Joshua Butts’ hometown is Jackson, OH. He has received degrees in English from The Ohio State University and The University of Cincinnati. A Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2016 Sewanee Writers’ Conference, his work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Spoon River Poetry Review, Tampa Review, Burnside Review, and Birmingham Poetry Review. His first poetry collection, New to the Lost Coast, was published in 2015 by Gold Wake Press. Joshua teaches at the Columbus College of Art and Design, where he also serves as the Department Head of Literature, Writing, and Philosophy and as Associate Director of CORE/Liberal Arts.
Lesley Jenike's poems and nonfiction have appeared or will appear soon in Waxwing, The Account, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Rattle, Verse, Smartish Pace, The Southern Review, and many other journals. She's received awards from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her most recent collections are a chapbook titled Punctum, winner of the 2016 Kent State Wick Chapbook Prize, and a full-length collection titled Holy Island, reissued by Gold Wake in 2016. She teaches literature and creative writing courses at the Columbus College of Art and Design and lives in Clintonville with her husband Josh and two children, Willa and Jasper.
Ariana-Sophia Kartsonis teaches at Columbus College of Art & Design. Her first book, Intaglio, was published by Kent State University press. Dancing Girl Press published two of her chapbooks: The Book of Lila and Aloha Vaudeville Doll. Her most recent collection, The Rub, winner of the Elixir Editor's Prize was published in 2014.