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JoAnn Balingit was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Lakeland, Florida. She is a poet and fiction writer, appointed Delaware's poet laureate in 2008. She was educated at Florida State, University of California, Irvine and Indiana University. She received a Doctorate in Education from the University of Delaware, and teaches poetry for schools and community organizations. For grade 7 - 12 students, she directs the Delaware Writing Region of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. JoAnn is an Assistant Editor at YesYes Books and an editor at Delaware Poetry Review.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Shannon Connor Winward is an American author of literary and speculative writing. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in Psuedopod: Artemis Rising, Gargoyle, Stupefying Stories, Spinetingler Magazine, Scigentasy, Flash Fiction Online, Plasma Frequency Magazine, PANK, and The Vestal Review, as well as in genre anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. Her poetry appears widely in such venues as Pedestal Magazine, Strange Horizons, Fairy Tale Magazine, Literary Mama, Hip Mama, Star*Line, Illumen, Ideomancer, and Dreamstreets, and in the SFPA’s 2012 Anthology of Rhysling Award nominees. A Semi-Finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest, Shannon was also runner-up for an emerging artist fellowship in literature by the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2014 and 2015. Her debut poetry chapbook, UNDOING WINTER, was nominated for an SFPA 2015 Elgin award. It is available from the author, Amazon.com, or Finishing Line Press. Shannon is also a staff writer for Pop Culture Madness, and a poetry editor for Devilfish Review. Shannon lives and writes in Newark, Delaware.