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Terry Barr’s essays have been published in Full Grown People, Compose, Blue Lyra Review, Sport Literate, and Turk’s Head Review, among other journals. He is a music columnist for culturemass.com, and teaches Creative Writing, Film Studies, and Southern Studies at Presbyterian College. He lives in Greenville, SC, with his wife and two daughters.



UtS 14 author photo Booth  (resized 1280 w x 1024 h pixels)Rosemary Booth is a writer and photographer living in Cambridge, MA. Her essays have appeared in the Imagination and Place anthology, Seasonings and other publications and her word sonnets have been published in Boston Poetry Magazine. She is also a contributing writer and regular book reviewer for The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide. Her photograph, “Speckled,” was selected for the Cambridge Public Library 2012 biennial exhibit and a photographic series, “Emergence,” has been published online by Epiphany Magazine.


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Mark Brazaitis is the author of five books of fiction: The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award; Steal My Heart, winner of the 2001 Maria Thomas Fiction Award; An American Affair: Stories, winner of the 2008 George Garrett Fiction Prize; The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize; and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His book of poems, The Other Language, won the 2008 ABZ Poetry Prize. Brazaitis’ writing has been featured on the Diane Rehm Show as well as on public radio in Cleveland, Iowa City, New York City, and Pittsburgh. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and technical trainer, he is a professor of English and the director of the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop at West Virginia University. To learn more about him, visit his website.

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Shuly Cawood is a writer and editor. Her essays and poetry have appeared in publications such as Community Journal, Pegasus Review, Moving Out, Helix Literary Magazine, Johnson City Press, The Independent Weekly (now Indy Week), Red Earth Review, and Naugatuck River Review. Visit her website here.



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Ellen Darion lives and writes in Somerville, Massachusetts. She edits and contributes to textbooks, journals and magazines; hosts paella parties, and drives a small truck. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared or will soon appear in The Gettysburg Review, Epoch, Extracts, Sixfold, Defunct, Special Report: Fiction, and McCall’s.


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Rebecca Dimyan has a B.A. in English from Boston University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Fairfield University. She is a writer, teacher and food journalist. Her works have appeared in The Ampersand Review, The Cupboard Magazine, eChook, The Fat City Review and L’Allure des Mots. Dimyan teaches first-year writing at Fairfield University. Read more of her work here.


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Laurie Ann Doyle is the winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award, as well as nominations for a Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices. Her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Jabberwock Review, Midway Journal, Arroyo Literary Review, Dogwood Journal, and other literary magazines. Before earning an MFA at the University of San Francisco in 2007, she received a Master’s of Public Health from Yale University and worked as educator and trainer at Kaiser Permanente. She now co-hosts San Francisco’s Babylon Salon and teaches writing at UC Berkeley. Learn more about her work at her website.

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Sharon Goldberg lives in the Seattle area and previously worked as an advertising copywriter in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. Her work has appeared in The Louisville Review, The Avalon Literary Review, The Chaffey Review, Temenos, The Binnacle, Little Fiction: Listerature, The Feathered Flounder, Penduline, in three fiction anthologies, and elsewhere. Her short stories “Caving In” (2012) and “Ghost” (2011) were finalists in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. Sharon was also the second place winner of the 2012 On The Premises Humor Contest and Fiction Attic Press’s 2013 Flash in the Attic Contest. Three of her stories were nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. “When It’s Time to Say Good-bye” is her second publication in Under the Sun. Sharon is working on a short story collection. Find her at via her GMail or her website.

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Lisa Ohlen Harris is the author of The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving (2013) and the Middle East memoir, Through the Veil (2010). Her nonfiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, River Teeth, Brevity, and elsewhere. She lives in Newberg, Oregon, with her husband and four daughters and teaches graduate creative writing in Southern New Hampshire University’s online program and mentors nonfiction writers through her critique service.

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John E. Keats lives in Massachusetts. He has an M.A. in English from Boston College. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Under the Sun (2003; 2006; 2010), River Teeth, Relief, and Roux. His first collection of interrelated stories and essays, Only the Young Would Never Arrive, is available through his website.



