Alisha Berry is a poet and fiction writer from Philadelphia. She received her BA in English at the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Education at Mills College in Oakland, California. She taught high school English and math for eight years before founding Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp, a nonprofit program that fosters the leadership development and artistic growth of Philadelphia girls. In addition to directing GLC, she is currently working on her first novel.  

Scott Elliot Blozie is from Central Connecticut and has an BA in English with a minor in Writing from Eastern Connecticut State University. He has lived in Brooklyn and Philadelphia working as an educator in Harlem, but now resides in Cherry Hill, NJ .

Joe Christopher earned his BA in Literature from The Richard Stockton College of NJ, where he edited Stockton’s first anthology of workshop fiction, Divergently. His work has appeared in several online publications, including Aphelion Science Fiction & FantasyBending Spoons and Writer’s Beat Quarterly. Additionally, he worked among a team of writers on the PC/Mac game Academagia, by Black Chicken Studios, and is the recipient of the Joseph Courter award for Fiction.

Michael Deagler is a fiction writer living in Philadelphia.  He received his B.A. in English from Temple University in 2011.

N’kenge “Nikki” Feagin is a South Jersey expat who has spent the last 15 years living in Washington, DC.   A non-profit manager and graduate of the University of DC, she has been featured in the Washington Post, Glamour and Mademoiselle magazines.

Sarah Garnitz has her BA in English: Creative Writing and minors in Anthropology and Sociology from Elon University in North Carolina. Upon graduating, she moved up to Boston to do AmeriCorps at America SCORES, a nonprofit which works with students in urban communities using the eclectic but effective combination of creative writing and soccer. She then moved back to her hometown of Atlanta to do a 2nd year of AmeriCorps at a Refugee Resettlement Agency.

Matthew Kotula writes fiction, poetry and music. In 2010 he served as editor of Name Magazine, the undergraduate literature magazine at SUNY Buffalo, where he received a bachelor’s in History and English. He was one of the first students to complete Buffalo’s new creative writing concentration. In 2010 he received the Friends of the UB Libraries Undergraduate Poetry Prize for a collection of poems, and also received honorable mention for the Arthur Axlerod Memorial Award for poetry. He is from Attica, New York.

Bernie Langer received his BA in economics from Vassar College. A native of Philadelphia, he has worked for various news outlets including WHYY-FM, the Poughkeepsie Journal, and Earth Magazine. Currently, he works at PolicyMap, a non-profit online mapping service.

Keri Mikulski is the author of the young adult novels Head Games(Penguin/Razorbill, 2011), Stealing Bases (Penguin/Razorbill, 2011),and Making Waves (Penguin/Razorbill, 2012). A three-sport athlete in high school, Keri worked as a personal trainer, lifeguard, registered nurse, middle school teacher, columnist, and high school coach. Currently, she teaches college writing courses at Rowan University and Stockton College. 

Amanda Stopa, poet, is from Nohomish, WA.  Her BA in English is from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Whitney Strong is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She got her Bachelor’s in English from Westminster College, and writes both poetry and fiction.

Sevé Torres received his BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former teacher for June Jordan’s Poetry for the People and three-time Voices of Our Arts Foundation (VONA) alum. He has been a fixture in the San Francisco Bay Area poetry scene.

Rob Volansky grew up in Haddon Twp, NJ.  He graduated from Loyola University in Baltimore in 1997 with a degree in English.  Between 1998 and 2007, he lived overseas, first off and on in Thailand and then off and on in Japan.  He currently works in health care publishing as a writer and web content editor.

Dawn Walsh earned an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of Montana. She has written a social and political history of the direct-action group, The Lesbian Avengers.  Her published writing includes authoring youth profiles for Education Policy: Issues Affecting LGBT Youth and articles on women and girl-focused issues for the magazine Best for Women.

Michael Watson grew up in Whitehall, Pennsylvania and attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Michael won three creative writing prizes at Moravian College including the 2010 Lebensfeld Prize for Best Personal Essay and the 2011 Lebensfeld Prizes for Best Personal Essay and Best Poem.