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Author Bios (Spring 2016)

Author Bios

Paul Allison teaches literature and writing at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. His stories have appeared in various places, including Animal, Storyacious, and Empty Sink Publications. His time is unevenly divided among his students, his four children, his writing projects, and his Boston terrier.

Wendy Bilen is an award-winning creative nonfiction writer. She is the author of Finding Josie and has nearly completed a biography on Horatio Gates Spafford, the man who penned the lyrics to “It Is Well with My Soul.” She lives with a neurotic pug just outside Washington, DC, where she teaches writing at the women’s college of Trinity Washington University.

Aaron Brown’s prose and poetry have been published in Transition, Tupelo Quarterly, Portland Review, Ruminate, Windhover, and Cimarron Review, among others. He is the author of Winnower (Wipf & Stock, 2013), has been anthologized in Best New African Poets 2015, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Aaron grew up in Chad, Africa, and now lives with his wife Melinda in Hutchinson, Kansas, the birthplace of William Stafford. An MFA graduate from the University of Maryland, Aaron is an assistant professor of writing and editing at Sterling College.

Angela Doll Carlson is a poet, fiction writer and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apeiron Review, Thin Air Magazine, Eastern Iowa Review, St. Katherine Review, Rock and Sling, "Good Letters," Ruminate Magazine Blog, Elephant Journal and Art House America. Her memoir, Nearly Orthodox: On Being a Modern Woman in an Ancient Tradition, from Ancient Faith Publishers is now available. Her next book, Garden in the East, is expected in 2016. Angela currently lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, David and her four outrageously spirited yet remarkably likable children.

William Coleman has served as managing editor for Image and executive editor of nonfiction for DoubleTake. A former teaching fellow at Harvard University, he teaches literature and writing for Northfield School of the Liberal Arts, in Wichita, Kansas. His poems have been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Criterion, Image, Western Humanities Review, Phoebe, Third Coast, and other publications.

Adele Konyndyk Gallogly lives with her husband in Hamilton, Ontario—a city of Niagara Escarpment trails, elegant old trees, and plenty of excellent pubs. She spends her weekdays writing for a disaster relief and community development agency; on evening and weekends, she lets short stories, essays, and other creative pieces out to play. She received her MFA in fiction from Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared in Antler, Duke Divinity School’s Faith & Leadership magazine, RELEVANT, The Well: Intervarsity, and elsewhere.

Evan Gurney is an assistant professor of literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Carolina Quarterly, Angle Journal of Poetry in English, and elsewhere.

Marci Rae Johnson is a professor of English and the Poetry Editor for WordFarm press. Her poems appear in The Collagist, Quiddity, Hobart, Redivider, Redactions, Books & Culture, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Louisville Review, The Christian Century, and 32 Poems, among others. Her first collection The Eyes the Window won the Powder Horn Prize and was published by Sage Hill Press in 2013, and her second collection, Basic Disaster Supplies Kit, was released by Steel Toe Books in early 2016. Her chapbook won the Friends of Poetry chapbook contest for Michigan authors in 2014 and was published by Celery City Chapbooks.

Rebecca D. Martin holds an M.A. in English from the University of Georgia. Her essays and book reviews appear in a number of places, including The Curator, The Other Journal, and Makes You Mom, and are forthcoming in Coffee and Crumbs. She blogs at Rebecca lives in Central Virginia with her husband and two daughters, the oldest of whom is at the center of this essay.  She’s happy to affirm that, five-and-a-half years later, she would cross every painful threshold again if necessary for the beauty of having this wonderful girl in her life.

Briana Meade has previously published with Christianity Today, Mamalode, and The Christian Post. Her favorite landscapes are the North Carolina summer sky and the night bazaar lights in Thailand, where she spent her childhood. She is the proud mom of two.

