Gerard Breitenbeck currently lives in Philadelphia, having recently moved from Michigan. He writes fiction and creative nonfiction.
Amanda Buck holds a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in Theatrical Arts from the University of South Florida. She has performed both on and off stage in over 100 full-length plays and musicals. Her love for the performing arts has led to her passion for writing and performing poetry. Amanda has enjoyed sharing her work in Tampa Bay at various readings, most recently a selection of poetry and prose from her undergrad thesis entitled Postmarked: The Suburbs at Stageworks Theatre. Fusing her poetry with live jazz, modern dance, and visual art, she has coupled her readings with jazz and rock performances and is looking forward to many more collaborations.
Steven Burns has saved high-schoolers from radial-arm saws, filled propane tanks, and waited tables for Donald Trump. He also writes, interviews, and event-scouts for APIARY Magazine, a Philadelphia literary publication and organization. His words have also appeared Avant, That Music Mag, Yorick Magazine, Boog City, and more. Steven received a BA in English as well as Education from Rowan University in 2012.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Christopher Cervelloni earned his Bachelor’s degree from Butler University. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Colorado. Teaching middle and high school English supported his ski habit, and writing took up his free time. Currently an MFA candidate in fiction, he’s working on new short stories and a novel.
Jacob Camacho is a Chamorro writer hailing from the island of Guam. He is working on a collection of short stories that discuss racial, political, and critical issues. He currently lives in Camden, New Jersey. He enjoys slam poetry, stand up comedy, and kickboxing.
Mary Anna Evans has a BS in engineering physics and an MS in chemical engineering, and she is a licensed engineer. Her fiction has earned recognitions from the Florida Book Awards, the Mississippi Library Association, the Florida Historical Society, Booksense, and IndieBound. She is a recent writer-in-residence for the Studios of Key West. Her work in mathematical and science literacy includes co-writing a textbook and journal articles, as well as developing and implementing workshops for both teachers and students. She is an enthusiastic amateur musician and a proud mom.
Michael Lamanna spent twelve years travelling, studying and working as an actor, playwright, director and producer before returning to his native South Jersey to complete his undergraduate degree in English at Rutgers Camden. He comes to the program as a poet but plans to study all genres.
Davon Loeb, poet, fictionist, and essayist, received his BA in English from Montclair State University. He grew up in South Jersey and is a middle school English teacher. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Nomans Journal, Parable Press, MenoPause Press, PaleHouse, and Midwest Literary Magazine. In 2011, Heavy Hands Ink published his chapbook, Crescendo. Currently, he is working on a new collection of poetry and a novel.
Tim Lynch is a poet who picked corn through high school summers in Delaware, attended university on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and now lives west of Philadelphia. In June 2013, he attended Roberts Vaux Promise Academy’s final Block Party in an effort to document the Philly school closings for APIARY magazine. As a child, Tim had a Shark Week-induced paranoia that a great white would snatch him if he didn’t take a running jump across the floor to his bed.
Erin McCourt is a native to the Philadelphia area and recently earned her Masters of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating in fiction. She has been published in Apiary Magazine, Mixer Publishing and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Besides writing, Erin enjoys traveling and theater design.
Melanie McNair earned a B.A. from Antioch University Los Angeles in Creative Writing where she served as an editor on the Two Hawks Quarterly literary magazine. Originally from the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, Melanie lived in Vermont, Los Angeles, and New York City before her recent move to Philadelphia.
Stacey Seidl was born and raised in Detroit. She spent years informing others she wasn’t a writer, only to find out she probably was. Now when people call her a liar, she claims creative license. She likes the smell of rain and the company of people who value silence. She is loud and contradictory. Her writing is often the same.
Jann Simmons moved from rural Southeast Michigan where, for twelve years, she taught high school English, Yearbook, Newspaper, and Creative Writing at a school across from a corn field with free-range chickens roaming the yard. Prior to and through her undergrad at Bowling Green State University (where she earned a BA and a BS in Psychology and Secondary Education, respectively) she worked as a travel agent, a Wal-Mart toy department manager, and a front desk coordinator at several hotels. Jann loves running and traveling, both of which serve as impetuses for her writing. She has owned and operated a portrait and scenic photography business, fotogirl, since 1995.
Advait Ubhayakar grew up in Bombay. After a Mass Media degree and an MBA, he spent five years making audience-friendly marketing materials for companies like Microsoft and IBM. But he didn’t try to sell his own book of photo-poetry titled, with-irony-he-realises-now, ‘Faith is a Free Market’. He currently runs Stories Ink.operated, an online service where people commission him to write their favorite memories as short stories. He would love to watch more movies, travel more and find new things to eat. But he mostly just reads or writes. He is officially here for Fiction but is up for writing anything. Even audience-friendly ad copy.