Abby Bardi is a professor of English at Prince George’s Community College. She is the author of The Book of Fred (Washington Square Press) and The Secret Letters (Impules). Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and journals, including High Fidelity: 24 Great Short Stories About Adultery by Some of Our Best Contemporary Authors (William Morrow). She was awarded the 2016 Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction for her story, "Abu the Water Carrier." Her most recent novel Double Take (HaperCollins), "is set in Chicago, 1975, and tells the story of artsy Rachel Cochrane, who returns from college with no job and confronts the recent death of Bando, one of her best friends (Goodreads)."
Andreia Chavis-Douglas is a professor of Art at Prince George's Community College. She is the author and illustrator of Do You Like Pancakes? and her next children's book is titled Beware of the Mud Monster (consult her website for details). Chavis-Douglas recently retired from the Washington Post, where she served as a graphic artist. She currently resides in Washington, DC.
Sylvia Simmons is a former employee of the eLearning Services Department at Prince George’s Community College. She is the founder and president of SiHoWa Publishing and editor of the quarterly Purple Passion for the Arts. Simmons is the author of the Anything But Love Trilogy which includes Beyond Love, An Affair With a Stranger, and Anything But Love (SiHoWa).
Derrick Weston Brown is the author of the 2011 collection of poetry Wisdom Teeth (Busboys and Poets Press/PM Press). His work has appeared in such literary journals as The Little Patuxent Review, Mythium, The Tidal Basin Review, and Vinyl. Weston Brown is a recipient of the 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant and served as the 2012-2013 Writer-In-Residence of the Howard County Poetry Literary Society of Maryland. He is a founder of The Nine of the Ninth, a monthly poetry series held at Busboys and Poets. Weston Brown holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University and resides in Mount Rainier, Maryland. Follow him on Facebook and Instagram.