Bonnie Bolling’s first collection of poetry, In the Kingdom of the Sons, won the Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry, and her second, The Red Hijab, won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize. She was awarded fellowships by Bread Loaf Writers Conferences, Prague Summer Writers and the University of California, Riverside, where she received a MFA. Her play, The Red Hijab, was produced at UCR by Playworks in 2010. Bonnie is editor-in-chief of Verdad and lives in southern California and the Persian Gulf.
Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks, and her first full-length poetry collection, Tasty Other, is the 2016 winner of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. She has received The Nassau Review Author Award for Poetry, and her writing has been published in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, So to Speak, Verse Daily, and many other journals and anthologies
Jason Ryberg is the author of twelve books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, a box full of folders,
notebooks and scraps of paper that could one day be
(loosely) construed as a novel, and, a couple of angry
letters to various magazine and newspaper editors.
He is currently an artist-in-residence at both The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and the Osage Arts Community, and is an editor and designer at Spartan Books.
Jermaine Thompson is from Louisville, Mississippi. He fell in love with language and its effects one day while watching Days of Our Lives with his mother. Bo had returned to Hope; he was wearing a mask which frightened Hope. Young Jermaine said to his mother, "She shouldn't be scared. He's just wearing a disguise.” This made his mother proud—disguise was a big word for the boy who struggled in Head Start. Jermaine’s work has appeared in Number 1 Magazine, The Pinch, & Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction. His writing strives to retain the vocal registers of his agrarian upbringing and seeks to address the intersections of race, politics, and religion. He holds a BA in English from Stillman College and an MA in English from Mississippi State University. He is now a resident of North Kansas City, MO and is an MFA candidate at the University of Missouri Kansas City.