Luke Johnson, director

Luke JohnsonLuke Johnson is the author of the poetry collection After the Ark (New York Quarterly Books, 2011). His poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in New England Review, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and the Wall Street Journal. His work has been featured by the Huffington Post, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and has twice appeared in the Best New Poets anthology. He is a graduate of the writing program at Hollins University, where he was a teaching fellow, and he currently serves as Associate Poetry Editor at storySouth. Johnson teaches at the University of Mary Washington and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia. (http://www.lukejohnsonpoetry.com)

Constance Adler, creative nonfiction

Constance AdlerConstance Adler is a freelance writer, whose work has been published in Utne Reader, Oxford American, Blackbird, Spy, and Philadelphia Magazine, among others. Her book, My Bayou, New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover, was published by Michigan State University Press in 2012. She holds an M.A. in creative writing from Hollins University and teaches the Bayou Writing Workshop.

CL Bledsoe, fiction

CL BledsoeCL Bledsoe is the author of five novels including the young-adult novel Sunlight, the novels Last Stand in Zombietown, and $7.50/hr + Curses; four poetry collections: Riceland, _____(Want/Need), Anthem, and Leap Year; and a short story collection called Naming the Animals. A poetry chapbook, Goodbye to Noise, is available online. He’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize eight times, had two stories selected as Notable Stories by Story South’s Million Writers Award, and has been nominated for Best of the Net twice. He blogs at Murder Your Darlings. Bledsoe reviews regularly for Rain Taxi, Coal Hill Review, Prick of the Spindle, Monkey Bicycle, Book Slut, The Hollins Critic, The Arkansas Review, American Book Review, The Pedestal Magazine, and elsewhere. He received an M.F.A. in creative writing from Hollins University in 2008 and worked as an assistant poetry editor, and later assistant editor, for the Hollins Critic. Bledsoe lives with his wife and daughter in Maryland.

Michael Overa, fiction

Michael OveraMichael Overa is a short story writer from Seattle, and a graduate of the Hollins University M.F.A. program. His stories and poetry have appeared in the Portland Review, Fiction Daily, Husk, Dillate, cafeirreal.com, Pindeldyboz.com, and elsewhere. In addition to writing, Overa has worked with Hollins University, Seattle’s Writers-In-The-Schools program, 826 Seattle, the Richard Hugo House, Village Theatre, and Cornish College of the Arts.

Will Schutt, poetry

Will SchuttWill Schutt is the author of Westerly, selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. He is the recipient of awards from the Gilman School, the James Merrill House, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, and was recently awarded the Jeannette Haein Ballard Writer’s Prize. His poems and translations have appeared in Agni, A Public Space, FIELD, The New Republic, and elsewhere. A graduate of Oberlin College and Hollins University, he currently teaches creative writing at the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. More information can be found at his website: www.wschutt.com.

 Brittney Scott, poetry

Brittney ScottBrittney Scott received her M.F.A. from Hollins University in 2010. She is a recipient of the Joy Harjo Prize for Poetry as well as a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, Narrative Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, and many others. Her fiction has appeared in Quarter After Eight. She teaches creative writing to adults, Girl Scouts, and high-risk youth at Richmond’s Visual Arts Center.