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Jeffrey Allen is the author of Simple Universal (Bronze Man Books, 2007). He holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago, where he now works and teaches. His poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, CutBank, Blue Earth Review, and Clementine.  He is the Poetry Editor of phantom limb, an online poetry magazine.


Holly Amos has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and is the Library Assistant at the Poetry Foundation and the Social Media Intern for Wave Books.  Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from A cappella Zoo, Bateau, Columbia Poetry Review, North American Review, Phantom Limb and RHINO.


Amye Archer has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University.  Her work has appeared in PANK Magazine, Twins Magazine, Provincetown Arts Magazine, The Ampersand Review, and Boston Literary Magazine.  Her first chapbook, No One Ever Looks Up was published by Pudding House Press in 2007. Her new chapbook, A Shotgun Life, was published by Big Table Publishing in 2011.  She currently adjuncts at 9,000 different schools, and is the Reviews Editor for [PANK], and the Interviews Editor for Hippocampus Magazine.   She shares her life with her brilliant husband, Tim, and their twin daughters, Samantha and Penelope.  She hates talking about herself in third person.   You can read her blog at www.amyearcher.com.


Micah Ballard’s recent books include Waifs and Strays (City Lights Books, 2011), Parish Krewes (Bootstrap Press, 2009), Poems from the New Winter Palace (Arrow as Aarow, 2010) and Evangeline Downs (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006). He co-edits Auguste Press and Lew Gallery Editions, is on the editorial board for the Contemporary Poetry Series at UNO Press, and works for the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.


Mary Biddinger is the author of three collections of poetry: Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), and O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming September 2012), and co-editor of The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (U Akron Press, 2011). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Bat City Review, Blackbird, Forklift, Ohio, iO, Minnesota Review, Puerto del Sol, Redivider, and South Dakota Review. She teaches literature and creative writing at The University of Akron, where she directs the NEOMFA program. She also edits Barn Owl Review, the Akron Series in Poetry, and the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics, and blogs at wordcage.blogspot.com.


Betsy Brown’s book Year of Morphines won the National Poetry Series. She has poems forthcoming in The Antioch Review and Conduit.


Alan Stewart Carl spends his days trying to balance fiction writing with kids, work and his compulsion to check the latest NFL news. Previously, he’s had work in HAYDEN’S FERRY REVIEW, MID-AMERICAN REVIEW, PANK and other journals. His thoughts appear at AlanStewartCarl.com and in short, occasionally coherent bursts on Twitter (@alanstewartcarl).


Darin Ciccotelli has recently published poems in Barrow Street, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, VOLT, and ZYZZYVA among other publications.  He received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas.  He received his PhD from the University of Houston, where he was awarded an Inprint/C. Glen Cambor Fellowship, an Inprint/Lucille Joy Prize in Poetry, and was the managing editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Art.  He currently teaches at Soka University of America.  


Mel Coyle is from Chicago and other places where the corn grows. She has been previously published in elimae, the smoking glue gun, OH NO and < kill author. She co-edits the poetry journal TENDE RLOIN.


Caroline Crew keeps looking for a home. Her poems have appeared in PANK, >kill author and Artifice, among other places. She edits ILK journal, contributes to We Who Are About To Die and blogs at flotsampoetry.com. In between times, she is a grad student at Oxford University.


Jessica Cuello’s first chapbook, Curie, came out in 2011 from Kattywompus Press. New poems are forthcoming in Clackamas, Tampa Review, Comstock Review, and LUMINA.


Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author of 12 books including the forthcoming All I Ask for Is Longing: Poems 1994 to 2014 (BOA Editions).  He works part-time at a pool hall in Erie PA and works other jobs stacking stuff.   He survives, which is no small thing.


Kristen Evans is assistant managing editor of jubilat. You can find her poems in GlitterPony and Jellyfish Magazine and her critical prose in The Common, Kenyon Review, Gently Read Literature, and other journals. She lives in Northampton, MA.


Katherine Factor is the poet-in-residence at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California. Her wild idylls can be found in the Colorado Review, thermos, Quarterly West and online at Katherinefactor.com.


Noah Falck’s first book, Snowmen Losing Weight, will be released later this year from BatCat Press. In addition to three chapbooks, his work has appeared in many journals, including Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Forklift Ohio, and Smartish Pace.


Maureen Fellinger will be graduating from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in May with a B.F.A. in Illustration. Her work is inspired directly by human existence and all of it’s ups and downs. Her comic, human, concrete was recently featured in Sawmill Comics Vol. 1. More of Maureen’s work can be viewed at www.maureenfellinger.com, or her daily drawing blog- www.maureenfellinger.wordpress.com


Jennifer H. Fortin’s first book of poems is Mined Muzzle Velocity (Lowbrow Press, 2011). Greying Ghost Press will publish a chapbook of hers, Give or Take, in its next season. You can find her on the internet at www.jenniferhfortin.com.


