Tom Chlipala

Best known for his work in New Orleans and across the highways of this great country, Tom Chlipala is currently wearing lederhosen and drinking beer.

Aimee Herman

Aimee Herman, a performance poet, has been featured on radio, at various festivals, cafés, and erotic salons. She currently works as Sections Editor of erotica for Oysters & Chocolate and as a Reading/English Professor. She has been featured in Best Lesbian Love Stories 2010 (Alyson Books), the upcoming Best Women’s Erotica (Cleis Press), and Uphook Press' latest anthology of poetry, You Say. Say.  Aimee has also been published by Cliterature Journal, InStereo Press, Pregnant Moon Review, and put out two spoken word cd's, performance anxiety and self diagnosed lactose intolerance, which can be found on iTunes and  She is deeply inspired by Canadians and by disemboweling the meaning of sexuality.

Katherine Hinkebein

Katherine Hinkebein is sole proprietor of P.O.P. Editorial Services, offering copyediting, proofreading, and developmental editing to trade publishers, university presses, and writers. She has been an editor for ten years. Katherine lives in St. Louis, MO, with her handsome and strong fiancé, Chris.

Blythe Hurley

A mother of three, a Tuesday night rock ‘n’ roller, an editor sans merci, and a time-waster supreme, Blythe has never stopped rockin’ in the free world. More by Blythe Hurley

Matt McCarthy

Matt McCarthy is a writer living in Chicago. He has a strong disdain for bios.
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Angela Mersaros

Angela spends much of her free time trying to keep up with her toddler son.  She was raised on a farm in the Appalachian foothills, moved to the city of Chicago, and eventually settled in a nice little suburb.  She very recently reconnected with her hillbilly roots and is happy to be back home safely.

Heather Momyer

Heather Momyer lives in Chicago where she teaches writing and literature and acts as the Nonfiction Editor of Requited. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in H_NGM_N, Moria, ghoti, A cappella Zoo, wordriver, Robot Melon, and other journals.

Nate Pritts

Nate Pritts is the author of two full length books of poetry, Sensational Spectacular and Honorary Astronaut, with a third, The Wonderfull Yeare, due out in early 2010.  The founder & editor of H_NGM_N, Nate teaches poetry for the Downtown Writers Center/YMCA in Syracuse, NY.  Find him online at

Dylan Smith

Scientist, occasional marathoner, origami enthusiast, dedicated White Sox fan. Loves homemade lemonade, circus peanuts, fresh figs, BBQ pizza, and coconut soda with lime, not necessarily together or in that order. Lives with and cooks for his beautiful and saintly wife Angela and son Cyprien, a cheerful young man who has the best eyebrows of all toddlers.

Steve Spaulding

Steve Spaulding believes he will have another pull on the whisky bottle, thank you very much — and would there be a spare beer in the fridge? ‘Cause that would be great. He is also a bit deaf in one ear so would you mind speaking up? And don’t hold it against him that he doesn’t remember you; while he can remember obscure characters in movies and comic books on only a single exposure, real people are like the flitting shadows of a strobe-lit room to him. Steve considers it a downright miracle he has lasted as long as he has in such a cruel and unforgiving world and thanks his lucky stars for every breath he draws, and for all the good friends he’s made. Steve wonders what God was thinking, where the surplus went, whether there’s a spare beer in the fridge, and did he already ask that? Because his short-term memory is sort of on the fritz these days. More by Steve Spaulding

Christopher Woods

Christopher Woods scours the Texas countryside for images both pastoral and bizarre. has published a prose collection, UNDER A RIVERBED SKY, and a book of stage monologues for actors, HEART SPEAK. He lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His photography gallery, which he shares with his wife Linda, is MOONBIRD HILL ARTS -

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Patrick Russell
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