Sebastian Hasani Paramo is the son of Mexican immigrants. His work has appeared in Pleiades, Front Porch Journal, Prelude, Huizache, upstreet, North American Review, & other places. His reviews and interviews have appeared in American Literary Review, American Microreviews & Interviews, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and  lives in Denton, Texas, where he is a teaching fellow in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas. He co-founded the Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas. Learn more about him here.


Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first full-length book, Before Isadore, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the following: Stirring, Versal, The Texas Observer, Devil’s Lake, Four Way Review, among others. Hardwick also has chapbooks out with Thrush Press and Mouthfeel Press. She writes in the deserts of West Texas.

POETRY READERS: Alex Greenberg, Andrew Cannedy, Mark Allen Jenkins


Joe Pfister studied Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison & received his MFA from  Sarah Lawrence College. His fiction has appeared in PANK, JukeddecomPA Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Extract(s), and others. His short story, “The Wake,” was long-listed by The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2013. He lives in Brooklyn with his fiancée and is currently at work on his first novel.  You can read more about him here.


Kimberly Garza has earned degrees in English, Spanish, and creative writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Huizache, Bennington Review, Puerto del Sol, Cutbank, and elsewhere. A native of Uvalde, Texas, she currently lives in Denton, where she is a Ph.D student in the University of North Texas’ creative writing program and the interviews editor for American Literary Review.


Jahzerah Brooks is a writer, mother and MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles. She currently serves as Lead Fiction Editor for Lunch Ticket. Jahzerah lives in the Midwest with her son and two rescue dogs.


AprilJo Murphy is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her writing has been published in Women’s Studies QuarterlySinister Wisdom, and Hippocampus, among other journals. She is currently working on a collection of essays. AprilJo lives in Austin, TX with her dog Roan.


Lauren Pilcher is a creative nonfiction masters student at the University of North Texas  who lives with her dog and four generations of backyard rabbits.


Marissa Isabel Gonzalez is a native Houstonian finishing up her studies in creative writing and studio art at the University of Houston. She is a writer and an artist, and has been an editor for Glass Mountain Literary Journal since Spring 2014. Currently, Marissa is working on the first drafts of a novel, and a collection of fiber art.


Janae Green is a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Atticus ReviewCrack the SpineFiction FixPaper DartsThe Ofi Press, and other online and print literary journals. Follow her @thenaeword on Twitter.



Gardiner Brown graduated from Hampshire College with a concentration in Creative Writing and Cultural Anthropology. He now lives in his hometown of Austin, Texas.