Andrew Gorin’s work has recently appeared in Prelude, Boston Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. He studies poetry and theory (especially queer theory) at NYU.

Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer and performer. She created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first Spoken Word Poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-violent contexts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, The Paris-American, The Margins, and Gulf Coast. Her chapbook “After” is forthcoming on Yes Yes Books fall of 2015.

Chialun Chang was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. She is a poet, translator, visual artist and an events coordinator at Belladonna* Collaborative. Her recent work has appeared in The Ashbery Home School, The Brooklyn Rail and Bone Bouquet. A recipient of two teaching fellowships, she has taught Chinese in Vietnam and Mississippi, and is a recipient of a 2015 Immigrant Artist Mentoring program from New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York.

Nina Puro is a poet, human, & queer weirdo whose writing is in The Atlas Review, Guernica, the PEN/ America Poetry Series, & others. A member of the Belladonna* Collaborative; author of two chapbooks (Argos Books and dancing girl press); recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Brooklyn Community Pride Foundation, & Syracuse University (MFA, 2012), Nina cries and works in Brooklyn.

Camilo Roldán is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn. From 2011 to 2013, he co-curated the Triptych Reading Series and is currently editor-in-chief for the chapbook press Diez. He is the author and co-author respectively of the chapbooks Amilkar U., Nadaísta in Translation (These Signals Press 2011) and ∆ [delta] (TPR Press 2013). His latest chapbook, La Torre, is out now from Well Greased Press (2015). Most recently, his work has appeared in Dreginald, Prelude, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Aufgabe.

Eunsong Kim is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, San Diego. Her essays on literature, digital cultures, and art criticism have appeared and are forthcoming in: The New Inquiry, Model View Culture, AAWW’s The Margins and others. Her poetry has or will be published in: Denver Quarterly, Seattle Review, Feral Feminisms, Minnesota Review, Iowa Review, and Action Yes. Her first book will be published by Noemi press in 2017. 
Wo Chan is a queer Fujianese poet and drag performer, and is a recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary. Wo is currently a 2015 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. Wo’s work has been published in cream city review, BARZAHK, and VYM Magazine. As a member of Brooklyn-based drag alliance, Switch n’ Play, Wo has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo.

Emily Skillings is a dancer poet/ poet dancer. She is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poems can be found in Phantom Limb, Philadelphia Review of Books, Stonecutter, Maggy, Elderly, Bone Bouquet, Big Lucks and Poor Claudia :: Crush. Skillings dances for The Commons Choir (Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik) and presents her own choreography in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series. With poet Adam Fitzgerald, she recently co-curated the exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” at Loretta Howard Gallery. She is an MFA candidate at Columbia University.

Georgia Faust grew up in Manhattan and lives in Brooklyn where she received an MFA in poetry at Brooklyn College. She presides over legal billing protocol by day and writes by night.

Friederike Mayröcker was born in Vienna in 1924. She has written over forty works of poetry and prose, and received the Georg Büchner prize in 2001. These translations are of poems from the collection ‘études’ which appeared on Suhrkamp in 2013. Her latest work, ‘cahiers’, was published by Suhrkamp in late 2014.

J D Larson is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn. Translations are forthcoming in Asymptote Journal.

Charif Shanahan is a Cave Canem fellow with an MFA from NYU. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and twice a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Barrow Street, Apogee, Phantom Limb, The Manhattanville Review, and elsewhere. His translations from Italian and German have been performed by the Vienna Art Orchestra and have appeared in A Public Space and Circumference, among other publications. Charif is Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America, poetry editor of Psychology Tomorrow Magazine, and contributing editor of The Offing.

Juliana Leslie is the author of More Radiant Signal (Letter Machine Editions, 2010) and Green Is for World (Coffee House Press, 2012). With Andrea Quaid, she recently co-edited Acts + Encounters (eophippus labs, 2014), a collection of essays written for and inspired by the 2012 UC Santa Cruz Conference “Emergent Communities in Contemporary Experimental Writing.” She currently lives in Santa Cruz, CA.
Christine Shan Shan Hou is a poet and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Publications include the chapbook Food Cuts Short Cuts (The New Megaphone 2014), C O N C R E T E S O U N D (2011) a collaborative artists’ book with artist Audra Wolowiec, and Accumulations (Publication Studio 2010). More at

Eric Conroe received his BA from Bennington College (’08) and his MFA from Brooklyn College (’14). He’s the assistant curator for the KGB Poetry Series, and co-founder of the COPULA Poetry Series. As a dancer, he has performed with Dean Moss, among others, working with him in residence at Yale, The Kitchen, Korean Arts Festival, and elsewhere. His recent choreography and/or poetry has been performed at The Poetry Project, Danspace Project, CAGE Gallery, Movement Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The 92nd Street Y, and in Marfa, TX. He is a contributing writer for dance and performance at

Haley Rene Thompson is a poet who studies poems in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in notnostrums, LOOM, Indefinite Space, and Everyday Genius. She currently lives above a suspect antique shop in Northampton, MA –both of which she is fond of.

