Jeffrey Bean is an associate professor of English. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from the University of Alabama, and from 2006-2008 he held the Axton Fellowship in Poetry at the University of Louisville. His poems have appeared in the journals Slate, FIELD, Subtropics, Laurel Review, New Orleans Review, Cimmaron Review, Sycamore Review, and Willow Springs, among others, and have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor and in Keillor’s anthology, Good Poems, American Places. His first collection, Diminished Fifth, was published by David Robert Books in 2009.
Allegra Blake Allegra Blake received her PhD in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University in 2000. She has been published in journals such as The New Orleans Review, Blue Unicorn, Hubbub, Poetalk, Main Street Rag, The New Orphic, and others. She was an assistant editor for Third Coast journal and New Issues Press.
Darrin Doyle holds an MFA from Western Michigan University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati. His first novel, Revenge of the Teacher’s Pet: A Love Story was published by LSU Press in April, 2009. His second novel, The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2010. His short stories have appeared in Puerto del Sol, The Long Story, Cottonwood, Alaska Quarterly Review, Night Train, and other journals. More on Darrin here: www.darrindoyle.com
Matthew Echelberger has an M.A. in English from Central Michigan University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from Vermont College. His poems have appeared a number of literary journals, including Kentucky Poetry Review, The Hiram Poetry Review, Zone 3, Wind Magazine, Michigan Voices, and The Driftwood Review. He has received a Pushcart Prize nomination from Seems, the PrePress Award in the anthology Michigan Voices, and the Reader’s Choice Award in The Driftwood Review.
Robert Fanning is an associate professor of English and the author American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006) and Old Bright Wheel, winner of the 2002 Ledge Press Poetry Chapbook Award. His poems have appeared on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, and on the Poet and the Poem at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. His work has been published in numerous journals, including Poetry, Ploughshares, The Atlanta Review, Shenandoah, The Cortland Review, and others. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, his writing awards include a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan, the Inkwell Poetry Award, and the Foley Poetry Award. More on Robert here.
Patrick S. McGinnity holds an MFA from Hollins University, where he was awarded an honorable mention for the Andrew James Purdy Prize for Short Fiction in 2007. His work has appeared in The Truth About the Fact and Paradigm, and online at T he Harrow, Temenos, Paradigm, and The Fourth River. He lives in central Michigan with his wife and son. He blogs at http://keltickarnival.blogspot.com/.
Matthew Roberson is a professor of English. He is the author of two novels, 1998.6 and Impotent, and editor of a collection of essays, Musing the Mosaic: Approaches to Ronald Sukenick. His fiction has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Fiction International, Clackamas Literary Review, and others, and he has published critical work in Postmodern Culture and electronic book review. More on Matt here.