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Originally from Nebraska, Scott Abels lives and teaches in Honolulu. His Work can be found (or is forthcoming) in RealPoetik, Sixth Finch, Lo-Ball, Word for/Word, Sink Review, Juked, Alice Blue, and many others. He edits the online poetry journal Country Music.
Dorothy Albertini received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in 2008 and has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Arts Colony, Ucross Foundation, Wellspring House, and Blue Mountain Center. Her fiction and poetry appear in Drunken Boat, Shifter, textsound, Tantalum, the Brooklyn Rail, and NANO Fiction, where she was the winner of the first annual NANO fiction contest. The winning piece was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
J. Mae Barizo is a Canadian poet and performer. New work appears in Denver Quarterly, Another Chicago Magazine and Prairie Schooner. She lives in New York City.
Jeremy Bendik-Keymer experiments teaching philosophy in Cleveland, Ohio. Publishing poetry frequently from 1990-1993, he became disenchanted with literature’s relation to life and wrote only personal poems belonging to individual relationships until 2010. Now some of his poems are playgrounds.
Luke Bloomfield has poems forthcoming from Lungfull! and Forklift, Ohio. He lives and writes in New York and is from Massachusetts where he first began to write. He is an editor for notnostrums and has stakes in Flying Object. His chapbook The Duffel Bag is available from Factory Hollow Press.
Thea Brown is from the Hudson Valley in New York, and has so far lived and worked in Ithaca, Queens, Chicago, Madison, and Iowa City. She’s taught philosophy, medical ethics, and creative writing, and is currently an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She also co-curates the Monsters of Poetry (www.monstersofpoetry.org) reading series in Madison, WI, and has work forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio.
Adam Clay is the author of The Wash. His second book, A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He co-edits Typo Magazine, curates the Poets in Print Reading Series at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, and teaches at Western Michigan University.
J.L. Conrad’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Columbia, Third Coast, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Southeast Review, The Mid-American Review and Forklift, Ohio, among others. A Cartography of Birds, her first full-length collection of poems, was published by Louisiana State University Press. She is currently working toward her PhD in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Nina Corwin is the author of 2 full length poery collections: The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted. Her work appears in ACM, Forklift OH, H-NGM-N, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Parthenon West, Southern Poetry Review and Verse and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Psychotherapist in daylight hours, she is an advisory editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and curates literary events at Chicago’s WomanMade Gallery.
Liz Countryman lives in Texas, where she is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston and a Poetry Editor at Gulf Coast. Her poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Washington Square, Black Warrior Review, Forklift, Ohio, and others.
Born in New York, Russell Dillon currently lives in San Francisco. His poems have most recently appeared in 5AM, Big Bell, MiPoesia, Parthenon West, Inter|rupture, and Forklift, Ohio. His chapbook (Secret Damage, Forklift, Ink 2009) has an awesome cover.
James Flaherty lives in Columbus, Ohio. He is a consulting editor for The Kenyon Review and a reader for Electric Literature.
Leora Fridman is a writer, translator and educator living in Massachusetts. Her recent and forthcoming publications are included in The Awl, Shampoo, Denver Quarterly and others. She is an MFA candidate at UMass-Amherst.
P.J. Gallo lives in Durham, NC. Recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Bat City Review, Roanoke Review, OH NO, and Independent Weekly. He co-edits LEVELER.
Evan Glasson lives in Arlington, MA. His poems have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review and Barrow Street, among other places. He co-edits the online poetry journal, LEVELER.
Alina Gregorian’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Washington Square Review, Caketrain, Juked, The Best American Poetry Blog, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets College Prize and edits Maggy (www.maggypoetry.com).
Whit Griffin is the author of Pentateuch: The First Five Books (Skysill Press, 2010). Chaplets include Wanhope (Longhouse) and Fugitive Cant (Country Valley). Recent poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Cannibal, Jellyroll, The Equalizer, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Forklift, Ohio. He currently resides in western Tennessee.
