Sean Brendan-Brown

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Sean Brendan-Brown, a medically-retired Marine, has authored two poetry chapbooks (No Stopping Anytime; King Of Wounds) and the fiction collection Monarch Of Hatred. Upon graduating from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Sean taught writing at the University of Iowa, the University of Southern Mississippi and Washington State University.

An NEA Fellow in both Poetry (1997) and Fiction (2010), he has published with the Notre Dame Review, Wisconsin Review, Indiana Review, Texas Review, Southampton Review, and the University of Iowa Press anthologies American Diaspora and Like Thunder. He lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and an indolent beagle.

Cap’n Drift

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Drift has retired to the PNW where he lives in a small shack with his companion of 25 years. When he isn’t pitching horseshoes, or sitting at the keyboard butchering the English language, he is active in prohibition reform. His views on the subject can be found at

Look for his next work From the Attic of a Madman? in the near future.

Rose McAleese

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Rose McAleese is a poet and a filmmaker who was born on Halloween night in Seattle, where she was delivered by a doctor in a giant spider costume, which, so far, has pretty much set the tone for the rest of her life.

She began writing poetry before she actually knew how to write, filling dozens of notebooks with her indecipherable scrawl. Her penmanship and spelling eventually improved and she was named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the Seattle Youth Slam Poetry Team that competed at Brave New Voices National Poetry Slams in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also competed on the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where she was nominated Best Female Poet. She was a member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team and was named “Rookie of the Year,” an honor she found both flattering and funny. In 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

McAleese works as a freelance writer, editor and director in Los Angeles.

Jack Lewis

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Born in Portland, Oregon in 1964, Jack Lewis is a middle-aged curmudgeon of catholic writing proclivity. Jack holds a BA English cum laude from Washington State University and an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California. He wears thick glasses, drinks Ardbeg, owns two motorcycles and a chainsaw, and prefers slip-on shoes.

Editorial writing earlier in Jack’s career resulted in the D.B. Houston Journalism Prize, SPJ Editorial Writing honors, Best of the Palouse citation, and WSU Philosophy Club Gadfly of the Year.More recently Jack has contributed stories to Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front, in the Words of United States Troops and Their Families and to The Devil Can Ride: The World’s Best Motorcycle Writing. Litsam published Jack’s memoir Nothing in Reserve: True Stories, not War Stories in 2011.

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