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EMMA JOHNSON earned an MFA from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program in 2009. Her essays have appeared in Southeast Review, Drunken Boat, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Iowa Review, DOLLFEEDER, and in an anthology published by NCTE titled: Reinventing Identities in Second Language Writing. Since organizing the first free writing workshop for veterans in Iowa City, Ms. Johnson has also conducted workshops at Eastern Kentucky University, the Writers Place in Kansas City, and for military children with parents serving overseas. Writing My Way Back Home—A Writers’ Workshop for Veterans is a nonprofit organization committed to helping U.S. military personnel finding their way back home through writing. HALEE KIRKWOOD is a descendant of the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a current MFA student at Hamline University where Kirkwood is wrapping up a thesis in poetry. Kirkwood is a mentor for the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, served as assistant editor for Runestone, and has poetry published in Muzzle Magazine, Cream City Review, Grimoire, and others. DANA KOSTER is the author of Binary Stars (Carolina Wren Press 2017). She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. Her poems have appeared in EPOCH, Indiana Review, Southern Humanities Review, Vinyl, Muzzle Magazine, Radar Poetry and many others. She lives in Modesto, California with her husband and two sons, where she works as a wedding photographer. Mainly a folk artist with a sewing machine, ELIZABETH LEVERTON sews handbags, hats, journals, boxes, guitar straps, and some custom belts and clothing under the name CrookedBags. She also sews with mixed media cloth that she creates using paper, words, dye, and acrylic paint. She rarely use patterns, but prefers to create her own or to sew from scratch without one. When she comes to a roadblock in her writing or art, she goes back to fingerpainting cloth. Her focus is on making small pieces of cloth with bright, beautiful combinations of color on them, for use in larger 108| PHOEBE 48.2


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