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Editor-in-Chief

   

Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty books of poetry, most recently DARK HORSE (C&R Press, 2017). Her awards include two Yaddo residencies, a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, and a Visiting Artist Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund. Her work appears in The Gettysburg Review, New American Writing, The Iowa Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She is currently working toward both a Ph.D. in Literature at S.U.N.Y.-Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Poetry at New York University.


 

Managing Editor

   

Sarah Russell

Sarah Russell is the Administrative Director at Tupelo Press. Prior to joining TP, Sarah worked for sales and marketing for a large internet company and also designed and edited her own online lifestyle publication, Return to Sender. A writer at heart, she studied creative writing with a concentration in poetry at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and continued to study creative writing in graduate school at University of Essex in Colchester, UK. Sarah has particular interest in translated poetry as well as epistolary poetry, the latter the topic of her master’s dissertation.


 

Senior Poetry Editors

   

Shane McCrae

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

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.

   

Katherine Durham Oldmixon

Katherine Durham Oldmixon is co-director of the Poetry at Round Top Festival, held annually in the rolling hills between Austin and Houston. She is the author of Water Signs (No. 67 in the New Women’s Voices series, Finishing Line Press, 2009). Her poems appear in print and online publications, among them Bellevue Literary Review, Cider Press Review, The Normal School, Solstice, and Qarrtsiluni. Professor of English and director of the writing program at historic Huston-Tillotson University, Katherine earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from UT-Austin, M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of New Orleans, and M.A. and B.A. degrees in English from University of Houston. Katherine gardens in Austin, TX, with her husband, musician and videographer Arturo L. Garza. She listens for poems that breathe, that make her gasp or sigh, that sing in an embodied voice and that observe closely and intuitively—all in such a way that she finds herself inside.

   

Stacey Waite

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.


 
 

Senior Prose Editors

 

   

Elizabeth Gentry

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

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.

   

Bronwyn Mills

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

 

   

Emma Bolden

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.


 

Senior Translations Editors

 

   

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

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

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


 

Associate Editors

 

   

Andrea Applebee

Andrea Applebee is a poet, editor, and teacher living in Athens, Greece. Her work has appeared in Absent, Ditch, Lute&Drum, and other magazines. Her book Aletheia is forthcoming from Black Square Editions in 2017.

   

Lisa Olstein

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.

   

Andy Frazee

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.

   

Brigitte Byrd

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

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

Cassandra Cleghorn is a poet and teacher who received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1983 and her PhD in American Studies from Yale, 1995. She has been a Senior Lecturer in English and American Studies at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, for over 20 years. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous notable journals including The Yale Review, The Paris Review, Tin House, and, most recently New Orleans Review and Poetry International. She received a poetry grant in 2000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Cleghorn is also a devoted musician, playing fiddle in the traditions of Ireland, New England and Quebec. She is currently at work on a book-length essay on the uses of wood as subject and matter in literature and art.

   

Okla Elliott

Okla Elliott is an assistant professor at Misericordia University in northeast Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Illinois, an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University, and a certificate in legal studies from Purdue University. His work has 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, forthcoming).

   

Rochelle Hurt

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.

   

Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Ay (Tupelo Press, 2014). Her other books are: The Us, The Mending Worm and Hand-Held Executions. Her poetry has been anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (University of Iowa Press) and The Book of Irish-American Poetry–Eighteenth Century to Present (University of Notre Dame Press). She is a contributing critic for the Contemporary Poetry Review and author of a series of essays on contemporary American poetry archived online at bostoncomment.com. She has taught at Columbia University and Emerson College and currently teaches in the Lesley University Low-Residency MFA Program and Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Houlihan is founder and director of the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. She looks for poetry that surprises her.

   

Virginia Konchan

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.

   

Megan Levad

Megan Levad is the author of Why We Live in the Dark Ages, the first selection in Tavern Books’ Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Granta Online, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Mantis, The Society for Curious Thought, the Everyman’s Library anthology Killer Verse, and London art and fashion magazine AnOther. She also writes lyrics for composers Tucker Fuller and Kristin Kuster; she and Kristin will record an opera in Spring 2015, thanks to a grant from OPERA America. A graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan, Megan is now the Assistant Director of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

   

Dawn Lonsinger

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).

   

Deb McAlister

Deb McAlister, a poet and playwright, is a native New Yorker and the mother of three sons now 22, 20 and 16. Married to an Englishman (from Cambridge), Christopher Jones, Deb and Chris have a fledgling organic farm in upstate NY. Her poems have been published in journals including Fling Quarterly and The Asheville Poetry Review; another is upcoming in Plume. Her play Pandaemonium was an early recipient of a Lark Play Development Center reading. She is now a trustee at the Lark. Deb was educated at Yale, BA and Columbia, MBA. Surprise fact – Deb was a competitive diver from age 6 to 18! As a reader, Deb hopes to be grabbed, immersed and ultimately thrilled by a poem.

   

Khadijah Queen

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Akashic Books 2008) and Black Peculiar (2011), which won the Noemi Press book award for poetry and was a finalist for the Gatewood Prize at Switchback Books. Individual poems and prose appear in Tin House, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Memoir, Fire and Ink: A Social Action Anthology, The Force of What's Possible and widely elsewhere. Her verse play Non-Sequitur won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers and was produced by The Relationship theater company in December 2015, with accompanying publication by Litmus Press. Fearful Beloved also appeared in 2015, and a fifth book, I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On, will be published by YesYes Books in spring 2017.

   

Zach Savich

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

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

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.


 

Executive Editor

   

Jeffrey Levine

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.


 

Editorial Assistant

   

Marlee Gaffey

Marlee Gaffey is the Administrative Assistant at Tupelo Press and Editorial Assistant for Tupelo Quarterly. She graduated UMass Amherst, where she earned her degree in English and Creative Writing.