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Kristin Abraham – Winter 2013

Kristin Abraham is the author of The Disappearing Cowboy Trick (poetry, forthcoming from Horse Less Press) and two chapbooks: Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus (Subito Press, 2008) and Orange Reminds You of Listening (Elixir Press, 2006). Her poetry and lyric essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Best New Poets 2005, Columbia Poetry Review, LIT, and American Letters & Commentary. She teaches at a community college in Wyoming, and lives in Colorado, where she serves as editor-in-chief and poetry editor of the literary magazine Spittoon.

Carol Alexander – Winter 2013, Summer 2011, Spring 2012

4. Carol Alexander’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Bluestem, Canary, The Commonline, Chiron Review, Earthspeak, Eunoia Review, Mobius, Northwind Magazine, Numinous, Red Fez, Red River Review, OVS, Poetrybay, Poetry Quarterly, Red Poppy Review, and Sugar Mule. New work is scheduled to appear in Poetica, Ilya’s Honey, and the Mad Hatter’s Review. Her work has also appeared in the anthologies Broken Circles, Joy Interrupted, The Storm is Coming, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, and Surrounded: Living with Islands. Honors: Finalist, Warriors Alliance Poetry Competition for “Rewind”; Honorable mention in NPR poetry contest judged by Tracy K. Smith for “Port Arthur Girl”; 2012 nomination for the Pushcart Prize for “The Penalty.”

Sherman Alexie – Summer 2011

Sherman Alexie is the author of, most recently, Face, poetry, from Hanging Loose Press, and War Dances, poems and stories, from Grove Press. He lives with his family in Seattle.

Jeffrey Allen – Vol. 2

Jeffrey is a student in the M.F.A. program at Columbia College Chicago, where he also serves on the editorial board for Columbia Poetry Review. His chapbook, Simple Universal, was published by Bronze Man Books in 2007.

Kristine Aman – Spring 2012

Kristine has lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, India, Vermont, New York and Tucson, has worked 17 different jobs and has had two boyfriends. She is currently living on the road. Her work has been published by Snakeskin magazine.

Cara Armstrong – Winter 2013

Cara Armstrong is author and illustrator of Moxie: The Dachshund of Fallingwater and the tri-lingual Counting with Cats who Dream/Compte avec les Chats qui Revent/Contando con Gatos que Suenan. Currently, she is a visiting professor in the School of Architecture and Art at Norwich University and has her MFA in Poetry from Drew University.

Eric Arnold – Vol. 2

Eric lives in Dallas, where he studies medicine. Two of his poems recently appeared in The Labletter and others are pending publication at New York Quarterly. His short fiction has appeared in Elimae, Pindeldyboz and Monkey Bicycle.

Bryan Asdel – Spring 2012

Bryan is an undergraduate student at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, and is seeking a degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature. Bryan enjoys music and is currently the Service Chair of the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity.

Philipp Aurand – Spring 2011

Philipp was born in W. Berlin, Germany but was raised predominantly here in the States, in the Northwest corner. He has always enjoyed sketching and illustrating. More recently he has allowed himself to seep into other forms of expression, particularly poetry. He currently lives in Seattle, WA. When he’s not tending bar he is avidly studying Spanish, doodling and trying to let poems find him.


Crystal Bacon – Summer 2011

Crystal’s first book of poems, Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey, won the 2003 A. Poulin New Poetry America prize from BOA Editions and was published in 2004. These poems are excerpted from her new manuscript entitled The Story in the Tracks. A 1995 graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, her work has appeared in a variety of publications in the US and Canada, including the Cortland Review, Ontario Review, Tampa Review, Massachusetts Review, Marlboro Review, and Antigonish Review. She has co-taught with painter Timothy Hawkesworth a workshop on Poetry for Painters and Painting for Poets. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia.

Jessica Barksdale – Summer 2011

Jessica is the author (as Jessica Inclan) of twelve novels. She is a professor of English at Diablo Valley College and teaches novel writing for UCLA Extension.

Janet Barry – Summer 2011

Janet, a New Hampshire musician and poet, has works published or forthcoming in a number of journals and anthologies, including Rock + Sling, Damselfly Press, Off-the-Coast, Canary, and the Christian Science Monitor. She has twice been judge for Poetry Out Loud, and has received a Pushcart Nomination. Janet holds an MFA in poetry from New England College.

Lisa Marie Basile – Spring 2011

Lisa lives in Brooklyn, was born in New Jersey, hates NYC and wishes she were in the desert. Lisa’s full-length poetry collection will come out in 2012 by Červená Barva Press. She is Editor-in-Chief of Caper Literary Journal, a monthly poetry and prose journal. She has published or upcoming work in Poets & Artists Magazine, The Moon Milk Review, The View from Here, Dew on the Kudzu, Word Riot, CommonLine, Aphros Literary Magazine, Vox Poetica, The Medulla Review, Melusine, Physiognomy in Letters, Feile-Festa and The Broome Street Review among others. She has performed at KGB and with the Poetry Brothel in NYC. Lisa is an M.F.A student, writer and editor living in NYC. Find her online at lisamariebasile.com

Bret Bass – Spring 2011

Bret currently serves as an editor for the corporate equivalent of a Turkish bazaar. He has published in journals and anthologies including The Best of Every Day Fiction TWO (2009). His stories can be read at Every Day Fiction, 50 to 1, Tweet the Meat and other publications.

Sean Battle – Summer 2011

Born in Camden, NJ, Sean is the combination of an ambitious mother and WWE Pay-Per Views. He is an MFA Graduate student for poetry at Rutgers-Newark, and received his BA in English at Rutgers-New Brunswick, where he was President and Open Mic Co-host of the Verbal Mayhem Poetry Collective. Battle has released one chapbook, MID-CARDER (self-published, 2011) and is working on his first poetry CD, The Art in Smoking. Poems have been published or are forthcoming in journals Objet d Art ,Polifax, The College Journal, and Borderline, as well as the anthology Bop, Strut and Dance: a Post-Blues Form for New Generations, and have been written and performed for the Raices Cultural Center production, Spirit of the Drum: History and Evolution of a Caribbean tradition. He lives in Voorhees, NJ.

Janée J. Baugher – February Love-Fest! 2013, Spring 2011

Baugher is the author of Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books, 2010), a collection of travel and ekphrastic poems. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, in 2011 she presented her poetry at the Library of Congress. As an essayist, Baugher was awarded a 2012 fellowship at the Island Institute of Sitka. She teaches literature in Seattle at University of Phoenix.

Jenny Billings Beaver – Summer 2011

Jenny is a native Charlottean, with a MFA in Creative Writing in Poetry from Queens University of Charlotte and a BA in English from Wake Forest University. She lives in Charlotte, NC currently with her husband, Justin, and teaches English at Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Her work has appeared or is to appear in Referential Magazine, Southern Women’s Review, Poets for Living Waters, Girls with Insurance, vox poetica, The Dead Mule of Southern Literature, The Penwood Review, Sliver of Stone, H.O.D and Writer’s Advice.

Genevieve Betts – Summer 2011

Genevieve received her MFA in creative writing in 2006 from Arizona State University, where she reviewed poetry for Hayden’s Ferry Review. She was a finalist for the ABZ First Book Award and her latest work appears in Western American Literature, Quarter After Eight, Midwest Quarterly, and NANO Fiction. Genevieve currently teaches English at Drexel University.

Tara Betts – Summer 2011

Tara is the author of Arc & Hue. In addition to being a graduate of the New England College MFA program, she is a Cave Canem fellow and VONA alum. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. Her work has appeared in Gathering Ground, Black Nature Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Tyger Burning, and Essence, among others.

George Bishop – Spring 2011

George was raised on the Jersey Shore before moving to Florida where he lives and writes. Recent work has appeared in Philadelphia Stories, Evening Red Press and Prick of the Spindle. Forthcoming work will be featured inGrey Sparrow Journal. His chapbook, Love Scenes, is available from Finishing Line Press & new chapbook,Marriage Vows and Other Lies, has been released by Flutter press.

Sheila Black – Spring 2012

Sheila Black is the author of two poetry collections, House of Bone and Love/Iraq (both CW Press) and two chapbooks, How to be a Maquiladora and Continental Drift, with painter Michele Marcoux. Her work has appeared in Puerto Del Sol, Diode, Copper Nickel, CutBank, Valparaiso Review, Willow Springs, Conte, Blackbird, and Superstition Review among other journals. Most recently, she edited with Jennifer Bartlett and Mike Northen, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, which will be published by Cinco Puntos Press in September 2011. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Christine Brandel – Winter 2013

Christine Brandel is a British-American writer, currently living and teaching in the American Midwest. Her work has appeared in literary journals on both sides of the Atlantic. She writes a column on comedy for PopMatters and rants and raves through her character Agatha Whitt-Wellington at Everyone Needs An Algonquin. She recently published her poetry chapbook, Tell This To Girls.

Nora Boxer – Summer 2012

Nora’s poems have recently appeared in Sugar Mule, Pilgrimage, Prism Review, and Spiral Orb: an experiment in permaculture poetics. A poem and poetics essay is forthcoming in a print anthology on women writers and the craft process, edited by the poets Elana Bell and Aracelis Girmay. Nora is also a fiction writer, and in 2010 her short story “It’s the song of the nomads, baby; or, Pioneer,” received the Keene Prize for Literature. Currently in revisions on her first novel, she has been a resident at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony and the Elsewhere Collaborative. Nora has worked as an editor for SOMOS: The Society of the Muse of the Southwest, and taught with Badgerdog Literary Publishing. She is the Poetry Competition Coordinator for the Alameda County Fair. Nora has made her homes primarily in California and New Mexico; she grew up in New Hampshire.

Peter Branson – Summer 2012

Peter’s poetry has been published or accepted for publication by journals in Britain, USA, Canada, EIRE, Australia and New Zealand, including Acumen, Ambit, Envoi, Magma, The London Magazine, Iota, Frogmore Papers, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Nottingham, Pulsar, Red Ink, The Recusant, South, The New Writer, Crannog, Raintown Review, The Huston Poetry Review, Barnwood, The Able Muse and Other Poetry. His first collection, “The Accidental Tourist”, was published in May 2008. A second collection was published at the beginning of last year by Caparison Press for ‘The Recusant’. More recently a pamphlet has been issued by ‘Silkworms Ink’. A third collection has been accepted for publication by Salmon Press, EIRE. He has won prizes and been placed in a number of poetry competitions over recent years, including firsts in the Grace Dieu and the Envoi International.

Annie Brechin – Vol. 2

Annie was awarded a Jerwood/Arvon Young Poets Apprenticeship in 2003 and studied with Carol Rumens, George Szirtes & Christopher Reid. Published in The Wolf, Magma, Stand, Rising & The Liberal, until recently she lived and performed in London. She now resides in Prague. Niall O’Sullivan has described her poetry as ‘dark and delicious’.

Terry Brix – Spring 2011

Terry, a “green” chemical engineer, divides his time among Blue River, Oregon; Bozeman, Montana; Scandinavia; South Africa; and China. Inspired by his travels, a collection of his poetry Chiseled from the Heart was published in 2000 by Vigeland Museum, Norway. His poetry has appeared in, among others, The Evansville Review, Fireweed, Curbside Review, Rattlesnake Review, Small Brushes, Blueline, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, Main Channel Voices, and The Antioch Review. His poetry will soon appear in Falling Star Magazine and the Chiron Review.

