Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon who graduated from the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University. He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey, and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs. He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe and hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry Hour. His most recent collection, Inhuman: Haiku from the Zombie Apocalypse, is available from The Poet's Haven Boutique.
Kate Westfall performs as a solo vocalist, layering digital loops to create styles steering from primitive to tribal to pop to lounge. Sometimes aggressive, sometimes soulful, it can be heard that her range of musical travels has begun with confident footing. Westfall's live performances include live vocal looping and digital rhythms with occasional hand drums and spoken word. The appearance of digeridoo, washboards, or marimba is not to be unexpected.
Michael Bernstein is a writer, bass player, and intermedia composer. He received a BA from Columbia College, and an MFA from Naropa University. His work has appeared in publications such as New American Writing, milk, and BlazeVOX, as well as in numerous chapbooks. With Michael Crake, he edits the online literary arts magazine Pinstripe Fedora. His chapbook 8s (eights) was published by The Poet's Haven Author Series.
Shallow Wake is a Canton, Ohio based band that plays original, no-gimmick, straight-up hard rock. The band features Mike Dray (vocals/guitar), Tom Harrington (bass), Jason Huppert (vocals/guitar), and Rob Minton (drums). Shallow Wake can be found playing in the community and is always up for exploring new venues and crowds. 2012 saw them headline a benefit for the Carrollton County Animal Rescue as well as rock a packed audience at Canton's music hotspot, Buzzbin Records. The band released their first CD, Brain Case, in 2010 and is currently working on their next album.
Robert Miltner is the author of "Hotel Utopia," winner of the New Rivers Press book award, and a finalist for the Ohioana award in poetry. His work has been published in "Diagram," "Sentence," "Pleiades," "LIT," "New York Quarterly," and "Bellingham Review." He co-edits "Quickly," "Buried Letter Press," and "The Raymond Carver Review." robertmiltner.wix.com
Bob Kunzinger has written five collections of creative nonfiction, including "Borderline Crazy." He has been published in many regional and national journals including "Southern Humanities Review," "The Chronicle of Higher Education," and has been noted by "Best American Essays." He edits All Nations Press in Virginia. www.bobkunzinger.com
Tina Puckett is president of Standing Rock Cultural Arts and editor of the Rock in the River Literary Series. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many publications including Phoebe (SUNY), epitome, MUSE, The Listening Eye, Nexus, The Penguin Review, and VENDING MACHINE.