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Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014), Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013), One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press, 2003), When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering (New Issues Press, 2002), and Desdemona’s Fire (Lotus Press 1999). Her poems have been most recently anthologized in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. She has been awarded fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Yaddo. She is teaches at the University of Colorado – Boulder.
Amber Koneval is a twenty-something Regis University alumni with a B.A. in English and Religious Studies. She has been published in many journals, in both electronic and print formats, and has released a collection of poetry through eLectio publishing. She enjoy writing free-verse poetry on a large variety of subjects, though her most prominent themes include God, mental disability, and her personal experiences. She currently lives in Colorado with three housemates and is still very close to her large Irish-Catholic family. She plans to stay in Colorado all her life and become a cat lady when she can no longer pick up a pen.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Marilyn Krysl has published four collections of stories, including Notre Dame's Richard Sullivan Prize winning collection, "Dinner with Osama". She has also publsihed in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic and other journals, in Best American Short Stories 2000, O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She has taught ESL in the People's Republic of China, served as Artist in Residence at the Center for Human Caring in Denver, worked as a volunteer for Peace Brigade International in Sri Lanka, and volunteered at the Kalighat Home for the Destitute and Dying administered by Mother Teresa's Sisters of Charity in Calcutta. She currently volunteers with Sudanese immigrants.