Tyler Atwood

was marooned on this planet as an infant, and has been searching for home ever since. His first collection of poetry is an electric sheep jumps to greener pasture but Tyler’s got more to say. A lot more. His work has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, The Colorado Independent, and elsewhere. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado.


Cam Awkward-Rich

is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016) and the chapbook Transit (Button Poetry, 2015). A Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, his poetry has appeared in NarrativeThe Baffler, Indiana Review and elsewhere. Currently, Cam is a doctoral candidate in the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University and has essays forthcoming/in Science Fiction Studies and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.


 John W Barrios

is a graduate of Buffalo State College and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He is a proud member of the original team at NAILED, as a Writer and Contributing Editor. His first collection of poetry is Here Comes the New Joy and he’s steadily working on his second.


Sean Aaron Bowers

is the author of We Were Warriors (University of Hell Press), published under the pseudonym Johnny No Bueno. He has had poems and essays published in Criminal Class Review, Present Tense, Unshod Quills, and Nailed Magazine. Co-founder of Boston’s Dharma Punx group, Profound Existence, Bowers has facilitated poetry and meditation workshops at Maclaren Youth Correctional Facility, where he was incarnated as a teen. He is the founder of reading series and multimedia project Them’s Fightin’ Words. Sean is the subject of upcoming documentary Heavily Meditated, about the transformative effects of Buddhist mindfulness in the West. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon and is studying to become a college professor and a meditation teacher.


Eirean Bradley

is a seven-time National Poetry Slam competitor, a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist, and former Portland Grand Slam champ. He has toured extensively, showcasing his prowess in 46 states, and is known for being equal parts cuddly and cranky and one of the foulest-mouthed humans alive. He loves poetry and bacon, not in that order. the I in team is his first book (with real, perfect binding and everything). The Little BIG Book of Go Kill Yourself is his second.

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currently lives in his parents’ basement with his two cats, Ralph and Matilda. That sentence is also the pick-up line he uses when he’s trying to score girls at bars, but, surprisingly, it never gets him any action whatsoever. Calvero is one feline away from becoming a crazy cat guy and if that isn’t bad enough he works with cats at a cat hospital, too. When he’s not writing or working he is more often than not eating Taco Bell, daydreaming about hunting ghosts, daydreaming about Taco Bell when he’s not eating Taco Bell, or screaming in frustration at whatever video game feeding his current addiction. He has been published in several online literary journals and thinks you should buy his book so he can finally move out of that basement. Find more of his work at

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Leah Noble Davidson

has a curious 10-year-old and a bouncy Bernese Mountain Dog named Pepper. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Poetic Scientifica is her first book of poetry; DOOR is her second.


Rory Douglas

lives in Washington with his wife, dog, and son. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, and Monkeybicycle, among other publications.

Brian S. Ellis

is a transplant to Portland, Oregon from his beloved Boston, Massachusetts. He was a part of the Boston Poetry Slam for six years and is co-founder of the internationally renowned yes-wave think-tank The Whitehaus Family Record. American Dust Revisited is his third book and Often Go Awry is his fourth.

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Greg Gerding

cut his teeth on the poetry scene in Washington, D.C. shortly after he began writing in 1994. He’s had seven books published since and launched University of Hell Press in 2005. Gerding was born in Kentucky, has lived and/or worked in nearly every city in America, and currently resides in Portland, Oregon.

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Lauren Gilmore

was born in Spokane, Washington on the autumnal equinox of 1996. Since then, she has written poems, stories, and love letters, some of which have been read and published by other people. Outdancing the Universe is her first book which also won a Literary Classics Award in 2015. She is now working toward translating the word butterfly into every language.

Rob Gray

is a European artist currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. He was born in London, grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany, and studied Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently the program director at Full Life, a day program for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as a founding member of the Dimsummer Book Club, an independent publishing collective based in Portland. In his free time, Rob paints, writes, draws, makes music under the pseudonym Uncool, and organizes poetry and performance-based events. His work has been published by Tin House, Poor Claudia, Black Cake Records, Heavy Feather Review, Bone Tax Press, NAP, Ooligan Press, and many other fine publishers of contemporary literature.

Joseph Edwin Haeger

has had work published in RiverLit, at Zygote in My Coffee, Hippocampus Magazine, and other journals. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and son.

Lindsey Kugler

was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She was a dedicated performer in high school with mock trial, policy debate, and speech events. This college dropout has never cared about school. She has worked and currently works exclusively for nonprofits—except for a short stint as an office assistant where she made more money than she ever had before and probably ever will again. In the spring of 2012 she graduated from Portland, Oregon’s Independent Publishing Resource Center certificate program in self-publishing. HERE. is her first book.


Michael McLaughlin

is a three-time $17,000 California Arts Council grant recipient, Michael McLaughlin has worked for 25 years as an Artist-in-Residence at Atascadero State Hospital, a maximum security forensic facility, as a Contract Artist with the California Department of Corrections, with California Youth Authority, and as San Luis Obispo County Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools. A graduate of the University of Southern California’s Master of Professional Writing program and founding editor of its literary journal, The Southern California Anthology, McLaughlin has written two novels, Western People Show Their Faces and Gang of One, and two chapbooks of poetry, Ped Xing and The Upholstery of Heaven. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous publications. Originally from San Francisco, California, McLaughlin lives on California’s Central Coast with his brilliant and beautiful wife. Selected Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo County in 2003, McLaughlin runs the Central Coast’s Live from the CORE poetry/performance series and is an Artist in Residence at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, California.

Countless Cinemas by Michael McLaughlin

A.M. O’Malley

has been published in The Newer York, Nailed Magazine, The Nervous Breakdown, Jerkpoet, Poor Claudia, The Burnside Review, Fog Machine, and The Portland Review.  A.M.’s first full length book of hybrid poem-memoir Expecting Something Else will be published on University of Hell Press in 2016. She teaches writing, collage art and self-publishing at Portland Community College and lives and works in Portland, Oregon where she is the Program Director at the Independent Publishing Resource Center.

Expecting Something Else by A.M. O'Malley

Stephen M. Park

is a longtime factotum and drifter who now wanders the quiet streets of a small, coastal town in Washington with a dog named Hobo. Good luck finding him.


Christine Rice

stories have been published in Roanoke College’s Roanoke Review, American University of Beirut’s Rusted Radishes, Farleigh Dickinson University’s The Literary Review, and online at Chicago Literati and Bird’s Thumb. Her writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Detroit Metro Times, The Good Men Project, The,, F Magazine and her radio essays have been produced by WBEZ Chicago. Christine is the managing editor of Hypertext Magazine and the director of Hypertext Studio Writing Center. She also teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago and is the 2015 recipient of the Ragdale Rubin Fellowship. Christine’s website.

Swarm Theory by Christine Rice

Sam Sax

is the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017), winner of The National Poetry Series selected by Terrance Hayes. His second book Bury It will be out on Wesleyan University Press in 2018. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Lambda Literary.


Michael N. Thompson

likes bacon and fantasy football, but hates using ampersands. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including Word Riot, Toronto Quarterly, and The Hobo Camp Review. He is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent being A Murder of Crows. His next collection, Days of Swine and Roses, will also be released through University of Hell Press. Michael has lived in San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Los Angeles, but currently resides on the mean streets of Martinez, California. Find more of his work at


Sarah Xerta

was born in Germany in 1987 and has since called many places home, none of them permanent. She is the author of the chapbooks JULIET (I) (H_NGM_N Books, 2014) and RED PAPER HEART (Zoo Cake Press, 2013). She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Find more of her work at









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