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Andrea Witzke Slot is a freelance writer, editor, and educator. She is author of the poetry collection To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012), and her most recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Segue, Mid-American Review, Poetry East, Southeast Review, Nimrod, Mezzo Cammin, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is now at work on two poetry collections, one titled "Ring Out, Wild Bells, Voices of Our Nation's Streets, and other poems" and another titled "Between My Country and the Others," both of which play with form and the spaces in which genres meet and mix. Slot also writes fiction, academic work, and essays. Her just-completed novel, The Cartography of Flesh: In the Silence of Ella Mendelssohn, explores the the nature of desire gone wrong through contemporary versions of the mother-father-son relationship at the heart of Homer's Odyssey, while her academic work focuses on poetic dialogism as a source of social change and democratic understanding (chapters from which can be found in critical collections from SUNY Press and Palgrave Macmillan). Meanwhile, her essays on the contingent faculty crisis can be found in such places as The Chronicle of Higher Education. Slot is an associate editor at RHINO Poetry as well as the book review editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal. She travels to England regularly but calls Chicago home, where she lives with her husband, the youngest of her five children/stepchildren, and her crazy West Highland Terrier Macbeth.
Russ Woods is a librarian living in Chicago. He edits Red Lightbulbs and Love Symbol Press.