CHRISTOPHER J. ADAMSON
Christopher J. Adamson is a California-based poet, critic, and essayist. His writing has appeared in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and publications including ZYZZYVA, Boston Review, Tammy, and Southwest Review. This fall he will join the PhD program in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California. Read more at christopherjadamson.com.
Read Christopher J. Adamson’s poems in the June 2018 issue.
Liz Ahl is the author of three poetry collections: Talking About the Weather (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012), Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), and A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, which won the 2008 Slapering Hol chapbook prize. A fourth chapbook, Home Economics, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press in summer 2016. Her poems have also appeared in dozens of literary journals and anthologies, most recently in Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, Bloom, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review. She has been awarded residencies at the Playa Artist Residency Program, the Vermont Studio Center, the Jentel Artist Residency Program, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. In 2015, she was awarded the Moondancer Fellowship (for writing about nature/the environment) by the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She teaches writing at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. You can learn more about Liz and read more of her work at https://lizahl.wordpress.com. She tweets at @SurlyAcres.
Read Liz Ahl’s poems in the May 2016 issue.
Rosa Alcalá is the author of three books of poetry, Undocumentaries and The Lust of Unsentimental Waters, both from Shearsman Books (2010 & 2011), and M(y)Other Tongue (forthcoming 2017, Futurepoem Books). Her poetry has also appeared in a number of anthologies, including Stephen Burt’s The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard UP, 2016) and Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath, 2014). The recipient of an NEA Translation Fellowship, she has translated poetry by Lila Zemborain, Lourdes Vázquez, and others, and her translations appear in The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry. Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), which she edited, was runner-up for a PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Born and raised in Paterson, NJ, she now lives in El Paso, TX, where she teaches in the Department of Creative Writing and Bilingual MFA Program at the University of Texas-El Paso.
Read Rosa Alcalá’s poems in the February 2017 issue.
The author of a short poetic biography of the French avant-garde composer Erik Satie, a short essay collection focusing on The Notorious B.I.G. and skateboarding, and a poetry collection–THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST–that Rain Taxi deemed “immensely fresh and playful…rooted in a childlike antiquity,” Jeff Alessandrelli lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also runs the vinyl record-only poetry label Fonograf Ed. and co-produces the music/writing radio show/podcast The Steer. Recent work by him appears/is forthcoming in The American Poetry Review and The Hong Kong Review of Books.
Read Jeff Alessandrelli’s poems in the January 2019 issue.
Ivy Alvarez’s poetry collections include The Everyday English Dictionary, Disturbance, and Mortal. Her latest is Diaspora: Volume L (Paloma Press, 2019). A Fellow of MacDowell Colony (US), and Hawthornden (UK), her work is widely published and anthologised (twice in Best Australian Poems), with poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. Born in the Philippines and raised in Australia, she lived in Wales for almost a decade, before arriving in New Zealand in 2014. ivyalvarez.com
Read Ivy Alvarez’s poems in the March 2020 issue.
JOSÉ ANGEL ARAGUZ
José Angel Araguz is the author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear (Floricanto Press) and Small Fires (FutureCycle Press). His poems, prose, and reviews have appeared in Crab Creek Review, Prairie Schooner, The Windward Review, and The Bind. A CantoMundo fellow, he runs the poetry blog The Friday Influence and teaches English and creative writing at Linfield College.
Read José Angel Araguz’s poems in the January 2018 issue.
makalani bandele is an Affrilachian Poet. His work has been published in several anthologies and widely in print and online journals. He is the author of under the aegis of a winged mind, awarded the 2019 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize. The poems in this issue belong to an unpublished manuscript entitled vandals of knock city. Other poems from the manuscript have been published or are forthcoming in Ocean State Review, Inverted Syntax, and Posit.
Read Makalani Bandele’s poems in the February 2021 issue.
COLLEEN LOUISE BARRY
Read Colleen Louise Barry’s poems in the November 2020 issue.
ANDREA BLANCAS BELTRAN
Andrea Blancas Beltran is from El Paso, Texas. Her work has recently been selected for publication in Fog Machine, Gramma, H_NGM_N, Entropy, Pilgrimage, & others. She’s the associate editor for MIEL. You can find her @drebelle.
Photo by Howard Romero
Read Andrea Blancas Beltran’s poems in the August 2017 issue.
