Rachael Shay Button hails from Metro-Detroit but currently lives with her husband in a small cabin beside the Eastern River in Mid-Coast Maine. Her essays and poems have appeared in Pank, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Collagist, Creative Nonfiction, Diagram, and Redivider, among other journals. She can be found online at: http://rachaelshaybutton.wordpress.com.
Liz N. Clift holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Iowa State University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of journals. She is fortunate enough to work with youth in Colorado — this year that means working with youth to better understand the basic principles of permaculture and learning about everyone’s Vampire Diaries crushes, among other things. She loves to hike, bike, and bake.
Mary Koch is a veteran news reporter and editor. She was an Associated Press editor before marrying John E. Andrist in 1979, when she joined him in editing and publishing the Omak (Washington) Chronicle. They sold the newspaper in 1996, three years after he suffered a paralyzing stroke. John died in 2007. Mary continues to work as a writer and editor, most recently as communications coordinator for Holden Village.
Marissa Landrigan‘s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Guernica, Orion, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She writes the monthly column “Breaking Vegetarian” for Paste, and runs the food-themed reading series Acquired Taste. She received her MFA in Creative Writing & Environment from Iowa State University, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Matty Layne: A first-year MFA candidate in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State, Matty Layne writes poetry to explore issues both deeply personal and political. His poems reflect his sense of humor and love of satire in addressing some of the most profound issues of our time: race, sexuality and the environment. He is the recipient of a Creative Writing and Environment Graduate Fellowship at ISU, and his essay “The Liberating Mind” was featured in the Harbrace Guide to Writing in 2009. During his time away from the page, you might find him practicing sun salutations on his purple yoga mat, camping, preparing a vegetarian meatloaf or, perhaps, all three at once.
John Linstrom is a writer, editor, and doctoral student in English at New York University. His work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Reed, and Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland. He recently edited the centennial edition of The Holy Earth by Liberty Hyde Bailey, with a new foreword by Wendell Berry, out in December 2015.
Ron Martin-Dent is a writer and editor from the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in the church and has held fast to his faith, in spite of everything. Occasionally he posts writing tips, pithy observations, news headlines, social justice advocacy, and pop culture musings on Twitter @GrandREvans
Rob McNair wrote in that he didn’t need a contributor’s bio. He felt most concerned with making sure Gyaltsen F. Go received credit for her words. Rachael knows Rob from their time living as neighbors in Holden Village where she enjoyed Rob’s humor, kindness, insight, and empathy–as well as his smart and sarcastic wife Hayley and their two brilliant daughters Oakley and Olivia. In the past Rob has worked as a school counselor, a youth director, and an operations manager at Holden Village. Currently, he works for the Holden Mine Remediation project.
Kasey Shultz comes from Holden Village, a former mining town turned Lutheran retreat center tucked into the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. After spending the summer in Tanzania, with brief stints in Paris, Norway, and Gig Harbor, Washington to top it all off, she returned to Boston, where she is a Junior at Boston University studying Cultural Anthropology, Spanish, and African Studies.
Stephanie Brooke Trout is an editor of Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland(2014) and Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America (forthcoming February 2016). She received her MFA from Iowa State University and also holds degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Marian University in Indianapolis. Learn more at http://stefaniebrooktrout.com/.