Kristina Marie Darling
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-six books, which include Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle, which is forthcoming from the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics at the University of Akron Press; Stylistic Innovation, Conscious Experience, and the Self in Modernist Women’s Poetry, forthcoming from Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group; Daylight Has Already Come: Selected Poems 2014 – 2020, which will be published by Black Lawrence Press; Silence in Contemporary Poetry, which will be published in hardcover by Clemson University Press in the United States and Liverpool University Press in the United Kingdom; Silent Refusal: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry, forthcoming from Black Ocean; Angel of the North, which is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry; and X Marks the Dress: A Registry (co-written with Carol Guess), which will be launched by Persea Books in the United States. Penguin Random House Canada will also publish a Canadian edition. Her work has been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship to live and work in Spain; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; six residencies at the American Academy in Rome; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; a Faber Residency in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities, which she received on two separate occasions; an artist-in-residence position with the Andorran Ministry of Culture; and the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets, which she received on three separate occasions; among many other awards and honors. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press & Tupelo Quarterly.
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.
Wendy Chen (wendychenart.com) is the author of Unearthings (Tavern Books) and editor of Figure 1 (thefigureone.com), an online poetry journal featuring work from new and underrepresented voices. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Rattle, A Public Space, and elsewhere. Chen is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University.
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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.
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.
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EJ Colen is a PNW-based educator, writer, and editor interested in long-form poetry, the lyric essay, literary and visual collage, and research-based approaches to storytelling and memoir. She is the author of What Weaponry, a novel in prose poems, poetry collections Money for Sunsets (Lambda Literary Award and Audre Lorde Award finalist in 2011) and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies, flash fiction collection Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake, long poem / lyric essay hybrid The Green Condition, and fiction collaboration True Ash. Nonfiction editor at Tupelo Press and freelance editor/manuscript consultant, she teaches in the English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Departments at Western Washington University.
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); and, recently, a short story in Agni from By the Spoonmaker’s Tomb, a collection of vignettes based on her experiences while living in Istanbul. She is also a co-founder and contributor to Witty Partition (formerlyThe Wall), an international, online journal fostering communication among writers and readers of many languages. 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 https://bronwynmills.org.
Laurie Sheck is the author of two hybrid works, A Monster’s Notes, and Island of the Mad, as well as five books of poems. Her lyric essays have appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, and elsewhere. She has been a Guggenheim fellow, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. The Willow Grove ( poems) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including the New Yorker, The Nation, The New York Times, and Poetry. She has taught at Princeton, Columbia, Rutgers , at CUNY as a Distinguished Visiting Writer, and most recently at the New School. She lives in New York City.
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.
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Mary-Kim Arnold is a poet, writer, and artist. She is the author of The Fish & The Dove (Noemi Press, 2020) and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018), which was a nominee for the 2019 Krause Essay Prize, and has been honored by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, and named a “Best of 2018” Book by Entropy Magazine. Other writings have appeared in Hyperallergic, Conjunctions, The Denver Quarterly, The Georgia Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2020 Howard Foundation Fellowship, the 2018 MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and the 2017 Fellowship in Fiction from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Adopted from Korea and raised in New York, Mary-Kim lives in Rhode Island, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University and in the Newport MFA at Salve Regina University.
Hasanthika Sirisena is a writer, visual artist, and cartoonist living in Central PA. Her work has been anthologized in This is the Place (Seal Press, 2017), in Every Day People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018), and twice named a notable story by Best American Short Stories. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo and is a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award recipient. She is currently faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and Susquehanna University. Her books include the short story collection The Other One (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016) and the forthcoming essay collection Dark Tourist (Mad Creek Books/Ohio State University 2021).
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Erica Buist is a writer, journalist, teacher and author based in London. Formerly a staffer at the Guardian, she has been a freelance features writer for several years. Her first book, a hybrid of memoir and journalism called This Party’s Dead (published by Unbound and Penguin UK, February 2021) follows her on a journey from finding the corpse of a loved one to seven death festivals on five continents. She teaches creative writing and features writing for newspapers for Guardian Masterclasses and as part of the Guardian and Lincoln University’s MA program in Creative Writing and Publishing. Erica’s short fiction has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Liars’ League London, and Guts Publishing. She has been awarded writing residencies at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, Vermont Studio Center, Faberlull (Spain), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Arte Studio Ginestrelle (Italy). She tweets @ericabuist.
