A. Muia is the founder and co-director of New Earth Recovery, a nonprofit serving those in recovery from substance use disorder; and for thirteen years she served as a chaplain to inmates at the Skagit County Jail. She holds a post-graduate certificate in writing literary fiction from the University of Washington, and is currently working on a novel-in-stories set in Baja California, Mexico. Twice nominated for the Orison Anthology, her work has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Faultline, Image Journal, Raleigh Review, The Stockholm Review of Literature, West Branch, and Zymbol Magazine.
Chris Hoke is a jail chaplain and pastor to gangs and violent offenders in Washington’s Skagit Valley. He is the founding Director of Underground Ministries and cofounder of Underground Coffee, both connecting those from the underground of incarceration to communities for mutual transformation. Hoke received his BA from UC Berkeley and his MFA in creative nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University, and he is the author of WANTED: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders (Harper, 2015). Hoke’s work has been featured on NPR and in The Sun, Image, Portland, Sojourners, Modern Farmer, and Christian Century. www.chris-hoke.com
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Jennifer Bradbury’s debut novel, Shift—which Kirkus Reviews starred, calling it “fresh, absorbing, compelling”—was picked as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and made the School Library Journal YALSA Booklist. It is on numerous state reading lists. Her latest book is Outside In, a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She is also the author of the award winning books A Moment Comes, River Runs Deep, Wrapped, and the Zach and Lucy series. A former English teacher and one-day Jeopardy! champ, she lives in Burlington, Washington, with her family.
Jennifer Morison Hendrix earned her MFA in Playwriting at the University of Washington. Her play The Hunger Artists received a King County Arts Grant; and theatres in Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, BC, have produced other plays, including Min Ma Mulano and The Hungry Season. She has also written content for museum exhibits, including RACE: Are We So Different? and Lucy’s Legacy: Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia. A veteran editor, she believes passionately in the Oxford comma. Currently hard at work on a new script about Guantanamo Bay and the Trail of Tears, she lives with her husband in Mount Vernon, Washington.
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Matt Malyon is the founding Director of Underground Writing, and a county jail/juvenile detention chaplain in Washington's Skagit Valley. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and is the author of the poetry chapbook, During the Flood. His poetry has received a Pushcart Prize nomination, and has been featured in various journals, including the University of Iowa's 100 Words, Rock & Sling, Measure, and The Stanza Project. He serves as a Mentor in the PEN Prison Writing Program, and recently founded the One Year Writing in the Margins initiative.
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Susanne Paola Antonetta’s most recent books include Make Me a Mother (W.W. Norton) and a digital book, Curious Atoms: A History with Physics (Essay Press). She is also author of Body Toxic, A Mind Apart, the novella Stolen Moments, and four books of poetry. She is a blogger with the Huffington Post. Awards for her poetry and prose include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, a Lenore Marshall Award finalist, an Oprah Bookshelf pick, a Pushcart prize, and others. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Orion, The New Republic and many anthologies. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.