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Jacqueline Kolosov’s third poetry collection is Memory of Blue (Salmon, 2014). She has a novel, Dream Open the Road, forthcoming from Luminis Books in the spring. Her essays, stories & poems appear widely in journals and anthologies including Bellevue Literary Review, Fifth Wednesday, Sewanee Review, and The Southern Review.
UtS 14 author photo Kronenfeld  (resized 1280 w x 1024 h pixels)Judy Z. Kronenfeld’s most recent collections of poetry are Shimmer (WordTech Editions, 2012) and the second edition of Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Prize (Antrim House, 2012). Her poems have appeared in many print and online journals such as Calyx, Cimarron Review, The American Poetry Journal, Natural Bridge, Poetry International, Spoon River Poetry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Women’s Review of Books, and The Pedestal; two dozen poems have appeared in anthologies such as Before there Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle (Lost Horse, 2012), and Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State, 2009). She has also published short fiction in a number of journals including The Madison Review and Literary Mama, and personal essays in France, A Love Story: Women Write about the French Experience and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. “From Bagels, via George Herbert’s Temple, to OMG! the Temple,” is her seventh personal essay to appear in Under the Sun. Judy is also the author of a critical study: KING LEAR and the Naked Truth (Duke U.P., 1998). She is Lecturer Emerita, Creative Writing Dept., University of California, Riverside, and Associate Editor of the online poetry journal, Poemeleon.
UtS 14 author photo Leskiw  (resized 1280 w x 1024 h pixels)Tom Leskiw and his wife Sue and their dog Zevon split their time between Palominas, Arizona and Eureka, California. He retired in 2009 following a 31-year career as a hydrologic/biologic technician for Six Rivers National Forest. His research, essays, book and movie reviews have appeared in a variety of scientific and literary journals. Awards include The Motherhood Muse (1st place contest winner). His column appears at the Redwood Region Audubon Society and his website is here.


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Mark Liebenow is the author of four books, most recently Mountains of Light: Seasons of Reflection in Yosemite, published by the University of Nebraska Press and winner of the River Teeth Book Prize. This essay is from his unpublished grief memoir. His essays, poems, and critical reviews have appeared in journals such as the Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Fifth Wednesday Journal. His nonfiction work has won the Chautauqua and Ames Essay Awards, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2012. For more information about his writing, please go here.

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Mel Livatino’s essays have appeared numerous times in Under the Sun, The Sewanee Review, Notre Dame Magazine, Writing on the Edge, River Teeth, and elsewhere. In the last decade six of his essays, including two from Under the Sun, have been named Notable Essays of the Year by Robert Atwan’s Best American Essays annual.


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Arlene L. Mandell, a retired English professor, was formerly on the staff of Good Housekeeping magazine. She has published more than 500 poems, essays and short stories in newspapers and literary journals, including The New York Times, Tiny Lights and Wild Violet. Her work has also appeared in 24 anthologies, including Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing. An echapbook, Scenes from My Life on Hemlock Street: A Brooklyn Memoir, set in the 1940s and 50s, is available free at eChapBooks.

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Kristina Moriconi is a poet and essayist. She received her MFA in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. Her work has appeared most recently in Cobalt Review, Prick of the Spindle, and Blue Heron Review. She is the author of a chapbook, No Such Place (Finishing Line Press, 2013), the director of the Arthur Krasnow Poets and Poetry Reading Series at Elkins Park Library, and the 2014 Montgomery County Poet Laureate. Visit her website for more information.


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John Nizalowski is the author of three books—Hooking the Sun (Farolito Press, 2003), The Last Matinée (Turkey Buzzard Press, 2011), and Land of Cinnamon Sun (Iris Books, 2013). Most recently his work has appeared in Measure, Digital Americana, Under the Sun, Weber: the Contemporary West, Gobshite, and Slab. He teaches creative writing, composition, and mythology at Colorado Mesa University.



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John S. O’Connor teaches in a public school outside Chicago. His poetry has appeared in places such as The Cortland Review, Rhino, and Poetry East. He is also the author of two books on teaching: Wordplaygrounds and This Time It’s Personal. The first chapter of the latter title was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, 2011.


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Michael O’Rourke’s essays have appeared in North American Review, Gettysburg Review, ISLE, Capitalism Nature Socialism, and other journals, and four have been cited as “Notable” by the editors of Best American Essays. His book is Paul Bunyan Lives! and other Tales from the Natural World.


