Our readers will be:
Cara Bayles is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Boston University, where she worked as a Teaching Fellow last semester. After majoring in Film Studies and English at Wesleyan University, she worked for five years as an award-winning journalist, covering the streets of Boston and the swamps of Louisiana. She was a finalist for the 2013 Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival Prize, and her fiction has appeared in Meridian and Trop Magazine.
Lewis Feuer is a first-year poet in UMass Boston’s MFA Program. Before coming to Boston, Lewis co-founded Portland's 12128, an alternative gallery and workspace constructed aboard the Labrador, a retired Bering Sea crab-fishing boat. Lewis graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in Studio Art, where he also received the Academy of American Poets Prize for his poem sequence I’ll Start this Way.
Betsy Gomez is an MFA candidate at UMass Boston. She received her BA in Literature and Writing from UC San Diego, where she also minored in Russian and Soviet Studies. She has taught creative writing to undergrads and elementary school students, served as a managing editor of Breakwater Review, interned at Consequence Magazine, advised potential study-abroad students, washed dishes competitively, and played countless weddings and parties as part of a string quintet. Her work has appeared in The Coachella Review, Monkeybicycle, 580 Split, and Plath Profiles. She was recently awarded a Mary Doyle Curran scholarship and an Emerging Writer fellowship in poetry from the Writer’s Room of Boston. Current obsessions include: Panera sandwiches, her dead Canadian boyfriend Glenn Gould, fashionable Korean pop idols, and Mary Gaitskill’s everything. She lives in Brighton, which means she’s probably stolen your seat on the green line.
Sarah Huener is a poet and musician from North Carolina, with a BA in English from UNC Chapel Hill. She is in the MFA program at Boston University, and reads for AGNI. She plays with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra here in Boston. Sarah likes whiskey, bass lines, and line breaks.
Lauren K. Johnson is a second-year nonfiction MFA at Emerson College. In her previous life, she served as a military public affairs officer, deploying to Africa and Afghanistan, and winning regional and national military journalism awards. Her creative work, which revolves around her military experiences, has appeared in 20 Something Magazine, Mason's Road and the anthology Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, as well as her popular blog. Lauren's creative energy is fueled by Twizzlers and Cheetos.
Wesley Rothman serves as an assistant poetry editor for Narrative, senior poetry reader for Ploughshares, and a member of Salamander’s Board of Directors. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee and finalist for the 49th Parallel, McCabe, and Consequence Poetry Prizes, his poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Bellingham Review, Salamander, Ruminate, Newcity, and The Critical Flame. He has worked at Copper Canyon Press and now teaches writing at Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He appreciates David Bowie and Nina Simone.