Caits Meissner is the author of the illustrated hybrid poetry book Let It Die Hungry (The Operating System, 2016). She is published in literary journals including The Literary Review, Narrative, Drunken Boat, Adroit, and The Offing. Caits has taught, consulted and co-created extensively for over 15 years across a wide spectrum of communities, with a special focus on imprisoned people, women and youth. She is the Prison and Justice Writing Program Manager at PEN America in New York City.
Brit Barnhouse's previous work can be found in Fugue, Saltfront, Writers Resist, The Hopper, Collateral, and more. When not writing about the ever-blurred lines between animals and humans, she can be found hoping for close encounters with whales in the Puget Sound, giving her dogs belly rubs, or tossing treats out to the neighborhood crows.
Vera Claeys is an interdisciplinary creative based in Davis, CA by way of Austin, TX. She has been published in Nasty Magazine, curated a photo exhibit entitled, Golden Doubts, and collaborated on an art installation for Hive Arts Collective in Austin, Texas.
She currently works for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as an event manager. Her zine entitled "Cool, Calm, and Rejected," will be published later this year.
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Elizabeth Zaleski is a writer, primarily of checks for small sums of money. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, and has an appointment to refill her meds this Thursday.
Kevin Abt, alleged conspiracy theorist, confirmed conspirator.
Chad Miller lives and works in Ohio.
Kristine Langley Mahler's creative nonfiction received the 2016 Rafael Torch Award for Literary Nonfiction from Crab Orchard Review and has appeared/is forthcoming in The Rumpus, New Delta Review, Quarter After Eight, Sweet, Storm Cellar, and elsewhere.
Kevin Mahler holds degrees from The University of Iowa and Michigan State University. He lives in Nebraska.
By Felicia Rose Chavez
Felicia Rose Chavez is a digital storyteller whose work features regularly on National Public Radio. She holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Iowa. Former Program Director to Young Chicago Authors and founder of GirlSpeak, a literary webzine for young women, Felicia teaches creative writing and new media as a Riley Scholar-in-Residence at Colorado College. Find her at www.feliciarosechavez.com.
By Rachel and Beverly Luria