Hannah Stephenson is a poet, editor, and instructor living in Columbus, Ohio (where she also runs a monthly literary event series called Paging Columbus). Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Hobart, Poetry Daily, and The Nervous Breakdown; her collection, In the Kettle, the Shriek, is now available from Gold Wake Press. You can visit her online at The Storialist (

James Haug’s most recent book is Legend of the Recent Past . His chapbooks include Why I Like Chapbooks (Factory Hollow Press), and Scratch (Tarpaulin Sky Press). His “Cuba Hill Diary,” using images from 1930s-era comics, appears in the current issue of The Massachusetts Review.

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

Jordan Stempleman‘s most recent collections of poetry are Wallop (Magic Helicopter Press, forthcoming, 2014), No, Not Today (Magic Helicopter Press, 2012) and Doubled Over (BlazeVOX Books, 2009). He co-edits The Continental Review, teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute, and curates A Common Sense Reading Series.

M.G. Martin is the author of One For None (Ink). A Pushcart nominee, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in ZYZZYVA, Hobart, Word Riot, PANK, and from Greying Ghost Press, among others. M.G. recently moved to Seoul, Korea with the poet Tess Patalano. Find him here and here.

Michael Levan’s poems have appeared recently in Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, American Literary Review, Lunch Ticket, Dialogist, and Heron Tree as well as CutBank’s 40th anniversary anthology and Southern Poetry Anthology VI: Tennessee. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Saint Francis and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife, Molly, and son, Atticus.

Steven D. Schroeder’s second book is The Royal Nonesuch (Spark Wheel Press, 2013). His poetry is available from New England Review, Barrow Street, The Journal, and Drunken Boat. He edits the online poetry journal Anti-, serves as co-curator for Observable Readings, and works as a Certified Professional Résumé Writer.

Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poems, most recently My Dead (Octopus Books, 2013). Her poems have most recently appeared in Hyperallergic,, and Similar Peaks. Collaborations with Angela Veronica Wong have recently appeared in The Common, Pinwheel, and Best American Poetry 2013. Some prose has recently appeared in BOMBlog and HTMLGIANT. She was a 2011 New York for the Foundation Arts poetry fellow. She lives in Manhattan. More can be found at

Chris Cheney’s poems have most recently appeared in Everyday Genius, Open City, Handsome and Washington Square Review. He currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn. He is the starting point guard for the Williamsburg Crunchers, New York’s premier poetry basketball team.

Hannah Brooks-Motl was born and raised in Wisconsin. Her poems and criticism have appeared in Typo, Bookforum, and The Kenyon Review Online. A chapbook, The Montaigne Result, was published by The Song Cave, and her first book of poetry, The New Years, is forthcoming from Rescue Press.

Jeff Alessandrelli lives in Portland, Oregon, with his dog Beckett Long Snout. He is the author of the collection This Last Time Will Be The First (Burnside Review Books, 2014). Poet and renaissance man Zachary Schomburg drew Jeff’s author photo/portrait in this issue.

Jess Grover lives in Western Massachusetts and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. His work has appeared in Jacket2, SCUD, H_NGM_N and elsewhere.

Kelin Loe is the author of the chapbook The Motorist (minutesBOOKS 2010). Recent work can be found in jubilat and NOO Weekly. She is a cofounder of SPOKE TOO SOON: A Journal of the Longer and the host of Flying Object Radio. She lives in Northampton, MA with Michael.

Krystal Howard is a PhD candidate in Literature at Western Michigan University and also holds an MFA in Poetry. She currently serves as poetry editor for Third Coast and production editor for Comparative Drama. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Barn Owl Review, American Poetry Journal, Quarterly West, Superstition Review, Weave Magazine, Prism Review, and PANK.

Michael Bazzett poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, 32 Poems, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review and Forklift, Ohio. He is the author of The Imaginary City, recently published in the OW! Arts Chapbook Series, and The Unspoken Jokebook, from Burning River. His verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two children.

Noelle Kocot is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Soul in Space, out from Wave Books this month. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including those from The American Poetry Review, The Academy of American Poets, The Fund for Poetry, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Lannan Literary Foundation. Her poems have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Poetry 2001, 2012 and 2013, as well as in Postmodern American Poets: A Norton Anthology. She lives in New Jersey and teaches writing in New York City.

Spencer Everett is a poet living in Brooklyn, NY where he teaches composition and co-curates Copula, a reading and exhibition series, alongside Eric Conroe and Andrew Gorin.
Brandon Courtney was born and raised in Iowa, served four years in the United States Navy (Operation Enduring Freedom), and is a graduate of the MFA program at Hollins University, where he studied under Natasha Trethewey. His poetry is forthcoming or appears in Best New Poets (’09), The Journal, 32 Poems, and The Los Angeles Review, among many others. Brandon’s work has received five Pushcart Prize nominations, and recently won an Academy of American Poets Prize. His chapbook, Improvised Devices, will be published in Fall ’13 by Thrush Press. He is the poetry editor at Dialogist, and a graduate student at the University of Chicago.

