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Titan Amy is a writer, teacher, and musician who resides in the great white north with a sassy calico cat. She has an MFA in creative writing (Titan Amy, not the cat) and is working on a collection of essays about her adventures with Central Sensitivity Syndromes. Stop by www.TitanAmy.com for info and support, or to say hi!


Doug Bolling received his MA and PhD from Iowa. His poetry has appeared widely in literary journals

including Water-Stone Review, Iodine Poetry Journal, Slant, Birmingham Poetry Review, JAMA, Connecticut River Review, Georgetown Review and others. He has received five Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination.


Mark Brazaitis is the author of seven books, including The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, The Incurables: Stories, winner of the 2012 Richard Sullivan Prize and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, and Julia & Rodrigo, winner of the 2012 Gival Press Novel Award. His latest book, Truth Poker: Stories, won the 2014 Autumn House Press Fiction Competition. He wrote the script for the award-winning Peace Corps film How Far Are You Willing to Go to Make a Difference?


William Cass has had a little over eighty-five short stories accepted for publication in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies including the winning selection in The Examined Life Journal's writing contest.


J.L Cooper is a writer and psychologist in Sacramento, California. He is the recent winner of the Tupelo Quarterly Prose Open Prize, judged by Pulitzer Winner Adam Johnson. He received First Place in Short Short Fiction in New Millennium Writings, 2013, and Second Place in Essay in Literal Latte, 2014. His short stories and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in The Manhattan Review, Oberon Poetry Magazine, Gold Man Review, KY Story, Kentucky Review, Temenos Journal, Paper Swans Press, and in other journals and anthologies. coopphd@earthlink.net


Falconhead: When not standing on the crags of his Aesalonian forefather's bones, Falconhead is writing poetry, fiction, drama and essays. You can follow Him @ https://twitter.com/Falconheadpens


Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University's Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation's permanent art collection. Forrest's expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas. Published works:



Helen Lepp Friesen has written poetry for many years and has published in a variety of magazines. Her other writing credits include Life Science books for Perfection Learning Corporation and Weigl Educational Publishers. She has also published over one hundred articles and short stories in a wide variety of magazines and web sites. She is a community correspondent for a local community newspaper where she publishes short stories with accompanying photographs. She has taught writing at universities in Michigan, New Mexico, and Manitoba. She is currently teaching writing at the University of Winnipeg.

Jacqueline Jules is the author of the poetry chapbooks, Field Trip to the Museum, published by Finishing Line Press, and Stronger Than Cleopatra, published by ELJ Publications. Her poetry has appeared in over 100 publications including Innisfree Poetry Journal, Third Wednesday, Poetica, Soundings Review, Imitation Fruit, Connecticut River Review, and Pirene's Fountain. She is also the author of 30 books for young readers including the Zapato Power series and Never Say a Mean Word Again. Visit her online at http://www.jacquelinejules.com/


Sarah Katharina Kayß, born in 1985 in Koblenz, Germany, is an internationally published photographer, blogger and poet. She is winner of the manuscript award of the German Writers Association (2013) for her poetry and essay collection “Ich mag die Welt, so wie sie ist” (I like the world the way it is) which was published (Munich, Allitera) in 2014. Sarah edits the bilingual literary magazine THE TRANSNATIONAL and is currently a final year PhD student in the War Studies Department of King’s College London. Her poems, photographs and essays have been published in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, Italy, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. More information can be found at http://www.sarahkatharinakayss.com/ 


Kristin Kelly is Associate Professor of English at the University of North Georgia. She has special interest in the healing power of literature in the treatment of combat trauma. She has published in other medical humanities journals such as The Examined Life and Hospital Drive.


Georgia Knapp is a Creative Nonfiction Writing MFA candidate at Georgia College and State University. Her works have previously appeared in The Huffington Post, The Smoking Poet, and The Purple Fig.


Amy Marengo is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Virginia Tech, where she currently teaches first-year writing. For information on publications and awards, please visit her at 



Nicole Melchionda is currently a student at Stetson University. She is completing an independent study on gothic poetry with award-winning poet Terri Witek. Her favorite poets include Plath, Poe, and Eliot.


Catherine Moore’s writing has appeared in Tahoma Literary Review, Southeast Review, Silver Birch Press, Cider Press Review and in anthologies most recently by Pankhearst Press. Her chapbook Story is available with Finishing Line Press and has another collection forthcoming from Kentucky Story Press.  


Keli Osborn lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she co-coordinates a series of monthly readings by visiting authors, shares books weekly with children at her neighborhood elementary school, and volunteers with a tool-lending library. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Keli has worked as a drive-in movie attendant, newspaper reporter, mediator, university instructor, and manager in local government. Her poems appear in Allegro, Dark Water Literary Journal, Denali, KYSO Flash, The Quotable, and Verseweavers.


