Writers

Aaron Angello is a poet and multimedia artist who is dedicated to the exploration of the space between sentences, words, letters and marks of punctuation. He edits the University of Colorado’s MFA literary journal Timber and teaches creative writing.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of the poetry collections, At the Drive-In Volcano, winner of the Balcones Prize, and Miracle Fruit, which was named Poetry Book of the Year by ForeWord Magazine and the winner of the Global Filipino Literary Award. Other awards for her writing include a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Pushcart Prize. Her third collection of poems, Lucky Fish, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2011. She is associate professor of English at SUNY-Fredonia and lives in Western NY with her husband and two young sons.

Allison Joseph is all grown up—has been for years. But she’s built a reputation for poetry that’s rooted in her childhood and adolescence, both the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. As a black girl coming of age in the Bronx, Joseph had a complex, interesting, and often oppressive world to negotiate. Her poems re-create that world, celebrating some things and indicting others, and they’ve been winning plaudits nationally for this associate professor of creative writing at SIUC. Joseph’s fourth book, Imitation of Life, was published in April 2003 by Carnegie Mellon University Press. A new manuscript of hers titled Worldly Pleasures has won the 2003 Word Press Poetry Prize and will be published next year. A first-place prize in the 2002 Wallace W. Winchell Poetry Competition, announced in February 2003, and other recent top poetry awards from Georgia State University Review and Yawp Magazine (a literary journal whose name alludes to a Whitman poem) have added icing to the cake.

Annie Finch is a poet, critic, editor, translator, and librettist, author or editor of numerous volumes of poetry, translation, and criticism.  Her books of poetry include EveCalendars (released in a new edition with 40-page downloadable Readers’ Companion and Audio CD), the long poems The Encyclopedia of Scotland and Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, and the forthcoming Spells: New and Selected Poems. Her other works include several influential books of poetics, including The Body of Poetry: Essays on Women, Form, and the Poetic Self and the forthcoming A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poems and A Poet’s Ear: A Handbook of Meter and Form. Her music, art, theater, and opera collaborations have shown at such venues as American Opera Projects, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Art Institute, Poets House, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Finch’s book of poetry Calendars was shortlisted for the Foreword Poetry Book of the Year Award and in 2009 she was awarded the Robert Fitzgerald Award. She holds degrees from Yale University, the University of Houston, and Stanford University, and currently directs the Stonecoast MFA program in creative writing at the University of Southern Maine.  She blogs as  American Witch.

Colleen McKee is co-editor of Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Health Care in America (Penultimate, 2008). She is also author of a collection of poetry about food and sex, My Hot Little Tomato (Cherry Pie, 2007). Her poems, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications such as Poetry Daily, Bellevue Literary Review, and Criminal Class Review. She will be reading memoir at the Meramec Writing Festival in St. Louis on Apr. 7th, and poetry at the Holiday Club in Chicago on Apr. 23rd. Colleen teaches English at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. You may virtually visit her at colleenmckee.blogspot.com or email her at lilyofthegutter@yahoo.com.

Curtis Bauer has published and has poems and translations forthcoming in Fulcrum, The Dirty Goat, The American Poetry Review, Circumference, The Cortland Review, and Barrow Street. He has been a finalist for the New Letters Poetry Prize, The Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and The Glimmer Train Poetry Open. He won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize for his first poetry collection, Fence Line, published by BkMk Press in 2004. He teaches Creative Writing and Translation at Texas Tech University and is the publisher of Q Ave Press Chapbooks.

Cynthia Hogue has published seven collections of poetry, most recently The Incognito Body (2006), Or Consequence (2010), and the co-authored When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina (interview-poems with photographs by Rebecca Ross), also published in 2010. Among her honors are a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry, the H.D. Fellowship at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, an Arizona Commission on the Arts Project Grant, and the Witter Bynner Translation Residency Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Also known for her criticism, Hogue has published essays on poetry, ranging from that of Emily Dickinson to Kathleen Fraser and Harryette Mullen. Her critical work includes the co-edited editions We Who Love To Be Astonished: Experimental Feminist Poetics and Performance Art (U of Alabama P, 2001); Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews (U of Iowa P, 2006); and the first edition of H.D.’s The Sword Went Out to Sea (Synthesis of a Dream), by Delia Alton (UP of Florida, 2007). Hogue taught in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans before moving to Pennsylvania, where she directed the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University for eight years. While in Pennsylvania, she trained in conflict resolution with the Mennonites and became a trained mediator specializing in diversity issues in education. In 2003, she joined the Department of English at ASU as the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry. Currently, she is working on a collection of essays entitled Wayward Thinking: Notes on Poetry and Poetics and a book-length translation from the French of Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy entitled Fortino Samáno (The Overflowing of the Poem), with her husband, the economist Sylvain Gallais.

