Lillian Crutchfield hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and relocated to Houston to begin a collection of stories about Appalachian people called These Hard Blue Hills. These stories originated as ten-page poems while pursuing her MFA in poetry at Arizona State. She loves teaching, Tabasco sauce, trail running, most food, Faulkner and a really good conversation.
Lacy Johnson obtained her master’s degree from the University of Kansas, where she received the Vic Contoski Creative Writing Award twice and was tapped for the 2003 George Herbert Carruth Memorial Poetry Prize. A recipient of the Presidential Erhardt Fellowship, she has presented her work at national conferences. Lacy is presently working on a collection of poems tentatively titled, White Trash Mongrel: Pagan Cowgirl, Daughter of the Seventies.
David MacLean grew up in Ohio, and left the north after a bad stint of building automobiles at the Marysville Honda Plant. He did his undergraduate work at Warren Wilson College and was an outdoor educator until he grew weary of living out of his car. He received his MFA at New Mexico State, and is currently in the PhD program in fiction at UH. David was a Fulbright Scholar in Hyderabad, India, where he completed the first draft of his novel, Incantation.
Jamie Thomas is a native of Detroit and lived in Kalamazoo for the last decade, where he earned his MFA from Western Michigan University. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Sycamore Review, Verse, Barrow Street and other journals.