Juan “Moncho” Alvarado was born and raised in Pacoima, California. He has appeared in the Northridge Review, Chaparral, and Acentos Review. He got an honorable mention for the Rachel Wood award and has won the Academy of American Poets prize for his poem “Pacoima Corrido.” Moncho is in his second year for his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he was awarded the Thomas Lux Scholarship for his dedication to teaching, demonstrated through his writing workshops with youths in Sunnyside Community Services. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry.
Tyler Atwood comes from a long line of subsistence farmers, but knows very little about the planting or harvesting of crops. He is the author of one collection of poetry, an electric sheep jumps to greener pasture (University of Hell Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Hobart, The Offbeat, Atlas and Alice, Profane Journal, Palaver, 1001 Journal, Word Riot, and elsewhere. He lives and works in Denver, CO.
J. Bradley is the author of The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective (Pelekinesis, 2016) and the Yelp review prose poem collection Pick How You Will Revise A Memory (Robocup Press, 2016). He lives at jbradleywrites.com.
John F. Buckley and Martin Ott began their ongoing games of poetic volleyball in the spring of 2009. Since then, their collaborations have been accepted into more than seventy journals and anthologies, including Barrow Street, Drawn to Marvel, Map Literary, Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, Redivider, and ZYZZYVA, and gathered into two full-length collections on Brooklyn Arts Press, Poets’ Guide to America (2012) and Yankee Broadcast Network (2014). They are now writing poems for a third manuscript, American Wonder, about superheroes and supervillains.
Jodi Lightner completed her MFA degree at Wichita State University in 2010. Her studio practice has included exhibitions nationally and internationally, including juried and invitational shows. Her work has been seen in Angle Gallery, Seattle, the AIR Gallery, New York City, and the Cocoon Gallery, Kansas City as well as other locations throughout the United States. She has participated in artist residencies focused on studio practice at the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in Montecastello diVibio, Italy, and the Vermont Student Center in Johnson, Vermont. Lightner was an emerging artist in residency at Penn State Altoona and currently teaches painting and drawing as an Assistant Professor at Montana State University-Billings. Her work is represented by Kim Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City. Find her online at http://www.jodilightner.com/
Jonathan May grew up in Zimbabwe as the child of missionaries. He lives and teaches in Memphis, TN. He recently served as the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Read more at https://memphisjon.wordpress.com/
Jean Seager, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, is working on a short story collection about Jewish immigrants to America in the early twentieth century. The collection includes authentic recipes from immigrant families. One of her stories will be published this spring in the anthology A Year in Ink, Volume 10. A California native, she lives in San Diego.
Amber Stene completed her MFA degree at Wichita State University in 2008 after a full career as an award-winning Graphic Design professional. Since switching careers, she’s exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Portland, Wichita, Tucson, Phoenix, and as a guest artist at Kim Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City. Stene was a graphic design instructor at Northern Arizona University until moving to Portland in 2010. There, she taught foundation art at Art Institute Online, and water media at Portland Community College through 2014. Her studio practice centers on the figure in a surreal setting. Find her online at www.amberstene.com.
All images in mojo 12 are © 2017 Jodi Lightner & Amber Stene and are used with permission.
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