Robert Vaughan teaches workshops in hybrid writing, poetry, fiction, and hike/write. He has facilitated these at locations like Alverno College, UWM, Red Oak Writing, The Clearing, Synergia Ranch, and Mabel Dodge Luhan House. He leads writing roundtables in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award for Fiction twice (2013, 2014). He was the head judge for the Bath International Flash Fiction Awards in 2016. His short fiction, “A Box,” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2016 (Queen’s Ferry Press).
Vaughan is the author of five books: Microtones (Cervena Barva Press), Diptychs + Triptychs + Lipsticks + Dipshits (Deadly Chaps), Addicts & Basements (CCM), RIFT, a flash collection co-authored with Kathy Fish (Unknown Press). His new book, FUNHOUSE (Unknown Press), is scheduled for release in December 2016. He blogs here.
Jamal Parker is a writer, performer, and teaching artist currently attending Temple University. He’s a Two Time International Poetry Slam Champion, having won Brave New Voices (2015) and the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (2016). He majors in African-American Studies with a minor in English. Through poetry, he aims to shift the lens in how society views the black body, with elements of activism, political satire, and escapism influencing his artwork. He serves as the Artistic Director of Babel Poetry Collective, and in 2016 cofounded the Spoken Word Collective Black Boy Fly with fellow PYPM Alum and best friend Jovan McKoy. His written work can be found in The Altar Collective, WusGood Magazine, Teenage Wasteland, and Cunjuh Magazine.
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Meg Tuite is author of two short story collections, Bound By Blue (Sententia Books, 2013) and Domestic Apparition (San Francisco Bay Press, 2011), as well as four chapbooks. She won the Twin Antlers Collaborative Poetry award from Artistically Declined Press for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging (2014) written with Heather Fowler and Michelle Reale. She teaches at Santa Fe Community College, is a senior editor at Connotation Press and has a column at JMWW. She blogs here.