Claire Bowman is the author of a chapbook titled Dear Creatures (Sutra Press, 2017). She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers, and her work can be found in Black Warrior Review, Narrative Magazine, and The Volta, among other places. Claire works as the Senior Editor at Host Publications, where she also produces a literary podcast called The Host Dispatch. She moonlights as a tarot reader and teacher with Typewriter Tarot in Austin. Follow her on instagram @clairethepoet.
Read Claire Bowman’s poems in the April 2021 issue.
Susan Briante is the author of three books of poetry: Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press 2007), Utopia Minus (Ahsahta Press 2011), and The Market Wonders (Ahsahta Press 2016). She is an associate professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona.
Read Susan Briante’s poems in the April 2017 issue.
PAUL HANSON CLARK
Paul Hanson Clark is a poet living in Nebraska. He works as a doughmaker at a cookie shoppe and as a web editor for a literary magazine. He also makes drawings and writes songs. He runs an audio zine MERRILY MERRILY MERRILY MERRILY. Please send a recording!!!!
Read Paul Hanson Clark’s poems in the October 2016 issue.
Meriwether Clarke is a poet and educator living in Los Angeles, California. Recent poems can be seen in The Journal, Juked, The Superstition Review, Leveler, Memorious, Prelude, Salt Hill, The Blueshift Review, and elsewhere. She currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Entropy.
Read Meriwether Clarke’s poems in the November 2017 issue.
Brian Clifton co-edits Bear Review. He is a PhD. student at the University of North Texas. His work can be found in: Pleiades, Guernica, Cincinnati Review, Salt Hill, Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other magazines. He is an avid record collector and curator of curiosities.
Read Brian Clifton’s poems in the September 2018 issue.
John Deming is author of Headline News (Indolent Books, Fall 2017) and Editor in Chief of Coldfront. His poems and articles have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Salon, New Orleans Review and elsewhere. He lives in New York City, where he directs the Writing Center at LIM College and co-curates KGB Monday Night Poetry.
Read John Deming’s poems in the July 2017 issue.
Brittany Dennison is a poet from St. Louis and Seattle, and currently lives in New York where she works at New Directions. She has poems forthcoming in The Literary Review and Electric Literature, and has been published in Gramma, The West Wind Review, Abraham Lincoln, and Pacifica Literary Review.
Read Brittany Dennison’s poems in the December 2017 issue.
Gabriel Dozal is from El Paso, TX. He received his MFA in poetry from The University of Arizona. His work appears in Guernica, The Iowa Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Literary Review, Hunger Mountain, and The Volta.
Read Gabriel Dozal’s poems in the July 2020 issue.
K.M. English lives with her family in Sacramento, CA. She has worked in restaurants, gardens, academia, and New Orleans public schools. You can find recent poems in cream city review, Sycamore Review, Matter, Berkeley Poetry Review, and other places. She just completed her first poetry collection, WAVE SAYS.
Read K.M. English’s poems in the November 2016 issue.
Jerry Garcia is a poet, photographer and filmmaker from Los Angeles, California. His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies including The Chiron Review, Askew, Lummox, and Slipstream Magazine. He has written two books of poetry, the full length collection On Summer Solstice Road (Green Tara Press 2016) and his chapbook, Hitchhiking with the Guilty (GND Productions 2010.) He is a past director of the Valley Contemporary Poets
and former President of Beyond Baroque’s board of trustees in Venice California. He has been a producer, editor and post production supervisor of television commercials, documentaries and motion picture previews. Jerry lives in Studio City, CA with his wife Becky and their poetic dog, Japhy Ryder. For more information visit www.gratefulnotdead.com.
Read Jerry Garcia’s poems in the December 2016 issue.
Knox Gardner is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Entre Ríos Books. His debut full-length, Woodland, in collaboration with Aaron Otheim, was a CLMP Firecracker Award finalist for the best small press poetry book in 2019.
Read Knox Gardner’s poems in the January 2021 issue.
Rae Gouirand’s first collection of poetry, Open Winter, was the winner of the Bellday Prize, an Independent Publisher Book Award, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award, and a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, Audre Lorde Award, and California Book Award for poetry. Her work has appeared most recently in American Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, Crazyhorse, diode, VOLT, The Rumpus, FANZINE, Beloit Poetry Journal, Barrow Street, a Distinguished Poet feature for The Inflectionist Review, and the anthology Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation. She has founded numerous longrunning workshops in poetry and prose in northern California and online, and serves as a lecturer in the Department of English at UC-Davis. She is currently at work on her third collection of poems and a work of nonfiction. For more, see allonehum.wordpress.com
Read Rae Gouirand’s poems in the March 2017 issue.
