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Maria Walker lives in Anderson, SC, and works as a Social Media and Content Writer for Park Seed, Inc. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. When she isn’t working she is either teaching a group cycle class at her local gym or hanging out with friends. At the end of the day you can find her curled up on the couch with a fantasy novel or binge-watching a new Netflix show.

Cathy Nelson Price has spent the past half century as a published and paid assignment reporter and freelance writer. She is a longtime member of the American Theatre Critics Association, and has greatly enjoyed her work in the arts and entertainment fields, including professional sports. Having been mentored by writers, public servants, performers, athletes, and others she greatly respects, Cathy hopes to use her body of work and lifetime of learning to help other writers find their unique voice as she was helped. 

Brent Canle HeadshotBrent Canle holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he is also currently a candidate for an English MA. A poet, educator, and mentor with the PEN American Prison Writing Program, his work has appeared in such publications as Bull Magazine, 2 River View, Angry Old Man, and others with forthcoming work in Phantom Drift. He maintains a found poetry Instagram @creature_bc.

Chelsea Wetherell HeadshotChelsea Wetherell is working toward her Master of Arts Liberal Studies at UNCW. She is a Managing Editor for Palaver and Marketing Director for Hempleton Investment Group. In her free time, she teaches yoga and is an amateur photographer. Chelsea lives in Wilmington, NC, with her husband and dog.

Kent Weigle is a MFA student at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. He is a poet obsessed with the long poem, the American Idiom, and anything that baffles the mundane. Some of his work has appeared in Palaver, Talking River Review, the anthology Luminous Echoes (Into the Void, 2016), and RainTaxi.


Short film by Ingrid Stobbe published in the Spring 2019 issue of Palaver.

Carol Wolf has worked more than two decades as a business journalist including eighteen years at Bloomberg News. Her work has appeared in publications including: the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others. She currently works as a freelancer writing primarily white papers and marketing copy. Wolf is also the Walter E. Hussman Lecturer in Business Journalism at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She has undergraduate degrees from Baldwin Wallace University in music and business. She lives in Pittsboro, NC near her horse Sundance.

Jessica Gorsuch is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina. She earned her BA in Philosophy with a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her undergraduate research focused on increasing representation for women and minorities in doctoral-level philosophy programs. Ms. Gorsuch is currently pursuing an MA in Liberal Studies at UNCW, where her research focuses exclusively on unearthing and amplifying the contributions of women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups to the larger field of philosophy.

Nicole Paulson is a Marine Corps combat veteran and a researcher. She has a BA in Public Sociology and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Nicole is pursuing an MA in Liberal Studies with a Women’s and Gender Studies certificate add-on. She has a passion forPhoto of Nicole Paulson writing and educating. Her research includes women veteran’s issues, military sexual trauma, and social inequality. She spends her time homeschooling her two children and chasing her one-year-old. She is married to a wonderful artist and great father.

Erica is originally from upstate New York. She moved to North Carolina nine years ago and enrolled in Cape Fear Community College. After earning her Associate’s degree, she transferred to UNCW where she earned a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Criminology. She is now pursuing her Master’s in Liberal Studies, which she hopes to complete in 2018. Erica enjoys reading, decorating her new home, and spending time with her husband and five cats.