Katy Acheson is a slave to the public school system of Massachusetts. She graduated from Umass Amherst in 05 and is currently pursuing her master’s in pro writing at Umass Dartmouth. Her poetry appears in a.pos.tro.phe, the Onion Union and the 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets; her work can also be found on her blog somethingkaty.blogspot.com. When she’s not writing poems she’s crusading to keep ants from throwing parties in her kitchen or playing on her husband’s Xbox360 when he’s not home.
Anonymous currently works and resides in the text of the poem “I Wrote This.”
Robyn Art is the author of the poetry manuscript, The Stunt Double In Winter, which was selected as a Finalist for the 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. The collection will be published by Dusie Press in 2007. She is also the author of three chapbooks: Degrees of Being There (Boneworld Press 2003), No Longer A Blonde (forthcoming from Boneworld Press 2007) and Vestigial Portions of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Dancing Girl Press 2006.) Her recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Slope, Shampoo, Conduit, Slipstream, Gulf Coast, The New Delta Review, Coconut, Tarpaulin Sky, The Hat, and canwehaveourballback.com.
Adrian Blevins’ The Brass Girl Brouhaha was published by Ausable Press in 2003 and won the 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Blevins is also the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Foundation Award for poetry, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, and a Bright Hill Press chapbook award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (Bright Hill Press, 1996). Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Utne Reader, Salon.com, and many other magazines and journals. New poems are forthcoming in Triquarterly and Pleiades. She teaches at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Daniel Borzutzky is the author of Arbitrary Tales (Triple Press, 2005). His translation of Jaime Luis Huenun’s Port Trakl will be published in 2007 by Action Books, and his translations of Chilean fiction writer Juan Emar have appeared recently in Conjunctions and Fence. Daniel’s own poems have been published in many publications, most recently in Coconut, Carolina Quarterly, Word for/Word, Make Magazine, Golden Handcuffs Review, Kulture Vulture, Shampoo, Chicago Review, and elsewhere. Daniel is based in Chicago, but is currently living in Istanbul.
Jessica Bozek lives in Athens, GA, where she teaches and is a student at the University of Georgia. She helps edit VERSE and PERIHELION. Recent poems have appeared/are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Kulture Vulture, Shampoo , and Spell .
Michael Broder received his MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University in 2005. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in BLOOM, Brooklyn Review, Caffeine Destiny, Capilano Review, La Petite Zine, Painted Bride Quarterly, roger, Softblow, Word for/ Word, and Unpleasant Event Schedule as well as in the anthology This New Breed. He is working on a doctorate in classical studies at the City University of New York and teaches in the classics department at Brooklyn College.
Sommer Browning ‘s comix have appeared in The Stranger and are posted online at Asthma Chronicles . Her poems can be found in spork, Born Magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review and soon in Forklift, Ohio and Free Verse. She mucks about in New York City.
Laura Cherry is co-editor of the anthology, “Poem, Revised,” forthcoming from Marion Street Press. Her chapbook, “What We Planted,” was awarded the 2002 Philbrick Poetry Award by the Providence Athenaeum. Her work has been published in journals including Flyway, Asphodel, Argestes, Reed Magazine, Agenda, and the Vocabula Review. She received an MFA from Warren Wilson College.
Evan Commander is the author of the chapbooks A Thing and its Ghost (H_NGM_N) and Planet Carpet (Forklift Inc.). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, The Incliner, and Boog City. He currently lives and works in Cincinnati, OH where he co-curates the reading series Clay Poetry.
Mark DeCarteret’s work has appeared in the anthologies American Poetry: The Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon Press, 2000) and Thus Spake the Corpse: An Exquisite Corpse Reader 1988-1998 (Black Sparrow Press, 2000). His latest chapbook The Great Apology was published a few years back by Oyster River Press for which he also co-edited the anthology Under the Legislature of Stars: 62 New Hampshire Poets.
Darcie Dennigan is a Rhode Islander who currently lives in Los Angeles. Her poems have been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, and recent poems will soon appear in The Atlantic Monthly, Court Green, and Forklift Ohio. She was the featured poet in COMBATIVES Vol. 1 #2.
Julie Doxsee, born in London, Ontario, holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is now a PhD candidate at the University of Denver. Other recent work appears or is forthcoming in Retort Magazine, Spork, Shampoo, Eratio Postmodern Poetry, Word For/Word, can We have our ball back, Elimae, Coconut Poetry, Conduit, Typo, Fourteen Hills, Shampoo, and Action Yes.
