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A. Muia is the founder and co-director of New Earth Recovery, a ministry to those in recovery from substance use disorder. 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 The Baltimore Review; The Stockholm Review of Literature; Image Journal, where she was named Artist of the Month; and Zymbol Magazine, where her work was nominated for the Orison Anthology.


Chris Hoke is a jail chaplain and pastor to gangs and violent offenders in Washington’s Skagit Valley. He is the founding co-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.  She is also the author of the award winning books A Moment ComesRiver Runs DeepWrapped, 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 received a Pushcart Prize nomination, and has been featured in the University of Iowa's 100 Words, Rock & Sling, and the forthcoming anthology, Adam, Eve, & The Riders of the Apocalypse (Wipf & Stock 2018).  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. 

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