Joel Barrett is an LGBTQ Writer, Speaker, and Gatherer. He is recognized for his honesty in sharing his colorful story as a former Baptist pastor and survivor of ex-gay therapy. His memoir Godly, But Gay will be released this year. Learn more at JoelSpeaksOut.com
Kelly Barth was a fiction fellow in the University of Montana’s creative writing program and has received fellowships from the Missouri Arts Council and the Kansas Arts Commission. Her work has been published in anthologies and literary journals, most recently Parcel. Her memoir, Searching for Imaginary Jesus, was published in 2012 by Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her wife, landscape painter, Lisa Grossman.
Annette Hope Billings is an award-winning poet working on her fourth collection. Her first collection, A Net Full of Hope, earned an ArtsConnect ARTY Award in 2015. Her work can also be found in a variety of anthologies as well as in print and online journals. Please visit her website for further information: anetfullofhope.com
Wayne Courtois is author of the memoir A Report from Winter, and the novel Tales My Body Told Me. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Hibernation and Other Poems by Gay Bards, The I-70 Review, and Assaracus (poetry) and Jonathan (fiction) from Sibling Rivalry Press.
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