for the Hairpin, and reviewed vacuum cleaners for Time Out New York. Her heating ducts will never know that special clean again. Her personal essays have appeared in the Awl, Nerve, the Morning News, and Gastronomica.