Hayan Charara is a first-year PhD student in poetry. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of two poetry books, The Alchemist's Diary, and The Sadness of Others. He is also a woodworker.
Stacey Higdon was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she attended the University of Alabama, receiving a BA in English. Her poetry has appeared in the Marr's Field Journal and has won a Gold Circle Award from Columbia University. She enjoys Houston if for no other reason than it offers her proof that life exists beyond the borders of Mississippi.
Russel Swensen received his BA in English from the University of Utah and an MFA in Writing from the California Institute of the Arts. A frequent contributor to the LA Weekly, he has published most recently in the Salt Lake City Weekly, the Black Clock, and Quarterly West. He lives in the Montrose area with his girlfriend and his rat terrier, Zulu.
Coert Voorhees is a graduate of Middlebury College and the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for translating selected works by the Chilean playwright Jorge Díaz. His screenplay The Shooter was a winner at the 2003 Telluride IndieFest, and his fiction has appeared in the anthology Don't Abuse the Muse. His first Young Adult novel Frankie Towers is forthcoming from Hyperion in 2007.