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 creative works have been featured in Writers News Weekly, Broad Magazine, and on other web sites.
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) Delgado (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. To distract herself from writing poetry, she edits poetry manuscripts for Winged City Press and New Sins Press, attends AWP nearly religiously, accumulates Master's Degrees and gives birth.
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 and 2010. 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 Stone Highway Review. She also writes, copyedits, 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 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.
Dariel Suarez (fiction co-editor) received his B.A. in English from Florida International University in Miami, where he was a five-time winner in their literary awards competition, and his M.F.A in fiction from Boston University, where he was a Global Fellow and a teaching assistant. He’s taught creative writing both at Boston University and the Boston Arts Academy, and his work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His writing has appeared in several journals and magazines, including Gargoyle, Versal, Midway Journal, Collier's Magazine, SmokeLong Quarterly, 2River View, Word Riot, The Coachella Review, and the Florida Book Review, among others. His work has also been anthologized in Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Florida Flash, JMWW Anthology, VOL. 6, Accents Publishing's Smaller Then They Appear: An Anthology of Very Short Poems, and he was the featured poet for New Mirage Journal's Spring 2011 issue.
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.