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#16 Contributor Notes

Nick Aiezza received his MA from Manhattanville College where he served as Poetry Editor of Inkwell. Currently, he lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York state.


Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press) and three chapbooks, including Don’t Let Me Forget To Feed The Sharks (Poor Claudia). His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Salt Hill, Western Humanities Review, Gulf Coast and Boston Review, among others. THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST (2014), from Burnside Review Press, is his first full length collection of poetry.   


Jeffrey Allen is the author of two chapbooks, Simple Universal (Bronze Man Books 2007) and bone and diamond (H_NGM_N Books 2013), and holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. His poems, reviews, and interviews can be found in or are forthcoming from Another Chicago Magazine, The Bakery, Forklift Ohio, Ghost Proposal, Handsome, Pinwheel, RHINO, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. He serves as the Educational Outreach Coordinator for H_NGM_N Books and Poetry Editor for phantom limb.


Holly Amos is the author of the chapbook This Is A Flood (H_NGM_N BKS, 2012). She received an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and is the Editorial Assistant for Poetry magazine and a co-curator of The Dollhouse Reading Series. Her poems have appeared in Bateau, Forklift, Ohio, LEVELER, Matter, RHINO and elsewhere.


Diego Báez has written for Booklist and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared inKweli, Treehouse, and The Rumpus. He lives and teaches in Chicago.


Colleen Louise Barry is a poet, artist, and teacher based in Western Mass. She is the author of the chapbook SUNBURN / FREEZER BURN (smoking glue gun press). Her work has appeared in ILK Journal, The Pinch Journal, Banango Street, and other places. You can find her at colleenlouisebarry.com.


C Dylan Bassett is the author of six chapbooks. His recent poems are published/forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Salt Hill, West Branch and elsewhere. He is a teaching fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and co-edits likewise folio / likewise books.


Daniel Beauregard currently lives in Atlanta, where he works for a local newspaper. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in ILK, Jellyfish, Phenome, Stoked, Nap, Smoking Glue Gun and elsewhere. His chapbook “Before You Were Born” was released by 421 Atlanta in January. Follow him @666ICECREAM.


Jade Benoit received her MFA in Poetry from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, LUNGFULL! Magazine, Nashville Review, Phoebe, Smoking Glue Gun Magazine, and Sun’s Skeleton, among others.


Lindsay Bernal was born and raised in Rochester, NY. For the past ten years, she has lived in Washington, DC. Her poems have appeared in GULF COAST, FORKLIFT, OHIO, and TIKKUN.


Lucy Biederman is the author of four chapbooks, most recently As Yet, available as a free PDF at countrymusicpoetry.org. Her poems, stories, and reviews have appeared recently or are forthcoming in BOMBlog, The Collagist, subTerrain, Denver Quarterly, West Branch, and others. She is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Her website is http://lucybiederman.blogspot.com/.


Justin Bigos is the author of the poetry chapbook Twenty Thousand Pigeons (iO 2014). His fiction is forthcoming in McSweeney’s 47. He teaches creative writing at Northern Arizona University and co-edits the literary magazine Waxwing.


Brian Blanchfield’s new book of poetry is A Several World, published by Nightboat Books. His next book will be prose, nonfiction, provisionally titled Onesheets, due out late 2015, also with Nightboat. He lives in Tucson, where he is an editor of Fence, a sometime professor at University of Arizona, and the curator of the reading and performance series Intermezzo. 


Emily Bludworth de Barrios’s poems have recently appeared in B O D Y, Matter, ILK, Philadelphia Stories, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook Extraordinary Power (Factory Hollow Press, 2014). The titles of the poems that appear here have been taken from the text of Horace Walpole’s 1764 novel The Castle of Otranto. Find Emily online at emilybludworthdebarrios.tumblr.com.


David Blumenshine, with Rachel Burns, co-founded & is editor-in-chief of Similar:Peaks::. His writing has been published by, or are forthcoming from: Octopus, HTMLgiant, Deluge, Smoking Glue Gun, Paper Darts, & Five/Quarterly, among others. Living in Washington, Illinois, he is working on a multi-media poetry manuscript titled “Rick Rubin,” & a non-fiction long-form, “On Kafka, on Us.”


