Kris Koczarski is a bonsai tree. Over the years she has been trimmed and pruned, often dramatically, to become the small but pleasing form she is today. Concentrated awesome, if you will. Care instructions: Keep in partial sun and good company. Water moderately. If possible place in a spot with a frequent breeze and in view of a forest. Feed often with good books. In lieu of pruning, please provide bonsai with a pen and paper or keyboard if she becomes too full of ideas. Little known fact: Guinea pigs are favorable companions for bonsai trees.
Marie Stern has a jar full of fireflies in her heart; their illumination is what makes it tick. She writes words and draws pictures and sometimes they come close to telling the stories that were melted down to make the glass for her firefly-jar. By day, she works in an office, but the rest of her time is devoted to adventuring, whatever form that might take. She has a wife (see above), a dog, and two guinea-pigs, a B.A. in the Interdisciplinary Arts, and her work has appeared in Collective Fallout and The Compass Rose.
Brandon “Our Hero” Gretter has that kind of love affair with writing where you take writing out to a classy joint and order a serious bottle of wine before taking writing home and making out with it on the couch to Barry White for 47 minutes. His likes include: Franz Kafka, Dr. Pepper, that kind of sushi you have to eat off of naked girls, Nightcrawler, and Sam Elliot in “Roadhouse.” He whirls through life like a drunken, misplaced metaphor, stumbling into numerous lovely projects such as this one.