Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author and essayist. Her honors include the Lois Beebe Hayna Award, Writecorner Press Poetry Award, Skysaje Poetry Prize, Dean Wagner Poetry Prize, Elizabeth R. Curry Prize, and OASIS Journal's Best Poem Award. Her seventh chapbook, Stroking David's Leg, was selected Best 2010 Individual Collection from Purple Patch magazine in England, and her eighth chapbook, Red for the Funeral, won the 2010 San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest. Ellaraine teaches poetry and writing workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine Lilipoh. She is the author of the chapbook Wild as in Familiar, published by Finishing Line Press (2011).
Erica Goss is the winner of the 2010 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Contest. Her poems, articles and reviews have appeared in many journals, most recently Hotel Amerika, Connotation Press, Miller's Pond, Pearl, Main Street Rag, Rattle, Eclectica, Blood Lotus, CafÃ© Review, Zoland Poetry, Comstock Review, Stirring, Lake Effect, and Perigee. She won the first Edwin Markham Poetry Prize in 2007, judged by California's Poet Laureate Al Young, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010. Erica teaches creative writing and humanities in the Bay Area and is a contributing editor for Cerise Press. She is the author of a chapbook, Wild Place, published in 2011 from Finishing Line Press.
Connie Post served as Poet Laureate of Livermore, California from 2005/2009. Her work has appeared in The Aurorean, Blood Root Literary Magazine, Calyx, Kalliope, Comstock Review, Cold Mountain Review, Crab Creek Review, Karamu, Caesura, Chiron Review, DMQ Review, Main Street Rag, The Dirty Napkin, Monterey Poetry Review, Slipstream, The Toronto Quarterly, The Tule Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Wild Goose Poetry Review and The Great American Poetry Show. Her awards and recognition include the 2009 Caesura Poetry Award from the Poetry Center of San Jose and the Dirty Napkin Cover Prize (Spring 2009). Her poetry has earned two Pushcart nominations (2007 and 2010), and a "Best of the Net" nomination in 2010 from "Up the Staircase Quarterly." Connie is the author of two chapbooks from Finishing Line Press: Trip Wires (2010), And When the Sun Drops (2012).