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Caryl Pagel is the author of two collections of poetry: Twice Told (2014) and Experiments I Should Like Tried at My Own Death (2012). Her poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Entropy, Essay Press, The Iowa Review, and The Mississippi Review, and she is currently at work on a collection of essays. Caryl is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat. She teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA Program in Northeastern Ohio.

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Hilary Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016); and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). She joined CSU in 2017 and is an assistant college lecturer of creative writing. She has worked for a number of years as an editor of international literature, history, and politics, and she co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

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Brandon North is a third year poet in the NEOMFA program and holds an M.A. in Literature from Wright State University. His work appears or is forthcoming in decomP and UnLost. He redirects energy at:


Penelope Jeanne Brannen is a poet in the NEOMFA at Cleveland State University. They have been published in Voicemail Poems and the Zoomoozophone Review. They once drove two hours without noticing they were listening to static on the radio.



Alex DiFrancesco has published fiction in The Carolina Quarterly, The New Ohio Review, and Monkeybicycle. They are a winner of Sundress Academy for the Arts’ 2017 OutSpoken contest for LGBTQ+ writing, and were long listed in Cosmonauts Avenue’s inaugural non-fiction prize, judged by Roxane Gay. Their first novel, The Devils That Have Come to Stay, was published in 2015 by Medallion Press. DiFrancesco’s non-fiction has appeared in The Washington Post, Tin House, Longreads, The Mary Sue, Brevity, and Crixeo. Their storytelling has been featured at The Fringe Festival, Life of the Law, The Queens Book Festival, and The Heart podcast. DiFrancesco is also a skilled bread baker and pastry cook, a passionate activist and advocate, and a die-hard fan of Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave. They live in Cleveland with their small, wonderful cat, Sylvia Rivera-Katz.



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