Ashia Ajani

Ashia Ajani is a junior environmental studies major at Yale University, where she is head coordinator of the Yale Women's Center and co-president of WORD: Spoken Word at Yale. She was a member of Minor Disturbance Denver Youth Poetry in 2014 and alongside her team took 4th place at Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. She was awarded honorable mention in Young Art's poetry section in 2015. Her poetry has been published in Rigorous Magazine. She is the author of one chapbook, We Bleed Like Mango

Scott Edward Anderson

Scott Edward Anderson is the author of Fallow Field (Aldrich Press, 2013) and Walks in Nature's Empire (The Countryman Press, 1995). He has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts and received the Nebraska Review Award. His work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, The Cortland Review, Many Mountains Moving, Terrain, and the anthologies Dogs Singing (Salmon Poetry, 2011) and The Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2013), among other publications. Learn more about his work at and connect with him on Twitter @greenskeptic.

Fatma Benkirane

Fatma Benkirane was born in Saint-Louis, Senegal, in 1962. She has exhibited work in France, Canada, and Morocco and published in the United Colors of Benetton’s spring 2014 collection. She also participated in the “In” of the International Biennal of Contemporary Africa Art of Dak’art at Dakar, Senegal, in May and June 2014.

Rebecca Bevans

Rebecca Bevans is presently studying ecology as a graduate student and has spent the past several years working on farms, trail crews, and conservation crews. She is happiest when spending time outside running or hiking and gathering ideas for her next writing project. She wants to be an advocate for ecologically centered community planning and agricultural reform when she grows up.

Stephen Black

Stephen Black is a poet and writer of narratives, fictional and otherwise. He grew up in rural Gibson County, Tennessee, and now lives in Memphis, where he teaches yoga and writing. He has participated in the Wildbranch Writing Workshop and is working on a bioregional history of West Tennessee.

Lydia Boehm

Lydia Boehm is an artist living and painting in Brooklyn. She works with Bonhams auction house in the postwar and contemporary art department and, last spring, participated in Bushwick Open Studios. Lydia has studied with Columbia university in the city and in Paris, the Tyler school of Art in Rome, and at Oberlin College. She is currently applying to MFA programs in painting. Visit her website at

Bryan Boodhoo

Bryan Boodhoo's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Descant, Hart House Review, Joypuke, The Prairie Journal, and other places. He was longlisted for Exile Magazine’s Carter V. Cooper Fiction prize in 2013. His plays have been produced in Toronto, Edmonton, and other cities in Canada.

Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky

Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky is a Colombia native born to Argentinian parents. She holds a bachelor's in anthropology with a minor in history and a postgraduate degree in journalism from Universidad of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She has studied art for over thirteen years with Argentinian art master Carlos Orrea and studies in Florence, Italy, and the USA. Today she is in Madrid exploring her art. Vivian has shown her work in both individual and collective shows in Colombia and the USA. She has been published in multiple books, magazines, and webpages, and has received multiple awards. 

Lia-Lucine Cary

Lia-Lucine Cary is an educator and storyteller. She works to immortalize people and moments through oral and visual media. She enjoys playing the accordion, surfing, and searching for treasure. 

Candace R. Craig

Candace R. Craig was raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, an underdog city that is the nation’s armpit to some, but fertile soil for her. It was there she learned to appreciate the importance of place in shaping one’s personality and where she indulged in great music, the arts, historic cemeteries, and cycling along the Erie Canal. A veteran teacher of writing, Candace recently published two pieces in peer reviewed journals, has a monograph on the films of David Lynch under contract with Lexington Books (a division of Rowman & Littlefield), and regularly draws upon her teaching experiences for the design of a series of “Craig’s Notes” classroom literature guides. Candace currently thrives in the exalting Colorado landscape with her philosopher husband and spritely canine son, King Oberon. Visit to read more of her creative writing.

Jesse Curran

Jesse Curran received her PhD in English from Stony Brook University, where she currently teaches courses in literature, writing, and the environmental humanities. Her poetry and essays have been published in numerous journals including The Journal of Sustainability Education, Green Humanities, Blueline, The Fourth River, About Place, Hawk & Handsaw, and The Common Ground Review.

