Quenton Baker is a poet and teacher from Seattle. His work operates from the premise that poetry is a vital art, one that can rewrite narratives by naming the storms inside of us all, and functions as a meditation on the fallout from not having any real dialectical framework applied to the opposing poles of white supremacy and black subhumanity. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in anthologies such as Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters and It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop. His chapbook, Diglossic in the Second America, is forthcoming from Punch Press. He has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine, and he writes poetry reviews for Poet by Poet.
Baker will work on a poetry chapbook exploring the successful 1841 slave revolt on the ship Creole. He will explore the dehumanizing configuration of slave trade and the lives of the men and women present on the ship at the time of the revolt.
John Englehardt has an MFA in fiction from The University of Arkansas. He won the 2014 Wabash Prize in Fiction, and his work has been published in Sycamore Review, The Stranger, The James Franco Review, The Monarch Review, Monkeybicycle, and The Conium Review.
Engelhardt will continue work on his novel which details the events leading up to and following a campus shooting.
Kathy Harding received an MFA from the University of Arizona and an MA from The Bread Loaf School of English. Her essay “Diving Deep to Reach the Surface” was published in the Modern Love column of the New York Times.
Harding will work on her novel, a coming of age story about a young woman emotionally unmoored by the death of her brother and the fracturing of her family that results.
Sierra Golden received her MFA in poetry from NC State University. Winner of the program’s 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize, Golden’s work appears or is forthcoming in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. She has also been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook, the Island Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
Golden will continue work on a book of poems focused on place and identity stemming from her experiences as a commercial fisherman’s daughter.
Sarah Kathryn Moore has received her MFA in Poetry and PhD in English Literature from the University of Washington. Currently at work on a chapbook, entitled V, Sarah Kate’s work has appeared in journals including Pacifica Literary Review, Poetry Northwest, Cutbank, The Seattle Review, and Filter. She is interested in the ways poetry connects us to our bodies.
Moore will complete her chapbook and begin work on a book of poetry.
Diana Xin was born in China and grew up in Minnesota. She received an MFA in fiction from the University of Montana and a BA in creative writing from Northwestern University. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Masters Review, American Chordata, and Gulf Coast. She was a 2011-2012 fellow in Loft Literary Center’s Mentor Series Program.
Xin will begin work on a non-fiction project and continue work on a short story collection exploring exclusion from and disillusionment with established faiths and other belief systems.