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz has been published in Rattle, Gulf Coast, McSweeney’s Internet Tendancies, PANK, La Petite Zine, decomP, Conduit, Barrelhouse, Thrush and Muzzle, among others… Her most recent awards include the ArtsEdge Writer-In-Residency at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-2011), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry (2011) and the Amy Clampitt Residency (2013). Her sixth book of poetry, The Year of No Mistakes, will be released by Write Bloody Publishing in Fall 2013 and her second nonfiction book, Curiosity: Thomas Dent Mutter and the Dawn of Modern Medicine, will be released by Gotham Books (Penguin) in Fall 2014. For more information, please visit her website:

David Wojciechowski lives and dies in Syracuse, NY. His poems have appeared in Bateau, Better: Culture & Lit, Meridian, and elsewhere.

Grant Souders is a poet and artist living in Solon, Iowa. He is currently a writing fellow at the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He is the author of the chapbook, RELATIVE YARD and his poems have appeared in Phoebe, A literary journal, jubilat, and The Boston Review, among other venues.

J.L. Conrad is the author of one full-length collection, A Cartography of Birds (Louisiana State University Press, 2002), and a chapbook, Species of Light (bellywater press, 2004). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in H_NGM_N, Pleiades, Columbia, Third Coast, Jellyfish, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mid-American Review, The Laurel Review and Forklift, Ohio, among others. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she is working toward her PhD in literary studies.

Kate Ruteledge Jaffe‘s creative work has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Missouri Review, The Believer, Caketrain, and others, and was awarded the Matt Clark Prize in Poetry. She’s a graduate of the University of Montana’s MFA in Creative Writing program, where she served as editor of CutBank. She lives in Missoula, MT where she’s a founding editor of Peel Press.

Leslie Seldin lives in New York City. Her work has appeared in Sixth Finch, Bateau, failbetter and Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics.

Nick McRae is the author of The Name Museum (C&R Press, forthcoming 2013), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbook Mountain Redemption(Black Lawrence Press, 2013). He is the editor of the anthology Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets (Sundress Publications, 2013). His poems, reviews, and translations appear in Cincinnati Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, The Southern Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He serves as associate editor for 32 Poems, poetry coordinator for the annual Best of the Net anthology, and is a member of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference staff. A recent graduate of the M.F.A. program at The Ohio State University, Nick is currently a Robert B. Toulouse Doctoral Fellow in English at the University of North Texas.

Rachel Abramowitz is finishing a PhD at the University of Oxford and teaches at Barnard College. Her poems and reviews have been published in POOL, jubilat, The Colorado Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Oxonian Review, The Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.

Virginia Konchan’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, The New Yorker, the Believer, Sixth Finch, and The New Republic, and her criticism in Boston Review and Quarterly Conversation. The co-founder of Matter, a literary journal of poetry and political commentary, her current projects include an interview series at The Conversant. She lives in Chicago.
ISSUE 9 // Guest-Edited by Ted Powers
Ted Powers lives in Northampton, MA. He edits The Peach Basket. His writing can also be found at Thought Catalog, Sixth Finch, Interrupture, and other places. He loves the poems in this issue.

Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the new poem book “MOODS” (Factory Hollow Press, 2013) and the story collection “Pee On Water” (Publishing Genius Press, 2010) . Glaser lives in Northampton, MA and teaches Creative Writing at Flying Object in Hadley, MA. Additionally, she paints commissioned paintings of basketball players and other loved ones. For more information visit

Dan Chelotti is the author of x (McSweeney’s 2013) and a chapbook, The Eights (Poetry Society of America 2006). His poems have appeared in jubilat, Boston Review, Gulf Coast and many other journals. He is an Assistant Professor at Elms College.

Bryan Beck was born in Germany and grew up in Oregon. He has studied poetry at Portland State and in the Program for Poets & Writers at UMass Amherst.

Leopoldine Core was born and raised in Manhattan. Her poems and fiction have appeared in Open City, The Literarian, Drunken Boat, Sadie Magazine, Harp & Altar, The Brooklyn Rail, Agriculture Reader, No, Dear and others. She is a 2012 Fellow at The Center for Fiction and at The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has a chapbook forthcoming from Perfect Lovers Press.

Dara Wier‘s new book is You Good Thing, just out from Wave Books. She lives and teaches in Amherst, Massachusetts. She’s a member of Flying Object and an editor for Factory Hollow Press.

Sarah Galvin is the author of The Stranger’s “Midnight Haiku” series, which are neither haiku nor at midnight. She has a blog called The Pedestretarian, where she reviews food found on the street. The thing she loves most about reviewing discarded food is receiving text messages that say things like “I hear the bus stop on 3rd and Union is covered with ham.” Sarah is poetry MFA student at University of Washington, and her poems can be found in Hoarse, Proximity, Pageboy, Dark Sky, and Ooligan press’s Alive at the Center anthology.

