Serena Howe grew up in Northern California. She moved to Dallas five years ago, and teaches middle and high school. She is working on a Masters in literature at the University of Dallas. She enjoys running, rock climbing, and visual art in her spare time.
Matthew Duffy is a teacher and a writer of verse who lives in Dallas and belongs to the Bonehouse Poets writers group. Hailing from the midwest, Matthew formerly shared his poetry within the cozy community of poets and verse-lovers in rural central Nebraska. Presently, he writes and participates in poetry readings in the Dallas area with his group. He has honed the craft through study and writerly fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and the University of Dallas.
A graduate of St. John's College, Santa Fe, Rhett Forman is the Director of the Writing Lab at the University of Dallas where he is also a Ph.D. candidate in Literature. His dissertation is on Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and theories of emotion in modern psychology. He is a series editor for Make It New, the magazine of the Ezra Pound Society, where he publishes academic and creative work. His poetry reimagines the people and places he has encountered in a life spent in Appalachia, the South, and the Southwest.
Therese Eby regularly walks in the thunderstorms, and doesn't get pneumonia. She also teaches middle school, and forgets how to talk with adults. Papercuts, kamikaze lizards, and disappearing red pens might be trying to kill her.
Nadia is a poet, memoirist, and creative non-fiction writer. Her work explores the space between poetry, prose, and where fiction meets non-fiction. Her work often deals with the redemptive power of the imagination—how the stories we tell ourselves can be what saves us. Her work has appeared in several small-press journals, including one in Italy. Her first chapbook, Manual, is coming out in March. She can be found performing around Dallas at Mad Swirl, Common Company, Pandora's Box, Bonehouse, and Poets on X+. Her goal for 2017 is to receive 100 rejection letters from literary magazines.
Gabe Mamola is a local poet and an English PhD student at the University of Texas at Arlington. You may be able to find him performing with the Bonehouse poetry group or Common Company. Otherwise, he is either off on a vision quest or grading papers somewhere.
H. V. Fisher has been a journalist, English instructor, and poet. He's an essayist and novelist-to-be, currently living and writing in Dallas, TX. @hvfisher
The creator of White Rock Zine Machine, Lisa Huffaker is a poet, musician, visual artist, and teacher. Lisa’s poems have been published in Southwest Review, Poet Lore, Measure, Southern Poetry Review, Mezzo Cammin, The Texas Observer, Able Muse, One, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She won the Morton Marr Poetry Prize, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. A classical singer by training, Lisa holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory, and sings with The Dallas Opera. She teaches creative writing through The Writer’s Garret, presenting monthly creative writing adventures at the Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as zine workshops (her zine camp at Oil and Cotton won a “Best of Dallas” award!) She's not new to facilitating collaborative artistic endeavors: see www.bigblueumbrella.blogspot.com.
Aubrey Lively writes: "My favorite archaeological discovery is the Aubrey holes at Stonehenge, partly because Stonehenge is my favorite mystery and partly because 'Aubrey hole' perfectly describes the maze I've tried to build between my desks (3) and the world, to hide my introverted self from the rest of the species. When I try to explain myself, often the best I can do is shrug and quote William of Aquitaine: I was made like it by a fairy on a mountaintop." Aubrey is also the author of A Fairly Creative Guide to Telling Tales: An Introduction to Creative Writing, published by Royal Fireworks Press.
Reverie Evolving is a poet who believes storytelling is the strongest link we humans have and relishes in the beauty of ordinary moments. She was born and raised in Connecticut, and despite living in Dallas for the past 15 years, still yearns for the decisiveness of four distinct seasons. Reverie earned her B.A. in English Arts from Hampton University, and her M.Ed. from The University of Phoenix. She has recently been appointed as Education Assistant for Asymptote Journal. By day, she teaches writing to a group of angelic middle school children, who often inspire her creativity and by night can be found howling at the moon with the pack of coyotes who adopted her as an adult when she isn't writing or planning writing lessons.
Tom Farris is just another poet who enjoys walks, not being in hospitals, watching sit-coms for semi-therapeutic purposes, and daydreaming. To learn the art of stories, he went and got a B.A. in English Imaginative Literature from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, where he got some poems published. Since graduating, he has survived a tutoring job, two tongue and neck surgeries, four rounds of heavy chemo, a month and a half of radiation, and mucus tongue cancer. You can find him on Facebook as the Tom Farris with journals for a profile pic and you can find some of his poems and articles at this link: http://udallasnews.com/?s=Tom+Farris.