Boyer Brown is the Creative Writing Department Head and a founding English teacher at The Chicago High School for the Arts. She is an alumna of the Summer Poetry Institute for Educators sponsored by Boston University and is a lead teacher for the Summer Poetry Institute for Educators in Chicago sponsored by the Poetry Foundation. Her work appears in The Journal of Education and RHINO Poetry and is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine.
Kenyatta Rogers earned his MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. He is a Cave Canem fellow and was twice nominated for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes, his work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, Vinyl, Bat City Review, RHINO Poetry, The Volta among others. In addition to teaching at ChiArts, he is an Associate Editor with RHINO Poetry.
Bell is the author of the poetry collection From the Belly (Sibling Rivalry Press 2012). She has been a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and a finalist for both the Lamar York Prize in Creative Nonfiction, sponsored by The Chattahoochee Review, and the Center for Women Writers’ Creative Nonfiction Contest. Her work is forthcoming in Hypertext and has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Cider Press Review, Gargoyle, Spoon River Poetry Review, Cloudbank, CALYX, Poet Lore, Pebble Lake Review, Wicked Alice, and other journals, as well as in the anthologies The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose and Photography, and A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Bell is a Senior Editor with RHINO Poetry, and an adjunct professor of English at Loyola University Chicago and DePaul University’s School of Continuing and Professional Education. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and was the recipient of a Ragdale Foundation residency in 2015.
Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue. She’s a co-editor of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century and editor of the critical edition of Philippa Duke Schuyler’s memoir Adventures in Black and White. Her work has appeared in Poetry magazine, Essence, Nylon, LitH
Sophie Lucido Johnson has had her nonfiction and humor writing published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, Vice, Jezebel, Guernica, Catapult, and in plenty of other places. She is the editor-in-chief of the literary humor journal Neutrons / Protons, and recently completed her tenure as the managing editor if F Newsmagazine at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has a decade of teaching experience — mostly in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she designed the arts-integrated social emotional curriculum With Feeling. She received multiple first place awards for news and editorial writing from the Illinois College Press Association, a first place award for alternative story design in the MSUND Design Contest, and was a winner of Hippocampus Magazine’s Creative Nonfiction contest. Lucido Johnson is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in Writing. Her first illustrated nonfiction book, Many Love, is forthcoming from Touchstone (Simon & Schuster).
Susanna Lang is a long-time educator in Chicago, she has taught in public schools across the city and in several of the area universities. Her newest collection of poems, Travel Notes from the River Styx, was released in summer 2017 from Terrapin Books. Her last collection was Tracing the Lines (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2013). A two-time Hambidge fellow, her poems have appeared in such publications as Little Star, Prairie Schooner, december, American Life in Poetry and Verse Daily. Her translations of poetry by Yves Bonnefoy include Words in Stone and The Origin of Language.
Cecilia Pinto has been a teaching artist in the City of Chicago for close to twenty years. She was an instructor as well as the former director of the Hands on Stanzas program for The Poetry Center of Chicago. She taught in Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development summer program for gifted students. She was also coordinator for the Chicago Humanities Festival’s Parks@Play program. She is adjunct faculty in the certificate-in-writing program at the Graham School for General Studies at the University of Chicago. Her writing has appeared in Esquire, Fence, Diagram, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. She was voted ‘One of 25 Writers to Watch for 2015’ by the Guild Literary Complex. She received her undergraduate degree from Knox College and an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute.
Jeremy T. Wilson grew up in Georgia but has called Chicago home since 2001. He has served as a tutor and writing teacher for several Chicago organizations, including 826CHI, After School Matters, Loyola University, and Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies. Wilson’s fiction has appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Curbside Splendor, Printers Row Journal, and Third Coast among other publications. He is the winner of the 2012 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern. www.jeremytwilson.com
Rachel M. Wilson studied theater at Northwestern, and earned her MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of Don’t Touch from HarperTeen, praised by The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books as “A vulnerable, moving, and often witty story about the terrible price of self-protection.” Wilson’s novelette, “The Game of Boys and Monsters” was published by HarperTeen Impulse, and she has penned nonfiction works for younger readers with Rourke Educational Media. Wilson has served as a teaching artist all over Chicago with After School Matters, Pegasus Players, The Actors Training Center, CAST, and Dream Big, among others. She served as an adjunct instructor and writing specialist at Harper College and co-directed the Literacy Department at STAR Education in LA. As a longtime company member with Barrel of Monkeys, Wilson leads creative writing workshops and adapts the writing of Chicago students for the stage, performing in schools and in the long-running show, That’s Weird, Grandma. www.rachelmwilsonbooks.com