Raised in California’s Mojave Desert, Dana Levin is the author of Sky Burial (2011), Wedding Day (2005) and In the Surgical Theatre (1999), which won nearly every award available to first books and emerging poets. The Los Angeles Times says of her work, “Dana Levin’s poems are extravagant…her mind keeps making unexpected connections and the poems push beyond convention…they surprise us.” Levin has received many fellowships and awards, including those from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations. A teacher of poetry for twenty years, Levin joins the faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design this Fall.

Deirdre O’Connor is director of the Bucknell University Writing Center and Associate Director of the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Her book, Before the Blue Hour, was the winner of the Cleveland State Poetry Prize for 2001. Her work has appeared in Poetry, XConnect, the Laurel Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and other journals. Her new manuscript of poems, “The Mouth of the Sparrow,” is seeking a publisher and has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Vassar Miller Prize, and others. She lives in Central Pennsylvania.

Poet/Performer/Librettist/Educator Douglas Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006 by Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series and published by Fence Books in 2009. It has since been named a finalist for the 2010 Pen Center USA Award. He has also received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Coat Hanger award and a MAP Fund grant. An Idyllwild and Cave Canem fellow, Kearney has performed his poetry at the Public Theatre, Orpheum, and The World Stage. His poems have appeared in journals such as miPoesias, Callaloo, jubilat, nocturnes, Ninth Letter, Southampton Review, Washington Square and Gulf Coast. Born in Brooklyn, he lives with his family in California’s San Fernando Valley. He teaches at CalArts and Antioch.

Raised in California, Eleni Sikelianos received an M.F.A. in Writing & Poetics from the Naropa Institute. She is the author of Body Clock (Coffee House Press, 2008), The Book of Jon (City Lights Publishers, 2004), The California Poem (Coffee House Press, 2004), Earliest Worlds (2001), The Book of Tendons (1997), and To Speak While Dreaming (1993). She is also the author of a number of chapbooks, including From Blue Guide (1999), The Lover’s Numbers, and Poetics of the X (1995). She has received numerous honors and awards including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, with several volumes appearing in France and Greece. Sikelianos currently teaches in and directs the Creative Writing PhDprogram at the University of Denver.

Elizabeth Langemak lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Erika Meitner is the author of three books of poems—Inventory at the All-night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003); Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner; and Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011), which was a finalist or semi-finalist at fifteen different book contests before Anhinga Press agreed to publish it.  Her poems have appeared in journals including APR, Tin House, The New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, and on Slate.com, and she’s been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2011 and Best African American Essays 2010.  She is currently an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.  You can find her online at www.erikameitner.com.

Erin Costello is a poet and artist living in Denver, CO. Her poetry manuscript, “The Sciences Of” won the 2010 Jovanovich Imaginative Writing Prize and her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Trickhouse, Umbrella Factory, Edge, Titmouse, Palimpsest, and Crash. She studies and teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado, and she is the co-founder and editor of SpringGun Press.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He was born in 1950 and grew-up in the South Bronx. A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students to major in African American Studies. Today he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Miller is also the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, a position he has held since 1974. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College. Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.  The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, FATHERING WORDS: THE MAKING OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITER (2000) and THE 5TH INNING (2009). FATHERING WORDS was selected by the D.C. Public Library for its DC WE READ, one book, one city program in 2003. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic. Mr. Miller has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. For several years he was a core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars. Mr. Miller is often heard on National Public Radio.

