Tamara Linse ~ writer, cogitator, recovering ranch girl ~ lives in Wyoming, where she writes short stories and novels. To support her writing habit, she also edits, freelances, and occasionally teaches. Find her at www.tamaralinse.com and tamara-linse.blogspot.com.
Ken Olsen is the author of Lasting Valor (with Vernon J. Baker), the biography of the only living black World War II veteran to receive the Medal of Honor and the basis for the NBC prime time documentary by the same name. Olsen is a frequent contributor to The American Legion Magazine and writes the blog Veterans Voices. His work also has appeared National Wildlife, Men’s Journal, Boys’ Life, High Country News, and several newspapers. Olsen is a native of Wyoming and has lived throughout the West, from Arizona to Alaska.
Brad Green has lived most of his life in North Texas. His work appears in The Minnesota Review, The Texas Observer, Surreal South '11, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and elsewhere. He's an associate editor at PANK magazine and can be found online at http://about.me/bradgreen.
Melanie Thorne is the author of Hand Me Down, a debut novel that received a “compelling” 3.5/4 stars from People and a starred Kirkus review, about two sisters who are separated and forced to leave home after their mother chooses her convict husband over her daughters. Melanie earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, where she was awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship and the Maurice Prize in fiction. She was a resident at the Hedgebrook Writers' Retreat and her work has appeared in various journals. She lives in Northern California with her fiance, almost as far west as they could go. Learn more at www.melaniethorne.com or connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
Author and reviewer David Abrams is the author of Fobbit, a comedy about the Iraq War (Grove/Atlantic) that Publishers Weekly called “an instant classic.” His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, Salamander, Connecticut Review, The Greensboro Review, The Missouri Review, The North Dakota Review, and other literary quarterlies. He earned a BA in English from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He retired from active-duty after serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years, a career that took him to Alaska, Texas, Georgia, the Pentagon, and Iraq. He now lives in Butte, Montana, with his wife. His blog, The Quivering Pen, can be found at: www.davidabramsbooks.blogspot.com. (Author photo courtesy Lisa Wareham Photography.)
Robert Meyerowitz is the editor of the Missoula Independent, an award-winning weekly paper in Missoula, Montana. He was the longtime editor of the Anchorage Press, in Anchorage, Alaska, and has also edited newspapers in South Florida and Honolulu, as well as serving as a foreign correspondent in Central America and the Middle East. He’s the author of numerous columns, articles, and essays.
Shann Ray’s collection of stories American Masculine (Graywolf Press), named by Esquire as one of Three Books Every Man Should Read and selected by Kirkus Reviews as a Best Book of 2011, won the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Bakeless Prize. Sherman Alexie called it “tough, poetic, and beautiful” and Dave Eggers said Ray's work is “lyrical, prophetic, and brutal, yet ultimately hopeful.” Ray is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Research Division. Ray's book of creative nonfiction and political theory Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity (Rowman & Littlefield), was named an Amazon Hot New Release in War and Peace in Current Events and engages the question of ultimate forgiveness in the context of ultimate violence. He is the winner of the Subterrain Poetry Prize, the Crab Creek Review Fiction Award, the Pacific Northwest Inlander Short Story Contest, and the Ruminate Short Story Prize, and his work has appeared in some of the nation’s leading literary venues includingPoetry, McSweeney‘s, Narrative, StoryQuarterly, and Poetry International. Shann grew up in Montana and spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Spokane, Washington, where he teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University.
Lance Weller is the author of Wilderness upcoming from BloomsburyUSA, September 2012. His short fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, New Millennium Writings, Quiddity, The White Whale Review, The Broadkill Review, and Terracotta Typewriter.