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Walker Rutter-Bowman lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches writing at American University. He earned his MFA in fiction from Syracuse University, where he served as the Fiction Editor of Salt Hill. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Nashville Review, Hobart, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Full Stop, Kirkus, and Best Small Fictions 2019. He has received fellowships from the Edward Albee Foundation and the Ucross Foundation.
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Nandini Bhattacharya is a novelist, professor of English , public speaker and blogger. Her first novel Love’s Gardenappeared in October 2020 and has garnered praise as a fascinating and well-crafted journey into India’s complex past” (Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni), and “a sprawling family saga set against a background of some of the most momentous events of twentieth-century Indian history” (Clifford Garstang). She is the author of three scholarly monographs, the latest being Hindi Cinema: Repeating the Subject (Routledge 2012). She’s completing Homeland Blues, her second novel, about love, race, and colorism in the US and in India as seen through a female immigrant’s perspective, as well as a new scholarly monograph about how colonialism and capitalism continue to shape India’s cultural production. Shorter work has been published or will be in Oyster River Pages, Sky Island Journal, the Saturday Evening Post Best Short Stories 2021, Bombay Review, PANK, and others. She can be found at Amazon, Author’s Guild, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and her Blog.
Linda Michel-Cassidy writes criticism and reviews for venues such as The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Heavy Feather Review, and Entropy Magazine, where she is a contributing editor. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Rattle, Painted Bride, Catamaran, Tahoma Review, No Tokens, Eleven Eleven, and others. She teaches experimental prose and flash, serves on the board of the Marin Poetry Center, and is an installation artist. She lives on a houseboat in Northern CA and in an old adobe in Northern New Mexico. lmichelcassidy.com
Esteban Rodríguez is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Valley (Sundress Publications 2021), and an essay collection Before the Earth Devours Us (Split/Lip Press 2021). He is the Interviews Editor for the EcoTheo Review, Associate Poetry Editor for AGNI, and a regular reviews contributor for Heavy Feather Review. He lives in central Texas.
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Nancy Naomi Carlson
Nancy Naomi Carlson has authored ten titles (six translated). An Infusion of Violets (Seagull Books, 2019) was named “New & Noteworthy” by The New York Times. She has received two NEA literature translation fellowships, was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award, as well as for the CLMP Firecracker awards, and was decorated by the French government with the French Academic Palms. Her poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in such journals as APR, The Georgia Review, Image, The Paris Review, and Poetry. www.nancynaomicarlson.com
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)
Ariel Francisco is the author of Under Capitalism If Your Head Aches They Just Yank Off Your Head (Flowersong Press, 2022), A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has been published in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The New York City Ballet, Latino Book Review, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Louisiana State University.
Naoko Fujimoto was born, raised in Nagoya, Japan. Her poetry collections are Where I Was Born, winner of the editor’s choice by Willow Books (2019), Glyph:Graphic Poetry=Trans. Sensory by Tupelo Press (2021), and Mother Said, I Want Your Pain, winner of the Shared Dream Immigrant Contest by Backbone Press (2018). Her first chapbook, Home, No Home (2016), won the annual Oro Fino Chapbook Competition by Educe Press, and another short collection, Silver Seasons of Heartache (2017) by Glass Lyre Press, are available from each press. She is a RHINO Poetry associate & translation initiative editor.
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.
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Elaine Sexton‘s fourth collection of poetry, Drive, is forthcoming from Grid Books (Beacon, NY) in 2022. Her poems, reviews, and visual art have been published in journals and sites including the American Poetry Review, Art in America, Five Points, Oprah Magazine, Plume, Poetry, and Poetry Daily. A former senior editor at ARTnews and avid micro-publisher, she teaches at the Sarah Lawrence College Writing Institute, and has been guest faculty at numerous graduate writing programs and art centers in the U.S. and abroad, including New York University, City College (CUNY), and Art Workshop International (Assisi, Italy). 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.
Amanda Auerbach is a poet and literary critic living in Wheaton, MD. Her book What Need Have We For Such as We was published by C&R Press in 2019, and her poems have also appeared in the Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Conjunctions.She is an Assistant Professor of English at Catholic University where she teaches literature and creative writing.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Cronk is the author of two books of poems, Ghost Hour and Having Been an Accomplice from Persea Books. She is the chair of undergraduate writing at The New School in New York City where she teaches courses on pedagogy and creative practice. She coordinates programs for writers such as the Summer Writers Colony and The Riggio Writing & Democracy program. Originally from Indiana, she currently lives with her family in New Jersey.
