Co-Founder and Executive Editor
Hardy Jones received an MFA from the University of Memphis and a Ph,D. in Creative Writing and American Literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is the author of the novel Every Bitter Thing (Black Lawrence Press, 2010) and the memoir People of the Good God (Mongrel Empire Press, 2015). His essay "Dry Gumbo" and his short story "A New Bike for Little Mike" are nominated for 2015 Pushcart Prizes. His creative nonfiction has been awarded two grants. He has published over thirty pieces of short fiction and creative nonfiction in literary journals. His story "Snow" appeared in the2009 Dogzplot Flash Fiction Anthology, his short story "Bunk Beds But No Chairs" was in The Best of Clapboard House Literary Journal, his stories "A New Bike for Little Mike" and "Visitin' Cormierville" were in the Southern Gothic: New Tales from the South anthology from New Lit Salon Press, and his story "Grandmother's Coconut Tree" appeared in the Summer Shorts II Anthology. He is the co-founder and Executive Editor ofCybersoleil: A Literary Journal (www.cybersoeiljournal.com). He was the Guest Editor of an all prose issue (#44) of the online journal Sugar Mule and he is the Flash Fiction Editor for Sugar Mule (http://www.sugarmule.com/index2.htm). He is a former Associate Professor of English and the Director of Creative Writing at Cameron University. His website is www.hardyjoneswriting.com and he is on Twitter at @HardyJonesWrite. Hardy divides his time between New Orleans, Louisiana and Si Sa Ket Province Thailand.
William Yazbec is a writer and teacher based in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a professor of writing at UW-Platteville and active in the tri-state (Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois) literary community. He has been published most recently in Drumvoices Revue, Verse Wisconsin, and 21 Stars Review.
Co-Founder and Webmaster
Natthinee Khot-asa Jones is a country girl from the Thai side of the Thai-Cambodian border. She grew up speaking Cambodian, Thai, and Laotian. In 2000, she graduated from Sophon Business School in Thailand, and later attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Auburn University. Her short story "Puppy Love" was published in the Thai anthology High School Love in 2007. Her memoir Wal-Mart Girl was published in 2008 by Nokhook publishing; in 2015, an excerpt of the English translation, "My Talking Dic," is in Issue Two of Red Truck Review. Her novel The Heart of Time was also published by Nokhook in 2008, and in that same year her webblog, Roslita-bloggang was voted the third best literature blog on the Pantip website.
In addition to being a writer, Natthinee is an avid photographer. One of her photos was used for the cover image of the "Family Secrets" (Issue #44) for Sugar Mule Online Magazine. In 2006-2007, she was a Laotian translator and photographer for Louisiana’s Folklife “New Populations Project.” For this project, her husband received a research grant to write about Songkran, the Buddhist New Year's celebration in the Laotian community of Lanxang outside of Lafayette, Louisiana. The essay and photographs from their research are on the Louisiana Folklife website. Natthinee loves cooking and in 2006 her Phad-Thai recipe was featured in the Wal-Mart Family Cookbook. She is co-founder and webmaster for Cybersoleil online journal and hardyjoneswriting's website.
She worked in the Lawton Public School system for four years, and she worked in the Accounting department at Sam's Club from 2009 to 2014, and in November 2011 she was named Associate of the Month.
She loves to read, write, draw, cook, travel, and work on her website. Currently she is translating her Thai works into English and is preparing to attend the University of New Orleans in spring 2017.
Check out her writing at http://www.natthineeandhardy.com.