Eve Jones’s poetry has appeared in journals such as AGNI, Hotel Amerika, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, and Poet Lore, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she teaches writing and humanities and lives with her family in St. Louis, and soon Colorado Springs. Her first book, Bird in the Machine, was published this year by Turning Point Press

Evie Shockley is the author of one book of poetry, a half-red sea (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), and two poetry chapbooks, 31 words * prose poems (Belladonna* Books, 2007) and The Gorgon Goddess (Carolina Wren Press, 2001). Her poems also appear and are forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including Indiana Review, The Southern Review, La Petite Zine, Columbia Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hambone, No Tell Motel, Harvard Review, Crab Orchard Review, HOW2, nocturnes (re)view, Achiote Seeds, Tuesday; An Art Project, Poetry Daily: Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the African Diaspora, From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great, and Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry. She currently co-edits jubilat; in 2007, she guest-edited a special issue ofMiPOesias (called “~QUEST~”)
Evie Shockley blogs at Red Room: Where The Writers Are

Gregory Pardlo is the author of Totem (APR 2007). He is recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a translation grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received other fellowships from the New York Times, the MacDowell Colony, and Cave Canem. Pardlo is an associate editor of poetry for Callaloo, and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at George Washington University. His website is pardlo.com.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, UCLA School of Law, and Indiana University Bloomington, where she earned her MFA in Poetry. A graduate fellow of Cave Canem, her first poetry collection, Gravity, U.S.A., received the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award. Her first novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me, was published by One World/Ballantine Books. She is Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Adelphi University, where she teaches poetry, literature, and pedagogy.

Jake Adam York is the author of three books of poems—Murder Ballads (2005), winner of the 2005 Elixir Press Prize in Poetry, A Murmuration of Starlings (2008), selected by Cathy Song for the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry and winner of the 2008 Colorado Book Award in Poetry, and Persons Unknown (2010), forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press/Crab Orchard in October 2010.

Jeff Hardin is a professor of English at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN. He is the author of two chapbooks, Deep in the Shallows (GreenTower Press) and The Slow Hill Out (Pudding House), as well as one collection, Fall Sanctuary, recipient of the Nicholas Roerich Prize. His poems have appeared in The North American Review, Hudson Review, Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Southwest Review, The Florida Review, Poetry Northwest, Ploughshares, Poem, Zone 3, and elsewhere.

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair for Creative Writing at Arizona State University and the Artistic Director for Piper Global Engagement. She is the author of the adult novels: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass’ Women, Voodoo Season, Yellow Moon, and the forthcoming, Hurricane. Ninth Ward is her first children’s book.

Joel Dias-Porter was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and was a professional DJ in the DC area. From 1994- 1999 he competed in the National Poetry Slam, and was the 1998 and 99 Haiku Slam Champion. Places his poems have been published include Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Callaloo, Antioch Review, Red Brick Review, Beltway Quarterly and the anthologies Gathering Ground, Love Poetry Out Loud, Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat, Short Fuse, Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Slam (The Book), Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, Spoken Word Revolution, Catch a Fire, and The Black Rooster Social Inn, an anthology of poems and photos of visual art. In 1995, he received the Furious Flower “Emerging Poet Award” from James Madison University. Performances include the Today Show, the documentary SlamNation, on BET, and in the feature film Slam. A Cave Canem fellow and the father of a young son, he has a CD of jazz and poetry on Black Magi Music, entitled “LibationSong”.

Jorn Ake began Boys Whistling like Canaries (Blue Lynx Prize – EWU Press 2009) while in Prague where he lived for three years. He has a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary. His MFA in Creative Writing is from Arizona State University. His first collection of poems, Asleep in the Lightning Fields, won the 2001 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2002. A chapbook of his work, All About the Blind Spot and Other Poems, is available from Popular Ink. The Backwaters Press published his second full-length collection, The Circle Line, in 2009 as an editor’s choice. He currently lives in New York City.

Joy Katz is the author of The Garden Room (Tupelo Press) and Fabulae (Southern Illinois University Press). Recent poems have appeared or will soon in The American Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Blackbird, and elsewhere. Her awards include a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She teaches in the graduate writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and in the on-the-ground and low-res programs at Chatham University. She lives in Pittsburgh.

Julianna Baggott is the author of seventeen books. Her latest novel, THE PROVENCE CURE FOR THE BROKENHEARTED, was published this spring, under her pen name Bridget Asher. As Baggott, she’s published three collections of poetry, most notably, LIZZIE BORDEN IN LOVE. (Her first collection is free through her website. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Best American Poetry, Poetry, and on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. The first book of an upcoming post-apocalyptic trilogy, PURE, will be published next year. She teaches creative writing at Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program. For more musings, you can visit her blog.

Kathy Fagan is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Lip. She is the recipient of grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the NEA, and the Ohio Arts Council. Her work has appeared in Slate, Field, The New Republic, and The Paris Review, among other literary magazines. She is currently completing a fifth collection titled Sycamore and teaching in the MFA Program at The Ohio State University, where she also edits The Journal.

