Special thanks to the Gaslight Anthem, Jets to Brazil, Broken Bells &, of course, X for their help assembling this issue.
Kristin Abraham is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus (Subito Press, 2008), and Orange Reminds You of Listening (Elixir Press, 2006); her poem “Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus” was selected for Best New Poets 2005. Additional poetry, lyric essays, and critical essays have been published in such places as Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, LIT, Quarter After Eight, and The Journal. She currently teaches English at Ashford University in Iowa.
Brent Armendinger was born in Warsaw, NY, and educated at Bard College, the University of Michigan, and the city of San Francisco. He is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Undetectable (New Michigan Press) and Archipelago (Noemi Press). He won first prize in poetry in the 2009 Chroma International Queer Writing Competition. He teaches creative writing at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is currently working on the Poem-Booth Project; for more information, call 1-877-EAT-POEM from the nearest payphone.
Michael Barber teaches creative writing, Buddhism, literature, and meditation at Front Range Community College in Boulder CO. He lives between semesters at Metta Forest Monastery in CA. His recent poetry can be viewed at pastsimple.com
David Bartone has some recent poems in or forthcoming at InDigest, Now Culture, Thermos, and Tammy. He lives in Amherst, Ma, where he likes to co-edit Microfilme Magazine.
Douglas Basford’s poetry, translations, and critical prose have appeared, or is forthcoming, in Poetry, Smartish Pace, Subtropics, American Poetry Journal, The National Poetry Review, Chain, The Diagram, 32 Poems, Anti-, Shampoo, and elsewhere. He teaches at SUNY-Buffalo and co-edits the online journal Unsplendid.
Lindsay Bell received her MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Spinning Jenny, Barrelhouse, DIAGRAM, Black Clock, Columbia Poetry Review, Wicked Alice, and elsewhere. When she’s not writing, she can be found playing guitar or seeking out open spaces.
Aaron Belz is the founder and former curator of Observable Readings in St. Louis (observable.org) and has given readings of his poetry all over the country as well as in numerous stand-up comedy venues in the Los Angeles area. His work has appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Painted Bride Quarterly, Black Clock, and other places, and his first full-length book, The Bird Hoverer, was published by BlazeVOX in 2007. His second, Lovely, Raspberry, will be published by Persea Books in April, 2010.
Stephanie Berger received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and her BA in Philosophy from the University of Southern California. Her poems have appeared most recently in Coconut, HoboEye and pax americana. She is “The Madame” and Artistic Director of The Poetry Brothel (www.thepoetrybrothel.com) and has an e-chapbook, In The Madame’s Hat Box, forthcoming from Scantily Clad Press. She lives on a small farm in Brooklyn, NY.
Stephanie Burns received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New School University. She has been published in the tiny, LUNGFULL, The Sink Review and has five poems forthcoming on the Verse website. She lives in Greensboro, NC.
Ashley Capps received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book, Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields, was selected by Gerald Stern for publication in 2006. She currently lives in Houston, TX, where she is at work on a second collection.
Jessie Carty is the author of two chapbooks At the A & P Meridiem (Pudding House, 2009) and The Wait of Atom (Folded Word, 2009). Her work can be found in a variety of other online and print formats but most often on her blog http://jessiecarty.wordpress.com and in her upcoming full length collection Paper House (Folded Word, 2010). She also edits a YouTube based online magazine called Shape of a Box http://shapeofabox.wordpress.com
Brittany Cavallaro’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Bat City Review, Tar River Poetry, Cream City Review, and Redactions, among other journals. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lindsay Coleman is a professor at Babson College in Massachusetts. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s workshop. Some of her previous poems have appeared in Forklift: Ohio, Quarter after Eight, Bateau, and Seneca Review.
P. Edward Cunningham is the author of This Boy, This Broom (BatCat Press, 2009) and he co-edits Radioactive Moat. He is a contributing writer to Open Thread and his work will be seen / can be seen in places like Dogzplot, Read Some Words, Haha Clever, Pinstripe Fedora, decomp magazine, and wtf pwm. He blogs at http://yellowlightbulbs.blogspot.com/
John Darnielle, sometimes alone & sometimes with other people, is The Mountain Goats.