Mary Buchinger – Winter 2013

Mary Buchinger’s poems have appeared in Agni, Cortland Review, Euphony, RUNES: A Literary Review, Slice, The Massachusetts Review, Upstairs at Duroc (France) Versal (Netherlands) and other journals; she was the recipient of New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan Award, judged by Marge Piercy and finalist for the Poet Populist of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her collection, Roomful of Sparrows, (Finishing Line Press, 2008) was a semi-finalist in the New Women’s Voices Series. She teaches writing and communication studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston.


Laura Carter – Summer 2011

Laura lives in Atlanta, GA, where she co-curates a poetry and music series in East Atlanta. Recent work has appeared in various journals, includingThe Hat and TYPO, and she has published three chapbooks and has two on the way, soon to appear in print and on the web. She blogs athttp://lauraccarter.blogspot.com.

Jenith Charpentier – Summer 2011

Jenith lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three daughters. Her work has appeared in several publications including Worcester Magazine, The Orange Room Review, The November 3rd Club, and Tipton Poetry Journal. She is an editor for Ballard Street Poetry Journal.

Lisa Cihlar – Spring 2012

Lisa’s poems have or will soon appear in The Pedestal Magazine, Green Mountains Review, In Posse Review, Bluestem, and The Prose-Poem Project. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in rural Southern Wisconsin.

Killarney Clary – Summer 2011 Poetry Feature:

Killarney Clary was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and raised in Pasadena. She received a B.A. in Studio Art and M.F.A. in poetry writing from UC Irvine. She has taught at UC Irvine and at the University of Iowa. In 1992 she received a Lannan Literary Fellowship and in 2011, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Her poetry collections are: Who Whispered Near Me, By Common Salt, and Potential Stranger. She lives on the central coast of California.

Grant Clauser – Summer 2011

Grant works as writer/magazine editor and lives in Hatfield, PA. His poems have appeared in various journals including The Literary Review, Cortland Review, The Heartland Review and the Painted Bride Quarterly. In 2010 he was named the Montgomery County Poet Laureate, selected by Robert Bly. He also runs the poetry blog, www.poetcore.com.

Christopher Clauss – Spring 2012

Christopher is a New Hampshire poet and teacher. Much of his narrative poetry and prose flow from his rural upbringing, his faith, and his life as a husband, science teacher, and father to two little girls. Christopher is co-host of the Audio Graffiti poetry series in Jaffrey, NH. He was a head-to head haiku slam finalist at the 2011 National Poetry Slam in Boston. He has featured locally and published two chapbooks, This is Not a Chapbook and Monument to Good Intentions in 2010.

Matthew Cocco – Spring 2012

Matthew is from Long Island, New York, and is currently attending Pennsylvania State University. Originally, he was a Business major, but then found refuge in poetry and decided to major in English instead. His work has been published in Quantum Poetry Magazine.

Kristiana Colón – Spring 2011

Kristiana, one of Chicago’s Def Poets, is a poet, playwright, actress, and educator who has been writing and performing for eight years. She has been featured on Power 92, WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, WGN Radio, and WZRD. Kristiana has rocked the mic at some of the Midwest’s top venues including the Park West, the Metro, the Star Plaza Theater, the Aragon, the HotHouse, Darkroom, Subterranean, the Funky Buddha Lounge and Sonotheque, as well as venues across the nation and abroad. Kristiana has shared stages with highly acclaimed writers Marc Smith, the creator of the worldwide ‘poetry slam’ phenomenon, Haki Madhubuti, Luis Rodriguez, Kevin Coval, Tara Betts, Sonia Sanchez, Malik Yusef, and has opened for De La Soul, Grammy-nominated band Ozomatli and internationally-acclaimed comedian Damon Williams.

Willy Conley – Summer 2012

Willy is a Registered Biological Photographer who has worked a number of years in the field of biomedical photography at: University of Texas Medical Branch, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Yale University. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, his photographs have been published in: American Photographer, Industrial Photography, Deaf World, Deaf American Poetry, Rio Grande Review, Kaleidoscope, 34th Parallel, and The Antietam Review, to name a few. Although no longer working as a medical photographer, he continues to enjoy shooting, exhibiting, and publishing photos. He is currently a professor of Theatre Arts at Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, in Washington, D.C.

Dawn Coutu – Winter 2013

Dawn Coutu uses lines she likes from open mics as writing prompts for her writers’ group, Lexicon Tickle. She keeps track of her favorite lines, underlined in purple pen, on her blog. She received her MFA in poetry from New England College and was recently published in Amoskeag.

Eric Crapo – Vol. 1

Eric Crapo teaches poetry, playwriting and erotica at Chester College of New England, where is also director of the college’s Wadleigh Library. He is the chief editor and co-founder of Collective Fallout magazine. His work has previously appeared in Sensations Magazine, Verse, BUTT, Origami Condom, and Moonshot.

Christopher Crawford – Vol. 1

Christopher Crawford was born in Glasgow in 1974. He studied Mechanical and Offshore Engineering, and has worked on various oil rigs and seismic vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. His poems, fiction, essays and reviews have recently been published, or are forthcoming, in Evergreen Review, Blatt, The Prague Revue, Grasp, The Clare Market Review and Gently Read Literature. He has lived in the Czech Republic since 2002.


Stephen Danos – Vol. 2

Stephen is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, LEVELER, and Contrary Magazine.

Laura E. Davis – Spring 2011

Laura is a poet, editor, and teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. Her poetry has been featured on Prosody and is forthcoming in Coal Hill Review and Rougarou. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry and nonfiction at Chatham University. Laura serves as Managing Editor of Weave Magazine and writes for her personal blog, Dear Outer Space.

Holly Day – Spring 2012

Holly is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her poetry has recently appeared in The Oxford American, The Midwest Quarterly, and Coal City Review. Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.

Mark DeCarteret – Spring 2012

Mark’s work has appeared in the anthologies American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press), Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader (Black Sparrow Press), New Pony: Collaborations & Responses (Horse Less Press), Place of Passage: Contemporary Catholic Poets (Story Line Press), and Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets (Oyster River Press) which he also co-edited.

Stephan Delbos – Vol. 2

Stephan is a New England-born poet living in Prague, where he teaches at Charles University and Anglo-American University, and edits several literary publications, including The Rakish Angel Poetry Pamphlet Series. His poetry and essays have appeared most recently or are forthcoming in Agni, Atlanta Review, Poetry International, Poetry Salzburg Review and Zoland Poetry.

Aaron DeLee – Spring 2012

Aaron hails from South Bend, Indiana. He received his BA in Creative Writing from Loyola University Chicago and remained in the Second City since. His work has been nominated for an AWP award at Northwestern University, where he also helps edit the poetry section of TriQuarterly Online. Poems of his have appeared in Prove & Confusion, Rougarou, and Prairie Wolf Press. DeLee’s poetry has also been commissioned and performed by a Chicago opera ensemble, VOX 3.

Athena Dixon – Winter 2013

Athena Dixon is founder and editor of Linden Avenue Literary Journal. She is a managing editor of Z-Composition, a fiction reader for Gigantic Sequins, and co-founder of Specter Literary Magazine. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in various publications online and in print. She writes, edits, and resides in NE Ohio.

Maureen Donatelli – Spring 2011

Maureen is new to writing poetry but not to reading it. Poetry has been the centre of her world since her first trip to the library at the age of 2. She has lived most of her life in Abbotsford, BC where she received her BA in English from The University of the Fraser Valley with Honours in 2001. She has worked as a research assistant in the English Department of UFV, contributing her skills to the publication of Even on Sunday: On the Poetry and Poetics of Robin Blaser, Ed. Dr. Miriam Nichols. When she is not reading and writing, Maureen enjoys photography, spending time with family and walking in the woods on snowy winter evenings.

Carol Dorf – Spring 2012

Carol’s writing has appeared in Sin Fronteras, The Mom Egg, Sentence, Hip Mama: The Parenting Zine, The Prose Poem Project, Unlikely Stories, Helix, In Posse Review, Poemeleon, Fringe, The Midway, A Cappella Zoo, Feminist Studies, Heresies and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing.

April Dressel – Summer 2011

April studied English at Indiana University and after a brief time owning her own vintage clothing store in Chicago, she went back to school. April has recently obtained her Masters in Education from DePaul University and is now teaching English in Chicago Public Schools. Her interest in writing poetry and taking writing classes has been ever-present, but her ambition to publish has been a more recent objective in her life.

Jessica Dyer – Vol. 2

Jessica is an MFA student at Columbia College Chicago and a former journalist. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Exact Change Only, Ariel, IMAGES, Snow*Vigate and WordSalad.


Kristina England – February Love-Fest! 2013, Vol. 2, Summer 2011

Kristina England resides in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her writing is published or forthcoming in Gargoyle, Haibun Today, Pound of Flash, Streetcake, and other journals. Visit her blog for more on her writing.

Janet Engle – Vol. 2

Janet was raised in the foothills of southern West Virginia. She tries to write poems that take readers past the stereotypes of the Appalachian hillbilly and capture the magic and frustrations of life in a coal town.


Melanie Faith – Summer 2011

Melanie holds an MFA in poetry from Queens University of Charlotte, NC. She recently had an essay about editing poetry published in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Writers’ Journal. Her poetry is forthcoming from Tapestry (Delta State U., Spring 2011) and her essay about Thoreau and the internet is also forthcoming, from Front Range Review (U. of Montana, Spring 2011). A travel essay was featured in Quicksilver (U. of Texas, March 2010), and another published essay (Shape of a Box, Oct. 2009) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work won the 2009 Anne E. Sucher Poetry Prize for the Iguana Review. Her current poetry chapbook, Bright, Burning Fuse, was published by Etched Press (www.etchedpress.com) in Dec. 2008. She has been a small town journalist, an ESL classroom teacher for international students, and (currently) a literature and writing tutor at a private college prep high school. She has enjoyed teaching poetry and essay writing classes for WOW! for two years.

Kate Falvey – Summer 2011

Kate’s work has appeared in an eclectic variety of print and online journals including Memoir(and), Hoboeye, Hospital Drive, Umbrella, Literary Mama, the Mom Egg, Hearing Voices, Red Line Blues, Big Pond Rumour, the Aroostook Review, and others. She has also published academic articles on women writers and work for children. She is on the editorial board of the Bellevue Literary Review and is the editor in chief of 2 Bridges Review, published through New York City College of Technology/CUNY, where she teaches.

Roberta Fiens – Spring 2012

Roberta lives in Seattle, and works as a computer consultant. She received her MFA in poetry in 2007 from New England College. Her poems have been published in “The Lyric”, “Floating Bridge Review”, “Five AM” and “Antioch Review”. In 2010, Roberta won first prize for poetry in the Women in Judaism Magazine contest. She edits the e-zine Switched On Gutenberg.

Paul Fisher – Vol. 1

Paul Fisher’s first book, Rumors of Shore, is the winner of the 2009 Blue Light Press Book Award, and is forthcoming in 2010. Recent poems appear in Cave Wall, DMQ Review, Kakalak 2009 Anthology of Carolina Poets, Mannequin Envy, Pedestal, 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire, Slow Trains, Snow Monkey, Waccamaw, and various other publications. Paul is the recipient of an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Poetry from the Oregon Arts Commission, and is a graduate of the MFA program at New England College. He recently moved from Nags Head, North Carolina to his home turf in western Washington State.

