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Colette Tennant was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of English from The Ohio State University, a Masters of English from Longwood University in Virginia, and a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University. Colette is an English professor at Corban University where she teaches literature as well as creative writing. She also teaches art history and literature through their overseas program Ambex in Germany, Austria, and Italy. Her first book of poetry, Commotion of Wings, was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag as an Editor’s Choice. She also authored a book of literary criticism titled Reading the Gothic in Margaret Atwood’s First Seven Novels, published in 2003. In 2014, her poem “Smaller” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has had individual poems published in various journals including Southern Poetry Review, Rattle, Christianity and Literature, Dos Passos Review, Natural Bridge, and others. Colette and her husband Stuart have three grown children, Shannon (married to son-in-law Matthew), Byron, and Andrew, and a new grandson, Luke. She enjoys competitive Scrabble, traveling the beautiful Northwest, playing the piano, and composing music. Her second book of poems Eden and After will be published by Tebot Bach in July 2015.
Francesca G. Varela was raised in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2014 with a major in environmental studies and a minor in creative writing. During her time at U of O, Francesca had pieces published in campus publications including The Ecotone Journal of Environmental Studies and Envision: Environmental Journalism. Her dream of becoming an author began in third grade, and her writing career had an early start; she had a poem published in the 2002 edition of The Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. When not writing or reading, she spends her time practicing piano and violin, figure skating, walking her dog, Ginger, and exploring Oregon’s wild places.