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.
Klancy de Nevers (Treasurer) edited,with Lucy Hart, Cohassett Beach Chronicles: World War II in the Pacific Northwest by Kathy Hogan, a book of Hogan’s columns from the wartime pages of the Grays Harbor Post. de Nevers’ poem “Curator” won first place in the City Weekly literary competition in September 2000. Her latest book is The Colonel and the Pacifist: Karl Bendetsen, Perry Saito and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, published in 2004.
Eric Howerton (Vice President) is a 2014 graduate of the University of Houston’s PhD Program in Creative Writing and Literature, where he served as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literary Arts. An author of fiction, book reviews, restaurant reviews, and movie reviews, his novel RedRedRedRed won an Honorable Mention in the 2014 Utah Department of Heritage and Arts Original Writing Competition. In addition to the University of Houston, Eric holds degrees from the University of New Mexico (BAs–Philosophy and Literature;Psychology) and the Pennsylvania State University (MFA–Fiction). When not skiing, cooking, or playing music, Eric teaches composition and creative writing at Weber State University. His work has most recently appeared in The Masters Review, Treehouse, Revolver, Driftwood Press, The Locust, The Foliate Oak, and PANK online.
Janine Joseph’s (Vice President) debut collection, Driving Without a License, winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize, is forthcoming in spring 2016 from Alice James Books. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Kenyon Review Online, Painted Bride Quarterly, Hyphen Magazine, The Journal, Drunken Boat, Best New Poets, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. Her commissioned work for the Houston Grand Opera (HGOco) stage includes a libretto, From My Mother’s Mother, and a song cycle, On This Muddy Water: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel. She holds an MFA from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston, where she was a poetry editor for Gulf Coast. Janine lives in Ogden, UT, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Weber State University. Learn more at www.janinejoseph.com
David Kranes is a widely-produced and published playwright and fiction-writer. He founded the Sundance Playwrights’ Lab and has mentored many writers–both in and out of university settings. In another life, he consults in the gaming industry.
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.
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.