Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer’s poems have appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Fence, and elsewhere, and she was selected for Best New Poets2015. Her first book, Cleavemark, is forthcoming from BOAAT Press this year. She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Jeff Pike on the illustrated chapbook, Strangers with a Lifeboat, and with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation “Cleavemark Drive.” Schlaifer earned her MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and now lives in St. Louis.
Gretchen Marquette’s work has been featured in Poetry, Tin House, Harper’s, the Paris Review, and other places. Her first book, May Day, was released by Graywolf Press in 2016. She lives in Minneapolis.
Gerald Majer’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Callaloo, FIELD, The Georgia Review (several times), Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Yale Review, and other journals; his creative-nonfiction book The Velvet Lounge was published by Columbia University Press in 2005. Majer teaches literature and creative writing at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Gordon Johnston has published a short story, a conversation with poet Pattiann Rogers, and two reviews in past issues of The Georgia Review. His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in American Fiction, Southern Poetry Review, Many Mountains Moving, Fourth Genre, and other journals.
Lisa Starr is Poet Laureate Emeritus of Rhode Island and a two-time recipient of the Rhode Island Fellowship in Poetry. She founded the Block Island Poetry Project and served as its director for thirteen years. Starr has published three full-length collections of poetry, most recently Mad With Yellow (2008), and she co-edited Where Beach Meets Ocean, an anthology celebrating ten years of the BIPP, in 2013. Retired, temporarily, after eighteen years running a ten-room guest house on Block Island, Starr is currently working on a memoir, “Writer, Inn-terrupted,” and a collection of poems for and about children, titled “Orrin and Millie and Brother and Me.”