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Mario Chard was raised in northern Utah. He is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Purdue University where he served as the poetry editor of Sycamore Review. A winner of the 2012 “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest, he recently completed a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Poetry at Stanford University.
St. George, UT
John Chávez was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He received an M.F. A. from New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His poems have appeared in Alice Blue, Anti-, Copper Nickel, Diode, Notre Dame Review, Palabra, Portland Review, Puerto del Sol, Tusculum Review, Zone 3, among others. He is author of a chapbook Heterotopia, and co-author of a collaborative chapbook, I, NE: Iterations of the Junco. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship, a literary fellowship supported by the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame and The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Redwing, MN. He is assistant professor of English at Dixie State College of Utah. He lives in St. George.
Salt Lake City, UT
Meg Day, recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize (forthcoming 2014), When All You Have Is a Hammer (winner of the 2012 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest) and We Can’t Read This (winner of the 2013 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest). A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner, she has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet
Siân Griffiths lives in Ogden, Utah where she directs the Creative Writing Program at Weber State University. Her work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Quarterly West, Cave Wall, River Teeth, Versal, Court Green, and The Georgia Review, among many other publications. Versal nominated her story “What Is Solid” for a Pushcart Prize, and Janet Burroway included her poem, “Fistful,” in the third edition of Imaginative Writing. New Rivers Press published her first novel, Borrowed Horses. She is currently finishing revisions on her second novel.