Nicholas Finch

Nicholas Finch has recently joined University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers. Former assistant editor of Neon Literary Journal, Finch was born and raised in England and South Africa before moving to Florida. His influences include Ernest Hemingway, James Salter, Andy Plattner, Virginia Woolf, and Laurie Lee. Finch has pieces published or forthcoming in Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Molotov Cocktail, Avis Magazine, Fields, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. Please check out his website

Thea Gavin

In 2011, Thea Gavin spent three life-changing weeks at the North Rim as National Park Service Artist-in-Residence; now she returns to Grand Canyon as often as possible to wander and write, both along and below the rim (sometimes as an instructor for the Grand Canyon Association Field Institute). After teaching writing at Concordia University Irvine from 1997-2017, Thea took an early retirement to spend even more time outdoors, writing and leading creative writing adventures—mostly without shoes. A lifelong resident of Orange, CA, Thea loves her local wild lands and works to educate others about the importance of native flora through her work on the Board of Directors of the Orange County chapter of the California Native Plant Society. Thea's poems and essays have appeared in a variety of chapbooks, journals, and anthologies, including New Poets of the American West, On Foot: Grand Canyon Backpacking Stories, and Going Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon. She's been blogging (with lots of sole-selfies) about her shoeless adventures since 2010 at

Heather E. Goodman

Heather E. Goodman’s fiction has been published in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Hunger Mountain,, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, Shenandoah, where her story was awarded The Shenandoah Fiction Prize, and the Chicago Tribune, where her story won the Nelson Algren Award. She lives in a log cabin along a creek in Pennsylvania with her husband Paul and pooch Leo. Please visit:

Lauren Grabelle

Lauren Grabelle is originally from New Jersey, but moved to Montana to heal the wounds that are created by living in the most densely populated state and being so isolated from nature. Her photography falls in the matrix where fine art and documentary meet, where she can tell truths about human relationships to other people, animals, nature, and ourselves. Her work is about empathy. She has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Blue Sky Gallery, Arthill Gallery London, Colorado Photographic Art Center, Candela Gallery, Newspace Center for Photography, powerHouse Arena, Yellowstone Art Museum, SE Center for Photography, Station Independent Projects, Slideluck @ Photoville, Trieste Photo Days photo festival in Italy, and the Montana Triennial at the Missoula Art Museum, and online at Humble Arts Foundation, Der Greif, and World Photo Organization, among others. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Harper's, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

John Grant

John Grant was born in Dublin, Ireland, with an innate passion for the creatures sharing our planet. Encouraged by a father knowledgeable in Irish wildlife and nurtured by a mother tolerant enough to accept his mud-covered returns from hedgerows and estuaries, he grew into a dedicated birdwatcher and eventually a professional zoologist. John has exhibited with the Irish Federation of Wildlife Artists and contributed illustrations for the first issues of the annual Irish East Coast Bird Report. Following his move to Australia in 1983, art took a back seat to his postgraduate studies and later his teaching and research work in north Queensland. Now, he explores the natural world through both photography and painting. More artwork can be viewed at

David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer, editor, and botanist from Bristol, England. He was awarded second place in the 2015 UK National Poetry Competition. His recent work has also appeared in Stride and is forthcoming in Blackbox Manifold.

Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen is the author of the collection Umberto’s Night, winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, North American Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, the Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, Witness, and elsewhere. Recipient of the Thomas Merton poetry prize, the H.O.W. Journal poetry prize, and twice nominated for the Pushcart, she teaches in Baltimore.

Ray Hudson

Ray Hudson has edited several published books on Alaskan history and ethnography, written a well-received memoir, Moments Rightly Placed, and has a young adult novel, Ivory & Paper: Adventures In and Out of Time, coming out from the University of Alaska Press in January 2018.

Rhiannon Inman-Simpson

Rhiannon Inman-Simpson is a British artist currently living in Bergen, Norway. Her interests lie in ideas surrounding place, the body, language, and time. She is interested in the physical and imaginative encounters we have with landscape and the role that memory plays. Painting is at the core of her practice, although her work also encompasses writing, drawing, and installation. She has taken part in residencies in Iceland, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Scotland, and Ireland, and exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions across the UK and Scandinavia. You can see more at and

Melissa Jean

Melissa Jean teaches in the mindfulness studies program at Lesley University. She received an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and a PhD in human dimensions of ecosystem science and management from Utah State University. Her fiction and poetry have been published in print and online journals, including The Colorado Review, Junoesq, and Causeway Lit. She currently lives in Nashville.

