Luisa Caycedo-Kimura is an MFA candidate at Boston University. She was born in Colombia and grew up in New York City. A former attorney, she left the legal profession to study creative writing at Southern Connecticut State University. Luisa has received awards for her poetry and was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear in various national publications and have been included in the writing curricula at colleges and universities.
Sam Cha is a third year poet at UMass Boston. Before he was an MFA candidate, he studied at Williams, UVA, and Rutgers. He was the 2011 and 2012 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize at his school, and most recently was a finalist for the third annual Memorious Art Song Contest.
Joelle Jameson is almost finished with her MFA in poetry at Emerson College. Her thesis consists mostly of rhyming poems about B science movies, World War One, paintings, England and drinking. She also recently completed a full-length play adapted from "Twelfth Night" and set in the 1960s. She writes theater reviews and hosts an online poetry radio show when the mood takes her, and has the most fun on Saturday mornings teaching high schoolers to write short plays at EmersonWrites.
Alex Sladky is from Augusta, GA and holds a BA in Latin from Mount Holyoke College. She is pursuing her MFA in Fiction at UMass Boston.
Lucy Teitler is currently the Saul Bellow Fellow at Boston University, where she is getting her MFA. She is a member of the Obie-winning playwrights group Youngblood at the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York. She was a writer for the NBC television series "Quarterlife". She has a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the English Department prize for fiction her junior and senior years.
Sonja Vitow is a third-year MFA student studying fiction at Emerson College. Her work has appeared in recent issues of Gulf Coast, The Meadowland Review, and Safety Pin Review. She lives in Brighton with her husband, two cats and an indeterminate number of squirrels residing in the walls of their apartment.