Emily Brandt has two chapbooks coming out this year: Behind Teeth (Full Court Books, June 2014) and ManWorld (dancing girl press, August 2014). Her poems have recently appeared in The Atlas Review, Epiphany, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Lyre Lyre. She earned her MFA from New York University where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear magazine and teaches in Brooklyn.

Catherine Bresner is the author of the chapbook The Merriam Webster Series. She was the editorial assistant of Pilot Books, an intern for The Massachusetts Review, a participant of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Her poetry has been published in The Pinch and is forthcoming in Burntdistrict and The Cream City Review . She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at The University of Washington, Seattle, and is the assistant editor for The Seattle Review.


Callista Buchen’s poetry, prose, and reviews have appeared in The Literary Review, Mid-American Review, The Collagist,and DIAGRAM. She lives in Kansas.


Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press (www.tremblingpillowpress.com). She has two full length collections from Lavender Ink and her most recent chapbooks are Dollbaby (Horseless Press) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press).


Rachel Burns poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Spork, Deluge, Smoking Glue Gun, White Stag and others. She is co-founder of Similar:Peaks::Poetry and recently discovered a love for blonde hair and tragedy.


Amy Katherine Cannon is an MFA candidate in Poetry at UC Irvine, and has been published in print and online publications, including McSweeney’s, Crab Creek Review, and Californios.


Paola Capó-García is a poet, translator, and journalist living in San Diego, CA. She has an M.A. in English from UC Davis and a B.S. in Journalism from Syracuse University. She also worked in reality TV but doesn’t want to talk about it.


Justin Carter is the co-editor of Banango Street. The winner of the 2014 Sonora Review Prize, his poems & short stories appear/ will appear in Booth, The Collagist, Hobart, Juked, Ninth Letter, & Whiskey Island. Justin holds degrees from Houston & BGSU & holds internet at http://justinrcarter.tumblr.com.


Laura Carter lives, writes, and teaches in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a website up at http://laurachristinecarter.wordpress.com.


Lindsay Coleman is a semi-serious human being who lives in Philadelphia and works at Episcopal Academy. She received her B.A. and M.Ed from Harvard, and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.


Ryan Collins is the author of four chapbooks, most recently Remote Viewing (DUSIE/Rock Town Press, 2014) and Dear Twin Falls (H_NGM_N, 2013).  Other poems from New Americans have appeared, or will appear, in Another Chicago Magazine; Asymptote; Forklift, Ohio; Handsome; Knock; PEN Poetry Series; Spork; Transom; and other places.  He is an English Instructor at St. Ambrose University and the Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center, both in Davenport, IA.  He also curates the SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series in Rock Island, IL, where he lives.


Michael Cooper is member of PoetrIE, a MFA student at CSUSB and a father of two great sons, Markus and Jonathan.  He is thankful to the people brave enough to publish him:  Shuf, BlazeVox,The Chaffey Review, The Pacific Review, Tin Cannon, and many others.  Be warned the splash zone is within the first eleven rows.


My name is Kayla Day and I write in England but I’m from Los Angeles, California. I’ve published two books: “BLOWN” (a collection of written work/drawings) and “Violetly.” I blog/sometimes post poems at halfbunny.com.


Doug D’Elia is a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, and served as a medic during the Vietnam War. His poems have appeared in Evergreen Review, Contemporary Haibun, Line of Advance, and O’DarkThirty Literary Journal. He is co-owner of the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in Syracuse, New York.  


Adam Deutsch lives in San Diego, teaches college composition and writing, and has work recently or forthcoming in Hawaii Pacific Review, Coconut, Thrush, Spinning Jenny, and Jelly Bucket. He is the publisher at Cooper Dillon Books, and the Poet in Residence at AleSmith Brewing Company.


