Kay Koczarski is a bonsai tree. Over the years she has been trimmed and pruned, often dramatically, to become the small but pleasing form she is today. Concentrated awesome, if you will. Care instructions: Keep in partial sun and good company. Water moderately. If possible place in a spot with a frequent breeze and in view of a forest. Feed often with good books. In lieu of pruning, please provide bonsai with a pen and paper or keyboard if she becomes too full of ideas. Little known fact: Guinea pigs are favorable companions for bonsai trees.
Desi Stern has a jar full of fireflies for a heart. They flicker brightest when they are writing stories, making art and music, or editing a literary journal. Certain of these fireflies enjoy doofing around with Sam the Man (who is actually a dog), making up silly songs with Des’ wife, Kay, and zooming around pretending to be superheroes. They would also like you to know that, despite appearances, they are (in the immortal words of Disney’s Mulan) “swift as a coursing river” and “mysterious as the dark side of the moon.” (They are pretty silly.)
Brandon “Our Hero” Gretter has that kind of love affair with writing where you take writing out to a classy joint and order a serious bottle of wine before taking writing home and making out with it on the couch to Barry White for 47 minutes. His likes include: Franz Kafka, Dr. Pepper, that kind of sushi you have to eat off of naked girls, Nightcrawler, and Sam Elliot in “Roadhouse.” He whirls through life like a drunken, misplaced metaphor, stumbling into numerous lovely projects such as this one.