Brice Austin was born in Nashville, Tennessee and holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Portuguese from Vanderbilt University. He is a graduate of the Creative Writing M.A. program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he won a Henfield/Transatlantic Review award for fiction. He has since published short stories in a number of literary quarterlies, among them The New Orleans Review, Owen Wister Review, Dickinson Review, and High Plains Literary Review. He lives in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife and three children.
His novel, Must, was recently named one of 5 finalists for the Jackson Daughtery Literary Award.
Leon Capetanos is writer and director whose screenplays include “The Gumball Rally” (1976), “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” (1986) (for which he shared a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay with Paul Mazursky) and “Fletch Lives” (1989). To learn more about Leon, visit his website at www.lcapetanos.com
Leon is also featured in the May 2 issue of Walter Magazine and the WUNC radio interview by Anita Rao & Frank Stasio titled “Hollywood Screenwriter Comes Home to Cary.”
Anita Cortez grew up in northern Wyoming. She traveled extensively with her family which broadened her perspective beyond the badlands of Wyoming. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Kansas State University and her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming where she had the opportunity to study with writer John Edgar Wideman. Her work focused on poetry. She made a career out of creativity working at Kansas State University to open doors for others. She was the first director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry at K-State and was honored as a Distinguished Woman of K-State. She lives in Manhattan, KS.
Carrie has published five novels, a collection of short fiction, a memoir about her mother’s journey with Alzheimer’s, and a writing workbook. She writes a personal perspectives column for Psychology Today: Shifting Forward.
She was the 2014 North Carolina Piedmont Laureate in Short Fiction.
Learn more about Carrie at cjanework.com
Steven Dandaneau lives in Fort Collins, Colorado
Kelly Daniels grew up on the road, living for stints with his parents in a Hawaiian commune, a lonesome desert cabin, and in an old delivery van outfitted with bunks. As an adult, he set off on his own, traveling extensively through Europe, Mexico and Central America, picking up jobs along the way, jobs such as production manager of a furniture factory (Guatemala), newspaper reporter (Mexico), and bartender (all over).
He is the author of the memoir Cloudbreak, California and the novel A Candle for San Simón, and his short stories and essays have appeared widely in literary reviews. A regular contributor to the Sun magazine, he lives with his wife and son in Le Claire, Iowa. He is an associate professor of creative writing at Augustana College.
Kelly DeLong is originally from Center Valley, Pennsylvania and currently lives in Duluth, Georgia. He teaches English at Clark Atlanta University. His short stories and essays have appeared in The Sun, Evansville Review, Jabberwock Review, Roanoke Review, and Palo Alto Review, among others. He has won the Willow Review Fiction Award, the Agnes Scott Fiction Award, and the Georgia State University Fiction Award. He has also been a finalist for the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, the Sol Books Prose Contest and the St. Lawrence Book Award.
Deborah Doucette Deborah Doucette began her writing career as a free-lance journalist, subsequently writing a non-fiction book, Raising Our Children’s Children, slated for re-release in 2014. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post, an artist, and mother of four. She lives in a small town west of Boston with her red standard poodle Fiamma (Italian for flame) surrounded by her art and enjoying the comings and goings of her twin grandchildren. She is currently working on a new novel.
Marc Jampole wrote Music from Words (Bellday Books, 2007) and Cubist States of Mind/Not the Cruelest Month (Poet’s Haven Press, 2017). His poems and short stories have appeared in many journals and anthologies. A former television news reporter and public relations executive, Marc has written about 1,800 freelance articles for a wide range of magazines, newspapers and scholarly journals.
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Retired from the book publishing industry, Jerry Keenan writes about the people, places and events that make up the tableau of Western History. His publications include A Life of Yellowstone Kelly, The Great Sioux Uprising: Rebellion on the Plains, Encyclopedia of American Indian Wars, and The Wagon Box Fight: An Episode of Red Cloud’s War.
After growing up on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa, Tom LaMarr lived and worked in Council Bluffs and Des Moines, then Jacksonville, Florida (where he met his wife), and the District of Columbia. He studied at the University of Iowa Fiction Writers Workshop and has called Colorado home for more than two decades. He is the author of Geezer Dad as well as two acclaimed novels, October Revolution, and Hallelujah City and the young adult novel Zero Gravity.
Robert Linz is the Associate Director & Head of Public Services at the University of Colorado School of Law William A. Wise Law Library. He is the author of Colorado Legal Research published by Carolina Academic Press. He holds an M.L.I.S. from Florida State University and a J.D. from the University of Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar.
The literary alter ego of American rock ‘n’ roll musician Mat Treiber, Brett Marie is a contributing editor for the online literary journal Bookanista, and a staff writer for the website PopMatters. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines, including New Plains Review, Words + Images Press, and The Impressment Gang. His story ‘If It Had Happened to You’ was shortlisted for LoveReading UK’s first Very Short Story Award in 2019. He currently lives in England with his wife and daughter.
