HELEN ALSTON is a writer and avid dog hugger local to Charlottesville, VA. She holds a degree from the University of Mary Washington. The rest of her life is forthcoming. #339 / #301

LACY BARKER reads, writes, and bakes things in Virginia. She received her MFA in creative writing from Hollins University and works as a digital content manager. #498 / #491 / #428 / #337

AMANDA BAUSCH is a graduate of the MFA program in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently resides in Richmond where she writes songs, eats pizza, and plays backgammon. #431

EMMA RIEHLE BOHMANN received her MFA in creative writing from Hollins University. She currently reads, writes, and runs in Minneapolis. #490 / #454 / #414 / #383 / #361 / #323 / #310 / #271

CLAIRE BOSWELL earned her MFA in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She is the faculty editor of plan china, an online anthology of the best undergraduate writing. Her stories appear in Blue Crow Magazine and the Sink/Swim anthology Front Porch Flash Fiction. She teaches and writes in Richmond, Virginia. #306

J. BRADLEY is the author of The Adventures of Jesus Christ, Boy Detective (Pelekinesis, 2016). He lives at jbradleywrites.com. #284

JOHN GREGORY BROWN was born and raised in New Orleans. He is the author of the novels Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery; The Wrecked, Blessed Body of Shelton Lafleur; and Audubon’s Watch. His fourth novel, A Thousand Miles from Nowhere, will be published in 2016 by Lee Boudreaux Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company. #410

JAMES BRUBAKER is the author of Pilot Season (Sunnyoutside) and Liner Notes (Subito Press). His stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All Story, Hobart, The Normal School, The Collagist, Michigan Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He teaches writing at Southeast Missouri State University. #488 / #485 / #480 / #471 / #449 / #384 / #369 / #347 / #261

ELISE BURKE received her MFA from Hollins University. She has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, the Best of the Net anthology and one of her stories was named a 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award notable story. Her fiction has been published in Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Joyland, Heavy Feather Review, Swarm Quarterly, and elsewhere. #381 / #345 / #276 / #262

CASEY CLABOUGH’s books include two memoirs, a novel, a biography, six scholarly books on southern and Appalachian writers, and the latest Idiot’s Guide to Creative Writing. Clabough serves as editor of the literature section of the Encyclopedia Virginia and series editor of the multi-volume “Best Creative Nonfiction of the South.” #396

SUSANNAH CLARK is an essayist living in Washington D.C. Her work has been published in Inside Higher Ed, PopMatters, Under the gum tree, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the Best of the Net anthology and the Pushcart Prize, and has a Notable essay listed in the 2016 Best American Essays anthology. She is the Managing Editor of The Collapsar. #483 / #422 / #421 / #392 / #354 / #343 / #299 / #285 / #253

LIBBY CUDMORE's debut novel, The Big Rewind, received a starred review from Kirkus & praise from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist & USA Today. Her work has been featured in The Collapsar, Stoneslide Corrective, PANK, the Locus-nominated anthology HANZAI JAPAN and the blogs at Yacht Rock and Classic Albums. #296 / #291

CHRISTIAN DETISCH is an MFA candidate in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he serves as the Levis Fellow. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Superstition Review, and minnesota review. #462

BRAD EFFORD is the founding editor of the RS 500. He teaches English and history in Austin, Texas. #499 / #496 / #493 / #487 / #481 / #470 / #468 / #453 / #452 / #444 / #442 / #435 / #394 / #387 / #377 / #374 / #366 / #334 / #321 / #305 / #243 / #235

NICOLE EFFORD is a sophomore at The College of William & Mary hoping to major in English and minor in creative writing. She won the 2016 G. Glenwood Clark Fiction Prize, and can usually be found driving around with the windows down listening to something random. #430 / #380 / #349 / #325 / #316 / #298 / #244

KEITH EKISS is a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow. He is the author of Pima Road Notebook (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2010) and translator of The Fire’s Journey (Tavern Books, 2013) by the Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio. #479