Anne Cecelia Holmes is the author of a chapbook, Junk Parade (dancing girl press), and co-author with Lily Ladewig of the e-chapbook I Am A Natural Wonder (Blue Hour Press). Her poems have appeared in jubilat, Conduit, Sixth Finch, Denver Quarterly, and other places. She lives in Northampton, MA.

Jacob Otting is in poetry school at UMass-Amherst, where he also teaches college writing. He lives with Shannon Burns in Northampton, MA.

Shannon Burns is an MFA student at UMass-Amherst and Managing Editor of jubilat. She lives with Jacob Otting in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Jono Tosch is an artist and blogger who lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts. He writes about botany, community, and fermentation at Oilchanges: The Anti Food Blog Food Blog

Brian Foley‘s first collection of poems, The Constitution, is forthcoming from Black Ocean. He’s authored several chapbooks including Going Attractions (Greying Ghost, 2012) & TOTEM, out soon from Fact-Simile Editions. Recent poems have appeared in The Volta, Denver Quarterly, ILK, Sixth Finch, Aesthetix, The Destroyer, and elsewhere. With Julia Cohen he co-edits Saltgrass and with EB Goodale, he runs Brave Men Press. He lives well in Western Massachusetts.

Broc Rossell is from California. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he teaches philosophy, literature, and poetry writing at Simon Fraser University.

Edward Mayes‘s poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including The Southern Review, The New Yorker, APR, Kenyon Review, Best American Poetry. His books of poetry include First Language, Juniper Prize (University of Massachusetts Press) and Works and Days, AWP Prize in Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press). He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina and Cortona, Italy with his wife, the writer Frances Mayes. Their latest collaboration is The Tuscan Sun Cookbook (Clarkson Potter).

Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and two chapbooks including Bestiary of Gall (Sundress Publications, 2013). She has held fellowships from U.S. Poets in Mexico and Vermont Studio Center and received the 2012 Poetry Prize from The Journal and Second Place in Narrative’s 2012 30 Below Contest. Her poetry appears in AGNI, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Paris-American, and elsewhere. She is an adjunct instructor of creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her MFA in 2012.

Gale Marie Thompson is the author of Soldier On (Tupelo Press, forthcoming) and the chapbooks If You’re a Bear, I’m a Bear (H_NGM_N, 2013) and Expeditions to the Polar Seas (Sixth Finch, 2013). Her work can be found in Best New Poets 2012, Coconut, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Volt, Salt Hill, diode, H_NGM_N, and others. She lives in Athens, GA, where she is a PhD student at the University of Georgia. She is also creator and editor of Jellyfish Magazine, and works at the Georgia Review.

Kit Frick studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University, where she served as poetry editor for Salt Hill Journal. Her poems have recently or will soon appear in places like DIAGRAM, Conduit, CutBank, Sixth Finch, and Forklift, Ohio, and have been featured on Verse Daily. Kit is the Chapbook Editor for Black Lawrence Press, where she also edits the small press newsletter Sapling. Kit lives in Brooklyn with her husband and lives online at

Lesley Yalen lives in Northampton, MA. Her writing has appeared in jubilat, Glitterpony, Invisible Ear, Octopus, Denver Quarterly, notnostrums, and elsewhere. She is a co-editor of Agnes Fox Press. Her first chapbook This Elizabeth was published by Minus House in 2008, and her second chapbook The Beginning In is currently available from minutes BOOKS.

Mike Krutel is from Akron, Ohio, where he is a poetry editor for Barn Owl Review and a co-curator of The Big Big Mess Reading Series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in H_NGM_N, ILK, NOÖ, Jellyfish, and Big Lucks.

Portia Elan lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in Ninth Letter, PANK, The Journal, and Birdfeast.

Zaccaria Fulton‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Catch Up, [PANK], Thermos, and elsewhere. He currently resides in Madison, where he is an MFA Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Alexis Pope lives in Akron, OH. Her chapbook Girl Erases Girl is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press in 2013. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Megaphone, ILK, Anti-, and elsewhere. She co-curates THE BIG BIG MESS READING SERIES and is Contributing Editor for Whiskey Island Magazine.

Analicia Sotelo received her B.A. in English Literature from Trinity University and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Houston. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anti-, DIAGRAM, Gigantic Sequins, and elsewhere. She lives in Houston, TX.

Jeffrey Morgan is the author of Crying Shame. New poems appear, or will soon, in Bat City Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Diode, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pleiades, Third Coast, and West Branch. He blogs occasionally at

Joseph Mains is the author of the chapbooks Poumpoum Tralala (Poor Claudia), and To Live Don’s Life: A Film in 15 Creams (Scantily Clad Press). He lives in Portland, Ore., where he edits Octopus Magazine and co-curates the reading series Bad Blood.