Kate Greene is a poet and essayist living in New York City.
(Author Photo by Dia Felix)
Read Kate Greene’s poems in the July 2019 issue.
Raquel Gutiérrez is a writer of personal essays, memoir, art criticism, and poetry. An adult child of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants, she was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in Tucson, Arizona where she is a semester away from completing an MFA in Poetry and Non-Fiction from the University of Arizona. Raquel is a 2017 recipient of the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She also runs the tiny press, Econo Textual Objects (est. 2014), which publishes intimate works by QTPOC poets. Her poetry and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Open Space, The New Inquiry, Zocaló Public Square, and other venues. For more info, click here: raquelgutierrez.net/.
Read Raquel Gutiérrez’s poems in the April 2019 issue.
Matt Hart is the author of several books of poems, including Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012), Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N Books, 2013), and Radiant Action (forthcoming, H_NGM_N Books, 2016). Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous print and online journals, including The Academy of American Poets online, Big Bell, Cincinnati Review, Coldfront, Columbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard Review, Jam Tarts Magazine, jubilat, Kenyon Review online, Lungfull!, and POETRY Magazine, among others. His awards include a Pushcart Prize, a 2013 individual artist grant from The Shifting Foundation, and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. 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.
Read Matt Hart’s poems in the February 2016 issue.
Kyle Harvey is the author of the poetry collection, Hyacinth, a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in American Life in Poetry, Dirty Chai, Dream Pop, Empty Mirror, Entropy, Heavy Feather Review, HOUSEGUEST, Metatron, Pilgrimage, Pith, Poems-For-All, SHAMPOO, Think Journal, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and elsewhere. He has published two serial poems, July and Farewell Materials (Lithic Press), as well as a package of broadsides titled The Alphabet’s Book of Colors (Reality Beach). He is working on a documentary film about Jack Mueller called Portolano, a manuscript titled The Alphabet That Never Recovers, and a translation of Camino del Ñielol by Chilean poet Teófilo Cid. He lives with his wife and children in Fruita, Colorado, where he manages Lithic Bookstore & Gallery and designs books for Lithic Press.
Read Kyle Harvey’s poems in the May 2018 issue.
Mark Haunschild teaches writing at Arizona State University, where he serves as the faculty advisor of poetry for Superstition Review. His recent poetry appears in Elke “A Little Journal”, The Squaw Valley Review, Waxwing, Watershed Review, and The Drunken Boat. He is also a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Originally from Paradise, California, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his partner, their horse-sized dog, Odysseas, and a small flock of chickens.
Read Mark Haunschild’s poems in the September 2017 issue.
ELIZABYTH A. HISCOX
Elizabyth A. Hiscox is the author of Inventory from a One-Hour Room. She served as Poet-in-Residence at Durham University (UK) and is recipient of Arizona Commission on the Arts and Vermont Studio Center Grants. Also selected for the Seventh Avenue Streetscape public-art initiative, her poetry was displayed on a central-Phoenix billboard for a year in conjunction with the city’s First Friday art walks. Hiscox holds an MFA from Arizona State University and a PhD from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She has taught writing in England, the Czech Republic, and Spain and currently instructs at Western State Colorado University where she is founding director of the Contemporary Writer Series.
Read Elizabyth A. Hiscox’s poems in the August 2016 issue.
Rebecca Hoogs is the author of Self-Storage (Stephen F. Austin University Press) which was a finalist for the 2013 Washington State Book Award in Poetry, and a chapbook, Grenade (GreenTower Press). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, AGNI, FIELD, Crazyhorse, Zyzzyva, The Journal, Poetry Northwest, The Florida Review, Cincinnati Review, and others. She won the 2010 Southeast Review poetry contest and is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Artist Trust of Washington State. She is the Associate Director for Seattle Arts & Lectures and occasionally co-directs and teaches in the summer Creative Writing in Rome program for the University of Washington.
Read Rebecca Hoog’s poems in the November 2018 issue.
