Gianna Russo is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Moonflower (Kitsune Books, 2011), which is a Florida Book Awards bronze medal winner, Florida Publishers Association Presidents’ Award silver medal winner, and an Eric Hofer First Horizons finalist. Ms. Russo is founding editor of YellowJacket Press, currently Florida’s only publisher of poetry chapbook manuscripts, for which she won a 2011 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has published poems in Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, Florida Review, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, saw palm, The MacGuffin, and Calyx, among others. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in the St. Petersburg Times. In her first stab at fiction, she contributed a chapter to the collaborative novel 15 Views of Tampa Bay, published serially on the website of Barrow Street Press. She teaches at St. Leo University, where she is also managing editor of Sandhill Review.
Mark Powell is the author of four novels: Blood Kin, which received the Peter Taylor Prize, Prodigals, both published by the University of Tennessee Press, The Dark Corner (2012), and The House of the Lord (2012) and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. He was educated at The Citadel, The University of South Carolina, and Yale Divinity School. He teaches in the English Department at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.