The Editors

Melissa Fournier, LMSW

Melissa works as the Program Director for Michael’s Place, a nonprofit bereavement support center in Traverse City, MI, where she designs and facilitates grief support programs including Writing Through Loss, an ongoing writing workshop aimed at helping individuals shape their grief narrative. Melissa has worked in adult, pediatric, and perinatal hospice, mental health, and has been a featured speaker on end-of-life, bereavement, and ethics. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wayne State University, and a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. Her writing has appeared in Dunes Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, and Medical Literary Messenger. She is co-editor of AFTER: Stories about Loss and What Comes Next (Barnwood Books, 2019) and author of Abruptio (The Poetry Box, 2019).

Gina Pribaz, MFA, MA

Gina is a clinical associate in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, where she teaches creative writing and health humanities. She has developed humanities, arts, and ethics programming at a nonprofit healthcare system in Peoria, IL. She holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Her essays have appeared in Body and Soul: Narrative of Healing from Ars MedicaTampa ReviewBrain,Child Magazine, and elsewhere. She volunteers with the National Organization for Arts in Health.

Contributors

Jafar Al-Mondhiry

Shannon Arntfield

Daniel Becker

Christopher Blake

Joseph Bocchicchio

Lila Flavin

Rachel Fleishman

Serena J. Fox

William A. French

Jennifer Hu

Simone Kantola

Pam Lenkov

Mary C. Lindberg

Teegan Mannion

Veneta Masson

Pamela A. Mitchell

Richard Morand

Kacper Niburski

Paivi E. Pittman

Aneesh Rajmaira

Sheri Reda

Lara Ronan

Hui-wen Alina Sato

Thom Schwarz

Elena Schwolsky

Katherine DiBella Seluja

Howard F. Stein

Daniel J. Waters

Kelley White

Rondalyn Varney Whitney

Anna-leila Williams

Maria Wolfe