Zoe Dzunko’s recent work has appeared in Guernica, The Age, Going Down Swinging, Two Serious Ladies, The Lifted Brow, and Banango Street. She is the author of: All of the Men I Have Never Loved (Dancing Girl Press), Bruise Factory (NAP), and Wet Areas (Maverick Duck Press). She lives and writes in Melbourne, where she is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Deakin University, and is an Assistant Poetry Editor for Coconut Magazine.


James Eidson’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, Leveler, Columbia Poetry Review, and Whiskey Island Review, among others. He lives in Chicago.


Natalie Eilbert’s first poetry collection, Swan Feast, is forthcoming from Coconut Books in 2015. Her two chapbooks,Conversation with the Stone Wife (Bloof Books) and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous. (Big Lucks Books), are forthcoming later this year. She lives and writes in Brooklyn, where she is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.


Kallie Falandays - You can read Kallie’s work in PANK, Black Warrior Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Skydeer Helpking, burntdistrict, and Menacing Hedge. She edits mojo magazine and Kenning journal.


Alexis Rhone Fancher is an L.A. based poet/photographer whose work can or soon will be found in Rattle, Fjords Review, The MacGuffin, Deep Water Literary Journal, BoySlut, Carnival Lit Magazine, Luciferous, HighCoupe, Gutter Eloquence, GoodMen Project, Bare Hands, Poetry Super Highway, The Juice Bar, Poeticdiversity, Little Raven, Bukowski On Wry, numerous anthologies, and elsewhere. Her photographs, published world-wide, include a spread in HEArt Online, and the covers of Witness, and The Mas Tequila Review. A member of Jack Grapes’ L.A.Poets and Writers Collective, Alexis was nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in 2013. She is poetry editor of Cultural Weekly. www.lapoetrix.com 


Jessica Fjeld is the author of the chapbooks The Tide (Pilot Books, 2010) and On animate life (Poetry Society of America, 2006). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, the Boston Review, Better, Conduit, jubilat, and Sixth Finch, among other journals, and was featured in the 2012 Best of the Net anthology. She received her MFA from UMass-Amherst and now lives in Boston, where she works as a lawyer.


Tyler Gobble is chapbook editor for Magic Helicopter Press and the host of Everything Is Bigger, a reading series in Austin, TX. His first full-length, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, will be out from Coconut Books in the fall. More at tylergobble.com.

Michalle Gould’s book of poetry, “Resurrection Party,” is forthcoming from Silver Birch Press in the fall.  Her writing has been published in Slate, New England Review, Poetry, The Texas Observer, Little Red Leaves, Womb, and other journals.  She has also published chapbooks with Hex Presse and the Dusie Collective.  She is a recent transplant to Los Angeles (from Texas) and currently works as the librarian at the Art Institute of California-Hollywood.  

Peter Milne Greiner’s work has appeared in OMNI Reboot, Fence, Leveler, Whole Beast Rag, Coldfront, Spiral OrbSound Literary Magazine, Poem Tiger, FAQNP, Diner Journal, Stone Telling, and elsewhere. He is an editor at The Operating System and DrunknSailor, and the author of the chapbook Glyph Test Site, a companion to the work of M. Mel Shimkovitz. In June of 2013 he sent a poem into space through the Jamesburg Earth Station in Carmel Valley, California.


Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books and finds that disparate sources often trigger her material—whether Flaubert’s sex-tour in The Unbearable Heart, an exhumation in The Artist’s Daughter or classical Japanese forms in The Narrow Road to the Interior.   Rarified fields of science prompted her latest collections Toxic Flora and forthcoming Brain Fever (both W.W. Norton). Hahn’s most recent award was a Guggenheim Fellowship and she teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York.

Alison Hicks’s books include poetry collections Kiss and Falling Dreams, a novella, Love: A Story of Images, and an anthology, Prompted. Awards include the 2011 Philadelphia City Paper Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her work has appeared in Calibanonline, Eclipse, Gargoyle, The Hollins Critic, The Louisville Review, Pearl, Permafrost, The Puritan, Quiddity, and Whiskey Island, among other journals. She leads community-based writing workshops under the name Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio (www.philawordshop.com <http://www.philawordshop.com> ).