Originally from Kentucky, Katie Byrum lives and works in Brooklyn. It was once her family tradition to spend Thanksgiving at Folly Beach, South Carolina, which is eerily deserted at that time of year. You can find recent work in Forklift, Ohio; Big Bell; Gulf Coast; and Lumberyard Magazine, as well as the anthology Why I am Not a Painter, from Argos Books. Send questions, comments, or complaints to

Nick Courtright is the author of Punchline, a National Poetry Series finalist published in 2012 by Gold Wake Press, and Let There Be Light, which is forthcoming in early 2014. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, Boston Review, and Kenyon Review Online, among numerous others, and a chapbook, Elegy for the Builder’s Wife, is available from Blue Hour Press. He’s Interviews Editor of the Austinist, an arts and culture website based in Austin, Texas, where he teaches English, Humanities, and Philosophy, and lives with his wife, Michelle, and son, William. Feel free to find him at

Noah Falck is the author of Snowmen Losing Weight, (BatCat Press 2012), which goes into its second printing in December. His work has appeared in Forklift Ohio, H_NGM_N, Sixth Finch, Kenyon Review, and Boston Review, among others. He works as Education Director at Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Ryan Collins hails from the Illinois Quad Cities. He is the author of two chapbooks, Complicated Weather (Rock Town Press) and Handshake Trouble (Gold Wake Press). His poems have appeared in Black Clock; Columbia Poetry Review; DIAGRAM; Forklift, Ohio; Handsome; H_NGM_N; Jellyfish; Ping Pong; Transom; the cassette anthology 21 Love Poems (Hell Yes Press); and many other places. He is the Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center and an English instructor at Saint Ambrose University.

Seth Landman’s first book, Sign You Were Mistaken, is forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press. With Seth Parker, he collaborates on tyoyeu (@tyoyeu)

Stephen Danos is author of a poetry chapbook, Playhouse State (H_NGM_N BKS, 2012). He received an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 1913, Bateau, Forklift Ohio, ILK, Interrupture, Court Green and elsewhere. He serves as an Assistant Editor for YesYes Books, co-curates The Dollhouse Reading Series, and is Editor-in-Chief of Pinwheel. He lives in Seattle, WA.
C. Dylan Bassett is from Las Vegas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Anti-, Exit 7, the Christian Century, the Pinch, Salamander, Steam Ticket, Tar River Poetry and elsewhere. He is the winner of an Academy of America Poet’s Prize, and the recipient of the 2012 Morrie Moss Fellowship to study poetry in Spain.

Carrie Lorig has been a word just under the desert, a bee hive hidden in South Korea, a blue bone in the middle, and a bike messenger. she lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Russ Woods is a librarian in Chicago. He poetry-edits Red Lightbulbs. His roots are falling out. His first book, Wolf Doctors, is forthcoming from Artifice Books.

Chris Smith recently graduated with an MFA in poetry from Cleveland State University and the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. His poem “The Classroom” won a 2011 AWP Intro Journal award and is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol. Other work has appeared in Booth and Umbrella Factory. Formally an assistant at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and poetry editor for Whiskey Island, he spent the summer in New York City attending the Columbia Publishing Course and is currently looking everywhere for a job.

Glenn Shaheen is the author of Predatory (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011). His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The New Republic, Subtropics, and elsewhere. He lives in Michigan, where he serves as Editor for NANO Fiction and Poetry Editor for Third Coast.

Jeff Downey lives in Bangor, Maine and will soon start substitute teaching. He plays trivia Monday nights at Ipanema with primary care physicians from Eastern Maine Medical Center. Other recent poems of his can be found in Thermos, Mountain Gazette, and Cutbank, where he recently won the Patricia Goedicke Prize for Poetry.

Laurie Saurborn Young is a poet, writer and photographer. She is the author of Carnavoria, a book of poems, published by H_NGM_N BKS. She holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and studied in the Program for Poets and Writers at UMASS-Amherst.

Lily Ladewig is the author of The Silhouettes (SpringGun Press, 2012) and co-author, with Anne Cecelia Holmes, of the e-chapbook I Am A Natural Wonder (Blue Hour Press, 2011). She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Liz Hildreth’s poems, translations, and essays have been published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, McSweeney’s, Parthenon West, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Forklift, Ohio, among other places. She lives in Chicago and works as a writer for an education company.

Rachael Katz is an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work has appeared in Knee-Jerk, Escape into Life, and Prick of the Spindle, and is forthcoming in Jellyfish Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel. Her interests include the expanded genre, marginalia, radical pedagogy, polymathic jellyfish, and the book as art object.

Wayne Miller is the author of three poetry collections, most recently The City, Our City (Milkweed, 2011), which was a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award and the Rilke Prize. He also translated Moikom Zeqo’s I Don’t Believe in Ghosts (BOA, 2007) and co-edited both New Enropean Poets (Graywolf, 2008; w/Kevin Prufer) and Tamura Ryuichi: On the Life & Work of a 20th Century Master (Pleiades Unsung, 2011; w/Takako Lento). Wayne lives in Kansas City and teaches at the University of Central Missouri, where he edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing (& Reviews). In 2013 he will be the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar of Creative Writing at Queen’s University Belfast.

