Catherine Zobal Dent was born in Washington, DC, and moved to the banks of the Tuckahoe River, on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, when she was five. A graduate of Duke University, she spent time in California and Massachusetts before she earned her PhD at Binghamton University, starting the Wordscape open mic series, becoming the third editor of the journal Harpur Palate, and co-directing the Writing By Degrees Conference. She was the 2006 recipient of the Charles Johnson Prize for Student Fiction. Her stories and reviews have since appeared in Harvard Review, PANK, North American Review, Drunken Boat, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, Louisville Review, Echolocation and elsewhere.
Currently Catherine shares an assistant professor position at Susquehanna University with her partner Silas. She is the director of FUSE, a national organization for undergraduate literary editors, and the creative writing associate editor of MLS. She lives in Freeburg, PA, a town a few miles from the river that forms the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. Along with their two young children, Emerson and Lake, Catherine and Silas care for several cats, a garden, and a house built a century ago. One day they will kayak and portage down to the shore.
Ann Piper was born in New London, Connecticut. She earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from New Mexico
State University. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited
widely across the United States for the past fifteen years. Her work
has appeared in numerous publications, including The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of American Contemporary Figurative Drawing (Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington) and the 4th International Painting Annual (MANIFEST, Cincinnati, Ohio). She has received various awards
and honors, such as the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Grant and the Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship Award. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Studio Art at Susquehanna University.