MC Hyland is the author of Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press) and several chapbooks including TOOTHLESS ALTAR (Shirt Pocket Press), Every Night In Magic City (H_NGM_N), and Residential, As In (Blue Hour Press). She runs DoubleCross Press with Jeff Peterson, and is a PhD student at NYU, where she currently studies walking, typewriters, poetics, and Romanticism. 


Genevieve Jencson is poetry editor for Whiskey Island Magazine and an MFA candidate for the NEOMFA. Her poems have appeared in Dressing Room Poetry Journal and Alimentum: the Literature of Food. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


Robin Lee Jordan has published creative nonfiction (Puerto del Sol), fiction (A cappella Zoo, received their Apospecimen Award for fiction), and poetry (42opus and Toe Good Poetry).  She received her MFA in poetry from Oregon State University and is the founder of the (B)uffalo (A)rt (D)ispensary.


Nathan Kemp lives in Akron, Ohio. His work appears or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, Jellyfish, & Columbia Poetry Review, among others. He’s an associate editor for Whiskey Island & a staff reviewer for American Microreviews and Interviews.


Alyse Knorr is the author of Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books) and Alternates (dancing girl press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Alice Blue Review, ZYZZYVA, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, among others. She received her MFA from George Mason University. She is a co-founding editor of Gazing Grain Press and teaches at the University of Alaska Anchorage.


Chrissy Kolaya is a poet and fiction writer. Her first book of poems, Any Anxious Body is due out in April 2014 with Broadstone Books. For more information: www.chrissykolaya.com. The title of this poem comes from The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.


Jason Labbe’s work appears in A Public Space, Conjunctions, Boston Review, Poetry, Colorado Review, and other magazines and journals. He is the author of two chapbooks of poems, Blackwash Canal (H_NGM_N BKS) and Dear Photographer (Phylum Press). He lives in Bethany, Connecticut.


Mark Lamoureux lives in New Haven, CT.  He is the author of thee full-length collections of poetry: Spectre (Black Radish Books 2010), Astrometry Orgonon (BlazeVOX Books 2008), and 29 Cheeseburgers / 39 Years (Pressed Wafer, 2013).  HIs work has been published in print and online in Cannibal, Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Fourteen Hills and many others.


Dolly Lemke was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She currently lives in Chicago where she co-founded and co-curates The Dollhouse Reading Series. She is also Poetry Editor for the online journal Pinwheel. She is the author of two chapbooks, O Town Heights (DoubleCross Press, 2012) and I’m So Into You (plumberries press, 2013). She likes watching movies and drinking beer.  


Harriet Levin’s debut book of poetry, The Christmas Show (Beacon Press) won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her second book, Girl in Cap and Gown (Mammoth Books) was a PEW Fellowship in the Arts Discipline Winner. Her poetry and short stories appear in Iowa Review, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, the Smart Set, Ploughshares, Drunken Boat and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing at Drexel University where she directs the certificate program in Writing and Publishing.


Kate Litterer is an alum of the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers & current candidate for an MA/PhD in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Ilk, Jellyfish, Phantom Limb, Sixth Finch, The Destroyer, inter|rupture, Forklift, Ohio, and Please Excuse This Poem. Check her out at www.bestevercatparty.tumblr.com.


Wendy Lotterman lives and works in New York. Her writing can be found in The Atlas Review, Hypocrite Reader, Web Conjunctions, and BOMB Magazine, among others. (wendy.lotterman@gmail.com)


BJ Love teaches at Savannah State University, co-hosts Seersucker Shots, and produces Pretty LIT, a podcast bringing together, finally, the worlds of poetry and club jams. Listen to it here: www.prettylit.org.


Tony Mancus is the author of four chapbooks - most recently Bye Sea from Tree Light Books and Again(st) Membering out in fall from Horse Less Press. He works as a technical writer and is co-editor of Flying Guillotine Press. He lives with his wife Shannon and their two yappy cats in Arlington, VA.


