Lois Ann Abraham
Lois Ann Abraham is a professor of English at American River College and a prize-winning fiction writer. Her pieces have appeared in Sojourner, Chico News & Review, Writing on the Edge, inside english, Burning the Little Candle, and Convergences. She spent her formative years in Texas, the Panhandle of Oklahoma, and New Mexico, where she still has strong roots. She presently lives in a Sacramento house with no ninety-degree angles, along with her husband and her calico cat, Ella Fitzgerald.
Traci Gourdine’s poetry and stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, and she has been anthologized within Shepard and Thomas’ Sudden Fiction Continued. Traci and Quincy Troupe were paired in a year-long exchange of letters for the anthology LETTERS TO POETS: CONVERSATIONS ABOUT POETICS, POLITICS, AND COMMUNITY (Saturnalia Books, 2008). She is co-editor of Night is Gone, Day is Still Coming, an anthology of writing by young Native writers, as well as We Beg to Differ, poems by Sacramento poets against the Iraq war. She has also co-edited the Tule Review with Luke Breit for the Sacramento Poetry Center. Traci Gourdine is a professor of English at American River College and chairs the Creative Writing department for the California State Summer School for the Arts. She was Chair of the Sacramento Poet Laureate Committee for four laureate terms. For ten years she facilitated writing workshops within several California state prisons in the Arts in Corrections program for the William James Association. RINGING IN THE WILD (2015) is Traci’s debut full-length poetry collection, published by Ad Lumen Press.
Jason Sinclair Long
Jason Sinclair Long studied Theater and American Literature at UC Santa Cruz and earned his MFA in Playwriting from UCLA. He is a former member of Blue Man Group and currently teaches, writes, drums, gardens, and plays board games in Northern California with his wife and two sons. His first collection of flash fiction, Tiny Giants, was released by Ad Lumen Press in 2014.
Daniel Rounds spent the better part of a decade in UCLA’s graduate political science and sociology programs studying political economy, social theory, and social movements before abandoning graduate school to become a labor activist. He has worked for various labor unions, environmental organizations, and community groups. His poetry has been featured in Aufgabe, 3rd Bed, Goodfoot, XConnect, Fish Drum Magazine, and American River Review. His first book of poetry, SOME DISTANT LATERAL PRESENT, was released by Ad Lumen Press in 2014 and EROS ZERO was published by Ad Lumen Press in 2017. He lives and works in Sacramento.
Michael Spurgeon was residing in San Cristobal de Las Casas at the time of the Zapatista uprising. He is married to a Mexican national of Mayan origin, and he and his wife and their two children currently live in Sacramento, CA, where Michael is a tenured professor of English at American River College. His writing has appeared in regional and national journals, including The North American Review, Sonora Review, The Packinghouse Review, and many others. He is the author of two short collections of poems — Valente’s Delicate Wrist (Talent House Press, 1998) and Prosthetic Breath & Other Poems (3300 Press, 1995) — and his poetry has been anthologized in Burning the Little Candle (Ad Lumen Press, 2013) and Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets (SPC Press, 2013). He is co-founder and Board President of 916 Ink, a Sacramento area non-profit dedicated to promoting children’s literacy through creative writing. LET THE WATER HOLD ME DOWN is his first novel.
Ziaeddin Torabi was born in Zanjan, Iran. After he completed elementary and high school, he continued his education in English Language and literature and graduated with a BA in 1970 from the Faculty of Letters of Isfahan University. He resumed his education in linguistics and received his MA from Tehran University. He started composing and reciting poems in childhood, and his first poetry collection of free verse was published in 1970. He has published more than 30 books in different areas, such as poetry, criticism, and translation. He has won a number of literary awards, among them the Iran Annual Book Prize in 2010 for FACE TO FACE WITH DREAMS.