A winner of the River Styx International Poetry Contest, runner-up for the Iowa Review Fiction Prize and Finalist in The Starcherone Prize, the DIAGRAM Innovative Fiction Prize and the Paul Bowles Fiction Award, Jesse Waters is a recipient of a NC Artist’s Grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center, and is currently Director of the Bowers Writers House at Elizabethtown College. Jesse's fiction, poetry and non-fiction work has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes, and has appeared nationally and internationally in such journals as The Adirondack Review, Coal Hill Review, The Cortland Review, Cimarron Review, Iowa Review, River Styx, Slide, Story Quarterly, Southeast Review, Sycamore Review and others. His first collection of poems, Human Resources, was published by Inkbrush Press in 2011.
Curtis Smith's stories and essays have appeared in over seventy-five literary journals and have been cited by The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Spiritual Writing. He has published five story collections, three novels, and an essay collection, including Beast & Men, a story collection from Press 53 and the novel Lovepain, from Aqueous Books.
Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed, and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Poetry, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She received StoryQuarterly’s 2015 Nonfiction Prize, The Journal’s 2012 Poetry Prize, as well as the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lectureship from Gettysburg College and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary University. Phillips has recently completed Empty Clip, her third poetry collection. She’s now at work on new poems, a collection of lyric essays titled Wound Revisions, and Offset: A Poetry Broadside Digitization Project. In 2016, she’s blogging monthly for Ploughshares.
Lancaster County’s second poet laureate, Daina Savage, works as a freelance journalist for magazines and newspapers in the Mid-Atlantic region, with more than 3,000 published stories. She is a co-founder and co-director of the Spoken Word Festival in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As the director of the Lancaster Poetry Continuum, she organized numerous poetry reading series in Lancaster museums, bookstores, and coffee shops. She is the co-founder of the Lancaster County Young Writers Workshop. Her poetry has been published in numerous regional journals and has garnered many writing awards. She is the 2013 recipient of the R.E. Foundation Award for Outstanding Poetry and her work has been nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. Her debut collection of poetry, Traces, was published in 2013 by Iris G. Press.
Nicole St. Pierre
Nicole St. Pierre graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2012. While at Etown, she studied English and theatre performance. She was the recipient of the 2011 Louise Baugher Black Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Writing, was published in Fine Print, wrote for the Etownian, and was featured in the New Playwrights Fest and Shorts Fest. She currently works as a technical writer in Baltimore, and recent work has appeared onstage, online, and in print.
Sarah Kennedy holds a B.A. in English - Professional Writing from Elizabethtown College and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Penn State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetoric at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with research interests in phenomenology, tourism, and therapeutic writing. Her fiction and creative nonfiction work has appeared in print and online.
Austin DeMarco lives outside of Washington, DC. By day, he works for the American Psychiatric Association, developing publications for the association's professional conferences. Night, weekends, and early mornings are for writing. Austin writes a mix of fantasy and science fiction, and his stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction.