Concetta Abbate is a violinist, violist, vocalist and composer in New York City. Concetta became interested in folk music while studying anthropology at Smith College. Her original songs are inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry in Spanish, and everyday objects and sounds. Described as a "badass violinist" by Garret Bryant (HINGED), she has performed in diverse venues such as The East Indian Music Academy, the Rubin Art Museum, The Eastman School of Music, The Tilles Center, Cornelia Street Cafe, Columbia University, the Jazz Gallery and The Stone. She was recently a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin this past summer 2014. Concetta is most known for her work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), guitarist Charlie Rauh (Brain Plan Records) and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records). Other collaborators include Daniel Carter, Susan Alcorn, Jessica Pavone, Robin Bady, Ember Schrag, Skip Laplante and Kevin Read. Concetta is the musical director of a one room schoolhouse in Brooklyn called Still Waters in a Storm. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in Music and Music education at Columbia University.

Adam Barnett (b. 1994) began his musical journey with the guitar at age 4. Electrical engineering caught his fascination as a young teen. He competed in robotics competitions, winning a scholarship to UNT and a semi- finalist in the DC Best competition. However, the music in his head would not stop so he decided to pursue a career in music. After attending the ASCAP/NYU Film Scoring workshop, he switched his degree path from Electrical Engineering to a B.A. in Music Composition. He has since gone on to score congressional ad campaigns, theatre productions, and most recently a feature film slated to premier at Cannes under the name "Pearls of Africa". He has also explores the realm of digital-acoustic instruments by inventing his own, more info can be found at He is currently studying under Dr. Morgan at Collin College. If you wish to hear more of Adam's work, or inquire about sheet music, please visit

Michael Conner was born in Los Angeles, California. He began writing poetry at the age of sixteen, finding a strong connection to the art and magic of language. Influenced by poets such as Dylan Thomas, Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, Antonin Artaud and many poets and artists of the various Avant Garde movements. Michael's poetic impetus is in his ability to blend art, reality, dream, and symbol in an effort to transcend personal and cultural restraints. Michael studied many years in a 4th way school called, "The Prosperos" under the mentorship of Thane Walker, a student of G.I. Gurdjieff. He has travelled Europe extensively, living for a time in London and Paris, and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest.

Igor Galperin writes chamber, choir, symphonic music and music for theater. In 2004 he won the Israel Prime Minister award for composers.

Gwendolyn Jensen retired from the presidency of Wilson College in 2001. Her first book of poems, Birthright, was published by Birch Brook Press in 2011 in a letterpress edition (with a second printing in 2012). Her second book is As if toward Beauty (also published by Birch Brook Press). Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, The Comstock Review, Harvard Review, The Hollins Critic, The Malahat Review, Measure, Nashville Review, Salamander, Sanskrit, and Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Betsy Martin works at Skinner House Books in Boston. She has advanced degrees in Russian language and literature and lived in Moscow for a year studying at the Pushkin Institute. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Alembic, Assisi, Barely South Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Existere, Front Range Review, Gemini Magazine, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Limestone, The Louisville Review, Minetta Review, Organs of Vision and Speech Magazine, Pirene's Fountain, Sanskrit, Schuylkill Valley Journal, WeberThe Contemporary West, and others.

Helen Park has been recently published in the online journal BlazeVOX. She has also published a poem in the Asian American Female Anthology, Yellow as Turmeric; Fragrant as Cloves (Deep Bowl Press, 2008).

Nancy Scott Hanway is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, where she received her MFA in fiction writing. She earned her M.A./Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Iowa. She has won many awards and honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship for International Dissertation Research in Argentina. Now based in Minnesota, she teaches Latin American Literature and Culture at Gustavus Adolphus College. Her work has appeared in The Florida Review, Apalachee Review, Main Street Rag, North Dakota Quarterly, Portland Review, Southern Humanities Review, Grey Sparrow, Willow Review, Conte, PMS, Pearl, Forge, and in other journals. She lives in Saint Paul with her husband, Cecil, and teenage son, Griffin.

R. T. Smith is Writer-in-Residence at Washington and Lee University, where he has also edited Shenandoah for twenty years. In the fall he will serve as Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. Smith's most recent book of poems is In the Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems, and his fifth collection of stories, Chinquapins, will be released this year from Fiction Southeast Press. He has twice received the Library of Virginia Poetry Book of the Year Award and has been given three Pushcart Prizes. Smith lives on Timber Ridge in Rockbridge County, VA with his wife, the writer Sarah Kennedy.

Ruth Stevenson (AB, Smith, MA Richmond, Ph.D., Duke) has taught courses on English Renaissance Literature at Union College, where she was Professor of English and Thomas B. Lamont Professor of Literature. She retired in 2013. Publications include a book (Delaware UP) co-edited with Bruce McIver on critical assessments of Shakespeare as well as essays in refereed journals on Sidney, Marlowe, and Shakespeare (Love's Labour's Lost, The Rape of LucreceHamletOthello). 

John Tranter has published over twenty collections of verse. His collection Urban Myths: 210 Poems won a number of major prizes. His latest book is Heart Starter (Puncher and Wattmann, Sydney, and BlazeVox, Buffalo, 2015). He is the founding editor of Jacket and of the Journal of Poetics Research, and he has a journal at and a homepage at

Elizabeth Trueblood is a sophomore at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, majoring in English with minors in Theatre and Writing. Her work has previously appeared in The Eunoia Review.

Anna Veismane studied in E.Darzins Music School. The first teachers of composition were Peteris Vasks and Imants Zemzaris. Then she studied composition at the J.Vitols Latvian Academy of Music with Romualds Kalsons and Juris Karlsons graduating with a master's degree. She has participated in master classes with David Lang, Par Lindgren, John Woolrich, Klas Torstensson, Tapio Tuomela (Young Composers Mastercourses in Latvia), Yannis Kyriakides (Music Laboratory The Process in Lithuania), and Jonathan Harvey (the Time of Music festival in Finland). Anna Veismane has received the 3rd place of the Young Composers Choir Composition Competition organized by Latvian Radio and received a memorial award of Arnolds Sturms and, as a pianist, award of Olgerts Zivers. She has written music for films, theatre performances, folk arrangements and music for children.

Hananah Zaheer is a contributing writer for the Prairie Schooner blog and an associate fiction editor for The Potomac Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Concho River Review, Word Riot, Bartleby Snopes, Fat City Review, and Willow Review, among others. She was a finalist for the Doris Betts 2014 Fiction Prize, and has attended the Breadloaf Writers' Conference (2006, 2012, and 2013); the Sewanee Writers' Conference (2006 and 2013); Kenyon Writer's Conference (2014); and the Tin House Summer Writer's Workshop (2014).

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