Rachel AbramowitzRachel Abramowitz (issue 6, issue 11)'s poems and reviews have appeared in Crazyhorse, Oxonian Review, POOL, jubilat, Sprung Formal, Colorado Review, YEW, and Painted Bride Quarterly. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the University of Oxford, and teaches at Barnard College in New York.

Christopher AdamsonChristopher J. Adamson (issue 9) holds an MFA in poetry from Vanderbilt University, and he is a graduate of both the creative writing and journalism programs at Northwestern University. You can find his works of criticism in Boston Review and some other poems in Prelude, Faultline, and Foothill, among other journals. He lives in Oakland, California.

Anik Adey-BabinskiAnnik Adey-Babinski (issue 6) is a Canadian studying for her MFA in poetry at Florida International University, in Miami. You can find some of her poems in the upcoming issues of Hobart, MOJO, and Salamander. Her Internet address is annika-b.blogspot.com.

Anna AkhmatovaAnna Akhmatova (issue 9) (1889-1966) is one of Russia's powerful twentieth-century modernists, a poet whose influence helped shape the voices of American feminist poets in the 1970s, among others. (Photo: Olga Glebova-Sudeikina left, Akhmatova right)

Nico AlvaradoThe Canadian playwright and poet Nico Alvarado (issue 1, issue 9) overcame debilitating childhood phobias (fear of flutes, fear of gold, fear of the moon) to study mathematics at the Sorbonne and eventually became a widely recognized pioneer in the field of quantitative analysis. After having a vision while paragliding off Mykonos, he abandoned the finance industry and returned to Cape Breton, where he began work on a seven-play cycle called The Decisions, or, White Stars, Green Triangles, No Mountains Appear. It remains unproduced.

Cecco AngiolieriCecco Angiolieri (issue 7) was born in Siena in 1260. He is best known for his sonnet “S’i’ fosse fuoco” [If I were fire, I’d torch the whole world] and his tenzone, or poets’ battle, with Dante. His work is decidedly different in spirit and style from that of Dante and of other dolcestilnuovo poets, and better represents the comic-realistic tradition of lyric poetry. 

Ari BaniasAri Banias (issue 6) is the author of a chapbook, What’s Personal is Being Here With All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). His poems have recently appeared in Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Volta, Subtropics, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, he currently lives in Provincetown, where he is a second-year writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center. 

Khairani BarokkaKhairani Barokka (issue 9), b. Jakarta, 1985, is a writer, poet, artist, and disability and arts (self-)advocate. Among her honors, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow, Emerging Writers Festival’s Inaugural International Writer-In-Residence and Indonesia’s first Writer-In-Residence at Vermont Studio Center. Okka is the writer/performer/producer of “Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee,” a hearing-impaired accessible spoken word/performance art show which premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2014. She was most recently Artist-In-Residence at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia, and begins a PhD at Goldsmiths in September, working on a project further combining writing, art, disability cultures and feminist inquiry. Okka has presented work widely in Asia, the US, Australia, and Europe, and is published in anthologies and literary journals in print and online. She has double-jointed thumbs, and double-jointed big toes. More info at www.khairanibarokka.com. Photo credit: Anggara Mahendra

Kurt BealsKurt Beals (issue 4), b. 1980 in Columbus, Ohio, is a doctoral student in German literature at the University of California, Berkeley. His translation of Anja Utler’s engulf – enkindle, published in 2010 by Burning Deck, was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award and the Best Translated Book Award. His translation of Regina Ullmann’s short-story collection The Country Road is forthcoming from New Directions.

J.P. Dancing BearJ.P Dancing Bear (issue 4) 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 radio station, KKUP and available as podcasts.  He is the author of eleven previous collections of poetry, and his honors include winning the 2002 Slipstream Chapbook Prize, and receiving the 2010 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award for poetry.  His work has appeared in hundreds of publications and anthologies. His twelfth book, The Abandoned Eye, will be released shortly by FutureCycle Press.

Jessica BixelJessica Bixel (issue 7) writes and works in Ohio, the state with the most library visits per capita. Her work has recently found homes with Handsome, Sink Review, District Lit, and Houseguest.

Daniel BoschDaniel Bosch (issue 11) teaches writing at Emory University. Four of his recent versions of poems by German poet Friedrich Hölderlin are legible at intranslation.brooklynrail.org, and his chapbook Octaves is downloadable at birdofbees.com.


deborah brandondeborah brandon (issue 8) lives in Tucson and holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Additional work appears in Ocho, MiPOesias, [PANK], Bombay Gin, Mom Egg Review, Denver Quarterly, Moonshot, Hotel Amerika, Cadillac Cicatrix, Puerto del Sol, Slipstream, and Evergreen Chronicles; and the anthology Writing the Walls Down, published by TransGenre press.

Erika Jo BrownErika Jo Brown (issue 4) is from New York. Her chapbook, What a Lark!, was published by Further Adventures Press in 2011. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Ilk, H_NGM_N, Anomalous, Spork, and Forklift, Ohio. She currently lives in Savannah, GA, where she co-curates the Seersucker Shots poetry reading series.

Lily BrownLily Brown (issue 1) was born and raised in Massachusetts; she currently lives in Athens, Georgia, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing. Her first book, Rust or Go Missing, was recently published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and a new chapbook, Being One, is available from Brave Men Press.


Annah BrowningAnnah Browning (issue 6) lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English in the Program for Writers at University of Illinois-Chicago. Her poems have appeared in Nashville Review, The Superstition Review, Vinyl Poetry, Anti-, Handsome Journal, and elsewhere. Her poem "On Hearing a Childhood Playmate Is on Death Row, Early Spring" was selected by Michael Dickman as the winner of Blue Mesa Review's 2013 poetry contest. Her chapbook, The Marriage, is available from Horse Less Press.

Duncan CampbellDuncan Campbell (issue 6) is a graduate of the MFA program in writing at the University of New Hampshire. His poems have appeared in more than a dozen journals, including burntdistrict, Dirtflask, Halfway Down the Stairs, Ghost Ocean, and Stoneboat. He was the recipient of the Collins Literary Prize in 2010 and the Dick Shea Memorial Award in 2012. He lives in Huguenot, New York and, in addition to work in outdoor education, he co-edits Paper Nautilus.

John CanfieldJohn Canfield (issue 5) grew up in Cornwall, went to university in mid-Wales and now lives in London, which is somewhere in-between. His poems have appeared in Oxford Poetry, Newspaper Taxis: Poetry After The Beatles and the forthcoming Coin Opera II from Sidekick Books.

