Apricity Press Issue 2 March 2017 - Page 67

Matthew Walton is the associate editor for Apricity Press. He is a History and Digital Communication Arts graduate from Oregon State University.

Matthew is an national award-winning radio personality & producer,

a poet & a journalist; an art & media factotum. He is endlessly inspired by the landscape of the Oregon Coast he grew up on, and uses that inspiration to fuel much of his artistic endeavors. Most recently, Matthew has contributed his journalistic talents to various alternative newspapers throughout Oregon.

Mira Mason-Reader is the founder and editor-in-chief of Apricity Press. She has a B.A. in English, Creative Writing and Dance from Mills College and has an M.A. in Creative Writing from University College Cork in Ireland. Mira is a poet and a dancer whose writing has been published in Voices and Visions Journal and The Walrus, and is forthcoming in ELKE and Cordella Magazine. Mira is a recipient of the Mary Merritt Henry Prize for a group of poems. As a dancer, Mira has performed both her own work and other choreographers' for a little over twenty years. Most recently, Mira was flown to Rochester, New York to perform the choreography of Leigh Ann Kabatra in Dances at MuCCC. She is currently a dancer for the Lane Dance Company in Eugene, Oregon.

Neil Davidson is the fiction editor for Apricity Press. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, where he focused his studies on American and Russian literature. He has a friendly obsession with folklore and myth of all varieties. Neil is a fiction writer, whose work has been previously published by Scary Dairy Press and Unbound: Literary Arts Magazine. He won Unbound’s 2013 “My Bloody Valentine” Theme Contest with his short story of the same title. In 2015, he was awarded the Walter and Nancy Kidd Scholarship by the University of Oregon for his participation in the highly competitive Kidd Tutorial creative writing program. As a writer, he has an endless love and appreciation for the subtlety of the short story, but has also been known to dabble in the occasional novel.

Olivia Mertz is the Poetry Editor for Apricity Press. She received her B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Mills College and currently lives in Chicagoland. Olivia is a poet and photographer. Her poetry has appeared in The Walrus and Ginosko Literary Journal, she is a recipient of the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, and her work has been supported by Art Farm and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.