Mike Wall is in the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His poems have appeared in Jellyfish Magazine and Interrupture and are forthcoming in The New Megaphone.

Adam Fell is the author of I Am Not a Pioneer, published in 2011 by H_NGM_N Books, and the chapbook Ten Keys to Being a Champion On and Off the Field (H_NGM_N, 2010), which is available as a free pdf here. His work has appeared in Forklift, Ohio; H_ngm_n; Diagram; Tin House; Crazyhorse; notnostrums; Sixth Finch; Ink Node; and Fou; among others. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison & the Iowa Writers’ Workshop & teaches at Edgewood College in Madison, WI, where he also co-curates the Monsters of Poetry reading series.

Hannah Gamble is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series and to be published by Fence in 2012. Her poems and interviews appear or are forthcoming in APR, jubilat, The Laurel Review, Indiana Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere. She teaches African American Literature at Prairie State College and lives in Chicago.

Jenny Sadre-Orafai is the author of the chapbooks–Weed Over Flower, What Her Hair Says About Her, and Dressing the Throat Plate (forthcoming). Her poetry has appeared in: H_NGM_N, Poemeleon, Jet Fuel Review, Wicked Alice, can we have our ball back?, FRiGG, Dash, Boxcar Poetry Review, Caesura, Gargoyle, and other journals. Sadre-Orafai’s prose has appeared or is forthcoming in: The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review, South Loop Review, Ships that pass, Airplane Reading, The Written Wardrobe, and numerous anthologies. She is Senior Poetry Editor for JMWW, Atlanta Regional Editor for Coldfront Magazine, and an Assistant Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson‘s recent and new books are Selenography (Sidebrow 2010), Swamp Isthmus (Black Ocean 2013), and The Courier’s Archive & Hymnal (Sidebrow 2014). He lives in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona and is an editor of Letter Machine Editions and The Volta.

Justin Bigos is a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at the University of North Texas, where he also reads and interviews for the American Literary Review. His poems have appeared in magazines including Slice, The Collagist, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, and Indiana Review.

Kristen Evans is assistant managing editor of jubilat. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in recent issues of THERMOS, H_NGM_N, Dark Sky Magazine, and GlitterPony. She reviews poetry for Kenyon Review Online and lives in Northampton, MA.

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 band Travel.

Molly Brodak is the author of A Little Middle of the Night (U of Iowa Press, 2010) and the chapbook The Flood (Coconut Books, 2012), and is the 2011–13 Poetry Fellow at Emory University.

Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of Sixth Finch. His poems can be found in Octopus, notnostrums, esque, H_NGM_N and other journals.

Sarah Bartlett lives in Portland, OR. She is the co-author of two chapbook collaborations: Baby On The Safe Side (Publishing Genius in 2011) and A Mule-Shaped Cloud (horse less press 2008). Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Eleven Eleven, Phantom Limb, Heavy Feather Review, Spork, Sixth Finch, NOÖ, inter|rupture, Jellyfish, Filter, New Delta Review, Burnside Review, Raleigh Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Curtis Perdue currently lives in Delray Beach, FL where he teaches high school English. His poems have appeared in H_NGM_N, Willow Springs, NOO Journal, Jellyfish, LEVELER, and are forthcoming in Big Bell. He is the founding and principal editor of a new online journal of poetry and art,, and holds an MFA from Emerson College.

Jason Bredle is the author of three books and three chapbooks, most recently Smiles of the Unstoppable and The Book of Evil. His fourth book, Carnival, is forthcoming from the University of Akron Press in spring 2012. He lives in Chicago.

Keith Montesano is the author of the poetry collection Ghost Lights (Dream Horse Press, 2010). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Literary Review, Third Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Blackbird, Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. He currently lives with his wife in New York, where he is a PhD Candidate in English and creative writing at Binghamton University.

Kiik A.K. is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Clara University. He received his MA from UC Davis where his thesis was titled THE JOY OF HUMAN SACRIFICE. He is currently a MFA student at UC San Diego. He was a former editor of The Santa Clara Review and Greenbelt Review. The poems published here are dedicated to the musician and poet, Greg Glazner.

Philip Bice writes and studies Forestry and Animal Ecology in Ames, Iowa.

Luke Bloomfield‘s writing has recently appeared in Barrelhouse, LIT, Forklift, Ohio, Jacket2, BOMB and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, The Duffel Bag, from Factory Hollow Press. He is also an editor for the online journal notnostrums, which is currently on furlough but will return soon. Originally from Massachusetts, he currently teaches baking to preschoolers in Beijing, China.

Mary Biddinger is the author of the poetry collections Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), and O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, 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, Devil’s Lake, diode, Minnesota Review, Puerto del Sol, Redivider, Toad, Waccamaw, 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.

