Living in Omaha, Nebraska, S.R. AICHINGER holds an MA in English from the University of Nebraska–Omaha, where he was a 2012 Presidential Graduate Fellow. He is continuing his graduate work in Creighton University’s MFA Creative Writing Program. His creative nonfiction writing focuses on ways of remembering as a mode of embodied composition. He is a contributing writer at Hear Nebraska, a nonprofit organization dedicated to Nebraska’s local music scene.

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MARCIA ALDRICH is the author of Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton. Companion to an Untold Story won the AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction. She is at work on Haze, a narrative of marriage and divorce during her college years.

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JIM CARRIER learned how to write aurally, for radio, the old fashioned way — at the end of a brutal red pen wielded by the late Steve Young of CBS and CNN. The craft led him up mountains, across the Atlantic, and through ten books and assignments for The New York Times, National Geographic and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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PENNY GUISINGER lives and writes on the easternmost tip of the United States. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Solstice Literary Magazine, Under the Gum Tree, and others. Her work is also forthcoming in two anthologies, due out in 2015. She is the founding organizer of Iota: The Conference of Short Prose. She is a Libra (sun sign in Aries) and an ENFP.

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ERIKA JANIK is the author of five history books, including Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine. Her work has appeared in Smithsonian, The Atlantic, Salon, Mental Floss, and Edible Milwaukee, among others. By day, she is the executive producer of the radio series Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Radio.

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A collector of communities, RACHEL JENKINS feels at home in many places, but Glacier National Park has laid claim to her heart each summer since 1994. Colorado, Wyoming and Antarctica have topped the winter lists, though her new partner and his dog recently motivated her to make Montana her year-round home. Less nomadic, she no longer judges a vehicle by how much it holds. “The Stuff of Dying and Living” is her first published piece.

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JANE KATIMS, from Arlington, Massachusetts, has published a poetry collection, Dancing on a Slippery Floor (2007). Her short story, “Until Now,” appeared in Pearl Magazine (2009), and “Without a Hitch” appears this summer in The Coachella Review (2014). For her writing work in radio, Jane won a Peabody Award. She teaches at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education and Tufts University.

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SCOTT RUSSELL MORRIS lives in Lubbock, Texas, where he is an English PhD student at Texas Tech University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brigham Young University. His other work has appeared in Brevity, Blue Lyra Review, and Stone Voices. He is mildly obsessed with squirrels, which means nearly all of his essays mention one somehow.

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DANA NORRIS is the founder of Story Club, a monthly storytelling show in Chicago, Boston and Minneapolis. She is the editor-in-chief of Story Club Magazine and she teaches at StoryStudio Chicago. She has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, the Tampa Review, and her stories have been featured on Chicago Public Radio. She still spends too much money at drugstores.

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