Melanny Henson, founder of Red Orchid Publishing, received her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment in 2010 from Iowa State University. She taught college courses for many years at Iowa State, specializing in Composition, Business Communications, Education, Linguistics, and Gender Studies. She served as editor of Flyway: A Journal of Writing and Environment from 2007-2010. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in Sunstone Magazine, Low Down and Coming On: A Dangerous Collection of Poems about Pigs, Brown Paper, and Scribendi. She is also the recipient of numerous creative writing awards, including the Utah Women in Film Screenwriting Competition, the Thad and Jenny Box Creative Writing Award, and The Dark Horse Award for New Writers.
Rumit Pancholi was a 2013 Fellow of the Kundiman Poetry Retreat, a recipient of a 2013 grant from Poets & Writers, a Folger Shakespeare Theater's Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Jimenez–Porter Writers' House resident at the University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, where he was nominated for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and the AWP Intro Journals Project. Rumit's collection of poems, titled Anatomy of a Ghost, was selected by Ray Gonzalez as the winner of the 2007 Midwest Chapbook Award. Rumit has received honors from Atlantic Monthly, Black Warrior Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly, among others. He is currently a production editor/project manager at World Bank Publications in Washington, DC. In his free time, he enjoys drinking wheat beers, attempting yoga, writing Yelp reviews, watching classic movies, and hosting travelers from around the world through Couchsurfing.org.
Chelsey Clammer received her MA in Women's Studies from Loyola University Chicago, and is currently enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program. She has been published in The Rumpus, Atticus Review, and The Coachella Review among many others, and has an essay forthcoming in the South Loop Review. She is an award-winning and Pushcart Prize nominee essayist. Clammer is the Managing Editor and Nonfiction Editor for The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review, as well as a columnist and workshop instructor for the journal. She is also the Nonfiction Editor for The Dying Goose. Her first collection of essays, There is Nothing Else to See Here, is forthcoming from The Lit Pub, Fall 2014. You can read more of her writing at: www.chelseyclammer.com.
Amy Waugh is a freelance journalist, poet, editor, assistant professor of writing, and professional whiskey drinker. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Iowa State University. She resides nestled next to Lake Superior, where the creative energy is strong and siren songs lull her to sleep. Currently in collaboration with swearing sculptor-sailors that commune with the Muse of the deep, she is excited to find respite with Red Orchid.
Phoebe Bass has been an avid reader since the age of three. She has been an English teacher, a mother, a wife, a campaign staffer, an exchange student, and a skin care product demonstrator, among other things. She is an Oregon transplant to Southern California, where she enjoys the sunshine as long as the temperature stays below 80. Phoebe has often been praised for her writing abilities, yet finds the sight of a blank page to be one of life's most terrifying prospects. She holds a MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University and a BA in Sociology from Pomona College.
For Stephanie Durden Edwards, it only took a few rhyming lines in a poem when she was in second grade to catch the bug. Words came together like magic in her head. She scribbled them down on wide lined notebook paper and to her amazement, everyone loved what she wrote. Early adulthood brought marriage and a small family and writing took a backseat to the demands of the day. She hears a lot of writers, especially women, lament the time as lost, but she is beginning to think that those years brought her to the places she is going now. These days her world is filled with the trappings of life as a small town newspaper reporter. Her time is divided between journalism and freelance writing projects. She is only just beginning; many promising projects await just this side of the horizon.
Charmaine Fuller is from Tempe, AZ, where she resides with her two kids and mini schnauzer. Her favorite things her boys, her dog, her books, her MINI Cooper, authentic Mexican food, and her collection of earrings (in that order). She is a self-proclaimed water snob and in blind taste tests can accurately tell you which Phoenix-metropolitan city tap water originates or which brand of bottled water she is drinking. In her spare time, she practices yoga and takes pictures of pretty things. If she were a superhero, she would be a philosowarrior. And she doesn't resemble anyone famous. Oh! And she loves to read and has been editing academic papers for friends a family for many years.
Jason Arbogast grew up in Michigan, just south of Battle Creek. He could smell the cereal being made some mornings, if the wind was blowing just right, carrying the scent of sugar from the factories. If the wind wasn't blowing right, he usually smelled the fertilizer wafting off of the field across from his house. Such is life in the country. He received his MFA in creative writing from Iowa State University. Currently, he teaches at the community college level, as well as co-facilitating writing workshops with his writing partner for their business Writers for Life. His short story collection Lost and Found in Kalamazoo was published by Main Street Rag. He is working on an urban fantasy/crime noir novel.
Marie E. LeBlanc is a former aspiring actress, nanny, hot walker, tow truck dispatcher, restaurant slave and newly aspiring screenwriter. After three years of university she was bored and broke, so she left and set out to become a 'mooovie star'. Alack! Alas! Hollywood never did call, and today Miss LeBlanc spends a great deal of her time working on local films in Vancouver, British Columbia and keeps hoping to get paid one of these days! When she is not hiking, biking, swimming, sailing, or, reading, she is catering to her very demanding cat, 'Hi Ho Silver.'
Desiree Casperson hones a serious passion for both writing and editing. She will be completing a Bachelor's degree in Business Management in May 2014. During her coursework, her superpower has been writing and communication skills. When she isn't challenging punctuation, Desiree is a stay at home mother in Minot, ND. She home schools her five children while attending college online. Desiree anticipates an exciting career as Red Orchid's secret service grammar agent.