JOHN COUNTS lives in Whitmore Lake, Michigan and works as an investigative reporter for MLive.com. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, the Chicago Reader’s Pure Fiction issue, Midwestern Gothic, Wayne Literary Review, Joyland and “A Detroit Anthology.” He also coordinates the Narrative Map essay project for the Great Lakes Review. You can find him online at www.johncountsontheinternet.com.


MEREDITH COUNTS: has an MFA from what was then the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, and now lives and writes in Michigan. She’s one of the founding editors at Dead Housekeeping and is working on a posthumous collection of Detroit poet Jim Gustafson’s writing. Her writing appears online at Chicago Literati, Ms. Fit  and Hypertext. Contact her at meregrahl@gmail.com.



Andrew Malcolm Dooley studied creative writing (mostly poetry) at Central Michigan University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Central Review. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan–the loveliest town in America. His poetry has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Temenos, Open Palm Print and elsewhere.



Jenn McKee is currently a free-lance journalist, and she previously worked for more than a decade as a staff arts/entertainment reporter and theater critic in Ann Arbor. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Penn State, and her short stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Passages North, The MacGuffin, and Best New American Voices 2003, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. She has two blogs, AnAdequateMom.com and A2ArtsAddict.


ROB JACKSON received a B.A. from Ohio State and a M.A. from John Carroll University. He was an editor for Cleveland’s literary journal, Muse. He lives thirty minutes outside of Cleveland in Painesville, Ohio with his wife, Carri, and his daughters Samantha and Cassandra.

DAVID MEGENHARDT is the author of the novel Dogs in the Cathedral, published by Red Giant Books in October 2012. He is the founder of the spoken word troupe Toad Theater. He works in Cleveland as the Executive Director of United Labor Agency, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting economic and social inequities and lives is Shaker Heights, Ohio with his wife and two daughters.


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