Michael Nye’s debut short story collection is Strategies Against Extinction, which will be available from Queen’s Ferry Press in October 2012. He was born and raised in mNyeCincinnati, Ohio. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in BoulevardCincinnati ReviewCrab Orchard ReviewNew SouthRed Cedar ReviewSou’wester, andSouth Dakota Review, among many others. His work has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is at work on new stories and a novel. He works as the managing editor of The Missouri Review. -

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marisolMarisol Ramirez came to her sense in the fall of 2011 and found the courage to call herself a poet. Earlier, she had tentatively been the future lawyer, the future teacher, the future marketing manager—never the writer. She took her first-ever workshop senior year of undergrad simply for pleasure. The problem with dabbling in passionate hobbies is that they might become careers.  In May 2012, She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in English and a Marketing Minor, headed for UMSL after a whirlwind of spontaneous applications to MFA programs across the nation. The last time she had taken poetry this seriously was in high school, where she had won the poetry contest three consecutive years and been published in the campus literary magazine. Now she has moved across country, away from her Arizona border town, taco stands, open range, rattlesnakes, chorizo con huevos, purple mountain ranges, and flaming sunsets to do what she loves—write.

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When I started college, I wanted to do a pre-law concentration. Willfully and happily, I abandoned the pursuit of a gilded life of high-profile casework for the zealous but wallshumble life of a poet. I look forward to a long, fulfilling career in literature and education. 

While getting my B.A. from Saint Louis University, I was fortunate enough to receive an A. J. Montesi Award for Creative Achievement, be published in our literary magazine Kiln, and perform two original pieces for The SLU Monologues in 2013 and 2014. The muses for my free-verse are the southern family model, gender and sexuality, and 'the tragic mulatta.' In addition to poetry, I also write non-fiction and fine grocery lists.

When I'm not saving the world with a pen, I'm typically watching film adaptations of my favorite young adult novels and engaging in deep, philosophical dialogue with my best friend: a 14-year-old cat by the regal name of Kit-Kit Walls. She continues to be my most devoted reader.

--Victoria Walls

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