Valerie Borey – “Bok Choy” – lives in Minneapolis. Her creative work has appeared onstage at various venues in the Twin Cities and in publications such as Diddle Dog, Heavy Glow, Bound Off, In Stereo Press, Burningword, and Red Fez.

Marianna Crane- “Baby in the Closet”—has been a nurse for more than forty years. Her passion is writing about the nursing profession to inform the public about what nurses really do. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Examined Life Journal, The Eno River Literary Journal, and the Chapel Hill News. She is working on a memoir about the nurse practitioner role. She writes a blog at

Madaline Harrison
– “Days of the Giants” – is a neurologist at the University of Virginia where she sees patients with movement disorders and teaches.

Maureen Hirthler – “Jefferson’s Children” – has been a practicing Emergency Medicine physician for more than twenty years. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her work has been published in Hippocampus, The Intima, The Yale Journal of Humanities in Medicine, and elsewhere.

Zeynel A. Karcioglu – “Edgar Degas’ Eyes” – has been a medical and surgical practitioner, researcher, and medical educator for the last 40 years. He is presently a professor of ophthalmology and pathology at The University of Virginia. His tangential interest has been the eye diseases of artists, such as Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and Tennessee Williams, and the effects of these problems on their work. To this end, he studied the particular instances of artists’ diseases and has produced a variety of publications and presentations.

N. West Moss “Dad Died”  – has had her work published in The New York Times, Memoir Journal, The Blotter, The Blue Lake Review, and elsewhere, and received the Faulkner Society Gold Medal for best Essay in 2013 for her essay, “The Lifted Corner” about miscarriage.  She was a 2012 MacDowell Fellow, a 2013 Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellow, and completed her MFA in Creative Writing in 2013.  She is almost finished writing a novel set in New Orleans in 1878, during a yellow fever epidemic.  The Southern Food and Beverage Museum (in New Orleans) has just announced that she will be their 2014 Research Fellow.

Marian Pierce – “Haiku” – works as a freelance editor and has just completed co-writing the biography of an inventor. Her fiction about Japan has appeared in GQ, Portland Monthly Magazine, the Mississippi Review, Yomimono, and other venues, and she has won fellowships from Literary Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission, the MacDowell Colony, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Tom Donlon – “New Terms” – is a project manager for Verizon, but, in an earlier life, earned an MFA in poetry from the American University in Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and children in the Shenandoah Valley, WV. Poems have appeared in journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Recognition includes Pushcart Prize nominations and a fellowship from the WV Commission on the Arts.

Steven Wittenberg Gordon – “Cascade” – is a poet, author, and gentleman songster. He resides in Kansas with his human family and a poorly trained Airedale terrier. He is the editor of Songs of Eretz Poetry Review and maintains a modest concierge medical practice to support his poetry habit.

Terry S. Johnson – “Iris” and “Nebulizer” – lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she served as a public school teacher for over 25 years. Her first poetry book, Coalescence, was published in 2014 by WordTech Editions.

Victoria Korth – “The Body” and “Orange” – is a poet and practicing psychiatrist whose work has been published widely in literary magazines, most recently in the 2015 Montreal International Poetry Prize Longlist Anthology. Her chapbook, Cord Color, is available from Finishing Line Press. She lives in upstate New York and loves the long, cold winter.

Andrew Merton – “Biopsy”  “Chemo” and “General Anesthesia” – is a recovering rock musician and newspaper columnist. His first book of poetry, Evidence that We Are Descended from Chairs, won the New Hampshire Writers’ Project award for Outstanding Book of Poetry, 2013-2014. His second book, Lost and Found, will be published by Accents Publishing early next year. He is a professor emeritus of English at the University of New Hampshire.

Larry Pike’s – “My EKG” and “The Night Room” – poetry and fiction has appeared in Seminary Ridge Review, Wind, Inkwell, Athlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, The Louisville Review, the MOTIF anthologies Writing by Ear and Come What May, the chapbook Absent Photographer, and other publications. His play Beating the Varsity, originally produced by Horse Cave Theatre, was published in World Premieres from Horse Cave Theatre (MotesBooks, 2009).

Ken Poyner’s – “The Drunkard Tries to Fight” – work has lately been seen in Analog, Café Irreal, The Journal of Microliterature, Blue Collar Review, and many wonderful places. His latest book of bizarre short fiction, Constant Animals, is available from his website,, and from He is married to Karen Poyner, one of the world’s premier power lifters and holder of more than a dozen current world power lifting records. They are the parents of four rescue cats and two senseless fish.

Meagan McGinley Simpson – “Skin Check” – is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh’s MSc in literature program. A 2015 UVA medical school graduate, she is now a pre-dermatology medicine intern at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she continues to write poetry amongst her progress notes.

Ashley Warren – “Painbirds V” and “Painbirds VII” – is a Minnesota native and currently lives in Long Beach, CA. Her poems have appeared in several print and online publications, including Packingtown Review, Convergence Magazine, Hiram Poetry Review, Santa Clara Review, Old Red Kimono, Red River Review, Roanoke Review, Words Dance Publications, and Sandy River Review.