Joe Jiménez

Joe Jiménez is the author of The Possibilities of Mud (Korima 2014) and Bloodline (Arte Público 2016). Jiménez is the recipient of the 2016 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Press Poetry Prize for the book Allegory, Rattlesnake, which will be published in 2019. His essays and poems have recently appeared in Iron Horse, RHINO, Gulf Stream, Waxwing, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and on the PBS NewsHour and Lambda Literary sites. Jimenez was recently awarded a Lucas Artists Literary Artists Fellowship from 2017-2020. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is a member of the Macondo Writing Workshops. For more information, visit

Christopher Johnson

Christopher Johnson's love of nature grew during many hours on trails in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He has continued to hike and observe since returning to his native Illinois. He also taught English and edited textbooks for many years. He is the co-author of Forests for the People: The Story of America's Eastern National Forests, published in 2013 by Island Press.

Talley V. Kayser

Talley V. Kayser is both a literature teacher and a professional kayaking guide. She was fortunate enough to study under Mike Branch as a graduate student in the University of Nevada, Reno's Literature and the Environment program. In August of 2017 she will begin directing and teaching in the Adventure Literature program at Pennsylvania State University; until then, she enjoys exploring the estuaries and ecosystems near her home in Charleston, South Carolina.   

Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser is the author of numerous collections of poetry and books of nonfiction. His many honors include two NEA fellowships in poetry, a Pushcart Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Prize from Columbia, the Boatwright Prize from Shenandoah, the Pulitzer Prize, and an appointment as US Poet Laureate, which he served from 2004 to 2006. He is a professor in the English department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nicholas Littman

Nicholas Littman has worked as a biological observer on a crab boat in the Bering Sea, ranched in Montana, and tapped maple trees in the Northeast. All these jobs have nudged him a bit closer to finding his vocation, though he knows once he’s found it, it is likely to change. He currently lives in Montana with his wife, where he recently completed an MS in environmental studies from the University of Montana. More of his work can be found in Camas: Nature of the West

Jeremy Nathan Marks

Jeremy Nathan Marks is a writer, teacher, and researcher living in London, Ontario. His poetry and photography has been published in Lake, Up The Staircase Quarterly, The Blue Hour, Futures Trading Lit, Front Porch Review, Dove Tales, EgoPhobia, Proost Poetry Anthology, Eunoia Review, and The Electric Windmill Press

Anna Martin

Anna Martin is a digital/traditional artist, writer, and photographer based out of Saint Augustine, Florida. She is an avid explorer and much of her artwork is inspired by her travels and life experiences. She strives to capture emotions and inspire others with her work. Her work has been previously exhibited in various galleries and museums, such as the Rosenberg Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her work has been published in various art magazines including Grub Street and Plenilune Magazine. She also frequently works under the pseudonym Vacantia, and more of her art can be found at her online gallery:

Jerry D. Mathes II

Jerry Mathes is a Jack Kent Cooke alumnus and the author Ahead of the Flaming Front: A Life on Fire, winner of the North American Book Prize; Fever and Guts: A Symphony; and The Journal West: Poems, and Still Life, winner of the Meadow Prize for the Novella. In 2011, he produced a short film, Drinking Sangria in the Cold War, which was adapted from one of his award winning short stories. Mathes taught writing at the University of Idaho and Stephen F. Austin State University, and taught the Southernmost Writers Workshop in the World at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station Antarctica. In 2012 he produced a video essay about wildfire. He loves his two daughters very much.  

Meridith McClure

Meridith McClure is a biologist living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She seeks to use her embroidery as an outlet to educate and engage people in the beauty of the natural world. You can find more of her work at and

Beth McDermott

Beth's poetry has appeared in journals such as, Watershed Review, Camus, and Southern Humanities Review. Her chapbook, How to Leave a Farmhouse, was released last fall from Porkbelly Press. She is the Poetry Editor for Kudzu House Quarterly and a visiting assistant professor of English in Joliet, IL. 

Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting is originally from the upper Great Lakes region, where she grew up the youngest of twelve siblings in a small cabin in the woods. Her poetry and prose can be found in Harpur Palate, DIAGRAM, The Southeast Review, PANK, Bellingham Review, Midwestern Gothic, decomP, Connotation Press, The MacGuffin, and other places, including the chapbooks Myth of Solitude (Imaginary Friend Press) and Residence Time (Dancing Girl Press). A recipient of scholarships from Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences, Menting earned her MFA from Northern Michigan University and her PhD from the University of Nebraska. She currently lives in northern New England.

Emily K. Michael

Emily K. Michael is a blind poet, musician, and writing instructor living in Jacksonville, Florida. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Wordgathering, The Hopper, Artemis Journal, The Deaf Poets Society, Compose Journal, Rogue Agent, Disability Rhetoric, Breath & Shadow, Bridge Eight, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, I Am Subject Stories: Women Awakening, BREVITY’S Nonfiction Blog, and Mosaics (Vol. 2). Emily’s work centers on the themes of ecology, disability, feminism, and music. She is committed to challenging the divisions between human and nonhuman experiences—especially how a more-than-human world contributes to music and language. She develops grammar workshops for multilingual learners and participates in local writing festivals. Find her on Twitter @ModwynEarendel and at her blog On the Blink. Enjoy her poem, "Kiwano," from Natural Compliance, below.

Amy Miller

Amy Miller’s full-length poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award and will be published by Concrete Wolf Press in summer 2018. Her writing has appeared in Gulf CoastRattleWillow Springs, and ZYZZYVA, and her most recent chapbook is I Am on a River and Cannot Answer (BOAAT Press). She lives in Oregon. Find her at and @amymillerpoet.

Ellene Glenn Moore

Ellene Glenn Moore is a poet living in sunny South Florida. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Florida International University, where she held a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellowship in Poetry, and her BA in creative writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Ellene has been the recipient of a residency at the Studios of Key West and a scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Raleigh Review, Brevity, Best New Poets, Spillway, Chautauqua, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.

Rodney Nelson

Rodney Nelson's work began appearing in mainstream journals long ago but he turned to fiction and did not write a poem for twenty-two years, restarting in the 2000s. So he is both older and "new." See his page in the Poets & Writers directory for a notion of the publishinghistory. He has worked as a copy editor in the Southwest and now lives in his native North Dakota. Recently, his poem "One Winter" won a Poetry Kit Award for 2011 (U.K.); it had appeared in Symmetry Pebbles. His "Upstream in Idaho" received a Best of Issue Award at the late Neon Beam (also England). The chapbook Metacowboy was published in 2011; another title, In Wait, in November 2012. Bog Light and Sighting the Flood have just appeared. The chapbook Fargo in Winter took second place in the 2013 Cathlamet Prize competition at Ravenna Press in Spokane. Directions From Enloe won third in the Turtle Island Quarterly contest. Nelson's chapbook of prose narratives, Hill of Better Sleep, is out from Red Bird Chapbooks. Mogollon Picnic is already in print; and the poetry ebook Nodding in Time (Kind of a Hurricane Press) is "up." The full-length Felton Prairie has appeared at Middle Island Press. Red Dashboard has brought out another, Words For the DeedCross Point Road and Late & Later (Atlantean Publishing, U.K.) came out last summer.

Rita Orrell

RIta Orrell is a design journalist with an MA in creative writing from CUNY/Queens College. Her chapbook of poetry, Stuck in the Dream Wheel, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her first design book, Objects of Desire, is forthcoming from Schiffer Publishing in March of 2016.

Kristen M. Ploetz

Kristen M. Ploetz is a writer and former land use attorney living in Massachusetts. Her work has been published (or is forthcoming) with Hypertext Magazine, Swarm Literary Journal, Gravel, The Healing Muse, The Washington Post, The Humanist, Modern Farmer, and elsewhere. Her essay, "When the Cardinal Takes Flight," appeared in the 2016 print issue of The Hopper. She is currently working on a collection of essays and short stories. You can find her on the web ( and Twitter (@KristenPloetz).

Sean Prentiss

Sean Prentiss is the author of the memoir, Finding Abbey: a Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, which won the 2015 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography and is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Prentiss is also the co-editor of The Far Edges of the Fourth Genre: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, a creative nonfiction craft anthology. And he is the co-author of the forthcoming environmental writing textbook, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Craft Guide and Anthology. His essays have won honorable mention in The Atlantic Monthly’s Graduate Student Writing Contest and won Fugue’s nonfiction contest, and he has been awarded the Albert J. Colton Fellowship for Projects of National or International Scope. He lives on a small lake in northern Vermont and serves as an assistant professor at Norwich University.