Meghan McCarthy resides in Laguna Beach, California. She is in her second year of Cal State San Bernardino’s MFA Poetry program. Her work has appeared in The Sand Canyon Review, The Pacific Review and The Toucan.


Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry including Sympathy from the Devil (Gold Wake 2013), which was a finalist for the Green Rose Prize and the Levine Prize.  He has work featured in Boston ReviewDenver QuarterlyGulf Coast, Ploughshares, Third Coast and elsewhere.   He’s the co-founder of LitBridge, and he co-edits iO: A Journal of New American PoetryHe teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton. 


Sophie Monatte is originally from France and now based in Hong Kong. She is completing her MFA in Fiction at City University of HK and writing her first collection of linked short stories. Her opening story “The White Envelope” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and chosen as a finalist for The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review’s 2014 Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction.


Philip Muller’s poems have appeared in Forklift, Ohio, jellyfish magazine, ILKJournal, and PrettyLIT. He lives in South Florida. 


Gregg Murray is an assistant professor of English at Georgia Perimeter College and a contributing poetry editor at The Chattahoochee Review. He has recent poems in DIAGRAM, Caketrain, Josephine Quarterly, [PANK], New South and elsewhere, as well as ones forthcoming from Berkeley Poetry Review and Phantom Drift.  His chapbook Ceviche will soon be available (Spittoon Press 2014).


John Myers grew up in the Endless Mountains and lives in Tucson. His favorites include peanut butter and banana sandwiches, paracosms and Virginia Woolf.


I am Paul Osgerby and I am now a twenty-year old student at the University of Iowa, majoring in journalism and anthropology. The bulk of my writing tends to be academic but I never fail to fit experiencing or writing poetry into my schedule. Outside of school, I spend a lot of time involved with local DIY music and booking touring bands to play in houses or bars around Iowa City. Between the clamors and clangs in my life, poetry squeezes itself in to make a sense of the chaos I feel bombarded with every day from school to work to music and even the times I spend gazing at the glow-in-the-dark stars on my bedroom ceiling. They are shaped in an imaginary constellation I call, Holden.


Karl Parker has taught literature at Hunter College, Cornell, Auburn Correctional Facility, and Syracuse University. He has a chapbook, Harmstorm (2007 Lame House Press), and a book of poems, PERSONATIONSKIN (2010 No Tell Books). His work has appeared in Fence, Seneca Review, Spoon River, Coconut, can we have our ball back, and elsewhere.



Blake Lee Pate is a poet from New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her MFA from the New Writer’s Project at the University of Texas, Austin, where she served as Marketing Director for Bat City Review. She currently lives in Austin and edits Smoking Glue Gun, along with her husband Taylor Jacob PateHer poems can be found in Forklift Ohio, Black Warrior Review, New Delta Review, Similar:Peaks::., and elsewhere.



Curtis Perdue is the author of the chapbook You Will Island (H-NGM-N), and his poems have appears in Bateau, Horse Less Review, iO, Sink Review, and Vinyl Poetry. He edits the online journal of poetry and art, interrupture.


Robert Pfeiffer earned his MFA and PhD in creative writing from Georgia State University.  His first book of poetry, Bend, Break, was published in 2011 from Plain View Press, and his work has appeared in journals and magazines internationally.  He currently lives in Atlanta and is an English Professor at Clayton State University.


Erick Piller received an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2012. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in TriQuarterly, DIAGRAM, Alice Blue, and elsewhere. He lives in Willimantic, Connecticut.


Nick Francis Potter is a multimedia artist and writer from Salt Lake City, UT. His work has been published in Black Warrior Review, Fairy Tale Review, Sleepingfish, The Chattahoochee Review, and online at Hobart, among others. He currently lives in Columbia, MO with wife and two boys.


Ahimaaz Rajesh has been lately published in Spork Press, theNewerYork and Apparent Magnitude. Currently based in India, previously he was based in India as well, blogs at minimalust.wordpress.com


Michael Rerick’s work appears or is forthcoming at and/or, Gritty Silk, Harp & Alter, Moria, Spiral Orb, and Tarpaulin Sky. He is also the author of In Ways Impossible to Fold (Marsh Hawk Press), X-Ray (Flying Guillotine Press), and morefrom (Alice Blue Press).


