Dave BakerDave Baker is a History and Creative Nonfiction student at Central Connecticut State University. Born and raised in Connecticut, upon graduation he plans to travel this great country of ours and pursue an MFA in Creative Writing.

Nonfiction: “Happy Bar Crawl”


Myles BarkerMyles Barker graduated from the University of Utah in 2011 with a Bachelors of Arts in English. He is reader for Fjords Review and is working on a science fiction novel as well as many short stories. Myles lives in Boston with his partner.

Fiction: “Fight or (REDACTED)”


Eleanor BennettEleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust, and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, on the BBC News Website, and on the cover of books and magazines in the United States and Canada. She has shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, and Australia, amongst many other locations.

Visual Arts: “Speak to Another or Live In a Lonely World”

Hans DaltonHans Dalton is a senior at the University of Michigan. He will be graduating at the end of April with Honors in Biochemistry. Since freshman year, he worked in a pharmacology laboratory where he studied epilepsy-related research. Hans works knowing that creativity is important in all fields.

Fiction: “Dinner With Mom”



Jesse DuthrieJesse Duthrie is a senior at Central Connecticut State University. He is majoring in English with a minor in Creative Writing. Jesse is a writer for RELEASE News, an online newsletter focused on incarceration and prisoner re-entry in the state of Connecticut. Outside of writing and classes, he spends his time playing music, going snowboarding, and fighting to get his work published. He lives in New Britain, Connecticut.

Nonfiction: “Picking A Venue”


Mattson FieldsMattson Fields has been making art since he was 7 months old.

Visual Arts: “Migration Series”




Sarah FooteSarah A. Foote is a junior English: Creative Writing major at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She writes poetry, different types of fiction, and creative nonfiction. Upon graduation, she wishes to become an editor for a publishing house and publish her own work, as has been her dream since childhood. She is fascinated by light, color, taste, touch, and sound, and how these often intersect in surprising ways.

Nonfiction: “Boatperson”


Rob GansonRob Ganson is a poet from the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior. Rob has been published in various journals, anthologies, and three volumes of poetry, Float Like a Butterfly, Sing Like a Tree, Follow the Clear River Down, and A Storm of Horses. Rob tends to write on themes of nature and the human condition.

Poetry: “A Morning Swim”



Allison GellerAllison Geller will graduate from the University of Virginia’s Area Program in Poetry Writing in May. Besides writing, Allison ballroom dances, learns foreign languages, and hopes she will make enough money to eat.

Poetry: “Wonder”



Tyler HeslopTyler Heslop is a student at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, VA where he will graduate with a BA in English in the spring of 2012. His photography is strongly founded in black and white film techniques. The picture of the P.O. Box is a Pinhole photograph which uses the most basic means to make an image.

Visual Arts: “Irene,” “Post”



Laurel KaishLaurel Kaish was born and raised in Chicago. She currently works at a software company that reproduces tax forms, but hopes to eventually make a living from writing. She also dabbles in acting and loves Chicago’s small-theatre scene. She enjoys writing poetry, prose poetry, and fiction, and loves to blur the line between fantasy and reality.

Fiction: “Just Another Night”



Caroline KesslerCaroline Kessler, a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, was raised outside of Baltimore. Her poetry and prose has been published in The Susquehanna Review, Dossier, and Collision, among others. She currently lives (and bicycles!) in San Francisco.

Poetry: “A Bicycle Without Brakes”; “In South India”; “The trouble with desire and its siblings”



Kyle Lefler is a graduating senior at the University of Mary Washington. She is an English major, with a camp counselor’s heart. She loves most things, but especially the Avett Brothers, Pilot G2 pens & mountaintops. Poetry & digital photography are her artistic outlets of choice… and dancing, of course.

Poetry: “Grains”



Loisel Gabrielle Loisel was raised by wolves in Atlanta, GA. She is currently a senior Creative Writing major at Agnes Scott College.

Fiction: “The Mermaid”




mike-photo Michael Lynch is a painter and writer living in the Washington DC area. Michael is the author of two short story collections, Omelet Shark and Helicopter Show, and he edits the online fiction zine NONTRUE.

Fiction: “Science!”



McClamrochErin McClamroch is a recent graduate of the wonderful University of Mary Washington and an even more recent mommy of the greatest baby ever. Making time for creativity is still a must.

Poetry: “Sly”



caitlin murphyCaitlin Murphy is a senior at the University of Mary Washington with a double major in History and Digital Media Studies. She lives in Fredericksburg at the moment and is a part time videographer and editor for several local businesses. In her free time she is an avid photographer and spends much of that time taking pictures of the world around her.

Visual Arts: “Italian Roses”



NicolettiJoey Nicoletti is the author of the poetry collections Borrowed Dust (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Earthquake Weather (NightBallet Press, forthcoming 2012), and Cannoli Gangster (Turning Point, forthcoming 2012), which was selected as a finalist for the Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize by Denise Duhamel. His poems, reviews, and nonfiction essays have appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Waccamaw, Aethlon, Tulane Review, and Green Hills Literary Lantern, among other places. A graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College MFA program, the University of Iowa, and New Mexico State University, he is a former poetry editor of Puerto del Sol and currently teaches creative writing and English literature at Niagara University.

Poetry: “The Neptune Factor” 

John PrawJohn Praw is a writer and musician living in Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a degree in Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin.

Fiction: “Lapsus” 



ShefchikClaire Shefchik received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Compass Rose, Revolution House, MAKE, and Underwater New York and been nominated for a Million Writers Award. Her freelance work has also appeared in PopMatters, Spinner, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Faster Times,, and Beyond Race Magazine. She currently lives in Minnesota.

Fiction: “July 2010”


MagdalenMagdalen Silberman is a Junior Creative Writing major at Carnegie Mellon University. She was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, is obsessed with her cat, and wants to be Amy Poehler when she grows up.

Nonfiction: “A Practical Babysitter’s Handbook”



EricEric Silver is a junior at NYU, studying English, creative writing, and English education. He has represented the NYU poetry slam team three years in a row at CUPSI, the national collegiate tournament. He wears cardigans and glasses that flatter his face.

Poetry: “In A Department Store in Upstate New York, There’s a Sale on Butter Knives”



Annie BelleAnnie Truslow is a senior at the University of Mary Washington majoring in Sociology. She is passionate about social justice, and seeks to be an activist, a scholar, and a leader in the movement for progressive social and political change. Annie’s desire to create is motivated by a yearning to conceptualize the lived experience of the body post-trauma.

Visual Art: People Are Power Is People



AlexandraAlexandra Williams is an LA native who recently graduated from Pepperdine University with her B.A. in Fine Arts. Alexandra focuses on working with and emphasizing elements of chaos and finding the beauty in the harsher elements of life and nature. She works mainly on large-scale abstract panel paintings and smaller-scale figurative work but also expands her passions into more aggressive realms, working with wood and metal. Alexandra plans to continue her career as an LA artist, finding her place in the ever growing world of art.

Visual Art: “Dharma Punk,” “Linear Affair 1,” “Plankton”


Dr. Ernest Williamson IIIDr. Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in national and international online and print journals. He has published work in The Columbia Review, Bricolage: University of Washington’s Literary Arts Journal, The G.W. Review and many others. View more of his work here.

Visual Art: “Brushed by the Wind,” “The Arriving Promise,” “The Ghost of Brahms”



gene Y.G. Yen lives in Clear Lake City, Texas and works as a contractor in aerospace.

Fiction: “Ronin”