Aja Gabel holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was the fiction editor of Meridian and served on the editorial board at the Virginia Quarterly Review. She was recently a finalist in the Atlantic Monthly Student Fiction Contest and her work can be found in the New England Review, the New Ohio Review, the Southeast Review, the South Carolina Review, and elsewhere.
Austin Tremblay was born and raised in rural North Carolina. He likes slaw on his BBQ, metaphorical tar on his heels, and swings on his porches. Austin earned his MFA in creative writing at New Mexico State University and is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston. Before graduate school, he worked as an actor and playwright for a small repertory theatre company. His writing has been featured in Gulf Coast, New South, Bateau, Cream City Review, and other journals. Austin loves visiting baseball fields and playing music. He is working on a novel about his hometown, titled Scuffletown, and a chapbook, Leather, about baseball.
Celeste Prince calls the city of Lakewood, CO home, has familial roots in Guyana, South America, and spent her college years in St. Paul, MN, at Macalester College. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a recipient of the Harry Schermann award for prose from the Macalester English department. She is currently a first year MFA student at the University of Houston. Her writing focuses on how contemporary people of color develop identity in predominantly-white spaces. In spare moments, she enjoys listening to Top 40 music, crocheting, and drinking different types of tea.
When not writing bios or sonnets in bathrooms stalls, David Tomas Martinez lurked along the trolley lines in Barrio Logan or the fountain of Chicano Park giving hugs to the ladies and pounds to the homeboys, all the while remarking how the cigarette butts on the ground look like petals on a wet, black bough until his move to the great state of Tejas to attend the University of Houston’s PhD creative writing program in poetry.
Elizabeth Tapia (first year, PhD poetry) holds a BA in English from the College of Charleston and an MFA in Creative Writing (poetry emphasis) from Purdue University. While at Purdue, in addition to teaching, she worked in various capacities for the journal Sycamore Reviewand also worked as a graduate tutor in the Purdue Writing Lab. Before moving to Houston, she lived for four years in Chicago, where she worked at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Frances Justine Post is the recipient of the 2008 “Discovery” Poetry Prize from the 92nd Street Y. Her poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The Massachusetts Review, and others. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University and is currently earning her doctorate in the Creative Writing Program at the UH.
Karyna McGlynn is from Austin, TX. Her first book, I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl, won the 2008 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry from Sarabande Books. She is also the author of several chapbooks including Alabama Steve and the collaboration Small Shrines. Her poems have recently appeared in Fence, Salt Hill, Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel and Indiana Review. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently is pursuing her PhD at the University of Houston. She co-edits the journal linelinelineline with Adam Theriault.
Kimberly Bruss is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a first year MFA student at the University of Houston where she is studying poetry. Her poetry explores the concepts of Midwestern girlhood, complex familial relationships, especially between father and daughter, and the role of overweight women in society. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys watching baseball, fishing, and playing with her beloved feline companion, Linus.
Nicole Walker is a first-year MFA candidate in Poetry. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. She was born at Texas’s southernmost tip, in the town of Brownsville. She teaches music and art classes to kids five months to five years old, and gets paid to blow bubbles and sing the itsy bitsy spider. She spends too much time wishing for cold fronts, enjoys cooking with pumpkin, and thinking up names for her future cats. She thinks she and Emily Dickinson could have been best friends. She also can’t be Nicole Walker, since there’s already a poet with the same name. She’s open to name suggestions.
Whitney Mower grew up a Mormon in Provo, Utah. Thanks to books, rock & roll, and some phenomenal college professors, she left the church to try and become a teacher and writer. Whitney has served as an English tutor for the past five years, and last April, went on a tour called “Our Vision, Our Voices,” in which women from religious backgrounds read their work in venues throughout the southwest. Whitney is also a musician—this summer her band released an album under a small label out of Austin.