Patty Paine is the author of Grief & Other Animals (Accents Publishing, 2015) The Sounding Machine (Accents Publishing, 2012), Feral (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012), Elegy & Collapse (Finishing Line Press, 2006), and co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry (Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press, 2011) and The Donkey Lady and Other Tales from the Arabian Gulf (Berkshire, 2013). Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Blackbird, The Louisville Review, Gulf Stream, The Journal, and other publications. She is the founding editor of Diode Poetry Journal and Diode Editions, and Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and teaches literature and creative writing at VCU in Qatar. pattypaine.com


Law Alsobrook is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at VCU in Qatar where he teaches semiotics, communication theory, bookbinding & typography. He has recently published, or has work forthcoming in DIAGRAM, The Volta, Typehouse Literary Magazine, After the Pause, Petite Hound Press, Noema, and Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research. He received an MFA in graphic design from RISD, and is currently pursuing his PhD at Plymouth University’s Planetary Collegium in the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA). His research focuses on the role of narrative and language as mediating agents of consciousness. makingandthinking.com


Jeff Lodge is the author of the novel Where This Lake Is (White Pine Press), and is co-editor of Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Arabian Gulf Poetry (Garnet Publishing & Ithaca Press). He has published fiction, poetry, and essays in GSU Review, Makeout Creek, Persona, Pleiades, Squib, and other publications, and has written dozens of book reviews for the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Style Weekly. He is a founding editor of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, and is an assistant professor in the Department of Focused Inquiry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches writing.