Sequoia Nagamatsu was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and Oahu, Hawaii. He is the author of the Japanese folklore and pop-culture inspired story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Conjunctions, ZYZZYVA, Black Warrior Review, Electric Literature, The Bellevue Literary Review, Tin House online, The Fairy Tale Review, Bat City Review, Lightspeed Magazine, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, among others. He is currently working on a novel, Girl Zero, and a second story collection revolving around alternative funerary practices. He has taught at The College of Idaho and Southern Illinois University where he received his MFA, and he is an assistant professor at St. Olaf College.
Cole Bucciaglia grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and was educated at Ithaca College. Her work has appeared in West Branch, Tin House online, cream city review, Bartleby Snopes, PodCastle, Gingerbread House, Weave, Extract(s), Timber Journal and other print and online publications. She received her MFA at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is currently at work on her second novel, a work of speculative fiction set in Minnesota. Prior to graduate school, she lived and worked in Japan for over two years. Cole is a former Assistant Editor at Crab Orchard Review. She is a visiting assistant professor at St. Olaf College.
Daniel Heslep was born and raised in Minnesota and holds a degree in English from St. Olaf College. His review of Larry Levis’ The Darkening Trapeze has been published in Whale Road Review. He is currently teaching abroad in Germany.
Sabrina Easley was born and raised in Illinois and is currently a senior dance and English major at St. Olaf College. She can always be found curled up with a good book in the library, rehearsing in the dance studio, or absorbed in editing videos in one of the St. Olaf computer labs. She holds a special place in her heart for thrilling fantasy novels and ancient mythological stories.
Maddie Thies was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in Seoul, South Korea. She is currently a junior English major and concentrator in Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College. She copyedits for the Manitou Messenger, slush reads for the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses Firecracker Award, and is usually up way past her bedtime. Her work has appeared in Philosopher’s Stone Poetry and the Manitou Messenger.