Caleb Parkin is a poet, performer, facilitator and educator, based in Bristol. He has worked as a freelance poet, practitioner and facilitator, for organisations including The Poetry School, The University of Bristol Centre for Public Engagement, Bristol Natural History Consortium, East Street Arts Leeds, The Hepworth Wakefield, Sustrans Cymru, Green Man Festival, Keystones Mental Health Support and Off The Record Bristol. He holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with Metanoia Institute, professional membership of the National Association of Writers in Education, and is Membership Secretary of Lapidus: The Writing for Wellbeing Organisation. You can read more about his work and CPD at his website here.


Eric Parr is a senior undergraduate who is majoring in Art Teaching with an emphasis in painting at Texas Tech University. He creates paintings, poetry, writing, videos, sculpture, and performance pieces that all relate to his interest in the concept of “the flaw”. He is looking to give back to the academic world and publish some of the findings he has discovered in last few years as an art student and holder of a chronic disease.


Roberta Payne is a graduate of Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Denver. She taught both English and Latin for 19 years at the University of Denver. Now retired, she teaches Greek privately, as well as creative writing to adolescents and young people at the Mental Health Center of Denver. She has published essays in the Gettysburg Review, Narrative Magazine, and Shenandoah. She published her memoir, Speaking to My Madness, in 2013. Four of her essays on psychiatry have been published by Oxford University Press (three in Schizophrenia Bulletin and one in the new Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics). Dr. Payne also does pen-and-ink "outsider art" (the art of the mentally ill), and has published several journal covers.


David Anthony Sam has written poetry for over 40 years with two collections. He lives now in Culpeper, Virginia USA with his wife and life partner, Linda, and serves as president of Germanna Community College. Sam was the featured poet in the December 2015 issue of The Hurricane Review.


Terry Sanville lives in San Luis Obispo, California with his artist-poet wife (his in-house editor) and one

skittery cat (his in-house critic). He writes full time, producing short stories, essays, poems, and novels. Since 2005, his short stories have been accepted by more than 210 literary and commercial journals,  magazines, and anthologies including The Potomac Review, The Bitter Oleander, Shenandoah, and Conclave: A Journal of Character. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his story “The Sweeper.”

Terry is a retired urban planner and an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist – who once played with a

symphony orchestra backing up jazz legend George Shearing.


W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over four-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.


Carol Smallwood started creative writing when she retired, went back to college. Further info can be found at http://www.pw.org/content/carol_smallwood


Claude Clayton Smith is Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University. He is the author of seven books and co-editor/translator of another. My own work has been translated into five languages, including Russian and Chinese. My degrees include an MFA in fiction from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.


Julie Stielstra currently manages hospital library services for a health system in the Chicago suburbs, and spends what time she can in rural Kansas. Her previous fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, The Examined Life Journal, Potomac Review, New Plains Review, Zahir Tales and Conte Online.


Laura Sweeney facilitates Writers for Life, which offers grant-funded creative writing workshops throughout central Iowa. She represented the Iowa Arts Council at the First International Teaching Artist's Conference in Oslo, Norway.  Her publications include poems in The Daily Palette, Poetica, Pilgrimage, Broad!, Appalachia, Evening Street Review, Negative Capability, Main Street Rag, and the Journal of Poetry Therapy.


Jamey Temple received her M.F.A. from Spalding University in 2007 and now teaches English and journalism courses at a small university in Kentucky. Her writing has been published in magazines and journals including Still: The Journal, The QuotableRepurposed Magazine, and 

Kentucky Monthly.


Christine Tierney’s poetry and flash fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, Poet Lore, Permafrost, PMS, The Tusculum Review, descant, The Yalobusha Review, The Broome Review, Sanskrit, Skidrow Penthouse, Shadowbox, Tattoo Highway, Soundzine, Cider Press Review, Sugar House Review, GeminiMagazine, theNewerYork, Lungfull!, AEROGRAM, This Literary Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Pismire, scissors & spackle, Weave Magazine, Meat For Tea, star 82 Review, Lingerpost, Sleet Magazine, inter/rupture, Tell Us A Story, Weirdyear, Voicemail Poems, shufPoetry, great weather for MEDIA, if and only if, The Toad Suck Review, Threadcount, and The Boiler 

Journal. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net, a Pushcart Prize, and the Best New Poets anthology. She is an MFA recipient from the University of Southern Maine ’s Stonecoast Writing Program, and employed as an afterschool director. The Boston Globe recently put out a nice story about Christine, which can be found here.


Joanna White, a music professor, returned to an early love of creative writing after performing on a concert with a poet, and is particularly grateful for the medical humanities conversation. She has works appearing in The Examined Life Journal, Ars Medica, Cape Rock, The MacGuffin, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Milo Review, Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, Flare, Temenos, KYSO Flash, Balloons Lit Journal, Chest Journal, Medical Literary Messenger, Minerva Rising Literary Journal, and in both Snow Jewel, and Naugatuck River Review as a finalists in their poetry contests. She lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan with her husband and has a daughter and son in college.


Grace Yaguchi is a fourth-year medical student at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership in Athens, Georgia. She is also the mother of a delightful boy. This is her first essay publication.