LEE ERICA ELDER is an NYC-based writer and editor and a UVA grad. She has published articles on any and everything health and education related but is especially fascinated by the health and education of the human heart. When not copyediting or proofreading she writes short stories and essays. #328 / #319 / #318 / #281 / #257

LAURA EVE ENGEL's work has appeared in The Awl, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Tin House, and elsewhere. A recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, she is the Residential Program Director of the UVa Young Writers Workshop. #439 / #399 / #352 / #327 / #307

AARON FALLON grew up and now lives in Roanoke, the de-facto provincial capital of Southwest Virginia. He holds degrees from the College of William and Mary and from Hollins University. He makes a living as a grant writer for a community action agency. #474 / #417 / #402 / #280

BOSCO FARR lives in Austin, TX in fantastic Dia De Los Muertos art palace. When not working, he thinks about music way too much, writes a little, and pursues the punk rock lifer's dream. #288

ALEX FENCL is a writer and musician living in Atlanta, GA. He holds a degree in English from Denison University in Granville, OH. #245

CHRIS FOSS is a big rock singer who’s got golden fingers and who’s loved everywhere he goes, but the thrill he’d never known is the thrill that’ll gitcha when you publish flash fiction for an album cover of The RS 500. #241

MICHAEL T. FOURNIER is the author of Double Nickels on the Dime (Bloomsbury/33 ⅓) and two novels, Hidden Wheel & Swing State (Three Rooms Press). His writing has appeared in Razorcake, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and Oxford American. He’s the publisher of Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal. More at michaeltfournier.org #333 / #326 / #267

DOUG FULLER is a graduate of the MFA program in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. His poetry has appeared in The Pinch, Mead, Superstition Review, Bodega, Spry, and The Monongahela Review. He plays guitar in a rock and roll band called The Welcome Hips. #494 / #287

MIKAL GAINES is a writer, drummer, and full time pop culture junkie. He received his B.A. from Hampton University and his M.A. & PhD from the College of William and Mary in American Studies. He currently teaches at MCPHS University and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. #294 / #290

DANIEL GEOGHEGAN is a drummer in a few NYC-based bands, including Commonwealth Revival and poorcolin. He loves writing about music, and was previously a contributor to Pinpoint Music. #254

NICK GRAVELINE is a Wisconsinite who chased a bird down to Nashville, Tennessee to make a home and escape the cold. He reads, carries things, and believes Guided By Voices to be the greatest rock band of the modern era. He tries his best not to leave the house. #419 / #398 / #370 / #363 / #329 / #283

PRARTHANA GURUNG works for a living, but is on a constant search to merge passion with trade. Strike up a convo with her about anything related to Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, Mario (R & B, not Nintendo), community organizing, or Sandra Cisneros, and you’re in for a lively one. #469 / #393

PAUL HANEY's work has appeared in Fourth Genre, Sweet, Slate, Redivider, Gravel, Glide, the Tallahassee Democrat, and elsewhere. He'll soon have an MFA from Emerson College. Follow him @paulhaney. #247

JOSHUA HARMON is the author of the essay collection The Annotated Mixtape, the novel Quinnehtukqut, the short story collection History of Cold Seasons, and the poetry collections Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie and Scape. He lives in western Massachusetts. #461 / #432 / #429 / #412

DILLON HAWKINS is a graduate student. He watches a lot of baseball and has a companionable bond with a dog named Boo. They live in Oklahoma. #365 / #344 / #311 / #278

HOLLY HAWORTH grew up in rural Tennessee on 1980s country music radio and cricket-song. When she was ten or eleven she got into Violent Femmes and The Flaming Lips. She still likes all of these things. If Holly could resurrect any musician it would have to be Jason Molina, a mad and beautiful genius who does not have a single album on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 list. #457 / #425 / #364 / #351

