Robert Vaughan is a poetry and prose writer with more than 375 published pieces in various books and magazines. He is also the senior flash fiction editor at JMWW and Lost in Thought magazines. He was the head judge for the 2102 Wisconsin People & Ideas fiction contest. He co-hosts Flash Fiction Friday for WUWM’s Lake Effect radio show. His book Microtones is available from Cervena Barva Press.His new poetry collection will arrive from Civic Coping Mechanisms in February 2014.
Leah McMenamin is a writer of poetry and prose from New Zealand by way of Australia, Southeast Asia and, most recently, Ethiopia. She is the poetry editor at The Open Road Review. A Pushcart 2012 Pushcart nominee, her poems and short stories have been published in Takahē Magazine, Poetry NZ, The Avalon Review, The Typewriter, and numerous other locations. As winter draws near in her hemisphere, she can generally be found with an overly large cup of coffee and a book trying to find the warmest spot in her Wellington house.
Marcus Speh is a German writer. He began to write prose in English seriously in 2008. Since 2009, his work has been published widely both online and in print. He’s been nominated for various prizes, shortlisted and longlisted for others, including The Paris Literary Prize. His debut collection of short fiction, Thank You for Your Sperm, has been published by MadHat Press. A mosaic novel is forthcoming from Folded Word Press in 2014.
Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1970; she lives in East Galway. Her fourth short story collection Mother America was published by New Island in 2012; The Irish Times said of it: ‘Ní Chonchúir’s precisely made but deliciously sensual stories mark her as a carrier of Edna O’Brien’s flame.’ Her début novel You (New Island, 2010) was called ‘a gem’ by The Irish Examiner and ‘a heart-warmer’ by The Irish Times. Her third full poetry collection The Juno Charm was published by Salmon Poetry in 2011. Nuala’s second novel will be published in 2014.