Greg Bateman grew up in Camden County. He has been awarded degrees from Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ, and Penn State. His poems have appeared in Cababi, Kalliope, Problem Child, Four and Twenty, and the anthology, Voices Along the River.

Laura Bernstein, poet, earned a BA in English from SUNY Fredonia, and a MS in Student Affairs Higher Education from Miami University. Prior to enrolling in the MFA program, Bernstein served as the Director of Student Activities at a small liberal arts college in Ohio. When she isn’t busy writing or reading, Bernstein can be found chasing her toddler daughter around the Philadelphia suburbs.

Julie Chinitz is a lawyer who has worked in public policy and community organizing since 2000. Her writing appears in Bat City Review, Crazyhorse, ColorLines, and elsewhere and has been noted in the Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011.

Sarah Kennedy is a nonfiction writer recently transplanted to Philadelphia from Ithaca, New York. She earned a BA in Women’s Studies from Harvard University and has worked as the managing editor of a dictionary company focused on the needs of K-12 students and ESL learners, as a travel writer, as a waitress, and as an amusement park ride operator. 

Stephanie Manuzak grew up in Pasadena, Maryland. After graduating from Oberlin College with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, she moved to Denver where she worked, at various times, as a case manager at a crisis assistance center, a grumpy secretary, and a freelance editor. She writes fiction.

Justin Sachse received his BA in English from Drexel University. He is originally from Virginia.

Greg Sullivan grew up in rural North Georgia and spent the past four years working at The (Nashville) Tennessean newspaper as a sports writer. He has written on assignment for more than two-dozen newspapers and magazines, including The Toronto Star, Detroit Free-Press, the Denver Post, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. A fiction writer, Greg also writes music and has interest in ethnomusicology and folklore. A 2006 graduate of the University of Georgia, Greg lives with his wife Lindsay and his Staffordshire Terrier, Gnarls, and American Bulldog, Layla, in South Jersey.

Alexandra “Sasha” Todak is a fiction writer from Easton, Pennsylvania. She received a BA in English and French from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she won the Michael S. Glaser Award for Creative Writing in 2011.

Anise Vance is a fiction writer currently living in Philadelphia.  He received his B.A. in sociology and geography from Dartmouth College.