Author Biographies

Davis McCombs is an American poet. He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate, the University of Virginia as a Henry Hoyns Fellow, and Stanford University as a Wallace Stegner Fellow. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the Ruth Lilly Poetry Foundation, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the Director of the Creative Writing Program, University of Arkansas. McCombs’ work appeared in The Best American Poetry 1996, The Missouri Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and other magazines and journals. McCombs grew up in Munfordville, Kentucky. From 1991 to 2001, he worked as a Park Ranger at Mammoth Cave National Park. He is married to the poet and photographer Carolyn Guinzio.

Kate Abbott is a mother, runner, yoga instructor and recovering attorney who delights in writing from the dark and bright sides of the heart.  She has written two novels, Running Through the Wormhole and Asana of Malevolence.  Her writing has appeared in MamalodeScreamin Mamas,, Sammiches and Psych Meds, The Good Mother Project and Manifest Station.

Aaron Bauer is a Pushcart-nominated poet and educator living in Colorado. He received his MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His work has appeared in Prism Review, Blue Lyra ReviewPoemeleon and others. He has served as Editor for Permafrost and is a Contributing-Editor for His chapbook Colloquy of Sparrows is forthcoming from Blue Lyre Press. His website is

Kenneth Vanderbeek resides and writes in St. Louis, Missouri. His literary work has most recently appeared in the Canadian journal, The Nashwaak Review (essay); and in the U.S. journals, The Bryant Literary Review and Blue Moon Literary & Art Review (fiction). “Planting Season” is his second work of fiction to appear in Kudzu House Quarterly.

Amy Brunvand is a librarian in Salt Lake City Utah at the eastern edge of the Great Basin.  She writes regularly for Catalyst magazine mostly about environmental issues and dancing.  Her ecopoetic vision is described (with footnotes) in “Western Weird,” (Manifest West #4) under the title “Green Jell-O for the Genius Loci,” and some of her most recent poems appear in Dark Mountain, saltfront and Canyon Country Zephyr.

Emily Clayton grew up in Ontario, Canada and now resides with her husband in Southern California. She holds a BA in Environmental and Resource Studies from Trent University and additional coursework in creative writing and literature. Emily is a freelance editor and writer, and she also serves as a dedicated Editor for 101 Words flash fiction. Her work has appeared in the FlashDogs Time Anthology and online in various formats, including 101 Words and Visual Verse. She is currently teaching herself watercolour painting. Find her @emilyiswriting.

William C. Crawford is a writer & photographer living in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a a combat photojournalist in Vietnam. He later enjoyed a long career in social work. Crawdaddy also taught at UNC Chapel Hill. He photographs the trite, trivial, and the mundane. Crawford developed the forensic foraging technique of photography with his colleague, Sydney lensman, Jim Provencher. His photo here embodies this approach. They feature extensive shooting of everything encountered. The images are then selectively presented with heavy contrast & saturation.Their technique borrows heavily from Stephen Shore and his color post cards from Amarillo. Main Street Americana (and elsewhere!) comes alive in its most base, everyday state. The photographic DNA of Walker Evans on the move (foraging?) also leaves its indelible mark. The genre uses minimal computer manipulation. Forensic foraging also accentuates funk which is easily identified  because it just looks funky. Crawdaddy’s writing for decades focused on hard hitting editorials on behalf of the powerless. His written advocacy tracked his long career in social work. More recently, he branched out into fiction and memoirs. His first book is due out in May, 2016. The working title is: ” Just Like Sunday On The Farm: Crawdaddy Remembers The Nam After 50 Years”.

Rebecca Dempsey is a writer, mainly of short fiction, based in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated from Deakin University with a Masters in creative writing. Recent works have appeared in Deadman’s Tome and Heather, while she is currently working on her first novel. She blogs at

Jason Duncan grew up in the small, swampy town of Orange, TX, nestled against the border of Louisiana and near the Gulf of Mexico. He enjoys reading, writing, and watching the sky for the occasional flock of migratory herons. He now lives in Austin, Texas, and is currently attending Texas State University’s MFA program where he studies poetry.

