Troy Casa is the author of The Stark Realities that Surround Texas, [Wordrunner, 2005] His new manuscript of poems, Just the Son of a Union Labor Man, is desperately seeking Susan. His work can be read at www.troycasa.com
Troy’s poem ‘Helix’ won the 2009 Merrimack Public Library Poetry Contest. In addition, his work has appeared in The Café Review, Feile-Festa, Brushfire, Words & Images, Animus, Midwest Poetry Review and theBangor Daily News. He planned and executed the first annual Belfast Poetry Festival in October, 2005, funded in part by grants from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation, The Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Humanities Council. The three-day event featured poets Charles Simic, Anne-Marie Macari, Baron Wormser, Elizabeth Garber, Matthew Thorburn, Gary Lawless, Robert Duffy and over 30 poets from Maine, New York, New Hampshire and Canada.
While living in Bangor, Maine, Mr. Casa promoted local poetry events, coordinated a series of library readings paying homage to E.E. Cummings and participated as a featured reader at the Sebec Music & Arts Festival, Schoodic Arts Festival, Poet/Speak and the Penobscot Poetry Walk.
Troy is a graduate of The Ohio State University Department of Art History, studied music at the University of New Mexico, completed an MBA at Regis University and is currently at work on a MFA in Creative Writing at Lindenwood University. Recently, his essay, Deist Thought in the Writings of Henry David Thoreau was accepted at the 2014 Thoreau Society Gathering. Currently, he lives in Spanish Springs, NV, nestled below Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevadas with Keaton “Big Cheddah” and Kincaide “Kiki” all crazy about baseball, poetry, cookies, guitars and old books.
Greg Geis divides his time between Houston and the Hill Country of Central Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared (or is forthcoming) in 491 Magazine, Lost Coast, Blue Bonnet Review,The Broadkill Review, A Quiet Courage, SoftBlow International Poetry Journal, Blinders, Burningwood Literary Journal, Poetry Scotland, Crosswinds, and Scarlet Leaf. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing nine New Poets and is winner of Blue Bonnet Review’s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest.
Katherine McCormick is a writer, visual artist, and all-around creativity junkie. Her work has most recently been published or is forthcoming in The Red Earth Review, Literary Orphans, Right Hand Pointing: One Sentence Poems, The Lantern, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Red Fez, The Phoenix Soul, and the anthology Dark Ones: Tales and Poems of the Shadow Gods. Katherine holds bachelor’s degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from UCLA and the University of Maryland, and is finishing her MFA in Creative Writing at Lindenwood University, where she served as a poetry editor for The Lindenwood Review. In addition to being a bibliophile and writing fanatic, Katherine is a fitness freak, lover of vegan cooking, dedicated volunteer for humanist and social justice causes, NaNoWriMo winner, and all-around spunky gal. She currently lives with her husband their four daughters on the Eastern Shore of rural Maryland near the water, cornfields, and not much else. You can find her on Twitter @TheKatMcCormick or on her homepage here.