Los Angeles, CA
Richard Risemberg was dragged to Los Angeles as a child, and has been working there in a number of vernacular occupations since his teens while writing poetry, articles, essays, and fiction, editing online ‘zines, sneaking around with a camera trying to steal people’s souls, and making a general nuisance of himself, which is his forte. He’s survived long enough to become either a respected elder or a tedious old fart, depending on your point of view, and is still at it. It hasn’t been easy for any of us.
Alexander Jonathan Vidgop
Alexander Jonathan Vidgop was born in Leningrad in 1955. In 1974 he was expelled from what is now called the Saint-Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts "for behavior unworthy of the title of Soviet student." Having worked as a locksmith, loader and White Sea sailor, he was drafted into the army and sent to serve in the Arctic Circle. He is now a theatre director, author, screenwriter, and founder of the Am haZikaron Institute for Science and Heritage of the Jewish People.
Sarina Dorie has sold over 180 short stories to markets like Analog, Daily Science Fiction, Fantasy Magazine, and F & SF. She has over sixty books up on Amazon, including her bestselling series, Womby’s School for Wayward Witches. A few of her favorite things include: gluten-free brownies (not necessarily glutton-free), Star Trek, steampunk, fairies, Severus Snape, and Mr. Darcy.
Antelope Valley, CA
Christopher Chinchilla is a U.S. Marine veteran and a volunteer with a national youth program. He has a BA in Creative Writing and English. A stay-at-home husband and father, Chris wakes every day at 3 a.m. to write literary and speculative fiction before turning his attention to his daughter, Eleanor. His wife, Tritia, is a marriage and family therapist, and his first reader.
Sarah Fitz is a born and bred New Yorker, currently living abroad as an expat. Unhappy at her previous job, she managed to move herself, a three legged dog, and her partner to Amsterdam — accomplishing her life's goal of living on a houseboat.
Zach Beach is an internationally renowned yoga teacher, best-selling author, poet, love coach, founder of The Heart Center love school, and host of The Learn to Love Podcast.
Donna Lee Miele
Nyack, New York
Donna Lee Miele was born in Brooklyn to a Filipina mother, who grew up a fugitive during World War II and retained only a dreamlike slideshow of memories. Donna weaves much of her fiction by wondering about the experiences behind those snapshots. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Ms.Aligned 3, North Dakota Quarterly, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of River River Writers' Circle.
Claude Clayton Smith
Claude Clayton Smith is Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, the author of eight books, and co-editor/translator of three others. His work has been translated into five languages, including Russian and Chinese.
Elisabeth Sharber is a 12th grade English teacher at Frankfort Senior High School in Indiana. When she isn't writing or teaching, she likes to run, dance, watch documentaries, and bother her legislatures. She has been published in The American Aesthetic, FLARE, Driftwood Press, Bending Genres, The Chestnut Review, and Sand Hills Literary Magazine.