Jeff Bakkensen is an itinerant fundraiser and freelance writer whose work over the last few years has brought him from Boston to DC, Chicago and finally, New York, where he’s resolved to strike it rich or die trying.
Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. A Leopold Schepp Scholar at New York University, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Short Story and The Thomas Wolfe/Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Best Poetry Collection. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan where she earned her MFA in Poetry, and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate of the 2010 Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, her plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Bayou, B O D Y, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Lana Turner Journal and Puerto del Sol. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, her debut book of poems SOLECISM was published by Virtual Artists Collective in March 2013. Rosebud is a co-editor for HER KIND at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org
Vickie Byron is an artist who paints figurative and urban subjects. Working in graffiti-charged NYC, words and word play have found their way into her cityscapes. Byron received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her M.F.A. in painting from Queens College, CUNY. She has exhibited her paintings in galleries and museums across the country. Watered Down is her first chapbook of poems, published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. Her website is: www.vickiebyron.com.
Jared Harel lives in Astoria, NY with his wife and daughter. His poems have appeared in Tin House, The American Poetry Review, The Threepenny Review and elsewhere. His poetry chapbook, The Body Double, was published by Brooklyn Arts Press in 2012. (www.jaredharel.com)
Karen Levy is a writer, storyteller and New York City Public High School English teacher. She performs her work at Boundless Tales, REZ, Cornelia Street Café, and in classrooms at Long Island City High School. Her stories are published in Network Magazine and her novel, The Story You Choose to Tell, about the Jewish diaspora in the Dominican Republic, has been recently represented and awaits publication.