Erin Elkins Radcliffe’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, Rogue Agent, and The Hopper. Originally from Indiana, Erin now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her family. More of her poems can be found at

Estela González holds an M.F.A. in creative writing and a Ph.D. in Latin American literature. Born and raised in Mexico, she writes in English and Spanish about diverse sexualities and environments. Her work is featured in journals such as the Barcelona ReviewCobaltCronopioFlywayThe Fem, the Revista Mexicana de Literatura ContemporáneaSalon, and Solstice Literary Magazine. “Moosnípol and the Sea” is an excerpt of her unpublished novel Limonaria. Her new project, The Age of Aquarius, is a memoir about being gay in conservative Mexican and American societies. Estela teaches Spanish, literature and creative writing at Middlebury College. She shares her Vermont home with her wife and children.

A native of Appalachia, Kimberly Miller teaches English and Humanities at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington, Kentucky.  Her poems have appeared in Clade Song, saltfront, Alaska Quarterly Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and other journals.

Brent Martin is the author of three chapbook collections of poetry – Poems from Snow Hill Road (New Native Press, 2007), A Shout in the Woods (Flutter Press, 2010), and Staring the Red Earth Down (Red Bird Press, 2014), and is co-author of Every Breath Sings Mountains (Voices from the American Land, 2011) with Barbara Duncan and Thomas Rain Crowe.   He is also the author of Hunting for Camellias at Horseshoe Bend,  a non-fiction chapbook published by Red Bird Press in 2015.   His poetry and essays have been published in the North Carolina Literary Review, Pisgah Review, Tar River Poetry, Chattahoochee Review, Eno Journal, New Southerner, Kudzu House, Smoky Mountain News, and elsewhere. He lives in the Cowee community of western North Carolina and recently completed a two year tenure as  Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the West

Ryota Matsumoto is a principal of an award-winning interdisciplinary design office, Ryota Matsumoto Studio based in Tokyo. He currently serves as a faculty member and adviser at Transart Institute in New York City and Berlin. He received a Master of Architecture degree from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after his studies at Architectural Association in London and Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in early 90’s. His art and design work are featured in numerous publications and exhibitions worldwide.

Keith Moul’s poems and photos are published widely.  Finishing Line Press released a chap called The Future as a Picnic Lunch in 2015. Aldrich Press will publish Naked Among Possibilities in 2016; Finishing Line Press has accepted Investment in Idolatry for 2016 release.

Terril Shorb has been a rancher, journalist, radio advertising copywriter, and now teaches Sustainable Community Development at Prescott College where he founded the program by that name.  He and his wife, the poet, Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb, co-founded Native West Press, whose books honor non-charismatic wild creatures of the American West.  His publications include Whole Life Magazine, High Country News, Birds and Blooms, Cargo Literary Magazine, and Green Teacher Magazine.

Steven Ray Smith’s poetry has been published in The Yale Review, Southwest Review, The Kenyon Review, Slice, Pembroke Magazine, Grain, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, The Timberline Review, Puerto del Sol and others. A complete list of publications is at  He lives in Austin with his wife and children.

Don Thompson was born and raised in Bakersfield, California, and has lived in the southern San Joaquin Valley for most of his life.  Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties, including a dozen books and chapbooks.  For more information and links to his publications, visit his website San Joaquin Ink (

Pepper Trail’s poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, Borderlands, Kyoto Journal, Spillway, Cascadia Review and elsewhere, and his environmental essays are a regular feature in High Country News.  His recent collection, Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award in poetry. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he works for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sarah Brown Weitzman, a Pushcart Prize nominee, has been widely published in hundreds of journals such as AMERICA, ZYMBOL, THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, RATTLE, MID-AMERICAN REVIEW, MIRAMAR, THE WINDLESS ORCHARD, SLANT, POET LORE, etc.  She received a Fellowship for “Excellence in Poetry” from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her fourth book, a children’s novel titled HERMAN AND THE ICE WITCH, was published by Main Street Rag.

Kristin Camittta Zimet is the author of Take in My Arms the Dark (a full length poetry collection) and the editor of The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Her poems are in Poet Lore, Natural Bridge, Salamander and many more journals. A master naturalist, she leads nature walks in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Mark Trechock writes from western North Dakota, where the oil boom (and now bust) make a guy think about possible unpleasant futures. Mark is retired from Dakota Resource Council, a grassroots organizing project, and previously worked as a Lutheran pastor. He has revived his non-paying career as a poet. His poetry has recently appeared in places like Canary, Shark Reef, Limestone, and the book Fracture: Essays, Poems and Stories on Fracking in America.