Daniel Biegelson is an Associate Editor for The Laurel Review and coordinates Northwest Missouri State's Visiting Writers Series. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Denver Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Jellyfish Magazine, Meridian, New Orleans Review, The Portland Review and Verse among other places. He was a finalist for the 2015 42 Miles Press Poetry Award and for the 2016 Tomaž Šalamun Chapbook Prize. He was born and raised in New Jersey—a fact that means more to him than it probably should.
Kevin Rabas chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism at Emporia State and leads the poetry and playwriting tracks. He has seven books: Bird’s Horn, a Kansas Notable Book and Nelson Poetry Book Award winner, Sonny Kenner’s Red Guitar, also a Nelson Poetry Book Award winner, Green Bike, Eliot’s Violin, and Spider Face: stories.
Josh Barkan won the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He spent much of his childhood abroad, living in Kenya, Tanzania, France and India. After attending Yale University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, he spent a year teaching in Japan and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has appeared in Esquire and as a contributor to The Boston Book Review. With his wife, a painter from Mexico, he divides his time between Mexico City and Roanoke, Virginia,where he teaches at the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins. His books include the novel Blind Speed and the story collections Before Hiroshima and Mexico.