Sandra Florence – Winter 2013

Sandra Florence received her MA in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and has been writing and teaching in Tucson Arizona for the last thirty some years. She taught at the University of Arizona for 18 years and in a number of community education sites working with refugees, the homeless, adolescent parents, women in recovery and juveniles at risk. She has published scholarly articles on Writing and Healing, and Writing and Public Dialogue. Additionally she has published creative work in Sandscript, amphibi, InDigest, Red Booth Review, Write from Wrong, Women inREDzine, The Mom Egg, and others. She currently teaches at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

Rachel Fogarty-Oleson – Spring 2012

Rachel is a MFA student at New England College where she is studying poetry and new media poetics. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in espresso ink, White Space Poetry Anthology, thread, and Mobius: A Literary Magazine. She is the 2011 winner of the Hampton Arts Management Micro-Grant and also the 2010 recipient of the Thomas E. Sanders Scholarship in Creative Writing Award. She serves on the editorial board of YellowJacket Press.

Ruth Foley – Summer 2011

Ruth lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College. Her recent work is appearing or forthcoming inRiver Styx, Measure, The Ghazal Page, and Umbrella, which just nominated one of her poems for a Pushcart Prize. She also serves as Associate Poetry Editor for Cider Press Review.

Jeff Friedman – Vol. 1

Jeff Friedman’s fifth collection of poems, Working in Flour, is coming out with Carnegie Mellon University Press in fall 2010. His poems and translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Margie, 5 AM, Ontario Review, Poetry International, Rattle and The New Republic. His book of translations, Modern Hebrew Poems of the Bible has been accepted by Wolfson Press.


Patrick Gabbard – Spring 2012

Patrick was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2005 he received a B.A. in History from The University of Utah. In 2011 he received an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. His poetry is forthcoming in “Neon” and “The Black Fox Literary Magazine”. He lives in New York City.

Sarah Ghoshal – Winter 2013

Sarah Ghoshal is a poet and professor from Central NJ. Her work has been featured in several journals, including “Adanna Literary Journal,” “Edison Literary Journal,” “Brooklyn Paramount” and “Press 1.” Sarah was awarded a fellowship from Summer Literary Seminars and also the Esther Hyneman Poetry Award two years in a row while attending graduate school at Long Island University. She is currently a writing professor at Montclair State University and recently published a short memoir titled, “My Suburbia” as an Amazon E-Book.

Carol Lynn Grellas – Vol. 1, Vol. 2

Carol is a three-time Pushcart nominee and the author of A Thousand Tiny Sorrows, soon to be released from March Street Press and two chapbooks: Litany of Finger Prayers, Pudding House Press and Object of Desire, Finishing Line Press. She is widely published in magazines and online journals including most recently, The Centrifugal Eye, Oak Bend Review and deComp, with work upcoming in OVS and Saw Palm Florida Literature and Art. She lives with her husband, five children and a little blind dog who sleeps in the bathtub.

Gary Glauber – Summer 2012

Gary is a poet, fiction writer, teacher, and music journalist. His works have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and one was named “A Notable Online Story” by StorySouth’s Million Writers Award panel. He took part in The Frost Place’s conference on teaching poetry. Recent poems are published or forthcoming in The Compass Rose, The Fine Line, Front Porch Review, Kitchen, The Single Hound, Manor House Quarterly, The Ghazal Page, Corium Magazine, The Petrichor Review, The Whistling Fire, Xenith, The Newtowner, Red Poppy Review, Midwest Literary Magazine, and StepAway Magazine.

John Goodhue – Winter 2013

John Goodhue lives in the Pacific Northwest and attends Western Washington University. His poems have appeared in the literary magazines Four and Twenty Poetry, Jeopardy, and Inkspeak.

Leigh Clifton Goodwin – February Love-Fest! 2013

Leigh Clifton Goodwin has put in time as a bartender, a maid, a shipwreck victim and a very reluctant banker. She has had poems published in Crab Creek Review and Drash: Northwest Mosaic. In early 2011, Leigh accidentally began writing a poem-journal of her Seattle year, and is observing developments with interest.


Anna Caroline Harris – Summer 2012

Anna has lived in Georgia, South Carolina, Kansas, Minnesota, and West Virginia. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University, where she studied with poets Albert Goldbarth, Jeanine Hathaway, and Margaret Rabb. Her poetry and prose have appeared in “Mikrokosmos,” “Metro Spirit,” “NakedCity,” and “Poetry for the Masses.” Currently, she teaches composition and creative writing at Augusta State University.

Lois Marie Harrod – Winter 2013

Lois Marie Harrod’s 12th book The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), her 11th book Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011, and her Cosmongony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read more about Lois on her site!.

Dan Hedges – Summer 2012

Dan currently teaches English in the Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board of Quebec. He has also taught English at Sedbergh School, and the Celtic International School. His degrees are from Trent University and Queen’s University. He has lived in the Yukon, Spain, Mexico, Wisconsin, Algonquin Park and Quebec. Dan is the editor of a literary journal called Humanimalz. His poems have appeared in The Monarch Review, Certain Circuits, The Maynard, Ditch Poetry, Jones Avenue Quarterly, Fortunates, Haggard and Halloo Publications, Wildflower Magazine, The Camel Saloon, and others. His work is forthcoming in Wilderness House Literary Review, Kenning Journal, The Rusty Nail, Marco Polo Arts Magazine, Inertia Magazine, Retort Magazine, Short-Fast-and-Deadly, Crack the Spine Literary Magazine, and Poetic Diversity Quarterly. His three printed collections of poetry including ‘Agrammatical Humanimalz’, ‘Neo-Cliché Hipsters’, and ‘Field-Guide Aesthetics’.

Darla Himeles – Winter 2013

Darla Himeles is a recent graduate of Drew University’s MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Her poems, translations, and reviews can be read in recent or forthcoming issues of Pleiades, Cerise Press, Spillway, and 5 AM. She teaches at Maine Maritime Academy and lives with her wife in coastal Maine.

Ryan Holden – Vol. 2

Ryan is a graduate student in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. He has been published most recently in The Blue Guitar and received an Honorable Mention for The Katharine C. Turner Prize of The Academy of American Poets in 2009. As part of an international travel fellowship, he will be teaching creative writing at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, this summer.

Tom Holmes – Summer 2012

Tom is the editor of Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose and the author of six collections of poetry. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break.

David Brendan Hopes – Winter 2013

David Brendan Hopes is Professor of Literature and Language at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, where he directs the Black Swan Theater and helps run the Apothecary performance space. He has graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins and Syracuse. He is a poet, fiction writer, novelist, painter, and actor, as well as an internationally produced playwright, whose latest production in New York, The Loves of Mr Lincoln, opened in May, with SunnySpot Productions. Current projects include a cycle of novels set in his home country of western North Carolina.

Sherry Horowitz – Summer 2012

Born and raised by children of survivors in Canada, Sherry (Pessie) Horowitz emigrated to Brooklyn, NY at the age of nine. Her educational and social background was steeped in traditional Hasidic ultra-orthodoxy with the influence of post-holocaust sensitivities. She received an MFA in Poetry at New England College in 2012 and was the recipient of the Joel Oppenheim Scholarship Award. Her poems and book reviews have been featured in publications such as, Jewish Action, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Poems Niederngasse, Impulse, Prism: A Holocaust Journal, Midstream, Tygerburning and Web del Sol Review. She lives in Wesley Hills, NY with her husband Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Horowitz and their five children.

Randall Horton – Spring 2011

Randall is a poet originally from Birmingham, AL now living in West Haven, CT. He is the author of The Definition of Place and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street, both from Main Street Rag. He has an MFA from Chicago State University and a PhD from SUNY Albany. Randall is also a Cave Canem Fellow. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Haven.

Michael Hurley – Winter 2013

Michael Hurley appreciates you reading his poems. He lives in Pittsburgh.


RJ Ingram – Summer 2011

RJ is pursuing a BFA from Bowling Green State University. He spends his holidays with social workers and artists in the South Bronx, Navajo Nation, and McDowell County, West Virginia. Most recently, RJ has been published in and is forthcoming from Autumn Sky Poetry, Catfish Creek, and Spittoon.

Rich Ives – Summer 2011

Rich has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fiction Daily and many more. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. His story collection, The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, was one of five finalists for the 2009 Starcherone Innovative Fiction Prize. In 2010 he has been a finalist in fiction at Black Warrior Review and Mississippi Review and in poetry at Cloudbank and Mississippi Review. The Mississippi Review finalist works appear in the Spring, 2010 issue of that magazine and the Cloudbank finalist appears in the Spring, 2010 issue of that magazine as well.


Mark Jackley – Spring 2011

Mark is the author of four chapbooks, most recently Lank, Beak & Bumpy (Iota Press) and a full-length collection, There Will Be Silence While You Wait. His work has been nominated for the Best of the Web Anthology. He lives in Sterling, VA.

John Johnson – Summer 2012

John’s poems have appeared, or will appear, in BOXCAR Poetry Review, Chaparral, The Comstock Review, DMQ Review, Triggerfish Critical Review and Verse Wisconsin. One of his poems was a broadside winner in Sebastopol Center for the Arts “Bibliophoria” contest, 2011, and was letterpress printed by Iota Press.

Michele K. Johnson – Winter 2013

Michele K. Johnson is currently a poetry candidate in the MFA program at George Mason University, where she splits her time between teaching writing and taking classes to hone her own writing skills. She has been published in The Ampersand Review, The Montucky Review, 491 Magazine, and The Ucity Review. When she’s not writing, she spends her time scouring the internet for DIY decor projects and then attempting to implement them in her own rented abode.

Elizabeth Johnston – Summer 2011

Elizabeth is an Assistant Professor in the English and Philosophy Department and in the Honors Institute at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Her courses include Composition, Women in Literature, Female Icons in Popular Culture, and both British Literature survey courses. She received her PhD in eighteenth-century British literature from West Virginia University, and has published a range of feminist scholarship, including essays on representations of female rivalry on reality television, representations of maternity and the capitalist impulse in Battlestar Galactica, and the nineteenth-century critical reception of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Mary-Catherine Jones – Summer 2011

Mary-Catherine work has appeared or is forthcoming in elimae, Poetry International, Literary Mama, Scapegoat Review and others. She is the program director for the Datum:Earth Reading Series in Keene, NH. She lives with her husband, two cherubians and dog Bacchus on a river named the Contoocook.

Hope Jordan – Spring 2012

Hope’s poems have been published in such journals as Many Mountains Moving, Green Mountains Review and, most recently, The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire. A former trustee of the NH Writers Project, she has a dual degree in English and Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in teaching writing from Plymouth State University. She was the first official poetry slam master in New Hampshire, and coached the inaugural NH Poetry Slam Team in 2007.


Chelsea Rebekah Kachman – Summer 2011

Chelsea (formally Chelsea Rebekah Grimmer) graduated from Oakland University with a BA in English Literature, and is in the MFA in Poetry program at Portland State University. Her poetry has been published in Diverse Voices Quarterly, The Packingtown Review, The English Channel, and Polaris; it is forthcoming in issues of OVS Magazine, University of Calgary’s Nod Magazine, and Welter. Her poetry also placed in both the 2010 and 2011 Annual Oakland University Ekphrasis Poetry Contest, and her fiction has placed in both the 2009 and 2010 Annual Oakland University Flash Fiction Contest.

Tim Kahl – Spring 2012

Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (Word Tech, 2009) and The Century of Travel (Word Tech, forthcoming in 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center.

