Born and raised in Southern Virginia, the house where Sean Patrick Mulroy grew up was built in 1801 and was commandeered by the Union Army during the Civil War to serve as a makeshift hospital. As a boy, Sean loved to peel back the carpets to show where the blood from hasty surgeries on wounded soldiers had stained the wooden floorboards. Now he writes poems. Sean currently resides in Boston, co-hosts the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge, and co-curates a monthly LGBTQ reading series, Moonlighting. He is a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, and his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Bakery, Muzzle, Nailed, The Good Men Project, Assaracus, Rua de Baixo, Network Awesome, Moonshot, Side B, Union Station, Tandem, Frigg, Neon, qu.ee/r, Best Indie Literature of New England, Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology, and Ganymede.
Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that publishes art and writing. He’s the author of absentMINDR (VERBALVISUAL, 2014)—the first chapbook APP published for iOS mobile/tablet devices—was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has been published in BOMB, [PANK], Flavorwire, and the Best American Poetry blog. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn.
Trenton Pollard is an MFA candidate at North Carolina State University, and a graduate of Bennington College. Originally from Michigan, he has been a welder, massage therapist, graphic designer, and political organizer. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Santa Clara Review, The Cossack Review,and Cedilla.
Wendy Silva is a poet from California who did her undergraduate work at UC Riverside and her MFA at the University of Idaho. In 2010 she won the Judy Kronenfeld Award in poetry and in 2013 she received the Academy of American Poet’s Prize. Her most recent work can be found in the American Poetry Review, Cloudbank, and Solo Novo: Art and Revolution. She currently teaches composition and poetry classes at the University of Idaho.
Brandi M. Spaethe received her MFA in poetry from Fresno State where she worked for The Normal School and The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in CRATE, Off the Rocks, American Athenaeum, and Slipstream, to name a few. Her chapbook, To You Who Wants In, was released in December 2012. Brandi received the 2012 C.G. Hanzlicek Poetry Writing Fellowship and was a poetry fellow in the 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging Writer’s Retreat. She is the program assistant for the Readings & Workshops program at Poets & Writers’ California office and teaches at California State University, Los Angeles.
Alexandra Teague is the author of Mortal Geography (Persea 2010),winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award, and The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea 2015). Her poetry has recently appeared in The Missouri Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. She is Assistant Professor of Poetry at University of Idaho and an editor for Broadsided Press. www.alexandrateague.com
David K Wheeler is the author of Contingency Plans: Poems (TS Poetry) and has written for The Morning News, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Glitterwolf, The Citron Review, TOSKA, and others. He earned his BA in Creative Writing from Western Washington University and is now publishing assistant at Shelf Awareness in Seattle.