Image of Jeffrey BeanJeffrey Bean is Professor of English at Central Michigan University.  He is author of the poetry collection Diminished Fifth (WordTech) and the chapbooks Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (Southeast Missouri State University Press) and The Voyeur's Litany (Anabiosis Press). His second full-length poetry collection, Woman Putting on Pearls, won the 2016 Red Mountain Prize for Poetry and was published in 2017 by Red Mountain Press. His poems have been featured on The Writer's Almanac, in the 2014 and 2016 New Poetry from the Midwest anthologies, and in Garrison Keillor's anthology, Good Poems, American Places. Recent poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, The Missouri Review, Poet Lore, Willow Springs, Smartish Pace, Crab Orchard Review, and River Styx, among other journals. He can be found online at www.jeffreybeanpoet.com.


Image of Allegra Blake 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.



Image of Darrin DoyleDarrin Doyle holds an MFA from Western Michigan University and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati.  He is the author of the novels Revenge of the Teacher's Pet: A Love Story (LSU Press) and The Girl Who Ate Kalamazoo (St. Martin's Press) and the short story collection The Dark Will End the Dark (Tortoise Books).  He has received fellowships and scholarships from the Sewanee Writers Conference and the NY Summer Writers Institute. His short fiction has appeared in Hobart, Passages North, Summerset Review, Word Riot, Puerto del Sol, Alaska Quarterly Review, and many other journals.  More on Darrin here: www.darrindoyle.com  


Image of Robert FanningRobert Fanningis the author of six poetry collections, including four full-length collections: Severance (2019, Salmon Poetry, Ireland), Our Sudden Museum (2017, Salmon Poetry, Ireland), American Prophet (2009, Marick Press), and The Seed Thieves (2006, Marick Press), as well as two chapbooks: Sheet Music (2015,Three Bee Press), and Old Bright Wheel (2002,Ledge Press Poetry Award). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, and many other journals. Recent work has also appeared on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor on NPR, and an interview conducted with Professor Fanning is archived at the Library of Congress for the nationally-syndicated radio program "The Poet and the Poem." A graduate of the University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is also the founder and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in downtown Mt. Pleasant.


Image of Matthew RobersonMatthew Roberson is the author of three novels, 1998.6,  Impotent​, and List, all from FC2.  He also edited the collection, Musing the Mosaic: Approaches to Ronald Sukenick, from SUNY Press.  His short fiction has appeared in Fourteen Hills, Fiction International, Clackamas Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and others.   ​​​​​