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Branson West, MO
Julie "Jules" Jacob is an author, poet, blogger and child advocate who attended the University of New Hampshire, Colorado State University and The Horticultural Therapy Institute. Jules holds a Certificate in Horticultural Therapy and is a University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Emeritus.
Saint Louis, MO
Eric Lundgren is the author of the novel "The Facades" (Overlook Press, 2013) and the fiction chapbook "The Bystanders" (All Along Press, 2011). His writing has appeared in Quarterly West, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Tusculum Review. He works at a public library in St. Louis, where he coordinates the STL Scribblers group.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Lee's Summit, MO
A Kansas native, Lindsey Martin-Bowen taught writing, literature, and cultural studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City for 18 years. She now teaches at MCC-Longview in Lee's Summit, Missouri. She has also taught at Rockhurst University, served as a full-time newspaper reporter for The Johnson County SUN and the Louisville Times, as Associate Editor for Modern Jeweler Magazine and as Editor of The National Paralegal Reporter. Her latest poetry collection is INSIDE VIRGIL'S GARAGE, released in early 2013. She holds an MA In English/creative writing and a Juris Doctor. She reads often at The Wrier's Place (KCMO) and The Writer's Place West in the Johnson County Central Resource Library. With poet Carl Rhoden, she helped organize the Second Sunday Reading series at Borders in Overland Park, Kansas (1991-2001).
Gerardo Mena is a decorated Iraqi Freedom veteran. He spent six years in Special Operations with the Reconnaissance Marines and was awarded a Navy Achievement Medal with a V for Valor for multiple acts of heroism while under enemy fire. He is also a singer/songwriter and enjoys composing music and creating videos to accompany his poems.