Pierluigi CappelloPierluigi Cappello (issue 10) was born in 1967 in Gemona del Friuli. He has published seven collections of poetry. Among his awards are the Montale Europa prize (2004), the Bagutta Opera Prima prize (2007), and the prestigious Viareggio-Rčpaci prize (2010) for his collection Mandate a dire all'imperatore (Crocetti 2010). For Rizzoli he has published the volume of selected poems Azzurro elementare, his first narrative work, Questa Libertŕ, which won him the 2014 Terzani prize, and Ogni goccia balla il tango (Every Raindrop Does the Tango), a collection of nursery rhymes for children illustrated by Pia Valentinis. Author photo © Maria Cecilia Camozzi.

Cindy CarlsonCindy Carlson (issue 9) lives, teaches, sings, and writes in Madison, WI. Her work has appeared in Sentence, Shampoo, Bloom, The Madison Review, among other fine literary journals.

Bill CartyBill Carty (issue 4) grew up in Maine and now lives in Seattle, where he teaches at Edmonds Community College, 826 Seattle, and the Richard Hugo House. His chapbook, Refugium, is forthcoming from Alice Blue Books in the fall of 2012.

Wang ChanglingWang Changling (issue 11) (698-756) is one of the most revered poets of the Tang Dynasty, a golden age in Chinese literature. Along with Gao Shi and Wang Zhihuan, Wang Changling participated in the famous Wine Shop competition.

MRB ChelkoMRB Chelko (issue 1) is a recent graduate of The University of New Hampshire's MFA program and Assistant Editor of the unbound journal, Tuesday; An Art Project. She has poems in current or forthcoming issues of AGNI Online; Bateau; Forklift, Ohio; The Laurel Review; Sixth Finch; and Washington Square among others. Chelko has two chapbooks: The World after Czeslaw Milosz (Dream Horse Press, 2011), which won the 2010 Dream Horse Press National Chapbook Prize, and What to Tell the Sleeping Babies (sunnyoutside, 2010). She lives in Central Harlem with her husband, Nick, and dog, Chuck.

Conyer ClaytonConyer Clayton (issue 11) is an Ottawa-based poet who aims to live with compassion, gratitude and awe. You can find her current work both online and in print with Prairie Fire, Bywords, Causeway Lit, and PACE, among many others. For updated news on her poetic endeavors and collaborations, go to facebook.com/ConyerClayton.


Francis CoffinetActor, poet, and multimedia artist Francis Coffinet (issue 10) has published 15 books to date. He works frequently with artists and designers, and collaborates on several literary journals in France and abroad. His poems have been translated into German, Russian, Korean, Bulgarian, Roumanian, Hungarian and Turkish. These are his first poems to be published in the United States.

Ryan CollinsRecent poems by Ryan Collins (issue 4) can be found in H_NGM_N; Jellyfish; Handsome; Spork; DIAGRAM; Smoking Glue Gun; Forklift, Ohio; & the Hell Yes Press cassette anthology 21 Love Poems. He is the drummer for Healing Power & lives in the Illinois Quad Cities.

Daniel CoudrietDaniel Coudriet (issue 9) lives with his wife and son in Richmond, Virginia, and in Carcarańá, Argentina.  He is the author of Say Sand (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010) and a chapbook, Parade (Blue Hour Press, 2012), which can be read here.  His second manuscript of poetry, Lost Parade, was recently named a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry, for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition, and for Omnidawn’s 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize.  “Almost an Island” comes from his current manuscript-in-progress, Museum People. His translation of Argentinean poet Lila Zemborain's Rasgado was awarded an NEA Fellowship, and his poems and translations have made recent appearances in Boston Review, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, jubilat, OmniVerse, Parcel, Washington Square, and elsewhere. 

Hannah CraigHannah Craig (issue 6) lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work has recently appeared in journals such as Post Road, Prairie Schooner, and New Haven Review.

Max CzollekMax Czollek (issue 4b. 1987 in Berlin, attended Jewish school from 1993-2006, studied political science at the Freie Universität, Berlin from 2006-12. His first book, Druckkammern (Pressure Chambers), was published in 2012 by J. Frank. Additional publications in magazines (poet, randnummer, Belletristik) and anthologies.  

Stephen DanosStephen Danos (issue 6) is author of the poetry chapbooks Playhouse State (H_NGM_N Books, 2012) and Gravitational (The New Megaphone, forthcoming). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 1913, American Letters & Commentary, Anti-, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, cream city review, Forklift Ohio, H_NGM_N, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, The Southeast Review, and elsewhere. He is Editor-in-Chief of Pinwheel and serves as Editor-at-Large for YesYes Books.

Nia DaviesNia Davies (issue 5)’s pamphlet Then Spree was published by Salt in 2012. As well as her work with Literature Across Frontiers her current projects include editing the journal Poems in Which with Amy Key, writing blogs and reviews, research into the relationship of listening and sound to poetry and ongoing attempts to learn Turkish. She was born in Sheffield, has lived in Wales and is now based in London. http://niadavies.wordpress.com

Adam DayAdam Day (issue 11) is the author of A Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and is the recipient of a PSA Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. He directs The Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden, Scotland, and Blackacre Nature Preserve.

Shira DentzShira Dentz (issue 9) is the author of two books of poetry, black seeds on a white dish and door of thin skins, and a chapbook, Leaf Weather. Her writing appears and is forthcoming in many journals including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Western Humanities Review, and New American Writing, and and featured in many venues including The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Series, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and is currently Drunken Boat’s Reviews Editor, and teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. More info about her writing can be found at shiradentz.com.

Joshua DiamondA graduate of the Purdue University MFA program, Joshua Diamond (issue 6) has had work published in The Literary Review, The Lumberyard, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, and Western Humanities Review. He currently lives in Akron, Ohio and teaches English at Kent State University. His first book Some Mysterious Influence is forthcoming (early 2014) from Typecast Publishing.

Jeff DowneyJeff Downey (issue 8) lives in Bangor, Maine where he helps curate the Norumbega Reading Series. Some other recent poems of his have been published in Cutbank, Thermos, and Parcel.

Anaďs DuplanAnaďs Duplan (issue 7) was born in Jacmel, Haiti. She is a recent graduate of Bennington College in discourse studies and poetry. In 2013, she attended the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, where she fell madly in love with Jean Valentine and Dan Beachy-Quick. She is also a 2014-2015 member of the HEIMA Collective in Seyđisfjörđur, Iceland. Her sculptural work may be seen at www.worksofanais.com.

