Jasmine V. Bailey’s first poetry collection, Alexandria, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014 and won the Central New York Book Award. Her second collection, Disappeared, was published October 2017 by Carnegie Mellon, and her chapbook, Sleep and What Precedes It, won the 2009 Longleaf Press Chapbook Prize. She has been an Olive B. O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University, a Fulbright Fellow in Argentina, and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Two Lines, InTranslation, and other journals. She is a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University, a managing editor for Iron Horse Literary Review, and a contributing editor for Waxwing literary journal.
Kate Osana Simonian is an Armenian-Australian novelist, essayist, and short-story writer. She hails from Sydney but completed her English PhD at Texas Tech. Her work has been published in The Iowa Review, The Michigan Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Shenandoah, The Chicago Tribune, and The Best Australian Stories. She’s the grateful recipient of various awards, including the Nelson Algren Award and a John Steinbeck Fellowship from the Martha Cox Center. In the fall, she will begin teaching fiction at California State University, San Bernardino, and she hopes to have her debut novel ready soon. Check her out at www. katesimonian.com.
Jess Smith is a PhD candidate in English and creative writing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where she cofounded and curates the LHUCA Literary Series. Her work can be found in Prairie Schooner, Waxwing, 32 Poems, The Rumpus, and other journals. She is a managing editor at Iron Horse Literary Review and the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. See more at www.jesselizabethsmith.com.