Photo by Deborah Springstead Ford
      Photo by Deborah Springstead Ford

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 She tweets at @SurlyAcres.


Read Liz Ahl’s poems in the May 2016 issue.


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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.


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Photo by Jeff SirkinAndrea 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.


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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.


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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.


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Meriwether ClarkeMeriwether 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.


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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.


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Brittany DennisonBrittany 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.


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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.


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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


Read Jerry Garcia’s poems in the December 2016 issue.


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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 ReviewZYZZYVACrazyhorsediode, VOLTThe RumpusFANZINEBeloit Poetry JournalBarrow 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


Read Rae Gouirand’s poems in the March 2017 issue.


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Matt HartMatt 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 BellCincinnati ReviewColdfrontColumbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard ReviewJam Tarts MagazinejubilatKenyon 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.


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Mark HaunschildMark 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.


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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.


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Simon KimSimon Kim
lives in Chicago with his cat, Prince.








Read Simon Kim’s poems in the October 2017 issue.


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Krut 2 BWRobert 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


Read Robert Krut’s poems in the March 2016 issue.


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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.


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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 HubbubPoetry 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.


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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.


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HeadshotPatricia 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.


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sarah_papeSarah 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:


Twitter: @sarah_pape

Instagram: @sarahkpape


Read Sarah Pape’s poems in the April 2016 issue.

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Todd RobinsonTodd 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.

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Jordan StemplemanJordan 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.




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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.

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A dozen poets. One a month. Nothing more.