dsc_0156.jpgDayna Patterson is the author of  Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019), and  If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). She is a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry. She earned her MFA at Western Washington University, where she served as the managing editor of Bellingham Review. She was the poetry editor for Exponent II Magazine from 2017-2019. Her creative work and poembroideries have appeared recently in AGNI, Jet Fuel Review, Irreantum, The Maynard, Tahoma Literary Review, and Thrush Poetry Journal. Connect with her at: daynapatterson.com



Rebecca Beardsallis the author of the memoir My Place in the Spiral. She co-edited three books, including Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill. Rebecca is the nonfiction editor at Minerva Rising.  She received her MA in English from Lehigh University and her MFA from Western Washington University. Her poetry and essays have appeared in ThimbleOrigynsSWIMMWest Texas ReviewTwo Cities ReviewThe Schuylkill Valley JournalCrab FatAmaranth, Common Ground Review, Poetry NZ, and Rag Queen Periodical. Find her at: rebeccabeardsall.com


J.R. Lara received her MFA from Western Washington University, where she served as nonfiction editor for Bellingham Review. Her poems and essays have appeared in River TeethHippocampusSweetEastern Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She teaches writing and literature in Bellingham, Washington.


AllieAllie Spikes is an essayist, poet, and translator. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in River Teeth, Literary Mama, and Dialogue and has been shortlisted at Creative Nonfiction and for The Pinch nonfiction literary award in 2019. She earned her MFA from Western Washington University where she served as managing editor for Bellingham Review.



Mike Oliphant received his MFA at Western Washington University. He is a Poetry Editor for Isthmus Review, as well as Psaltery & Lyre. He has been the recipient of Thin Air Magazine‘s 2018 Gas Station Prize and two Pushcart nominations, and was a finalist for Split Lip Magazine’s 2018 Poetry Contest. His poetry and short fiction can be found in IDK Magazine, Shooter Literary Magazine, NANO Fiction, and elsewhere.


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Ali Beemsterboer received her MFA from Western Washington University where she worked as a poetry editor for the Bellingham Review. She loves reading and writing multi-genre works that are playful and inventive with form. She’s been published in Five:2:One Magazine, So to Speak, and ROAR, among others. She’s currently pursuing a Masters in Teaching. To connect with her, visit: alibeemsterboer.com/

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Twila Newey received her M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. She was a finalist for the 2019 Coniston Prize at Radar Poetry and won honorable mention in the 2019 JuxtaProse Poetry Contest. Her poems also appear in many journals including Summerset Review, Rust & Moth, After the Pause, and are forthcoming at Ruminate and Green Mountains Review. Her first novel, Sylvia is also forthcoming in 2020 with BCC Press. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.


smilingMarley Simmons Abril earned her MFA at Western Washington University. 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” was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and she won the flash memoir contest “My Life in Porn.” You can follow her “Pilgrim” project at marleyan.wordpress.com.

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Megan Spiegel is a graduate of the multi-genre MFA program at Western Washington University, and served as the first Hybrid Genre 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. Find her at: kaitlynteer.com

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Katie Weed is Assistant Director of Composition at Western Washington University. She holds an MFA in creative writing from WWU, where she served as Nonfiction Editor and Social Media Manager for Bellingham Review, and an MA in screenwriting from California State University Northridge, where she worked with Michael Douglas’s production company Furthur Films. She has worked in film and on documentaries including The Waltz to Westphalia, and her columns and book reviews appear regularly in Shelf Awareness.