UPMA KAPOOR is a graduate student writing communications plans, and a project manager with poems taped to her desk. Her bookshelf has her Jane Austen action figure standing next to her vinyl of Beyonce’s B'Day. #376 / #297

J.P. KEMMICK is a graduate of the University of Montana's MFA program and the author of the chapbook Space City, USA. He lives in Portland, OR, where he writes for the music and culture magazine, Eleven PDX. #484 / #473

KATELYN KILEY received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she served as Levis Fellow and was lead copyeditor for Blackbird. Her poems and essays have appeared in Mead, Bayou, and Hobart, among others. #472 / #465 / #448 / #411 / #403 / #395 / #353 / #315 / #270

STEVEN CASIMER KOWALSKI lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. His favorite band is Black Sabbath. Right now he is listening to a lot of St. Vincent and early Genesis. If you’d like to talk about music with him, he's on Twitter @casimerkowalski. #463 / #437 / #407 / #386 / #356 / #341 / #300 / #266

COLIN LEE received his MFA from Hollins University, where he was awarded the Andrew James Purdy Prize for Fiction and the Melanie Hook Rice Award for the novel. He reads and writes, but mostly climbs mountains in VA with his dog, Brown Dog. #401 / #371 / #264

JOE LENNON grew up in Georgia and North Carolina, and since then has lived in Texas, Missouri, Czech Republic, and China. Now he lives and teaches in Colorado, and takes long walks. He has taken approximately 2205 photographs of nothing and put them on Instagram: @joe.lennon #332

S.H. LOHMANN is from Houston, where she attended the same high school as Beyonce. She has an MFA from Hollins University. She lives in Roanoke, where she manages programming at an adult literacy non-profit, and reads poetry for the LA Review. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Indiana Review, Third Coast, and Best New Poets 2014. #451 / #308

JOE MANNING is a columnist, essayist, songwriter, and founding member of the band King’s Daughters & Sons. Their 2011 release, If Then Not When was met with the critical acclaim of eager, thronging tweenies. Manning is legally blind in one eye but stands his watch with unflinching bravery, surveying the cultural landscape of the 21st century, and the punch bowl. #434 / #406 / #391

RYAN MARR lives in Baltimore. He likes music, lunch, and getting e-mail. Ryanlmarr at gmail dot com. #336 / #286 / #240

JEFF MARTIN has been published in Mississippi Review, The Greensboro Review, Sou’wester, and Mid-American Review, among others. He is the Associate Director of the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop. #249

SEBASTIAN MATTHEWS lives with his family in Asheville, NC. The author of two collections of poems and a memoir, he is currently working on a novel and has recently completed a book of essays. #436

MARISSA MAZEK received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, where she was a runner-up for the Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel. Her work has appeared in Watershed Review, The Emma Press Anthology of Homesickness and Exile, THEThe Poetry, and others. She now calls Virginia home. #427 / #295

MOIRA MCAVOY is a UMW graduate and past editorial staff member at both the Rappahannock Review and NANO Fiction whose work has appeared in The Rumpus and Storyscape. Currently, she lives in DC, where she works full-time in a cubicle and part-time as a youth literacy volunteer, but mostly, she spends her time yelling about politics, pop punk, and running on Twitter. #236

JACK MCLAUGHLIN was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He received a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. #416

ZAN MCQUADE is a writer, photographer, translator, and baseball enthusiast living in Cincinnati. She is the editor of The Cincinnati Anthology, drives a 2003 Subaru Outback, and has a thing for Todd Rundgren. #446 / #405 / #389 / #360 / #277

MATT MEADE's fiction has appeared in The Sun Magazine, The Rag, Maudlin House, and elsewhere. Some of his work, as well as the one good picture he has of himself, can be found at matthewthomasmeade.com. He no longer smokes. #293

JOSH MEDSKER is a New Jersey writer, originally from Alaska. His work has appeared in many publications, including The Ekphrastic Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Everest, Red Savina Review, Haiku Journal, The Review Review, and Into the Void (UK). For a full list of publications, please visit his website. #260

