Minadora Macheret

Minadora Macheret just completed her second Master’s of Arts at Kansas State University where she received the Graduate Poetry Award and Seaton Fellowship. She will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas this fall with a Teaching Fellowship. Her poems received Isabel Sparks’ Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Rogue Agent, Connotation Press, and others. She lives in Denton, TX, with her dog, Aki.

Sam Slaughter

Sam Slaughter is the Spirits Editor for The Manual. His work on drinks has appeared in Maxim, Bloomberg, Thirsty, and more. His fiction has appeared in Midwestern GothicMcSweeney’s Internet TendencyDrunk Monkeysand more. He is the author of two books of fiction and one forthcoming cocktail book. He can be found online at and @slaughterwrites.

Tierney Bailey – Sundress Academy for the Arts Intern

Tierney Bailey is a Libra, a lover of science fiction and poetry, and studies Korean in her spare time. She currently copyedits for Strange Horizons. Tierney is also a Writing, Literature, and Publishing graduate student at Emerson College. As an East Coast transplant from Indianapolis, Tierney still smiles upon the slightest bit of eye contact. If you can’t find her on a train between Providence and Boston, she can easily be found on Twitter as @ergotierney.