KAREN BABINE is the author of Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life (University of Minnesota, 2015), winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for memoir/creative nonfiction, finalist for the Midwest Book Award and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. Her second essay collection, All the Wild Hungers, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2018. She also edits Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies. Her work has appeared in such journals as Brevity, River Teeth, North American Review, Slag Glass City, Sweet, and more. She lives and writes in Minneapolis. (@karenbabine)
Author of the children’s book Jak’s Story, Ojibway Storyteller AARON BELL began his career in the visual arts at Sheridan College and Mohawk College in Canada. Through his work for organizations like the Cultural Centre and Kanata Native Traditional Village in Brantford, Ontario, he was led to acting, set design, and eventually First Nations storytelling. He and the White Pine Dancers have performed across Canada and produced two CDS, How the Oceans Become Salty andPainted Imagination.
VICTORYA CHASE is a writer and educator living in the Midwest. She uses literature and creative writing in the medical field to address bias and health inequities, and to improve the patient/provider relationship. Her work can be seen in numerous magazines and anthologies. (@victorya)
D. GILSON is the author of I Will Say This Exactly One Time: Essays (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015); Crush, with Will Stockton (Punctum Books, 2014); Brit Lit (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013); and Catch & Release (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012). Gilson is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Texas Tech University. (@dgilson)
JENNIFER HUDAK is a writer and yoga teacher living in Upstate New York. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, and personal essays have been published in HYPERtext, Literary Mama, and TueNight. She’s currently working on her first novel. (@writerunyoga)
BRANDON DAVIS JENNINGS is an Operation Iraqi Freedom Veteran from West Virginia. Jennings is the author of the forthcoming essay collection Operation Iraqi Freedom is My Fault (Little Presque Books), and several bestselling Kindle Singles, including the novel The Bombmaker’s Wife. Winner of the 2012 Iron Horse Chapbook Competition, his short work has appeared in journals like Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Passages North, Triquarterly, and elsewhere. To see more of Jennings’ work, including visual illustrations and animations, as well as the ever-expanding story about the city of Riverside, you can find him at online. (@brandonsbass)
NOMI STONE’s second collection of poems, Kill Class, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2018. She is also the author of the poetry collection Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly, 2008), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Anthropology at Princeton University, and an MFA Candidate in Poetry at Warren Wilson College. Poems appear recently in The New Republic, Bettering American Poetry 2017, The Best American Poetry 2016, Poetry Northwest, Sixth Finch, diode, and elsewhere. (@nomistonestone)
Poet, theologian, and group worker, PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA has worked with groups in Ireland, Britain, the U.S., and Australia. With interests in storytelling, groupwork, theology, and conflict, Pádraig lectures, leads retreats and writes both poetry and prose. (@duanalla)
JANICE WRIGHT CHENEY is a visual artist living in Fredericton NB (Canada.) Her textile-based sculptures and installations explore the human relationship to nature, particularly animals, examining assumed distinctions between the sociocultural and the natural. Wright Cheney was among artists selected for Oh Canada, a survey of contemporary Canadian art, held at MASS MoCA, North Adams MA in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include Cellar (Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge AB, 2015) and Sardinia (Tides Institute and Museum of Art, Eastport ME, 2016).