Todd Melicker daily wanders the streets of Petaluma, CA, gathering data as a GPS technician. He is the author of the chapbooks day collects (Woodland Editions), the immaculate autopsy (Achiote Press), and king & queen (LRL Textile Editions). RENDEZVOUS (Rescue Press, 2013) is his first full-length collection. Recently, he was managing editor of VOLT and his work has appeared in Ambush Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, and New American Writing.
Jonathan Blum is the author of LAST WORD, a novella, published by Rescue Press in 2013. He grew up in Miami and graduated from UCLA and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His short stories have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, New York Stories, Northwest Review, Other Voices, Playboy, Zaum, and elsewhere. He has taught fiction writing at The University of Iowa and at Drew University, and is the recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award and a grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. He lives in Los Angeles.
Philip Sorenson lives in Chicago with his wife, Olivia Cronk, and their daughter, Louise. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including Hayden's Ferry Review, elimae, Asymptote, and Saltgrass. He teaches writing and literature.
Blueberry Morningsnow was born in Missoula, Montana in 1977. She grew up in Chatham, Illinois, and then lived in Iowa City, St. Louis, and Chicago. She was in the bands The Star Death and Hroom Hroom in St. Louis. Currently, she lives in Iowa City. She has one son, Finnegan. Recent poems have been published in Thermos and Loaded Bicycle. WHALE IN THE WOODS is her first book.
Melissa Dickey graduated from the University of Washington and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She teaches creative writing at Tulane University, co-edits Thermos magazine, and keeps a blog.Born and raised in New Orleans, she lives there with her husband, the poet Andy Stallings, and their two children.
Shane McCrae is the author of Mule (Cleveland State University Poetry Center , 2010), and the chapbook One Neither One ( Octopus Books, 2009). His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2010, The American Poetry Review, African American Review, Agni, The Kenyon Review, Octopus Magazine, Typo, and others. He went to school at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and Harvard Law, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa.
Madeline McDonnell is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a former lexicographer for the Oxford English Dictionary. She lives in New York City, where she is at work on a novel and a longer collection of short stories. Read Madeline's “Safety Book” Interview here. And, reviews of the stories at: Perpetual Folly, Gently Read Lit, NewPages and Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
Marc Rahe grew up in Pleasantville, Iowa. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gutcult, Ink node, La Fovea, Notnostrums, Painted Bride Quarterly, Sixth Finch, and other literary journals. Marc lives in Iowa City and works for a human services agency. The Smaller Half is his first book.
Andrea Rexilius completed her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is the editor of the online journal Parcel and co-editor of Marcel. She used to belong to the Denver Quarterly. Andrea's work has appeared in How 2, P-Queue, OR, Play/No Play, Trickhouse, and elsewhere. She has a chapbook on Horse Less Press. More work can be found at: Rabbit Light Movies, and Octopus Magazine.
Danielle Rosen was born and raised in Iron Mountain, MI and is a graduate of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Fine Art program at the University of Chicago. Language is at the core of Rosen’s investigative practice, where she often employs visual poetics and letterpress techniques. She has exhibited nationally in New York, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.
Patricia Rose is a leading scientist in the study of linguistics and human evolution. In addition to conducting experiments on human subjects, Rose also publishes peer reviewed essays and distributes self-published analyses on animal behavior. Her most recent studies examine the concept of ‘umwelt,’ first developed by theorist Jakob von Uexkull. Rose’s highly anticipated essay on the topic, is entitled: “The Cognitive Complications of the Speciest.” Language is at the core of Rosen’s investigative practice, where she often employs visual poetics and letterpress techniques. She has exhibited nationally in New York, Philadelphia and Milwaukee.
Zach Savich is the author of Full Catastrophe Living (University of Iowa Press, 2009), Annulments (Center for Literary Publishing, 2010), The Man Who Lost His Head (Omnidawn, 2010), and The Firestorm (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011). More work can be found at: the Boston Review, I Thought I Was New Here, and Jellyfish. Zach is the book review editor at The Kenyon Review. Check out Zach's “Safety Book” Interview here.
Vinnie Wilhelm was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the recipient of literary fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilhelm's fiction has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Philadelphia.