Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer. He is a two time Pushcart nominee with work that has appeared in various print and electronic publications. He is the author of the book Chalk Lines (FowlPoxPress, 2013; cover art by Virgil Kay).





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Janet Buttenwieser’s nonfiction work has appeared in Potomac Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Literary Mama, and other places. She was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest and won honorable mention in The Atlantic 2010 Student Writing contest. She has an MFA from the Northwest                                                                         Institute of Literary Arts.


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Sarah Beth Childers, a Huntington, WV, native, lives and writes in Richmond, IN, where she is the writer-in-residence at Earlham College. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Brevity, Wigleaf, The Tusculum Review, and SNReview. Her book, Shake Terribly the Earth, was published by Ohio University Press in 2013.




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Jacqueline Doyle has published creative nonfiction in South Dakota Review, Sweet, Jabberwock Review, The Rumpus, Waccamaw, Southern Indiana Review, Grist online, and Cold Mountain Review. Her essays have earned Pushcart nominations from Southern Humanities Review and South Loop Review, and a Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays 2013. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches at California State University, East Bay. Find her online here:


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Gary Fincke’s latest nonfiction book is Vanishings (Stephen F. Austin University, 2015). His newest book is a collection of stories called A Room of Rain, just out from West Virginia University. He has published two other nonfiction books, the memoir, The Canals of Mars, and Amp’d, an immersion journalism book about his son’s life as a rock guitarist in the multi-platinum band Breaking Benjamin. He is the Charles Degenstein Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University.


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Pamela Ann Galbreath holds an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches writing courses at the University of Wyoming. In 2011, she was awarded the Wyoming Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction. Her poetry and nonfiction have placed in the Wyoming Writers and New England Writers competitions. Her personal essays have found homes in the anthology Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism and in literary journals, including The North American Review, The Vermont Literary Review, South Loop Review, Saw Palm, The Emerson Review, and Lumina.


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Jeffrey Hammond, Reeves Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, has won two Pushcart Prizes, Shenandoah’s Carter Prize for Essay, and the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize for Essay. His nonfiction has appeared in many journals, including American Scholar, River Styx, Gettysburg Review, Fourth Genre, Ohio Magazine, Notre Dame Magazine, and Hotel Amerika. His books include The American Puritan Elegy (Cambridge, 2000), Ohio States: A Twentieth-Century Midwestern (Kent State, 2002), Small Comforts: Essays at Middle Age (Kent State, 2008), and Little Big World: Collecting Louis Marx and the American Fifties (Iowa, 2010).


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Emily Hipchen is the author of a memoir, Coming Apart Together: Fragments from an Adoption (2005). Her essays, short stories, and poems have appeared in Fourth Genre, Cincinnati Review, Baltimore Review, Bellingham Review, Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. She teaches at the                                                                         University of West Georgia.


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Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake’s Daughter: The Roads in and out of War (University of Iowa Press, 1997) and a poetry chapbook called The Tug (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her essays and poetry have appeared in such places as Tar River Poetry, Nimrod International, Lillith Magazine, The Florida Review, The Fourth Genre, The Chattahoochee Review, and Northeast Corridor. She is a full time lecturer at Rochester Institute of Technology and holds an MFA from Bennington College.


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Jill Kandel grew up in North Dakota, riding her Appaloosa bareback across the prairie. She has lived and worked in Zambia, Indonesia, England, and in the Netherlands. She now lives with her husband and children in Minnesota where she teaches creative writing and essay. Kandel also teaches journal writing classes to female inmates at a local county jail. Her book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village (Autumn House Press, 2015), won the 2014 Autumn House Prize for Creative Nonfiction. She was the runner-up of the 23rd Annual Missouri Review Jeffry E. Smith Editors’ Prize, and her work has been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (Penguin Books) and in Becoming: What Makes a Woman (University of Nebraska, 2012). Her essays have been published in The Missouri Review, Gettysburg Review, Brevity, River Teeth, Pinch, Under the Sun, and Image. You can view a two minute book trailer and purchase her book at


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Sarah Kennedy lives in Philadelphia and teaches writing at Rutgers-Camden, where she recently finished her MFA. In the past, she worked as managing editor, writer, and lexicographer for an online dictionary and as a freelance writer for Fodor’s travel publications. She has an essay forthcoming in                                                                         Chautauqua Magazine.


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Chels Knorr has written for Verge Magazine, Skirt! Magazine, Thought Catalog, Matter Press and Shark Reef, among others. She is the editor of two monthly trade publications.