J.D. Davis’ mother died on the delivery table while he was being born. His father filled out the birth certificate using his alias for the real name. His twin aunts, who ran a whore house, tried to adopt him more than once. His father did teach him some Latin, how to write his name in cursive, and made him memorize some poetry. He lives in Syracuse with his best friend and his dog Buster.
Gillian Devereux received her MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University and is currently a PhD candidate in the Media, Art, and Text program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches Media Culture at Bay State College in Boston, Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in FOURSQUARE, Gargoyle, 32 Poems, Wicked Alice, and other journals.
Matthew Donne currently lives in Montreal, where he’s finishing up an economics degree at McGill University. He lives in an apartment that looks like a hunting lodge. It has a full-sized set of antlers, and a coffee table made of four empty six packs and a window pane.
Jenny Drai grew up near Chicago but has also lived in Munich and Oakland. She enjoys drinking tap water as well as sparkling water (from glass bottles not plastic ones) and has most recently been published in RealPoetik, Monday Night, and Court Green. Her novel, “John Clare and the Blue Spaceship,” awaits publication. She is currently in the process of moving to the Los Angeles area (but closer to the beach) and is looking forward to a new adventure.
Anna Elena Eyre is a Taoseña who grew up making mud pies and playing with magpies near Reality. She received an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 2005 and is currently a PhD candidate at SUNY-Albany. Her chapbook “Metaplasmic” was published by effing press in 2004.
Matthew Falk is an American writer of poetry and prose. He lives in Michigan and works for Mayapple Press.
Michael Flory Ogletree is an MFA candidate at University of Oregon, where he teaches creative writing. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Journal, DIAGRAM, Fourteen Hills, InDigest, & elsewhere. He is the poetry editor for the online journal SUB-LIT (www.sub-lit.com).
Jess Grover lives in New York and edits the poetry section of InDigest Magazine with his buddy Brad Liening. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annie Guthrie is a jeweler with a fondness for rare stones and a writer with love for the oracular. She has poems published in many journals, including Tarpaulin Sky, Fairy Tale Review and Ploughshares. She works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in graphic design and marketing.
Ian Harris lives with his wife and son in Portland, OR. His work is published in journals including Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, AGNI, and jubilat, and is forthcoming in the University of Iowa Press anthology Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days.
Matt Hart is the author of two books of poetry Who’s Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and YOU ARE MIST (Moor Books, 2009). A third book, WOLF FACE, is forthcoming this year from H_NGM_N Books. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Elizabeth Hildreth works as an instructional designer and is a regular contributor for Bookslut. She lives in Chicago.
Patrick Hipp runs The Eastern Cynic and The Constant Reader and is an editor for the literary journal 12th Street. He makes money editing a travel website, enjoys Oxford commas, and looks forward to one day resting on his laurels.
J. Clayton L. Jones is a professor of English and creative writing at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga. He has an MFA in poetry from Georgia State University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the following: The Albatross, Clockwise Cat, The Cortland Review, GSU Review (The New South), nibble, Word Catalyst Magazine, Shoots and Vines, and other publications. He is also songwriter and performing musician who plays most frequently with his bluegrass band, The Groundhawgs.
For most of her life, Wendy Kaplan-Emmons has been living in Syracuse and writing poetry, at least sporadically. She is also trained as a social worker and currently works as a grief therapist for Hospice of Central New York. This year she will begin work on her MFA in Creative Writing, with plans to integrate her developing skills as a poet and teacher with her counseling practice, encouraging clients to use writing as a therapeutic tool.
Genna Kohlhardt grew up in Colorado and is currently studying at Boise State, where she has yet to figure out what the big deal is with the potatoes.
Lily Ladewig’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Absent, SIR!, Word For/Word, and Invisible Ear, among other places. Her chapbook “You Are My Favorite Person of the Year” was recently published by Mondo Bummer Press. She lives in Northampton, MA, and is an associate editor at Black Lawrence Press.
Krystal Languell is the author of The Mean Particle (Tilt Press, 2010). She works as an editor for Noemi Press, Puerto del Sol, and Bone Bouquet. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, 32 Poems, No Tell Motel and elsewhere.
David Laskowski lives in Madison, WI and teaches at Edgewood College.