Nick Sturm is a graduate student in the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Aesthetix, Dark Sky, Dinosaur Bees, Forklift, Ohio, H_NGM_N, Hayden’s Ferry, Inknode, Red Lightbulbs, Secret Journal, and Sixth Finch. He is associate editor of YesYes Books and curator of THE BIG BIG MESS READING SERIES.

Rebecca Givens Rolland has poems published or forthcoming in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Witness, Cincinnati Review, American Letters & Commentary, Zoland Poetry, and a range of other journals and fiction forthcoming in J Journal. Currently she lives in Boston and is a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her website is

Ted Powers lives in Northampton and attends UMass-Amherst. His poems have appeared in Strange Machine, NOO Journal, GlitterPony, Jellyfish, and Sixth Finch, among others.

Traci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (forthcoming from W.W. Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Slate, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She was the 2008-09 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and currently teaches at Western Michigan University, where she is a doctoral associate and King/Chávez/ParksFellow.
David Bartone was born in Toms River, New Jersey in 1980. He has recent poems in Oh No, Thermos, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, and others, and a chapbook, Spring Logic, at H_NGM_N. He lives in Amherst, Ma.

Dot Devota is from a family of ranchers and rodeo stars. Her poems can be found in Missouri among the red clover.

J. P. Dancing Bear is the author of Family of Marsupial Centaurs (2011, Iris Press). His eleventh collection will be published by Salmon Poetry in 2012. His poems have been published in Mississippi Review, Third Coast, DIAGRAM, Verse Daily, and many other publications. He is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press. Bear also hosts the weekly hour-long poetry show, Out of Our Minds, on public station, KKUP and available as podcasts.

Joe Wilkins is the author of a forthcoming memoir-in-fragments, The Mountain and the Fathers (Counterpoint 2012) and a collection of poems, Killing the Murnion Dogs (Black Lawrence Press 2011). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, Harvard Review, the Sun, Orion, and Slate, among other magazines and literary journals. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Iowa, where he teaches writing at Waldorf College

Leora Fridman is a writer, translator and educator living in Massachusetts. Her recent and forthcoming publications are included in Denver Quarterly, Shampoo, Sixth Finch, H_NGM_N, and others. She is an MFA candidate at the UMass Amherst Program for Poets and Writers where she is an Assistant Director of the Juniper Institute and co-curates the Jubilat/Jones Reading Series.

Mark Rahe received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his poems have appeared in Gutcult, la fovea, Notnostrums, Painted Bride Quarterly, Sixth Finch, and other literary journals. Marc lives in Iowa City and works for a human services agency. His first collection of poems, The Smaller Half, was published by Rescue+Press in 2010.

Matthew Guenette is the author of two collections of poetry: American Busboy (U. of Akron Press, 2011) and Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008). He lives, works, and loses sleep in Madison, WI.

Natasha Kessler lives in Omaha and is currently finishing her MFA in poetry at the University of Nebraska. She co-edits the online poetry journal Strange Machine. Her work has appeared in many journals, such as RealPoetik, Sixth Finch, Blue Mesa Review, and is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins and Red Lightbulbs.

Nate Pritts is the author of the five books of poems, most recently Sweet Nothing. His poetry & prose have been widely published, both online & in print, at places like Columbia Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, Forklift Ohio, Boston Review & Rain Taxi where he frequently contributes reviews. He is the founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press. Find him online at

Rebecca Hazelton received an MFA from Notre Dame and a PhD from Florida State University. She recently completed a fellowship year as the Jay C. and Ruth Hall Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will be teaching at Beloit College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, webConjunctions, FIELD, and others.
Zachary Schomburg is the author of The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009), a dvd of poem-films, Little Blind Thing (Poor Claudia 2010), and two forthcoming books of poems. He co-edits Octopus Books and Octopus Magazine. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Bruce Bond’s most recent collections of poetry include Choir of the Wells (A trilogy of three books; Etruscan, forthcoming), The Visible (LSU, forthcoming), Peal (Etruscan, 2009), and Blind Rain (Finalist, The Poet’s Prize, LSU, 2008).   Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and Poetry Editor for American Literary Review

Born and raised in Iowa, Daniel Khalastchi is a first-generation Iraqi Jewish American.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University. His first collection of poetry, Manoleria (2011), was awarded the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Prize, and his poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Kenyon Reviewjubilat, and Denver Quarterly.  He lives in Milwaukee where he is also the co-editor of Rescue Press.

Kara Candito is the author of Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press), winner of the 2008 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Her work has appeared in such journals as AGNI, BlackbirdThe Kenyon ReviewGulf Coast, and The Rumpus. A recipient of scholarships from The Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she is co-chair of VIDA’s Outreach Committee and an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville (

Joe Hall‘s first book of poems is Pigafetta Is My Wife (Black Ocean Press 2010). His poetry and fiction have appeared in Gulf Coast, HTML Giant, Barrelhouse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Zone 3 and elsewhere. With Wade Fletcher he co-organizes the DC area reading series Cheryl’s Gone. He no longer lives in a trailer park.

