Bim Angst (“Murmur: A Fable”) lives in Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, with a small pack of big dogs. She teaches required writing courses and directs the Center for Academic Excellence at Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill.
Carol Baldwin (“Grandma Olson”; “Why I Never Went to College”) is a long-time Minnesotan, now living in St. Paul. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Anderbo, the Awakenings Review, Evening Street Review, the Dos Passos Review, and White Pelican Review.
Rachel Barenblat (“Change”), a rabbi, holds an MFA degree from Bennington College and is author of four chapbooks of poems, as well as 70 Faces (Phoenicia, 2011), a collection of Torah poems. Since 2003 she has blogged as the Velveteen Rabbi.
Grace Bauer (“Bach for the Birds”; “Ready”) has published Retreats & Recognitions (Lost Horse Press), Beholding Eye (Custom Words), and The Women at the Well (Portals Press), as well as several chapbooks. She was co-editor of the anthology Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical & Creative Responses to Everette Maddox (Xavier Review Press). She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.
Sarah Becker (“Pyramid”) works at the Forfar Field Station, Andros Island, in the Bahamas.
Eleanor Bennett (“A Little Soul”; “Water for All”) is a 15-year-old, award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organization, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust, and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, the Guardian, BBC News Website, and on the cover of books and magazines in the United States and Canada. Her art has been exhibited in London, Paris, Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, and the Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011).
Lance Buckley (“Arting at the High”; “The Mix”; “Random”; “Rotunda”; “Underwater Stroll”) lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, and works in computer technology at the University of Virginia. See more of his work at
Melanie Carver (“Your Labium Superius”) is a recent graduate of Brown University, with a degree in East Asian Studies. She works at a Barnes & Noble in Peabody, Massachusetts, and is focused on readying her first book of poetry for submission
Joanne Clarkson (“In the Oncologist’s Waiting Room”) is the author of two collections of poetry: Pacing the Moon (Chantry Press) and Crossing Without Daughters (March Street Press). Her poems have appeared recently in Valparaiso Review, San Pedro River Review, Tar River Poetry, and Nebo. She has a Master’s degree in English and now works as a nurse specializing in Hospice and Community Nursing.
Risa Denenberg (“Aging in Place”) is an aging hippy who lives in Tacoma, Washington. She earns her keep as a nurse practitioner and freelance medical writer. Recent poems have appeared online at Sein und Werder, Mudlark, Scythe, Chimaera, and This Literary Magazine. She blogs about poetry, aging, death, and other matters at
James Dickson (“Punctuation”; “Ordo Morbus”) teaches English and Creative Writing at Germantown High School, outside Jackson, Mississippi. In June, he completed an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Some of his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Stirrings, English Journal, Burnt Bridge, Bosphorus Art Project Quarterly, and Ruminate.
Kent Dixon (“Knock, Knock: A Deconstruction”) as a youngster had his heart set on medicine, working as an orderly, scrub nurse, and diener in a morgue but changed after pre-med to become a writer. He has published in dozens of literary magazines, such as Georgia Review, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, Antioch Review, Shenandoah, the American Prospect, has won numerous awards, grants, and honors, and is about to retire from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he has taught literature and creative writing for 30 years.
Thomas Dorsett (“Homage to Walter W”) has written poetry for over forty years and had approximately 500 publications in literary journals including essays, chapbooks, and poetry collections. A semi-retired pediatrician, he uses the extra time both to write and play music.
Teri Willochell Eckels (“Muses”) practices internal medicine in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.
Telaina Eriksen (“Boundary Violation”) holds an MFA degree from Antioch University—Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Marco Polo Quarterly, The Truth About the Fact, poemmemoirstory, Recovering the Self, and in other online and print publications. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2010, attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in 2011, and is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University.
Barry Farr (“If You Can Wait”), an emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Virginia, was a hospital epidemiologist for 18 years and was president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in 2002.
Anne Fowler (“Someone Is Gathering Up”) is an Episcopal priest and rector of St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in many journals and is included in the anthologies Unsilenced: The Spirit of Women, Fresh Water, The Mercy of Tides, and Child of My Child. Four chapbooks, Five Islands, Whiskey Stitching, Summer of Salvage, and What I Could, have been published by Pudding House, and a fifth, Liz, Wear Those Pearl Earrings, won the Frank Cat Press 2002 Chapbook Contest.
