Brook Bhagat

Brook Bhagat is the author of Only Flying, a Pushcart-nominated collection of surreal poetry and flash fiction on paradox, rebellion, transformation, and enlightenment from Unsolicited Press. Her work has won contests at Loud Coffee Press and A Story in 100 Words, and it has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Empty Mirror, Soundings East, The Alien Buddha Goes Pop, Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, and other journals and anthologies. She and her husband Gaurav created Blue Planet Journal,  which she edits and writes for. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Pikes Peak State College and the founder and facilitator of The Nearby Universe. Learn more at and follow her on Instagram and Twitter @BrookBhagat.

Candace R. Craig

Candace R. Craig grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, an underdog city that is the nation’s “armpit” to some, but fertile soil for her. It was there that she gathered enough memorable experiences to fuel creative writing projects for the next few decades. She is currently working as a free-lance editor, private humanities teacher, and writing instructor at Pikes Peak State College. She has compiled a series of classroom literature guides and published her creative nonfiction in such journals as The Hopper and US Represented. She recently published a co-authored monograph on the films of David Lynch with Lexington Press. You can follow her at and on Amazon.

Eric Erickson

Eric Erickson is a Colorado native and has taught English at Pikes Peak State College since 2014. His fiction has appeared in A Lonely Riot, Gambling the Aisle, and Brooklyn Magazine: Sunday Stories.

ReeAnn Hyde

ReeAnn Hyde is an academic advisor in the PPSC Advising & Testing Department. Under the pen name M.R. Hyde, she writes and is an active artist. She pens fiction and poetry for the sheer joy of words, and most of her work celebrates and explores the known and spiritual world for Christian religious purposes. Largely self-published, she has also produced two audiobooks. See more at Enjoy her online gallery at Redbubble in anticipation of her art show scheduled for July 2023 at the Pikes Peak Library District Library 21C.

S. M. Lindberg

S. M. Lindberg is a teacher and writer in Denver, Colorado who teaches English at PPSC. She earned her BA in journalism from Colorado State University and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Beyond writing, she enjoys gardening, hiking Colorado’s many trails, and hanging out with her husband and four animals. Her creative nonfiction has been published in Iris Literary Journal and is currently working on a novel.

Lisa Macedo

Lisa Macedo is a writer and instructor in Monument, Colorado.  She earned her MFA in Fiction from George Mason University and writes literary fiction and narrative nonfiction.  Her essay “El Otro Lado” won the Alan Cheuse Nonfiction Award, and her narrative essay “Juice for Faith” won the Mary Roberts Rinehart H.M. Award.  In the realm of fiction, she likes to explore literary devices like nonlinear timelines and shifting POV.  She is currently working on two novels and teaches writing at PPSC.

LaChelle (Sage) Schilling

LaChelle (Sage) Schilling teaches English at PPSC. She is a poet who writes about self-exile, food, and relationships. Find her mini online chapbook, food spelled backwards is doof, from Ghost City Press. Schilling has been published elsewhere in Abridged, Crossways, Curlew, Dodging the Rain, Ogham Stone, SurVision, Whatever Keeps the Lights On, and Waterford Teachers’ Anthology.

Amie Sharp

Amie Sharp is a past co-chair of the Pikes Peak State College English Department and is the author of The Sabine Women, awarded the Emergence Chapbook Prize from Red Dragonfly Press. A member of the Colorado Poets Center, she has been a featured poet in Atticus Review, and her writing has appeared in numerous literary journals including Badlands, the Bellevue Literary ReviewBlazeVOXBurningword Literary Journal, the Lascaux ReviewNew Plains Review, and Tar River Poetry, among others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net. She spent the summer of 2018 as an artist-in-residence at the Sabina Cultural Association in Casaprota, Italy and she has performed at Bridgewater International Poetry Festival and Houston Poetry Fest.

Jennifer Valk

Jennifer Valk holds a master’s degree in creative writing and teaches English at PPSC. She likes to immerse herself in high-fantasy and action-based magical worlds. She is currently writing her own fantasy novel about a sheltered princess thrown into a world of chaos and strife.