Kristen Staby Rembold

Kristen Staby Rembold teaches poetry and fiction writing at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia, and is also a master gardener and amateur musician. Her most recent book is a chapbook of poetry, Leaf and Tendril, published by Finishing Line Press. She also has published a novel, Felicity, winner of Mid-List Press First Fiction Series Award. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals and periodicals including Southern Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Literary Mama, Crab Orchard Review, Appalachia, and New Ohio Review.

Hannah Richter

Last year, Hannah deferred her undergraduate enrollment at Washington University in St. Louis, MO (where she will be attending come fall) in favor of a gap year between high school and college. She is currently traveling, volunteering, and writing in Indonesia, the Galapagos Islands, and the States. Hannah's work has previously been published in publications such as The Best Teen Writing of 2015, The American Library of Poetry's editions of Accolades and Eloquence, and in Sarah Pepper's novel Snow White Lies.

Ellie Rogers

Ellie Rogers graduated from the MFA in Creative Writing program at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Her poems have appeared in Camas, Crab Creek ReviewFloating Bridge Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Redivider. She has served as the assistant managing editor of Bellingham Review, as a board member of the Whatcom Poetry Series, and as chair of the Boynton Poetry Contest Committee.

John Saad

John Saad lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and their two dogs. His poetry has appeared recently in Kudzu House and ISLE. He is the state winner of the 2014 Hackney Literary Award for Poetry. This fall, he will move to Virginia to begin his MFA at Hollins University.

Eric Fisher Stone

Eric Fisher Stone is a graduate student at Iowa State University's MFA in Writing and the Environment program. His poems have recently appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Lyric, Yellow Chair Review, Turtle Island Quarterly, Uppagus, Zetetic, and Jersey Devil Press, among several others.

Heather Swan

Heather Swan's poems have appeared in such places as Poet Lore, Midwestern Gothic, Basalt, The Raleigh Review, The Cream City Review, Iris, and others. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in such places as AEON, ISLE, Edge Effects, Resilience Journal, and About Place. Her book Where Honeybees Thrive will be published in October 2017 by Penn State Press. She received an MFA in poetry and a PhD in literary and environmental studies from University Wisconsin-Madison, where she was the recipient of a Martha Meier Renk Fellowship and the August Derleth Award for poetry.

Kelsey Swintek

Kelsey Swintek is a writer, photographer, and artist who resides in New York City. Her work is featured on the cover of the inaugural print issue of The Hopper. Her website is

Ag Synclair

Ag Synclair publishes The Montucky Review and edits poetry for The Bookends Review. Widely published around the globe, he flies under the radar. Deftly. A native New Englander, he currently resides in Arlington, Massachusetts, with his partner in crime, the artist and poet, Heather Brager.

Alice Thomas

Alice Thomas is an artist and poet. She lives in western Massachusetts and on Long Island, New York. Her art has been shown in Greenfield, MA, and Manhasset, NY. She reads at various locations in the region and was a winner in the 2014 Poet Seat Contest. Her series, River Rooms, will be on display as a solo exhibition in JanuaryFebruary 2017 in Turners Fall, MA.

Brigit Truex

From the South Shore of Massachusetts to Santa Monica, from the incredible blue of California’s Lake Tahoe to the Bluegrass plateau of Kentucky, Brigit Truex has lived in a wide variety of locales. Subtle background or dominant theme, these geographies have influenced and inspired her writing. With these diverse sites, she has explored the intimate of self as well as the broader scope of society and the roles we play. With her diverse heritage of First Nations (Abenaki/Cree), French Canadian, and Irish, she has been gifted a complex view of her world, one that acknowledges the spiritual inherent in nature and thus, our responsibilities. These aspects are reflected in the array of national and international journals and anthologies where her work has appeared. In addition to four chapbooks, she has a full-length book, Strong As Silk (Lummox Press). Other publications include I Was Indian, Atlanta Review, Canary, Yellow Medicine Review, Poetry Now, and Tule Review. Enjoy her poem "Traces," from The History of Water, below.

