Aozora Brockman was raised on an organic vegetable farm in Central Illinois by a Japanese mother and an American father. She is the recipient of the 2015 Jean Meyer Aloe Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and is the author of two chapbooks, The Happiness of Dirt and Memory of a Girl. Aozora’s poems have also appeared in Hermeneutic Chaos, the Cortland Review, Fifth Wednesday, and other journals. Read more of her writing at: .
Danika Dinsmore is an author, educator, and spokenword artist. She currently works in speculative and literary fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. When not on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with her corporeal family, she takes her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours events on the road to schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals across North America. She is author of children’s fantasy adventure series Faerie Tales from the White Forest. For more info:
Giselle Leeb grew up in South Africa and lives in Nottingham, UK, where she works as a web developer when she is not writing short stories. These have appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Ambit, Supernatural Tales, Mslexia, Litro, and other places. She recently won the third prize for short fiction in the Aurora and Elbow Room competitions and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2016. http://giselleleeb.com/, @gisellekleeb
Born in the USSR, lives in Russia. Always gay, often sad. A human, a mother, a voice.
Johannes Punkt writes with an accent. Previously published in Minor Literature[s], Pamphlets for the Apocalypse, among others. Studies translation at Lund University, Sweden. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photograph courtesy of Josefin Tollgren.)
Michael J. DeLuca is a fernlike, woody perennial native to the Eastern US, found on hilltops and in woodland clearings from Massachusetts to Michigan. Leaves astringent; strongly tannic; used in teas, to flavor ales and as an aromatic smudge. Flowers late summer in cylindrical catkins. @michaeljdeluca; mossyskull.com.