Ron Riekki’s books include U.P. (Ghost Road Press) and The Way North (Wayne State University Press, http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/way-north).  Moonshot Magazine nominated his fiction for the Pushcart and Verse Wisconsin nominated his poetry for Best of the Net.


Michael Robins is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011) and In Memory of Brilliance & Value (Saturnalia Books, 2015). He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. 


Wesley Rothman’s poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Drunken Boat, PANK, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Southeast Review, Vinyl, and The White Review, among others. His work has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and a grant from the Vermont Studio Center. He edits Toe Good Poetry and teaches writing in Boston.


Allie Rowbottom holds an MFA in creative writing from the California Institute of the Arts. She teaches creative writing and composition at the University of Houston where she is a PhD candidate in creative writing and literature, and the 2014 Inprint Memorial Barthelme Fellow in Non-Fiction.


JD Scott is the author of Night Errands (YellowJacket Press, 2012) and Funerals & Thrones (Birds of Lace, 2013). He edits Moonshot, a magazine of the literary and fine arts, from his home in Brooklyn, New York.


Charlotte Seley is a poet and a native New Yorker. Some of her poems live or are about to live in Rattle, Metazen, inter|rupture, InDigest, and others. She is a poetry reader for Ploughshares and manages the social media for Mr. Hip Presents, a monthly poetry, spoken word, and live music series in the Boston area. She used to be the poetry editor and editor-in-chief for Redivider.


Marcus Slease was born in Portadown, N. Ireland in 1974. At the end of 1985 he immigrated to Las Vegas to become Mormon. He is no longer Mormon or a resident of Vegas. He lives in East London and teaches English as a foreign language. His poetry has been translated and published in Danish and Polish. His latest books are Spanish Fork (Country Music 2014), The House of Zabka (Deathless Press 2013) and Mu (Dream) So (Window) (Poor Claudia 2012).  A recent interview can be found here: http://everestonline.tumblr.com/post/53433193690/marcus-slease-interview  and here: http://theconversant.org/?p=5588 You can find him at Never Mind the Beasts www.marcusslease.blogspot.com


Bradley Harrison Smith is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin. His work can be found in New American Writing, Diagram, West Branch, Best New Poets 2012 and elsewhere. His chapbook Diorama of a People, Burning is available from Ricochet Editions (2012). He currently teaches at Truman State University.


Michael Schiavo is author of The Mad Song.


Kent Shaw’s first book, Calenture, was published in 2008. His poems have since appeared in The Believer, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Colorado Review and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia State University and serves as poetry editor at Better Magazine.


Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the literary arts journal Gigantic Sequins. Her poetry has been published by Hobart, Two Serious Ladies, Barrelhouse, Word Riot, Big Lucks, Everyday Genius, and others. A chapbook of her poetry, every song by Patsy Cline, is out this year with dancing girl press. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their dog. Visit her website at kimberlyannsouthwick.com & follow her on twitter: @kimannjosouth


John Steen recently returned to his home state of North Carolina, where he is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at East Carolina University. Check out his review of Dan Magers’ Partyknife in The Kenyon Review Online, and find his poems at Wave Composition, STOKED V, and HOOT

Jake Syersak is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at the University of Arizona. His poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Phoebe, Ninth Letter, Timber, and Hot Metal Bridge. He is the author of the chapbook Notes to Wed No Toward from Plan B Press. He edits Sonora Review and Cloud Rodeo.


Amber Tamblyn is a Venice, California native.  She has been a writer and actress since the age of 9.  She has been nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award for her work in television and film.  In 2005 Simon & Schuster published her debut collection of poetry, Free Stallion.  Her second book of poetry and prose Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) was released in the Fall of 2009.    She is the creator of the annual poetry series, The Drums Inside Your Chest (thedrumsinsideyourchest.com) in Los Angeles and co-founded the nonprofit, Write Now Poetry Society (writenowpoets.org). She has a poetry review column in Bust Magazine and her third book of poetry is a collection about the lives and deaths of child star actresses with accompanying art by David Lynch and Marilyn Manson, amongst others.  She lives in Brooklyn.


