Nora Nadjarian is a Cypriot poet and short story writer. She has published three collections of poetry and her work has won prizes or been commended in various international competitions, including the Scottish International Open Poetry Competition, the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, and the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition 2005 (Ireland).
Michele Battiste is the author of two chapbooks: Raising Petra (Pudding House, 2007) and Mapping the Spaces Between (Snark Press, 2004). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry International, Harpur Palate, The Laurel Review, 5 AM, and Pool among others.
Mercedes Lawry was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and have lived in Seattle almost thirty years. She has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Rhino, Nimrod, Poetry East, Seattle Review, and others. She has also published some fiction as well as stories and poems for children.
Mélanie Francès was born in Paris on October 18th, 1972, with Canadian and French origins and grew up in France. As a young girl, she lived for four years in New Delhi, India, where she learned English and started a lifelong love story with the language.