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Seattle native Janée J. Baugher is the author of two collections of poetry, The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach, 2013) and Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books, 2010). She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, has received awards from the Jack Straw Foundation, Lerman Trust, and The Island Institute of Sitka, and she was a 2008-2010 Humanities Washington Inquiring Minds Speaker. Her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have been published in Boulevard, Nano Fiction, Verse Daily, and Portland Review, among other places. Baugher’s performance venues include Bumbershoot Arts Festival and the Library of Congress. Currently she is an associate editor for StringTown literary magazine, and she teaches literature at University of Phoenix.
Bruce Beasley is a professor of English at Western Washington University and the author of six collections of poems, most recently THE CORPSE FLOWER: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (University of Washington Press, 2007). He won the University of Georgia Contemporary Poetry Series Award for LORD BRAIN (2005), the Colorado Prize for Poetry (selected by Charles Wright) for SUMMER MYSTAGOGIA (1996), and the Ohio State University Press/Journal Award for THE CREATION (1994). Wesleyan University Press published his books SPIRITUALS (1988) and SIGNS AND ABOMINATIONS (2000). He has won an NEA fellowship and three Pushcart Prizes, and his work appears in THE PUSHCART BOOK OF POETRY: THE BEST POEMS FROM THE FIRST THIRTY YEARS OF THE PUSHCART PRIZE.
Ellie Belew is a novelist who also writes some short fiction. She believes in the power of the stories we tell ourselves and each other, and what we could know if we paid better attention. Her fiction follows generations of sometimes hard-bitten characters in one allegorical town. Run Plant Fly, her first novel, tells the story of the first virtual reality theme park as it forever alters the fabric of a small community. Ursula LeGuin calls Run Plant Fly "a fireball of a novel [where] the lives of ordinary people in a small American town strike across each other and flare up into pain and beauty."