Okla Elliott Website: http://oklaelliott.net/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/okla.elliott Okla Elliott is currently an Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois, where he works in the fields of comparative literature and trauma studies. He also holds an MFA from Ohio State University. His nonfiction, poetry, short fiction, and translations have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, The Los Angeles Review, Prairie Schooner, A Public Space, and Subtropics, among others. He is the author of the fiction collection, From the Crooked Timber (Press 53, 2011) and a poetry collection, The Cartographer’s Ink (NYQ Books, 2014). His novel, The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (co-authored with Raul Clement), is forthcoming in early 2015 from Dark House Press, and his book of translation Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker is forthcoming in late 2015 from Black Lawrence Press.
Laurence Loeb Laurence Loeb is a semi-retired psychiatrist whose chapbook, Asylum, was published in 2010. His poems have appeared in Barrow Street, The New York Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Mid-America Poetry Review, on the Sonnet Scroll of Poetry Porch, in The Pedestal Magazine, Right Hand Pointing, Tattoo Highway, Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, and Lifelines. He was a semi-finalist in the 1999 Discovery/The Nation poetry contest. Other work appeared in The New York Times. His translation of a Baudelaire poem appeared in American Imago. He has participated in poetry discussions on National Public Radio.
Alison Stone is the author of Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), Borrowed Logic (Dancing Girl Press 2014), From the Fool to the World (Parallel Press 2012) and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award and was published by Many Mountains Moving Press. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and a variety of other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin award. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. She is currently editing an anthology of poems on the Persephone/Demeter myth.
Linda Tieber Website: www.ltieber.com A former journalist, pianist and band manager, Linda Tieber has also worked as assistant to CEOs, a Nobel Laureate, and a wild game hunter. She turned to poetry and fiction after some time at the Wall Street Journal and has been with NYQ for years, where she’s done interviews with poet Sharon Olds, Pound scholar Hugh Kenner and Grove Press publishing maverick Barney Rosset. Her first book, a combination of poetry and prose entitled Force of Flesh, will be published in November by Rain Mountain Press.