Mark Stephenson graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1972 as a Double bass student of Roger M. Scott. He was Assistant Principal Bassist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic for five years and has worked with many performing organizations since returning to the United States, including the National Symphony, the Washington National Opera, and the National Philharmonic. In addition to the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, he currently serves as Principal Bassist of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra.
Holly Mason received her MFA in Poetry from George Mason University in 2017. Her work has been published in The Adroit Journal, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, The Northern Virginia Review, Foothill Poetry Journal, University of Arizona Poetry Center Blog, Entropy, CALYX, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She received a Bethesda Urban Partnership Poetry prize, selected by E. Ethelbert Miller. She has been a panelist for OutWrite in DC (a celebration of LGBTQ+ literature) and participated in DC's Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here events as a Kurdish-American poet. Holly currently lives in Northern Virginia, works in the GMU English Department, and is on the staff of Poetry Daily.