Tom Storch was born in Denver, Colorado and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has a BFA in Creative Writing from CUNY Brooklyn College and an MFA from The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College. He currently co-hosts “Second Impressions: The Pride and Prejudice Podcast,” a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of Jane Austen’s famous novel.
Deniqua Campbell is a poet and former hip-hop journalist. She was born and raised in the Bronx and spent her undergraduate years in Washington, DC where she earned her BA in Journalism from Howard University. She is currently a MFA poetry student at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY where she also teaches English Composition. When she isn’t thumbing through poetry books, you can find her at the gym, binge watching cooking shows or writing zesty Yelp reviews.
Paul Corning is a writer and an actor from southern Indiana. His short story “Purple” was given an honorable mention in Glimmer Train and appeared in The New Guard, where it was nominated for a 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau award. Paul’s theatre work includes Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More and Romeo and Juliet at Lincoln Center Education. He has lived in New York City since 2006.
Walker Minot is an emerging writer, editor, and teacher from Iowa, living in Flatbush, Brooklyn and pursuing an MFA in creative writing at St. Joseph’s College. In past lives he has worked as a theatre gopher, a lawnmower, and an office drone. His favorite writers and poets include Haruki Murakami, Eve Babitz, Ottessa Moshfegh, Emily Dickinson, and John Koethe.
Nina Semczuk’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Sledgehammer Lit, The Line Literary Review, Rougarou: Journal of Arts & Literature, Too Well Away, The War Horse, MONEY, Tasting Table, and elsewhere. A recent story of hers was nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and she has received grants from the NEA and Poets & Writers. Before moving to Brooklyn, she served in the army for five years.
Steven Hobbs is a director at the MFA program in Creative Writing at The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College. He serves on the committee for the Prison Writing Program at PEN American Center and lives in New York.
ALICIA MOUNTAIN’s debut collection, High Ground Coward (Iowa, 2018), was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy to win the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Four in Hand (BOA Editions, forthcoming early 2023). Her chapbook, Thin Fire (BOAAT Press), was selected by Natalie Diaz. Dr. Mountain was a Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver and the 2020-21 Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. Mountain is a contributing editor at the Keyon Review. She is a lesbian poet, based in New York City where she teaches at Columbia University and in the Writer’s Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph’s College. Keep up with her on twitter at @HiGroundCoward.
Lee Clay Johnson
Lee Clay Johnson is the author of the novel Nitro Mountain (Knopf), which won the 2017 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Literary Hub, the Oxford American, The Common, Appalachian Heritage, Salamander, and the Mississippi Review.
He holds a BA from Bennington College, an MFA from the University of Virginia, and was awarded a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He grew up around Nashville in a family of bluegrass musicians and currently lives in Brooklyn, where he serves as Director of the Writer’s Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph’s College.