A. Muia is the founder and co-director of New Earth Recovery, a ministry to those in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. She also serves 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. Her work has appeared in Image Journal, where she was named Artist of the Month; The Stockholm Review of Literature; and Zymbol Magazine, where she was nominated for the Orison Anthology.
Chris Hoke lives in Washington State’s Skagit Valley, where he works with inmates in and out of the county jail. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. His first book, Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit through the Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders, was published in 2015 by HarperOne.
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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. 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 is a writer, editor, and instructor. She holds a degree in English literature and an MFA from the University of Washington in playwriting. She has written scripts for theatrical productions in Seattle, WA, and Vancouver, BC. In addition, Jennifer has written and edited technical documentation for corporations including Microsoft and Boeing. Most recently she has focused on developing content for exhibits.
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Matt Malyon is a county jail and juvenile detention chaplain in Washington's Skagit Valley. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. His poetry has been published in various journals, and has received a Pushcart Prize nomination. He serves as a Mentor in the PEN Prison Writing Program, and recently founded the One Year Writing in the Margins initiative.
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.