Justin Boening is the winner of the National Poetry Series for his debut collection, Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last, and a Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship for his chapbook, Self-Portrait as Missing Person. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Berfrois, LitHub, Pleiades, and Poetry Daily. He is a co-founding editor of Horsethief Books.
Maria Pinto is a Jamaican-American writer whose work has appeared or will appear in FriGG, Necessary Fiction, Great Jones Street, and Cleaver, among others. She received the Dafna Zamarripa Prize for fiction, and was an Ivan Gold Fellow at the Writers' Room of Boston, where she reads fiction for Flapperhouse. She is a writing mentor to high school students and runs a pet care business. Her debut novel is in search of a home.
Greg Allendorf was born in Cincinnati. He is the author of a chapbook , Fair Day in an Ancient Town, selected by Kiki Petrosino for Brain Mill Press’s Mineral Point Chapbook series. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from such journals as Smartish Pace, Subtropics, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Journal, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Hawaii Review, and Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction. He holds graduate degrees from The University of Cincinnati and Purdue University. He lives in Columbia, MO, where he is a PhD candidate and Creative Writing Fellow at The University of Missour
Mariam Rahmani is a fiction writer and scholar. She is currently working on a coming-of- age novel that follows the friendship between two Iranian American/American Iranian women growing up in an orthodox Muslim community in Ohio while pursuing a PhD in Comparative Literature at UCLA. Her academic research is situated at the intersection of gender and postcolonial literature and theory. Mariam’s work has appeared in The Rumpus and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Last summer, she had the pleasure of participating in VONA/Voices, one of a few multigenre workshops in the U.S. dedicated to writers of color.
John Babbott writes fiction most every day. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Enizagam, Quiet Lightning, and a short list of other wonderful magazines you've likely never heard of. He was fortunate to spend time as a resident at Art Farm Nebraska last summer, and can't wait to spend a month at The Mastheads. He’s currently finishing his first novel, and lives in Portland, Oregon.