Gregory Lawless is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from 2River View, Artifice, At-large Magazine, The Cortland Review, Drunken Boat, H_NGM_N, The Hollins Critic, La Petite Zine, Sonora Review, Thermos, Zoland Poetry, and many others. He has recently been nominated for a Pushcart and for Best of the Net. BlazeVOX published his first collection of poems, I Thought I Was New Here, in 2009. Plus, he keeps a blog, where he publishes interviews and other poetic ephemera, here: http://ithoughtiwasnewhere.blogspot.com/.
Erin Lyndal Martin is a poet, fiction writer, and music journalist. Her fiction has appeared recently in Night Train and Ocean, and her poetry is forthcoming in Slant.
Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of the online journal Sixth Finch. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Octopus, Hanging Loose, Anti-, elimae, Free Verse, The Raleigh Quarterly, New CollAge and diode. Last New Death, a chapbook, was recently published by Scantily Clad Press.
Tony Mancus lives in Rosslyn, VA with his fiancé and a chinchilla. He teaches at Emerson Preparatory School and runs creative writing workshops for Writopia DC. He is cofounder of Flying Guillotine Press and his poems have been published at No Tell Motel, Ekleksographia, CUE, BlazeVOX, keepgoing.org, and elsewhere.
Megan Martin lives in Cincinnati where she teaches writing, plays with cats, and misses Chicago. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, Caketrain, Tarpaulin Sky, and Action, Yes! among others. Her first collection, Sparrow and Other Eulogies, will be released by Gold Wake Press in July 2011.
Gary L. McDowell’s first collection of poems, American Amen, won the 2009 Orphic Prize and will appear in late 2010 from Dream Horse Press. He is also the author of a chapbook, They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009) and co-editor, with F. Daniel Rzicznek, of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poems have appeared in various literary journals, including Colorado Review, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, and Quarterly West. He lives in Kalamazoo, MI with his wife and their young son, Auden.
Rachel McKibbens recently moved to Rochester, NY from Brooklyn and is slowly getting used to the sight of trees. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Acentos Review, Frigg Magazine, Wicked Alice, World Literature Today, The New York Quarterly and Bowery Women: Poems. Her first collection of poems, “Pink Elephant” (Cypher Books) will be released on Halloween.
Joseph Victor Milford is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a full time professor at Georgia Military College. His poems have appeared in The Canary, The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, The Brooklyn Review, First Intensity, The Wisconsin Review, The Kennesaw Review, VOLT, Action,YES, The Suisun Valley Review, and other literary journals. Joseph Milford is also a host of the the weekly blogtalk radio program The Joe Milford Poetry Show( http://joemilfordpoetryshow.com ). He currently resides in Moreland, Georgia near the Lewis Grizzard museum and regularly regards the local Freemasonry lodge with scrutiny and skepticism.
Marcus Myers lives in Kansas City, MO, where he teaches gifted & talented middle school students how to read, write and think for themselves. An MFA candidate at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, his poems and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from CutBank, Main Street Rag, Mid-American Review, New Zoo Poetry Review, Plain Spoke, Pleiades, Tar River Poetry and elsewhere.
Amber Nelson is co-founder and poetry editor of alice blue. Her chapbook THIS RIDE IS IN DOUBLE EXPOSURE is available online with H_NGM_N. Her second chapbook, YOUR TROUBLE IS BALLOONING, is forthcoming from Publishing Genius.
Geoffrey Nutter is the author of three books of poetry: A Summer Evening, Water’s Leaves & Other Poems, and Christopher Sunset. He lives in New York City with his family where he teaches poetry classes at NYU. He will be a visiting professor at the University of Iowa in Spring 2011.
Daniela Olszewska is the author of four chapbooks including The Twelve Husbands of Citizen Jane (Beard of Bees) and The Twelve Wives of Citizen Jane (Spooky Girlfriend). She is an Assistant Editor at Switchback Books and the Poetry Editor of Black Warrior Review.
Nathan Parker lives in Alabama with his wife, Christie, and their two children, Noah and Clara.
Mike Puican was a member of the 1996 Chicago Slam Team. He has had his poetry published in the US and in Canada in journals such as: Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, Third Coast Review, Parthenon West and Malahat Review. He won the 2004 Tia Chucha Press Chapbook Contest for his chapbook, 30 Seconds. He just completed an MFA in poetry at Warren Wilson College.
