Virginia Aronson

Virginia Aronson is the author of 30 published books, including South Florida Spin, a collection of short fiction. Her most recent book is a nonfiction text for teens on the many nonnative animal species populating her home state. Iguana Invasion: Exotic Pets Gone Wild in Florida was published in March by Pineapple Press. Aronson also provides editing and ghostwriting services and runs a small website design firm. Visit her at:

Spencer Carvalho

Spencer Carvalho is 23 years old. He has lived in Brazil, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania and currently resides in Ohio. He started writing short stories in high school but stopped while he attended film school. After college he started writing again. This is his third published story.

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

Denise Pace

Denise Pace is a hairless monkey frequently and infuriatingly thwarted by everyday things, like ottomans and gravity. She communicates largely by cussing and quoting The Simpsons. Yet, possessing a high level of derring-do, she perseveres. More by Denise Pace

Patrick Russell

Born amongst the corn cousins, Elmers, and strip-mall barons of Indiana, Patrick learned early on in life that something was rotten in Denmark. After mailing many, many postcards to various addresses in the greater Copenhagen area asking after the source of the stench, and after receiving no replies to his repeated queries, he became convinced that it must be the mayonnaise. More by Patrick Russell

Mike Sauve

A graduate of Ryerson Journalism, Mike Sauve has written for The National Post, The Toronto International Film Festival Group, Exclaim Magazine, and a variety of smaller publications. His fiction has appeared in the humor journal The Feathertale Review.

Dave Seter

Dave Seter lives in Sonoma County, California. His poems have previously appeared in Raven Chronicles, The Kerf, Karamu, and other literary magazines. His chapbook Night Duty was published in 2010 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

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

James M. Welke

Jim Welke lives and writes in Michigan, just outside the proud city of Detroit. He has written numerous short stories, poems, and screenplays. With some encouragement and amused grins from his wife, he has taught himself a bit of French, and harbors the notion that he will one day move to France and wear a beret. When he is not writing, he is frequently observed running, cycling, or just standing there with a glazed look in his eyes. Time passes too quickly for him, and his recently renovated circa 1927 home now needs a new roof.

Geary Yonker

Geary's deep-seated fear of dying without having accomplished anything in his life really keeps him busy. More by Geary Yonker

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