Samantha Deal was born and raised in Western North Carolina. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a PhD from Western Michigan University. She was the recipient of residencies from the Ludington Writers' Group and was awarded the 2016 nonfiction prize from Writers@Work. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Best New Poets 2017, Quarterly West, Hunger Mountain, The Journal, The Boiler, Tupelo Quarterly, Ninth Letter Online, Mississippi Review, and other journals. Currently, she teaches at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
Ösel Jessica Plante's first book Waveland was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2021. Her poetry and flash fiction has also appeared or is forthcoming in Adroit, Best New Poets 2017 and 2019, the Best Small Fictions 2016 anthology, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Narrative, Mississippi Review, New Ohio Review, and others. Ösel is the 2018 winner of the Meridian Editors Prize in poetry, finalist for the 2017 Elinor Benedict Prize at Passages North, finalist for the 2016 New South Journal Poetry Prize, finalist for the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize in 2016, and runner-up of the 2017 Meridian Editors Prize. She earned an MA from University of North Texas, an MFA from UNC-Greensboro, and a PhD in Poetry at Florida State University.
Marcela Sulak is the author of the lyric memoir Mouth Full of Seeds (2020), and three full-length poetry collections, most recently, City of Sky Papers, all from Black Lawrence Press. She’s co-edited the Rose-Metal Press title Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. She’s translated May, by Karel Hynek Macha; Bouquet, by K.J. Erben, from the Czech. From the Hebrew, Twenty Girls to Envy Me. The Selected Poems of Orit Gidali, was longlisted for the 2017 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and her current project, the poetry of Sharron Hass, received a 2019 NEA fellowship.