Bruce McDougall’s stories and essays have appeared in journals such as The Antigonish Review, Easy Street, Geist, subTerrain and the Amsterdam Review. He has published a short-story collection called Every Minute is a Suicide (Porcupine’s Quill, 2014), which was compared favorably to the writing of Alice Munro. His non-fiction novel, The Last Hockey Game (Goose Lane Editions, 2014), was heralded as one of the outstanding books in recent years about professional hockey. It was a Toronto Book Award finalist along with novels by Margaret Atwood, Emily St. John Mandel and André Alexis. As a journalist, Bruce has written for The Globe and Mail, the Report on Business, Maclean’s, Canadian Business and other publications. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a tail sawyer in a sawmill, a companion for mentally handicapped adolescents, an airport attendant, a bouncer, a taxi driver and a newspaper reporter. He is a graduate of Harvard College, where he was an editor of The Harvard Lampoon, and he attended the University of Toronto Law School, twice.
Justin J. Murphy was born in London to a Lebanese father and Californian mother. “Murphy” is not his real last name. Based in Topanga, CA, he enjoys mountain life, cosmic vibrations, and good old rock and roll. His debut novel, Lorraine, achieved cult status in the thriving Los Angeles counter-culture scene. His poetry and short stories have been featured in Epicenter, The Café Review, El Portal, and Sixfold as well as several other fine publications. You can watch him do mildly entertaining activities on most social media platforms @justinjmurphy.
Richard Roth is an artist and a writer. His paintings have been widely exhibited nationally and internationally. He received an MFA from Tyler School of Art, a BFA from The Cooper Union, and was the recipient of a Visual Artists Fellowship in Painting from the National Endowment for the Arts. He co-edited the book, Beauty is Nowhere: Ethical Issues in Art and Design (Routledge); wrote “The Crit,” a one-act play (The Art Journal); and co-authored Color Basics, and Design Basics 3D (Wadsworth/Cengage). Roth is a Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Emeritus; he chaired the VCU Department of Painting and Printmaking from 1999 – 2008. He also taught at The Ohio State University; the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, U.K.; the University of California, Berkeley; New York University; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Brooklyn, he presently lives and works in Southern California.
Carol Samson holds a Ph.D. in English and is a Teaching Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Denver where she was on the Faculty of the University Writing Program. She has published stories in literary journals such as Black Ocean Press, Open Road Press, and Manzano Mountain Review, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a “Best of the Net” Award. One of her stories was in the anthology that won The Colorado Book Award, and other stories have been selected for readings of “Stories on Stage” by Buntport Theatre in Denver, Colorado and Chalk Horse Theatre, Salida, Colorado. A theatre director and playwright, Carol has adapted and directed productions of the diaries of Virginia Woolf for the International Virginia Woolf Society and the novels of Colorado author, Kent Haruf, for the Kent Haruf Literary Conferences
Greg Sanders is the author of numerous short stories, the collections The Suffering of Lesser Mammals (Owl Canyon Press, 2022) and Motel Girl (Red Hen Press, 2008), and the occasional essay. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Check out reviews and more at gregorysanders.com.
Tom Strelich was born into a family of professional wrestlers and raised in Bakersfield, California, and his writing career began on a dare while he was a graduate student in Botany. His plays include BAFO (Best and Final Offer) which was commissioned by and had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and its New York premiere at the American Place Theatre (APT); Dog Logic, which also had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and went on to win a Kennedy Center Fund For New American Plays award for its New York premiere at the APT; and Neon Psalms, which won the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award for its world premiere at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco and its New York premiere at the APT. Honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant for playwrights, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Playwright Award, and commissions from South Coast Repertory and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. I have one screen credit, Out There (Showtime) and my first novel, Dog Logic (very loosely based on the play) was published in October 2017.
Sylvia Wilkinson, formerly a Motorsports Correspondent for AUTOWEEK, currently covers auto racing for The World Book Encyclopedia. Among her grants were National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowships. BC (Before Computers) she did timing and scoring for Keke Rosberg, Bobby Rahal, Al Unser, Sr, Paul Newman, and others. She is the author of many books, including The Stainless Steel Carrot: An Auto Racing Odyssey, and the novels A Killing Frost, Cale and Bone of My Bones. Big Cactus is her 7th novel.
Wilkinson held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina, William & Mary, Hollins, Sweet Briar, Washington University and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is a teaching scholar with The National Faculty.
Justin Courter is the author of the novel Skunk: A Love Story and a collection of prose poems, The Death of the Poem and Other Paragraphs. He lives in New York City.