Judith Vollmer’s fifth book of poetry, The Water Books, was published by Autumn House Press earlier this year. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and has received the Brittingham, Cleveland State, and Center for Book Arts publication prizes. Vollmer teaches at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. She lives in Pittsburgh and is a founding editor of the poetry journal 5 AM.
Lori Jakiela is the author of a poetry collection—Spot the Terrorist! (Turning Point Books, 2012)—and a memoir, Miss New York Has Everything (Hatchette, 2006). Her poems and essays have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, KGB BarLit, 5 AM and elsewhere. She spent seven years as a flight attendant based in New York City and often writes about this. She now lives outside of Pittsburgh and teaches in the writing programs at Chatham University and The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Her website is www.lorijakielawritesbooks.com.