Julia Goss was teased at university because of coming from Scunthorpe, a steel town which many otherwise rational people still believe lies on the east coast. She now lives in the beautiful Forest of Dean, a forgotten slice of Gloucestershire, uninhabited by any member of the royal family, where she taught for many years in primary schools but is now a gardener.
Charlotte Innes is a British-born poet and writer now living in Los Angeles. She has published two chapbooks of poems, Licking the Serpent (2011) and Reading Ruskin in Los Angeles (2009), both with Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has also appeared in The Best American Spiritual Writing 2006 (Houghton Mifflin) and other anthologies, as well as many journals, including The Hudson Review, The Sewanee Review, The Raintown Review, and Rattle. She has also written about books and the arts for many publications, including The Los Angeles Times and The Nation. She teaches creative writing and English in schools in and around Los Angeles.