Jonathan Penton founded UnlikelyStories.org in 1998. His own poetry books are Last Chap (Vergin' Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press, 2008), Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press, 2016), and the electronic chapbook Backstories (Argotist E-books, 2017). He lives in south Louisiana, after a fashion.
For over three decades, dan raphael’s been active in the Northwest as poet, performer, editor and reading host. Everyone in This Movie Gets Paid, his 19th book, came out in June of 2016. Current poems appear in Across the Margin, Caliban, In Between Hangovers, Phantom Drift and Great Weather for Media. As well as being the Prose Editor for Unlikely Stories, he hosts the monthly Fo Po Poetry series in Portland, and once a week writes news stories and writes and records a news poem for KBOO community radio.
Photographer, printmaker and former dancer Leona Strassberg Steiner has lived her life half in Israel and half in the United States. Steiner has exhibited her photographs and prints extensively with solo exhibitions of her work at The Victory Hall Drawing Rooms of Jersey City and the New Jersey City University Visual Arts Gallery. She has participated in many group exhibitions in Spain, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New Orleans, and New York. Steiner was active in the art scene in Jersey City, where she was a frequent collaborator in projects such as We Are 6 at Alley Arts, her self-run studio/atelier/gallery. In 2016 she co-founded Catalyst Collective New Orleans.