Matt Hart is the author of the poetry collections Who’s Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS 2010). A third full length collection, Light-Headed, was just published by BlazeVOX, and a fourth collection Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless will be published by Typecast in 2012. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Andrea Henchey’s MFA is from Pacific Lutheran University; her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Absent, Ghoti, Drunken Boat, Pank, and A River & Sound Review. Though her travels have brought her to more exotic locales such as Nepal, Kenya, and Chile, she currently lives in Connecticut where she coordinates “Inescapable Rhythms,” a poetry reading series, trains for marathons with her mutt, Bodhisattva, and teaches full-time. Learn more at www.andreahenchey.com.
Jeremy Hoevenaar was born in New Jersey, lived in New York City for nine years, and now lives and attempts to photosynthesize poems in Baltimore. Some work can be found in the Brooklyn Rail, Tantalum Journal, The Recluse, Shifter Magazine, and Forklift, Ohio. He believes applause should be withheld until the end.
Amorak Huey recently left the newspaper business after 15 years as a reporter and editor to teach writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He is managing editor of the new journal Wake: Great Lakes Thought & Culture, and his poems have appeared in Rattle, Redivider, Poet Lore, Oxford American and other journals. Follow him on Twitter: @amorak.
Emily Jern-Miller is a recent MFA graduate from Petaluma, California. She thinks at http://www.imagesforsarah.blogspot.com/.
Steven Karl is the author of the chapbooks, emissions/ of (H_NGM_N, 2011), (Ir)Rational Animals (Flying Guillotine Press, 2010), and State(s) of Flux, a collaboration with the artist, Joseph Lappie (Peptic Robot Press, 2009). He is the news editor for Coldfront Magazine, and along with Daniel Magers, poetry editor for Sink Review. He has poems forthcoming from With + Stand, EOAGH, and Jellyfish. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
A native New Yorker, Taylor Mardis Katz currently lives in San Diego, CA, where she is pursuing her MFA at San Diego State University. She is the assistant editor at Cooper Dillon Press and works part-time on an organic vegetable farm. Her poems have appeared in The Connecticut Review, Chopper Magazine, and the Connecticut River Review. She is five feet and three inches tall and blogs about poems & other delicacies at http://intimeweallfly.wordpress.com/.
Friedrich Kerksieck has an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama & runs Small Fires Press. He doesn’t like labels, but will admit to a certain familiarity with BJ Love.
Kim Krause earned his MFA from Bard College, New York. He is professor of Art at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and chair of the Department of Fine Arts. This summer he will be artist-in-residence at Spiro Arts, Park City, Utah exploring the visual possibilities of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
Jason Labbe is the author of two chapbooks, Dear Photographer (Phylum Press, 2009) and Black Wash Canal (H_NGM_N BKS, forthcoming). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in A Public Space, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, Poetry, and elsewhere. He lives in Bethany, CT.
Joni Lee attends the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City as a Stanley H. Durwood Fellow. She has interned at New Letters, BkMk Press, and Copper Canyon Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Permafrost and Center: a Journal of the Literary Arts.
Nate Liederbach is the author of the short prose collection Doing a Bit of Bleeding (Ghost Road Press) and, most recently, co-editor of the anthology Of a Monstrous Child (Lost Horse Press). His work has appeared in Stumble Magazine, Quarterly West, Permafrost, Fractured West, Corium Magazine, Mississippi Review, and more. In Salt Lake City, Deseret, he currently makes his humble home (while grad[U]ally pursuing his PhD at the U of U).
Matthew Lippman’s latest collection of poems, MONKEY BARS, is published by Typecast Publishing. His first book, THE NEW YEAR OF YELLOW (Sarabande Books), won the Kathryn A. Morton Poetry Prize. He lives in Boston, MA.
BJ Love is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop. Additionally, he is the author of Michigander (Greying Ghost, 2010) and, if you’re in to labels, best friends with Friedrich Kerksieck.
Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of the online journal Sixth Finch. His poetry has appeared in Octopus, No Tell Motel, Sink Review and other journals. Last New Death, a chapbook, is available from Scantily Clad Press.