Chris EmeryChris Emery (issue 11) has published three collections of poetry, as well as a writer’s guide, an anthology of art and poems, and pocket editions of Emily Brontë, Keats and Rossetti. His work has been widely published in magazines and anthologised. He lives in Cromer, North Norfolk, with his wife and children.


John EstesJohn Estes (issue 6) grew up in Indiana but lives in Ohio where he directs the Creative Writing Program at Malone University in Canton. He is author of Kingdom Come (C&R Press, 2011) and two chapbooks: Breakfast with Blake at the Laocoön (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and Swerve, which won a 2008 National Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in Tin House, Southern Review, Notre Dame Review, Crazyhorse, AGNI and other places.

Amy EvansAmy Evans (issue 5) grew up on the Isle of Wight and lives in London. Her first pamphlet, Collecting Shells, was published by Oystercatcher Press in 2011. Her most recent book is Viersomes, with Nat Raha, Frances Kruk and Becky Cremin (Veer Books, 2012). Amy’s poetry and montages appear in UK and US magazines such as Jacket, Shearsman, M58, and Women’s Study Quarterly, and in the anthologies Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe, 2013), Voice/Absence/Presence (University of Technology Sydney ePress, 2013), In Place of Love and Country (Crater Press, 2013), and Sea Pie (Oystercatcher, 2012). Amy is completing a PhD in twentieth-century American poetry at King’s College London, where she has taught as a Visiting Lecturer. Amy co-edited The Unruly Garden: Robert Duncan & Eric Mottram, Letters & Essays (Peter Lang, 2007) and is currently editing the letters of H.D. and Robert Duncan. She works as a classical singer. 

Maia EvronaMaia Evrona (issue 10)’s poems, as well as excerpts from her memoir on chronic illness, have appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her translations of Abraham Sutzkever were awarded a 2016 Translation Fellowship from the NEA and have appeared in Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review Online and other venues. She also loves to sing.

Jessica FarquharCirca 1982, in a little Louisville neighborhood called Buechel, Jessica Farquhar (issue 4) learned how to write her name at the counter of Fanelli’s, an ice cream parlor owned by her grandparents, which was regulared also by Muhammad Ali. You can find her work in recent or future issues of Catch Up, The Lumberyard, Word Hotel, and Sycamore Review.

Jess FeldmanJess Feldman (issue 8)'s poems have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, The Portland Review, Tuesday; An Art Project, Sun’s Skeleton, and elsewhere. She blogs about her quilting life on The Gift Fox. Jess lives in Queens with Mike Luz and their tiger tabby, Willicus.

Henry FinchHenry Finch (issue 7) was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. His poetry appears in or is forthcoming from The Seattle Review, jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, The Denver Quarterly, VOLT, Wag’s Revue, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Downeast Maine, where he teaches writing and music, and edits Lit Passages.

Brett FosterBrett Foster (issue 7) is the author of two poetry collections, The Garbage Eater (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press) and Fall Run Road, which was awarded Finishing Line Press’s Open Chapbook Prize. His translations of Cecco Angiolieri’s sonnets have appeared in numerous Italianist publications and literary journals, including Italian Poetry Review, Journal of Italian Translation, Yale Italian Poetry, Green Mountains Review, Metamorphoses, Smartish Pace, Tupelo Quarterly, and Unsplendid. One sonnet was awarded the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and appeared in The Evansville Review. A recipient of a PEN American Center translation grant, he is completing Elemental Rebel: The Rime of Cecco Angiolieri, a selected volume of Angiolieri’s poetry in English.

Stephen FrechStephen Frech (issue 10, issue 11) has published a mixed genre chapbook A Palace of Strangers Is No City (2011) and three volumes of poetry, most recently the chapbook The Dark Villages of Childhood (2009). He is also the translator of Menno Wigman's Zwart als kaviaar/Black as Caviar (2012).

G13G13 (issue 4) is a loose collective of Berlin-based poets, founded in 2009. The members, all between 20 and 30 years old, meet regularly to present and discuss new works, and also contribute to a blog. After taking part in numerous readings and a workshop to promote young authors, the group made their first joint appearance in print in a special issue of the magazine Belletristik in 2011; a G13 anthology will be published in Fall 2012 by luxbooks. For two tours in Germany and Switzerland and an appearance at the Zeitkunst festival, the group worked together with directors and musicians to develop a stage program that integrates reading and performance.
Members featured in issue 4: Max CzollekPaula GlamannMaria NattCan PestanliFriederike SchefflerLinus Westheuser, & Ilja Winther

J.A. GayeJ.A. Gaye (issue 4) is a preschool and elementary physical and special education teacher near Benton, Missouri, where he lives with Alfred, his Siberian Husky. Recently, he has become something of an amateur recurve bow archer. He appears in Super Arrow and Everyday Genius and can also be found in DIAGRAM and Arch.

Dai GeorgeDai George (issue 5) is a poet from Cardiff, currently living in London. His work has been published in the Salt Book of Younger Poets and the Best British Poetry series. Later this year his first collection, The Claims Office, will come out on Seren.

Michelle Gil-MonteroMichelle Gil-Montero (issue 10) is a poet and translator of contemporary Latin American literature. She has one book of poetry, Attached Houses (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013), and several book translations, most recently This Blue Novel by Mexican poet Valerie Mejer (Action Books, 2015) and Dark Museum by Argentine writer María Negroni (Action Books, 2015). She has been awarded fellowships from the NEA and Howard Foundation. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches at Saint Vincent College.

Paula GlamannPaula Glamann (issue 4) b. 1988 in Kiel. Studies sociology in Berlin. Publications in magazines (Der Greif, Belletristik).

Katerina GogouKaterina Gogou (issue 10) (1940 – 1993) was a Greek poet, author and actress. Before her suicide by pill overdose at the age of 53, Gogou appeared in over thirty Greek films. She studied theatre and played the funny, pretty girl in numerous films. Early in her childhood she experienced the Nazi occupation of Greece that began in 1941. Her re-engagement with cinema in the 1970s included only political films. Meanwhile, she started writing political poetry. Three Clicks Left was translated into English in 1983 by Jack Hirschman and published by Night Horn Books in San Francisco. Τρία κλικ αριστερά was first published by Kastaniotis in 1978. Her poetry is known for its rebellious and anarcho-communist content. Gogou is considered one of the three anarchist-saints of Exarchia Square of Athens, along with Nikolas Asimos and Pavlos Sidiropoulos.