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Jim Krosschell divides his life into three parts: growing up for 29 years, working in science publishing for 29 years, and now writing in Massachusetts and Maine. His essays have been published in Pank, Louisville Review, Waccamaw, Southeast Review, Contrary, Gargoyle, Ducts, The Common, and many others. “Yellow Finches,” published in 2009 by Contrary, was named in 2013 as one of its Top Ten of the last ten years. Visit his website and his blog.


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Tom Leskiw and his wife Sue live in Palominas, Arizona and Eureka, California. He retired in 2009 following a 31-year career as a hydrologic/biologic technician for Six Rivers National Forest. More than three dozen of his essays, book and movie reviews have appeared in a variety of literary journals. He’s an avid birder, a member of The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), and writes frequently about the natural world. His column appears at Redwood Region Audubon Society and you can visit him at his website.


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Miriam Mandel Levi lives in Israel with her husband and three children. She is a speech language pathologist. Her writing has appeared in the anthology, Same Time Next Week: True Stories of Mental Illness (Creative Nonfiction, In-Fact-Books 2015) and Brain,


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Mel Livatino’s essays have appeared numerous times in The Sewanee Review, Notre Dame Magazine, Portland Magazine, Under the Sun, 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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Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of books, (1) Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) by Simon & Schuster, 2013 and (2) How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008), which was selected by Kirkus Reviews as a 2008 Top Pick for Reading Groups and as a Target “Breakout Book.” An award-winning instructor, Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006 and also teaches at Hugo House in Seattle. Nestor also produces events for writers such as the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat, Bird by Bird & Beyond, and the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive, featuring talks by literary leaders such as Anne Lamott, Cheryl Strayed, Julia Cameron, and Natalie Goldberg. You can follow her on Facebook here and on Twitter @theopnestor.


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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 (Irie Books, 2013). Most recently his work has appeared in Under the Sun, Dark Matter, Measure, Digital Americana, Weber: the Contemporary West, Gobshite, and Slab. His blog, Dispatches from the Land of Cinnamon Sun, can be found at He teaches creative writing, composition, and                                                        mythology at Colorado Mesa University.


Sarah Odishoo is a poet and writer. Two of her essays were named Notable Essays in The Best American Essays, 2013 and 2011 respectively: “Eat Me: Instructions from the Unseen,” published in Zone Three—it also received the second annual Zone Three Creative Nonfiction Award— and “Time in a Bottle,” published by North Dakota Quarterly. Her essays have appeared in Sierra Nevada Review and the online magazines Caveat Lector, Crack the Spine, Knee-Jerk, The Montreal Review, paperplates, The Pedestal, Folly, Ragazine, and Serving House Journal.


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Robert Root is an Emeritus Professor of English at Central Michigan University. He teaches creative nonfiction in the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Ashland University. His craft books include The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction, co-edited with Michael Steinberg; The Nonfictionist’s Guide: On Reading and Writing Creative Nonfiction; Landscapes with Figures: The Nonfiction of Place; and E. B. White: The Emergence of an Essayist. He was a contributing editor to the nonfiction journal Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. His essays have appeared in such journals as Ecotone, North Dakota Quarterly, Under the Sun, Ascent, The Pinch, and Colorado Review and have been named Notable Essays of the Year in The Best American Essays. He has published two narratives of place, Recovering Ruth: A Biographer’s Tale and Following Isabella: Travels in Colorado Then and Now; two essay collections, Postscripts: Retrospections on Time and Place and Limited Sight Distance: Essays for Airwaves; and the memoir Happenstance. Visit his website at


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Alison Townsend is the author of two award-winning books of poetry, Persephone in America and The Blue Dress, and two chapbooks, And Still the Music, and What the Body Knows. Her poetry and essays appear widely, most recently in Brevity, Briar Cliff Review, Calyx, Chautauqua, Feminist Studies, Flyway, North Dakota Review, Parabola, Quarter After Eight, The Southern Review, and Zone Three, and she has a “Notable Essay” mentioned in Best American Essays 2014. Emerita Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, she has won many awards, including a Pushcart Prize and a literary fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board. She is completing a collection of essays, The Name for Woman is River: Essays Toward an Ecology of Home.


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Cathy Warner is the author of Burnt Offerings (poetry from eLectio 2014). She earned an MFA from Seattle Pacific University and serves as literary editor for Image journal’s online “Good Letters.” Cathy blogs, edits, and leads writing workshops in West Puget Sound. Her writing has appeared in dozens of literary journals. Her website can be found at and her blog at This or Something Better.