Samantha Erin Tetangco is the founder and creator of Writer’s March. Although she still considers herself a California native, Sam is currently living and writing in Bloomington, Indiana. In the past, she has served as the editor of the Blue Mesa Review (Issue 23), taught more classes than she can count (most of them basic composition), and has spoken on a handful of panels on the writing and publishing world (usually pretending to know more than she actually does). Her fiction and poetry have appeared and in Gertrude, Phoebe, the Oklahoma Review, Gargoyle, and others. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of New Mexico.
Jennifer Simpson (“
Thursdays Fridays with Jenn”) holds an MFA in creative non fiction in one hand, her unfinished memoir, Reconstructing My Mother, in the other. She is the director of DimeStories International and founder and co-host of the Albuquerque chapter. She is currently teaching a class, “Writing Your Grief” and is busy amassing the biggest list of literature (poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction) that deals with grief. Feel free to add your favorite grief essay, poetry collection, memoir or fiction book by dropping Jenn a note.
Nari Kirk (“Tuesdays with
Morrie Nari”) studied creative nonfiction at the University of New Mexico. She lives near Seattle, where she teaches, writes, and accumulates books. Her current projects include personal essays about the female body and profanity, as well as James Bond research. At the moment, her favorite writing-related quote is by Toni Morrison: “[F]acts can exist without human intelligence, but truth cannot.”
Lenore Gusch (Guest Blogger) was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and recently graduated with a bachelor’s of creative writing from UNM. Now, adrift in “the real world” (Not the 90′s show on MTV but, ya know, the REAL “real” real world.) she writes, reads, plays instruments, sleeps a lot, stares at walls, promotes revolution, etc, while waiting for the right time to escape.
Bob Sabatini is a recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. He is currently putting finishing touches on a book of short plays entitled A Play a Day Keeps the Grey Away. He writes extensively about travel and baseball (and his travels to baseball parks) and spent a term pretending to be a statue, which—of course—he also wrote about.
Melanie Unruh has an MFA in fiction from the University of New Mexico. Her work has appeared in and is forthcoming from New Ohio Review, Post Road, Echo Ink Review, Pear Noir!, Philadelphia Stories, and The Inside Mag. She just finished the tenth draft of her first novel, and is diving right into the next one. She loves the ease of online submissions, but sometimes misses the days when her walls were papered with rejections.
Jennifer Lynn Krohn always knew that she was destined to be a zoologist, until one day, while dissecting a cat, she realized that her heart wasn’t in it anymore. After a brief foray into aviation science—where she discovered that no one’s life should depend on her math skills—she decided to take her poetry a bit more seriously. Since then, Jennifer has earned her MFA from UNM and has published work in RED OCHRE LiT, Prick of the
Spindle, In the Garden of the Crow, and The Rose Red Review.
Lisa Hase-Jackson a holds a Master’s Degree in English from Kansas State University and is pursuing her MFA at Converse College. Her current projects include 200 New Mexico Poems, a poetry blog celebrating New Mexico’s centennial currently under consideration as a print anthology with UNM Press, and a manuscript of poems which explore mythos of the Midwest.
Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco has no advanced degree in writing but can’t stop doing it, which may qualify as a compulsion. She writes mostly poetry and sometimes fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slow Trains, The Single Hound, The Coachella Review, The Portland Review, and KVPR’s Valley Writers Read radio program. She lives in Merced, California.