Lynne Zotalis

As a freelance contributor and member in the Iowa Poetry Association, Lynne's poetry has been published in Lyrical Iowa for ten years running.

She is a member of the Peace and Social Justice Writers Group at the Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN, with contributions to their chapbook, Peace Begins and the anthology Turning Points: Discovering Meaning and Passion in Turbulent Times.

Lynne's book Saying Goodbye to Chuck is a poignantly directed work dealing with the sudden death of her husband, available on Amazon.

The children's book, Kenny and Sylvia's Day Out, championing kindness toward all, was written and illustrated by Lynne.

Her poetry has appeared in various publications including writing in a woman's voice, Tuck Magazine and The Poetic Bond VII.

Reading selected works this year at Common Ground gallery, Silver City, NM is posted on YouTube.

Lynne's story True North was a finalist in the first Cunningham Short Story Competition last year, and published in the resulting anthology, Life Dances.

Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans served eight years in the United States Air Force and is a decorated Gulf War veteran.

 She hosts the Our Voice and Idaho Living television shows, advocating personal stories, and now mentors teens in the juvenile system.

She held the title of Mrs. Idaho International and earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Boise State University, minoring in Psychology, and was also honored with the BSU "Women Making History in Idaho" award. 

She was a finalist for december Magazine's 2018 Curt Johnson Prose Award.  Her work has made the short list of semi-finalists for American Short Fiction's Short Story Contest, has appeared in Gravel Literary magazine, Scribes Valley Publishing's Take a Mind Trip (Anthology), and forthcoming in Fiction Southeast, and War, Literature and the Arts, among others.

She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at Sierra Nevada College and serves on the editorial staff of the Sierra Nevada Review.  

She lives in Idaho with her three sons.  

Tuan Phan

Tuan Phan was born in Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. He left the country in 1986 with his family as part of an exodus of refugees called The Boat People.

In America, he spent his childhood learning English and forgetting his mother tongue. Now he is back in his birth country, relearning his first language and teaching English literature to high schoolers.

Tuan has completed a memoir of his experiences and is looking for an agent or publisher.

You can read some of his writing on his blog,

Rebekah Dodson

Rebekah Dodson is a prolific word weaver of women's fiction, fantasy, and science fiction novels.

Her works include the series Postcards from Paris, The Curse of Lanval series, several stand-alone novels, and her upcoming YA novel, Clock City.

She has been writing her whole life, with her first published work of historical fiction with 4H Clubs of America at the age of 12, and poetry at the age of 16 with the National Poetry Society.

With an extensive academic background including education, history, psychology and English, she currently lives and works in Oregon as a college professor by day and a writer by night.

James Najarian

James Najarian teaches nineteenth-century British literature at Boston College, where he also edits the scholarly journal Religion and the Arts.

His fiction has been published in Worcester Review, Vermont Literary Review, and other small literary reviews: most recently this spring in Kestrel and The Ear.

His book of verse, The Goat Songs, won the Vassar Miller Prize and was published this April by the University of North Texas Press.

Tonya Walker

Tonya Walker was born in Canada and was a senior editor for the now defunct Canadian woman's magazine Modern Woman.

After moving to the States in 1999, she earned her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and raised two awesome kids with her husband Phil.

She recently relocated from New York to embark on her new role as head of middle school for a private girls' school in Virginia.

Tonya is glad to be back in Virginia, but her bad-tempered beagle misses the never-ending supply of food trucks in the city.

Karen Quinnon

Born in Canada, of Malay, Irish and English heritage, Ola Tam, first adopted the pen name of Karen Quinnon, as way of exploring her European identity. 

She believes we are so defined by our past that we need to challenge society's expectations in order to answer the question; “Who am I?”  

She lives in London with her two cats, but this is not her answer to the question above. 

Oscar Heitmart

Oscar Heitmart was born in Germany but was soon relocated at eight weeks old to the UK, then Canada, and finally the US. 

He likes nothing more than to holiday in the Black Forest, where he practises his horribly accented, but accurate, Teutonic tones on an unsuspecting Europe. 

This is his first published short story in over twenty years and is a reworking of a novel he has been writing for thirty years.

Trevor Maynard

Editor of the Cunningham Short Story Anthologies Life Dances (2017) and Our World, Your Place (2018), Trevor Maynard started his writing career with a series of poetry pamphlets printed off an old Roneo printer, and distributed to family, friends and work colleagues. 

After reading Theatre Studies and Drama at Royal Holloway College, University of London, he spent ten years writing, directing and producing plays, publishing four one act plays in Four Truths, as well as the plays GLASS, and From Pillow To Post.

In 2009, his first poetry collection was published Love, Death, and the War on Terror, followed by Keep on Keepin’ On in 2012, and Grey Sun, Dark Moon in 2015. 

Trevor has been the editor of the international poetry anthology series The Poetic Bond since 2011 and will publish The Poetic Bond VIII in late 2018.  So far, The Poetic Bond has showcased the work of 170 poets from 30 countries. 

Publications featuring his work include Aesthetica, Tuck, October Hill, Deep Underground, Poetry, Life and Times, Miracle, and the anthology Men in the Company of Women (EAP)

Trevor is a member of The Poetry Society (UK) and formerly an executive member of The Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, and treasurer of The Theatre Writers’ Union.