Tom Albert (“Go West”), a medical student at the University of Virginia, was introduced to poetry by his father.

María Luisa Arroyo (“Madonna, You Remind Me of Mami”) is completing a second collection of poems, “Touching and Naming the Roots of This Tree.”

Alison Baker (“Popeye’s Theorum”) is the author of two collections, Loving Wanda Beaver and How I Came West, and Why I Stayed, both New York Times Notable Books.

Marcia Brennan (“In Defense of Lay Midwifery: The Visual Culture of Midwife Education”) is on the faculty at Rice University and is an artist in residence at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Bruce P. Brown (“Modern Medicine Comes to Apartment 4B”) is founding editor-in-chief of The Examined Life Journal: A Literary Journal of the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Lance Buckley (“Beach” and “Queen’s Barge”) lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, and works in computer technology at the University of Virginia.

Kathleen Cain (“Gravity”) lives in Arvada, Colorado; her recent poetry appeared in The Eleventh Muse. The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion appeared in 2007.

Linda Casebeer (“Arbitrage”), a researcher and poet in Birmingham, Alabama, has published a collection of poems, The Last Eclipsed Moon (Cherry Grove Collections).

Will Clemens (“Seeing Yo-Yo Ma With the Dayton Philharmonic”; “Trash Day With Boot Prints”; “Grandma-Sitting”) teaches at Wilmington College and Northern Kentucky University and is the editor of All Shook Up: Collected Poems about Elvis (University of Arkansas).

Meg Eden (“It’s Pop’s Birthday and the Squirrel Died”) has published in various magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of the 2012 Henrietta Spiegel Creative Writing Award.

Jennifer Eisenhauer (“Hospital Ball Gown”) is an associate professor of art education at The Ohio State University and has published in several academic journals.

Tabor Flickinger (“Furniture Magazine”) is a physician and writer living in Baltimore, Maryland.

Phyllis Green (“Red Head”), a writer in Portland, Oregon, has taught elementary school, been a band vocalist, and was once selected as Best Actress in Delaware.

Paul Hostovsky (“Pleasure”), who works as a sign language interpreter in the Boston area, published his latest book of poems, A Little in Love a Lot (Main Street Rag), in 2011.

Armando Huaringa (“Sunset Mountain”), a medical student at the University of Virgina, was given his first camera as a birthday present from his grandmother.

Martha Kaplan (“A Surgeon’s Geography”) lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and received the 2011 Dr. Zelda Mapp Robinson International Poetry Award from Möbius.

Holly Karapetkova (“Trauma Unit”) teaches at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia; her first book was Words We Might One Day Say (Washington Writers’ Publishing House).

Katherine Keith (“In Defense of Lay Midwifery: The Visual Culture of Midwife Education“) is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine who also pursues her interests in art history and medical history.

Kristin G. Kelly (“Confirmed Kill”) teaches English at Gainesville State College (Watkinsville, Georgia).

Daniel Langton (“To My Surgeon”; “Drug Story”; “The Sick Baby”) has published in Poetry, Nation, Paris Review, Atlantic Monthly, Iowa Review, Times Literary Supplement, and other journals.

Susan Mallory (“Blink”; “Questions”; “Tight Place”) lives in Memphis, Tennessee, and Bozeman, Montana, where she writes poetry, gardens, hikes, and fishes.

Christina McDaniel (“Until the Seventh Day”), who lives in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, has published in Polaris Literary Journal and Ruminate Magazine.

Bernadette McComish (“Almost”) is a professor and poet in New York City who is studying for a second master’s in ESL education.

Dave Morrison (“Doctor Lee”; “Writer Puts His Back Out”) recently published his seventh book, Clubland (Fighting Cock Press).

Harrison O’Connor (“Recoleta”) is the Grandma Moses of Montana cattle ranchers.

Nina Ramsey (“Old Clothes”), a psychiatric nurse practitioner and writer in Seattle, Washington, has published in Farallon Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Preston Reynolds (“Poet for Hire”: “In Defense of Lay Midwifery: The Visual Culture of Midwife Education”) is on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where she is also a member of Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities.

George Staley (“How Serious”) of Aloha, Oregon, retired after 35 years of teaching writing and literature; his most recent book of poems is Ready for Any Nuance (Finishing Line Press).

Shelby Stephenson (“That Ham’s a Honeyed Ham”), poet and former long-time editor of Pembroke Magazine, has written a book-length poem, “Nin’s Poem: A Bipolar Memoir.”

Murray Whitehill (“Reading in the Stream”) is a photographer in Ivy, Virginia, and a member of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.