Bethany Brownholtz (art director and co-editor) earned a BA in English and Art from West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Honors College and an MA in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. She is a freelance author, editor, and designer, and her works have been featured in Writers News Weekly, Broad Magazine, and on other web sites. She recently served as associate managing editor for How Long Will I Cry?, an oral history narrative collection about youth violence in Chicago.
Stephanie Crets (fiction co-editor) recently acquired a master's degree in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University. She has been published in a variety of online and print magazines, including Time Out Chicago Kids. She currently works in Chicago as a content developer for e-learning courses. In her spare time, she loves to write, copyedit, and read style guides for fun. Someday she hopes to run her own speculative fiction publishing company.
Teneice Durrant (co-founder and poetry co-editor) is the author of three poetry chapbooks, Burden of Solace (Cervena Barva Press, 2012), The Goldilocks Complex (RockSaw Press, 2009), and Flame Above Flame (Finishing Line Press, 2006). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines and she recently won the Kudzu Poetry Prize. To distract herself from writing poetry, she runs Winged City Chapbook Press and binge-watches Dr. Who (no spoilers!).
Quinn Rennerfeldt Fairchild (poetry co-editor) attended the University of ColoradoBoulder's Creative Writing program, studying under Julie Carr and Ruth Ellen Kocher, and served as the creative nonfiction editor for the university's Honors Journal. She is a previous Blood Lotus poetry contributor, and is active in Denver’s Lighthouse Writers' Workshop community.
Omar Figueras (fiction co-editor) lives in Miami Beach, Florida and is a Master of Fine Arts Candidate in Spalding University’s Brief Residency Program, where he is a student editor at The Louisville Review. He writes fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry, and is currently working on a collection of short stories and a poetry chapbook, both based on his experiences growing up in South Florida and time spent in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Stacia M. Fleegal (co-founder, managing editor, poetry co-editor) is the author of Versus (BlazeVOX, 2011), Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter (WordTech, 2010), and three chapbooks, most recently antidote (Winged City Press, 2013). She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009, 2010, and 2013. Her poems have recently appeared in Best of the Net 2011, Fourth River, The North American Review, Lunch Ticket, and UCity Review, and are forthcoming in Crab Creek Review, Barn Owl Review, and Knockout. She also writes, copy edits, and blogs about poetry and for the York Daily Record in York, PA. www.staciamfleegal.com
Tiffany Grayson (fiction and poetry co-editor) currently lives in Iowa, but was born and raised in Michigan. She was an editorial and production assistant for the North American Review for four years, and is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa's Master’s in English program. A previous Blood Lotus poetry contributor, she also recently had a review appear in Poet Lore. What time she doesn't spent writing or freelancing she spends hanging out with her husband and two adorable cats.
Jessica Hume (poetry co-editor) has a B.A in English (with a Theatre minor) from Bellarmine University, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, where her primary areas of study included the poetry of Anne Sexton and fairy tales. Her articles have been published in Today’s Woman magazine, The St. Matthews VoiceTribune, and First Draft literary magazine. For the last six years, she has served as a first-round judge for the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred contest. She teaches English and interdisciplinary courses in the Galileo Learning Community at Bellarmine University, where she has been (in various writing-related positions) since 2008. Jessica has worked as an assessment specialist in a literacy clinic, and a freelance writer.
John Steele (on hiatus) has been the fiction editor for Blood Lotus for five years. Previously, he served as the Managing Editor of the literary and arts magazine Pathfinder at Western State College, where he also received his BA in English in 2003. John attended Spalding University in Louisville, KY from 2004-2006, where he was fortunate enough to meet many wonderful writers, including the beautiful and uber-talented founders and co-editors of Blood Lotus, Stacia Fleegal and Teneice Delgado. Having earned his MFA in Creative Writing in 2006, John went on to write fiction and screenplays, teach at Western State College as a Lecturer in English and Communications.
Barrett Warner (poetry and reviews co-editor) is currently associate editor at Free State Review. He received his MFA from Bennington College. He is widely published in poetry and produces around 30 book reviews a year, which have appeared in Rattle, Coal Hill, Chattahoochee Review, Otis Nebula, Rain Taxi, Fiddleback, City Paper, and others.