Lynn Marie Houston founded Five Oaks Press in 2014 and continues to serve as its editor-in-chief. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Arizona State University and an MFA from Southern Connecticut State University. Her poems have achieved distinction in contests sponsored by The Heartland Review Press, Tom Howard/Margaret Reid, Main Street Rag Publishing (the Cathy Smith Bowers contest), Press 53/Prime Number Magazine, Whispering Prairie Press, the Broad River Review (the Rash Award), Brain Mill Press, and Cultural Weekly. During the 2016-2017 school year, she also serves as poetry editor for the Noctua Review. Her book of poetry, The Clever Dream of Man (Aldrich Press, 2015), won 1st prize in the Connecticut Press Club’s statewide literary competition and went on to take 2nd place with the National Federation of Press Women. It was also a finalist for an Indie Excellence Award. She has books forthcoming from Main Street Rag Publishing, Word Poetry Books, and the Heartland Review Press. Lynn Houston also serves as a voting member on the National Book Critics Circle.
Stacey Balkun holds an M.F.A. from Fresno State. In addition to serving as an assistant editor for Five Oaks Press, Stacey is a reader for Glint Journal, a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers, a teaching artist at The Poetry Barn, and Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in Iron Horse Literary Review, Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and other journals and anthologies. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She is the author of two chapbooks, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl press 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ Publications 2016), and co-Editor, along with Catherine Moore, of Fiolet & Wing: An Anthology of Domestic Fabulist Women Poets.