Chelsey Blackman-Bray (President) earned her BA in English from the University of Utah with an emphasis in creative writing and artist books. Since graduating Chelsey continues to volunteer as a studio monitor at the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Book Arts Studio at the University of Utah. She also volunteers at the Utah State Archives. In addition to writing, Chelsey spends her spare time making handmade books and traveling.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Marci Batchelor is a recipient of an M.F.A. from Hollins University, where she homed in on poetry and fast driving. Moreover, she is a glittering scholar of Webster’s dictionary, actively and cleverly choosing words to fill the universe’s copious space. Her work is published in U.K.’s Bare Fiction and Smith College’s Voices and Visions. Her first chapbook is entitled “Star for the Whipped”.
Rachel Borup is a writer based in Salt Lake City. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has taught literature and writing courses at the University of Utah. The Florida Review awarded her short story, Crash, finalist for the Editors’ Award in Fiction. Other short stories of hers were finalists for The Colorado Review’s Nelligan Prize, the Utah Original Writing Contest, and The New Orleans’ Review’s Walker Percy Prize. Michael Cunningham chose one of her short stories as a finalist for the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Fiction Contest. Currently she is working on her first novel.
Except for short periods in Massachusetts and Louisiana, Steve Cantwell has lived all his life in the West—Oregon, New Mexico, and Utah, and currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Maura, and their two young boys, along with an excessively energetic lab/border collie. His non-fiction narratives, short stories, and book reviews have appeared in Bloomsbury Review, Short Story Review, Dialogue, and other publications. He has also been a finalist for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Tobias Woolf Award for Fiction. His collection of short stories, Strangers and Travelers, is complete and in search of a publisher. He’s currently at work on a book-length narrative, One Boy’s Way of Knowing, about his family’s day-to-day experience with autism. To see new work in progress, you can visit his blog site at www.oneboyswayofknowing.com
Jason Daniels (Vice President) is the author of Mount Fugue, available through Kernpunkt Press, a Fiction Editor for Quarterly West and a PhD Candidate at the University of Utah. His fiction has appeared, among other places, in Lunch Ticket, Far Enough East, Juked, Southwest Review and Printer’s Row.
Klancy de Nevers is the author of The Colonel and the Pacifist: Karl Bendetsen, Perry Saito and the Incarceration of the Japanese Americans during World War II (University of Utah Press, 2004). In 1995 de Nevers co-edited Cohassett Beach Chronicles: World War II in the Pacific Northwest by Kathy Hogan (Oregon State University Press). Her memoir, Lessons in Printing, is a recent finalist for the Autumn House Press Nonfiction Prize.
Katharine English (Vice President) earned a BA in English, a JD in law and an MFA in Creative Writing, served as a Family Court referee and a Tribal Judge for 21 total years and a substitute teacher and tutor at Rowland Hall for 7 years after retirement. She has published a memoir: Salvation: A Judge’s Memoir of a Mormon Childhood, and is working on her second. Her work has appeared in Pitkin Review, Cine Sera, and Matador Review.
Deb Kirby has spent 35 years in areas such as marketing, strategy and communications, advertising, corporate journalism, freelance writing, and corporate training. She has also served animal welfare nonprofits and is currently on the board for Reinfree.org (Wild Heart Sanctuary). She received a Ph.D. in transformative inquiry from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Susannah Nevison (Secretary) is the author of Teratology (Persea Books, 2015), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. New work can be found in 32 Poems, Public Pool, and The Rumpus, and she has been featured on Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. She is a 2016 Clarence Snow Fellow at the University of Utah, where she is a doctoral candidate.
Laura Stott earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University in 2004, at which time she was managing editor of Willow Springs. Afterwards, Laura spent nearly a decade of summers living in Skagway, Alaska, setting a migration pattern between her northerly home and various western states. She now teaches at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Her poems have been published in several journals, such as Cutbank, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellingham Review, Crab Creek Review, and our local Sugar House Review. Laura’s first poetry collection, In the Museum of Coming and Going, was released by Western Michigan University’s press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, in fall 2014.
Monica Wheelock (Treasurer) earned a Master’s degree in Accountancy from Texas State University and a BA in History from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a CPA and works for a public accounting firm in Salt Lake City. Monica is committed to helping foster arts programs in the community.
Jennifer Atwood, Writers at Work Program Administrator, is a graduate of the University of Utah. She has spent many years working in various nonprofits in Utah including TreeUtah and Utah Nonprofits Association.