Puschcart Prize 2017
Paul Cockeram’s essays have been published in Confrontation Magazine, The Wildwood Journal, and The Laurel Review. When he’s not reading theory and philosophy, he teaches literature and writing at Harrisburg Area Community College and writes about whiskey at www.middleshelfwhiskey.com.
Gina Ferrara's collection of poems include Ethereal Avalanche (Trembling Pillow Press 2009) and Amber Porch Light (CW Books 2013). She teaches English and creative writing at Delgado Community College and is a guest artist at the Low Residency MFA Program at the University of New Orleans. Her poems have appeared in places like The Poetry Ireland Review, Callaloo, and The Hawaii Pacific Review. Since 2007, she's curated The Poetry Buffet, a monthly reading presented by the New Orleans Public Library.
Heather June Gibbons is the author of the chapbook Flyover (Q Ave Press, 2012), and her poems have appeared recently in Sixth Finch, Boston Review, Forklift, Ohio, and Jubilat. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Vermont Studio Center and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University.
Anya Groner's poetry and prose can be read in journals including Ecotone, Ninth Letter, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Meridian. She teaches creative writing to high school students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and edits book reviews for The New Orleans Review and fiction for Terrain.org.
As a writer, marine biologist and documentary-maker, Helen Scales searches for stories that connect people and nature, from the enduring dream of living underwater to the hunt for new medicines beneath the waves. If she had three wishes, one would be to move to her hometown of Cambridge, England closer to the sea. Her latest book Spirals in Time exploring the wonders of seashells was picked as a book of the year by The Economist, Guardian and The Times. She is now following the trail of fishes, through oceans and human lives, for her upcoming book From the Eye of the Shoal. Find her @helenscales on Twitter and at helenscales.com