R . A . Allen
(An Excerpt from the Transcript)
R. A. Allen’s fiction has appeared in The Literary Review, The Barcelona Review, PANK, Corvus (UK), The Los Angeles Review, Best American Mystery Stories 2010, and elsewhere. Nominated for Best of the Web 2010. He lives in Memphis. More at www.nyqpoets.net/poet/raallen.

Eleanor Bennett
(What Do You Stand For)
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles,Florida, Washington, Scotland,Wales, Ireland,Canada,Spain,Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011)amongst many other locations.

Valentina Cano
(Mania)
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her poems have been nominated for both Best of the Web and for the Pushcart Prize.Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her poems have been nominated for both Best of the Web and for the Pushcart Prize.

Kathlean Davis
(“Meantime we shall express our darker purpose.”)
As a science major, art allows her to escape the real world for a little while. “Meantime We Shall Express Our Darker Purpose” was created from a still life as part of a collection of works for an art class. Somewhat dark and a little vexing, a Shakespearean title seemed appropriate to fully explain the piece.

William Doreski
(A Beatification)
William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. His latest book is City of Palms (AA Press, 2012). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Worcester Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, Natural Bridge.

Sarah A. Foote
(The Deadliest Sin  |  To Make Soup)
Sarah A. Foote is a senior at the University of Mary Washington who will graduate in the spring of 2013. She is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing, and who has eclectic interests, such as volunteerism, karaoke, drinking coffee at all hours, dancing, bowling, tie-dyeing, road-tripping, and hanging out with her loved ones. When she grows up, she wants to have a Fennec Fox as a pet and, on a more realistic note, would like to make enough money to continue doing what she likes to do: writing and helping people.

Cory Geoghegan
(The Angry Orchard)
From age 7 Cory’s family knew he was a master pumpkineer. The locals called him Cory Knifehands based on the speed at which he could clean and carve a pumpkin. The art is not in the design, but in the form of which it is taken on the canvas he calls pumpkin. This last work was his crown and glory, but next year shall yield something more sensational yet terrifying.

Erika Gimbel
(The Dog)
Erika writes what she knows, mostly flash-fiction on the trepidation of life.

Caroline Gordon
(Anguish)
Caroline has been writing for most of her life. She didn’t start writing full-time until 2 years ago. Since then her world has changed. Having founded 14 poetry forms to date, been published, awarded, well praised. Caroline’s favorite genre is the dark one. Horror, gore, twisted, philosophical, deep, depressed, you name it. Caroline plans to spend the next month’s working toward publication of a full length book.

John Grey
(Checkout Line)
John Grey is an Australian born poet who works as financial systems analyst. He was recently published in Bryant Poetry Review, Tribeca Poetry Review and the horror anthology, “What Fears Become,” with work upcoming in Potomac Review, Hurricane Review and Osiris.

Nicole Hall
(Undefined)
Nicole Hall graduated with Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is currently ruining herself forever by getting a PhD in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she has worked as a graduate teaching assistant and fiction editor for the graduate literary journal, the Cream City Review. In her free time, she tries not to embarrass her 17-year-old stepson, plays with her 1-year-old baby, caters to the every whim of her two cats, and appeases the cheesecake gods by eating offerings in their honor. This is her first publication.

Kyle Hemmings
(Musically Inclined in Private Spaces)
Kyle Hemmings is the author of several chapbooks of poetry and prose: Avenue C, Cat People, and Anime Junkie (Scars Publications), and Tokyo Girls in Science Fiction (NAP). His latest e-books are You Never Die in Wholes from Good Story Press and The Truth about Onions from Good Samaritan. He has been published in Wigleaf, Storyglossia, Elimae, Match Book, This Zine Will Save Your Life, and other zines. Kyle lives and writes in New Jersey.

Lawrence Lee
(And When I Die)
After a 30-year career as a professional painter, Lawrence W. Lee has now turned his considerable talents to poetry. Lee was born in 1947 and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona, having recently returned from a 2-year working vacation in the western highlands of Guatemala. Lee has here-to-fore published one children’s book (“The Mirror” -Harbinger, 1984) and “Living With an Impostor,” about his wife’s struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Saeide Mirzaei
(Knights in Breastplates)
Born in Zahedan, a provincial town in the southeast of Iran, near the borders of Afghanistan, a passion for storytelling began to take root in Saeide as early as seven. Her childhood memories are replete with episodes of hiding under the blanket or sneaking behind the bushes while she wrote stories on the lines left blank in used school notebooks. Saeide is interested in mapping human tensions in her stories which mostly engage with -and struggle with- the restraints of Iranian society, particularly in terms of sexuality and gender. She has always dreamed of being able to write in English and to tell stories in the space between Iranian life and the English-speaking world from a position between two languages and two literary traditions.

Emily Montgomery
(Resilience and Rupture)
Emily Montgomery is a senior at Mary Washington majoring in English and Geography. She enjoys thrift stores, Waffle House, and late-night adventures, among other things.

Kelly Odoms
(Transylvania Ketchup)
Illustrator from the Washington DC area, enjoys creating unique illustrations of characters in strange situations.

Josh Roberts
(Bloom  |  Isogloss)
Josh Roberts is a junior at the University of Mary Washington. He plays the drums and keyboards and has been making electronic music for about a year and a half. The ease of experimentation and infinite range of sounds available within electronic music are continual sources of inspiration for him. He has also played drums in rock and jazz bands.

Carey Russell
(Envisioning Capture  |  Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
Carey Russell was born in Falls Church, Virginia, and graduated with honors from the University of Virginia with degrees in English Literature and Mathematics in 2009. She now lives in New York and works as a writer and researcher at Columbia University where she is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry Writing.

Warren Stokes
(Elepfrika)
Born in Colorado Springs, CO, Warren Stokes is a self-taught artist and mazeologist. The beginning of his art side of life was created during a 4 week job training almost seven years before he would complete another art maze. Bored and angry with the professional direction his life was headed in he doodled on the back of a notebook, day dreaming of what life should be like. Once the space was filled he noticed that each individual drawing was spaced in a way that could be navigated through like a maze. Impressed with the look of the drawings he tried a few more doodles with the goal of creating t-shirt designs.
It wasn’t until 2009 when his youngest son was born that he took his artistic journey serious. During the years between mazes he worked on his skill as a writer penning more than 50 children’s books. One day while looking at his first maze doodle he decided to create a children’s book based upon mazes. It was this project that ignited the artist in him allowing him to discover the more artistic look to each maze. Viewing the beauty and hidden designs within each maze forced him to experiment with depth, angles, dimension, and perception. These early attempts really brought life to the mazes almost completely disguising them inside the work.
Since 09 Stokes has created more than 400 pieces of art all mazes, started and finished the maze a day project www.maze-ing.com, sold his art and had his art used in two novels. With the goal of “creating a more difficult maze every time” this artist has the potential to create thousands of pieces of beautifully creative art. www.8ighthwonder.com.

Shelly Trivedi
(Jacqueline  | Pleasure)
Shelly Trivedi is an undergraduate student at Sarah Lawrence College. She grew up in between Pittsburgh, PA and New Delhi, India.