Karen Kelsay – Winter 2013

Karen Kelsay is the editor of Victorian Violet Press, an online poetry and art magazine, and the founder of Aldrich Press book company. In 2012 she was awarded the Fluvanna Prize by The Lyric, and has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize. Some of her poems can be found at The Hypertexts, The Raintown Review, Mezzo Cammin, The Pennsylvania Review, Grey Sparrow and Pirene’s Fountain.

Mary Kane – Spring 2011

Born in Texas and raised in Buffalo, New York, Mary currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she is a graduate student in Hamline University’s writing program. She also has a career in marketing, and resists the habit of writing ad copy and billboards while working on her first love, poetry. Her work has been published in Murphy Square and Kaleidoscope.

Christina Kapp – Spring 2012

Christina has published her short fiction, poetry, and essays in numerous publications including Barn Owl Review, Gargoyle, DOGZPLOT, Pindeldyboz, PANK, Anderbo.com, Literary Mama, The Adirondack Review and apt. Forthcoming work includes two poems in La Patasola, an anthology of women poets, and a short story in Eclectic Flash. She has a M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate student in English literature at Rutgers University. She leads the Franklin Chapter of the New Jersey Writers Society and is currently working on her first novel.

Kit Kennedy – Winter 2013

Kit Kennedy coauthored INCONVENIENCE (Littoral Press, Berkeley) and CONSTELLATIONS (Co-Lab Press, SF) with Susan Gangel. Poems have appeared in Ambush Review, Blood Orange Review, It’s Animal But Merciful, MOTIF, Otoliths among others. She lives in San Francisco and is a collective member of AWE Gallery, San Francisco. Please visit her blog!

Ian Khadan – Summer 2012

Ian is a curator of poetry events at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. His work has been featured in Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations, SUSS, and The Literary Bohemian. Go to iankhadan.com to find him.

Jessica Fordham Kidd – Summer 2011

Jessica works as an instructor and the associate director of first-year writing at the University of Alabama. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Crab Creek Review, Six Little Things, and the online version of Grist: The Journal for Writers.

Bill Kimzey – Spring 2012

Bill grew up in Nassau Bay, Texas, among Astronauts, engineers and chemistry teachers. He’s lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Jakarta and Hong Kong, and traveled extensively. He worked his entire career for one company, AT&T Bell Labs, which evolved through many corporate names. Bill’s publishing credits are spare, and all from his new, post-tragedy, life: poetry has appeared in The Awl, Ducts, and VerbSap; and a short story appeared in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. In 1981 he earned a B.A. in Computer Science and English (creative writing) at The University of Texas. In 1983, Bill studied fiction with Tom Boyle at University of Southern California while completing a Masters in C.S. At USC Bill was on the editorial team for the Southern California Review.

Alan King – Vol. 1

A fixture on the D.C. MD VA scene since 1999, Alan has at one time blessed every Open Mic spot throughout the area. Mangoes, he was there; Brookland Cup Of Dreams, he was there. The “first” Java Head Cafe in College Park, he was there. The first Mocha Hut on 14th St, he was there. Yogi’s Records, he was there; Harambe’s in Adams Morgan, he was there. Teaism, he was there; and Bar Nun, he was there. This cat is a walking history book of D.C. poetry. Not only that, he’s a dynamic performer and prolific writer” — Derrick Weston Brown, poet-in-resident at the 14th and V streets Busboys and Poets.

Peter Kirn – Winter 2013

Peter Kirn currently lives in Portland, Maine. He earned his MFA at Drew University.

Alyse Knorr – Summer 2012

Alyse received her MFA from George Mason University, where she served as posetry editor of So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in RHINO, Sentence, Puerto Del Sol, Salamander, Cold Mountain Review, The Minnesota Review, and others. In the summer of 2012, she will complete a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and read in the Joaquin Miller Poetry Series.

Marynia Kolak – Summer 2011

Marynia is an interdisciplinary writer from Chicago with a geology background. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction) from Roosevelt University, and prefers the plays of genre blending. Marynia served as an editor of The Oyez Review in 2008. Her work appears most recently in Ghost Ocean Magazine, and the forthcoming issue of Inertia Magazine. She is invigorated by painting, cartography, and hiking with her son.

Steve Komarnyckyj – Summer 2011

Steve is a British Ukrainian writer and linguist whose literary translations and poems have appeared in Poetry Salzburg Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, Vsesvit magazine (Ukraine’s most influential literary journal), The North and the Echo Room.

Charles Kraszewski – Spring 2012

Charles is a published poet and translator from the Polish and Czech. Currently, he is the editor in chief of The Polish Review (New York). His work has appeared in, for example, The New Yorker, the Antaeus, Poetry South, Chaparral and Valley Voices.

Jack Kristiansen – Summer 2011

Jack exists in the compostion books and computer files of William Aarnes. Kristiansen’s poets have appeared in FIELD, Tipton Poetry Journal, Caper, and Sunsets & Silencers.

Dane Kuttler – Spring 2012

In college, Dane became a regular at the Hampshire Slam Collective, and participated in the first-ever Women of the World Poetry Slam in Detroit, MI. After a long summer tour, and some time in the NYC area, Dane relocated to Seattle in April 2009. Since her arrival, she has become a Seattle Poetry Slam regular, competed in several national-level slams, become a Write Bloody finalist, completed 365 poems in 365 days as part of the 2010 poem-a-day project and published over a dozen poems.


Leslie LaChance – Summer 2012

Leslie’s work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Juked, The Greensboro Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, JMWW, Chronogram and Apple Valley Review. Leslie lives in Nashville, TN where she works as an educator and edits Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration.

Jackson Lassiter – Summer 2011

Jackson hails from Wyoming, and after several layovers finds himself living and writing in Washington, DC. His poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction is liberally sprinkled over the internet and has been published in 50+ anthologies and journals, most recently in DuPage Valley Review, Yalobusha Review, Prime Mincer, and Sin Fronteras. Contact him at LuckyJRL@hotmail.com.

Mercedes Lawry – Spring 2012

Mercedes has been publishing poetry for over thirty years in such journals as Poetry, Rhino, Puerto del Sol, Folio, New Madrid, Seattle Review, and Nimrod. Her chapbook “There are Crows in My Blood” was published by Pudding House in 2007 and her chapbook, “Happy Darkness” was just released by Finishing Line Press. She’s received honors from the Seattle Arts Commission, Jack Straw Foundation, Artist Trust and Richard Hugo House. She’s also published fiction as well as stories and poems for children.

Carol Levin – Summer 2011

Pecan Grove Press released Carol’s chapbook, “Red Rooms and Others” 2009. “Sea Lions Sing Scat” was published by Finishing Line Press, 2007. “Stunned By the Velocity,” a full volume of poems is due from Pecan Grove Press 2012. Work appears or is forthcoming in The Louisville Review, The New York Quarterly, Avatar Review, The Massachusetts Review, Third Coast, The Seattle Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Cortland Review, Verse-Wisconsin, The Comstock Review, Umbrella, and others. Poems were set as a choral work by composer Carol Sams and have been performed by various choirs. She collaborated in translating Anton Chekhov’s four major plays and worked as the dramaturge on the subsequent productions. Levin is an Editorial Assistant for the Crab Creek Review and teaches the Alexander Technique in Seattle.

Eleanor Levine – Spring 2012

Eleanor’s work has been published in The Toronto Quarterly, The California Quarterly, Downtown Poets (anthology), New York Sex (anthology), Artichoke Haircut, Happy, The Denver Quarterly, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Blade, Facets Magazine, Milk Magazine, Prime Mincer, Happy, and other anthologies and publications. She has interviewed (online/print/radio) numerous celebrities, including Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, Al Lewis (Grandpa Munster), Sidney Biddle Barrows (Mayflower Madame), Liz Smith, Catharine Stimpson, Eileen Myles, Jaime Manrique, Arthur Danto, Abbie Hoffman, and others. In 2007, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. She is currently a copy editor and lives in Philadelphia.

Bernice Lewis – Vol. 2

Bernice has been a singer/songwriter and national touring artist for almost 30 years, as well as a published poet, producer and recording artist. She’s worked with Dar Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Odetta, the Dixie Chicks, Christine Lavin, Patty Griffin, and Patty Larkin. In 2009, she was selected to be Artist in Residence for the National Park Service. She currently teaches Songwriting at Williams College and Colorado College, as well as at schools and retreat centers. Lewis has had a thirty-year daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon.

Nate Liederbach – Summer 2012

Nate’s work has appeared in, among other journals, Quarterly West, Mississippi Review, South Dakota Review, Blue Earth Review, Foothill, and Best New Poets 2011. He lives in Salt Lake City where he is Managing Editor of Western Humanities Review.

Sara Lier – Summer 2011

Sara is a student living in New Jersey. Her poetry has recently appeared in Inkwell Journal, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Conte, So to Speak, and Cloudbank. She received Brooklyn College’s Academy of American Poets prize in 2007, and one of her poems was chosen by the academy for an anthology of prize winners from the last decade.

Robert Lietz – Vol. 2

Robert has had 500 poems appear in more than one hundred journals in the U.S. and Canada, in Sweden and U.K, including Agni Review, Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Colorado Review, Epoch, The Georgia Review, Kansas Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Mississippi Review, The Missouri Review, The North American Review, The Ontario Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Southern Humanities Review, and Willow Springs. Seven collections of poems have been published, including Running in Place (L’Epervier Press,). At Park and East Division ( L’Epervier Press,) The Lindbergh Half-century (L’Epervier Press,) The Inheritance (Sandhills Press,) and Storm Service (Basfal Books). Basfal also published After Business in the West: New and Selected Poems.

Michael Lindgren – Summer 2011

Michael was educated at Dartmouth College and has worked as a book editor and bookseller in Boston, Pennsylvania, and New York City for fifteen years. His book reviews and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, n+1 online, the Brooklyn Rail, Time Out New York, the L Magazine, American Book Review, No Depression, and the KGB Bar online book review.

S. D. Lishan – Spring 2012

S. D. Lishan has published work in a number of literary magazines over the years, including Kenyon Review, New England Review, Chicago Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Arts & Letters. S.D has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize a number of times, and has a book of poems, Body Tapestries, that came out on Dream Horse Press in 2006.

Annmarie Lockhart – Vol. 2

Annmarie is the founding editor of vox poetica, an online poetry salon dedicated to bringing poetry into the everyday. She has been reading and writing poetry since she could read and write. A lifelong Bergen County, New Jersey resident, she lives and writes two miles east of the hospital where she was born.

Steve Longfellow – Summer 2011

Steve came to poetry late via an MFA from Vermont College around age 50, without benefit of an undergraduate degree. Currently he teaches a little at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and works a lot on renovating his house. His poetry has appeared in the Cafe Review, Drunken Boat, Los Angeles Review, and Talking River Review, among others. Poems will be out soon in Word Riot’s 10th Anniversary Anthology, and the online Foundling Review.

Christina Lovin – February Love-Fest! 2013

Christina Lovin is the author of A Stirring in the Dark, What We Burned for Warmth, Little Fires, and a forthcoming chapbook, Flesh. A two-time Pushcart nominee and multi-award winner, her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Southern Women Writers named Lovin 2007 Emerging Poet. Having served as Writer-in-Residence at Devil’s Tower National Monument and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Central Oregon, she served as inaugural Writer-in-Residence at Connemara, the NC home of the late poet Carl Sandburg. Lovin has been a resident fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Prairie Center of the Arts, Orcas Island Artsmith Residency at Kangaroo House, and Footpaths House to Creativity in the Azores. Her work has been supported with grants from Elizabeth George Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, and Kentucky Arts Council. She resides with four dogs in a rural central Kentucky, where she is currently a lecturer at Eastern Kentucky University.”

