CAROL GUESS is the author of twenty books of poetry and prose, including Doll Studies: Forensics and Tinderbox Lawn. A frequent collaborator, she writes across genres and illuminates historically marginalized material. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University and lives in Seattle.
SUSAN BUTTENWIESER is the author of the short story collection, We Were Lucky with the Rain (Four Way Books). Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in numerous literary publications and received fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She contributes news features regularly to Women’s Media Center and teaches creative writing in New York City public schools in high-poverty neighborhoods, with incarcerated women and older adults.
GRIS MUÑOZ is a fronteriza poet and storyteller. She is the author of the bilingual poetry and short story collection, Coatlicue Girl. Her work has been highlighted by The Rumpus, Bitch Media and The Smithsonian Latino Center among others and she has most recently been featured by The Texas Book Festival, The Tamarindo Podcast, and the Latino Collection & Resource Center at San Antonio Public Library in collaboration with Texas Public Radio. Gris is currently commissioned to write the biography of acclaimed LA artist Fabian Debora. She is Xicana of Apache descent. Her collection, Coatlicue Girl, is described as, “A moving collection of bilingual poetry and short stories rooted in the author’s experience as a queer Xicana and based on the defragmentation of cultural and personal memory. The poems and prose pieces examine themes of spirituality, identity and the cultural loss of indigeneity for colonized peoples. The work also examines sexuality and the politicized body. The book Includes a foreword written by Luis Alberto Urrea and illustrations by fronterizx artists, Los Dos.
ANDRÉ O. HOILETTE is a Jamaican-born poet living in Denver, Colorado. He is a Cave Canem fellow and former editor of ambulant: A Journal of Poetry & Art and Nexus Magazine. He currently pursues MFAs in Fiction and Poetry from Regis University. Previous publication in Stand Our Ground, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, and the Cave Canem 10-year reader, milk magazine and other journals