Kelly Garriott Waite

Kelly Garriott Waite writes from Ohio. Her work has appeared most recently in The Citron Review and The Journal of Wild Culture. She picked blueberries last week and is looking forward to blackberry season. Sometimes she sweeps the back porch with the old corn broom.

Jess Weitz

Jess Weitz lives in Marlboro, Vermont. She is currently working in mixed media, combining painting and poetry. She studied photography with Stephen Shore and Larry Fink at Bard College, using an 8x10 view camera for most of her work. She has taught photography to children and teens using The Literacy Through Photography model developed by Wendy Ewald. She holds a master's degree in library science. Her website is

Jess Williard

Jess Williard's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Third Coast, North American Review, Colorado Review, Southern Humanities Review, Barrow Street, Lake Effect, The New Orleans Review, Sycamore Review, Bayou Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, Oxford Poetry, and other journals. Originally from Wisconsin, he now lives in Atlanta where he is a doctoral candidate at Georgia State University.


Audrey Batchelder

Audrey Batchelder is from Southern Vermont, where she works on a local dairy and vegetable farm and as an editor at Green Writers Press.

Anthony Chase

Anthony Chase is a writer and a poet who has traveled the world writing features for Condé Nast Traveler. He has lived in rural Pennsylvania for many years, in a hut where he has worked as a laborer in fields and forests while writing and illustrating the world close by.

Greg Delanty

Greg Delanty’s Collected Poems 1986-2006 is out from the Oxford Poet’s series of Carcanet Press. Recent books are: The Greek Anthology, Book XVII (Carcanet Press and due from LSU Press), Loosestrife (Fomite Press, 2011), The Ship of Birth (Carcanet Press, LSU 2006), The Blind Stitch (Carcanet Press, LSU Press, 2003) and The Hellbox (Oxford University Press, 1998). He edited (with Michael Matto) The Word Exchange, Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation (WW Norton, 2010). He has received many awards, most recently a Guggenheim for poetry. His poems are widely anthologized and have been broadcast on The Writer’s Almanac. He is the Poet-In-Residence at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, and an environmental activist with He lives in Vermont.

Catherine Dianich Gruver

Catherine Dianich Gruver is a social documentary photographer living in Southern Vermont. She has been the recipient of established artist fellowships and awards and has exhibited nationally. Her body of work, “At Home,” in which she documented her family experience, has shaped and informed all subsequent work.

Peter Biello

Peter Biello is a producer and announcer at New Hampshire Public Radio, formerly at Vermont Public Radio. He holds an MFA in fiction from UNC at Wilmington and a BFA from UMaine at Farmington. His journalism has appeared on All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Day to Day, and This American Life. His creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Lowestoft Chronicle, The Drunken Odyssey, Busted Halo, Three Percent, and The Compulsive Reader. He was the founder of the Burlington Writers Workshop, northern Vermont’s largest and most active writing organization, and blogs at On Twitter: @PeterBiello.

Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac is a writer and traditional storyteller whose work often reflects his American Indian (Abenaki) ancestry and the Adirondack Region of northern New York where he lives in the house where he was raised by his grandparents. He and his two grown sons, James and Jesse, who are also storytellers and writers, work together in projects involving the preservation of Native culture, Native language renewal, teaching traditional Native skills, and environmental education. Author of over 120 books in several genres for young readers and adults, his experiences include running a college program in a maximum security prison and teaching in West Africa.

Mathieu Cailler

Mathieu Cailler’s work has been widely published in national and international literary journals, including Ardor, Epiphany, and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts, he has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train New Writers.

Meredith Davies Hadaway

Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of Fishing Secrets of the Dead, The River is a Reason, and At the Narrows (forthcoming from Word Poetry, 2015). Her poems currently appear or are forthcoming in Salamander, poemmemoirstory, and New Ohio Review. She is poetry editor for The Summerset Review and was the 2013-14 Rose O’Neill Writer-in-Residence at Washington College. Hadaway was a contributor at the inaugural Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers’ Conference.

Tiffany Higgins

Tiffany Higgins is author of And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet (Carolina Wren Press, 2009), selected by Evie Shockley as winner of the Carolina Wren Poetry Prize. She recently was a resident at Art Farm in Nebraska. Her poems appear in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Taos Journal of Poetry & Art, From the Fishouse, and other journals. She writes on ecocultural poetics and is a translator of the work of contemporary Brazilian poets, including Alex Simões.