Terry Lucas – Vol. 1, February Love-Fest! 2013

Terry Lucas was born in the Midwest, grew up in New Mexico, and has lived in the San Francisco bay area for several years. Three times nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his work has been published in several on line and print journals including MiPOesias, Ocho, Poets & Artists, Columbia Poetry Review, Solo, Buffalo Carp, Fifth Wednesday Journal and Grain Magazine, among others. He received his poetry MFA from New England College in 2008, and currently serves as an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Sarah Luczaj – Vol. 1

Sarah Luczaj is a British poet, translator and therapist living and working in Poland. Her chapbook, An Urgent Request, was published in May 2009 by Fortunate Daughter Press. Poems have appeared widely in journals such as, the American Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, online in, Pedestal Magazine, and the Other Voices International Poetry Project.


Heather Macpherson – Spring 2012

Heather is a poet, writer and librarian. Her work has appeared in The Worcester Review, Pearl, Nerve Cowboy, The Sun, Wicked Alice and others. She the founding publisher and editor of Ballard Street Poetry Journal.

Tamara J. Madison – Vol. 2

Tamara is a writer, poet, and performer currently living and working in New Jersey. Her literary work has been published in a number of journals and anthologies including: Temba Tupu! (2009, Red Sea Press), Check The Rhyme, An anthology of female poets and emcees (nominated for a 2007 NAACP Image Award in Poetry/Literature) and Tea Party Magazine. (2009). Tamara is the author and performer of Naked Voice and was featured as bilingual poet and songstress on the self-titled CD, JUBA Collective (Premonition Records). Currently, Tamara is completing a poetry manuscript in search of a publisher with plans to return to the studio for a new literary solo recording. As of May 2010, she will be a Master of Fine Arts graduate of New England College specializing in poetry.

Yulya Madrone – Summer 2011

Yulya finally lives at both a port and a land. Other sightings have occurred in a shy town, a capital city, a modern day ruins, and a long-lost princely coast. Their poems can be found or are forthcoming in 580 Split, Handsome, Gulf Coast, American Letters & Commentary, Columbia Poetry Review, Rhino and others.

Magdalawit Makonnen – Summer 2012

Magdalawit is an Ethiopian-born writer residing in Los Angeles, CA. She received her English BA from UCLA, and am currently pursuing her MFA in the Creative Writing program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Pyrta (India), African Writing Magazine (UK), The View From Here (UK), MiPOesias, Volt, and other publications.

Eileen Malone – Spring 2012

Eileen Malone’s poetry has been published in over 500 literary magazines and anthologies. Most recently her book I Should Have Given Them Water was published by Ragged Sky Press. She lives in coastal fog at the edge of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Rick Marlatt – Summer 2011

Rick holds two degrees from the University of Nebraska, as well as a MFA from the University of California, Riverside, where he served as poetry editor of The Coachella Review. Marlatt’s first book, How We Fall Apart, was the winner of the 2010 Seven Circle Press poetry chapbook award. His most recent work appears in New York Quarterly, Rattle, and Anti. Marlatt writes poetry reviews for Coldfront Magazine, and he teaches English in Nebraska, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

Rachel Marsom-Richmond – Spring 2012

Rachael graduated with her M.A. from Northern Arizona University in May of 2009, and she graduated with her MFA from Georgia College & State University this May. Her poems have appeared in Three Line Poetry, The Bijou Poetry Review, and The Camel Saloon.

Meg Matich – Summer 2012

Meg is a NYC transplant, with an interest in poetry about biology, the jargon of biology, and one bedroom apartments. She has previously published work in The Drunken Boat, an Architrave Press edition, and a few others, and is also the founding editor of Typografika, a German-English bilingual literary magazine based in Munich. In her spare time, she interns at Litmus Press in Brooklyn, working on Aufgabe. She will either be attending Brown University in Fall ’12 for her MFA in Poetry or Columbia for the same MFA, but with an additional MA in Literary Translation. She currently works as an editor for an NYC finance company and enjoys weekend getaways to strange, small towns in upstate NY, NH, and ME because of their wonderful lack of skyscrapers.

Tim Mayo – Spring 2012 Poetry Winner

Tim Mayo’s poems and reviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, 5 AM, Poetry International, Poet Lore, Web Del Sol Review of Books, Verse Daily, Verse Wisconsin and The Writer’s Almanac among many other places. His first full length collection The Kingdom of Possibilities was published by Mayapple Press in 2009. He has been twice nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, once for a Pushcart Prize and was chosen as a top finalist for the Paumanok Award. He is on the author committee of the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

Jason McCall – Spring 2011

Jason is from the great state of Alabama, where he currently teaches English and Literature at the University of Alabama. His poetry has been or will be featured in The Los Angeles Review, Cimarron Review, New Letters, Mythic Delirium, Fickle Muses and other journals. His first manuscript, Silver, received an honorable mention in the 2010 Steel Toe Books Open Reading Period.

Japhy McCormick – Spring 2012

Japhy prefers to remain a mystery.

Janet Scott McDaniel – February Love-Fest! 2013

Janet Scott McDaniel, born in Catonsville, Maryland and now a Delaware resident, emerged two years ago from a 25 year hiatus to resume her life as a poet. With an AA in fine art, and a BA in psychology from the University of Maryland, Janet has a rare gift for combining rich imagery with the palpable emotions of human experience, and things of this world, both seen and unseen. She weaves ordinary language into poems that are inescapably beautiful but also completely accessible. Her work covers love, loss, discovery, joy and the depths of introspection. Her books ‘The Light and other Collected Poems‘, and ‘Parallel Dreams’ can be found at amazon.com.

David McLean – Spring 2011

David is Welsh but has lived in Sweden since 1987. He lives there on an island in a large lake called Mälaren, very near to Stockholm, with woman, cats, often kittens, and a couple of dogs. He has a BA in History from Balliol, Oxford, and an MA in philosophy, taken much later and much more seriously studied for, from Stockholm. Up to date details of over 1000 poems in various zines over the last three years or so and several available books and chapbooks, including three print full lengths, a few print chapbooks, and a free electronic chapbook, are at his blog at http://mourningabortion.blogspot.com

Ryan McLellan – Vol. 1

The author of three collections of poetry, Ryan McLellan is a performance poet, singer/songwriter and English teacher from New Hampshire. His work has most recently been published in the “2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire”, “Bird’s Eye reView”, “Essence” and “Concise Delight”. The recipient of the 2009 Esther Buffler Memorial Fellowship and member of the 2009 Slam Free or Die team, he has spent the last year touring and presenting workshops on slam and spoken word to high school students around New England.

Stephen Mead – Spring 2011

Stephen is a published artist, writer and maker of short collage films living in NY. His most recent Amazon release, “Our Book of Common Faith”, a poetry-art hybrid, explores world religions/cultures in hopes of finding what might bond humanity as opposed to dividing.

Joshua Medsker – Summer 2011

Joshua has had his fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published in a variety of magazines and websites, including: AK Verve, GeekAmerica, Friction, Sexy Small Fry, and We’ll Never Have Paris. He is also a contributor to The Zinester’s Guide to NYC, and co-editor of Memoir (a Noun): Voices From New York’s Criminal Justice System. He lives in the NYC area with his wife and cats.

Janice Krasselt Mendin – Vol. 1

Janice Krasselt Mendin has an M.A. in English with Emphasis in Creative Writing from Ohio University. Her publications include two books of poetry: Remembering the Truth (Temenos Publishing Company, 2006) and Communion of Voices (Big Table Publishing Company, April 2009), a chapbook. Her poems have appeared in several journals such as Southern Hum, Alimentum (as menu poem), Gander Press Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Up the Staircase, and many others. Please note that the books and poems above have been published under the name Janice Krasselt Tatter.

Pamela Miller – Winter 2013

Pamela Miller is a Chicago poet who has published three collections of poetry: Recipe for Disaster (Mayapple Press), Mysterious Coleslaw (Ridgeway Press) and Fast Little Shoes (Erie Street Press). Her work has recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in blossombones, After Hours, Exact Change Only, THIS Literary Magazine and Poetry Super Highway. Her fourth book, Miss Unthinkable, will be published by Mayapple Press in 2013.

B.C. Mitchell – Summer 2011

B.C.’s poetry is forthcoming in Spring/Summer 2011 issues of The MacGuffin and The Avery Anthology. He graduated from Georgia Southern University, and in Fall 2011, he will begin working towards his MFA in poetry at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA.

Jenn Monroe – Vol. 1

Jenn Monroe holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University, a master’s degree from The College of Saint Rose, and a master’s of fine art degree in poetry from New England College. She currently lives in Manchester, NH and teaches at Chester College of new England.

Rafael Miguel Montes – Summer 2011

Rafael, born in Santiago de Cuba, is a Cultural Studies professor at St. Thomas University and a Cuban-American writer living and working in Miami. His literary work reflects his dual upbringing in the Cuban-American community of Hialeah, Florida, and the academic communities of a number of institutions of higher learning. His poetry has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, The New York Quarterly, 491 Magazine, Tattoo Highway, Conclave: A Journal of Character, Stone’s Throw (Montana), Tipton Poetry Journal, The Honey Land Review, Paradigm, Prole (UK), inscape (Kansas), and a number of other academic and literary journals. His poem “Gymnauseum” was recently nominated for the 2011 Pushcart Prize. He is married to the Cuban-American poet, Celia Lisset Alvarez.

George Moore – Vol. 2

George published poetry in The Atlantic, Poetry, Colorado Review, North American Review, Orion, and internationally of late with The Queen’s Quarterly, Dublin Quarterly, Antigonish Review, and elsewhere. Nominated twice last year for a Pushcart Prize, he has had six nominations, this year and last, for “Best of the Web” as well. He was also nominated this year for The Rhysling Poetry Award, and earlier, as a finalist, for The National Poetry Series, The Richard Synder Memorial Prize, The Brittingham Poetry Award, and The Anhinga Poetry Prize. Recent collections include, All Night Card Game in the Back Room of Time (Pulpbits 2007) and Headhunting (Mellen, 2002). He teaches literature with the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Sean Morrissey – Summer 2011

Sean is a young poet and student. A Baltimore resident, Morrissey divides his time between Washington D.C. as a contractor for the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and Madison, New Jersey where he is enrolled in Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA program in Poetry. While studying English on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Morrissey served as co-editor of the Salisbury University Literary Magazine and was awarded their 2009 Poet Warrior award.

Margaret S. Mullins – Winter 2013

Margaret S. Mullins divides her time between rural Maryland and downtown Baltimore. Her work has appeared in Loch Raven Review, Creekwalker, Little Patuxent Review, Magnapoets, New Verse News, Sun, Alehouse, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Sugar Mule and others. She is a Pushcart nominee, editor of Manorborn 2009: The Water Issue (Abecedarian Press) and author of Family Constellation (Finishing Line Press, 2012.)

Rich Murphy – Spring 2012

Rich’s credits include the 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award for his book-length manuscript “Voyeur;” a first book The Apple in the Monkey Tree; chapbooks Great Grandfather, Family Secret, Hunting and Pecking, Phoems for Mobile Vices, and Rescue Lines; poems in Rolling Stone, Poetry, Grand Street, Trespass, War Literature and Art, Tryst, The View from Here, New Letters, Pank, Segue, Big Bridge, EOAGH, E.Ratio, Borderlands, foam:e, and Confrontation; and essays in Folly Magazine, The International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture, Fringe, and Journal of Ecocriticism.


Tayve Neese – Vol. 1

Tayve Neese’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the following journals: caesura, The Comstock Review, Fourteen Hills, The Paris Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Sow’s Ear and other journals.She also has essays and a book review appearing in Web Del Sol’s Review of Books. Currently, she lives on Amelia Island, a small barrier island off the coast of north Florida, with her husband and two daughters, and teaches poetry at the University of North Florida.

Rachel Newlon – February Love-Fest! 2013

Rachel Newlon is an MFA Candidate at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She obtained her BA in English from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado in 2010 and is looking forward to graduating from Naropa in July 2013. She has the pleasure of being published online (Thirteen Myna Birds, Big River Poetry Review, Horse Less Press, Cactus Heart, Foliate Oak Literary Journal) as well as in print (A Poet’s View of Being, Erasure, Bombay Gin, Volta). She also had the pleasure of interviewing Richard Froude on Fabric and Suzanne Scanlon on Promising Young Women. She has been married for 17 years, has three amazing young boys, and looks forward to writing and teaching at the university level.

John A. Nieves – Summer 2012

John has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Indiana Review, Southern Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, New York Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Valparaiso Poetry Review and Cincinnati Review. He won the 2011 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and the 2010 Southeast Review AWP Short Poetry contest. He received his M.A. in Creative Writing from USF in 2006. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Missouri.


AJ Ong – Spring 2011

AJ grew up in the Philippines and moved to California in 2005 to study English and Creative Writing. He is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside where he completed an Asian American murder mystery as his thesis. His poems have been published in Tayo Magazine and Mosaic: Art and Literary Journal. For more information, please visit aj-ong.blogspot.com.

Patrick Liam O’Sullivan – Winter 2013

Patrick Liam O’Sullivan graduated high school in 2005 and promptly left for the Army. He served two tours of duty in Iraq, ’06-’07 and ’09-’10, and was discharged honorably after a total of six years of service. He is a student at Plymouth State University seeking a BS in General Management; he is the Business Manager of the Plymouth State Poets and Writers and an Associate Editor for the student-run literary and art magazine Centripetal. Patrick has always had a love for poetry. Many of the ideas he explores through his work are rooted in his military experiences- the pain of loss, the joy of life, and the ambivalence one often feels toward both. Proudly from New Hampshire, Patrick resides in Plymouth.

Matthew Ostapchuk – Vol. 1

Matthew Ostapchuk is a senior at Chester College of New England. He has been previously published at Soundzine.org and in Collective Fallout. He is the editor of Two-Bit Magazine, and operates several online writing projects, including the collaborative, stream-of-consciousness blog “arumpahpah:gardyloo.”

Sergio A. Ortiz – Vol. 2

Sergio has a B.A. in English literature from Inter-American University, and a M.A. in philosophy from World University. His poetry has appeared in over 200 online and print journals He has been recently published, or his poems are forthcoming in: The Battered Suitcase, Zygote in my Coffee, Right Hand Pointing, Poui: Cave Hill Journal of Creative Writing, Writers’ Bloc and Temenos: Central Michigan University’s Literary Journal. Flutter Press published his chapbook, At the Tail End of Dusk (2009).


Rebecca Pãpucaru – Summer 2011

Rebecca is an internationally published poet, and currently a PhD student at the University of Montreal, Canada. Her poetry and prose have been shortlisted for a number of awards in Canada, including Arc Magazine’s Poem of the Year. Her poetry has been anthologized in the 2010 edition ofThe Best Canadian Poetry in English (guest editor Lorna Crozier and series editor Molly Peacock), and in the Headlight anthology of emerging writers. In Canada, her poetry has appeared in Prism International,The Antigonish Review, Acta Victoriana, Soliloquies, and Existere,while both her poetry and prose have been featured in The Nashwaak Review. In the United States, her poetry has appeared in Wordriver Literary Review, Ozone Park Journal, SLAB: Sound and Literary Artbook, The Orange Coast Review, The Emerson Review, Kestrel, and Caesura: The Journal of the Poetry Center San Jose. In Ireland, her work has appeared in Crannóg. This is her first appearance in OVS.

Kate Partridge – Summer 2012

Kate lives in Fairfax, VA, where she is a student in the MFA program in poetry at George Mason University. She is the Editor-in-Chief of So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art and a blogger for Poetry Instigator. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in MAYDAY, Barely South, Weave Magazine, Prime Number Magazine, and Blast Furnace.

Kushal Poddar – Winter 2013

Kushal Poddar resides in the city of Kolkata, India. Apart from poetries, he has written fictions and scripts for television mini-series as well. His English poems have been published in various online and print magazines all over the world. He is the author of “All Our Fictional Dreams” and been published in “Poor Poet’s Pantry: Collaborative Poems”. The forthcoming book is “Surviving Cyber Life” and “Five Poets: An Anthology.”

Andrea Potos – Vol. 2

Andrea’s full-length collection of poems Yaya’s Cloth was published by Iris Press in 2007 and received an Outstanding Achievement Award in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association. She is the recipient of the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review and the Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Prize. Her poems have been published widely and appear most recently in Women’s Review of Books, Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Blue Unicorn, The Comstock Review and several other journals and anthologies.
Ken Poyner – Winter 2013

Ken Poyner labors by day as an information management specialist; he splits his remaining time between writing, and acting as eye-candy at his wife’s power lifting meets. He has published often during the last 40 years, most recently in “Menacing Hedge”, “Corium”, “Eclectica”, “The Adirondack Review”, “Poet Lore”, and a few dozen other places. He and his wife live in the lower right hand corner of Virginia with four rescue cats and one fierce fish.

R. Elena Prieto – Winter 2013

R. Elena Prieto is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale MFA program. Her work has appeared in Compass Rose, The Rondeau Roundup, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, Off the Coast, and is forthcoming in Moon City Review.


Octavio Quintanilla – Spring 2012

Octavio writes in South Texas.


Kristin Ravel – Vol. 2

Kristin’s work has appeared in publications, including Temenos, elimae, Susquehanna Review, and Poets and Artist (O&S). She is currently earning an MFA at Columbia College Chicago.

Francis Raven – Spring 2011

Francis’ books include Provisions (Interbirth, 2009), 5-Haifun: Of Being Divisible (Blue Lion Books, 2008), Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007), Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox 2005) and the novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005). Francis lives in Washington DC; you can check out more of his work at his website: http://www.ravensaesthetica.com/.

William Reichard – Summer 2011

William is the author of four collections of poetry: Sin Eater (Mid-List Press, 2010); This Brightness (Mid-List Press, 2007); How To (Mid-List Press, 2004) was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets; and An Alchemy in the Bones (New Rivers Press, 1999) won a MN Voices Prize. Poems from This Brightness and How To have been featured on NPR’s “Writers Almanac.” Reichard has published one chapbook, To Be Quietly Spoken (Frith Press, 2001) and is the editor of The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s: A Gay Life in the 1940’s (Univ. of MN Press, 2001). New Village Press will release his anthology of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, American Tensions: Literature of Social Justice, in April 2011.

Matthew Richards – Summer 2011

Matthew is a 19-year old college student and poet from Manchester, New Hampshire. He loves writing, and has published two chapbooks of poetry. His work has been featured in online publications such as The Legendary and Borderline Magazine. You can find him reading at one of the various open mics throughout New England.

Rhiannon Richardson – Vol. 2

Rhiannon is a performance poet, singer/songwriter and mother. She is a full time student from southern New Hampshire.

Steven Riel – Winter 2013, Vol. 1

20. Steven Riel is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, the most recent being Postcard from P-town, which was runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2009. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and numerous periodicals, including International Poetry Review, The Minnesota Review, and Evening Street Review.

Charles P. Ries – Spring 2011

Charles lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews, and poetry reviews have appeared in over two hundred print and electronic publications. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing. He is the author of The Fathers We Find, a novel based on memory and six books of poetry. Most recently he was awarded the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association “Jade Ring” Award for humorous poetry. He is the poetry editor for Word Riot and a former member of the board at the Woodland Pattern Book Center. Charles is Co-Chairman of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. He will have new book of poetry published in 2010: Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love that will be published by Alternating Current Press, Leah Angstman, Editor. He is a founding member of the Lake Shore Surf Club, the oldest fresh water surfing club on the Great Lakes. Most recently he was interviewed by Jane Crown for Blog Radio. You may find that interview by going to: www.janecrown.com and clicking on archived shows at the bottom of the page. You may find additional samples of his work by going to: http://www.literati.net/Ries/

AJ Roberts – Summer 2011

AJ studied poetry at Dartmouth and Stanford under poets including Cleopatra Mathis, W.S. DiPiero, and Tom Sleigh. AJ currently work as an intellectual property lawyer in Boston, and have written on intersections in law and poetry.

Lee D. Rorman – Summer 2011

Lee resides in Fargo, ND. He has published poetry in Cynic, Wanderings, ArtsPulse, and other publications. He was the 2010 winner of the LRAC/TAP 6-word Short Story Challenge. He has published short-stories and is currently working on a novel.

Jay Rubin – Spring 2012, Summer 2012

Jay teaches writing at The College of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area and publishes Alehouse, an all-poetry literary journal, at www.alehousepress.com. He holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and lives in San Francisco with his son and Norwich terrier.


Miriam Sagan – Winter 2013

Miriam Sagan is the author of twenty-five books, including the poetry collection MAP OF THE POST (University of New Mexico Press.) She founded and directs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. Her blog is Miriam’s Well . in 2010, she won the Santa Fe Mayor’s award for Excellence in the Arts.

Kat Sanchez – Vol. 2

Kat is a Southern California poet making her way in the City of Wind. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Mosaic: Art and Literary Journal and Columbia Poetry Review. She is an M.F.A. candidate at Columbia College Chicago.

Jeff Santosuosso – February Love Fest! 2013

Jeff Santosuosso is a poet and business executive who splits his time between Pensacola, FL and Dallas, TX. His poems have appeared in Avocet, Pif, Extract(s), Red River Review, Ilya’s Honey, the Texas Poetry Calendar (2012), Red Fez and other print and online publications. You can find him on Facebook.

Greg Schmult – Winter 2013

Greg Schmult is forty nine years old and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has done nothing noteworthy from a literary point of view, but hopes to rectify that by beginning to submit poems in hope of publication. When seeking other ways to be worthwhile, he is a husband, father, an environmental consultant, and dabbles in bonsai.

Steve Schreiner – Vol. 2

Steven is associate professor of English at University of Missouri-St Louis. He is the author of Too Soon To Leave and the founding editor of Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature. His recent work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Margie, Tar River Poetry, and Stosvet: Cardinal Points.

Peter Schwartz – Vol. 1

Peter Schwartz’s poetry has been featured in The Columbia Review, Diagram, and Opium Magazine. When not dreaming of literary conferences he’s writing or taking photos or thinking of who he should get for the next issue of DOGZPLOT, where he is art editor. His third chapbook ‘ghost diet’ will be out at the end of 2009. Learn more about his work at: www.sitrahahra.com

Jane Seitel – Winter 2013

Jane Seitel is an Expressive Therapist, teacher, and poet living in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Masters of Education from Lesley University and recently received an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Bridges, Lilith, Poetica, Midstream and on Split This Rock. She received the 2010 Charlotte Newberger Prize in Poetry.

Peter Serchuk – Summer 2011

Peter’s poems have appeared in a variety of journals big and small including Boulevard, Poetry, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, Texas Review, South Carolina Review, New York Quarterly and others. Additionally, a number of his poems have been anthologized, most recently in Against Agamemnon: War Poetry (WaterWood Press, 2009) and The Best American Erotic Poems 1800 to the Present (Scribners, 2008). He is the author of two poetry collections: Waiting for Poppa at the Smithtown Diner (University of Illinois Press) and All That Remains, which will appear in 2012 from WordTech Communications. He lives in Los Angeles.

Jay Sizemore – Winter 2013

Jay Sizemore writes poetry in his underwear and wishes pants were optional, but alas, poems don’t pay the bills. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apercus Quarterly, Waterhouse Review, Turbulence, Red River Review, LaReata Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review. Currently, he resides in Nashville, TN with his wife Elizabeth, and their three cats. The cats think they own the place.

Amy Small-McKinney – Spring 2012

Amy’s second chapbook, Clear Moon, Frost, was published, in 2009, by Finishing Line Press. In 2004, her chapbook, Body of Surrender, (Finishing Line Press) was showcased at Poet’s House in New York. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004 and again in 2006. Her work has appeared in a number of journals, including The Cortland Review, The Pedestal Magazine, ForPoetry, upstreet, Blue Fifth Review, Arabesques Review, Rio Grande Review, Wild River Review, and is forthcoming in SAND, Berlin’s English Literary Journal, as well as Lips Poetry Magazine. Small-McKinney was guest editor for the June 2006 issue of The Pedestal Magazine and interviewed poet, Bruce Smith, for their April 2006. Her poetry was also part of a collaboration of women artists and poets for the project, The Poetry Dress, at the 2011 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. In 2011, she was awarded the Toni Brown Memorial Scholarship for her poetry. She was recently named 2011-2012 Montgomery County Poet Laureate, selected by poet, Christopher Bursk.

Diane Smith – Summer 2011

Diane writes about the homeless, children, immigrants, poverty, healthcare; those who have little visibility or power in society. Her writing has appeared in modest literary journals in England, Canada and the United States in print and online. After working as a social worker in child welfare for twenty years, she finally retired.

John Spilman, Jr. – February Love-Fest! 2013

John Spilman, Jr. is a third-year law student at the University of Virginia School of Law. He holds a B.A. in Black Studies from the College of William and Mary. He splits his time between Virginia and New York City, drinks small batch bourbon, and bets on the horses.

Patricia Smith – Vol. 2 Poetry Feature

2008 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST! Patricia Smith’s fifth book of poetry, Blood Dazzler (Coffee House Press) chronicles the human, physical and emotional toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophic natural event with lasting spiritual and political impact. This much-anticipated volume is also the focal point of a new dance/theater collaboration between Patricia and Urban Bush Women dancer Paloma McGregor.

Patricia is also the author of Teahouse of the Almighty (Coffee House Press), a National Poetry Series winner, the Best Poetry Book of 2006 on About.com, and a 2007 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Paterson Poetry Prize winner; Close to Death (Zoland Books), Big Towns, Big Talk (Zoland) and Life According to Motown (Tia Chucha). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, poemmemoirstory, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, the Chautauqua Literary Journal, TriQuarterly, and other journals, and in many groundbreaking anthologies–most recently Gathering Ground, The Spoken Word Revolution, The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry and Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry. Her poem “The Way Pilots Walk” received a Pushcart Prize, and is featured in Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses.

Recognized as one of the world’s most formidable performers, Patricia has read her work at venues round the world, including the Poets Stage in Stockholm, Rotterdam’s Poetry International Festival, the Aran Islands International Poetry and Prose Festival and on tour in Germany, Austria and Holland. In the U.S., she’s performed at Carnegie Hall, Bumbershoot, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, the Folger Shakespeare Library and St. Mark’s Poetry Project, sharing the stage with noted writers such as Adrienne Rich, Sharon Olds, Rita Dove, Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, Walter Mosley, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, Galway Kinnell and “Lord of the Rings” star Viggo Morgensen. She has worked with Boston stalwart Philip Pemberton and the blues band Bop Thunderous, and as an occasional vocalist with the stellar improvisational jazz group, Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble. Patricia is a four-time national individual champion of the notorious and wildly popular Poetry Slam, the most successful competitor in slam history. She was featured in the nationally-released film “Slamnation,” and appeared on the award-winning HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.”

Recordings of Patricia’s work can be found on the CD “Always in the Head” as well as in the compilations “Grand Slam,” “A Snake in the Heart” “By Someone’s Good Graces” and “Lip.” A short film of her performing the poem “Undertaker,” produced by Tied to the Tracks Films, won awards at the Sundance and San Francisco Film Festivals and earned a prestigious Cable Ace Award as part of the Lifetime Network’s first annual Women’s Film Festival. As a budding voiceover artist, she was the radio voice of the Oil of Olay Total Effects product line.

A selection of Patricia’s poetry was produced as a one-woman play by Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott and performed at both Boston University Playwrights Theater and the historic Trinidad Theater Workshop. Another play, based on Life According to Motown, was staged by Company One Theater in Hartford, Ct., and reviewed favorably in The New York Times.

Patricia is currently at work on the verse memoir Shoulda Been Jimmie Savannah and the young adult novel The Journey of Willie J. Previously she authored Africans in America (Harcourt Brace), a companion volume to the groundbreaking four-part PBS history series. Her first children’s book, Janna and the Kings, was a Lee & Low Books New Voices Award winner.

An accomplished and sought-after instructor of poetry, performance and creative writing, Smith is proud to be a Cave Canem faculty member, as well as a professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island and a faculty member of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. She does workshops and residencies customized for all age groups, and is also available for intensive individual instruction.

In October of 2006, during the Gwendolyn Brooks Creative Writing Conference at Chicago State University, Patricia was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent.

Joseph Somoza – Spring 2011

Joseph retired from college teaching (New Mexico State University) and editing (Puerto Del Sol) several years ago to have more time for writing. He’s published 4 books and 4 chapbooks of poetry over the years and has had poems in hundreds of magazines and anthologies. He lives in Las Cruces with Jill, a painter.

Emma Sovich – Summer 2012

Emmaedits Black Warrior Review and is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. Find her work in [PANK] and Broadsided. She blogs at graveyardhouse.com.

Rae Spencer – Spring 2011

Rae is a writer and veterinarian living in Virginia. Her poetry has been published in Wild Goose Poetry Review, Raven Images, Bolts of Silk, Grey Sparrow Journal, vox poetica, The Glass Coin, and elsewhere. In 2009, she received a Pushcart Prize nomination.

Julie Stuckey – Summer 2012

Julie grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Delaware in business and currently lives in Pawling, New York. She has had several poems published online, in print journals and in anthologies. A number of her poems have received Finalist or Honorable Mention in various contests.

David Stallings – Spring 2011

David was born in the U.S. South, raised in Alaska and Colorado before moving to the U.S. Pacific Northwest 35 years ago. Once an academic geographer, he has spent many years promoting public transportation in the Puget Sound area. His poems have been published in U.S. Northwest literary journals and one anthology.

Juned Subhan – Summer 2012

Juned’s work [poetry & fiction] has been published in various periodicals across the UK, including The Critical Quarterly [3 times], The Reader, Wasafiri, The Interpreter’s House, Orbis, and The New Writer. Furthermore, he has been published internationally by Joyce Carol Oates’s Ontario Review [USA/ short story], Bryant Literary Review [USA/ short story], North American Review [USA/ poetry], Cimarron Review [USA/ poetry], Indiana Review [USA/ poetry], Asia Literary Review [Hong Kong/short story], Westerly [Australia/poetry], Descant [Canada/ poetry], Marginalia [USA/short story], Louisiana Literature [USA/poetry], Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression [USA/short story], Southerly [Australia / Poetry], The Portland Review [USA/ short story] Camas: The Nature of the West [USA/poetry] and Moon City Review [USA/ short story]. He has work forthcoming in North America in Quiddity (fiction), Tygerburning Literary Journal (poetry), Toad Suck Review (fiction), Fjords Review (novella serialised) and The Susquehanna Review (fiction).

Ray Succre – Spring 2011

Ray is an undergraduate currently living on the southern Oregon coast with his wife and son. He has had poems published in Aesthetica, Poets and Artists, and Pank, as well as in numerous others across as many countries. His novels Tatterdemalion (2008) and Amphisbaena (2009), both through Cauliay, are widely available in print. Other Cruel Things (2009), an online collection of poetry, is available through Differentia Press.

Jade Sylvan – Vol. 2

Jade is a writer and performer living in Boston. Her first full-length collection of poetry, The Spark Singer, was published in 2009 by Spuyten Duyvil Press. She has performed, lectured and facilitated workshops across the country. Her favorite yoga position is Crane Pose, and she never learned how to whistle. She is currently at work on a second novel, an album of songs, and more poetry. You can find her at jadesylvan.com.


Melanie Tague – Winter 2013

Melanie Tague is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri –Columbia where she received her BA in History. She has previously published work in Barely South Review. She is currently living in St. Louis, Missouri before pursing an MFA in poetry.

Lisa Tellor-Kelley – Summer 2011

Lisa has a MA of English from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Currently, she is lecturing at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois.

Heidi Therrien – Vol. 1

Heidi Therrien is a performance poet, singer, actor/director and painter from Manchester, NH. Her poems have appeared in journals such as, The 2010 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire, Blood on the Floor Vol: II, Centripetal, Angelic Dynamo and her chapbook, High Point of My Day, was published by Sargent Press. A finalist for the 2009 NH slam team, her writing group, Blood on the Floor, won the 2008 New England Invitational Slam in Portland, ME. She was one of the featured poets at the 2009 Jazzmouth Poetry Festival and has featured around the seacoast at venues such as The Northstar Café, Beat Night at the Press Room, The Bridge Café and The Stone Pigeon, which she currently co-hosts.

Truth Thomas – Vol. 2, Spring 2011

Truth is a singer and poet, born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and raised in Washington, DC. He is the former poet in residence for the Howard County Poetry and Literary Society. He currently serves on the editorial board of Little Patuxent Review and the Tidal Basin Review. Some of his work has appeared in: African Voices, Alehouse, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora, The Houston Literary Review, Quiddity Literary Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Mosaic Magazine, Mythium Literary Journal, Naugatuck River Review, Pluck!, Poet Lore, The Progressive, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Welter Literary Journal, and The 100 Best African American Poems (Edited by Nikki Giovanni). He is the author of two collections of poetry, Party of Black (Flipped Eye/Mouthmark Press, 2006), and A Day of Presence (Flipped Eye Publications, 2008). His third book, Bottle of Life came out in 2010.

Cody Todd – Winter 2013

Cody Todd is the author of Graffiti Signatures (Forthcoming, Main Street Rag) & the chapbook, To Frankenstein, My Father (2007, Proem Press). His poems have appeared in the Gettysburg Review, Salt Hill, The Florida Review, & The Literary Review among other journals. He is also the Managing Editor & co-creator of the online literary journal, The Offending Adam.

