Jacey Blue Renner received her MFA from Lesley University and is currently working to maintain her creative muscles as a freelance writer and poet. A recipient of the Harwood Emerging Artist Fund’s Marion & Kathryn Crissey Award, her poetry has been published in the anthology Looking Back to Place, and most recently by Connotation Press, Brink Magazine, and Porchlight. A poetry reader for the literary journal Tidal Basin Review, her first poetry collection hopes to explore the importance & awareness of the poetic perspective during war & war times.
Sarah Braud is a freelance writer and artist living in Franklin, Tennessee, with photographer David Braud and their two children, Ellie and Atticus. Sarah earned her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has yet to be published in several literary journals, though her collection of rejection letters is compounding into forceable proof of a writing career. You can read more of Sarah’s writing at www.sarahbraud.com.
Bread and Puppet Theater launched The Cheap Art movement in 1982. . . . Cheap Art hopes to reestablish the appreciation of artistic creation by making it available to a wider audience and inspire anyone to revel in an art making process that is not subject to academic approval or curatorial acceptance.
Joe Cervelin’s work has appeared in Fourteen Hills, SF Bay Guardian, The Rumpus, Bay Nature, Hawaii Womens Journal, Switchback, Bang Out, and elsewhere. He’s currently working on a screenplay and graphic novel, SMASHING CHARLIE. Originally from Brooklyn, he lives in Los Angeles. For more info, check out: midnightpudding.com
Laurie Easter currently studies creative nonfiction in Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Writing program. She lives in Southern Oregon with her husband, two daughters, cat, dog, and two goldfish. She believes in saying “I love you” to friends and family and eating chocolate daily.
Suzanne Farrell Smith has essays published or forthcoming in the AWP’s Writer’s Chronicle, Anderbo, Connotation Press, Muse & Stone, Hawaii Women’s Journal, In the Fray, and more. She founded a NYC writing salon, is a Literature Editor for Hawaii Women’s Journal, and blogs about memory at suzannefarrellsmith.wordpress.com.
Lené Gary launched Bite My Manifesto in January 2011. She is a writer living in the Green Mountains of Vermont. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her recent publications include Poemeleon, Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, and Limestone. You can reach her at lenegary(at)mac(dot)com.
Nina Israel Zucker is a teacher and poet. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Poets Against the War anthology, Ellipsis, US1 Worksheets, Identity Theory and other magazines. She received her MFA from Columbia, has participated in the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and is a leader for the Spring/Fountain series for educators through the Dodge Foundation. Nina teaches elementary Spanish in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of I Didn’t Know Mani Was A Conceptualist, forthcoming in 2013. He has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several edited pro bono for non-profit organizations. Trained in publishing at Stanford University, with a theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame, Desmond also works in clay. His commemorative pieces are housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. He helms Squircle Line Press as its publisher.
Jeanne Lyet Gassman holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Arizona with her husband, two children, and assorted critters. She appreciates the beauty of the desert but still longs for the mountains. Her novel, The Blood of A Stone, is currently on submission to agents. Visit Jeanne’s Writing Desk and Jeanne Lyet Gassman.
Flavian Mark Lupinetti is a writer and cardiothoracic surgeon living in central Oregon. His fiction has recently appeared in Barrelhouse, Bellevue Literary Review, Cutthroat, Rougarou, and ZYZZYVA. Links to some of these stories can be found at www.lupinetti.com.
Alex Nackman is an artist, songwriter, producer, and composer based in New York City. He has logged more than 700 shows on tour in the U.S. and Europe. When not on the road, Alex writes music for television and film. He has worked with HBO, AMC, MTV, and others. More info can be found at www.alexnackman.com & www.alexnackman.co.uk.
Jodi Paloni lives in southern Vermont and currently studies fiction writing at Vermont College of the Fine Arts. Her work has appeared on the dining room table.
Roadtrip Nation was first conceived when three friends decided to take a roadtrip to discover their place in the world. The idea behind the roadtrip was simple: if you don’t know what to do with your life, go out and talk to people who are doing what they love, then ask them how they got there.
William David Ross grew up in the North Country of Vermont and thought the “Big Apple” a perfect place to strike out on his own. While in New York City, he earned a M.F.A. from Columbia University in poetry. After his M.F.A at 25 he had nothing like Keats’ poetic oeuvre and thankfully was not dead, he pragmatically set his sights on Robert Frost: to publish his first book in his early 40’s and live into his mid 90’s. He has been sending out poems from his current manuscript he is working hard to abandon called Among the Rubble Graces. And he has started another MS currently called, Cain Job, which is a 1930’s gumshoe, character driven reflection on Cain as a living sacrifice.
Sarah Marian Seltzer is a freelance writer and editor in New York City, and a second-semester writing student at VCFA. Her work can be found at www.sarahmseltzer.com.
Paul Strobl is an International Life Coach originally from Houston, Texas, who works primarily with entrepreneurs and executives. Paul has lived abroad for nearly a decade, holds a degree in Anthropology and an International MBA from Thunderbird GSIM. He currently resides in Buenos Aires with his wife and spoiled dogs. Find Paul at Confide Coaching.
Dan Thomas-Glass lives with his wife Kate & their daughters Sonia & Alma in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of The Great American Beatjack Volume I (Perfect Lovers Press), Kate & Sonia (in the months before our second daughter’s birth) (Little Red Leaves Textile Series), Seaming (Furniture Press), & 880 (Deep Oakland Editions). He edits With + Stand & thinks about music, parenting, Mexican food, & gets emotionally invested in Warriors and 49ers games.
David Tilley is a writer and visual artist living beside the Erie Canal in Northern New York. His writing is based mainly in inner and outer landscape, integrating myth and daily life. David’s work has been published in various journals both in print and online. In 2010 David Published a chapbook called “Twisted Pair” as an experiment in multiple authorship with a writing partner Donna Marbach via Foothills Publishing. Over the last several years David has offered workshops in shamanic writing and the integration of psychology based approaches with writing and creativity in general.
Cheryl Wilder is a writer living in North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in Connotation Press and Strong Verse. She is a contributing writer to the online journal Architects + Artisans and is emerging into the freelance market. A website is forthcoming.