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Chris Tonelli is one of the founding editors of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He also founded and curates the So and So Series and edits the So and So Magazine. He is the author of four chapbooks, most recently No Theater (Brave Men Press) and For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press), and his first full-length collection, The Trees Around, came out in April. New work can be found in upcoming issues of The Laurel Review and Fou. He teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their son, Miles.
Shirlette Ammons is a poet, writer, musician and director of an arts program for children. Her second collection of poetry, titled Matching Skin, was published by Carolina Wren Press in June 2008. She is also vocalist and songwriter for hip-hop rock band Mosadi Music. Her poetry and essays appear in The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (edited by Nikky Finney, University of Georgia Press), What Your Mama Never Told You: True Stories About Love and Sex (edited by Tara Roberts, Houghton Mifflin), The Asheville Review and other publications. Shirlette is also a Cave Canem Fellow. She is currently working on a collaborative project with Chapel Hill-based band The Dynamite Brothers, due out this spring.
Brian Howe is an Independent contributor and a poetry contest-judging veteran. His poems have appeared in many print and online journals, most recently in Past Simple, Horse Less Journal and So-and-So Magazine, as well as in chapbooks from Scantily Clad and Beard of Bees presses. He capriciously runs the Wax Wroth reading series, which has featured Tony Tost, Heather Christle, Chris Tonelli and others. He keeps a blog at waxwroth.blogspot.com.
Chris Vitiello is a freelance writer, editor, teacher and half-polymath. He lives in Durham with two terrific daughters. His books include Obedience (Ahsahta, forthcoming 2011), Irresponsibility (Ahsahta, 2008) and Nouns Swarm a Verb (Xurban, 1999).