A farm kid from Seville, Ohio, Leslie Crislip Nielsen now lives in Denmark, works for Kulturskole Viborg, and manages a large family on two continents. Her writing has appeared in r.kv.r.y, Literary Mama, AKROS Review, and The Missing Slate. Editorial work includes publishing and editing Poets’ Quarterly and reading for River Teeth Journal. Her background is in music, dance, visual art, photography, aesthetic theory, and contemplative practices—all of which she has taught somewhere. She has an MA in English Literature, an MFA in Poetry, sporadically blogs, and loves the woods and wind in her face.

Jacquelynn Price-Linnartz studies theology and the arts as a doctoral candidate at Duke Divinity School, and took a minor in creative writing from Duke University. Her publications have been academic in nature, although her short story “Until We Have Faces” won an honorable mention in the Writers of the Future contest.

Jill Reid is a poet and teacher who lives in Pineville, Louisiana with her daughter, Ellie, and nearly too many books to count.  She earned her MA in literature at Baylor University and her MFA in poetry from Seattle Pacific University.  She strives to write the kind of poetry she likes to read-poetry that reveals how powerful the slow savoring of one well-rendered moment can be.  Some of her latest work can be read in The Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, Tupelo Quarterly, Ruminate Magazine, Relief Journal, and Rock and Sling.  

Marjorie Stelmach’s most recent book of poems is Without Angels (Mayapple). Earlier volumes include Bent Upon Light and A History of Disappearance (University of Tampa Press). Her first book, Night Drawings, received the 1994 Marianne Moore Prize. Recent work has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Florida Review, Gettysburg Review, Image, The Iowa Review, and New Letters. She taught high school for 30 years and most recently served as director of the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Peter Weltner has published five books of fiction, including The Risk of His Music and How the Body Prays (Graywolf, 1997 and 1999), five poetry chapbooks, three in collaboration with the artist Galen Garwood, most recently Water's Eye (Marrowstone Press, 2015), and five full length collections of poems, including Late Summer Storm in Early Winter, with paintings and photographs by Galen Garwood (Marrowstone, 2015). His work has appeared in several national anthologies, including two O. Henry's. He taught for thirty-seven years at San Francisco State and lives next the Pacific with his husband, Atticus Carr. The poems appearing in this issue are from his 2015 collection Stone Altars, which can be purchased from BrickHouse Books.

Micah Yee is a trans and queer writer of color who has served as Editor in Chief for the West Wind at Azusa Pacific University and is currently writing from the Pacific Northwest. Publication credits include the West Wind, Crux, Two Words For, The Milo Review, Whale Road Review, Polaris, Compass, Tule Review, and Words Dance.

James E. Allman, Jr.’s credentials—degrees in biology and business—qualify him for an altogether different trade. However, he easily tires of the dissected and austerely economized. He is a dabbler with an expensive photography‐habit and a poetry‐dependency. Nominated for 3 Pushcart Prizes, his work appears, or is forthcoming, in Black Warrior Review, Los Angeles Review, Nimrod, Phoebe, Prairie Schooner, Sugar House Review, and Third Coast, among others. He’s written reviews for Rattle as well as other journals, blogs, and sundries and is the co‐founder of an artist community called Continuum

A native of New York’s Mohawk Valley, Bethany Bowman lives in Indiana with her husband and two children and works in Taylor University’s art department. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Comstock Revie, rt House Americ, scen, lueline, The Cresset, Nimrod, the Aurorean, The Tishman Revie, ock & Slin, pple Valley Revie, he Other Journal, Windhover, The Timberline Revie, ime Hawk, and Midwestern Gothic.

Jessica Brown loves books, reading, and writing, especially at the corner of literature and theology. Her work has appeared in Art House AmericaGood Letters, Dappled ThingsJournal for Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and in the book Jane Austen and the Arts: Elegance, Propriety, and Harmony. She is currently studying Spiritual Formation and Soul Care at Talbot School of Theology and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Thom Caraway teaches editing, publishing, and creative writing courses at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. He likes it there. There's lots of trees, and they almost never blow over. On Fridays, he plays wiffle ball.

