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, The Bellevue Literary Review, West Branch, Redivider, Tin House online, The Fairy Tale Review, Bat City Review, Puerto Del Sol, Lightspeed Magazine, Copper Nickel, 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 Philadelphia and was educated at Ithaca College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in West Branch, Tin House online, cream city review, Bartleby Snopes, PodCastle, Gingerbread House, Weave, Extract(s), and Timber Journal. She received her MFA at Southern Illinois University and generally writes about childhood, death, shapeshifting, and other magic. Prior to graduate school, she lived in Japan for over two years, teaching high school and collecting adorable stationery. 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. He is always working to improve his craft, and to this end can be found nodding off in library chairs and Goodbye Blue Monday Coffehouse. His review of Larry Levis’ The Darkening Trapeze has been published in Whale Road Review.
Xai Thao is a graduate of St. Olaf College who was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. She can usually be found with her head buried in a book or squinting at her tablet, updating her “to read” list. When she is not preoccupied with her studies or catching up on her “to read” list, she hides away to scrawl snatches of poetry and stories in her journal.