Robert Stewart’s new book of poems is called Working Class (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2018). A career editor for many magazines, including New Letters, he won a National Magazine Award for editorial achievement from the American Society of Magazine Editors. His 2014 book of essays, The Narrow Gate: Writing, Art & Values (Serving House), collects many of his editorial essays. Poems appear in journals, including Miramar, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, and I-70 Review. His poetry book Plumbers (BkMk) was reissued in a 2017 revised edition. Stewart performs teaching-like activities on the faculty of the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and Media Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Michelle A. Carter, managing editor for Air Journey Publications, is the author of From Under the Russian Snow, published by Bedazzled Ink Publishers in September of 2017. She retired in 2012 after 15 years as an instructor of journalism and advisor to the award-winning student newspaper at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. During 1995, she served as the United States Information Agency Journalist-in-Residence at the Russian-American Press and Information Center in Moscow, Russia, and worked with editors of newly independent newspapers throughout the 11 times zones of Russia. She resigned her position as managing editor of The San Mateo Times to accept the USIA appointment. She had held that position with the 50,000-circulation daily since 1988. Her first job after graduation from the University of Missouri School of Journalism was at the Kansas City Star. In 1993, she co-authored Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope From the Ashes (Augsburg Press, Minneapolis, Minn.) The book grew out of her work as founder and chairman of the Children of Chernobyl Project of Northern California, which delivered drugs and medical supplies to a hospital in Minsk, Belarus, treating children suffering from the radioactive effects of the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Michelle was a founding member of the board of directors of the San Mateo County General Hospital Foundation in San Mateo in 1992. In 1996, she was the 19th California Assembly District Woman of the Year.
Cameron Morse taught and studied in China. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, he is currently a third-year MFA candidate at UMKC and lives with his wife, Lili, and son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri. His poems have been or will be published in over 50 different magazines, including New Letters, Bridge Eight, pamplemousse, Fourth & Sycamore and TYPO. His first collection is Fall Risk from Glass Lyre Press.