Les Kay is the author of The Bureau (Sundress, 2015) and co-author of Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications, 2016). He holds a PhD with a focus on Creative Writing from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from the University of Miami, where he was a James Michener Fellow. His poetry has appeared widely in journals such as [PANK], Redactions, South Dakota Review, Southern Humanities Review, Sugar House Review, Whiskey Island, and The White Review. He is also an Associate Editor for Stirring: A Literary Collection. He lives in Cincinnati, teaching writing, and caring for three very small dogs. 

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in the DC area. She is the author of seven chapbooks. Recent chapbooks are out or forthcoming from Grey Book Press, Dancing Girl Press and Shirt Pocket Press. Recent work can be seen or is forthcoming from Jet Fuel Review, PithFreezeraySo to Speak, Entropy, Right Hand Pointing,Chiron Review,Cider Press Review, and decomP. She also reviews poetry at TheThePoetry.com’s The Infoxicated Corner. For more visit: jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com.

Sam Slaughter is the author of the chapbook When You Cross That Line and the collection God in Neon. His work has appeared in places such as McSweeney's Internet TendencyMidwestern Gothic, and Atticus Review. He lives in Columbia, SC where he works as a spirits writer for The Manual. He can be found online at samslaughterthewriter.com and @slaughterwrites.

Nicole Oquendo is a writer, educator, and editor interested in multimodal compositions and translations of nonfiction and poetry. She is a member of the Sundress Publications Board of Directors, as well as an Assistant Editor for Flaming Giblet Press, the Nonfiction Editor of The Florida Review, and the Nonfiction Editor of the annual Best of the Net anthology. Her essays and poetry can be found in CutBank, DIAGRAMGulf Stream, and The Southeast Review, among others. She is the author of the chapbooks some prophets and self is wolf, the hybrid memoir Telomeres, and the visual poetry collection we, animals.


Sarah Ghoshal earned her MFA from Long Island University in Brooklyn and has published two chapbooks: Changing the Grid (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and The Pine Tree Experiment (Lucky Bastard Press, 2015). Sarah has been nominated for Best of the Net and her poetry can also be found in Yellow Chair Review, Arsenic Lobster, Winter Tangerine Review, Reunion: The Dallas Review and Red Savina Review, among others. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, her happy little baby and their faithful dog, Comet, who flies through the air with the greatest of ease.

Brennan ‘B Deep’ DeFrisco likes words and the way they move. He is an organizer & performer at the Berkeley Poetry Slam, & will represent them again in the upcoming 2015 National Poetry Slam. He is co-founder of Lucky Bastard Press & author of Highku: 4 & 20 Poems About Marijuana. His work can be found in a variety of publications, including Drunk Monkeys, Words Dance, & Hermeneutic Chaos. He loves a particularly beautiful & talented woman, movies, poker, whiskey, & Firefly.

J. Bradley is the author of the graphic poetry collection, The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), with art by Adam Scott Mazer, the linked story collection The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective (Pelekinesis) and Pick How You Will Revise A Memory (Robocup Press, 2016), a collection of prose poems disguised as Yelp reviews. His flash fiction chapbook, Neil, won Five [Quarterly]'s 2015 e-chapbook contest for fiction. He runs the Central Florida reading series/micro chapbook publisher There Will Be Words and lives at iheartfailure.net.

Cassandra Dallett lives in Oakland, CA. Cassandra is a two-time Pushcart nominee and reads often around the San Francisco Bay Area. She has published online and in many print magazines. A full-length book of poetry Wet Reckless was released to good review on Manic D Press May 2014. In 2015 she published five chapbooks, Pearl Tongue, The Water Wars, On Sunday, A Finch, and Armadillo Heart with MK Chavez. She is also the author of the full-length collection Bad Sandy.


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Bernard Grant is the recipient of fellowships from The University of Cincinnati, Jack Straw, and Mineral School, as well as scholarships from Pacific Lutheran University, Sundress Academy for the Arts, and Fishtrap. His creative nonfiction has been nominated for Best of the Net and his short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Chicago TribuneCrab Orchard ReviewFiction Southeast, and elsewhere. He has authored the nonfiction chapbook Puzzle Pieces (Paper Nautilus Press, 2016). He serves as Associate Essays Editor for The Nervous Breakdown.

Roxanna Bennett is the author of The Uncertainty Principle: Poems (Tightrope Books, 2014) and the web editor for Matrix Magazine. Her work has appeared in Bitch Magazine, Slice Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, Existere, Arc, Vallum, CV2Cosmonauts Avenue, Qwerty, carteblanche, and many other publications. She lives in Whitby, Ontario.

Toaster Henderson is a performance poet who has competed in the Individual World Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam, Ink Slam and other "big money" poetry competitions. He has also performed in a large variety of literary showcases such as Literary Death Match, The Encyclopedia Show, Lit Quake and Beast Crawl. Toaster was featured in SF Weekly, on All Def Digital's YouTube channel, and Season 4 of Lexus Verses and Flow. You can find his work at idcarthouse.squarespace.com/toaster; Instagram @Toastersmodernlife; and his Twitter: @hewhotoastsbred.

T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently Fall (Lucky Bastard Press, 2016) and The Ep[is]odes: a reformulation of Horace (Noctuary Press, forthcoming). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Whiskey Island, LIT, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Ninth Letter, Phoebe, and Open Letters Monthly, among others. A weightlifter, artist, and priestess, she lives in Florida and serves as an Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, the Development Director of the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press.

Allison Joseph lives, writes, and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University.  She serves as editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, and director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer writers’ work-shop for teen writers. Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh), Wordly Pleasures (Word Tech), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon UP), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father's Kites (Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (Imag-inary Friend Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), and others.