Laura Aluise

Laura Aluise is a preschool special needs itinerant teacher currently working on a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Marshall University. She is married with a one-year old daughter who keeps her on her toes. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, baking, and spending time with her family.

Claire Bateman

Claire Bateman’s newest poetry collection, Wonders of the Invisible World, is due out this spring from 42 Miles Press.  She is the author of eight other poetry books, most recently Scape (New Issues Poetry & Prose.)  She has been awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna […]

Tamatha Cain

Tamatha Cain is a writer in Jacksonville, Florida, currently editing her first novel. After attending college on vocal and creative writing scholarships, she founded and ran several successful businesses, was the lead vocalist in a wedding band, and she may have sung at your niece’s bat mitvah. She is also an award-winning sugar artist whose […]

Kathleen Thompson

Kathleen Thompson holds a BS from the University of Alabama and an MFA in Fiction Writing from Spalding University. While her short stories and essays have been published in various places singly, she has four published books of poetry. (An avowed genre slut, she also has two novels and  two collections of short stories in […]

Patrick A. Howell

Patrick A. Howell is an award-winning banker, business leader, entrepreneur and writer. His first work was published with the UC Berkeley African American Literary Review and Quarterly Black Book Review. At Cal Berkeley, he co-founded Diatribe – a People of Color News Collective. Mr. Howell contributes to Huffington Post, Tishman Review’s Craft Talk series, Into […]

John Riddle

John Riddle is the author of 34 books. His byline has appeared in major publications all across the United States, and he has written articles for over 200 websites. Since 1996 he has been working out of his home office as a full time freelance writer, author, ghostwriter and donut eater.

John S. Maguire

John S. Maguire is a Telecommunications and FM Broadcast consultant living in Oklahoma City. He obtained a degree in English from Texas Christian University and at 53 years old went back to graduate school and obtained a Master in Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University.

Devi S. Laskar, Chapel Hill Native, Wins $5,000 Crook’s Corner Book Prize

Devi S. Laskar’s The Atlas of Reds and Blues, published by Counterpoint Press, is the winner of the seventh annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the American South. This year’s judge was National Book Award-winning author Charles Frazier, who says, “I loved the very focused and concise ideas and dramatic […]