Laurie MacDiarmid (Consolation Prize) is an Associate Professor of English and Writer in Residence at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She is also the author of Float, a chapbook of poems devoted to motherhood. Her poems have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, including Antioch Review, Pennsylvania Quarterly, Mochila Review and Carolina Quarterly.
Christopher Salerno (ATM)’s books of poems include ATM , Minimum Heroic (selected by Dara Wier for the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, 2010), and Whirligig (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House, 2006). His chapbook, Automatic Teller, won the 2013 Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize and is currently available. Another chapbook, AORTA, has been published by Poor Claudia, 2013. His poems have appeared in journals and magazines such Fence, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, American Letters and Commentary, Jubilat, Verse Daily, Mississippi Review, and others. Currently, he’s an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University where manages the new journal, Map Literary.
Monica Wendel (No Apocalypse)is a Brooklyn-based poet whose work has been adapted for the stage by puppets and actors alike. Her first book of poems, No Apocalypse, was described by Bob Hicok as “socially and psychologically embracing, full of sex and dreams and people and cities.” Her chapbook Call it a Window was published by the Midwest Writing Center Press in 2012. A graduate of NYU’s MFA in Creative Writing program, she was the recipient of both Goldwater and Starworks teaching fellowships and taught creative writing at Goldwater Hospital, NYU, and St. Mary’s Health Care Center for Kids. More recently, she has had the pleasure of being a visiting instructor of composition at St. Thomas Aquinas College and a volunteer writing tutor at Still Waters in a Storm. Her poems have appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Drunken Boat, Bellevue Literary Review, and other journals.