Amanda Huckins is becoming overconfident in fighting for the inexplicable realities we all deserve. She’s technically inefficient. She’s an information conduit, mainly. The information often makes her cry pretty hard as it speeds through the chunk of the grid that is her.
(Author Photo by Rachael Wolfe)
Read Amanda Huckins’ poems in the March 2018 issue.
LUISA A. IGLORIA
Luisa A. Igloria is one of two Co-Winners of the 2019 Crab Orchard Poetry Open competition for her manuscript Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press in 2020). In 2015, she was the inaugural winner of the Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. Former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey selected her chapbook What is Left of Wings, I Ask as the 2018 recipient of the Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Prize. Other works include The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), and 12 other books. She is a Louis I. Jaffe Endowed Professor and University Professor of English and Creative Writing, and teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015.
Read Luisa A. Igloria’s poems in the September 2019 issue.
James Jay has worked as a bartender, a wildland firefighter, book seller, surveyor, and furniture mover. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where he has taught poetry at the jail, the public schools, Northern Arizona University, and given Irish Literature lectures at Northern Arizona Celtic Festival. For nine years, he wrote the “Bartender Wisdom” bi-monthly column in Flag Live. He owns a bar, Uptown Pubhouse, with his wife, the musician Alyson Jay. They have two sons, Wilson and Henry and two dogs, Neville and Digby (they’re a wily pack).
When not writing, working at the bar, and running with the kids and dogs, James Jay plays the ancient Irish game of hurling as a half-forward for the Flagstaff Mountain Hounds. Recently, he received the Copper Quill Award, and his poetry has been featured regularly on National Public Radio’s Poetry Friday on KNAU. His third collection of poems, Barman, was recently published by Gorsky Press.
Read James Jay’s poems in the August 2020 issue.
EMILY KENDAL FREY
Emily Kendal Frey is the author of The Grief Performance and Sorrow Arrow. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a teacher and therapist.
Read Emily Kendal Frey’s poems in the January 2020 issue.
Ashley Keyser has published poetry in Copper Nickel, Pleiades, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Florida’s MFA program and former Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine, she lives in Chicago.
Read Ashley Keyser’s poems in the May 2019 issue.
Simon Kim lives in Chicago with his cat, Prince.
Read Simon Kim’s poems in the October 2017 issue.
Robert Krut is the author of This is the Ocean (Bona Fide Books, Winner of the 2012 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize), as well as The Spider Sermons (BlazeVox, 2009). His poems have appeared in numerous journals, both in print and online. A chapbook, Theory of the Walking Big Bang, was published by H-ngm-n Books in 2007; subsequently, he began serving on the press/journal’s Editorial Board. He lives in Los Angeles, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Barbara. More information can be found at www.robert-krut.com.
Read Robert Krut’s poems in the March 2016 issue.
Krystal Languell lives in Chicago, where she works for the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of three books: Call the Catastrophists (BlazeVox, 2011), Gray Market (1913 Press, 2016), and Quite Apart (University of Akron Press, forthcoming 2019). She was an adjunct in New York City for seven years.
Read Krystal Languell’s poems in the February 2019 issue.
Raina J. León, PhD, CantoMundo fellow, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006) and member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, has been published in numerous journals as a writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). She has received fellowships and residencies with Macondo, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, among others. She is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California. She recently completed a teaching poet residency at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and will be the 2019 curator for the Community Voices summer program and Fall 2019 mentor for the Poet-in-residency program. She is currently curating a poetry series at The Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive in celebration of the 10th anniversary of The Acentos Review and Latinx arts.
Read Raina León’s poems in the March 2019 issue.
Denis Mair holds an M.A. in Chinese from Ohio State University and has taught at University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a research fellow at Hanching Academy, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan. He translated autobiographies by the philosopher Feng Youlan (Hawaii University Press) and the Buddhist monk Shih Chen-hua (SUNY Press). His translation of art criticism by Zhu Zhu was published by Hunan Fine Arts Press (2009). He has translated poetry by Yan Li, Mai Cheng, Meng Lang, Luo Ying, Jidi Majia, Yang Ke, and others. He also translated essays by design critic Tang Keyang and art historian Lü Peng for exhibitions they curated respectively in 2009 and 2011 at the Venice Biennial. (See Lü Peng, From San Servolo to Amalfi, Charta Books, Milan, 2011).
Read Denis Mair’s poems in the September 2016 issue.