Adam Day is the recipient of a 2010 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha. He is the winner of a 2011 Pushcart Prize, and has been nominated for a 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award. His work has appeared in the The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, AGNI, American Poetry Review, Guernica, Verse Daily, The Iowa Review, BOMB, and elsewhere, and included in Best New Poets 2008. He is the recipient of a Kentucky Arts Council grant. He coordinates The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia, and is an editor for the literary journals, Memorious and Catch Up.

Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago.  His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, Boston Review, Fence, Gulf Coast, Iowa Review, Lana Turner, LIT, Poetry, Washington Square, and WEB CONJUNCTIONS.  His manuscript is called THE 580 STROPHES.

Ezekiel Black is a lecturer of English at Gainesville State College. Before this appointment, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry and reviews have appeared in Verse, Sonora Review, GlitterPony, Skein, Invisible Ear, Tomfoolery Review, Tarpaulin Sky, InDigest, Drunken Boat, CutBank, and elsewhere. He lives in Oakwood, Georgia and edits the audio poetry journal Pismire.

Franz Wright’s most recent works include Wheeling Motel, Earlier Poems, God’s Silence, and Walking to Martha’s Vineyard (which won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry). He has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship, and the PEN/ Voelcker Award for Poetry, among other honors. He currently lives in Waltham, Massachusetts, with his wife, the translator and writer Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright.

Sally Delehant is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Her work can be found in Calaveras, The Columbia Poetry Review and The Cultural Society. Sally has recently moved to Chicago where she works in commercial real estate and, of course, writes poetry.

Susan Tichy is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Gallowglass (2010) and Bone Pagoda (2007), both from Ahsahta Press. Her poems and mixed-genre works have appeared widely in the U.S. and Britain, and have been recognized by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other awards. Since 1988 she has taught in the Graduate Writing Program at George Mason University. When not teaching, she lives in a ghost town in the Colorado Rockies.

Marc Rahe received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and his poems have appeared in Gutcult, la fovea, Notnostrums, Painted Bride Quarterly, Sixth Finch, and other literary journals. Marc lives in Iowa City and works for a human services agency. His first collection of poems, The Smaller Half, was published by Rescue+Press in 2010.

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. Recent poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Harpur Palate, and elsewhere.

Anna Journey is the author of the collection, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. Her poems are published in a number of journals, including American Poetry Review, FIELD, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, and Shenandoah, and her essays appear in At Length, Blackbird, Notes on Contemporary Literature, Parnassus, and Plath Profiles. Journey holds a Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston, and she recently received a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California and for PEN Center USA.

Anne Barngrover is a recent graduate of Florida State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Her work can be found in Caper Literary Journal, Big Lucks and The Houston Literary Review, among others. She currently teaches and writes in Tallahassee, Florida.

Emily Toder is a translator, archivist, and letterpress printer. She is the author of the chapbook Brushes With and the translator of The Life and Memoirs of Dr. Pi, a work of fiction. She lives and birds in Northampton, Mass.

Jeff Hipsher is the founding member of the artist collective The Gold County Paper Mill. His work, under the name Jak Cardini, has previously appeared in Caketrain, elimae, The Alice Blue Review and others. In 2010 he recieved an honorable mention in Sarabande’s Flo Gault Poetry Prize. He is the head editor of Catch Up ( ), a journal of comics and literature.

Jennifer Perrine’s first collection of poems, The Body Is No Machine (New Issues, 2007), won the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Her second book, In the Human Zoo (University of Utah Press, 2011), received the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. Perrine lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where she teaches creative writing and gender studies at Drake University, works as a yoga wellness coach, and organizes the Younger American Poets Reading Series.

A native of Iowa City, Josh Fomon is a second-year MFA student at the University of Montana and serves as Editor in Chief of CutBank. He has poems forthcoming from Caketrain.

Mary Ruefle’s latest book is Selected Poems (Wave Books, 2010). A collection of her lectures, Madness, Rack and Honey, will be published by Wave in the fall of 2012.

Zach Savich is the author of three books of poetry, including The Firestorm, and a collection of lyric prose, Events Film Cannot Withstand.

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (Counterpoint 2012) and a collection of poems, Killing the Murnion Dogs (Black Lawrence Press 2011). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in the Georgia Review, the Southern Review, Harvard Review, the Sun, Orion, and Slate, among other magazines and literary journals. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in Iowa, where he teaches writing at Waldorf College.

Sean Bishop is the Associate Creative Writing Program Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where from 2010–2011 he was the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow. From 2008–2010 he was the managing editor of Gulf Coast, and in 2007 he was a recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Forklift Ohio, Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry, and elsewhere.

Matthew Guenette is the author of two collections of poetry: American Busboy (U. of Akron Press, 2011) and Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008). He lives, works, and loses sleep in Madison, WI.

Stephen Danos earned an MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry from Columbia College Chicago, where he was the recipient of a Follett Fellowship and the Eileen Lannan Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio, Court Green, Lo-Ball, Bateau, and Juked.