Emily Bonner is in her third year of the MFA program at Old Dominion University. When she isn’t busily working on her thesis she is writing, reading, baking cookies for no reason, holding down screaming children as a dental assistant, or hanging out with people’s pets at parties.
Kevin Brown is an Associate Professor of English at Lee University and an MFA student at Murray State University. He has one book of poetry, Exit Lines (2009), and two chapbooks, Abecedarium (2011) and Holy Days: Poems (Winner of Split Oak Press Chapbook Contest 2012). He also has a forthcoming memoir, Another Way: Finding Faith, Then Finding It Again (2012). His poems have been published in or are forthcoming from The New York Quarterly, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, Folio, Connecticut Review, South Carolina Review, Stickman Review, Atlanta Review, and Palimpsest, among others.
Tara Shea Burke is just a few months and thesis formatting sessions away from completing her MFA at Old Dominion University. She is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, which has taken her to South Africa for service learning and will take her to Senegal in May 2012. She is a poetry editor for Barely South Review and has an essay in this summer’s forthcoming book, Loving the L Word. She lives with her partner and their three dogs in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Ann Barry Burrows is a writer from Norfolk, Virginia. Before she turned to freelance work and fiction writing, she won state awards for her work on the staff of the The Virginian-Pilot daily newspaper, and she was a staff writer for Georgia Trend monthly business magazine among others. Ann also taught health in villages of Kenya and Nicaragua, where she helped to install water systems. A second-year participant in Old Dominion University’s creative writing program, her short fiction has appeared in Alimentum Journal, and she continues to work on a novel.
Jessie Carty’s writing has appeared in publications such as MARGIE, decomP and Connotation Press. She is the author of five poetry collections which include Fat Girl (Sibling Rivalry, 2011) as well as the award winning full length poetry collection, Paper House (Folded Word 2010). Jessie teaches at RCCC in Concord, NC. She is also the editor for Referential Magazine. She can be found around the web, especially at http://jessiecarty.com.
Valarie Clark has thrown herself into her work as the Managing Editor of Barely South Review to avoid thinking about her upcoming thesis defense and the fact that she has to get a full-time job again. Her work has appeared in these pages and on AltDaily.com. She lives in Norfolk, VA for now, with a cat and a guinea pig who are both fully aware that she is in unhealthy co-dependent relationships with them.
Claire Dederer’s first book, Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, was published in the U.S. and the United Kingdom in January 2011 as well as the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Brazil and Korea. A longtime contributor to The New York Times, Dederer’s articles have appeared in Vogue, Real Simple, The Nation, New York, Yoga Journal, on Slate and Salon, and in newspapers across the country. Poser was recently released in paperback by Picador in January 2012.
Jéanpaul Ferro is a novelist, short fiction author, a poet from Providence, RI. An 8-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Jéanpaul’s work has appeared on NPR, Contemporary American Voices, Columbia Review, Emerson Review, Connecticut Review, Portland Monthly, and others. He is the author of All the Good Promises (Plowman Press, 1994), Becoming X (BlazeVox Books, 2008), You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers (Thumbscrew Press, 2009), Hemispheres (Maverick Duck Press, 2009), Essendo Morti – Being Dead (Goldfish Press, 2009), which was nominated for the 2010 Griffin Prize in Poetry; and Jazz (Honest Publishing, 2011) nominated for both the 2012 Griffin Prize in Poetry and the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Prize in Poetry. He is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. He currently lives along the south coast of southern Rhode Island. Website: www.jeanpaulferro.com.
Lucas Flatt is an MFA candidate at Old Dominion University. He lives in Norfolk with his wife, dog, and cat.
Ruth Foley lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her recent work is appearing or forthcoming in Adanna, qarrtsiluni, Redheaded Stepchild, and Umbrella, among others. Her poetry has been nominated for the Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and Pushcart anthologies. She also serves as Associate Poetry Editor for Cider Press Review.
Mark Gatlin earned his M.F.A. from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He designs and teaches online English, British, World Literature, Creative Writing, and Composition curricula and teaches campus-based courses at Old Dominion and Regent University. His areas of specialty include writing creatively in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and drama; the rhetoric of writing and compositional studies; and American literature. Mr. Gatlin, the author of short fiction, poetry, and drama, acts as faculty advisor for a university press magazine and is an active participant at national conferences.
Tarah Gibbs is a second year student of Fiction in Old Dominion University’s M.F.A. program. In her undergraduate years at Georgia College and State University, Tarah worked as a fiction editor for the Peacock’s Feet literary journal for two years. In December 2011, Tarah had one of her fiction short stories accepted for publication in Issue 4 of The Quotable. It was released in early January. This is her first year working as a nonfiction editor with the Barely South Review.
Charles Hale lives in a duplex in Fort Collins CO where he owns a small window cleaning business. He is a contributor at the music blog Ninebullets.net and blogs about nothing and everything at charleshaleblog.wordpress.com. His fiction has appeared in Kitty Snacks, Metazen, and Smokelong, and others.
Jeremy Hulatt received his B.A. from Old Dominion University with an emphasis in creative writing. His work has been published in The Virginian-Pilot and various literary magazines such as Blue Collar Review and here at Barely South Review. He currently holds a leadership position in the financial industry, and continues to hone the craft of poetry. He enjoys nature, playing guitar, practicing photography, woodwork, and spending time with family.