J.W. Marshall opened Open Books, a poetry-only bookstore in Seattle, in 1995. He sold the store to long-time customer and poet Billie Swift in 2016 and is very pleased that it carries on. His poetry collection, Meaning a Cloud, won the Field Poetry Prize and was published by Oberlin College Press. Most recently he has had poetry published in Hubbub, Poetry Northwest, and Volta, and a prose remembrance of the poet Lucia Perillo published in the on-line journal Seattle Review of Books. He is currently collaborating on a play with his partner Christine Deavel, to be published in 2018 by Entre Rios Press. He also owns and operates a letterset press, occasionally publishing broadsides as Function Press and chapbooks as Cash Machine.
Read J.W. Marshall’s poems in the June 2017 issue.
Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine Editions) and of several chapbooks including My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta). His second full-length collection, The Real Horse, is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press. Matuk serves on the poetry editorial team at FENCE, on the board of the conference Thinking Its Presence: Race + Writing + Art, and he teaches on the MFA faculty at the University of Arizona.
Read Farid Matuk’s poems in the May 2017 issue.
Lupe Mendez is a Poet/ Educator/ Activist, CantoMundo, Macondo & Emerging Poet Incubator Fellow, and co-founder of the Librotraficante Caravan. He works with Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say to promote poetry events, advocate for literacy/literature and organize creative writing workshops that are open to the public. He is the founder of Tintero Projects and works with emerging Latinx writers and other writers of color within the Texas Gulf Coast Region, with Houston as its hub. His publishing credits include prose work in Latino Rebels, Houston Free Press, the Kenyon Review, and Norton’s Sudden Fiction Latino: Short Short Stories from the United States and Latin America; and poetry that appears in Huizache, Luna Luna, Pilgramage, Border Senses, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Glass Poetry Journal, and Gulf Coast. His first collection of poetry, Why I Am Like Tequila, is forthcoming from Willow Books.
Read Lupe Mendez’s poems in the August 2018 issue.
J. Miller was born in Kansas. His poetry has appeared in the South Broadway Ghost Society. He currently lives in China, where he enjoys biking around Wuhan’s suburbs.
Read Jon Miller’s poems in the October 2019 issue.
JUAN J. MORALES
Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including Friday and the Year That Followed, The Siren World, and The Handyman’s Guide to End Times (Forthcoming from UNM Press in September 2018). His poetry has appeared in Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, and others. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Department Chair of English & World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Read Juan J. Morales’s poems in the July 2018 issue.
Patricia Colleen Murphy founded Superstition Review at Arizona State University, where she teaches creative writing and magazine production. She won the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award judged by Stephen Dunn, and her poetry collection Hemming Flames will be published by University Press of Colorado in summer 2016. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals, including The Iowa Review, Quarterly West, and American Poetry Review. Her work has received awards from the Associated Writing Programs and the Academy of American Poets, Gulf Coast, Bellevue Literary Review, The Madison Review, Glimmer Train Press, and The Southern California Review. She reviews literary magazines at Lit Mag Lunch and books on Goodreads. A chapter of her memoir-in-progress was published as a chapbook by New Orleans Review.
Read Patricia Murphy’s poems in the January 2016 issue.
Sierra Nelson’s books include The Lachrymose Report (Poetry NW Editions) and, collaborating with artist Loren Erdrich, I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press). Nelson is also president of Seattle’s Cephalopod Appreciation Society and co-founder of performance art collaborations the Vis-à-Vis Society and The Typing Explosion.
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Read Sierra Nelson’s poems in the September 2020 issue.
JIA OAK BAKER
Jia Oak Baker’s poetry chapbooks include Crash Landing in the Plaza of an Unknown City (Dancing Girl Press) and Well Enough to Travel (Five Oaks Press). Her photography has appeared in *82 Review, Lime Hawk, Shrew, Rascal, Thimble Literary Magazine, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and elsewhere. Gravity & Spectacle, a collection of photographs and poems in collaboration with Shawnte Orion, is forthcoming with Tolsun Books in 2020. Jia is the recipient of an artist grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and has been awarded residencies from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and Hedgebrook. To view additional photographs, visit Instagram @violetsky29.
See Jia Oak Baker’s collaborative work with poet Shawnte Orion in the February 2020 issue.