Richard Jarrette

Richard Jarrette is the author of Beso the Donkey (MSU Press, 2010), which received both the Midwest Independent Publishers Association’s gold medal in Poetry and was a finalist for the Foreward Review’s Book of the Year in 2011. The book was translated into Chinese by Yun Wang. Jarrette lives semi-reclusively in the Central Coast region of California after formative years in Los Angeles and Western North Carolina. His second poetry collection, A Hundred Million Years of Nectar Dances, is forthcoming in April of 2015 from Green Writers Press.

Alexis Lathem

Alexis Lathem is an environmental journalist, editor, and writing instructor. She is the recipient of the Chelsea Award for Poetry, a Vermont Arts Council Grant, and a Bread Loaf scholarship. Her poems and essays have appeared in the AWP Writer's Chronicle, Gettysburg Review, Hunger Mountain, Chelsea, Spoon River, Saranac Review, Beloit, and other journals. She lives on a small farm in Vermont.

Sydney Lea

Sydney Lea is poet laureate of Vermont and author of eleven collections of poetry, a novel, and three books of naturalist essays. In 2015, his twelfth poetry volume, No Doubt the Nameless (Four Way Books) will appear, as will What’s the Story: Reflections on a Life Grown Long (Green Writers Press).

Jenny Morse

Jenny Morse completed her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently teaches at Colorado State University. Her poetry has been published in Notre Dame Review, Wilderness House, Quiddity, Yemassee, and Terrain. Her critical work has appeared in Seismopolite, The Montreal Review, The Ofi Press, and the Journal of Contemporary Thought.

Desmond Peeples

Desmond S. Peeples is a Vermont-based writer whose work has appeared in the NewerYork, Squawk Back, Five [Quarterly], and elsewhere. He is the founding editor of Mount Island Magazine. Visit to find out more.

Shona MaDonald

Shona Macdonald received her MFA in 1996 in studio arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA in 1992 from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. She has had selected solo shows at Ebersmoore, Chicago (2012); the Roswell Art Museum, Roswell, NM, (2011); Engine Room, Wellington, New Zealand (2010); Proof Gallery, Boston, MA (2009); Reeves Contemporary, New York (2008); Den Contemporary, Los Angeles (2007); Skestos-Gabriele, Chicago, IL (2005); Galerie Refugium, Berlin, Germany (2002); and Fassbender Gallery, Chicago, IL (1998 and 2000). She has shown in numerous group shows. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art NewsLA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Sacramento Bee, and New American Paintings. She has been a Visiting Artist at over forty institutions, including Wimbledon College of Art, London (1998); Georgia State University, Atlanta (2007); Cornell University (2006); the University of Alberta; and the University of Calgary, Canada (2002); Shona Macdonald was the recipient of a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NY (2009); a Fellow at Roswell Artist-in-Residence in Roswell, NM, (2010-11); Can Serrat, Barcelona (2012); and the Cromarty Arts Trust in Scotland. She is a Professor of Studio Art and Graduate Program Director at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Tony Magistrale

Tony Magistrale is professor of English at the University of Vermont. His most recent book of poems is entitled Entanglements, published by Fomite Press.

Gary Margolis

Gary Margolis is Emeritus Executive Director of College Mental Health Services and Associate Professor of English and American Literatures (part-time) at Middlebury College. He was a Robert Frost and Arthur Vining Davis Fellow and has taught at the University of Tennessee, University of Vermont, and the Bread Loaf and Green Mountain Writers’ Conferences. His third book, Fire in the Orchard, was nominated for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, as well as Raking the Winter Leaves: New and Selected Poems. His poem “The Interview” was featured on National Public Radio’s The Story, and Boston’s ABC Channel 5 interviewed him on the Middlebury campus reading his poem “Winning the Lunar Eclipse” after the 2004 World Series. His latest book is Seeing the Songs: A Poet’s Journey to the Shamans in Ecuador

Jeremy Marks

Jeremy Marks is a poet, writer, and amateur photographer who also works as a self-employed teacher/tutor. His poetry and photography have appeared in numerous publications including Lake: a Journal of Arts and Environment, Up The Staircase Quarterly, Electric Windmill Press, The Blue Hour, the Proost Poetry Anthology, and Wilderness House Literary Review. He lives with his wife, infant daughter, and two rescue dogs in London, Ontario.

