JACK BUTLER was born in 1944 in the Mississippi Delta. His home town is Alligator, Mississippi, where his father became a Southern Baptist minister. He received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and English, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. He has worked as a Southern Baptist minister, fried-pie salesman, poet-in-residence, actuarial analyst, depreciation specialist, Assistant Dean of Hendrix College, and Director of Creative Writing at the College of Santa Fe. He has published eight books—two volumes of poetry, one of short fiction, a food book, and four novels—in sixteen editions worldwide, including the Japanese-language publication of his fourth novel. He has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Atlantic, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New Orleans Review, and many other journals. He now occupies himself with painting, yoga, swimming, philosophy, fiction and poetry of course, and other studies.
CONNIE JORDAN GREEN lives on a farm in Loudon County, Tennessee, where, when she isn't gardening, she writes in a small attic study. She is the author of two novels for young people (The War at Home and Emmy), both recently reissued in soft cover by Tellico Books, an imprint of Iris Publishing, and a book of poetry, Slow Children Playing, from Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and publications, including most recently Appalachian Heritage, Crossroads, MayPop, Now & then, Potomac Review, and anthologies Literary Lunch, Low Explosions, Outscape, and Motif: Writing by Ear. Since 1978 she has written a newspaper column for The Loudon County News Herald. In 2008 she was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame with an award for Lifetime Achievement. She teaches creative writing and other subjects related to literature for Oak Ridge Institute of Continued Learning. She and her husband have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
KEVIN MCLELLAN has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Arch, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, Exquisite Corpse, Hunger Mountain, Interim, Southern Humanities Review and many others. His chapbook Round Trip, a collaborative series with numerous poets, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens (Spring, 2010). Kevin lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
LAURA SOBBOTT ROSS has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize in the past two years, and her poetry appears in the Columbia Review, CALYX, Natural Bridge, Tar River Poetry, Slow Trains, and The Caribbean Writer, among many others. She was named a finalist in the Creekwalker Poetry Prize.
JEN REID currently lives in Milwaukee, WI with her basset hound Higgins and her husband Dan. She works as Student Affairs Communications Director and teaches English at Marquette University. She earned her MFA from Eastern Washington University in 2002 and studied publishing and technology. Her work has been published in Knock, Redactions, Marble, Lit Rag, and elsewhere. She has read at the University of North Dakota Writers Conference, Get Lit!, and other various venues.
NAOMI THIERS's first collection of poetry Only the Raw Hands Are Heaven was published by Washington Writers Publishing House. Her poetry and essays have been published in many magazines, including Virginia Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Poet Lore, Antietam Review, Pacific Review, Innisfree, and Concise Delight. “Gandhi Said” is the title poem of her chapbook manuscript. She works as a magazine editor in Washington, DC.
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