Lisa Friedman (“Surgery”) is a first-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She received an MA degree in American Studies from Carleton College and worked as a sports coach at Flintridge Preparatory School. She loves to play, watch, and coach sports.
Elizabeth Gauffreau (“Just Breathe”), Program Director for Individualized Studies at Granite State College in Concord, New Hampshire, has previously published fiction in The Long Story, Soundings East, Ad Hoc Monadnock, Rio Grande Review, Blueline, and Slow Trains, among others. Her poetry has appeared in The Writing On The Wall, The Larcom Review, and Natural Bridge. Her most recent publication is a short story in Serving House Journal.
Carmen Germain (“Patient Waiting, University Medical Center”) has published the poetry collection These Things I Will Take with Me (Cherry Grove Press), and her work has appeared in the Madison Review, Natural Bridge, and the anthology New poets of the American West, among others. She lives in the Elwha River Valley in Washington State.
Carole Glickfeld (”The Daughters”) won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for “Useful Gifts,” about a family with deaf parents and hearing children. Her novel Swimming toward the Ocean, about the lives and loves of an immigrant couple, won the Washington State Book Award. Born and raised in New York, she was Director of the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens in Seattle and now devotes most of her time to writing but has a day job critiquing and/or editing manuscripts. Her website is
Matthew Goodman (“Successor”) is a practicing internist and medical educator at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he also teaches at the school’s Mindfulness Center and is a member of the Healer’s Art faculty.
Courtney Hartnett (“Phantom Pains”; “Tom”) is a third-year pre-medical student at the University of Virginia and enjoys cultivating the overlap of writing and medicine through poetry. She has published a collection, Eleanor’s Angel (Wild Leaf Press) and has poems included in the Virginia Literary Review. Two of her poems were selected in the University Art Museum’s Writer’s Eye competitions in 2010 and 2011.
Donna Isaac (“About Her Losing a Breast”), a poet and English teacher living in Minnesota, grew up in Virginia in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Jefferson’s Monticello. She has published two poetry chapbooks: Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press) and Holy Comforter (Red Bird Chapbooks). Her website is
Alexander Y. Kim (“Morpheus M.I.A.”) is a medical student at the University of Virginia who is undecided about a medical specialty and enjoys learning about music performance and composition during his free time. He has studied music theory, written a piece for an Indonesian Gamelan performance, and studied the composition and production of electro-acoustic music.
Sara Kirschenbaum (“My Thyroidectomy”) is a writer and artist in Portland, Oregon, who has published in Calyx, Fiction International, J Journal, Kalliope, Mothering Magazine, the he Oregonian, Poetica, Portland Parent, and the Portland Tribune. Her essay “Home Sweet Nuthouse” was included in the anthology Women’s Encounters with the Mental Health Establishment: Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper (Routledge), and she is seeking a publisher for her memoir about postpartum OCD. She has been a guest commentator for NPR’s Marketplace and has published on She can be reached through her website:
Lania Knight (“Distant Galaxy”) has a PhD degree in English/Creative Writing from the University of Missouri and now lives in Illinois with her family. Her first book, Three Cubic Feet, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag in Spring 2012. Her website is
John Krumberger (“First Session”), a psychologist, has published the volume of poems The Language of Rain and Wind (Backwaters Press) and the chapbook In a Jar Somewhere (Black Dirt Press).
Amy Sue Nathan (“Minding Joe”) will publish her debut novel, The Glass Wives, in 2013 (St. Martin’s Press). Her short stories and essays have been published in Rose and Thorn Journal, Scribblers on the Roof, Grey Sparrow Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times online, the Washington Post online, Chicago Parent, and in regional print publications nationwide. In 2011 Amy launched Women’s Fiction Writers, a blog dedicated to the authors, business, and craft of women’s fiction. She can be reached at
Barry North (“Suppertime at the Nursing Home”) is a 66-year-old retired refrigeration mechanic whose poems and stories have appeared in, or are scheduled to appear in Art Times, Mad Poets Review, Slipstream, Ginosko, the Louisiana Review, Iconoclast, and others. His short story Along the Highway won the 2010 A. E. Coppard Prize for Fiction.
