Lindley Estes is a reporter for The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va. She moved from the small town she grew up in to a slightly larger small town. One day she’d like to live in a small town on Mars. In her spare time she bakes pies. She is partial to Sundrop, barbecue Utz chips and bluetick coonhounds.
Mattson Fields is a student at the University of Mary Washington from Arlington, Va. Mattson has been making art since he was 4 years old. His inspirations are dancing and the human experience. His mom and dad are his biggest fans.
Abir Ibrahim is a Sudanese-born writer, performer, and philanthropist who uses poetry and photography to educate, inspire and document cultures and experiences through her journey in life. Abir has shared her work at numerous venues in the United States and worldwide, including recent poetry readings in London, Tanzania, and Sudan. Her writing explores social justice, gender inequality, war, love, spirituality and personal struggles. She is currently pursing a Master’s in Public Health in Global Health at The George Washington University and will soon be departing to serve as a health Peace Corps volunteer in Africa.
Upma Kapoor is a student attending the University of Mary Washington. Her interests include (but are not limited to) postcolonial literature, environmental sustainability, and writing about her parents. She has previously been published in Husk and Timepiece literary journals as well as USA Today College.
Danni Moody decided to leave everything she knew and travel the world for a year. Her goal was to work on her travel photography portfolio and learn about other cultures and people. There were beautiful landscapes and interesting city streets to photograph, but without a person as the subject of her images, she felt that the photographs would not be complete. Danni focused on taking portraits of the people she met on her travels and discovered that these kind of images are what she likes to create most of all. Danni is starting another adventure abroad, starting summer 2013 to work on her portfolio of world portraits.
Paul Sacksteder lives in Las Vegas where he is a stay-at-home dad, teaches, and occasionally crosses paths with Elvis. His work has recently appeared in the Hawaii Review, Barnstorm, Sun Skeleton, and Absent Mag .
Audrey Zee Whitesides is a poet and musician born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Her poetry and cultural writing has appeared or is forthcoming in/on Autostraddle.com, Jughead’s Basement, and Wonder among others, and she’s the author of two handmade chapbooks. She also leads Brooklyn trans punk band Little Waist.