Dawn Downey is the author of From Dawn to Daylight, a collection of essays, and Stumbling Toward the Buddha, a memoir. She is working on her third book, Searching For My Heart: Essays About Love.
Jeanette Powers is a poet-philosopher-roustabout who claims the shark as her spirit animal because it, like she, needs to keep moving to stay alive. She co-created the Prospero's POP Poetry publishing project and is creative editor for 39 West Press. She has edited and published the work of many tremendous KC based poets thanks to these endeavors. Most recently, she and her work were the feature for the winter edition of Blue Monday Review lit mag. She is recently returned from two artist residencies, six weeks at Osage Arts Community in the northern Missouri Ozarks and two weeks at The Lemon Tree House in Tuscany, Italy. She is the ongoing programming director of the generative performing arts venue, Uptown Arts Bar.
Heather Derr-Smith is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, Editor's Selection 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, Editor's Choice Award, 2008), and Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016). The poems in this issue are from her fourth collection, Thrust, which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award and will be published by Persea Books in Fall 2017.