headshotDayna Patterson is the Managing Editor of Bellingham Review and Poetry Editor for Exponent II Magazine. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in North American Review, Weave, Gingerbread House Literary Review, Literary Mama, Sweet Tree Review, The Fourth River, and others. Her chapbooks, Loose Threads (2010) and Mothering (2011), are available from Flutter Press. Her essays have appeared in Exponent II and in the collection Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriage. She lives and writes in the northwestern corner of the Pacific Northwest. You can reach her at: psalteryandlyre(insert @ symbol)


img_1773Rebecca Beardsall is the Director of Marketing, Publishing, and Conferences for the Extended Education department of Western Washington University. She also teaches for the English Department at DeSales University. She graduated with a BA in English from DeSales University and received her MA in English from Lehigh University. She is currently in her second year of the MFA program at Western Washington University. She has more than twenty years’ experience in freelance writing in the United States and abroad. Her poetry has been published in various literary journals, and she co-edited three books including, Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill.

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J.R. Lara is an environmental journalist and an MFA candidate at Western Washington University. She was a contributing writer for Green Fire: A History of Huxley College (2011), and is a nonfiction editor at Bellingham Review. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in River Teeth, Hippocampus, Eastern Iowa Review, Psaltery & Lyre, and others.

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Fallon Sullivan split her time growing up between Seattle and northwest Montana. Not wanting to break this tradition, she went to college first at University of Montana, and then at Seattle University. Fallon is currently wrapping up her MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry at Western Washington University. Her favorite forms are prose poetry, vignettes, and fractured essays. When she is not writing, she is a high school rowing coach, an avid reader, and a professional dog mother.


smilingMarley Simmons Abril has almost completed her MFA at Western Washington University, and is Assistant Managing Editor at Bellingham Review. Her fiction and essays have been featured in Steel Toe Review, Menacing Hedge, Flash Flash Click, Sweet Tree Review, and others. Her short story “Good Neighbors” is nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and she won the flash memoir contest “My Life in Porn,” although that’s not nearly as lurid as it sounds.

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Megan Spiegel is an MFA candidate at Western Washington University, and serves as Hybrid Editor for Bellingham Review. Her poetry, prose, and collaborative works have appeared in journals such as Ghost Proposal, Sweet, Fugue, and Vinyl.


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Kaitlyn Teer is an instructor at Western Washington University and a freelance writer and editor. She was a 2016 Peter Taylor Fellow at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Her essay “Ossification,” was Fourth Genre’s 2015 Michael Steinberg Essay Prize winner. Other work has appeared in Camas, Midwestern Gothic, Sweet, Entropy, and Prairie Schooner. An essay “Drawing A Breath” will appear in a forthcoming anthology edited by Stephanie G’Schwind, which is tentatively titled Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays and will be published through the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University. She volunteers as a web editor for VIDA.

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Katie Weed holds an MA in screenwriting and is an MFA candidate at Western Washington University, where she is a Nonfiction Editor and the Social Media Manager at Bellingham Review. She has worked in film and on documentaries including The Waltz to Westphalia, and her book reviews appear regularly in Shelf Awareness.