Where It's Buried: Denise Howard Long’s fiction has appeared in Blue Monday Review, Gravel, Kentucky Review, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere. In addition to working as a copy editor and fact checker, she also serves as production editor for Carve magazine. Denise lives in Nebraska, with her husband and two young sons. You can visit her online at www.denisehlong.com.

Miz Maddie's School for Fine Young Ladies: Linda Barbosa is the author of "How Can I Smile at a Time Like This?" Her short stories have been well-received and she enjoys writing for all ages. Linda lives with her husband in a quiet two-horse town in central Florida.

The Loneliness of Dogs: Donovan Swift currently resides in Tampa, Florida, the sweatiest city in the country and one of the top three places that your grandparents are most likely to die in. He works at one of Tampa's few independent bookstores and spends most of his free time writing or thinking about writing. He also has a dog that occasionally needs tending to.

Stir: Laura Lovic-Lindsay left Penn State University with a literature degree in hand in 1993, having written no more than a few poems at that point. She has won poetry and fiction contests (PennWriters Poetry Contest, writerstype.com, writersweekly.com, Writing Success writers' conferences), had pieces published both online and in print (Fireside Fiction, Fine Linen Magazine, Boston Literary Magazine).

Bleach and Alcohol: Lara Connolly is a San Francisco Bay Area native and a graduate of the University of San Francisco, where she studied creative writing. She has also somewhat voluntarily spent time in New York and rural Ohio. Some of her other pieces can be found in The Bitchin’ Kitsch, [ts] Review, Transfusions, Promptly, and Deep Water Literary Journal.