Shawnte Orion attended Paradise Valley Community College for one day. He is the author of two recent collections of poetry: The Existentialist Cookbook (NYQBooks) and Faithful as the Ground (Five Oaks Press). The above poems and images are from Gravity & Spectacle, the upcoming collaboration with photographer Jia Oak Baker for Tolsun Books (April 2020). His poems appear in The Threepenny Review, Barrelhouse, New York Quarterly, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere. He is an editor for Rinky Dink Press and he has performed in bookstores, bars, universities, hair salons, museums, and laundromats. He is modeling a mask that was created by Phoenix artist J.J. Horner.
Read Shawnte Orion’s collaborative work with photographer/poet Jia Oak Baker in the February 2020 issue.
MÓNICA TERESA ORTIZ
Mónica Teresa Ortiz was born and raised in Texas. Her first poetry collection, Muted Blood, was published by Black Radish Books in 2018, and her chapbook, winner of the inaugural Host Publications Prize, Autobiography of a Semiromantic Anarchist, was published in 2019.
Read Mónica Teresa Ortiz’s poems in the April 2020 issue.
Sarah Pape teaches English and works as the Managing Editor of Watershed Review at Chico State. Her poetry and prose has recently been published in Passages North, Ecotone, Crab Orchard Review, Harpur Palate, The Pinch, Smartish Pace, The Collapsar, Pilgrimage, The Squaw Valley Review, The Superstition Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She curates community literary programming and is a member of the Quoin Collective, a local letterpress group. Check out her website for more: www.sarahpape.com.
Read Sarah Pape’s poems in the April 2016 issue.
Rena Priest is a Poet and a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. Her literary debut, Patriarchy Blues, was honored with a 2018 American Book Award. Her most recent collection, Sublime Subliminal, was published by Floating Bridge Press. She is the recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award, and residency fellowships from Hedgebrook, Hawthornden Castle, and Mineral School. She is a National Geographic Explorer and a 2019 Jack Straw Writer. Priest has published work at Verse Daily, poets.org, Poetry Northwest, High Country News, YES! Magazine, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. More at renapriest.com
Read Rena Priest’s poems in the March 2021 issue.
Todd Robinson’s work has perplexed the pages of Sugar House Review, Prairie Schooner, Chiron Review, burntdistrict, Arc Poetry Magazine, Midwest Review, Margie, Southeast Review, Natural Bridge, great weather for MEDIA, and other venues. For the last decade he has taught in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and in various local arts organizations. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he won an Academy of American Poets prize. His first collection of poems, Note at Heart Rock, was published by Main Street Rag Press in 2012. He is a founding member of the Seven Doctors Project, served for a time as vice president of the board of the Backwaters Press, and was recently awarded a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
Read Todd Robinson’s poems in the June 2016 issue.
SAM ROXAS-CHUA 姚
Poet Tyehimba Jess describes Sam Roxas-Chua’s work as, Surreal yet rooted in palpable color and history, this poet’s vision transcends oceans, blends geographies and bleeds a multi-tongued heritage for us to better find ourselves. We need more maps like this in the world, and cartographers of language like Sam. His publications include Fawn Language, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, and Echolalia In Script – A Collection of Asemic Writing. His poems and visual art folios have appeared in various journals including Narrative, december Magazine, and Cream City Review, and his collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won first place in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. Recently an essay/review of his works appeared in The Georgia Review. An interview in Gulf Coast Journal is upcoming. Sam lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Read Sam Roxas-Chua’s poems in the December 2018 issue.
Eileen Rush is a queer Appalachian poet, writer, and narrative designer living in Lexington, KY. She has worked as a journalist, grant writer, social media marketer, and soap seller. All of these jobs have influenced her writing, but some made her feel and smell better than others. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. Her work can be found in Pleiades, The Journal, The Southern Review, and elsewhere.
Read Eileen Rush’s poems in the December 2019 issue.
Kyle Schlesinger is a poet, printer, and professor. A New Kind of Country is forthcoming from Chax Press early in 2020.
Read Kyle Schlesinger’s poems in the August 2019 issue.
Megan Snyder-Camp is the author of The Forest of Sure Things (2010, Tupelo), Wintering (2016, Tupelo) and The Gunnywolf (2016, Bear Star). She is the recipient of fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Djerassi, the 4Culture Foundation, the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, and Hugo House. Poems of hers have appeared on the PBS News Hour and in the Southern Review, Ecotone, The Antioch Review, Field, The Sewanee Review and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle.
