Kathleen de Azevedo’s non-fiction, much of it about Brazil where she was born, appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Amèricas, Urban Mozaik, North Dakota Quarterly, and Broad Street. Her novel Samba Dreamers (University of Arizona Press) won the 2006 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award, given to work exploring diversity and human rights. In the past, she was an actress. Now, in her more rational stage of life, she writes and teaches English at Skyline College, San Bruno, California.
Cindy Bradley, a Southern California native, lives and writes in Fresno, CA, where she recently received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Fresno State. Her essay “Death, Driveways, and Dreams”, featured in Under the Sun’s 2016 edition, won Fresno State’s Creative Writing Prize in Nonfiction that same year. Cindy’s essays have appeared in 45th Parallel, Minerva Rising, San Joaquin Review, and Under the Sun. She is currently working on her memoir titled Death, Driveways and California Dreams.
Joan Connor is a professor at Ohio University and a former professor in Fairfield University’s and Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine’s low residency MFA programs. She is the recipient of the Barbara Deming award, a Pushcart Prize, the Ohio Writer award in fiction and nonfiction, the AWP award in short fiction, the Leapfrog Press Award for Adult Fiction, and the River Teeth Award for nonfiction. She has published four collections of short fiction and a collection of essays.
Paul Crenshaw’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Essays, Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Pushcart Prize, anthologies by W.W. Norton and Houghton Mifflin, Glimmer Train, Ecotone, North American Review and Brevity, among others. He teaches writing and literature at Elon University, Elon, Pennsylvania.
Alex M. Frankel is an assistant poetry editor at the Antioch Review. In 2013 he published his first full-length poetry collection, entitled Birth Mother Mercy, available from Lummox Press. He is currently finishing up a memoir about adoption whose working title is A Birth Mother’s Kiss. Many selections have been published in journals, including Shark Reef, Ducts (both online) and Moon City Review (print). He blogs at
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).
Megan Harlan’s creative nonfiction recently appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, Colorado Review, in Alaska Quarterly Review (where it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize), The Common, and Superstition Review. She is the author of Mapmaking (BkMk Press/New Letters, 2010), selected by Sidney Wade for the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Her journalism, travel articles, poems, and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, Hotel Amerika, Arts & Letters, Prairie Schooner, and Bellingham Review, among other publications. She holds an MFA from New York University’s Creative Writing Program and lives and works as a writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Rick Kempa lives in Rock Springs, Wyoming, where he teaches at Western Wyoming College. Rick is editor of the anthology On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories, (Vishnu Temple Press, 2014) and co-editor, with Peter Anderson, of Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon (Lithic Press, 2015). His latest poetry collection is Ten Thousand Voices (Littoral Press, 2014). Other essays of his can be read online at Blue Lyra Review, Ducts.org, Hippocampus, and Watershed Review. Please visit him at www.rickkempa.com.
Jim Krosschell divides his life into three parts: growing up for twenty-nine years, working in science publishing for twenty-nine years, and now writing in Massachusetts and Maine. His essays are widely published. A collection of those Maine-themed have been published in One Man’s Maine (May 2017) by Green Writers Press. His book Owls Head Revisited was published in 2015 by North Country Press.
Tom Leskiw, his wife Sue, and their dog Zevon live near Blue Lake, California. He retired in 2009 following a thirty-one-year career as a hydrologic/biologic technician for Six Rivers National Forest. More than three dozen of his essays and book reviews have appeared in a variety of literary and scientific journals that include Birding, Blue Lyra Review, Kudzu House Quarterly, Mandala Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, Pilgrimage, Snowy Egret, Western Birds, and Terrain.org. Please visit his website at www.tomleskiw.com.
Miriam Mandel Levi’s essays have appeared in Blue Lyra Review, Creative Nonfiction, Brain Child, Literary Mama, Under the Sun, Poetica, Sleet, Tablet, and bioStories. She lives in Israel with her husband and three children.
Mel Livatino’s essays have appeared numerous times in Under the Sun, The Sewanee Review, Notre Dame Magazine, Portland Magazine, Writing on the Edge, River Teeth, and elsewhere. In the last dozen years eight of his essays, including three from Under the Sun, have been named Notable Essays of the Year by Robert Atwan’s Best American Essays annual. He lives in Evanston, IL, and is retired from teaching English for thirty-six years in the City Colleges of Chicago. He is nearing completion of a book about his wife’s eleven-year descent into Alzheimer’s, her death, and the grief of losing her twice. The book will be called A Long Cry of Absence: Days and Nights of the Journey through Alzheimer’s, Death, and Grief.
Linda Mackillop writes fiction and creative nonfiction, earning her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her work has appeared in Relief Journal, The MacGuffin, The Redbud Post, and The Philosophical Mother. Her essay “The Story of a Voice” appeared in May 2017 in the Everbloom anthology by Paraclete Press. Linda and her husband Bill live outside of Chicago and fondly remember their full nest. She blogs at http://opsimathjourney.blogspot.com/.
John Nizalowski was born and raised in upstate New York. In the mid-1980s, he moved to Santa Fe and has ever after lived west of the 100th meridian. He is the author of four books: the multi-genre work entitled Hooking the Sun; two collections of poetry, The Last Matinée and East of Kayenta; and Land of Cinnamon Sun, a volume of essays. Nizalowski has also published widely in a variety of literary journals, most notably Under the Sun, Malpais, Weber Studies, Puerto del Sol, Slab, Measure, Digital Americana, and Blue Mesa Review. Currently, he teaches creative writing, composition, and mythology at Colorado Mesa University. His blog, Dispatches from the Land of Cinnamon Sun, can be found at http://johnnizalowski.blogspot.com/.
Kirie Pedersen’s writing appears in Quiddity Journal and Public Radio program Eleven Eleven, Utne Reader, Rodale Press, Laurel Review (Greentower Press), R.KV.R.Y, Burrow Press Review, Foliate Oak, Juked, Pithead Chapel, Superstition Review, Agave, Eclectica, Ginosko, American Motorcyclist, New Plains, Lunch Ticket, Weber, Kaleidoscope, Mount Hope Literary Magazine, Cease Cows, Emry’s Journal, Writer Unleashed, and elsewhere. Pedersen holds a Master of Arts in writing.
Sean Prentiss is the author of the memoir, Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, which won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography. It is also a finalist for the Vermont Book Award and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Prentiss is also the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, a creative nonfiction craft anthology. Finally, he is the co-author of the forthcoming environmental writing textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology. He lives on a small lake in northern Vermont and serves as an associate professor at Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont.
Ana Maria Spagna lives in a remote community in the North Cascades accessible only by foot, boat, or float plane. She is the author most recently of The Luckiest Scar on Earth, a novel featuring a 14 year-old girl snowboarder, and several nonfiction books including Reclaimers, stories of people reclaiming sacred land and water, the memoir/history Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize, and three collections of essays, Potluck, Now Go Home, and Uplake, forthcoming from University of Washington Press in 2018, in which her current essay “Post Strayed” will appear. Please visit her at www.anamariaspagna.com.
Paul Warmbier lives and writes in McMinnville, Oregon. He earned his MFA in Non-Fiction from the University of Idaho and writes essays based on place, trauma, and the value of craftsmanship in our new world of replicable objects. He is a writer, custom furniture maker, and
co-owner of the Dauntless Wine