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Lee Patton is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright. A native of California’s Mendocino Coast, Patton has lived in Colorado since college, teaching writing and literature and volunteering for environmental restoration. His novels include Love and Genetic Weaponry: The Beginner’s Guide and Nothing Gold Can Stay (Alyson Books, 2009 and 2000). Au Bon Pain, 6 Stories, 1 Life (JMS Books) was launched in May, 2012. Recent work appears in Best New Writing 2012, Adirondack Review, Memoir Journal, and Poetry Quarterly. Prizes include 2006 Colorado Authors League Short Fiction Award, The Borderlands Playwrights Prize (The Houseguest) and the Ashland New Playwrights (Orwell in Orlando). Notable quarterlies that have published Patton’s poetry include The Threepenny Review, The Massachusetts Review and California Quarterly. He has also published nonfiction, including travel and educational commentary. “Howling Grounds and Scorched Earth” is a free-standing chapter of a book-in-progress, The South Within Us, with fellow Denverites journalist Kristen Hannum and community activist George Ware; the first chapter of The South Within Us appeared in the Spring 2012 edition of Crosstimbers.

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Philip Raisor is the author of five books of poetry, nonfiction, and criticism, as well as numerous scholarly articles, essays, reviews, and interviews in such journals as The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner, The Writer’s Chronicle, Studies in English Literature, and Contemporary Literature. In his teen years, he played on the losing team in the state championship game in Indiana that inspired Hoosiers, and was a freshman on the team with Wilt Chamberlain that lost a national championship in triple-overtime. Raisor received his B.A and M.A from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. from Kent State. He taught at various universities and is now professor emeritus of English at Old Dominion University, where he initiated the creative writing program, a visiting writers’ series, and the annual literary festival. Visit him at his website.
UtS 14 author photo Redfearn  (resized 1280 w x 1024 h pixels)Dolores Redfearn is an honors graduate of the Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Program in fiction writing, where she was nominated for Best New Voices in 2003 and 2004. Her work has appeared in the anthology Voices of Lung Cancer, in the Palo Alto Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Willow Review, and is forthcoming in the fall issue of North Dakota Quarterly. A former teacher, principal, and administrator for disabled children at the Children’s Development Center in Dallas, she now resides in Philadelphia, and divides her time between there and the Yucatan peninsula, where she enjoys photography, sailing, music, and salsa dancing.
UtS 14 author photo Rozema  (resized 1280 w x 1024 h pixels)Mark Rozema lives in Seattle, with his wife, daughter and dogs. His nonfiction has appeared in Superstition Review, Flyway, Sport Literate, Isthmus, and other journals. His first book, Road Trip, is forthcoming from Boreal Books. He loves to climb mountains, run, and garden.
UtS 14 author photo TolfFrancine Marie Tolf has published two poetry collections, Rain, Lilies, Luck (North Star Press of St. Cloud) and Prodigal (Pinyon Publishing), as well as a memoir and five chapbooks including Eighteen Poems to God and a Poem to Satan by Redbird Chapbooks of Minnesota. Her essays and poems have been published widely in journals including Water-Stone, Poetry East, Under the Sun, Christian Century and Contrary Magazine. She has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board; Barbara Deming / Money for Women; and the Elizabeth George Foundation. Francine lives and works in Minneapolis.
UtS 14 author photo Troisi  (resized 1280 w x 1024 h pixels)Gina Troisi received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The University of Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Program in 2009. Her work has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, including The Gettysburg Review, PMSpoemmemoirstory, Room Magazine, The Concho River Review, and Compass Rose. Her essays have been recognized as finalists in multiple contests, including the 2012 Iowa Review Award in Creative Nonfiction, the 2012 Bellevue Literary Review Nonfiction Prize, Bellingham Review’s 2012 Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction, and the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award for prose. She received an Honorable Mention for Gulf Coast’s 2012 Nonfiction Prize. She served as Writer-in-Residence 2012 at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She teaches writing at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, and is also the Writing Center Coordinator at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Visit her website.
UtS 14 author photo Vannatta  (resized 1280 w x 1024 h pixels)Dennis Vannatta has published stories in many magazines and anthologies, including Chariton Review, Boulevard, Antioch Review, and Pushcart XV, and four collections: This Time, This Place and Prayers for the Dead, both by White Pine Press, Lives of the Artists by Livingston Press, and Rockaway Children: Stories, by Rising Star Press. His first novel, Around Centralia Square, was recently published by Cave Hollow Press.