Kevin Prufer is Professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, Editor-at-Large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, and Editor of (among several others) New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and Dunstan Thompson: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Unsung Masters Series, 2010).  He’s also the author of five books, most recently In a Beautiful Country (Four Way Books, 2011) and National Anthem (Four Way Books, 2008), named one of the five best poetry books of the year by Publishers Weekly.  His next book is tentatively called Churches and will be published in 2014.

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram has been a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference work-study scholar, a writer-in-residence at the Montana Artists’ Refuge, and is a Cave Canem alumna. Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Narrative Magazine, Subtropics, and other journals. She received first place in the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars poetry contest, has won the Gulf Coast Magazine Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, and has received second place in Narrative Magazine’s poetry contest. Bertram is a graduate of the writing programs at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was a 2009-2011 Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College where she taught creative writing and literature. Her first book, But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, won the Red Hen Press 2010 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award, judged by Claudia Rankine. A native of Buffalo, New York, she is a proud member of the Steeler Nation. You can find also read her blog, find her on Twitter, or on the Facebook.

Matthew Zapruder’s most recent book of poems is Come on All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010). The recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives in San Francisco, where he works as an editor for Wave Books, and teaches as a member of the core faculty of UCR-Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing. For more information go here or here.

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. A cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, his debut collection, Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem (Red Hen Press, 2009), was nominated for a 2010 NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry category and a 2010 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. His second poetry collection \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, is forthcoming from Persea Books. (above author photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.)

Mitchell S. Jackson is a Portland, Oregon native who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received an M.A. in writing from Portland State University and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from New York University. He has been the recipient of fellowships from Urban Artist Initiative and The Center For Fiction. A former winner of the Hurston Wright Foundation’s award for college writers, he teaches writing at NYU. Oversoul an eBook collection of Jackson’s prose, will be published in the spring of 2012. His novel The Residue Years is forthcoming from Bloomsbury USA in the spring of 2013. 

Nicky Beer is the author of The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010). She has received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Tuition Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Discovery/The Nation award, and a Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. She teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where she co-edits the journal Copper Nickel.

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and is the author most recently of two collections of poems, Breach (LSU Press 2010) and Milk Dress (Alice James Books 2010). She has also published two other collections of poems and a novel. She has received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, American Poet, and Callaloo, among other journals. She directs the new MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York where she is a professor of English. She lives outside of New York City with her husband and two daughters. Her website, featuring her work, as well as upcoming readings and events, can be found here.

Nils Michals‘ first collection of poems, Lure, won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize and was published by Pleiades and Louisiana State University Press. A new manuscript, Chantepleure, is forthcoming. Recent work has appeared in diode, White Whale Review, and Gloom Cupboard. He lives in Boulder, CO and teaches at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College.

Patricia Colleen Murphy teaches creative writing at Arizona State University where she is the founding and managing editor of the online literary magazine Superstition Review. She earned a B.A. in English and French from Miami University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Arizona State University. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West and The American Poetry Review. Her poems have received awards from the Associated Writers and Writing Programs, the Academy of American Poets, Glimmer Train Press and The Southern California Review. In 2008 she was awarded an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. In 2009 she won the Gulf Coast Prize for her poem “Why I Burned Down Namdaemun Gate.”

Patrick Rosal is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive , which won the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and most recently My American Kundiman, which won the Association of Asian American Studies 2006 Book Award in Poetry. He was awarded a Fulbright grant as a U.S. Scholar to the Philippines in 2009. His poems and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies including American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, The Literary Review, Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Non-Fiction, The Beacon Best and Language for a New Century. He teaches in the Rutgers-Camden MFA Creative Writing program.

Paul Guest is the author of three collections of poetry and a memoir. A Whiting Award Winner, he lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where he teaches at Agnes Scott College.

Paul Lisicky is the author of LAWNBOY, FAMOUS BUILDER, and THE BURNING HOUSE. His work has appeared in PLOUGHSHARES, THE IOWA REVIEW, GULF COAST, SUBTROPICS, STORY QUARTERLY, and many other magazines and anthologies.  He has taught in the writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, and Sarah Lawrence College.  He was the Visiting Writer in the MFA Program at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington this Spring. In Fall 2012, his collection of short prose pieces, UNBUILT PROJECTS, will be published by Four Way Books.

