James Cagney is a poet and writer from Oakland, Ca. He has appeared as a featured poet at venues in Sacramento, San Francisco, Vancouver, Chicago and Mumbai. His book Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour of Chaos Theory will be published by Nomadic press in August. Visit his blog at https://thedirtyrat.blog/
Susan Cohen’s second book of poems, A Different Wakeful Animal, won the 2015 David Martinson—Meadowhawk Prize from Red Dragonfly Press and was a runner-up for the Philip Levine Prize. She was a reporter, writer for the Washington Post Magazine, and professor at the University of California Graduate School of Journalism before earning an MFA from Pacific University. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including the Greensboro Review, Los Angeles Review, Nimrod, Poet Lore, Salamander, Southern Humanities Review, and the Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She lives in Berkeley.
Jim Fisher is a group leader and music educator in the after school program at Mira Vista Elementary, and a contributor to the 2017 Richmond Anthology of Poetry. A former Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford, you can find his work in recent issues of DIAGRAM, Blue Unicorn, and Canada’s Vallum: Contemporary Poetry. He lives in Kensington.
Laurie Kirkpatrick, an English major at Oberlin long, long ago, returned to writing poetry after raising two daughters and retiring from her career as a clinical psychologist. She was the featured poet at Hocking Hills Festival of Poetry in Ohio in 2007 and was awarded first prize in the Poetry for Haiti contest in 2010. She has been published in Red Thread, Gold Thread: The Poet’s Voice and Sunrise from Blue Thunder as well as in The Midwest Quarterly and The Plum Creek Review. She lives in Albany.