Ignas Bautrenas is an international, bi-lingual writer and journalist. He spent the first half of his life in his native Lithuania, and spent the second half exploring the concrete jungle of New York City. Ignas is curious and enthusiastic in nature. Throughout the years he has written for numerous lifestyle and music publications and blogs in both United States and Europe. He spent the year 2014 in London earning a Masters degree in Journalism and publishing an award-winning publication – Filter(ed) Magazine. He is currently working as a freelance journalist and a public relations specialist, curating a Lithuanian music information website MANOMUZIKA.LT and maintaining his own self-published english poetry and fiction blog TWISTEDSKYLINE.COM
Andrés Castro is listed in P&W’s Directory of Poets and Writers and is a PEN member. While completing his undergraduate and graduate work at Queens and Brooklyn College, he worked with Marie Ponsot, Kimiko Hahn, L.S. Asekoff, and Allen Ginsberg. After founding two now nonextant small press poetry journals, The U.S. Latino Review [1999-2002] and The Teacher’s Voice [2004-2014], he is working on a Race in U.S. Education anthology (accessible at The Teacher’s Voice online archive) and attending the Antioch University Post-MFA Program in Creative Writing Pedagogy, with new work forthcoming in Pilgrimage. He lives with his wife in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York and their son and daughter are teachers in Queens and the U.K.
Catherine Fletcher is a poet and artist as well as an editor for Rattapallax magazine. Originally from Virginia, she has lived most of her adult life in the New York boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and now Queens and can tell you city’s best places to get biang biang noodles, watch the currents of the East River, and listen to Latin jazz on a Tuesday night. She was regularly dragged to church as a child and there developed a relationship with language and recitation that metamorphosed into a love of poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry Wales, The Raconteur, Newtown Literary, and other journals.
Stephanie Laterza is a writer and proud Astoria native. Her fiction is featured in Writing Raw magazine as well as in Akashic Books’ Terrible Twosdays series. Her poetry has been published in Literary Mama, San Francisco Peace and Hope and has appeared in Meniscus Magazine. Before pursuing creative writing full-time, she worked as a contract attorney for several years. Stephanie can be found on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slaterzaauthor, and Twitter: http://twitter.com/Stefani1218