Luis de GóngoraLuis de Góngra (issue 10) (1561-1627) was a Spanish Baroque poet and one of the most influential Spanish poets of his era.

Mark GosztylaMark Gosztyla (issue 9)’s poems have recently appeared in Barn Owl Review, Bodega, LUMINA, Noctua Review, and Whiskey Island Magazine. He received an MFA from the University of New Hampshire, and currently teaches poetry writing workshops at Tufts University. Mark lives with his family in New Haven, CT.

Rawley GrauRawley Grau (issue 3),originally from Baltimore, Md., has been living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, since 2001. He holds a master’s degree in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Toronto. His translations from Slovene include a book of essays by Aleš Debeljak (The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and Europe in the Post-Communist World, 2004), a collection of short stories by Boris Pintar (Family Parables, 2009), and a novel by Vlado Žabot (The Succubus, 2010). He is currently preparing a book of translations of the poetry of the nineteenth-century Russian poet Yevgeny Baratynsky, which is due out from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2013. Author photo (c) Joy Connelly.

Paul GrinerPaul Griner (issue 11) is the author of the story collections Hurry Please I Want to Know and  Follow Me (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection), and the novels Collectors, The German Woman, and Second Life.  His work has been published in Playboy, Ploughshares, One Story, Zoetrope, Narrative, Tin House, and Bomb, and has been translated into a half dozen languages.  He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Louisville.  Hurry Please I Want To Know won the 2016 Kentucky Literary Award.

Mirza GualibMirza Gualib (issue 10), born Mirza Asadullah Beg Khan (27 December 1797 – 15 February 1869) was the preeminent Indian Urdu and Persian language poet during the last years of the Mughal Empire. He used the pen-names of Gualib (ġhālib means “dominant”) and Asad (Asad means “lion”). During his lifetime the Mughals were eclipsed and displaced by the British and finally deposed following the defeat of the Indian Revolution of 1857, events that he described. Most notably, he wrote several ghazals during his life, which have since been interpreted and sung in many different ways by different people. Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal Era, is considered to be one of the most popular and influential poets of the Urdu language.

James HaenlinJames Haenlin (issue 10) began his career as a translator while a graduate student at SUNY Buffalo, where he translated Roland Barthe’s Mythologies for his Master’s project. He has since worked almost completely on French language poetry, having translated four contemporary poets with his wife Lydie, totaling nearly twenty works. Working closely with Francis Coffinet, he has completed four translations in the last two years.

Lauren HaldemanLauren Haldeman (issue 8)’s first poetry collection, Calenday, is out from Rescue Press. She works as a web developer and web designer for several websites, including the Writing University website at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Review. She received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has been a finalist for the Walt Whitman award and the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Also: She’s a mom and makes paintings. Find her at http://calenday.laurenhaldeman.com

Dina HardyDina Hardy (issue 1), recipient of a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she attended on a Maytag Fellowship. She was a finalist for the Poets & Writers’ New Voices in California Contest, named one of Los Angeles’s Newer Voices and published in Meridian’s Best New Poets anthology. Her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Agni, Black Warrior Review, POOL and Southeast Review.

Matt HartMatt Hart (issue 2)'s most recent books of poems are Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS, 2010) and Light-Headed (BlazeVOX, 2011). His next book, Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless, will be published in 2012 by Typecast Publishing.  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.

Emily HaslerEmily Hasler (issue 5) was born in Felixstowe, Suffolk and – despite her best efforts – currently lives and works in London. Her poems have featured in magazines and anthologies, including The Salt Book of Younger Poets and Dear World (Bloodaxe, 2013). Her pamphlet Natural Histories was published by Salt in 2011.

Kristin HatchKristin Hatch (issue 1) has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and currently lives in San Francisco. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Bat City Review; Black Warrior Review; Court Green; Fence; and Forklift, Ohio.

Kurt HeinzelmanKurt Heinzelman (issue 10) is a poet, translator, scholar, teacher, and editor. He has written extensively on British Romanticism, poetry and poetics, and cultural economics. His latest books of poetry are Intimacies & Other Devices (2013) and The Names They Found There (2011); in 2011 his Demarcations, a translation of Jean Follain’s 1953 volume of poetry Territoires, was also published. He is Editor-at-Large for the Bat City Review as well as Editor-in-Chief of Texas Studies in Literature and Language (TSLL), and former Executive Curator at the Harry Ransom Center. A Fulbright Fellow at Edinburgh University (Scotland) and a fellow at  the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy, he has also taught at L’Institut du monde Anglophone, Sorbonne Nouvelle (Université de Paris III). He is on the Board of Directors of the Cunda Workshop for Translators of Turkish in Istanbul and an Honorary Professor at Swansea University (Wales). 

Dustin HellbergDustin Hellberg (issue 8) has an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop and a PhD from EGS, Switzerland. His novel, Squirrel Haus, came out this year and he has a forthcoming poetry book, A Perfect Sphere on a Frictionless Plane, and a book of criticism, World Enough, due out soon. Other poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Gut Cult, Past Simple, 2 River, eratio, Spork and elsewhere. He has several articles forthcoming on Charles Peirce, evolutionary aesthetics, Cormac McCarthy and other topics. He is an assistant professor and lives in Seoul. He would also like to recommend the poetry books of three authors, Gabriella Torres, Lauren Haldeman, and Jim Goar, because they are excellent poets and their work moves him to outright jealousy.

Brian HenryBrian Henry (issue 3) is the author of eight books of poetry—Astronaut (short-listed for the Forward Prize), American Incident, Graft, Quarantine, The Stripping Point, Wings Without Birds, Lessness, and Doppelgänger. His work has been translated into Croatian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, and Spanish. His translation of Tomaž Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices appeared from Harcourt in 2008, and his translation of Aleš Šteger’s The Book of Things appeared as a Lannan Foundation selection from BOA Editions in 2010 and won the 2011 Best Translated Book Award. Henry’s poetry and translations have received numerous honors, including an NEA fellowship, a Howard Foundation grant, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, the Cecil B. Hemley Memorial Award, the George Bogin Memorial Award, and a Slovenian Academy of Arts and Sciences grant.  Author photo (c) 2011 Susan Worsham.

Alec HershmanAlec Hershman (issue 2) lives in St. Louis where he teaches at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts and at the Center for Humanities at Washington University. Other poems can be found in recent issues of DIAGRAM, The Sierra Nevada Review, Lake Effect, Washington Square, and Existere.

