Laura Villareal is from a tiny town in Texas with more cows than people. She earned her MFA from Rutgers University–Newark. Her writing can be found in Black Warrior Review, Vinyl, Palette Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the author of The Cartography of Sleep (Nostrovia! Press 2018). More of her writing can be found at: lauravillareal.com Twitter: @earthandstars
Natalie Giarratano is the author of Big Thicket Blues (Sundress Publications, 2017) and Leaving Clean, winner of the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, and American Literary Review, among others. She edits and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her partner and daughter and is the city’s poet laureate.