Mike Minchin

Mike Minchin earned his MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014. His fiction has received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train. His stories are forthcoming in Vermont Magazine and Mud Season Review. He lives in Vermont with his wife and two children.

Mimi Morton

Mimi Morton is a Guilford, Vermont, writer. Her most recent work is a collection of interlinked stories set in Vermont.

Sheila Post

A former university associate professor and academic specialist in transcendentalism, Sheila Post is a novelist and essayist who writes about the simple, the natural, the local, and the transcendental in the worlds of New England and Atlantic Canada. Visit her website at

CP Surendran

CP Surendran has written two novels, An Iron Harvest and Lost and Found. At present he is the Editor-in-Chief of DNA, India’s third-largest selling newspaper. Earlier, he was a senior editor and a well-known columnist with the Times of India. Surendran’s columns in print and in social media elicit a great deal of response, but, gratifyingly, most of it is negative. His poems have been internationally anthologized, and his awards for writing and journalism include Reuters International Fellowship at Oxford, Wolfson Press Fellowship at Cambridge, and British Council Literature Fellowship at Cambridge.

Cindy Veach

Cindy Veach’s poems have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, North American Review, Chicago Review, Prairie Schooner, Sou’wester, and are forthcoming in The Journal and others. She was a finalist for the Ann Stanford Prize and the recipient of honorable mentions in the Ratner-Ferber-Poet Lore Prize and Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize. Her collection, Thimbleful, was the runner up for the 2014 Zone 3 First Book Prize.

Naima Wade

Naima K. Wade lives in Southern Vermont: a poet, performance artist of spoken word, humanities educator, and business owner. She has performed throughout New England, New York, and the Caribbean. She recently was a featured poet with other Caribbean poets and writers living abroad and in the USVI, reading from her collection of poetry, West-Indian-Alien-Yankee Times and Select Spirits. She is the director of the Journey’s End Program Series (JEPS) National Parks Service Underground Railroad Network To Freedom Program, a Vermont Living History and Cultural Literary Program. In the JEPS program series, Naima retells—wearing period costume—the renowned and memorialized life story of the Jessie Daisy Turner Family (1845–1988), who lived in Grafton, Vermont. “Attuned to Non-Interference” is from Autumn Poems, a new collection of poetry written in 2013.

Tim Weed

Tim Weed is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and a featured expert for National Geographic Expeditions in Cuba, Spain, and Patagonia. His fiction and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Talking Points Memo, Writer’s Chronicle, Backcountry Magazine, National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel, and elsewhere. Tim teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and in the MFA Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. Kirkus Reviews has called his debut novel, Will Poole’s Island (2014), a “riveting portrayal of early Colonial New England.” Read more at

Lynne Jaeger Weinstein

Lynne Weinstein has worked as a photo editor at Life Magazine. Her photography has been shown in galleries in New England and published nationally. She is the recipient of grants from the Vermont Arts Council and The Vermont Community Foundation. Lynne lives in Putney, Vermont, and teaches photography at the Putney School.

Russ Weis

Russ Weis teaches writing, education, and environmental courses at Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont. He also advises two student environmental clubs and runs an annual summit where teenagers compete for funding to green-up their middle and high schools. His family, friends, students, and colleagues continually inspire him to keep sustainability issues in mind.

Diana Whitney

Diana Whitney’s first book of poetry, Wanting It, was released in August 2014 by Harbor Mountain Press and became a small-press bestseller. Her personal essays and poems have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Numero Cinq, and many more. A yoga teacher and a lifelong athlete, Diana blogs about motherhood and sexuality for The Huffington Post and runs Core Flow Yoga in Brattleboro, Vermont. Visit

Ariel Williams

Ariel Williams is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in California, where she continues her artistic practice, research, and writing.

Christopher Williams

As a former associate professor at Cornell and UCLA, Christopher Williams has published two books; Origins of Form is now in its fourth printing. He is an architect, writer, and careful observer of our environment with a powerful desire to communicate his concerns about our future. “The Island” is one in a collection of forty fables and parables that employ old forms of storytelling to grab the attention of a distracted modern audience.