Caroline Manring currently teaches writing, literature, and a seminar on birds at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Central New York. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been a Teaching Writing Fellow and Leggett-Schupes Fellow. Her work has appeared in publications including Seneca Review, Drunken Boat, Hot Metal Bridge, Sixth Finch, Juked, 2River View, and Babel Fruit. She birdwatches, plays the fiddle, and allows her budgerigars to re-upholster things.
Matt McBride currently works as an assistant editor at the Cincinnati Review and Memorious. He is co-curator of the Bon Mot/ley reading series. His poetry has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from FENCE, Forklift, Ohio, Little Red Leaves, Meridian, Packingtown Review, and Mississippi Review. He blogs at inventionsofthemonsters.blogspot.com.
Mary Molinary’s work has appeared in journals such as Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, Poetry International, New Orleans Review, Pindeldyboz, and spork with a poem forthcoming in New American Writing. Currently she is experimenting with variations on the Poetry Reading by implementing performance, polyphonia, and (captive) audience participation. “LEAF SUITE” is ideally performed—or heard—with one voice and one guitar (playing riffs off of the Bach Lute Suites). Her first book, Mary & the Giant Mechanism, will be published by Tupelo Press in 2012.
Marcus Myers lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he teaches gifted and talented students. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Main Street Rag, The Mid-American Review, The National Poetry Review, Plain Spoke, Pleiades and Tar River Poetry.
Dustin Luke Nelson is a founding editor of InDigest and a writer/producer of Radio Happy Hour. He lives in New York.
Christina Olson’s first book of poems is Before I Came Home Naked (Spire Press, 2010). Her work has recently appeared in Wake, Passages North, Water~Stone Review, and Anti-. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and lives online at <www.thedrevlow-olsonshow.com>.
Daniela Olszewska is the author of seven chapbooks, most recently Citizen Jane(-X) Trains for Many Different Kinds of Careers (horse less press), halfsteps + cloudfang (plumberries press), and The South Is Only a Home (Small Monster Press). She is pursuing her MFA at the University of Alabama and collaborating with Carol Guess on a book of poems inspired by the website wikiHOW.
Caryl Pagel’s poems and essays can be found in 1913: A Journal of Forms, Devil’s Lake, Kenyon Review Online, MAKE Magazine, and Thermos, among other journals. She teaches at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and is the co-founder and Editor of Rescue Press.
Marc Paltrineri has work published in journals such as Ellipsis, BlazeVOX, Sixth Finch, Many Mountains Moving, and the Green Mountains Review. He is a founder and co-editor of the poetry journal Sun’s Skeleton. An MFA candidate at the University of New Hampshire, he lives nearby.
Curtis Perdue edits inter|rupture. His book reviews have been featured in Redivider, and his poems appear or are forthcoming in Willow Springs, Ghost Town, H_NGM_N, and NOO Journal (online).
Emily Pettit is the author of two chapbooks HOW (Octopus Books) and WHAT HAPPENED TO LIMBO (Pilot Books). She is an editor for notnostrums (notnostrums.com) and Factory Hollow Press, as well as assistant editor at jubilat. Her first full-length book, GOAT IN THE SNOW is forthcoming from Birds LLC.
Hila Ratzabi has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was selected by Adrienne Rich as a recipient of a National Writers Union Poetry Prize. She received an Amy Award (Poets & Writers Magazine) and the Amy Loveman Memorial Fund Prize (Barnard College). Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Cortland Review, Coal Hill Review, Southern Poetry Review, Columbia Review, Zeek, Mima’amakim, Margie, and Lumina. Her chapbook, The Apparatus of Visible Things (2009), is published by Finishing Line Press. She is the poetry editor of the literary journal Storyscape and a former poetry editor of Lumina. She holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, a BA in English from Barnard College, and a BA in Jewish Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Kate Schapira is the author of TOWN (Factory School, Heretical Texts, 2010), The Bounty: Four Addresses (Noemi Press, forthcoming 2011), and chapbooks from Flying Guillotine, horse less, Portable, Rope-A-Dope and Cy Gist Presses. She lives in Providence, where she works as a Writer in the Schools and co-runs the Publicly Complex Reading Series.
