Jessica Harrington is an unpublished aspiring writer who also dabbles in arts and crafts. She currently attends CSU, Chico, where she is double majoring in English and Communication Studies. When she has a moment to herself she spends it playing in nature with her dogs, sharing her affinity for music with those she loves at concerts, cooking great food, people watching, and writing. Her long term goals in life are to pursue a Doctorates degree, live abroad, and see the Northern Lights.
Novelist? Poet? Essayist? Why choose? Kiara Koenig loves language, imagery, and an engaging narrative. She wants poetry “that is death-shaded, insecure, funny, tough. …that says to God, ‘I’m doing the best I can—what the hell more do you want from me?’” (D. Barresi). And prose that is “the perfect fist of words, melody, distortion, hope, beauty, and meaningful violence” (M. Ryan). Recently, Kiara has presented at AWP, published with Smart Pop, and won prizes for both fiction and poetry. She is the managing editor of Floodplane, an associate professor at Yuba College, and addicted to tennis.
Tempra Board is a professional grant writer for environmental and conservation organizations, arts groups, and health and human service agencies (www.tempraboard.com). She earned her MA in English from Colorado State University and her BA in English from Humboldt State University. Because she must remain politically (and politely) correct in her daily work life, Tempra recently started a blog as an outlet for her creative, bawdy, and immature side at http://www.temprasays.wordpress.com. She lives in Chico and is currently being trained in relaxation techniques by her expert-in-residence: a fat, fluffy gray cat named Cosmo.
Chloe Butcher is an English major and aspiring editor at Yuba College. After earning her associates degree, she plans to transfer to UC Santa Barbara. Her dream job would be working at a book publishing company where she can read and reword things to her hearts content.