Drew Arnold is a fiction writer in the UMass-Boston MFA program. For those keeping track, his basil plants are doing better this year, thanks for asking. The thing that angers him most about this cruel, unfeeling world is when he misses readings by his favorite authors. He recently started a listserv announcing upcoming fiction readings in the Boston area, which you can sign up for by clicking here. (He doesn't plug often, but when he does, he plugs shamelessly).
Marija Deykute, also known as Morie and "that Russian", is a 2nd-year poetry student at UMass Boston, where she also teaches Creative Writing. In her spare time Marija eats pickled herring, wrestles bears and obsesses. Current obsessions include theater, tallships, and small overgrown lakes. If the whole poet thing doesn't work out, Marija plans to tree climb professionally.
Aaron Krol is an MFA candidate at Emerson College. He writes formal poems, poems about animals, very often both at once and just occasionally neither. His poetry can be found in the Carolina Quarterly, Lucid Rhythms, Ghost Ocean, and forthcoming in Measure, and he himself can often be found at Eureka Puzzles in Brookline, where he sells board games when he is not too busy playing them.
Sara Rivera is a writer and artist working on her MFA in Poetry at Boston University. Writing is her lifelong adventure, and she is grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with brilliant artists while generating music through language. Sara has come to Boston from the desert and mountains of New Mexico, and is currently influenced by the work of Seamus Heaney, James Dickey, Edward Abbey, Isabel Allende, and (always, above all else) J.R.R. Tolkien.
Nell Stevens is an MFA candidate in fiction at Boston University where she is a Marcia Trimble fellow. She holds a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick, a Frank Knox Fellowship in Arabic language from Harvard University and an MA in Victorian studies from the University of London. Her focus is on long fiction and she is currently working on her third novel.
Laura Tetreault is a third-year MFA candidate in creative nonfiction at Emerson College. She also teaches in Emerson's First-Year Writing Program, tutors, and works as an editorial assistant and research assistant. This year she will be working on her thesis, a nonfiction book that explores themes of belief and doubt in a contemporary context. She is the recipient of an Emerson College Graduate Writing Award in poetry, and her work has recently appeared in Interrobang. She plans to read a mix of nonfiction and poetry.