Harrison O’Connor (“Mother at 92”) is the Grandma Moses of Montana cattle ranchers.
Molly O’Dell (“Through the Parking Lot”) lives and works in southwest Virginia where she is a public health officer in the New River Health District of the Virginia Department of Health. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska where she co-facilitated the Seven Doctors Project. Her poems have appeared in a variety of venues, including JAMA, Chest, Whitefish Review, and Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel.
Simon Perchik (“Poems x 5”) is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. More information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, are available at
Dirty Poet (“4:45”) is a respiratory therapist at a major metropolitan trauma center. He published Emergency Room Wrestling (Words Like Kudzu Press) in 2011.
Anthony Robbins (“To Whom No Right of Dominion”) has published two poetry collections, On the Tropic of Time and The Very Thought of You. He lives in North Carolina, where he is a freelance editor.
Marsha Roberts (“Tweaking Fate”) is a human resources consultant who lives in Mill Valley, California, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Her writing has appeared in the Marin Independent Journal, America’s Funniest Humor Showcase (Humor Press) and Nights and Weekends. Her comedy sketches have been produced by local San Francisco comedy troupes. She is seeking a publisher for her first novel, The Agent.
Andrew Rooney (“For Lu on a Damn Cold Day”; “On Touching My Father’s Penis”; “The Disease in Repose”) teaches graduate creative writing at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. In addition to several novels, He is the author of The Colorado Motet: A Collection of Stories (Ghost Road Press) and Travels in Ekphrasia, a collaborative art/writing chapbook published in 2006. His short stories and poetry have appeared widely; they have won “plenty of prizes, although not any really big ones.”
Henry Rozycki (“Swimming Towards the Beach”) is an associate professor of pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He has written essays and humor pieces for local newspapers and regional magazines. One of his short stories was a finalist for a Short Story Award by Glimmer Train Press, and he had another published in the Cynic Online.
Lorraine Ryan (“Why I Love Dr Peter Wiernik, MD”) teaches high school English in Orange County, Virginia. Her poem (and others) grew from her experience of being treated for cancer at the University of Virginia.
Ellen Schecter (“The Paradox of Pain”) has published two award-winning novels: The Big Idea (Hyperion Press), which won the Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and Family Haggadah (Viking Press), which was a Book of the Month and Jewish Book of the Month selection. She has written or collaborated on many award-winning TV series for children and families, including Reading Rainbow, The Magic School Bus, and Allegra’s Window. She was Executive Producer of the award-winning Voices of Lupus, produced with FM Productions and the Hospital for Special Surgery. The memoir, Fierce Joy, from which this piece is excerpted will be published on June 1, 2012.
Jane Seskin (“Intimidation”) is a clinical social worker and the author of 11 books and numerous non-fiction articles and was awarded a poetry residency to the Vermont Studio Center in 2010. For 20 years she worked with survivors of violent crimes at the Crime Victims Treatment Center in New York. She is also the owner of
Deborah Shouse (“Just for Him”) is a writer, speaker, and editor. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Spirituality & Health, and the Chicago Tribune. Her work has been featured in many anthologies, and she has written and co-authored a variety of books, including Antiquing for Dummies, Yes You Can! Live in Financial Harmony, Marketing Yourself at Work, and Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver’s Journey.
Marty Silverthorne (“Christmas Oranges”; “Black Angel”) holds degrees from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and East Carolina University and has published four chapbooks, Dry Skin Messiah, Pot Liquor Promises, No Welfare, No Pension Plan, and Rewinding at 40. His poetry has been published in numerous journals, and he has received several North Carolina Regional Arts Grants and a North Carolina Fellowship to support his work.
Rick Smith (“At Santa Monica and Western”) is a clinical psychologist in Ranch Cucamonga, Ca where he specializes in domestic violence and in brain damage. He plays harmonica and writes for The Mescal Sheiks ( His poetry has appeared in New Letters, South Bay Magazine, Water Stone, and Calif Quarterly, and his books include The Wren Notebook and Hard Landing (both from Lummox Press).
Carol Wood (“Different Kind of Love”) is the Associate Vice President for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. Before joining the University in 1995, she worked at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, and its parent company, Landmark.