Nicolás Verni (1991) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He spent his childhood in a small town located on the Atlantic coast. In 2010, he moved to Mar del Plata where he achieved a degree in Psychology, and in 2016, he left Argentina to travel the world with his partner.

His work is mostly fiction in the form of short stories, some scarce poetry and random essays. Since 2014, Nicolás has participated in several literary contests, and he has been published in numerous anthologies.

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Kat Nestel is a fourth-year speech pathology student at Duquesne University. She likes to read books, watch cartoons, rollerblade, and enjoy the occasional existential crisis. She has been published in the Lexicon (Duquesne University), Caveat Lector (University College of Dublin), Honey Bee Review (local Pittsburgh), dog’s breakfast, and Tapestry (Fox Chapel Area High School) literary magazines.

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Mac Horne is a Pittsburgh transplant who grew up in a West Virginia village masquerading as a Pennsylvania coal town called Berlin. Mac is an architectural archaeologist and she chooses to wear field boots with a heel so as not to feel physically inferior to her male counterparts.  Her most impressive talents include spending money on Roger Waters records and keeping a straight face while drinking dry red wine.  In her spare time, Mac likes to indulge in self-deprecation and long-distance running.  She is the proud owner of three copies of The Catcher in the Rye and aspires to keep an orchid alive one day.

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Austin Ostiguy is the Artistic Director and founder of Flowers for Strangers. Since his graduation from Duquesne University, Austin has settled into the Pittsburgh music scene as a tenacious producer, composer, and performer. He is the Music Director for pop-country artist Justin Fabus, an organist at Concord Presbyterian Church (Carrick) and First Lutheran Church (Downtown), and works with a number of independent artists in the Pittsburgh area. The end goal for Austin is to be a driving force in the progression of art, inspiring more respect for and participation in creative expression. He lives by Richard Wagner's ideal of the “total artwork,” encouraging a collaboration of the visual arts, literature, and music. Austin’s other artistic influences include Andy Warhol, Arthur Schopenhauer, Vincent van Gogh, John Coltrane, and Olivier Messiaen. Two of his poems, Solace and Marigolds, were published in the Lexicon Journal at Duquesne University in 2017.

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Allie Stewart considers herself a student of many things, but she is first and foremost a student of life, using mediums of poetry, photography, and conversation with strangers to learn the details of the world around her. In sharing her work with Flowers for Strangers, she wishes to share a sentiment with others that they, too, can balance their creative sides with the chaos of an early adulthood experience.

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Stuart Frick is a 21 year-old local artist who makes poetry, paintings, and clothing. This is very scary for them.

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"I am Gabrielle Marshall, a young poet who has been involved with poetry since my mother began reading me humorous Silverstein poems at age seven. Since I grew up appreciating verse, I also grew into participating in national poetry competitions and Slam Poetry groups throughout the East Coast. 
I like to write about my imagination, my dreams, and life experiences. I tell my poems like stories, because that's exactly what I'm doing. Poetry has been my most loved form of expression among being a musician, photographer, and graphic designer."

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