Charity Anderson is a third year PhD student at BGSU and is specializing in accessibility access within rhetoric and writing. She has multiple published poems and short stories in the literary magazine, The Tau, and was awarded the “Best in Verse” and “Honorable Mention” awards in 2014. She was a co-editor of the literary magazine, The Mill, and is currently a co-editor of the literary magazine, Mid-American Review.
Michael Beard studies poetry at Bowling Green State University MFA program. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Mantle Poetry, Oakland Arts Review, Glass Mountain Review, the 2021 Southern Literary Festival Anthology, and elsewhere.
Terena Elizabeth Bell:
Terena Elizabeth Bell has published in The Atlantic, Playboy, The Yale Review, Juked, and others. Her novel was excerpted by Malarkey Books, and her short stories have won grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Under the pen name Lizzy Sisk, she edits Writing Through the Classics, a series of classic novels annotated with prompts and notes on fiction craft.
Mary Biddinger’s seventh poetry collection, Department of Elegy, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in early 2022. Her most recent book is Partial Genius: Prose Poems, and her flash fiction and poetry have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, Gone Lawn, Thrush Poetry Journal, and West Trestle Review. Awards include fellowships from the Cleveland Arts Prize, Ohio Arts Council, and National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Akron and in the NEOMFA program and edits the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. Her current project is a flash fiction novella about the adventures of graduate school roommates in late-1990s Chicago.
Samuel Burt is a first year MFA candidate and graduate assistant at BGSU. He grew up in Grinnell, Iowa, where he went on to receive a Russian degree from Grinnell College. Sam’s favorite books are James Wright’s The Branch Will Not Break, Tyehimba Jess’s Leadbelly, and Claudia Emerson’s Late Wife. His poems may be found in The Journal, Salt Hill, and Arc Poetry Magazine.
Felicia Cameron is pursuing her MFA in creative writing at BGSU. She is an assistant editor with the Mid American Review and is currently writing a historical fiction novel set during World War ll.
Sarah Charles is the author of Beneath the Destiny Stone, published by Champagne Book Group.
Abigail Cloud is a faculty member at BGSU, where she earned her MFA in poetry. Her first book, Sylph, was published by Pleiades Press in 2014. She is the editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review and advisor for Prairie Margins.
Lawrence Coates has published five books, most recently a novella, “Camp Olvido.” His work has been recognized with the Western States Book Award in Fiction, the Barthelme Prize in Short Prose, the Miami University Press Novella Prize, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Prize for the Novella, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Angelica Esquivel is a writer and artist from Fostoria, Ohio. She is an MFA student in fiction and an instructor of composition. She recently received the 2021 Zocalo Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Chestnut Review, America Magazine, Great Lakes Review, and Lunch Ticket.
Suzanne Hodsden is a BGSU MFA alum living in Ohio with her dog Chester P. She’s currently shopping her first novel.
Kelly Kurtzhals Geiger:
Kelly is an MFA candidate in fiction and she recently relocated to Ohio from Los Angeles with her cat. A former professional standup comedian and Emmy-nominated TV producer, she’s published speculative fiction in The Arcanist, Bards and Sages Quarterly, Trembling with Fear, and more. Find her on twitter, when she remembers to check it, @kellykgeiger.
Chris Kwapich runs the Toledo Writers’ Group.
Cassandra Lawton is a student in the Northeastern Ohio Master’s of Fine Arts program and a recent graduate from the Master of Social Work program from Michigan State University. Currently, she is working with Lit Youngstown as an Outreach Coordinator to design and implement community-based writing groups for cancer survivors. Ultimately, her career goal is to become a private practice therapist who studies and teaches creative writing healing effects in community and therapeutic settings.
Julie Lynn (she/they) is a queer poet and fiction writer with roots in both the Sonoran Desert and the Pacific Northwest. Drawn to pop culture ekphrasis and natural theology, their work considers the entanglement of story, relationship, existence, and oppression. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at BGSU, and she also holds an MA in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University with emphases in early childhood education and vocal pedagogy. Julie has worked with children and adolescents across the U.S. and abroad.
“Yassay” Masango is a first-year MFA (fiction) student with a B.S in English Studies from Fitchburg State University and a B.S in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is also a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors society. Before becoming a writer, he was a soldier in the U.S Army. He enjoys riveting conversations, good food, reading, writing, and working out.
Chloe is a Graduate Assistant in fiction who loves all things genre. She’s spent the last few years studying gender within genre fiction, primarily horror. She enjoys writing speculative feminist fiction, and October is a month-long Holiday.
Amanda McGuire Rzicznek:
Amanda McGuire’s work appears in This Quarantine Life: A COVID-19 Era Comics Anthology, Hotel Amerika, NOON: journal of the short poem, the Toledo Museum of Art, and other literary spaces. She teaches writing and youth literature at Bowling Green State University.
Tim Neil is from Baltimore, MD. Their work has appeared in Poet Lore, The Fiddlehead, Washington Square Review, and Los Angeles Review. In spring 2022, Milk Carton Press will publish Tim’s first collection, Self-Titled by Alien.
Kailen Nourse-Driscoll has a BFA in Creative Writing from BGSU. She works in Permissions at McGraw Hill, is an associate editor for Evening Street Review, and is currently drafting a time travel novel.
Gabe Pine is a first-year MFA in Poetry student at Bowling Green State University. He completed a BA in Art at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2019. His interests include chance-based performance, arts education, video production, technology, humor, and built and water environments. https://gabepine.com/
Christine Potter is the Creative Director of Eagle & Cross Marketing and owner of The Potter Agency, Ltd. She is an alumna with a BFA in Creative Writing.
Maddie Ratcliff is a first-year MFA poetry student and instructor at BGSU.
Remi Recchia is a trans poet and essayist from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is a Ph.D. candidate in English-Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University. He currently serves as an associate editor for the Cimarron Review. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Remi’s work has appeared or will soon appear on Poets.org and in Columbia Online Journal, Harpur Palate, and Juked, among others. He holds an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University. He is the author of Quicksand/Stargazing (Cooper Dillon Books, 2021) and has been named one of the fifty Best New Poets for 2021.
Fritze Roberts is a freelance editor and former project manager who helps authors commit to their writing projects and enjoy success. Fritze writes about monster, aliens, addicts, and animals, even though she is none of these things. To learn more, visit www.APeculiarProject.com.
Kerry Trautman is active in the poetry community, and she is a founder/admin for ToledoPoet.com and the Toledo Poetry Museum page on Facebook, both of which serve to promote Northwest OH poetry events. She is a poetry editor for the journal Red Fez. Since 2016, she has served annually as judge or workshop leader for the NW region of Ohio’s Poetry Out Loud competition. In 2020, her one-act play “Mass” was selected for production as a staged reading through The Toledo Repertoire Theater’s Toledo Voices competition (coming in 2022). Kerry’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in dozens of literary magazines and anthologies, and her poetry books are, Things That Come in Boxes (Kingcraft Press 2012,) To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press 2015,) One or Two; Not Quite Together; Poem Conversations (co-authored with Hod Doering. The Poetry Barn Press 2016,) Artifacts (NightBallet Press 2017,) and To Be Nonchalantly Alive (Kelsay Books 2020.)