Heinrich Heine was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in either 1797 or 1799. In 1831 he took exile in France, where he often struggled financially despite irregular patronage from a millionaire uncle. With freedom of speech, he developed an international reputation for the lyricism, wordplay, irony, and excoriating satire of his poems, and was called the last of the Romantics. In 1841 he married Crescence Eugénie Mirat (“Mathilde”), who cared for him during eight years of paralysis; he wrote from bed until his death in 1856.
Ann M. Thompson is a poet-writer based in Washington, DC. Her work (including poetry, short fiction, vignettes, creative nonfiction, collaborative video-poems, and photography) has been published in more than twenty literary journals. She has been honored with final, long-list or short-list rankings in ten literary contests since 2014. After a thirty-year career as a technical writer-editor in global health and development, Thompson now runs her own holistic wellness practice, Whole Soul Healing Arts.
Alexis Sears is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a proud graduate of the Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Hopkins Review, [PANK], the Texas Review, Passages North, and elsewhere. She is originally from Palos Verdes, California.
Sam Aaron Morgan has been published in the Louisville Review, the Writer’s Chronicle, and the Encyclopedia of American Indian History. He received a literature degree from Duke and an MFA in fiction from Chatham University. He became a novelist by way of filmmaking. He previously interned at DreamWorks and edited videos for the Smithsonian to distribute to Native American tribal governments.
Michael Cohen has been publishing personal essays since his retirement from teaching. His latest book is A Place to Read (IP Press, 2014). He lives on the Blood River in Kentucky and in the Tucson Mountains.