Dawn Tefft’s poems have appeared in Witness, Fourteen Hills, Sentence, and Court Green, among other journals.  Her chapbook, Field Trip to My Mother and Other Exotic Locations, was published by Mudlark.  She recently earned a PhD in Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and currently works as a union organizer in Chicago. 


Laura Theobald is a current poetry MFA candidate at LSU in Baton Rouge and an editor for the New Delta Review and Spooky Girlfriend Press. Her poems and videos have appeared in The Volta: MediumArsenic LobsterKeep This Bag Away From Children, Real Poetik, and others. She is a recipient of the Boldface Literary Prize from the University of Houston. For more, please visit lauratheobald.net


Sarah Tourjee is the author of the chapbook, Ghost, published by Anomalous Press, and is currently at work on a manuscript entitled, Sam Says, Sam. Her short fiction and prose can be found in Quarterly West, Conjunctions, PANK, The Collagist, Wigleaf, Everyday Genius, Anomalous, and elsewhere. She lives online at sarahtourjee.wordpress.com and on land in Providence, RI.


Travis Vick’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Booth, Burningword, Gone Lawn, Out of Our, S F & D, Sand, Thunderclap Press, Tigertrain, and others.


Brad Vogler’s poems have appeared in places which include: Free Verse, CutBank, Versal, and Word for/Word, and he has work forthcoming in Volt and Jacket2. He builds and maintains the website for Delete Press (www.deletepress.org), and is the editor/web designer of Opon (www.opon.org). His first chapbook, Fascicle 30, was published by Little Red Leaves Textile Series.


Mike Wall’s poems have appeared in TENDERLOIN, Ilk, Interrupture a Journal of Poetry and Art, Jellyfish, The New Megaphone, and elsewhere.  He lives in Northampton and works as an editor for Slope Editions.


Lindsey Webb studies literature at Brigham Young University. Her work can be found in likewise folio, Jellyfish, ILK Journal, and Bodega. She co-edits elsewhere mag and is current poetry editor for Inscape: A Journal of Literature and Art.


Madeline Weiss lives and writes in Pittsburgh. Her poems can be found in Quarter, Metazen, and elsewhere. She is the author of the e-chapbook of poetry Rodentia and Other Guilty Small Animals (NAP 2013).


David Welch has published poems in journals including AGNI, Kenyon Review Online, and TriQuarterly. Winner of the PSA’s 2014 Lucille Medwick Memorial Award, he lives in Chicago, teaches in the creative writing programs at DePaul University, and serves as Poetry Editor for ACM.


Joe Wenderoth was cut with an axe out of porous rock in the rain while electricity surged.  The result was incredible—what wonderful eyes!  Then things slowly but surely got worse.


A student of America’s shorthand history, Derek JG Williams grew up studying comic books and the backs of baseball cards. He’s an MFA candidate at UMass, Boston. His poems and prose are published or forthcoming in Best New Poets 2013, The Cortland Review, CutBank, Bellingham Review, LUMINA, Knockout, RHINO, and Nailed Magazine, among others.

Wynn Yarbrough lives in Alexandria, Virginia and teaches creative writing and children’s literature at the University of the District of Columbia. He has worked as a painter, bartender, editor, teacher, and mover (among many jobs).  Poems, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared in The Potomac Review, Branches Quarterly, the Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Midwest, H_NGM_N and others. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won prizes from The Virginia Poetry Society (2005, 2006, 2013) and the state of Louisiana (2006). He was a Marion Park Lewis Foundation Recipient for 2005 and 2006.  His book of poetry, A Boy’s Dream, was released in 2011 by Pessoa Press.


Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books most recently a double collection of poetry and prose, The Pedestrians (Wave Books), and a memoir, MOTHERs (Counterpath). You can find more information about her at www.rachelzucker.net
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