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Melanie Jennings’ short stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Redwood Coast Review, Crab Creek Review, and Oregon Literary Review, among others. Her story, “The Pool at Chualteca,” published in The Adirondack Review, earned a recommended reading citation for best of the literary web from Dark Sky Magazine. She has taught composition and creative writing, and been awarded fiction residencies at Jentel, The Espy Literary Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College and a doctorate in American Literature from UC San Diego.
Tricia Knoll is a Portland, Oregon poet. Her kinship with urban wildlife includes tree hugging; tending butterfly, native plant, herb and vegetable gardens, and work as a Master Gardener. She lives on a heavily culverted urban creek. She is working to provide habitat to reintroduce native tree frogs. She routinely speaks to crows who ignore her – and was once bitten on the neck by a captive coyote. Website: triciaknoll.com She has degrees in literature from Stanford University (BA) and Yale University (MAT.) She enjoyed careers in a high school English classroom and many decades as a communications officer for the City of Portland before retirement. Her poetry and haiku appear in numerous journals and several anthologies. Urban Wild is her first chapbook.
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.