Our Writers: 2015


S. Bedford is a writer, backpacker and waitress from Toronto— more or less in that order.

Ann Bookman’s poems have been published in The Larcom Review, Chronogram: A Journal of Arts, Culture and Spirit, The Virtual Wall, an online creative writing site run in memory of the veterans of the Vietnam War, among others. Point of Attachment, her first chapbook, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. A social anthropologist by training, she is a professor in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she also directs the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy.

Kayla Rae Candrilli received a Bachelors and Masters in Creative Writing from Penn State University and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. Candrilli was awarded first place in Vela Magazine’s non-fiction contest for women and is published in The Chattahoochee Review, Gravel, Wilde Magazine, Driftwood Press, and others.

Lindsay A. Chudzik received her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lindsay’s short stories and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Ghost Town Literary Magazine, Haunted Waters Press, and Map Literary, among others. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University and she serves on the Board of Directors for James River Writers. In her free time, Lindsay writes about trending women’s and political issues for Maxwell’s Playbook and leads a creative writing workshop at OAR for ex-offenders living in Richmond, Virginia.

Rosie Forrest grew up in Westminster, Maryland, earned her MFA from the University of New Hampshire, and resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Most recently she won the 9th Annual Rose Metal Press Short Chapbook Contest, as well as last year’s Nashville Reads Short Story Award. Rosie was the 2013 writer-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, and her work has been published by Whiskey Island, Ampersand, and Smokelong Quarterly among several other journals. She works and teaches at Vanderbilt University.

Ed Frankel divides his time between Sonoma County in Northern California and Los Angeles. His poems and books can be found on his website, Edfrankel.com.

Kim Garcia author of Madonna Magdalene, received the Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize in 2014. Her work has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, and has or will appear in Mississippi Review, Crazyhorse and Crab Orchard Review, among others.

Michael Gracey lives with his wife and three children in Newburyport, MA. A graduate of Amherst College, he has taught English for 21 years, the last twelve at Pingree School. His first essay, Treasure, was a finalist in The Briar Cliff Review and Hunger Mountain essay contests and was published in The Briar Cliff Review in May 2012.

Michael Gray won a 2012 AWP Intro Journals Project Award and the 2013 Hot Street Emerging Writers Contest, was nominated for Best New Poets 2014, and named a finalist in The Lit Pub’s 1st Annual Poetry Contest and the SpringGun Press 2014 Open Reading Period. His translations of Yau Ching appear in Shadow Beings (XXX Zines, 2014). His work also appears or will appear in Poetry East West, Puerto del Sol, Hot Street, theNewerYork, Fence, LONTAR, and elsewhere.

Lisa Hartz is director of Seven Cities Writers Project, a non-profit organization that brings cost-free creative writing workshops to underserved communities. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Subtropics, PoemMemoirStory, Catamaran, Thrush and elsewhere. She lives in the Tidewater Region of Virginia with her husband and four sons.

Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir and coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. She has reported for The Atlantic, ColorLines, and The New York Times. Her essays have appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered and CodeSwitch and also in the Bellingham Review, CultureStrike, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, and Hunger Mountain. She’s the 2014-2015 Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Don Judson is a fiction writer and poet living in Attleboro, MA. His fiction has won a Bobst Emerging Writer Award and a MacColl Johnson Fellowship. Poetry awards include a 49th Parallel Award, and the Boudreaux Prize in Poetry; he also recently received a nomination for a Pushcart Prize as well as being a prizewinner in the 2013 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize and the Nimrod Literary Awards.

Anna McMurray was born in Austria, grew up in Arkansas, and earned an M.A. in Literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, before moving to the Marshall Islands, where she lived and worked for four years. She has spent the last ten years living in Istanbul, Turkey, where she teaches Academic Writing, as well as courses in film and pop culture.

Sarah Sousa’s poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Fugue, Passages North, Barn Owl Review, and Salt Hill Journal, among others. She received the 2015 Anne Halley Prize from The Massachusetts Review and her poem Learning my Name is affixed to a stone pillar in Edmands Park, Newton, MA as part of the poetry in the park project. She is the author of two poetry collections: Split the Crow (Parlor Press, 2015) and Church of Needles (Red Mountain Press, 2014). She also edited The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (Small Batch Books).

Felicia Zamora is the author of the chapbook Moby-Dick Made Me Do It (2011 Flat Cap Publishing). Her published works may be found or forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Crazyhorse, ellipsis…literature and art, Puerto del Sol, The Carolina Quarterly, The Laurel Review, The Normal School, Witness Magazine, and others. She is an associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University.


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