Luke HollisLuke Hollis (issue 8), received an MFA from the University of Oregon, and his poetry and translations have appeared in the Birmingham Poetry Review, JMWW, Construction Literary Magazine, Plainsongs, and elsewhere. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Miriam McFall Starlin Award, Irby F. Wood Prize, and Nebraska Writing Project Award and is currently an editor at Construction. He was born and raised in Geneva, Nebraska. Find more of his work at lukehollis.org.

HoraceHorace (issue 8) lived from 65 BCE to 8 BCE, and was the leading Roman poet of his time.

Brent HouseBrent House (issue 8), an editor for The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast and a contributing editor for The Tusculum Review, is a native of Necaise, Mississippi, where he raised cattle and watermelons on his family’s farm. Slash Pine Press published his first collection, The Saw Year Prophecies, and his poems have appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, The Journal, and Third Coast. New poems are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and elsewhere.

Sarah HoweSarah Howe (issue 5) was born in Hong Kong in 1983, before moving to England as a child. During 2012-13, she is the holder of the Harper-Wood Studentship for English Poetry from St John's College, Cambridge. Her debut pamphlet of poems, A Certain Chinese Encyclopedia, was published in Tall-lighthouse's Pilot series in 2009. She won an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2010, and is a former Foyle Young Poet of the Year. Her poems have appeared widely in UK magazines, in anthologies such as The Salt Book of Younger Poets (2011), Best British Poetry (2012), Dear World & Everyone in it (2013), and on BBC Radio. Having spent a year as a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard, she returned to Cambridge University to research and teach Renaissance English literature. Her website is sarahhowepoetry.com.

Andrew JancoAndrew Janco (issue 9) has co-translated several poets for Contemporary Russian Poetry: An Anthology and other publications. He has a Ph.D. in History and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute. He is pictured here with Olga Livshin.

Alice-Catherine JenningsAlice-Catherine Jennings (issue 10) holds an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from The University of Texas at Austin and an MFA in Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Her poetry has appeared in numerous publications including Hawai’i Review, Penumbra, Boyne Berries, GTK Creative, The Poets’ Republic, First Literary Review East, and The Louisville Review. Her chapbook, Katherine of Aragon: A Collection of Poems, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2016. She divides her time between Oaxaca, Mexico and Texas. 

Thomas KaneRaised in Nashville, TN, Thomas Kane (issue 3) received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Pittsburgh and is in the process of completing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Missouri. His poems have appeared in Cerise, McSweeney’s and Sou’Wester. He edited and co-translated Tomaž Šalamun’s There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair (Counterpath, 2009).

Claudia KeelanClaudia Keelan (issue 5) is the author of 6 books of poems, most recently Missing Her from New Issues Press. Truth of My Songs: Poems of the Trobairitz will be published by Omnidawn in 2015.

Avram KlineAvram Kline (issue 2) attends the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at
UMass-Amherst. Since taking leave of New York City where he is a
public high school English teacher, he has baked tons of biscuits. He
also plays washbasin bass for the Cunninghams, a bluegrass quartet in
Northampton. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Jellyfish, The GC
Advocate, the Common, and Prick of the Spindle.

Caroline KlocksiemCaroline Klocksiem (issue 9) is the author of a poetry chapbook, Circumstances of the House and Moon (Dancing Girl Press), and her poems are published or forthcoming from such journals as The Iowa Review; Hayden’s Ferry Review; CutBank; The Pinch; BlazeVox; H_NGM_N; Super Arrow; North American Review; and others. She is a Swarthout Award and Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship recipient. Originally from South Carolina, she lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her family, where she teaches at the University of Alabama. More work is online at carolineklocksiem.com.

Ilias KolokourisIlias Kolokouris (issue 10) is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Classics and Modern Greek at the University of Athens. He holds a ptychion in Ancient Greek and Latin Literature, and a Master’s Degree in teaching Modern Greek as a foreign language. His thesis was on the tragic elements found in Aristophanes’ Acharnians. Ilias has taught for the University of Missouri Creative Writing Seminars on Serifos, and for Paideia’s Living Greek in Greece program. He is currently interested in the reception of ancient Greek literature within modern Greek poetry. He has translated Katerina Gogou’s Idionymon into English and The Women of Homer by Oscar Wilde into Greek.

Miklavž KomeljMiklavž Komelj (issue 3), born in 1973, is a Slovene poet, essayist, and art historian, who lives in Ljubljana. He received a doctoral degree in art history from the University of Ljubljana in 2002 with the dissertation “The Meanings of Nature in Tuscan Painting in the First Half of the 14th Century.” He has published seven books of poetry, a collection of essays entitled The Necessity of Poetry (Nujnost poezije, 2010), and a study of the art of the Yugoslav partisans in World War II, How Should We Think about Partisan Art? (Kako misliti partizansko umetnost?, 2009). He has also published Slovene translations of works by Fernando Pessoa (2003, 2007), Pier Paolo Pasolini (2005, 2007), and César Vallejo (2011).

Chas. Kuo-SpeckChas. Kuo-Speck (issue 1) is a musician, writer, and painter living in Tucson with his wife.  He is a graduate from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  His poems have appeared in The Colorado Review, Pool, and Thermos.

Vivian LamarqueVivian Lamarque (issue 9) was born in northern Italy in 1946 and has lived for most of her life in Milan. She has published seven books of poetry to date, as well as a volume of selected poetry. She has won numerous prizes including the Premio Viareggio Opera Prima, the Premio Tropea, the Premio Montale, the Premio Nazionale Letterario Pisa, and the Pen Club prize. Apart from a few selections in recent anthologies, she has not been translated into English.

Gregory LawlessGregory Lawless (issue 2, issue 7)’s poems have appeared in Pleiades, The Journal, Sonora Review, The National Poetry Review, Sixth Finch, La Petite Zine, Best of the Net, Thrush, Ilk, and many others. He is the author of I Thought I Was New Here (BlazeVOX, 2009), the chapbook Foreclosure (Back Pages Publishers, 2013) and Dreamburgh, Pennsylvania (Dream Horse Press, forthcoming). He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Margaret LeMay-LewisMargaret LeMay-Lewis (issue 4) attended Barnard College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in the Asian Pacific American Journal, Another Chicago Magazine, The Cortland Review, Little Village, and elsewhere. Her work was shortlisted for the 2007 Four Way Books Levis Prize and the 2011 Discovery/the Boston Review Poetry Prize. She lives in Iowa City.