Kit Frick is in her final year of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University. She has poems in recent or forthcoming issues of CutBank, PANK, Conduit, Jellyfish, Foothill, Georgetown Review, and Stone Canoe and is very excited to be a first-time nominee for a Pushcart Prize this year. Kit is Poetry Editor for Salt Hill Journal and is an Associate Editor for Black Lawrence Press, where she edits the small press newsletter Sapling. Kit lives and writes in central New York.


Les Gottesman’s first published poems were in Ted Berrigan’s C magazine in 1965. More recently, his poems have appeared in Juked, Anamesa, Beatitude, Harper’s, and Antioch Review. Les has been a teacher in San Francisco for over 30 years. He received an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts in 2011. Contact Les at lesgot@comcast.net.


Seth Graves was born in Memphis. His work has appeared in Barrow Street; Coldfront; No, Dear; La Fovea; and elsewhere. He teaches writing at Pace University and lives in Brooklyn.


Eryn Green is a doctoral candidate at the University of Denver and holds an MFA from the University of Utah. He has been nominated for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, awarded by the Poetry Foundation, and recently his collection Eruv was selcted by C.D. Wright as a finalist for the 2011 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize. Eryn’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jubilat, Colorado Review, the tiny, Bat City Review, H_NGM_N, Word for/ Word, Rhino, Iron Horse Review, Pheobe, Painted Bride Quarterly, Esquire.com and Denver Quarterly.


Arielle Guy is a poet, graphic novelist, imaginary astrophysicist and mindfulness life coach living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been published in 6x6, kadar koli, lungfull!, small town, EOAGH, and other beautiful journals. She edits Turntable & Blue Light, is part of Dusie Kollektiv and her first full-length collection, Three Geogaophies: A Milkmaid’s Grimoire, was published by Dusie Press in 2011. She is currently working on her second manuscript and on a book about mindfulness practice, finding peace and sustainability of life as a poet.


Daniel Hales’ poems have appeared in Verse Daily, Bateau, Conduit, Quarter After Eight, and elsewhere.  You Make A Better Door Than A Window, the 2nd album by Daniel hales, and the frost heaves. will be released in July, along with I Have A Song To Tell, You Now, a chapbook with poems by Michael Earl Craig, James Grinwis, and 8 other poets: each writing a poem about a different song on the album http://www.thefrostheaves.com


Originally from the Mississippi side of Iowa, Joanne Hart has lived her so called adult years in Massachusetts. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1988 where she also earned her 5th Year certificate. Mother of three, she mistakenly began writing poetry in 2006. Desperate to know what illness had befallen her she was quite fortunate to have been put on the proper outbound train by Paul Sheprow. She has continued her writing journey tied to its rack and an IV bag of emphatically dripping stealth and expert support from Darcie Dennigan and Catherine Imbriglio.


Matt Hart’s most recent book of poems is Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast, 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 and plays in the poetry/noise band TRAVEL.


Katie Hartsock grew up around Youngstown, Ohio. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan, and is now in the PhD program in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern. Her poems have appeared in Hanging Loose, Michigan Quarterly Review, Clementine, Another Chicago Magazine, and DIAGRAM. She can often be found perambulating the northern Chicago lakeshore.


Joshua R. Helms is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. His poems and fictions appears or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, elimae, Monkeybicycle, NANO Fiction, PANK, Stoked, TYPO, and Used Furniture Review.


Ken Henson now rides the bus, which in his opinion is not unlike astral travel.  After getting off the bus, he enters the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he teaches people automatic drawing techniques and other methods for achieving deep trance.  When he isn’t doing this, Ken can be found in his basement getting his drawing fix to the backdrop of a stellar VHS horror movie collection. Awards Ken has won include The Chautauqua Institution Award in the 46th National Exhibition of American Art at The Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, NY, and Grand Prize in the All Kentucky Open Art Exhibition, hosted by the Lexington Art League.  Ken was a finalist in the 4th Annual Miami University Young Painters’ Competition for the William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Ken’s work has been published by Forklift, Ohio A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety, and Typecast Publishing’s Sawmill Comics.


Liz Hildreth works as a writer for an education company and lives in Chicago.


Nathan Hoks’ first book of poems, Reveilles, won Salt Publishing’s Crashaw Prize and was published in 2010. He is also the author of a chapbook, Birds Mistaken For Wind, and the translator of Vicenete Huidobro’s Arctic Poems. With Nicole Flores, he co-edits Convulsive Editions, a micro-press that publishes chapbooks and broadsides. He lives in Chicago.


