David Baird studied English Literature at Wheaton College, Illinois; Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford; and Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. He currently reviews films for Thinking Faith while working toward his doctorate at the University of St Andrews.
Thomas DeFreitas was born in Boston. He was graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1987, and attended the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) for three semesters. In the early nineties, he was published in Mudfish. In 2012, his ghazal “Roxbury” appeared in Dappled Things. A poem of his, “And Flowers,” will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of Plainsongs (Hastings College, Nebraska). Thomas DeFreitas lives in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Beth Impson received her Ph.D. in English from The University of Kansas and teaches literature and writing at Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. Her occasional reviews and articles have appeared in World Magazine and Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. She and her husband, Keiller, are the parents of five, the oldest and youngest of whom serve in the Navy, and grandparents of 14.
Elena Lee Johnson lives and works in Chicago's south suburbs but grew up in rural western Illinois. The emotional and physical landscape of her childhood home deeply influences her writing.
Kathleen Kilcup was a Russian linguist in the US Army and studied philosophy as an undergraduate in Oregon. Her writing deals with themes of addiction, exile, landscape and Christianity as sources of paradox and meaning-making. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in CURA, Dappled Things, Saint Katherine’s Review, The Poet’s Billow and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA candidate at UC Riverside, where she is working on her first book of poetry.
Lydia McGrew is a housewife and home schooling mother living in Michigan. She took a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University (1995) and has published a number of works in philosophy. She is the co-author (with Timothy McGrew) of Internalism and Epistemology: The Architecture of Reason (Routledge, 2007), and her articles have appeared in journals such as Erkenntnis, Journal of Philosophical Research, and Philosophia Christi. She is a contributor to the group weblog What’s Wrong with the World. She is a contributing editor to The Christendom Review.