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.
Eileen G’Sell is a poet and culture critic with contributions to Hyperallergic, DIAGRAM, Salon, VICE, the Boston Review, Ninth Letter, and Conduit, among other publications. In 2019 she was nominated for the national Rabkin prize for arts journalism. Her first full-length volume of poetry, Life After Rugby, was published in 2018; chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press. She currently teaches composition, creative writing, and film at Washington University in St. Louis.
Melissa Ginsburg is the author of the novels The House Uptown and Sunset City, the poetry collection Dear Weather Ghost, and two poetry chapbooks, Arbor and Double Blind. A second poetry collection, Doll Apollo, will be published in 2022 by LSU Press, and the poetry chapbook Apollo is forthcoming in June from Condensery Press. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Guernica, Kenyon Review, Fence, Southwest Review, and other magazines. Originally from Houston, Texas, Melissa studied poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Mississippi. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with two dogs, eleven chickens, and the writer Chris Offutt.
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.
George Kovalenko is a poet whose work has appeared in Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, The Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, Yalobusha Review, and elsewhere. He has received support from the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, holds an M.F.A. from New York University, and is a Ph.D. student at the University of Denver.
Megan Levad is the author of Why We Live in the Dark Ages and What Have I to Say to You. Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Granta Online, and the fashion magazine AnOther, among other publications. Megan also writes song lyrics; her first opera, Kept, premiered in May 2017. She lives in California.
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.
Dora Malech’s most recent books of poems are Flourish (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020), Soundings: Selected (Eris Press, 2019), and Stet (Princeton University Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry. She is the recipient of awards that include an Amy Clampitt Residency Award, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, a Mary Sawyers Baker Prize, and a Writers’ Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. She lives in Baltimore, where she is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Brad Aaron Modlin
Brad Aaron Modlin’s book EVERYONE AT THIS PARTY HAS TWO NAMES won The Cowles Prize and includes the poem “What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade,” featured in the premier episode of the Poetry Unbound podcast. Brad’s work has been the basis for orchestral scores and art exhibitions. He is a professor and The Reynolds Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at University of Nebraska in Kearney, where he teaches undergrads and grads; coordinates the visiting writers’ series; and gets chalk all over himself.
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.
Henk Rossouw‘s book-length poem Xamissa won the Poets Out Loud Editor’s Prize and will come out from Fordham University Press in Fall 2018. Excerpts are included in the chapbook boxset New-Generation African Poets: Tano (African Poetry Book Fund/Akashic Books) and Best American Experimental Writing 2018 (Wesleyan University Press). From South Africa, Henk received his PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where he now teaches as a visiting assistant professor in the Honors College.
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Christopher Salerno is the author of five books of poetry. His newest book, The Man Grave, won the Lexi Rudnitsky Award from Persea Books. Previous books include Sun & Urn (UGA Poetry Prize), ATM (Georgetown Poetry Prize), Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize), and Whirligig. A trade book, How To Write Poetry: A Guided Journal, was published by Calisto Media in 2020. His poetry has received the Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, the Founders Prize from RHINO Magazine, the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Award, the Laurel Review Chapbook Prize, and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts fellowship. His poems have appeared in New York Times Magazine, New Republic, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Jubilat, and elsewhere. He teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey where he serves as Director of Writing Across the Curriculum. Visit him at www.csalernopoet.com
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.
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.
John Gallaher is the author of Brand New Spacesuit, forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2020, Map of the Folded World (University of Akron Press, 2009) and The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007), which won the Levis Poetry Prize. He is an associate professor of English at Northwest Missouri State University and coeditor of The Laurel Review.
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.
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.
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.
Destiny O. Birdsong
Destiny O. Birdsong is a Louisiana-born poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work centers on issues faced by black women and women of color, including intergenerational narratives, emotional labor, trauma (and the oversimplification of its narratives), cultural exploitation, and marginalization in healthcare. Her work has either appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature, storySouth, Guernica, and elsewhere. Destiny has received support from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Pink Door, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Tin House Summer Workshop. Her debut poetry collection, Negotiations, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in 2020.She earned both her MFA and PhD from Vanderbilt University. Learn more at destinybirdsong.com.
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 Oake 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.
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.
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).