ANGELA MORRIS earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma and currently serves as the Grant Writer for the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design. Her previous fiction and creative nonfiction has appeared in This Land Press, Atticus Review, The Chaffin Journal, and other literary magazines. #340 / #234

LENA MOSES-SCHMITT's work appears or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2015, The Normal School, Ninth Letter, Devil's Lake, and elsewhere. She lives in Austin, Texas. #495 / #466 / #433 / #390 / #372 / #358 / #258

ANNIE MOUNTCASTLE is from Roanoke, Virginia. She studied at the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University and loved it. Her work has appeared in Oxford Magazine, Rattle, Dialogist, and The Greensboro Review. #459

EMMA MURRAY is working on an MFA in creative writing at Oklahoma State University. She loves David Bowie, ice cream, and anonymity. #324

SARAH NICHOLS lives and writes in Connecticut. She is the author of three chapbooks, including She May Be a Saint (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2016) and Edie (Whispering): Poems from Grey Gardens (dancing girl press, 2015). She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. #342 / #269 / #251

NATASHA OLADOKUN is a writer living in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her poetry and essays most often explore faith, doubt, the divine, and learning to know God through language and creative expression. She holds an MFA from Hollins University, where she learned that genres are only sort of a real thing. You can follow her on Twitter at @NatashaOladokun. #304 / #302 / #242

BRIAN OLIU is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is the author of four full-length collections: So You Know It’s Me (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2011), Leave Luck to Heaven (Uncanny Valley Press, 2014), Enter Your Initials For Record Keeping (Cobalt Press, 2015), and i/o (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015). #367 / #259

MARTHA PARK is an MFA candidate at Hollins University's Jackson Center for Creative Writing. She is from Memphis, Tennessee. #486 / #434 / #417 / #280

ADAM PETERSON's fiction can be found in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. He recently moved to Los Angeles, California, for some reason. #292

EMILIA PHILLIPS is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and three chapbooks. Her poetry appears in Agni, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s the recipient of a Breadloaf Writers Conference fellowship and an Emerging Writer Lectureship from Gettysburg College. She’s the prose editor of 32 Poems. #492 / #477 / #467 / #423 / #279 / #246

EDIE POUNDERS, a native of East Tennessee, lives in Memphis, where she watches episodes of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 on YouTube in cycle sequence with the liturgical calendar, procrastinates, and talks to her dogs. She has an MFA. #379

S. PRICE writes and hikes in Roanoke, Virginia. She frequently rocks out to many albums featured on the RS 500. #445

DAVID W. PRITCHARD received his MFA in poetry from UMass Amherst, where he is currently pursuing a PhD in modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. He is a member of the Central Committee of INDUSTRIAL LUNCH magazine. His poems have appeared in Route 9 Literary Magazine, TINGE, No Assholes, and elsewhere. #478 / #456 / #440 / #420 / #413 / #404 / #382 / #350 / #348 / #309 / #273

WILL PRITCHARD (no relation) lives in Portland, OR and teaches English at Lewis & Clark College. #458 / #450 / #418 / #400

COLIN RAFFERTY teaches nonfiction writing at the University of Mary Washington, and is at work on a collection of essays about the Presidents of the United States of America (the actual ones, not the band). #489 / #475 / #388 / #317

EMMA RAULT is a writer and translator living on a canal boat in London. #282

TODD RODMAN is a session bassist based in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He loves Rick Danko and that Southwestern skyline. He's played on none of your favorite albums. #368

MIKE SCALISE is the author of the memoir The Brand New Catastrophe, forthcoming from Sarabande Books. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, Agni, and a number of other places. He's on Twitter at @mikescalise. #346

WILL SELLARI once had a demo he sent into Ipecac Records sampled without credit by Mike Patton. He now makes corporate videos about feet. #256