Daniel Reinhold is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. His poetry has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Samisdat, Axe Factory Review. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his dog Zelda where he paints and writes. His work can be seen at www.danielreinhold.com
Jenny Sadre-Orafai’s first chapbook, Weed Over Flower, was chosen for publication by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming in: Wicked Alice, can we have our ball back?, FRiGG, Literary Mama, Poetry Midwest, Boxcar Poetry Review, slant, Caesura, Gargoyle, ouroboros review, and other fine journals. Sadre-Orafai’s prose has appeared in Rock Salt Plum, in the Seal Press anthology, Waking Up American, and in the All Things That Matter Press anthology Contemporary American Women: Our Defining Passages. She currently serves as poetry editor for JMWW and is Assistant Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.
Let’s face it: I [David Saffo] feel my hottest |intellectually| when I am thinking about, writing, revising, reading, or enacting poetry. Sure I love teaching (I just got ‘Associate Professor’ at Chipola College), but without poetry my being would be without release, Tallahappy would be without taste, & phenomenology would be just an ideology.
Jared Schickling’s recent work includes an essay in the Exquisite Corpse Annual #2, an essay forthcoming in Literary Imagination, an e-chap, Old Glory, forthcoming from Ahadada Books, and a long poem forthcoming from BlazeVOX, Zero’s Blooming Excursion. His other books are Aurora, submissions, and O (BlazeVOX 2007, 8, 9). He learns and teaches in Colorado and helps edit Delete Press, New American Press, Mayday Magazine and Reconfigurations.
Fred Schmalz’s recent work has appeared in A Public Space, LUNGFULL!, Zoland Poetry, and Spinning Jenny. An interview I conducted with choreographer David Neumann will appear in issue 21 of Conduit. His first manuscript was a finalist for the Nightboat and Sawtooth poetry prizes in 2009. He lives in Kassel, Germany.
Mather Schneider is a 40-year old cab driver, no college degree, no cats, one Mexican girlfriend, two books of poetry scheduled to be published soon. The first by Interior Noise Press should be out by January and the other by New York Quarterly Press sometime next summer. His poetry has been seen in hundreds of magazines and websites since 1995. He blogs at matherschneider.blogspot.com.
Cindy St. John is the author of two chapbooks, City Poems (Effing Press 2009) and People Who Are in Love Will Read This Book Differently (Dancing Girl Press 2009). Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Southern Review, The Florida Review and Cimarron Review. She lives in Austin, TX.
Sampson Starkweather is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an indpendent poetry press. He is the author of four chapbooks, most recently, The Heart is Green from So Much Waiting from Immaculate Disciples, and Self Help Poems from Greying Ghost Press. Recent or forthcoming work can be found in: Forklift, Ohio, La Petite Zine, Action Yes, SIR!, Free Verse, Anti-, NOö, Pax Americana, No Tell Motel and elsewhere.
Leigh Stein is the author of the chapbooks How to Mend a Broken Heart with Vengeance (Dancing Girl Press) and Least Inhabited Island II (H_NGM_N Combatives). Other work has appeared in Absent, Bat City Review, DIAGRAM, Low Rent Magazine, and No Tell Motel, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, where she teaches drama to children.
Maureen Thorson is the author of three chapbooks, Twenty Questions for the Drunken Sailor (flynpyntar/dusie 2009), Mayport (Poetry Society of America 2006) and Novelty Act (Ugly Duckling Presse 2004). She lives in Washington, DC where she co-curates the In Your Ear reading series and runs Big Game Books, an itty-bitty press.
Emily Toder is a poet, translator, and letterpress printer. Her work has appeared in jubilat, Sixth Finch, Bird Dog, Not Nostrums, Invisible Ear, and Skein, and her chapbook, Brushes With, is forthcoming from Tarpaulin Sky Press.
Gabriella Torres currently lives, writes and teaches in Seoul, South Korea.
Megan Volpert is a high school English teacher, and Co-Director of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival. She has published 3 books, reviewed many more books than she has written, been nominated for assorted prizes she has never won, and is currently working on a hybrid text about Andy Warhol. Predictably, meganvolpert.com is her website.
Meagan Wilson is from Denver and currently lives in Iowa City.
Catherine Wing’s first book of poems, Enter Invisible, was published by Sarabande Books and was nominated for a 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Chicago Review, DIAGRAM, The New Republic, and Poetry. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Zuba lives in Brooklyn and is currently working on an erasable book. She co-edits swerve magazine.