Shannon Nakai‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Cream City Review, The Atlanta Review, Gulf Stream, Image, Porkbelly Press, Midwest Review, among others; and anthologized in Kaye Linden’s 35 Tips for Writing Powerful Prose Poems. Previous accolades include a Fulbright in Turkey and a Visiting Scholarship at Oxford University. She holds an MFA from Wichita State University, where she was named a Bruce Cutler Fellow. She currently lives with her husband and son in Kansas.
Elizabeth Robinson is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently Rumor, from Free Verse Editions. Robinson has been a winner of the National Poetry Series for Pure Descent and the Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend. She has also been the recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Brown Foundation/Museum of Fine Arts Houston for a residency at the Maison Dora Maar. Later this year, the University of Akron Press will be publishing Quo Anima: innovation and spirituality in contemporary women’s poetry, a collection of essays and interviews that Robinson co-edited with Jennifer Phelps. She works as the homeless navigator for Boulder Municipal Court.
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.
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.
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.
Advisory Board Members
Molly McCully Brown
Molly McCully Brown is the author of the essay collection Places I’ve Taken My Body (Persea Books, 2020), which was named one of Kirkus’s top nonfiction titles of 2020, and the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. With Susannah Nevison, she is also the co-author of the poetry collection In the Field Between Us (Persea Books, 2020). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Essays 2021, The Guardian, The New York Times and elsewhere. The Recipient of a United States Artists fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellowship, and the 2018-2019 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, she is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Nonfiction at Old Dominion University.
Denise Duhamel’s most recent book of poetry is Second Story (Pittsburgh, 2021). Her other titles include Scald; Blowout; Ka-Ching!; Two and Two; Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems; The Star-Spangled Banner; and Kinky.She and Maureen Seaton have co-authored four collections, the most recent of which is CAPRICE (Collaborations: Collected, Uncollected, and New) (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). And she and Julie Marie Wade co-authored The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (Noctuary Press, 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Duhamel teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.
Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include: Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Orion Magazine, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry London, and Zyzzva. Major Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.
Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born to an American father and Japanese mother. Her memoir, “Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye” from WWNorton, was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland (Graywolf) explores Mockett’s experience across “the divide,” and is a tribute to the complicated and nuanced history of the United States and its people. She lives in San Francisco, and teaches fiction and nonfiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Lee Siegel has been a senior editor at the New Republic, TV critic for the New Republic, book critic for the Nation, art critic for Slate, staff writer at Harper’s, Talk magazine, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, weekly columnist for the New York Observer, weekly columnist for the Daily Beast, and associate editor of ARTnews. He has published over 700 articles, essays and reviews in every major magazine and newspaper in the country, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, New York magazine, City Journal, the New York Review of Books, Time, Newsweek, Dissent, Commonweal and Radical History Review. In 2002, he received the National Magazine Award for Reviews and Criticism.
Siegel has published 3 catalog essays for art exhibitions, and four introductions to books: The Modern Library’s The Lost Girl by D.H. Lawrence; New York Review Books’ Story of a Friendship by Gershom Scholem; Granta’s In the Freud Archives by Janet Malcolm; New York Review Books’ Walkabout by James Vance Marshall. He has published 6 books: Falling Upwards: Essays in Defense of the Imagination (Basic Books, 2006); Not Remotely Controlled: Notes on Television (Basic Books, 2007); Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob (Spiegel and Grau/Doubleday, 2008); Are You Serious? How To Be True and Get Real in The Age of Silly in 2011 (HarperCollins, 2011); Groucho Marx: The Comedy of Existence (Yale University Press, 2016); The Draw: A Memoir (Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2017). Siegel’s writing has been translated into 8 languages. His latest book, Why Argument Matters, will be published by Yale University Press in spring 2022.
Lee Upton is the author of fourteen books, including six books of poetry, two short story collections, a novella, volumes of literary criticism, and an essay collection from Tupelo, Swallowing the Sea: On Writing and Ambition, Boredom, Purity & Secrecy. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and in numerous other journals as well as three editions of Best American Poetry. Her most recent fiction collection, Visitations, was listed by Kirkus as one of the “Best of the Indies 2017.” Her first collection of stories, The Tao of Humiliation, wasselected by Kirkus for their listing of “The Best Books of 2014,” one of eleven books in the subcategory of short stories that included collections by celebrated international authors, among them Alice Munro and Hilary Mantel. She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania.
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.