Read Megan Snyder-Camp’s poems in the February 2018 issue.
Jordan Stempleman’s eight books of poetry include Wallop and No, Not Today (Magic Helicopter Press). He edits The Continental Review, runs the Common Sense Reading Series, and teaches at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Read Jordan Stempleman’s poems in the July 2016 issue.
Kou Sugita was born in Sapporo, Japan (1994), raised in Oregon, has spent the last several years in the Los Angeles area and Tucson, and currently lives through recurring nightmares he doesn’t remember in Seattle. His work has appeared in TYPO, Juked, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, The Margins, among others, and is forthcoming from The Volta.
Read Kou Sugita’s poems in the November 2019 issue.
Mathias Svalina is the author of seven books, most recently The Depression, a collaboration with the photographer Jon Pack (Civil Coping Mechanisms), & America at Play (Trident Books). He is a founding editor of Octopus Books, & since 2014 has run a dream delivery service:
Read 31 dreams from Mathias Svalina’s Dream Delivery Service in the December 2020 issue.
ADEEBA SHAHID TALUKDER
Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a Pakistani American poet, singer, and translator of Urdu and Persian poetry. She is the author of What Is Not Beautiful (Glass Poetry Press, 2018) and her book Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved, forthcoming through Tupelo Press, is a winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. A Best of the Net finalist and a Pushcart nominee, Adeeba holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and is a Poets House 2017 Emerging Poets Fellow.
Read Adeeba Shahid Talukder’s poems in the October 2018 issue.
Nico Vassilakis writes and draws language. Many of his results can be found online and on his website, Staring Poetics. Nico’s work has been exhibited in visual poetry exhibits around the world. Recent books include Alphabet Noir and In the Breast Pocket of a Fine Overcast Day. He co-edited The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantagraphics Books 2012). He lives in the Bronx with his wife and works as an Occupational Therapy assistant.
Read Nico Vassilakis’ poems in the April 2018 issue.
Miles Waggener is the author of four volumes of poetry: Phoenix Suites, Sky Harbor, Desert Center, and most recently Superstition Freeway, published last year by The Word Works of Washington DC. He has been the recipient of The Washington Prize as well as individual grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council. His poems have appeared widely in such journals as The Antioch Review, Crazyhorse, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Cutbank, Gulfcoast, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. He heads the creative writing program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he has been a faculty member since 2006.
Read Miles Waggener’s poems in the June 2019 issue.
Jason Whitmarsh’s first book, Tomorrow’s Living Room, won the May Swenson Award. His second book, The Histories, was published in 2017 as part of the Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series. He lives in Seattle with his wife and children.
Read Jason Whitmarsh’s poems in the October 2020 issue.
Katie Willingham is the author of Unlikely Designs (University of Chicago Press). Her work has been supported by Vermont Studio Center, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and the Helen Zell Writers Program where she earned her MFA. Her poems can be found in such venues as Kenyon Review, Poem-A-Day, Rhino, The Journal, Third Coast, Indiana Review, and most recently in the anthology The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poems at the Extremes of Feeling, edited by Robert Pinsky. She can be found IRL in Brooklyn, NY and online at katiewillingham.com.
Read Katie Willingham’s poems in the June 2020 issue.
Emily Wolahan lives in San Francisco. She is the author of the poetry collection Hinge (2015). Her poetry has appeared in the Boston Review, the Georgia Review, Oversound, and many other publications. Her prose can be found in Arts & Letters, Among Margins (Ricochet Editions, 2016), and The New Inquiry.
Read Emily Wolahan’s poems in the May 2020 issue.
Matthew Yeager’s poems have appeared in Sixthfinch, Gulf Coast, Minnesota Review, Bat City Review, and elsewhere, as well as Best American Poetry 2005 and Best American Poetry 2010. His short film “A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment” was an official selection at thirteen film festivals, picking up three awards. Other distinctions include the Barthelme Prize in short prose and two MacDowell fellowships. His first book, Like That (Forklift Books, 2016) received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. The co-curator of the long running KGB Monday Night Poetry Series, he has worked in the NY catering industry for thirteen years in various capacities: truck driver, waiter, sanitation assistant, sanitation captain, bartender, bar captain, lead captain.
Read Matthew Yeager’s poems in the January 2017 issue.