Pamela Garvey’s poetry, fiction and book reviews have appeared in Esquire, Missouri Review, Margie, Spoon River Poetry review, The North American Review and many other journals. Honors include being a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/The Nation prize. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Things Impossible to Swallow (2River Press, 2013), and Fear (Finishing Line Press, 2008), a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Competition and the forthcoming full length collection of poems, Seven Miles Deep. Garvey is professor of English at St. Louis Community College and co-founder of Words on Purpose, a committee of socially concerned writers who organize a benefit literary reading series.
R. M. Kinder is the author of two novels, The Universe Playing Strings (August 2016), An Absolute Gentleman; two award-winning collections of short fiction, A Near-Perfect Gift and Sweet Angel Band; and a dual media biography: Old Time Fiddling: Hal Sappington, Missouri Fiddler. Her short-stories, non-fiction, and poems have appeared in over fifty publications. She is editor emerita of Pleiades, advisory editor with New Letters and BkMk Press, and co-owner and co-editor of Sweetgum and Cave Hollow presses. She lives in Warrensburg, MO with her husband and their canine and feline companions, Lily, Pip, Pearly, and Twitch.
Mary Troy is the author of the novels Swimming on Hwy N and Beauties ,winner of the USA book award, finalist for Forewords Book of the Year Award. She is the author of three previous books, all collections of short stories: Cookie Lily, The Alibi Cafe and other stories, and Joe Baker Is Dead. Her short stories and essays have been published widely in Boulevard, New Letters, American Fiction, The Arkansas Review, Pleiades, and more. She has won a Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award, a Nelson Algren Award, a John Gould Fletcher Award, and was a finalist for the William Rockhill Nelson Award. She teaches fiction writing and contemporary literature for the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she has won the MO Governor’s award for teaching excellence and the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Leadership. She is also the editor of Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature.