Kristina Marie Darling
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty books, including Look to Your Left: The Poetics of Spectacle (University of Akron Press, 2020); Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations (C&R Press, 2017), which was named one of the “Best Books of 2017” by The Brooklyn Rail; and DARK HORSE: Poems (C&R Press, 2018). Her work has been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held both the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; three residencies at the American Academy in Rome; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; a Morris Fellowship in the Arts; and the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets, among many other awards and honors. Her poems appear in The Harvard Review, Poetry International, New American Writing, Nimrod, Passages North, The Mid-American Review, and on the Academy of American Poets’ website, Poets.org. She has published essays in The Kenyon Review, Agni, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, and numerous other magazines. Kristina currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Review of Books, and a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly.
Emma Bolden is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Maleficae (GenPop Books, 2013) and medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press, 2016). She’s also the author of four chapbooks of poetry -- How to Recognize a Lady (part of Edge by Edge, Toadlily Press); The Mariner’s Wife, (Finishing Line Press); The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press); and This Is Our Hollywood (in The Chapbook) – and one of nonfiction – Geography V (Winged City Press). A Barthelme Prize and Spoon River Poetry Review Editor’s Prize winner, her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry and The Best Small Fictions as well as such journals as The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Conduit, the Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, the Greensboro Review, Feminist Studies, The Journal, and Guernica.
Marlee Gaffey is an Editorial Assistant at Pioneer Valley Books in Northampton, MA, and the former Editorial Assistant for Tupelo Quarterly. She graduated UMass Amherst, where she earned her degree in English and Creative Writing. She lives and writes in the Berkshires.
Senior Poetry Editors
Victoria Chang's fourth book of poems, Barbie Chang, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2017. Her third, The Boss, won the PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her picture book, Is Mommy? (Simon & Schuster), illustrated by Marla Frazee was named a New York Times Notable Book. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship in 2017. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Antioch University's MFA Program. You can find her at www.victoriachangpoet.com.
Rebecca Hazelton is the author of the poetry books Gloss, Vow, and Fair Copy, and the co-editor of The Manifesto Project anthology. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry, and Best American Poetry.
Shane McCrae is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College, and a faculty member at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program. His most recent books are In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017) and The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), and his poems have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Pinwheel, DREGINALD, and elsewhere. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the NEA, and a Pushcart Prize.
Simone Muench is Professor of English at Lewis University where she serves as Director of the Creative & Professional Writing Program and Faculty Advisor for Jet Fuel Review. She is the author of Lampblack & Ash (Winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize; Sarabande, 2000), Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010), Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014) and other books. Her most recent, Suture, is a collaborative book of sonnets written with Dean Rader (Black Lawrence, 2017). Currently, she is editing an anthology of multi-genre collaborative writing (Black Lawrence, 2018). She is a recipient of fellowships from the NEA, Vermont Studio Center, Artsmith, Illinois Arts Council, and Yaddo. In 2014, she was honored with the Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award for innovation, achievements, and community contributions.
Stacey Waite is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Stacey’s poetry collections are: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny (winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition), the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press), and Butch Geography (Tupelo Press, 2013). Individual poems have been published in The Cream City Review, Bloom, and Black Warrior Review, and other honors include: the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, three Pushcart Prize nominations, and a National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. Stacey is also the co-host of Air Schooner, a weekly podcast show produced by Prairie Schooner. Beyond excited to be a Senior Poetry Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, Stacey reads through poetry submissions always out loud—and always listening for the dynamic tension between complex idea, compelling music, and extraordinary perspective.
Allison Benis White
Allison Benis White is the author of Please Bury Me in This (Four Way Books 2017) and Small Porcelain Head, selected by Claudia Rankine for the Levis Prize in Poetry and named a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the California Book Award. Her first book, Self-Portrait with Crayon, received the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Book Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, 2017 Pushcart Prize XLI: Best of the Small Presses, and elsewhere. She has received honors and awards from the San Francisco Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, The Writer’s Center, and Poets & Writers magazine. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.
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Elizabeth Gentry’s debut novel Housebound won the 2012 Madeleine Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Award (judged by novelist and fairy tale advocate Kate Bernheimer) and was published by Lake Forest College’s innovative &NOW Books, with distribution by Northwestern University Press. Housebound was also a finalist for the 2014 Binghamton University John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Other work has appeared in So to Speak, Confrontation, The Collagist, and Third Coast. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Elizabeth lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she teaches for the University of Tennessee English Department. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Alex Lemon’s most recent book is The Wish Book (a finalist for Best Poetry Collection by The Writer’s League of Texas). He is the author of Happy: A Memoir (Scribner; a finalist for Best Book of Non-fiction by The Writer’s League of Texas) and three other poetry collections: Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, and Fancy Beasts. An essay collection and a fifth poetry book are forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His writing has appeared in Esquire, American Poetry Review, The Huffington Post, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, Tin House, Kenyon Review, AGNI, New England Review, The Southern Review and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is an editor-at-large for Saturnalia Books, the poetry editor of descant, and sits on the editorial board of TCU Press and the advisory board of The Southern Review. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, writes book reviews for the Dallas Morning News, and teaches at TCU and the Low-residency MFA program at Ashland University.
Michael Martone's most recent book is Brooding. He lives in Tuscaloosa and teaches at the University of Alabama.
Bronwyn Mills received her MFA under poet James Tate (UMass, Amherst); her Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) under poet Kamau Brathwaite and novelist Ngugi wa Thiong’o at NYU; and was an Anais Nin Fellow. Besides New York, she has also lived in Istanbul, Turkey; La République du Bénin (where, on a Fulbright Fellowship, she played hooky with voodoo priests); Paris, France; and Western Massachusetts. She reviewed dance and theatre for the Valley Advocate, was senior editor for the online literary journal, Frigate, and most recently guest edited the Turkish issue of Absinthe; New European Writing (#19). She taught at Stevens Institute of Technology; Kadir Has University in Istanbul; and Abomey-Calavi in Bénin. Books include Night of the Luna Moths (March Street Press) and the fabulist novel Beastly’s Tale (Rocky Shores). She is also a co-founder and contributor to The Wall, a site devoted to the publication and discussion of essays, stories and poems by an international group of committed writers. Now living and writing in a tiny mountain village far, far away, Mills is interested in the palimpsest of language and how it reveals our deepest collective secrets. Read more at bronwynmills.wordpress.com.
Seth Brady Tucker
Seth Brady Tucker is a poet and fiction writer originally from Lander, Wyoming. His first book won the 2011 Elixir Press Editor’s Poetry Prize (Mormon Boy), and was a finalist for the 2013 Colorado Book Award. His second book won the Gival Press Poetry Award (We Deserve the Gods We Ask For) and appeared in September, 2014. Recently, his fiction won the Bevel Summers Fiction Prize from Shenandoah, was a finalist for the Jeff Sharlet Award from the Iowa Review, and won the Flash Fiction Award from Literal Latte. Seth has served as a Carol Houck Smith Scholar in Poetry at Bread Loaf, and as the Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at Sewanee, is a co-director of the Seaside Writers’ Conference, and teaches engineers to write at the Colorado School of Mines. He was a paratrooper with the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, and served in the Persian Gulf War in another lifetime.
Senior Reviews Editors
Emari DiGiorgio is the author of Girl Torpedo (Agape, 2018), the winner of the 2017 Numinous Orison, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and The Things a Body Might Become (Five Oaks Press, 2017). She's the recipient of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, the Ellen La Forge Memorial Poetry Prize, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, RHINO’s Founder’s Prize, the Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Award, and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She's received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Rivendell Writers' Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.
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Nancy Naomi Carlson
Nancy Naomi Carlson, recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation fellowship, has also received grants from the Maryland Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County. She has published two award-winning chapbooks (Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize from Texas Review Press; Tennessee Chapbook Prize from Middle Tennessee State University), a prize-winning collection of poetry (WWPH), and the critically acclaimed Stone Lyre: Poems of René Char. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner. An instructor at the Bethesda Writer’s Center, she also is an assistant professor at the University of the District of Columbia where she coordinates the graduate school counseling program.
Ming Di is a Chinese poet and translator, author of six books of poetry in Chinese and one in collaborative English translation, River Merchant’s Wife (Marick Press, 2012). She taught Chinese at BU before moving to California where she lives now. She has translated four books of poetry from English to Chinese and co-translated four books from Chinese to English including Empty Chairs – Poems of Liu Xia (Graywolf Press, 2015, finalist for the Best Translated Book Award in 2016.) She edited and co-translated New Cathay – Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Tupelo Press, 2013)
Jesse Lee Kercheval
Jesse Lee Kercheval is a 2016 NEA in Translation Fellow and is the author of fourteen books including the poetry collection Cinema Muto, winner of a Crab Orchard Open Selection Award; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; the memoir Space, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also a translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry. Her translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man by Javier Etchevarren. She is also the editor of the anthology América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets. She is currently the Zona Gale Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directs the Program in Creative Writing.
Senior Visual Arts Editor
Elaine Sexton is a poet, critic, and artist. Her third collection of poetry is Prospect/Refuge, Sheep Meadow Press, 2015, following Causeway (2008), and Sleuth (2003) both with New Issues. Her poems, reviews, and visual art appear in journals and sites including the American Poetry Review, Art in America, Oprah Magazine, Poetry, Poetry Daily, and You Are Here: the Journal of Creative Geography. A former senior editor at ARTnews and avid micro-publisher, she teaches text and image workshops at Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and in various cultural organizations around the country. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. elainesexton.org
Andrea Applebee is an editor and art writer living in Athens, Greece. She collaborates at Pyxida Intercultural Council to lead a writing workshop for refugees focused on expression, mindfulness, and growth. Andrea received her MFA in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.
Kara Candito is the author of Spectator (University of Utah Press, 2014), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press, 2009), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in APR, Blackbird, AGNI, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, Drunken Boat, Forklift Ohio, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2007, and elsewhere. Candito is the winner of a Pushcart Prize and the recipient of scholarships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Vermont Studio Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Oxbow School of Art.
Brigitte Byrd grew up in France and was trained as a dancer before migrating to the United States. She is the author of three poetry books, most recently Song of a Living Room (Ahsahta). Her current work is featured in Denver Quarterly, North American Review, The Laurel Review, Terminus, and Stone, River, Sky (Negative Capability), among others. She is Professor of English at Clayton State University where she teaches creative writing and contemporary poetry. Brigitte lives in Atlanta.
Chris Campanioni has worked as a journalist, model, and actor, and he teaches literature and creative writing at Baruch College and Pace University, and interdisciplinary studies at John Jay. His “Billboards” poem that responded to Latino stereotypes and mutable—and often muted—identity in the fashion world was awarded the 2013 Academy of American Poets Prize and his novel Going Down was selected as Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards. He edits PANK and lives in Brooklyn, where he wrote his new book, Death of Art, out now from C&R Press. Chris is looking for work that is surprising, something that upends generic and formal expectations and parameters. He especially likes re-contextualizing pop culture, hybrid work, and collage. Send him something that startles you.
Cassandra Cleghorn is the author of Four Weathercocks (Marick Press, 2016). Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Paris Review, Yale Review, Colorado Review, New Orleans Review, Boston Review, Poetry International, and Tin House. She teaches English and American Studies at Williams College, and serves as Poetry Editor of Tupelo Press.
Andy Frazee is the author of The Body, The Rooms (Subito Press, 2011), and a chapbook, That the World Should Never Again Be Destroyed By Flood (New American Press, 2010). He holds his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois and his PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Writing and Communication at Georgia Tech, where he teaches courses in postmodern literature.
Brandi Homan is the author of two books of poetry, Bobcat Country and Hard Reds, from Shearsman Books and two chapbooks from dancing girl press. With Hanna Andrews and Becca Klaver, she co-founded Switchback Books. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and a PhD in Creative Writing, Prose, from the University of Denver.
Rochelle Hurt is the author of two poetry collections: In Which I Play the Runaway (2016), winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize, and The Rusted City (2014), published in the Marie Alexander Series from White Pine Press. She is the recipient of awards from Crab Orchard Review, Arts & Letters, Hunger Mountain, Phoebe, Poetry International, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fund, Vermont Studio Center, and the Jentel Artist Residency Program. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Best New Poets, Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati, where she formerly served as Assistant Editor for Cincinnati Review.
Brenda Iijima’s involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of poetry, research movement, animal studies, ecological sociology, sensory representation and submerged histories. She is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry and numerous chapbooks and artist’s books. Her most recent book, Remembering Animalswas published by Nightboat Books in 2016. She is also the editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat Books and PP@YYL). She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, located in Brooklyn, NY (http://yoyolabs.com/).
Author of Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press, 2015), and a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), Virginia Konchan’s poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, StoryQuarterly, The Believer, and The New Republic, and her criticism in Jacket2, Boston Review, and Kenyon Review Online. She is co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary.
Dawn Lonsinger is the author of Whelm (winner of the 2012 Idaho Prize in Poetry). Her poems and lyric essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Subtropics, Best New Poets 2010, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Utah, and is now a Visiting Assistant Professor at Muhlenberg College, teaching courses in Creative Writing, Poetry & Politics, and Monstrosity in Literature & Film. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, four Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes, Smartish Pace’s Beullah Rose Poetry Prize, the Scowcroft Prize in Prose chosen by Lydia Yuknavitch, and the Utah Writers’ Contest in Prose chosen by Susan Steinberg. Learn more about Lonsinger at www.dawnlonsinger.com. Dawn loves how poems escort her through the serpentine movements of others’ minds and thus disrupt her; she is hungry to read work that seduces and disturbs, that haunts with its particularity, pathos, landscape, and humanity.
Gariot Pierre Louima
Gariot Pierre Louima has an MFA in writing and literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is the dean of admissions at Goddard College in Vermont. His short stories have been published in Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, The Caribbean Writer, carte blanche, Tupelo Quarterly, and the anthology So Spoke the Earth. A former journalist, he reported for the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, and Palm Beach Post. He has critical work forthcoming in Representations of Internarrative Identity (Palgrave Macmillan).
Vi Khi Nao
Vi Khi Nao is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.
Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Little Stranger (Copper Canyon Press, 2013) and Late Empire (forthcoming in 2017). Her chapbook, The Resemblance of the Enzymes of Grasses to those of Whales Is a Family Resemblance, was a winner of the 2015 Essay Press Prize and will be released in fall 2016. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Lannan Writing Residency, and fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Centrum, she is a member of the poetry faculty for the University of Texas at Austin’s New Writers Project and Michener Center for Writers.
Zach Savich's latest books include the poetry collection The Orchard Green and Every Color (Omnidawn, 2016) and Diving Makes the Water Deep, a forthcoming memoir about cancer, teaching, and poetic friendship. He is also the author of the poetry collections Full Catastrophe Living (University of Iowa, 2009), Annulments (Center for Literary Publishing, 2010), The Firestorm (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), and Century Swept Brutal (Black Ocean, 2013), as well as a book of prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand (Rescue Press, 2011). His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the CSU Poetry Center's Open Award, and Omnidawn's Chapbook Prize. His poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, A Public Space, VOLT, jubilat and other journals and anthologies. A former editor with the Kenyon Review, Savich teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press's Open Prose Series.
Kayla Sargeson is the author of the chapbook Mini Love Gun (Main Street Rag, 2013). Her poems also appear or are forthcoming in 5 AM, Columbia Poetry Review, Chiron Review, Main Street Rag, and on Prosody. She co-curates the MadFridays reading series and is the poetry editor for Pittsburgh City Paper’s online feature Chapter & Verse. She looks for poems that punch her in the gut.
Christina Stoddard is the author of Hive, winner of the 2015 Brittingham Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press). Her poems have appeared in various journals including Spoon River Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, and Asheville Poetry Review. Christina received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was the Fred Chappell Fellow. Her work has also received support from the Ragdale Foundation and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. Originally from Tacoma, WA, Christina currently lives in Nashville, TN and is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, a scholarly journal in economics. www.christinastoddard.com Christina looks for art that isn’t afraid to swing from the rafters. She wants to be hooked, taken along for the ride—because if the sentences are good, she’ll follow them anywhere.
Letitia Trent's books include the novels Almost Dark and Echo Lake, the poetry collection One Perfect Bird, and the chapbooks The Women in Charge and You aren't in this movie. Her work has appeared in 32 poems, Fence, Black Warrior Review, Diode, Smokelong Quarterly, and Sou'Wester, among others. Trent's short story, Wilderness, was nominated for a Shirley Jackson award and included in Best Horror of the Year Volume 8, edited by Ellen Datlow. Trent is part of the horror podcast The Brood. She lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with her husband, son, and three black cats.
Tony Trigilio’s latest book is Inside the Walls of My Own House (BlazeVOX [books], 2016), the second installment of his multivolume poem The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood). He is also the author of White Noise (Apostrophe Books, 2013), and Historic Diary (BlazeVOX, 2011), among others. He is the editor of Dispatches from the Body Politic: Interviews with Jan Beatty, Meg Day, and Douglas Kearney (Essay Press, 2016) and Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments (Ahsahta Press, 2014), and he co-edits Court Green—recently revived as an independent online journal after 12 years in print. He is a Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago.
Erin M. Bertram
Erin M. Bertram is the author of thirteen chapbooks, including from The Vanishing of Camille Claudel (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016) and Relief Map, a winner of C&R Press’s 2016 Summer Tide Pool Chapbook Competition. Bertram has received awards and scholarships from the Frank O’Hara Award Chapbook Series, Washington University in St. Louis, Prague Summer Program, Augustana College, and the Academy of American Poets. Their poems and lyric hybrid texts have appeared in Diagram, Cream City Review, Leveler, So to Speak, Uprooted: An Anthology on Gender & Illness, and elsewhere. The recipient of the 2017 English Graduate Student Association Award in Teaching Excellence, they are a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where they teach, help direct the Writing Center, and volunteer with the LGBTQA+ Resource Center.
Jeffrey Levine is the author of two books of poetry: Rumor of Cortez, nominated for a 2006 Los Angeles Times Literary Award in Poetry, and Mortal, Everlasting, which won the 2002 Transcontinental Poetry Prize. His many poetry prizes include the Larry Levis Prize from the Missouri Review, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Ekphrasis Poetry Prize, and the 2007 American Literary Review poetry prize. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Levine is founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Tupelo Press.
Okla Elliott (1977-2017) served an assistant professor at Misericordia University in northeast Pennsylvania. He completed a PhD in comparative literature at the University of Illinois, an MFA in creative writing at Ohio State University, and a certificate in legal studies at Purdue University. His work appeared in Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, A Public Space, Subtropics, and elsewhere, as well as being included as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2015. His books include From the Crooked Timber (short fiction), The Cartographer’s Ink (poetry), The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (a novel), Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems of Jürgen Becker (translation), and Pope Francis: The Essential Guide (nonfiction). From 2016 to 2017, Elliott served as an Associate Editor at Tupelo Quarterly. We are grateful for his contributions to our magazine and the larger literary community.