Barbara Crooker is the author of six books of poetry: Radiance, winner of the 2005 Word Press First Book Award and finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance ( 2008), winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Excellence in Literature; More (2010); Gold (2013); Small Rain (2014); and Barbara Crooker: Selected Poems (2015). Her writing has received a number of awards, including the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships.

Kylie J Groat studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington. She currently lives in Portland, Maine, where she works as a barista in a bookstore. She spends her free time drinking enough coffee to kill a man, falling in love with people she’s never met, and blogging at about love, life, and Jesus' constant cameos in this broken everyday life. Her work has previously appeared in the Sandy River Review.

Tom C. Hunley is the director of Steel Toe Books and of the MFA Creative Writing program at Western Kentucky University. His books include Plunk (Wayne State College Press 2015), Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century (Southern Illinois University Press 2015), and The State That Springfield is In (Split Lip Press 2016). The poems that appear in this issue are from that most recent collection, “inspired by America's most prominent hallmark of modern pop culture, The Simpsons. Please be sure to check out the book at

Elizabeth Kurz holds an MFA in Creative Writing from National University. Her work has been published in The Poet's Billow and was a finalist in Chatter House Press's 2015 Memoir Contest. After years of moving cross-country with the US Air Force, she now resides in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and three children. When she's not reading or writing, she works as a registered nurse in the cardiac operating room at a nearby hospital. She occasionally writes at

Samuel Thomas Martin is the author of the story collection This Ramshackle Tabernacle (Breakwater 2010), short-listed for Canada’s BMO Winterset Award, and the novel A Blessed Snarl (Breakwater 2012), nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His essays, artwork, and stories have appeared in journals in the U.S.A., Canada, and Australia. And he teaches creative writing at Northwestern College in Iowa.

 Emily Millikan lives north of Boston, where she works as a PCA, nanny, nonprofit administrator, and editor. She has an MFA from Seattle Pacific University.

Charnell Peters is a senior at Taylor University where she studies writing and communication. Her creative work has appeared in Fiction SoutheastRuminate MagazineCleaver MagazineAltarworkPuerto Del Sol’s Black Voices Series, and elsewhere. She enjoys writing about race, feminism, and reconciliation. 

Liz Boltz Ranfeld teaches English composition and creative writing at a small Christian liberal arts university in Indiana. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of New Hampshire. She blogs regularly. You can follow her on Twitter @LizBR. 

Tania Runyan is the author of the poetry collections What Will Soon Take Place, Second Sky, A Thousand Vessels, Simple Weight, and Delicious Air, which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her guides How to Read a Poem and How to Write a Poem are used in classrooms across the country. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Christian Century, Saint Katherine Review, Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, and the Paraclete book Light upon Light: A Literary Guide to Prayer for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany. Tania was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2011.

Tom Sturch lost his native language to poetry some three years ago and has been glimpsed since along the edges of things thrashing shrubbery and looking up a lot. Blogging is something he does for friends, who know the ground must be re-referenced from time to time; the Sirens increasingly eluding. Otherwise, he practices landscape architecture to eat, stay married. Bowl. Color pencils. Works of his may be found in recent issues of Gargoyle Magazine, Saint Katherine Review and Relief Journal.

David Wright's most recent collection of poems is The Small Books of Bach (Wipf & Stock, 2014). His poems have appeared in Quiddity, Image, Hobart, and Rock & Sling, among others. He lives and writes in Illinois, where he teaches creative writing and American literature at Monmouth College and can be found on Twitter @sweatervestboy.

Alizabeth Worley lives with her husband, Michael, in Utah. She received her degree in Family Life at Brigham Young University. Her work has appeared in Waccamaw and Juked Review.

Sara Zarr is the author of five novels for young adults, most recently The Lucy Variations (Little, Brown). She's a 2007 National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been translated into many languages and published all around the world. She lives in Salt Lake City, and online at