Serena Tome – Vol. 2

Serena launched an international reading series for African children to connect, learn, and participate in literary activity with students from around the world via video conferencing. She has literary work published and/or forthcoming in The Litchfield Review, Foundling Review, The Legendary, Breadcrumb Scabs, Word Riot, Calliope Nerve, Counterexample Poetics, Full of Crow, Boston Literary Magazine, The Stray Branch, and other publications. She is currently working on her first chapbook. You can find out more about Serena at serenatome.blogspot.com.

Pavlo Tychyna – Summer 2011

Pavlo (Pawlo) (translated by Steve Komarnyckyj), the greatest Ukrainian poet of the 20th Century, is almost unknown in the English speaking world – some of Steve’s versions of his work have appeared/will appear in the Oxford University based magazine founded by Ted Hughes, Modern Poetry in Translation, Poetry Salzburg Review, Envoi, The Mozzie, Fire, Vsesvit, Nasha Doroha, and the Istanbul Literary Review.

Jessica Tyner – Summer 2012

Jessica is originally from Oregon, USA, a member of the Cherokee Nation, and has been a writer and editor for ten years. Currently, she is a copy writer for Word Jones, a travel writer with Mucha Costa Rica, a writer for TripFab, a copy editor at the London-based Flaneur Arts Journal, and a contributing editor at New York’s Thalo Magazine. She has recently published short fiction in Out of Print Magazine in India, and poetry in Slow Trains Literary Journal, Straylight Magazine, and Solo Press. She lives in San José, Costa Rica.


Jonathan Veach – Summer 2012

Jonathan was born in Quincy, Illinois. He recently received his bachelor’s in English from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and in November 2011 he was a recipient of a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award from the state of Illinois. He enjoys hiking and kayaking and making his own teriyaki salmon jerky. His work will appear upcoming in The Naugatuck River Review.

Jeanann Verlee – Spring 2011 Poetry Feature

Jeanann Verlee is an author, performance poet, editor, activist, and former punk rocker who collects tattoos and winks at boys. Her work has been published and is forthcoming in a variety of journals, including The New York Quarterly, FRiGG, PANK, decomP, Danse Macabre, and The Legendary, among others. Her poems have also been included in various anthologies such as “Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women” and “His Rib: Poems Stories and Essays by Her.” Verlee’s first full-length book of poems, Racing Hummingbirds (Write Bloody Publishing, 2010), earned the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry.

She has represented New York City three times at the National Poetry Slam under two of the most highly-regarded poetry performance series in the nation: Urbana Poetry Slam and The louderARTS Project. Verlee was the highest-scoring individual poet at the 2008 National Poetry Slam Finals, was the 2009 NYC-Urbana iWPS Champion, and represented NYC-louderARTS at the 2010 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She co-curates the Urbana Poetry Slam reading series at the Bowery Poetry Club and serves as writing and performance coach for this three-time NPS Championship venue. She has performed and facilitated workshops at schools, theaters, bookstores, dive bars and poetry venues across North America.

Educated in theatre performance and creative writing, Verlee was co-author and performing member of national touring company, The Vortex: Conflict, Power, and Choice!, has been commissioned by universities for a number of guerrilla theatre events spotlighting domestic violence under MSCD’s Theatre for Social Change, and was a charter member of New York City’s annual Spoken Word Almanac Project. A fan of letter-writing campaigns and constructing protest signs, Verlee is also an ardent animal rights and humanitarian activist who has organized and participated in numerous social actions.

Her first poem was drafted in pencil on the inside cover of a collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales at the age of 7. She won her first writing contest for a short story at the age of 11 and in the same year became the youngest recipient of Parade Magazine’s Young American Ambassadors prize for an essay contest. Hoping to echo S.E. Hinton’s young author milestone, Verlee was determined to write a novel by the age of 16. With three drafts completed by the autumn of her 15th year, she almost reached her goal. Instead, however, found herself blindsided by the insurmountable distraction of tattooed boys, the perpetual chore of dying her mohawk pink, and a life-altering diagnosis of bipolar disorder. A hardcopy of the unfinished manuscript remains in a fireproof safe in her studio apartment.

She lives in New York City with her best pal (a rescue pup named Callisto) and a pair of origami lovebirds. She believes in you.

Susan Vespoli – Vol. , Vol.2, Spring 2012

Susan has landed again in the big city of Phoenix after living for 4 years in a cabin in the Prescott National Forest. She received her MFA in poetry from Antioch University Los Angeles and has had work published in various journals and anthologies including Verse Wisconsin, New Verse News, OVS Magazine, and Merge. Her poem “He Lusts after Librarians” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010.

Kathleen Vibbert – Vol. 1

Kathleen Vibbert is retired, married with three grown children and one grandchild. She studies creative writing and is visually impaired. Her main interest is narrative and nature poetry. Previous credits include a chapbook D-N Publishing, Remembering Faces Anthology, Muscadine Lines Anthology, Facets, Breadcrumb Scabs, and various other zines.

Donna Vorreyer – Vol. 2

Donna lives in the Chicago area and spends her days trying to convince teenagers that words matter. Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals, most recently in Cider Press Review, Autumn Sky Poetry, Apparatus Magazine, and Apt. Her chapbook Womb/Seed/Fruit is available from Finishing Line Press. She enjoys her family and friends, Diet Coke, travel, photography, pizza, and massages, not necessarily in that order. Visit her at donnavorreyer.com

Sanele Vox – Summer 2012

Sanele is a multiethnic writer, vocalist, actor, director, mixed-media artist, and educator pursuing a career in literary and performance arts in education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published two books of poetry Talk Over The Sound (2009) and This Side of Mourning (2010), produced her own gallery exhibition AKIMBO (2010), and recently founded a non-for-profit womyn of color theatre company, The For Colored Girls Project. Sanele Vox’s literary and visual art and critical essays have been featured in countless literary publications and newspapers including but not limited to Blacklight, Speaking Me Anthology, Chicago6Corners, Women in Redzine, GirlSpeak, and The Madison Times.


Elizabeth Wade – Summer 2012

Elizabeth currently lives in Virginia, where she teaches literature and writing courses at the University of Mary Washington. She is a current Associate Editor of NANO Fiction and a former Assistant Editor for the Black Warrior Review. Her work has appeared in such journals as Kenyon Review Online, AGNI, Oxford American, the Rumpus, and others.

Roxanne Halpine Ward – Summer 2011

Roxanne graduated from the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a past attendee of the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Her work has appeared in the Greensboro Review, Hawai’i Pacific Review, and Zoland, among others, and her chapbook, This Electric Glow, will be published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2012. She blogs about all things yoga at http://roxdoesyoga.wordpress.com.

Michael Waters – Summer 2012 Poetry Feature

Michael’s ten books of poetry include Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity (2006—finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize); Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001—finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize)—these titles from BOA Editions—Bountiful (1992); The Burden Lifters (1989); and Anniversary of the Air (1985)—these titles from Carnegie Mellon UP. In 2011, Shoestring Press in England published Selected Poems. His co-edited volumes include Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois UP, 2003). The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation, he has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review, Rolling Stone, and The Pushcart Prize, and has chaired the Poetry Panel for the National Book Award. The recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry in 2012, Waters is Professor of English at Monmouth University and on the faculty of the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.

Sarah L. Webb – Winter 2013

Sarah L. Webb graduated from Mississippi State University in 2008 and earned a Master’s degree from California College of the Arts in 2010. After graduating from CCA, she taught high school English in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for two years. Now She’s blogging, freelancing, and teaching undergraduate writing courses at the University of Phoenix.

Carol Westberg – Winter 2013

Carol Westberg’s first book of poems, Slipstream, was a finalist for the 2011 New Hampshire Literary Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry, and “Map of Uncertain Soundings,” within that collection, was a finalist for the Ruth Stone Prize. Carol has published poems in Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain, and CALYX, among other journals. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College and currently writes and does freelance communications from her home in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Scott Wiggerman – Spring 2012

Scott is the author of two books of poetry, Presence, forthcoming this year from Pecan Grove Press, and Vegetables and Other Relationships. Recent publications include Switched-on Gutenberg, BorderSenses, 14 x 14, Poemeleon, Broad River Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Assaracus, and Southwestern American Literature. A frequent workshop instructor, he is also an editor for Dos Gatos Press, publisher of the annual Texas Poetry Calendar, now in its fourteenth year, and publisher of a brand-new book of poetry exercises, Wingbeats, co-edited by Wiggerman and David Meischen. His website is http://swig.tripod.com

Allison Wilkins – Spring 2011

Allison is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas International MFA program. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming with STILL, Broken Bridge Review, The Georgetown Review, Tiger’s Eye, hotmetalpress and others. She also has an article about Sylvia Plath, titled “through the beautiful red”: The Use of the Color Red as the Triple-Goddess in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, forthcoming with Plath Profiles. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and two dogs. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Lynchburg College.

Derek JG Williams – Vol. 2

Derek is a Boston based writer and performer. His work has been featured at bars, colleges, coffee shops, and house parties throughout New England and New York. He’s also a regular performer at the world famous Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge. In the spring of 2009 he released an album of poetry and music titled A Chorus of Cities. He has poems appearing in the new issues of The November 3rd Club and the White Whale Review. During the fall he was a featured performer at the Last Supper Festival in New York City, a multimedia, project-based collaborative festival that addressed the act of consumption. He is currently shopping his first full length book of poems to publishers.

Laura Madeline Wiseman – Summer 2012

Laura has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English. She is the author of five chapbooks including, Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011.) Her forthcoming chapbook is She who Loves Her Father from Dancing Girl Press in 2012. Her poetry has appeared in Margie, Feminist Studies, Poet Lore, Cream City Review, Pebble Lake Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in Arts & Letters, Spittoon, Blackbird, American Short Fiction, 13th Moon, and elsewhere. Her reviews have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Valparaiso Poetry Review, 42Opus, and elsewhere. lauramadelinewiseman.com.

Shana Wolstein – Summer 2011

Shana is currently studying toward an MFA at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Her work has appeared previously on-line at La Fovea and is forthcoming in Third Coast Magazine. She currently blogs regularly at www.theredspeechballoon.wordpress.com.

Rose Maria Woodson – Summer 2012

Rose is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Northwestern University. She has been published in numerous journals including African American Review, Blossombones, Ariel XXIII, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Paradigm, Lucid Stone, Melusine, Quantum Poetry Magazine, Columbia College Literary Review, Foliate Oak and Wicked Alice.

Heather Wyatt – Winter 2013

Heather Wyatt currently works in the technical department of a marketing company in Tuscaloosa, AL. She is also a part time English instructor at the University of Alabama. Her work has been published in The Marr’s Field Journal, Public Republic, Snakeskin, tak’til, The Broad River Review, Blinking Cursor Literary Magazine, The Whistling Fire, Stymie Magazine and Falling Star Magazine. She also has poetry forthcoming in New Mirage Journal, Straight Forward Poetry and Linden Avenue Literary Journal. She received her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama and her MFA in Poetry from Spalding University in Louisville, KY.


Jessica Young – Summer 2011

Jessica currently holds a Zell Fellowship for poetry in Ann Arbor, MI. She completed her MFA at the University of Michigan, and her undergraduate at MIT. Her poetry has been nominated for Pushcart, and published most recently in Versal, Cold Mountain Review, and CENTER.

Changming Yuan – Spring 2012

Changming Yuan, author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009), is a three-time Pushcart nominee who grew up in a remote Chinese village and published several books before moving to Canada. Currently Yuan teaches in Vancouver and has poetry appearing in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine and nearly 370 other literary journals/anthologies worldwide.