Ellen Bass’s books of poetry include Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She coedited No More Masks! (Doubleday), one of the first major anthologies of poetry by women. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and The Kenyon Review. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com
Micah Perks is the author of a novel, We Are Gathered Here, and a memoir, Pagan Time. She has published many short stories in literary magazines and anthologies, and has re-ceived three Pushcart Prize nominations. Her essays and in-terviews have appeared/are forthcoming from The Rumpus and Tin House. A short memoir, Alone In The Woods: Cheryl Strayed, My Daughter and Me, was released as an ebook from Shebooks in December 2013. She won an NEA fellowship in 2008. She co-directs the creative writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz and lives with her family in Santa Cruz. More info at www.micahperks.com
Cristine Huffard is a Senior Research Technician at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. She performed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at MBARI with Bruce Robison from 2007–2008. Since that time, she worked several years in ma-rine conservation with Conservation International Indonesia, as a consultant with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C. and as a Research Associate with the California Academy of Sciences. She received her PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.