Anora McGaha was raised a fourth-generation expat around the Mediterranean. The daughter of a diplomat, she grew up mobile, maintaining friendships through longhand fountain pen letter writing. She has personal essays in three anthologies, is editor of several books, a book coach on a couple more, micro-publisher of two, the co-author of one business book on social media, and author of a tiny ebook fairy tale. She lives happily in North Carolina with her husband Martin and her elderly beagle Lady B, farther than she’d like from her son Jason and her mother and siblings in DC and SF. She works on her poetry whenever she can.
Durham native Ron Jackson has been writing in North Carolina for twenty years. His career includes stints as a sports feature writer for a Philadelphia weekly, marketing writer, ghostwriter for trade journal articles, Web copywriter, and speechwriter. A trade article won a Bell South annual award for journal placements. He recently turned his attention to two of his lifetime loves, fiction and poetry. “The Shower,” his first submitted story after two years of intensive learning in a noted Hillsborough writing group, won Honorable Mention in the Doris Betts Fiction Prize competition and will be published in the January 2013 online edition of the North Carolina Literary Review.
Susan Woodring is the author of a novel, Goliath (St. Martin’s Press, 2012) and a short story collection, Springtime on Mars (Press 53, 2008). Her short fiction has appeared in Isotope, Passages North, turnrow, and Surreal South, among other anthologies and literary magazines. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short fiction was shortlisted for Best American Non-Required Reading 2008 and Best American Short Stories 2010. Susan currently lives in western North Carolina with her children and her husband. For more information about Susan and to read her blog, please visit www.susanwoodring.com.