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Jeff Alford is a critic and book collector based in Denver, CO. He is a contributor to Kirkus Reviews, Rain Taxi Review of Books and the New Orleans Review and author of the now-retired rare books and small press blog www.theoxenofthesun.com.
Founder of Ignited Ink Writing, Caitlin Berve is an editor, writer, and creative writing instructor. In a previous life, she was a clinical allergy specialist, biochemistry major, and set on a career in medicine. Now her passion for reading has become a passion for writing. Her favorite stories contain a bit of magic, experiment with form, or dive into the teenage perspective. Her collection of modern fairy tales reflects this.
Formerly About.com’s contemporary literature guide and a Kirkus Reviews contributor, Mark is the founding editor of Run Spot Run. He was also progenitor and co-conspirator behind Infinite Winter, a ridiculous thirteen week dive into Infinite Jest he'd love an excuse to reprise. He typically refrains from referring to himself in the third person.
John M. Formy-Duval graduated from the University of North Carolina in the growing distant past; lived two wonderful years in Thailand, courtesy of the US Navy; and spent a career in public school teaching and administration. After retiring, he worked part time in a job which required on-the-job reading! How sweet that was. Retired again, he and his wife travel and read. He has contributed articles to the National Community Education Journal and the NC Association for Community Education. He has written more than 350 reviews of contemporary literature over the past decade.
Kate Jonuska is a writer of fiction, food and other F-words who lives in Boulder, CO. With freelance features credits at publications up and down the Front Range, Kate for years stealth trained as a novelist until her first book of fiction, Transference, published in 2017. She's now hard at work on Novel No. 2, contributes restaurant profiles to Boulder Magazine, shares her passions on Twitter as @kjonuska, and works out her sh*t on her yoga mat. Find out more at katejonuska.com.