A native of Jones County, Miss., Buck Downs’ previous books include Tachycardia (Edge Books) and You Can’t Get Enough of What You Really Don’t Need (Private Edition). He works as an executive writing coach and lives in Washington, DC. Other work appears in issue #11 of Touch the Donkey.
Born and raised in Racine, WI, Nick Ramsey began freestyle rapping at the age of 15. Since then, he has penned dozens of inspirational poems and songs which combine the lyricism of golden era hip-hop with the improvisational sound of jazz. Ramsey is the author of the chapbook Rhymes & Rambles (Left of the Lake Press, 2015), and two albums Introducing: Nick Ramsey & full length studio album Nick or Nicholas. Ramsey is co-creator of the Grassroots Open Mic & Feature Showcase, and began the now annual Origins of Hip-Hop event in downtown Racine. He was inaugurated as the 2013-2015 Racine County Poet Laureate, and, in closing his term, put together a community-focused exhibit Transformation: Art & Poetry at the Racine Arts Council.
Among Tom Hibbard’s recent credits are poems in Cricket Online Review and contributions to an Egyptian international poetry anthology. Also Hibbard has had reviews and essays published in recent issues of Big Bridge, Galatea Resurrects and Word/ For Word. His writings cover such subjects as Jack Kerouac’s poetry, the collages of Luc Fierens, visual works of Nico Vassilakis and John Bennett and the paintings of Emil Nolde. Hibbard has an introduction to French Surrealism along with a number of translations of Surrealist poems in the new issue 18 of Big Bridge and a review of Eileen Tabios’ collection of prose, Against Misanthropy: A Life in Poetry, in the inaugural issue of the journal The Halo-Halo Review. His poetry collection The Sacred River of Consciousness is available online at Moon Willow Press. He’s working on finishing a new poetry collection titled The Global People.