Lauren Hurston received her BA in English from James Madison University, an MA in English and Publishing from Rosemont College, and she is a first year Creative Writing MFA student at Old Dominion University. She has contributed to Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, VA, Ticket Weekly in Montgomery County, PA, and Philadelphia Style Magazine. Her fiction has been published in Midwest Literary Magazine, featured in the anthology Bearing North, and her short story “Amor Fati” will appear in the upcoming issue of Big Lucks; her nonfiction has won the William Brenner Nonfiction Prize and the Agnes L. Braganza Award. She lives in Norfolk with her boyfriend and a pug named Reggie, and on weekends she teaches fiction to teenagers at The Muse Writers’ Center.
Haley Lasché has her MFA from Hamline University. Her poems and essays have appeared and are forthcoming in lit mags anthologies and websites such White Space, Poemeleon, The Crab Creek Review and Dossier Journal. In addition to writing, she is a college instructor and a punk-rock fashion model.
Andrew Leask was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a B.A. in astronomy from the University of Virginia and is currently an MFA candidate at Old Dominion University. He serves as fiction editor for Barely South Review.
Sharanya Manivannan’s first book of poems, Witchcraft, was published in 2008 and her fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in Drunken Boat, Killing the Buddha, The Nervous Breakdown, Superstition Review, Pratilipi and elsewhere. She can be found online at www.sharanyamanivannan.com.
Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), Mixology (Penguin USA, 2009), and The Big Smoke (Penguin USA), forthcoming in 2013. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, and Poetry among other journals and anthologies. You can find him at www.adrianmatejka.com or on Twitter: @adrian_matejka.
Michelle Ong’s work has been published in Windhover, The Citron Review, and Foliate Oak, among others. She blogs at http://trackflightstatus.blogspot.com.
Sarah Pringle is a first year MFA student at Old Dominion University, and a volunteer for Barely South Review. Originally from Canada, she has been living in the USA for 12 years. As an undergraduate, Sarah was a runner-up for the ODU Poetry Prize. Sarah enjoys traveling internationally as much as possible, and is working on incorporating her travels into her writing. Sarah’s goal for 2012 is to begin seeking publication for more of her own poetry.
I have published pieces in thirty-six literary journals. I have been named Editor’s Pick of the Month in the literary journal Breadcrumb Scabs. My writing will be featured in The Clearing: Forty Years with Toni Morrison, a book by Carmen Gillespie and James Braxton Peterson, which is coming out later this year. I have given poetry and fiction readings all throughout New York City and Westchester, including at the first annual New York Poetry Festival. I have written one book and one chapbook of poetry, the latter of which won finalist in the Susquehanna University’s Pulled Pork competition. I have won full scholarships to both the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets and the Sarah Lawrence Summer Seminar. I have also won the Smithson Prize for Creative Writing. I currently live in Brooklyn. My website is www.christinejessicamargaretreilly.com
Brad Rose was born and raised in southern California, and lives in Boston. His poetry and fiction have appeared in print and on-line at: San Pedro River Review, Off the Coast, Third Wednesday, The Potomac, Imagination and Place, Tattoo Highway, Monkeybicycle, Right Hand Pointing, Boston Literary Magazine, Staccato Micro-fiction, riverbabble, Blue Print Review, SleetMagagazine.com, Fiction at Work, Six Little Things, Short, Fast and Deadly, and other publications. Links to his poetry and fiction can be found at: http://bradrosepoetry.blogspot.com/ Brad’s novelette, Lola Loves Richard, a tragicomedy set in contemporary Hollywood, told in 6-sentence chapters, is in progress at http://lola-loves-richard.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth Searle is the author of four books of fiction, including Girl Held in Home, and the librettist of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera. Her newest novel, Girl Held in Home, was published in Fall, 2011. Her previous books are: Celebrities in Disgrace, a novella that the New York Times Book Review called “a miniature masterpiece”; A Four-Sided Bed, a novel nominated for an American Library Association Book Award and forthcoming in a new paperback and eBook edition, and My Body to You, a story collection that won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize. Celebrities in Disgrace was produced as a short film in 2010 by Bravo Sierra, with script co-written by Elizabeth. Elizabeth’s theater works have been featured in stories on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, CBS, CNN, NPR, the AP and more. Her show Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (most recently produced in Boston in 2011), has been reviewed as ‘brilliant and touching’ and has drawn worldwide media attention.
Rae Spencer is a writer and veterinarian living in Virginia. Her poetry has appeared online and in print, receiving Pushcart Prize nominations in 2009, 2010, and 2011, as well as a Best of the Net nomination in 2011.
David Swerdlow is the author of two collections of poetry, Small Holes in the Universe and Bodies on Earth. His poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Denver Quarterly, The Ohio Review, West Branch and elsewhere. He teaches literature and creative writing at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and has taught twice on Semester at Sea voyages.
Jeffrey Turner grew up in Plymouth, MA. He received a BA degree in Philosophy from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He is a second year poetry student in the Old Dominion MFA program. He enjoys walking.
James Valvis is the author of How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books, 2011). He has published hundreds of poems in places like Anderbo, Atlanta Review, Confrontation, Midwest Quarterly, Poetry East, Rattle, River Styx, and South Carolina Review. Poems have been featured on Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry blog. His literary prose is also widely published in places like Fractured West, Los Angeles Review, Potomac Review, storySouth, and Superstition Review. Lest somebody start mistaking him for a serious artist, he also publishes science fiction and mystery stories. A former soldier in the US Army, he lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his wife, daughter, and toy robots.
Eric M. R. Webb is a second-year MFA candidate at Old Dominion University, where he serves as the Writers in Community Coordinator and on the Poetry Editorial Team for BSR. He has recently published in Thunderclap Magazine and has been accepted into the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts for 2012.