Blake Kimzey is a 2014 graduate of the MFA Programs In Writing at UC Irvine and the recipient of a generous 2013 Emerging Writer Grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation. Blake is the author of the story collection Families Among Us. His work has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, FiveChapters, Byliner, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, Short Fiction, Mid-American Review, The Lifted Brow, PANK, Fiction Southeast, Juked, Keyhole, Monkeybicycle, and anthologized in Surreal South ’13. He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas and recently finished writing his first novel.
Lauren Belmore is a playwright, poet, and performer based in Denton, TX. Her play, She’s Beyond Good and Evil: a Series of Works Based on the Music of St. Vincent, premiered via the FirstStage program at the University of North Texas, and regionally premiered at Applause Theatre in Houston. Her two-act play, The Diver’s Wife, premieres in March 2015 and will be the first student written full-length play UNT has produced in forty years. In June 2014, she performed a one woman piece at TEMPER’s “Beyoncé: An Art Show” in Austin. She is a part of the Punk Poet Society of Denton, which performs monthly at Poetry Out Loud. She has also performed with Spiderweb Salon. Anecdotes she has written have been performed at Bootown’s Grown Up Story Time in Houston, and she has been published in zines by Bootown, Spiderweb Salon, & Goathead Record Collective. She enjoys reading a worn copy of Hamlet by candlelight, while the Smiths softly play in the background. She will graduate from UNT in May 2015, and hopes to, one day, attend graduate school for an MFA in playwriting.