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Maryrose Larkin lives in Portland, where she works as a freelance researcher. She is the author of Inverse (nine muses books, 2006), Whimsy Daybook 2007 (FLASH+CARD, 2006), The Book of Ocean (i.e. press, 2007), DARC (FLASH+CARD, 2009) and The name of this intersection is frost (Shearsman Books, 2010) Marrowing (Airfoil, 2010) and The Identification of Ghosts (Chax, 2013). Maryrose was a founder of Spare Room, a Portland-based writing collective, and is co-editor, with Sarah Mangold, of FLASH+CARD, a chapbook and ephemera poetry press. Maryrose received her MFA from Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of Art. She keeps her friends close and her muses closer.
Lois Leveen holds degrees in history and literature from Harvard University, UCLA, and the University of Southern California. A former faculty member at UCLA and Reed College, she regularly leads workshops and gives talks about race, literature, and American history at campuses, conferences, museums, and libraries around the country.
Thomas Martin, sometimes writing as Thomas James Martin, discovered literary quality haiku, haibun and related Japanese forms in 2007 when he had just turned 63. Though born and raised on a farm in North Carolina, he has lived in the Pacific NW since the mid '80s with his wife, Joyce. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in English and has done postgraduate work in education. He is the author of two books of poetry, "A Southern Line," and "Where the Light Falls." He has also published "Real Gifts," a collection of essays and stories.
Teresa K. Miller is the author of sped (Sidebrow 2013) and Forever No Lo (Tarpaulin Sky Press 2008), as well as a contributor to Conversations at the Wartime Cafe, A Decade of War: 2001-2011. She received her MFA from Mills College and was a writer-in-residence at San Francisco's Sanchez Annex Grotto from 2009 to 2012. Originally form Seattle, she has taught college English and K-12 Special Education in Chicago and the Bay Area.