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Elizabeth A. I. Powell is the author of “The Republic of Self” a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Her second book “Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances” won the Robert Dana Prize in poetry, chosen by Maureen Seaton, and will be published by Anhinga Press in 2016. In 2013, she won a Pushcart Prize. Powell has also received a Vermont Council on the Arts grants and a Yaddo fellowship. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Handsome, Hobart, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Slope, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, and elsewhere. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing. Born in New York City, she has lived in Vermont since 1989 with her four children.

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John Moessner is a third-year poetry candidate in the MFA program at UMKC. He is also serving as the Writers for Readers fellow, teaching creative writing at Literacy KC. He has had poems published in The Flint Hills ReviewThe Ibis Head Review, and The Opiate among others.

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Thomas Reynolds is an associate English professor at Johnson County Community College and has published poems in various print and online journals. Woodley Press of Washburn University published his poetry collection Ghost Town Almanac in 2008 and his sports-themed chapbook Small Town Rodeos was published by Spartan Press in 2016.