Christopher Hund is the author of In Forest Static, a chapbook available from Convulsive Editions (http://www.convulsive-editions.org). The book explores tiny forested zones that are flooded by the memory of both inner and outer worlds. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has also published poems in ForkliftOhio, The Columbia Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and other journals. He works for a healthcare improvement organization in Chicago and lives with his wife and two children in Grayslake, IL.


Courtney King Kampa is from Virginia, and holds an MFA from Columbia University.  Her work has received awards and distinctions from Poets & Writers Magazine, The Atlantic, North American Review, and elsewhere.


Christine Kanownik’s reviews, art, and poetry can be found in the past or upcoming issues of: Everyday Genius, Lungfull! Magazine, Glitterpony, Shampoo, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. She has been a writer-in-residence at the University of Chicago and La Misíon of Baja, California. In 2009 she co-founded Augury Books. She lives and works in New York.


Genevieve Kaplan’s poems have recently appeared in Yew: a Journal of Innovative Writing & Images, Western Humanities Review, and Terrain.org: a journal of the built and natural environments. Her book, In the ice house, is available from Red Hen Press.


Molly Kat is a graduate student of Literature and Literary Theory at Binghamton University.  She has work published or forthcoming in Omega Magazine, Foothill Poetry Journal, Pedastal Magazine, Muzzle, Corvus, Toad the Journal, Samizdat, and many others.  She is working on a manuscript called Lucy, from which the following pieces are excerpts.  Lucy is a third person experimental prose poetry narrative about a young girl exploring the parameters of existence post-trauma. 


Abby Koski is Assistant Editor at [PANK] Magazine and a blog contributor for Coldfront Magazine and vouchedbooks.com. Her work has previously been published in Used Furniture Review.


Mike Krutel is graduate student in the NEOMFA and an editor for Barn Owl Review. His reviews are forthcoming in Lituanus and American Book Review.


Amy Lawless is the author of the poetry collection Noctis Licentia (Black Maze Books, 2008), a chapbook Elephants in Mourning ([sic] Detroit, 2012), and a four poem pamphlet from Greying Ghost Press (2011).  She was awarded a 2011 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches writing in New York City and New Jersey and blogs at amylawless.blogspot.com and Best American Poetry.


Gregory Lawless is the author of I Thought I Was New Here. His poems have appeared in the National Poetry Review, Third Coast, Zoland Poetry, Sonora Review, La Petite Zine, Gulf Stream, Cider Press Review, InDigest, H_NGM_N, Artifice, and many others. Poems are forthcoming in Devil’s Lake, the Cincinnati Review, burntdistrict, thrush, and Paper Darts. He is a four-time Pushcart nominee.  He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, and teaches writing and literature at Suffolk University.


Samantha McCormick has been published in H_NGM_N and is the founder of Trigger. She is currently studying at The Art Academy of Cincinnati.


Marc McKee received his MFA from the University of Houston and his PhD from the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he lives with his wife, Camellia Cosgray.  Recent work appears in Sixth Finch, Sou’wester, Pebble Lake Review, The Journal, and Artifice.   He is the author of a chapbook, What Apocalypse? (New Michigan Press, 2008) and two full-length collections, Fuse (Black Lawrence Press, 2011) and Bewilderness (forthcoming, Black Lawrence Press, 2014).


Sara Michas-Martin lives in Denver and currently teaches at Goddard College and for Stanford’s Online Writer’s Studio. Her work was chosen for the Best New Poets 2011 Anthology and has been published in the American Poetry Review, The Believer, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, Harvard Review, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Please visit saramichas-martin.com for more.


Gina Myers is the author of A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009) and several chapbooks, including most recently False Spring (Spooky Girlfriend, 2012). Her second full length book will be published by Coconut Books in early 2013. She lives in Atlanta, GA.



Amber Nelson is the co-founder and poetry editor for alice blue review and alice blue books. She is the author of three chapbooks. Her first full-length, In Anima: Urgency is forthcoming from Coconut Books (2013).


Jesse Nissim is a Faculty Fellow at Syracuse University and the author of the chapbook Alphabet for M (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, Court Green, ecopoetics, Rhino, and online at Verse, and Requited. Her manuscript, Diagram Her Dream of Flight, was a runner up for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Award (2008), and a finalist for the National Poetry Series Open Competition (2011).


Josef Noh currently lives and works in Western NY. 


Elsbeth Pancrazi is the Membership and Development Director for the Poetry Society of America. She serves on the editorial board of PEN Journal and sometimes binds books for Small Anchor Press. Her poems and book reviews have appeared on BOMBlog, Bookslut, Boog City Reader, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere in print and on the web.


