Fiction Editor Frances Badgett is a writer in Bellingham, Washington. She has a BA from Hollins University and an MFA from Vermont College. Her fiction and poetry have been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Atticus Review, Salamander, and many other places. She lives in Bellingham, Washington with her husband and their daughter, Cora.
Poetry Editor Shaindel Beers is the author of three full-length poetry collections, A Brief History of Time (2009), The Children’s War and Other Poems (2013), both from Salt Publishing, and Secure Your Own Mask (2018), from White Pine Press. She teaches at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, where she lives with her son Liam.
Editor Jeff McMahon writes about climate change and energy for Forbes. He has written for newspapers and the newfangled, including dailies in Arizona and California, alternative weeklies including New Times and Newcity, and online innovators including True/Slant, Forecast Earth, and The New York Times Company’s Lifewire syndicate. He was been a regular contributor, on writers and writing, to PEN International magazine. His commentaries have won a national first place award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and he was the first writer to win two Golden Quills for commentary from the International Society of Newspaper Editors. He also serves as Contrary‘s commentary editor. He teaches various forms of non-fiction writing at the University of Chicago.
Design Consultant Andy von Engel is the owner of engel design, a graphic arts firm based in Eugene, Oregon. Much of his work adorns the landscape of his former home, Central California, where his signs and logos politely accomplish their task without detracting from the green and golden hills around them. His work has illustrated many a publication too, where they politely accomplish their task without detracting from the words around them. He won’t tell you any of this himself. He’ll just say: “I’m a struggling freelance graphic designer, struggling like all your contributors trying to be heard.”