Originally from small-town Southeast Texas, Natalie Giarratano received her Ph.D. in creative writing from Western Michigan University. She is the author of Big Thicket Blues (Sundress Publications, January 2017) and Leaving Clean, winner of the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Sakura Review, Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, and TYPO, among others. A multi-genre editor, she lives near the foothills of Northern Colorado with her partner, their daughter, and pup.
Susanna Speier lives in Denver where she functions as a real-life Watson, blogging and curating social media for Colorado's largest private investigator firm. She is also a freelance journalist who has published stories in The Denver Post, Westword, Colorado Public Radio, Scientific American Blogs and Nature.com, The Daily Beast and SpaceDOTcom. She earned her Masters in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, C.U.N.Y. under the mentorship of Mac Wellman and her Bachelor of Arts at Hampshire College. Her plays have been produced at HERE Arts Center, The Cocteau, The World Financial Center, Artisphere, The Tenri and Galapagos Arts Space. She has also published poetry in The Huffington Post and The Atticus Review. Connect with her through Linkedin and follow her political vents on Twitter.
Amy Strauss Friedman is the author of the chapbook Gathered Bones are Known to Wander (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). Her poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Escape Into Life, FLAPPERHOUSE, Red Paint Hill, decomP magazinE, and elsewhere. Amy earned her MA in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University. She was born and raised in Chicago where she taught English at Harper College and at Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development. She recently moved to Denver where she teaches poetry to elementary school students and tutors undergrads at Columbia College. Her work can be found at amystraussfriedman.com.