Stefanie Silva received her M.F.A. from the UNC Greensboro, where she was poetry editor for the Greensboro Review. She has been published in the Superstition Review. She currently teaches numerous English classes at UNC Greensboro.
Farren Stanley’s place-of-origin is New Mexico, though she currently lives in Tuscaloosa, AL where she is an MFA candidate in poetry and the editor of Black Warrior Review. Look for her poems in Marginalia and Caketrain.
Nicole Steinberg is the editor of Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press, February 2011). Her chapbook Birds of Tokyo is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press, and her poetry has appeared in publications such as No Tell Motel, BOMB, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, and Barrelhouse. She is the founder and curator of Earshot, a Brooklyn-based reading series dedicated to emerging writers, and an editor-at-large for LIT magazine. She hails from Queens, NY and currently lives in Philadelphia.
Nick Sturm is a graduate student in the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. His poems are asking you unintelligible questions in Hayden’s Ferry Review and Red Lightbulbs. His reviews and interviews are eating breakfast with you in Barn Owl Review, Bookslut, Coldfront, HTMLGiant, The Laurel Review, On the Seawall, and Whiskey Island. His first book-length editorial venture, The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics, was published in January 2011.
Jay Thompson lives in Seattle. He has published poetry, essays, and Dungeons & Dragons fiction in Denver Quarterly, Jellyfish, EOAGH, Microfilme, Pleiades, and Pathfinder, and he writes a column on poetics for the Kenyon Review. He co-edits the journal Thermos and is a member of the Third Space arts collective.
Brian Trimboli is about to receive his MFA from NYU, where he was awarded a fellowship to assist with their Veteran Writers Workshop. He lives on Long Island and is teaching Creative Writing until the end of spring. He has poems published or forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, RATTLE, and Forklift, Ohio.
J. A. Tyler’s most recent book A Man of Glass & All the Ways We Have Failed is now available from Fugue State Press. His forthcoming titles include The Zoo, A Going (Dzanc Books) and, with John Dermot Woods, the image / text novel No One Told Me I Would Disappear (Jaded Ibis Press). He is also founding editor of Mud Luscious Press. For more, visit: www.chokeonthesewords.com.
James Valvis lives in Issaquah, Washington with his wife, daughter, and toy robots. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Arts & Letters, Atlanta Review, Blip, Hanging Loose, New York Quarterly, Nimrod, Los Angeles Review, Pank, Rattle, River Styx, Slipstream, South Carolina Review, and Southern Indiana Review. He’s a two-time 2010 Best of the Web nominee, a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, and a novella was a Notable Story in storySouth’s Million Writers Award. A collection of his poems is due from Aortic Books next year.
Corey Wakeling is a poet living in Melbourne, Australia. Work has appeared in such journals and magazines as Art Monthly (Australia), Cordite, Willows Wept Review, Otoliths, Everyday Genius, Steamer, [out of nothing], Yomimono, Folly Mag, and Etchings, newspapers The Age (Melbourne) and The Sun Herald, and anthologized in Some Sonnets, Nth Degree, and The Reader.
Monica Wendel received her MFA in poetry writing from NYU in May 2010. While at NYU, she was awarded Goldwater and Starworks Fellowships; tutored 7th grade math in Bed-Stuy; did layout for the Washington Square Review; and made it to the semi-finals in the first ever Miss G Train Pageant. Currently she teaches English at St. Thomas Aquinas College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Staccato Fiction, Drunken Boat, and Forklift, Ohio. More adventures to follow at www.twitter.com/monicaewendel
Angela Veronica Wong is the author of the forthcoming 25 little red poems on dancing girl press as well as two previous chapbooks. Recent poetry publications include Drunken Boat and Columbia Poetry Review. If you are unsure how to spell her name, please visit www.angelaveronicawong.com.