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.
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
Dana Craig has a bachelors degree in mathematics from East Carolina University and has spent the last two decades in the technology industry. She has held a variety of roles including product and project management roles that seek to bridge the gap between the technical aspects of software and the needs of the end-user. Dana is currently a software consultant with Quickstone Software, LLC, a start-up firm out of Park City, UT.
Jason Daniels 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 (Treasurer) 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.
Susannah Nevison 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.
Adrian Stumpp (Secretary) is a graduate of Weber State University, and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University.
Megan Weiss is a recent graduate from Franklin University Switzerland, earning a combined honor’s BA in History and Cultural Studies. After completing a research project on the importance of journal writing for Mormon women, she remains interested in Utah history and the significance of personal narrative for people from all walks of life. Still an aspiring writer, some main projects floating around in her head are a collection of short poems about her family and a horror-fantasy comic book called Phantasmagorica. In the meantime, she is an artifact cataloger for the Utah State Historical Society.
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.