More of Jean-Paul Pecqueur’s recent poems can be read in the current or upcoming issues of Forklift, Ohio, Fence, Ping Pong and Eleven Eleven.  You can also find some older poems in his volume, The Case Against Happiness, published by Alice James Books.    


Amy Pickworth is a writer and editor living in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Smartish Pace and Forklift, Ohio, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011.


Matt Rasmussen’s poetry has been recently published in Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, Water~Stone Review, Mid American Review, Paper Darts, MARGIE, and Dislocate. He’s received awards, grants, and residencies from the Bush Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Corporation of Yaddo, The Loft Literary Center, The Jerome Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN. He is a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellow, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. His chapbook, Fingergun, was published in 2006 by Kitchen Press and he’s a founding co-editor of Birds, LLC, a small, independent poetry press.


Christopher Rizzo is a writer, scholar, and editor who lives in Albany, New York. His full length collection of poetry, Near Point Balance, is forthcoming from Skysill Press. Most recently, a second collection of poetry, Of Love & Capital, was awarded the Bob Kaufman Book Prize, guest-judged by Bernadette Mayer. The book will be released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2012. Awarded the Phyllis Hurd Liston Poetry Prize by the Academy of American Poets in 2011, Rizzo has published a range of critical and creative work in magazines and journals over the past twenty years, both online and in print, including Art New England, Bright Pink Mosquito, The Cultural Society, Dusie, H_NGM_N, Jacket, Otoliths, Process, Reconfigurations, Spell, Tight, and Turntable & Bluelight. Actively interested in exploring the work of other writers and artists, his latest critical work on poets Charles Olson and Pierre Joris appeared in a recent anthology of essays, Pierre Joris—Cartographies of the In-Between, and his latest chapbook, TmÄ“sis / In Other Words Continuing, documents the documentary “Philip Guston: A Life Lived.” Committed to small press publishing as the lifeblood of contemporary innovative poetry, he is the founding editor of Anchorite Press. Rizzo currently lectures at the University at Albany, where he is finishing his doctorate in English studies on twentieth century American poetics.


Martin Rock lost everything to the great pickle fires of the early 1980’s, and regained it all in speculation on the essential nature of zephyr.  His poems have escaped and are rumored to be hiding out in Black Warrior Review, Conduit, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, La Petite Zine, Salamander, Sixth Finch, Tampa Review, Tuesday; an Art Project, and other journals.  He edits Loaded Bicycle and is Managing Editor of Epiphany, a Literary Journal.  Don’t look now, but he’s thinking himself into your amygdala.  www.martinrockpoetry.com


Christopher Shipman is the author of Human-Carrying Flight Technology (Blaze VOX), Romeo’s Ugly Nose (forthcoming from Allography Press), and coauthor of Super Poems (forthcoming from Kattywompus Press). His poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Offending Adam, La Fovea, and Salt Hill, among many others. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been featured on Verse Daily. Shipman is poetry editor for DIG Magazine of Baton Rouge, where he coordinates the River Writers Reading Series with Vincent Cellucci. www.christophershipmanwritingwork.com


Born in Steubenville, Ohio, home of Dean Martin, Sommer Sterud received her MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. After teaching and living in Ecuador for several years, she became an instructor at Capital University where she teaches creative writing and composition. By night, Sommer does stand-up comedy, something she says is remarkably similar to poetry writing as both attempt to deliver big truths in small packages and neither pay very well. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

K.M.A. Sullivan‘s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Pearl, Potomac Review, Cream City Review, Gargoyle, >kill author, diode, and elsewhere. She has been awarded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in creative non-fiction and from Vermont Studio Center in poetry. She is the editor of Vinyl Poetry and the owner/publisher of YesYes Books.


Jen Urso creates performance, video and drawings that explore endurance, persistence, change, and ignored or forgotten moments and places. She is a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant recipient and has exhibited in Arizona, New York, Colorado, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro. Jen received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is pursuing an MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts, New York.  She lives and works in downtown Phoenix, AZ.


W. Vandoren Wheeler was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and cracked his head open on the playground in various ways in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades; he began writing seriously in the 8th grade. He has published poems in Swink, Forklift, Conduit (forthcoming), and a dozen other fine publications, including ratemyprofessor.com. His manuscript The Accidentalist won the 2012 Dorothy Brunsman Prize from Bear Star Press, and will be published in late 2012. He lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon, and is tweaking his manuscript Lonely & Co.


Wynn Yarbrough lives in Mt. Rainier, Maryland 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 and the state of Louisiana. He was a Marion Park Lewis Foundation Recipient for 2005 and 2006.  His book, A Boy’s Dream, was released this year by Pessoa Press.

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