Tom Dvorske’s w ork has appeared or is forthcoming in Sentence, Passages North, Texas Review, Terminus, Spork, Poems & Plays, Puerto del Sol, The Louisville Review, RE:AL, and elsewhere. In 2002, his chapbook “What You Know” won the Taras Schevchenko Award and was published by Lazy Frog Press & is available through H_NGM_N B_ _KS.. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia.
Elisa Gabbert attended Rice University as an undergraduate, where she studied linguistics and cognitive science. In 2005 she received her MFA from Emerson College. She currently lives and works in the Boston area. Recent work appears in journals including LIT, RealPoetik, Redivider, and Shampoo. She will be the featured poet in COMBATIVES Vol. 1 #4 & she has a new chapbook coming out from Kitchen Press very soon.Jim Goar lives in Seoul, wrote the book Whole Milk , & edits the journal past simple .
Matt Hart is the author of Who’s Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and two chapbooks, Revelated (Hollyridge Press, 2005) and Sonnet (H_NGM_N Books, 2006). His work has appeared in many print and online journals, including The Canary, H_NGM_N, Lungfull!, and Octopus. A co-founder and editor of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety, he also plays in the bands Travel and The 50 Shoes. He teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Anne Heide edits CAB/NET Magazine out of Denver. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in 26, Traverse, Small Town, and LVNG.
Tony Hoagland won the 2005 Mark Twain Award from the Poetry Foundation, for humor in American poetry. His three books of poems include What Narcissism Means to Me, and Donkey Gospel. A book of craft essays, Real Sofistikashun, was published in October from Graywolf Press. He teaches at the University of Houston, and in the Warren Wilson MFA program.
Dan Hoy is co-editor of SOFT TARGETS. His work has recently appeared in jubilat, Fascicle, Octopus, the tiny, CUE: A Journal of Prose Poetry, and elsewhere.
Michael Jauchen hails from Dallas, Texas and now lives in Lafayette, Louisiana. His work has appeared in Megaera and The King’s English.
Philip Jenks lives in Portland, Oregon. He has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Boston University. He is the author of two books of poetry, _On the Cave You Live In_ (Flood Editions, 2002) and _My First Painting Will Be “The Accuser”_ (Zephyr Press, 2005). His most recent work is a chapbook, “How Many of You are You?” available as a pdf at www.dusie.org < http://www.dusie.org >. If you speak to him, he might be garrulous or reclusive; in either case, he apologizes in advance.
Robert Krut’s poetry has appeared in journals like Blackbird, The Mid-American Review, 42 Opus, and Haydens Ferry Review, among others. He lives in Los Angeles, and teaches at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Viola Lee graduated from New York University with a MFA in Poetry. Her recent poems have appeared in Alice Blue, Pebble Lake Review, 580 Split, and Phoebe. Her chapbook, Another Word for Dialogue, was a finalist with honorable mention in Kundiman’s Vincent Chin Chapbook Prize. Viola has poems forthcoming in Caketrain. She lives in Chicago with her husband and works at After School Matters, a not for profit organization.
Justin Marks’ poems appear in recent issues of Absent, Fulcrum, and MiPOesias, and are forthcoming from Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel – Second Floor, La Petite Zine, Soft Targets, and the Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets. His first chapbook, You Being You by Proxy, was published by Kitchen Press in 2005. [Summer insular], his new chapbook, is forthcoming from Horse Less Press in 2007. He is Editor of LIT magazine and lives in New York City.
Clay Matthews’ work is published (or will be) in Black Warrior Review, Agni-Online, The Laurel Review, LIT, H_NGM_N, Gulf Coast, Forklift, Ohio and elsewhere. His chapbook, Muffler, was published by H_NGM_N B_ _KS in early 2006, and a new chapbook, Western Reruns, is forthcoming from End & Shelf Books.
Gina Myers lives in Brooklyn where she co-edits the tiny with Gabriella Torres. Her chapbook Fear of the Knee Bending Backwards is available from H_NGM_N’s FLIP/CHAP series.
traci o connor has published fiction and poetry in DIAGRAM, The Madison Review, The GSU Review, Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review, The Red Rock Review, Barrowstreet, Poet Lore, and others, as well as Fourteen Hill’s anthology, New Standards: The First Decade of Fiction at Fourteen Hills. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories—many of which are inspired by urban legends.
Jason Ockert is the author of RABBIT PUNCHES, a collection of short stories. His work has appeared in “McSweeney’s,” “Alaska Quarterly Review,” “Black Warrior Review,” “Mid-American Review,” and “The Oxford American.” He is currently completing a novel and second story collection.