MOLLY SELTZER graduated from the University of Virginia and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She is the author of All Downhill from Ivan Puffenbarger and is currently writing YA. She spends her free time thinking about veterans' rights, baking, and what life would be like if she'd actually become a jellyologist. #355 / #275

BRAD SHOUP is a SaaS knowledge manager in Austin, Texas. He has written for SPIN, Stereogum, The Singles Jukebox, Red Bull Music Academy, The Atlantic online, and Maura Magazine. He is preparing for the birth of his firstborn by ranking the 400 best songs of the 1990s. #303

MARIE SICOLA received a BA in studio art and English from the University of Mary Washington. She currently lives in Richmond, VA where she loves photography, screen printing T-shirts, and making origami cranes. #314

JOE P. SQUANCE is a writer and teacher in Oxford, Ohio. You can read his fiction in magazines like Juked and Monkeybicycle. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got is the first CD he ever paid his own money for, in 1990. He owns that same copy still to this day. #408 / #378 / #362 / #331 / #263

CONSTANCE SQUIRES's novels are Along the Watchtower (Riverhead) and Live from Medicine Park (forthcoming). Short stories have appeared in Guernica, Shenandoah, The Atlantic Monthly, This Land, and other magazines. Nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, The Village Voice, Largehearted Boy, and on the NPR program Snap Judgment. #460 / #455 / #385 / #357 / #289 / #265

EVE STRILLACCI teaches at the University of Hartford, where she devours student essays to feed her life force. Once full, she watches hockey and forgets to make important phone calls. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has appeared in Sixth Finch, The Paris-American, and elsewhere. #482 / #443 / #373 / #335 / #238

SARAH SWEENEY is the author of Tell Me If You're Lying, a collection of essays. She works as a freelance writer and crushes on Action Bronson. #272 / #239

JILL TALBOT is the author of The Way We Weren't: A Memoir from Soft Skull Press (2015). Her work may be found online in journals such as Brevity, DIAGRAM, Hobart, The Normal School, The Paris Review Daily, and The Rumpus. #375

ADAM TAVEL won the Permafrost Book Prize for his poetry collection Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015). He is also the author of The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming) and the epistolary chapbook Red Flag Up (Kattywompus, 2013). You can find him online at http://adamtavel.com. #447 / #426 / #409 / #237

SHANNON THARP is the author of The Cost of Walking (Skysill Press, 2011) and Vertigo in Spring (The Cultural Society, 2013). With Sommer Browning, she's the co-editor of Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel: Innovative Meditations on Librarianship, forthcoming from Library Juice Press in 2017. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming. #330

ERIC THOMPSON received his MFA in creative writing from Hollins University, where he was awarded the Andrew James Purdy Prize for Short Fiction. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in or is forthcoming from Blackbird, Bodega, and Glimmer Train, among other journals. He writes and reads in Virginia. #500 / #497 / #476 / #415 / #359 / #338 / #322 / #252 / #250

ELIZABETH WADE holds degrees from Davidson College and the University of Alabama. She divides her time between Virginia (where she teaches at the University of Mary Washington) and New York (where she works in curriculum development). Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, AGNI, The Oxford American, and others. #424 / #255

BENJAMIN WALKER earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. He works as a civil servant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His poetry has appeared in PANK, Prick of the Spindle, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, SOFTBLOW, and elsewhere. #274

MICHAEL WASHBURN is Director of Programs at Humanities New York. He writes about books and culture for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and other publications, and is currently working on a book about rock ‘n’ roll, southern identity, and the southernization of the US. #268

ERIK WENNERMARK writes prose in Hong Kong. If forced to pick between Iron Maiden and most things, he would choose Iron Maiden. Follow him on Twitter @erikwmark. #464 / #441 / #438 / #397 / #312 / #248

APRIL GRAY WILDER's fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in journals such as Dovetail, Prick of the Spindle, EAT audio magazine, and Potluck. She is editor of Fiction Fix and a science writer for NYU. She manages to be from VA, NYC, and FL all at the same time. #320 / #313