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David is a student of the creative writing MFA program at University of Arkansas at Monticello. He is the author of three books and a regular contributor to The Atlantic, The Week, and Mental Floss. He received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and can be found online here.
Jake Patin is managing editor of A Moveable Press, a non-profit organization committed to preserving voices that have been traditionally silenced in literature and otherwise, and founded the Press' Creative Education Cooperative, serving young writers from these communities. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from the Univerity of North Texas, and is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Arkansas, Monticello. Jake lives and writes in Texas.
Michael is a writer, performer, and director who works regionally, in various Branson, MO theatres as a comedian, and with several area theatres and schools. He is the co-director of the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing) and the director of Student Learning Services at Missouri State University where he has worked for thirteen years. He is also the Director of the In-School Players, a small troupe of Missouri State University Theatre & Dance majors, actors, writers, and performers collaborating to create an entertaining and educational production aimed at bringing live theatre to children. He is the writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody and Star Trek: A Reader’s Theatre Live! for A Class Act Productions, two of the longest-running monthly serial productions in the Springfield, MO area. As a writer, his work can be seen online in the National Gallery of Writing, as the editor of the peer-reviewed journal, The Learning Assistance Review, in the Red Ink Journal, and several upcoming projects with Bluewater Productions, a comic book publisher. Michael finds it difficult to believe he’s in school again working towards an MFA…you know, in all his free time.
Dana C. Smith is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the Writer's Loft Creative Writing program at Middle Tennessee State University. She currently works as a staff pharmacist at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dana is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Her creative non-fiction work has appeared in Ladies Home Journal''s on-line magazine, Divine Caroline. Dana lives and writes in Nashville, TN.
Dana C. Smith
Nicole Provencher-Natale is a poet and high school English teacher. She has worked in the San Antonio School District as part of Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities. Nicole’s recent projects have included teaching myths, fables, and fairytales in the San Antonio Independent School District and working in the genre of autobiography and memoir with incarcerated mothers. Nicole’s recent publications appear in the Concho River Review, Nimrod International Journal, Karamu, Nexus, and The Lullwater Review. She holds a BA and MA degrees in English from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She lives in Texas with her husband and daughter on a sustainable homestead.
Jessica is an internationally published creative writer in fiction and poetry as well as an MFA graduate student at The University of Arkansas at Monticello. She also has writing and editing experience in a wide range of subject matter from travel, food, and fashion, to real estate, education, and business. Her literary publication and award credits include or are upcoming in: Stone Soup Magazine, Poetic Voices Magazine, The Dark Fiction Spotlight, Mused-The BellaOnline Literary Review, Mocha Memoirs Press, Malpais Review, Fickle Muses, Poetry Pacific, The New Poet, Crack the Spine, and Red Ochre Lit, among others. Her short stories have won awards. Additionally, she was nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award. You can view her webpage here.