Sandy Tseng is the author of Sediment, published by Four Way Books in October 2009. Among her awards are The Nation’s Discovery Award, the Louis Untermeyer Tuition Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vira I. Heinz Foundation scholarship. She has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Currently a resident of Colorado, she teaches at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Sarah Vap grew up in Missoula, Montana. She is the author of three collections of poetry. Her third book, Faulkner’s Rosary, was released by Saturnalia Books in 2010. Sarah has taught poetry and literature at Arizona State University, Phoenix College, and Olympic College. She has taught several hundred hours of creative writing to kids in public schools. She currently teaches at the Salish Sea Workshop. Sarah is married to the poet Todd Fredson, and they live on the Olympic Peninsula with their children.

Sebastian Matthews is the author of the poetry collections Miracle Day: Mid-Life Songs (Red Hen Press, 2012) and We Generous (Red Hen Press, 2007), along with the memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps (W. W. Norton, 2004).  He co-edited, with Stanley Plumly, Search Party: Collected Poems of William Matthews (Houghton Mifflin, 2004) and New Hope from the Dead: Uncollected Matthews (Red Hen Press, 2010). Matthews teaches undergraduate creative writing at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, & for the Great Smokies Writing Program. He also serves on the faculty at Queens University Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry & prose has appeared in many journals, including Forklift, OhioCave Wall, 32 PoemsAmerican Poetry Review & Georgia Review. He serves on the board of Q Ave Press, creators of handmade chapbooks & broadsides. Check out his collages and snapshots at 3bythefire.blogspot.com.

Soham Patel has taught Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature courses at the University of Colorado, Pikes Peak Community College, and Anand Arts College-in Gujarat, India. Currently, she studies poetry in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Some poems are forthcoming in XcP and have appeared in SHAMPOO, Copper Nickel, The Cortland Review, Foursquare, Marginalia and other places. She’s a Kundiman fellow and has been awarded residency at Soapstone and Soul Mountain.

Stacey Lynn Brown was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and studied at Emory University, Oxford University, and The University of Oregon, where she received her MFA. A poet, playwright, and essayist, her work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Daily, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. Her book-length poem in sections, Cradle Song, was published by C&R Press in 2009. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, where she lives with her husband, poet Adrian Matejka, and their daughter.

Terrance Hayes is the author of four collections: Lightheaded (Penguin, 2010), Wind in a Box (Penguin, 2006); Hip Logic (Penguin, 2002), which won National Poetry Series; and Muscular Music (Carnegie Mellon University Press 2005, Tia Chucha Press, 1999), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has received many honors and awards for his poetry, including a Whiting Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, two Best American Poetry selections, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, the poet Yona Harvey, and their family.

*Congratulations, Terrence Hayes, for winning the 2011 National Book Award!

Tracy K. Smith is the author of Life on Mars (Graywolf 2011), Duende (Graywolf 2007) and The Body’s Question (Graywolf 2003).  Since 2005, she has taught Creative Writing at Princeton University.

Tyehimba Jess received his BA from the University of Chicago and his MFA from New York University. Jess is the rare poet who bridges slam and academic poetry. His first collection, leadbelly (2005), an exploration of the blues musician Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s life, was chosen for the National Poetry Series by Brigit Pegeen Kelly,and was voted one of the top three poetry books of the year by Black Issues Book Review. A reviewer for Publishers Weekly noted that “the collection’s strength lies in its contradictory forms; from biography to lyric to hard-driving prose poem, boast to song, all are soaked in the rhythm and dialect of Southern blues and the demands of honoring one’s talent.” A two-time member of the Chicago Green Mill Slam team, Jess was also Chicago’s Poetry Ambassador to Accra, Ghana. His work has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Soulfires: Young Black Men in Love and Violence (1996), Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (2000), and Dark Matter 2: Reading the Bones (2004). He is the author of African American Pride: Celebrating Our Achievements, Contributions, and Enduring Legacy (2003). His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award. A former artist-in-residence with Cave Canem, Jess has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, as well as a Lannan Writing Residency. Jess has taught at the Juilliard School and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (source: Poetry Foundation).

Wendy S. Walters’ work resides at the intersection of the poem, essay and lyric drama. She is the author of Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles (2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA). Walters’ poetry has been recognized with residency fellowships from Breadloaf, MacDowell and Yaddo, and her poems have recently appeared in Callaloo, HOW2, Natural Bridge, Seneca Review and the Yalobusha Review,Seneca Review, Seattle Review, and Harper’s Magazine. among several others.

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