Jodi Varon is a writer and translator. Her memoir Drawing to An Inside Straight (University of Missouri Press) was a finalist for the Willa Award. Her translations from the Chinese of Li He are collected in The Rock’s Cold Breath (Ice River). She teaches Creative Writing at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon.
Ben Mitchell, an independent curator and writer, is the author of Jewelry of Ken Cory: Play Disguised (University of Washington Press). He also edited and introduced the exquisitely beautiful volume Ruben Trejo: Beyond Boundaries/Aztlan y Mas Alla (University of Washington Press), and Ric Gendron: Rattlebone (Missoula Art Museum, University of Washington Press). He divides his time between the northern Idaho Rockies and southwest Michigan.
David Axelrod’s most recent book, What Next, Old Knife? appeared early in 2012. His collection of cultural and environmental essays about the interior Northwest, Troubled Intimacies, appeared in 2004. He teaches Creative Writing at Eastern Oregon University, where he co-directs the low residency MFA.
James Crews has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Best New Poets 2009 as well as other journals. His collection of poems, The Book of What Stays, recently won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2011.