Megan LeonardMegan Leonard (issue 11)'s poetry has most recently appeared in The Maine Review, White Stag, HOUSEGUEST, Reservoir, Nightjar, and Tupelo Quarterly. Her digital pamphlet, where the body ends, is available through Platypus Press.

Phillis LevinPhillis Levin (issue 3) is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Mercury (2001) and May Day (2008), both from Penguin, and is the editor of The Penguin Book of the Sonnet: 500 Years of a Classic Tradition in English (Penguin, 2001). Her honors include the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar Award to Slovenia, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, the Richard Hugo Prize from Poetry Northwest, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Levin is a professor of English and the poet-in-residence at Hofstra University. She lives in Manhattan. Author photo (c) Sheila McKinnon.

Jesse LichtensteinJesse Lichtenstein (issue 7)’s poetry and prose have appeared in jubilat, Denver Quarterly, Esquire, Octopus, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Tin House, Salt Hill, The New Yorker, diode, and Boston Review. He grew up in Southern Oregon and co-directs the Loggernaut reading series.

Hannah LipperHannah Lipper (issue 8), originally from New Jersey, is currently an undergraduate at Bennington College studying psychology and poetry. She is graduating in December 2014 and starting her graduate program at Boston University’s School of Public Health in January. Her work has previously appeared in The Silo, Bennington’s student-run journal of arts and letters.

Olga LivshinOlga Livshin (issue 9)’s poetry and translations have been published in Contemporary Russian Poetry: An Anthology, Mad Hatters' Review, and Jacket, among others. In 2014, she was among 10 people selected nationally for the first round of AWP's new mentoring program, "Writer to Writer." She is pictured here with Andrew Janco.

Roddy LumsdenRoddy Lumsden (issue 5) lives in London where he teaches privately and for The Poetry School. Mischief Night: New & Selected Poems was published by Bloodaxe in 2004, and his most recent collections are Third Wish Wasted (2009) and Terrific Melancholy (2011). He is also the editor of Identity Parade: New British and Irish poets (Bloodaxe, 2010) and Series Editor of The Best British Poetry. He is Poetry Editor for Salt Publishing. He was awarded the Bess Hokin Prize by the Poetry Foundation in 2009. 

Aditi MachadoAditi Machado (issue 7)’s poetry has been published in The Iowa Review, MiPOesias, Better Magazine, LIES/ISLE, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Robing of the Bride, won the 2012 Collagist Chapbook Contest and appears from Dzanc Books. She is the Poetry Editor at Asymptote, a journal of translation. Currently she is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver.

Edward MackayEdward Mackay (issue 5) is a poet living and working in east London. His work has been published in journals and anthologies. His poetry was shortlisted for the inaugural Picador Poetry Prize (2011), commended in the Emerge Escalator competition (2010) and shortlisted for an Eric Gregory Award (2009). His debut chapbook, Swarming, was published by Salt in 2012. 

Jennifer MacKenzieJennifer MacKenzie (issue 6) just relocated from Istanbul to New York City. Recent poems appear in Typo, Word for/Word, and Drunken Boat; a full-length book, My Not-My Soldier, is forthcoming from Fence Books next year.

Stephen Marvel-CoenStephen Marvel-Coen (issue 6) is a recent graduate of Oberlin College (2011), currently living, writing, and working in Massachusetts. This is his first publication.

Kristi MaxwellKristi Maxwell (issue 4) is the author of Re- (Ahsahta, 2011), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia, 2009), and Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta, 2008). She lives in summer and fall mostly.

Robert McDonaldRobert McDonald (issue 6) lives in Chicago and likes his train commute out to the north suburbs because how can you not like two train rides every day? He works as a children's bookseller, blogs at Lives of the Spiders, and has work recently published or forthcoming in New World Writing; A Clean, Well-lighted Place; and Skydeer Helpking; among others. This past week he made a kick-ass chicken gumbo without a recipe, but now it’s almost all gone, like so much else in life.

Britt MelewskiBritt Melewski (issue 7)’s poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, the Philadelphia Review of Books, Sporkpress, Heavy Feather Review, and are forthcoming in Tidal Basin Review among others. Melewski received his MFA at Rutgers-Newark in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn.


Christopher MerrillChristopher Merrill (issue 3, issue 11) has published six collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars; Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain; The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War; and Self-Portrait with Dogwood. His writings have been translated into nearly forty languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier from the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than fifty countries. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities. Author photo (c) Ram Devineni.

Matt MillerMatt Miller (issue 7) is a native of Long Beach, California who now lives in New York.

Holly MitchellHolly Mitchell (issue 9) is from Kentucky but now lives in New York. Holly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals including Washington Square, Ishaan Literary Review, Split Quarterly, and The Bakery.

Yousuf MohammadYousuf bin Mohammad (issue 10) (b. 15 February 1991) is a resident of Delhi, where he works as a digitization assistant with Juma al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage (JUMA al Majid Group) while pursuing physics by distance. He is equally interested in poetry, philosophy and psychology. Some of his Urdu poems have appeared on Rekhta, a single Hindi poem on Swargvibha, an English ghazal in the 58th issue of The Ghazal Page, two sets of poems on Zouch and a few more on VisualVerse. He has contributed some issue-based poetry to The Companion Monthly as well.

Jennifer MooreJennifer Moore (issue 4) has poetry published or forthcoming in Barrow Street, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Best New Poets and elsewhere, and criticism in Jacket2 and The Offending Adam. She holds degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio Northern University.

John MyersJohn Myers (issue 9) is writing Mudships and rereading Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

Maria NattMaria Natt (issue 4) b. 1988, lives in Berlin. Publications in magazines (Belletristik) and anthologies.

Kim ParkoKim Parko (issue 11) creates melancholy monsters, cyclical chimeras, and grotesqueture in both text and image. She is the author of Cure All (Caketrain Press, 2010) and The Grotesque Child (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016), which was the co-winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Press 2015 book prize. She lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is an associate professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.


Aimee PennaAimee Penna (issue 7) holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives near Philadelphia where she teaches ESL.  She’s also an editorial assistant at The American Poetry Review and a member of the Philadelphia Stories poetry board. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Basalt Magazine, Meridian, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Switchback.

Can PestanliCan Pestanli (issue 4) b. 1980 in Kassel, lives happily in Berlin.

April PierceApril Pierce (issue 5) is pursuing a DPhil at Oxford University, where she is president of the Oxford University Poetry Society. In the past she was a ghostwriter of romance novels, and has written for The Huffington Post, The Oxonian Review, Oxford Theatre Review, The Critical Flame, and the NYC Examiner, among others. She has published poetry under different names in obscure places. One of her short stories, "Douglas," will be published through Union Books in the near future.

