Marcel Toussaint's poems have been featured in 14 anthologies, including America at the Millennium. He has read for National Public Radio and the Education channel, 100,000 Poets for Change, and others. In 2009, he won gold medals in the National Veterans Poetry Awards competition and are featured in the National Veterans Poetry Anthology. He had two winning poems at the St. Louis Writers Guild Poetry Throwdown in 2010; has been a featured poet at the Observable Readings at the Contemporary Art Museum, and Poetry Per Chance at Washington University to name a few events. He writes in English, French and Spanish and has work translated into Dutch, German, Catalan, and Korean. His lyrics Elle Se Souvient (She Remembers) were orchestrated, sung in French, and played by the Symphony Pops at Powell Hall in 2000. Marcel Toussaint represented The Saint Louis Veterans’ Administration at The National Veterans Creative Arts Nationals in 2011, winning a National Gold Medal in Poetry and was featured on PBS in 2012. His novel, Terms of Interment, is available on Kindle from Amazon.
Stephanie E. Schlaifer is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She works as a freelance writer and editor and co-curates the Observable Readings series. She has a BFA & BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is the author of the very-limited-edition chapbook Strangers with a Lifeboat, illustrated by Jeff Pike. Her poems have appeared in Verse, AGNI, Colorado Review, Chicago Review, Cimarron Review, and Fence. Her manuscript, Clarkston Street Polaroids, has been a finalist at Omnidawn, Rescue Press, Tupelo, Alice James, and for the Colorado Prize for Poetry, among others. Stephanie is a compulsive baker and is also very handy with a pitchfork.
Virginia Slachman, Ph.D. is the author of three collections of poetry and an award-winning chapbook in addition to Many Brave Hearts, a memoir recounting her family's struggles with PTSD. Her debut novel, The Lost Ode, was released in July. Former poetry editor of Aspen Anthology and associate director of the Aspen Writers Conference, Slachman’s work has received numerous fellowships and awards, appearing in literary journals and anthologies, both in the U.S. and the U.K. She has served as professor of creative writing and literature for over twenty years. For more information, see http://www.virginiaslachman.com.
John J. Han is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Missouri Baptist University, where he also chairs the Humanities Division. An award-winning poet and memoirist, he has published three haiku books: Little Guy Haiku, Chopsticks and Fork, and Thunder Thighs. His poems have also appeared in periodicals and anthologies worldwide, including Cattails, Cave Region Review, Four and Twenty, Frogpond, A Hundred Gourds, The Laurel Review, Mariposa, Nepali Art and Literature, Prune Juice, Simply Haiku, South by Southeast, Steinbeck Studies, Taj Mahal Review, Under the Basho, and World Haiku Review. Simply Haiku selected him as the world’s sixth-best English-language haiku poet for the year 2011, and Cave Region Review honored him as Featured Poet for its 2012 volume. A native of South Korea, he earned his M.A. and his Ph.D. from Kansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, respectively.