Adam Gottlieb, poet/emcee, teaching-artist, musician, community organizer, and revolutionary from Chicago, co-founded the Chicago chapter of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade. He was selected as one of five emerging writers in Voices of Protest, through which he participated in the Kapittel festival for Literature and Freedom of Speech in Stavanger, Norway. He leads a band, Adam Gottlieb & OneLove, and he is a regular contributor to the People's Tribune.
San Francisco poet Sarah Menefee is a homeless and poor people's rights activist. She is a founding member of the League of Revolutionaries for a New America (LRNA), the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, Occupy SF and "First they came for the homeless." Her most recent collections are Human Star, In Your Fish Helmet, and Stella Humana (Italian & English).
Matt Sedillo is a two-time national slam poet, grand slam champion of the Damn Slam Los Angeles 2011 and the author of For What I Might Do Tomorrow published by Casa De Poesia 2010. His poetry has been published in anthologies alongside the likes of such literary giants as Amiri Baraka, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hircshman and Luis Rodriguez.
Bill Yarrow is the author of Blasphemer (Lit Fest Press 2015), Pointed Sentences (BlazeVOX 2012) and four chapbooks. His poems have appeared in many print and online magazines including Poetry International, RHINO, Contrary, DIAGRAM, FRiGG, THRUSH, Gargoyle, and PANK. A multiple-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, he is a Professor of English at Joliet Junior College where he teaches creative writing, Shakespeare, and film.
M.C. Rydel teaches writing and literature at Loyola University Chicago and serves as a Dean at The Hadley School for the Blind. He has published poems in a variety of journals and recites them at venues in Chicago.
Kottyn SoftSpokenPoet has written books such as “He’s Beautiful to me”, “Strong in my woman”, “The Love Letter”, “Sweet Mangos” “10 Reasons Why Black Men Stop Dating Black Women” and her most Recent Work #IAMPOETRY BELIEVE. Kottyn will release two books at one time in 2016: "God is Calling" and "The Greatest Love". Kottyn has participated in her second anthology, “Night's Playground”.
G.P.A. has written books such as "The Book of 24 Orgasms", "Revenge of the Orgasm", "The Poetic Unsub", and "The Confessional Heart of A Man". "The Confessional Heart of A Man" was written in 30 days while G.P.A. was incarcerated in 2009. His recent release "Angelicas Box" is receiving great reviews. He recently received the 2011 Black Essence Award for Poetry and Charity.
Sue Clancy is a professional fine artist and illustrator. Her fine art has been exhibited around the world and is in numerous public and private collections – many of the public collections include children’s hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Sue’s artwork has also been in the backgrounds of television shows like “Portlandia”. She is represented by agents and art galleries in Oregon and Oklahoma. Sue’s whimsical animal illustrations have been published by Lark Books, Ten Speed Press and Allyn and Bacon. She is currently living happily ever after in the Pacific Northwest where she regularly uses public library cards in two adjoining states. More of her work can be seen at www.sueclancy.com
Walter Savage: Vahagn; They Came
W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and newsman in Los Angeles. He has written five books: three novels and two short story collections (wjacksavage.com) and is also a veteran stage actor and Associate Professor in Telecommunications and Film at California State University, Los Angeles. He and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.
Bill Wolak, Unattainable Nakedness
Bill Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist. His collages have been published in The Annual, Peculiar Mormyrid, Danse Macabre, Dirty Chai, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Lost Coast Review, Yellow Chair Review, Otis Nebula, and Horror Sleaze Trash. He has just published his twelfth book of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands with Nirala Press. Recently, he was a featured poet at The Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.