Abi PollokoffAbi Pollokoff (issue 11) is a Seattle-based writer with work most recently in Yes, Poetry; The Birds We Piled Loosely; CALAMITY; Inch; and Broadsided Press, among others. A former reader for the Seattle Review and editor in chief of the Tulane Review, she won the 2012 Anselle M. Larson prize for Tulane University. In 2016, she received her MFA from the University of Washington.

Todd PortnowitzFor his translations from the Italian, Todd Portnowitz (issue 10) has received awards from the Academy of American Poets (Raiziss/de Palchi Fellowship, 2015) and the Bread Loaf Translator’s Conference. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Asymptote, Guernica, Modern Poetry in Translation, PN Review, Southwest Review, and Poetry. He lives and works in New York, where he co-hosts the reading series for writer-translators, Us&Them.

Nate PrittsNate Pritts (issue 2) has a new book of poems, Sweet Nothing, coming out in 2011 from Lowbrow Press. He is the founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press. Find him online at www.natepritts.com.

Peter RichardsPeter Richards (issue 3) is the author of Oubliette (Wave Books 2001), Nude Siren (Wave Books 2003), and Helsinki (Action Books 2011).

Boyer RickelBoyer Rickel (issue 4) is the author of remanence (Parlor Press, 2008), Taboo, a memoir in essays (Wisconsin, 1999), arreboles (Wesleyan, 1991), and a poetry chapbook, reliquary (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009). His poems have been published in such online and print journals as Antennae, CUE, Free Verse, The Gettysburg Review, The Laurel Review, No Tell Motel, Seneca Review and Volt. Information on these and other publications can be found at www.boyerrickel.com. Recipient of poetry fellowships from the NEA and Arizona Commission on the Arts, he has taught in the U. of Arizona Creative Program since 1991.

Michael RobinsMichael Robins (issue 9) is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011) and In Memory of Brilliance & Value (Saturnalia Books, 2015). He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. For more information, visit www.michaelrobins.org

Ben RogersBen Rogers (issue 5) grew up in Surrey and now lives in London.  His poetry has previously appeared in 14, Magma, Introducing Art, Popshot, and Succour.

Matthew RohrerMatthew Rohrer (issue 3) is the author of 7 books of poems, most recently Destroyer and Preserver, published by Wave Books. One of his tattoos has been featured in two different books of literary tattoos. He lives in Brooklyn.

Amelia RosselliAmelia Rosselli (issue 2) (1930-1996) is one of the most influential voices in Italian twentieth century poetry. Her books of poetry include Variazioni Belliche (1964), Serie Ospedaliera (1969), and Documento (1976). Famous for her multilingualism, Rosselli wrote in Italian and English and occasionally in French. Her English poems have been collected as Sleep-Sonno (1992). English translations of Rosselli’s Italian writing include War Variations, (Green Integer, 2006, trans. Lucia Re and Paul Vangelisti) and The Dragonfly (Chelsea Editions, 2009, trans. Deborah Woodward and Giuseppe Leporace).

Henk RossouwHenk Rossouw (issue 2) graduated in 2011 from the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he currently works as a lecturer in college writing. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Boston Review, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2009 he gave a reading in Times Square as one of the winners of the Poetry Society of America's Bright Lights Big Verse contest.

F. Daniel RzicznekF. Daniel Rzicznek (issue 6) is the author of two poetry collections, Divination Machine (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2009) and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press, 2007), as well as two chapbooks, Vine River Hermitage (Cooper Dillon Books, 2011), and Cloud Tablets (Kent State University Press, 2006). His individual poems have appeared in Boston Review, The New Republic, Orion, Mississippi Review, Hotel Amerika, and Shenandoah. Also coeditor (with Gary L. McDowell) of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010), Rzicznek teaches writing at Bowling Green State University.

Tomaž ŠalamunTomaž Šalamun (issue 3, issue 10) (1941–­2014) was born in Zagreb to Slovenian parents and grew up in the port city of Koper, near Trieste. In his lifetime, he published 48 original books of poetry and his work has been translated into nearly 30 languages. His most recent book in English is Justice (Black Ocean Press, 2016).

Óscar SandavolÓscar Sandoval (issue 10) lives in Oaxaca, Mexico. He has a university degree in psychology and has been a participant in various poetry workshops in cultural centers and libraries in Oaxaca. His work has been published in several anthologies such as Poetas sin experiencia: Editorial Tetra (Oaxaca, 2010); Antologia del Metalenguaje: Edicones Ajiaco (Chile, 2013); Colectivo Poesia y Trayecto (Mexico, DF, 2013) and mezcalito city (Oaxaca, 2015).

Zach SavichZach Savich (issue 6, issue 9)'s fifth book of poetry is The Orchard Green and Every Color (Omnidawn, 2016). He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press's Open Prose Series.

Carson SawyerCarson Sawyer (issue 11) is a poet living in Omaha, Nebraska. His work has appeared in Common Ground Review, Inklette, and most recently Ampersand Literary. He is also a graduate of the University of Iowa's Young Writer's Studio.  He is currently working on his first novella, The Lawman's Blues.

Friederike SchefflerFriederike Scheffler (issue 4) b. 1985 in Berlin. Publications in magazines (Wortwuchs, Belletristik) and anthologies.

Morgan SchuldtMorgan Lucas Schuldt (issue 4) died of complications from cystic fibrosis on Jan. 30, 2012, twelve days before his 34th birthday. Morgan earned an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Literature at the University of Arizona. He completed two book-length collections, Erros (Parlor Press, forthcoming) and Verge (Parlor Press, 2007). He also published three chapbooks, (as vanish, unespecially) (Flying Guillotine Press, 2012), L=u=N=G=U=A=G=E (Scantily Clad Press, 2009) and Otherhow (Kitchen Press, 2007). A writer of criticism, reviews and interviews, he was a mentor to many poets and a dedicated enthusiast of the work he loved, co-founding and editing CUE (A Journal of Prose Poetry), as well as editing CUE Editions, a chapbook series. Author photo (c) B. Cully.

Kaethe SchwehnKaethe Schwehn (issue 2) studied creative writing at the University of Montana and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.  You can find her poems in places like Crazyhorse and jubilat and Minnesota Review.  If you want to read a story she wrote, you could look in an anthology called Fiction on a Stick (Milkweed, 2009).  If you want to read a bad unfinished novel she wrote, you could look in her bottom right desk drawer.  If you want to read an unfinished non-fiction book about a village and a war and the end of love, you could look inside her head.  You're quite the voyeur, aren't you?