Steve Orlen has this to say for himself: I was born and raised on Hillside Avenue in Holyoke, Massachusetts, a small factory city in western Massachusetts. I have a BA in English from UMass-Amherst, and an MFA from Iowa. I’ve published six books of poetry - The Elephant’s Child: New & Selected…; This Particular Eternity; Kisses; The Bridge of Sighs; A Place at the Table; & Permission to Speak. And two early chapbooks, Separate Creatures & Sleeping on Doors. I’ve won three NEA awards and a Guggenheim. I’ve been teaching in the CW Program at the University of Arizona since 1967, and in the low-residency MFA Program, first at Goddard in the early 80s, and on and off at WW since then. Teaching at WW has been the most important part of my development as a writer and as a thinker about poetry. My wife is Gail, a painter, whose art appears on the covers of most of my books; and our son is Cozi, a senior in college (also at UMass), and a wordsmith, too, although he’s opted for comedy over poetry, which is probably a better choice.
Danielle Pafunda is author of Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull 2005) and A Primer for Cyborgs: The Corpse (Whole Coconut Chapbook Series forthcoming). Her second manuscript My Zorba is leaping out of darkened bedrooms. Poems and critical work appear in such publications as Best American Poetry, Conjunctions, Georgia Review, and the forthcoming anthology Not For Mothers Only (Fence Books 2007). She is co-editor of the online journal La Petite Zine , and currently pursuing her PhD in the University of Georgia Creative Writing Program. She will be back from Valdivia, Chile anyday now, with a suitcase full of sea lions and red wine.
Brent Pallas lives and works in Manhattan as a freelance illustrator and craft/homestyle designer for magazines. His most recent work has been or will be in 2RV, POETRY, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, The New England Review and others.
Magdalen Powers is the author of, among many other things, The Heart Is Also a Furnace, (Future Tense Books 2005). She lives, albeit temporarily, in Gainesville, Florida.
Brett Price is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he edited the undergraduate literary journal, Short Vine. He is co-curator of the Clay Poetry Series and an assistant editor of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, and Light Industrial Safety. His first short form collection of poems has just been released as H_NGM_N Books COMBATIVES Vol. 1 #1. He lives with his cat, Lady.
John Pursley III teaches creative writing and twentieth century American literature at the University of Alabama, where he is a poetry editor for Black Warrior Review. Two chapbooks of his work, A Conventional Weather (New Michigan Press) and When, by the Titanic (The Portlandia Group) will be published in the fall of 2006.
David Rivard is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is Sugartown (Graywolf, 2006). Wise Poison (Graywolf, 1996) was the winner of the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He was recently awarded the 2006 O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library, for his teaching as well as writing. Among his other awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He teaches at Tufts University.
Chris Rizzo lives in Albany, New York, where he is working on a Ph.D. in English. Originally from Long Island and a long-time resident of Boston , his work has appeared in many magazines over the years, such as Art New England, Carve, Dusie, Luzmag, Pettycoat Relaxer, and Shampoo among others. Chris has authored several chapbooks as well, the latest of which, The Breaks, was released by Fewer & Further Press (2006). He is currently the editor of Anchorite Press, which publishes poetry chapbooks and broadsides.
Joey Slaughter is an artist/designer living in Monroe, La. He received his MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2000. Slaughter is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Grambling State University. He was recently published in New American Paintings Magazine, and shows locally and nationally.
Mathias Svalina lives in Lincoln, NE where he teaches writing, co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series and is co-editor of Octopus Magazine. Poems of his have been recently published in Jubilat, Fence, Konundrum Engine Literary Review and Spinning Jenny among other journals.
Jen Tynes lives in Providence, Rhode Island. She and Erika Howsare co-edit horse less press. Her first book, The End Of Rude Handles, is available from Red Morning Press, and her chapbooks are forthcoming this winter from Octopus Books and Dancing Girl Press.
Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of four books: Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms (Pinball, 2005), Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk (Iowa, 2006), Figures for a Darkroom Voice (with Noah Eli Gordon; Tarpaulin Sky, 2007), and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth (Tupelo, 2008). Other new work is due out in New American Writing, the Seattle Review, the Modern Review, and New Orleans Review. He lives in Denver.
William D. Waltz lives in Minneapolis near the Mississippi River. His first book of poetry, ZOO MUSIC, won the Slope Editions Book Prize.
Wynn Yarbrough is hiding out in Sumerduck, Virginia- trying to finish a dissertation on animals and gender in children’s books. He is, once again, painting houses, cleaning decks, moving furniture, and living on sawdust to make ends meet. He is also profoudly happy and prolific in his poverty.
Martha Zweig’s two full-length collections, Vinegar Bone (1999) and What Kind (2003) are published by Wesleyan University Press. The Vermont Council on the Arts published Powers, her chapbook. She received a 1999 Writer’s Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines including The Progressive; The Chattahoochee Review; Ploughshares; Pequod; Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review and The Paris Review.