Susannah J. Baker (“Eve in Eden” and “Origami”) had careers in medieval lexicography and psychiatric social work before turning to writing full time. She writes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is working on her first novel.

Judith Barrington (“Chronic”), poet and memoirist, lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches creative writing in Alaska, Spain, and London.

Marianna Busching (“The Nerve”) is a retired professional classical singer and is on the vocal faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. Her poems have appeared in Passager, The Living Church, and others. She is a winner of the Guy Owen Award presented by The Southern Poetry Review.

Marcia Childress directs programs in humanities for the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Donelle Dreese (“The Naturopath”) teaches in the English Department at Northern Kentucky University. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals, and she is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of travel writing.

Kathleen Foster (“Mossy Roots”) works at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Kristine Gade (“Rwanda Boat”) is a medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Linda J. Kobert (“Pecky”), a former nurse and nurse educator, is a writer who teaches writing in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her poetry, essays, and journalism have appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Spirituality and Health, Washington Post, Annalemma, and other publications.

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 similar journals. His seventh published collection is During Our Walks (1st World Publishing, 2011).

John Miller (“Family Photos”) is completing his medical education in Kansas.

Elizabeth Maria Naranjo (“The Distance Ratio”), a writer and nurse, lives in Tempe, Arizona. Her work has been published in Literary Mama and SLAB Literary Magazine. She has written a first novel, The Fourth Wall.

Sheryl L. Nelms (“Sherrie’s Having a Baby”) is a poet and insurance agent in West Texas. She writes poems, stories, and articles; her latest book is Bluebonnets, Boots and Buffalo Bones (Laughing Cactus Press, 2009).

George H. Northrup (“Cerebrovascular Accident”), a clinical psychologist and poet, is president of the Fresh Meadows Poets in Queens, New York. He has published recently in Generations, Light, Long Island Quarterly, String Poet, Buddhist Review, and New York Times.

Melissa Filosa Palmer (“Pie”), a teacher, writes short stories, essays, and narrative non-fiction which have appeared in several publications including Quotable, Wilderness House Literary Review, and The Writing Disorder.

Casey Lynn Roland (“Faith”) is a high school English teacher who co-directs the Salem, Massachusetts-based Theatre of Words and Music. Her blog is

Stephanie Sandler (“The Emergency Stage”) has for the past 13 years provided philanthropic consulting to professional athletes and entertainers.

D. W. Schmidt (“Do I Hear What You Hear?”), who lives in Hughson, California, has published two books: Houdini and Other Tales (2009) and Domestic Drafts (2012).

Carol Scott-Conner (“The Sound of Thunder”) is a general surgeon at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Her first book of short stories, A Few Small Moments (Rachel Lord Press, 2011) was derived from a lifetime in academic surgery.

Robin Silbergleid (“Three Aprils” and “From the Diary of a Labor and Delivery Nurse”), a poet and nonfiction writer who teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan State University, has published the chapbook Pas de Deux: Prose and Other Poems (Basilisk Press, 2006).

Carol Smallwood (“A Chemo Visit,” “The County Grader,” and “Begging the Question”) co-edited Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching (McFarland, 2012); Women Writing on Family: Tips on Writing, Teaching and Publishing (Key Publishing House, 2012); and Compartments: Poems on Nature, Femininity, and Other Realms (Anaphora Literary Press, 2011). She received a Pushcart nomination.

Peggy Ann Tartt (“Witness”) has contributed poetry to many literary publications, including Coal Hill Review, Poetry South, Margie Review, Mudfish 16, and Field. Her poetry book Among Bones was a Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize winner. She lives in New York City.

Amanda Walton (“Muscle Memory”), a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Longwood University, has been published in Riverrun Magazine, Mobius Magazine, and Louisiana Literature Review.

Murray Whitehill (“The Carver” and “NYC Parking”) is a photographer from Ivy, Virginia, and a member of the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has participated in a number of exhibits and more of his work can be seen at

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