Sébastien SmirouSébastien Smirou (issue 10) is the author of three poetry volumes from P.O.L.: Un temps pour s’étreindre (2011), Beau voir (2008), and Mon Laurent (2003). His prose meditation Un temps pour se séparer : notes sur Robert Capa was recently released by Éditions Hélium. A psychoanalyst, Smirou has translated two important psychoanalytical texts from the Italian: Antonino Ferro’s Ręveries (2012) and Domenico Chianese and Andreina Fontana’s Immaginando (2014), both from Éditions Ithaque. He will be in residence next year at the Villa Médicis in Rome.

Andy StallingsAndy Stallings (issue 1, issue 8) lives in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and teaches at Deerfield Academy. His first book, To the Heart of the World, is out in fall 2014 from Rescue Press.

Sarah StickneySarah Stickney (issue 9) received her MFA from the University of New Hampshire. She is a former Fulbright Grantee for the translation of Italian/Albanian poet Gëzim Hajdari. Her co-translations of Elisa Biagini's selected poems, The Guest in the Wood, was chosen by the University of Rochester for its Best Translated Book Award for poetry in 2014. Her poems and translations have appeared in places like Rhino, The Portland Review, Drunken Boat, Structo, The Notre Dame Review and others. Most recently she worked as a bartender in Spruce Pine, NC, but often she lives in Annapolis, MD where she teaches at St. John's College.

Ray SuccreRay Succre (issue 4) is currently an undergraduate at the University of Iowa. He is married, has an awesome little boy, and is in his mid-thirties. He has a handful of novels in print and his poetry can be found in hundreds of publications spanning a variety of nice countries. Now he has decided to go to college. He does most things alarmingly backward.

Abraham SutzkeverAbraham Sutzkever (issue 10), born in 1913 in modern-day Belarus, is a legendary figure of the Yiddish literary world, with a poetic oeuvre numbering well over 1,000 pages. A survivor of the Vilna Ghetto, he passed away in Tel Aviv in 2010, at the age of 96.

Mathias SvalinaMathias Svalina (issue 4) is the author of one book of prose, I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur (Mud Luscious Press, 2011), & two books of poetry, Destruction Myth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009) & The Explosions (Subito, 2012). With Alisa Heinzman & Zachary Schomburg, he co-edits Octopus Books.

Michael Thomas TarenMichael Thomas Taren (issue 3) exists.

TheocritusTheocritus (issue 8) lived in the third century BCE and is credited with inventing ancient Greek bucolic poetry.

Diana ThowDiana Thow (issue 2) holds an MFA in literary translation from the University of Iowa. She has published her work in The Iowa Review, Mare Nostrum, 91st Meridian and Words Without Borders. She received a 2009-2010 Fulbright grant to Italy for her work on Amelia Rosselli.  She currently lives in Berkeley, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature.

TrobairitzThe trobairitz (issue 5) were Occitan female troubadors from the 12th and 13th centuries, and the first known female composers of secular music in the West. 
Ignacio UrangaIgnacio Uranga (issue 10) (Bahía Blanca, Argentina, 1982) studied literature at la Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina. His books include a-letheia/ ramalaje (Ediciones En Danza, Argentina, 2012); ramalaje (Ediciones OREM, Peru, 2012); Materna (prefaced by Juan Gelman, Trilce Ediciones, Mexico City, 2013; Viajera Editorial, Argentina, 2015); entonces Daniela (Lumme, Brasil, 2015); lo, parcialmente, hasta entonces dicho (Ediciones Aguadulce & Trabalis Ediciones, Puerto Rico, 2015); and al grave aparecer de lo que ser ahí (Casa de las Américas de Cuba, La Habana, Cuba, 2014). His work has been selected for prizes by writers including Juan Gelman, Pedro Lastra, Antonio Gamoneda, and Mario Vargas Llosa. He edits and contributes to el Periódico Nacional de Poesía de la UNAM (Mexico), Urbe Salvaje (Chile), and Revista Ń (Argentina).

Paul VerlainePaul Verlaine (issue 10) (1844-1896) was a French poet most closely associated with the Symbolist and Decadent movements. His affair with Arthur Rimbaud culminated in the poets living together for 18 months until, on July 12, 1873, an inebriated Verlaine shot at Rimbaud and injured his wrist.

Cheryl Clark VermeulenAuthor of chapbooks Dead-Eye Spring (Cy Gist Press) and the forthcoming This Paper Lantern (Dancing Girl Press), Cheryl Clark Vermeulen (issue 11) has poems and translations in the journals Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Jubilat, Third Coast, TWO LINES Online, DIAGRAM, EOAGH, Split Rock Review, among others, as well as the anthology Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico. She was a finalist recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowship. She received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop after working for a decade in non-profit organizations. She is an Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Poetry Editor for the journal Pangyrus.

M.A. VizsolyiM.A. Vizsolyi (issue 1) grew up in Pennsylvania. His first book of poems, The Lamp with Wings, was selected by Ilya Kaminsky for the National Poetry Series, and is forthcoming in the fall 2011.  His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry International, 6x6, Slice Magazine, and BOMB.  He teaches ice hockey and ice skating lessons in Central Park, and lives in Brooklyn.

Mark WaldronMark Waldron (issue 5) was born in New York but has lived in the UK since he was a few weeks old. His first collection, The Brand New Dark, was published by Salt in 2008, his second, The Itchy Sea, came out in September 2011. His work appears in Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe 2010) and Best British Poetry 2012. He lives in London with his wife and son. 

Megan WatkinsMegan Watkins (issue 6) grew up in Powys and has lived in London for 15 years. She works as a carer mainly. Her poetry is in magazines and online: Magma, Brittle Star, Rhino, Antiphon, Snakeskin, Tears in the Fence, Smiths Knoll, The New Writer, Ink Sweat and Tears, The Shuffle Anthology 2011, two anthologies for Word Aid, 14, Sentinel, Gloom Cupboard, The Journal, Message in a Bottle. She has two unpublished collections.

Chelsey Weber-SmithChelsey Weber-Smith (issue 8) is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia's MFA program in poetry. She also writes country music and rambles around the United States. She has written and self-published two chapbooks, a travel memoir, and two full-length folk/country albums. She currently lives in Seattle.

Linus WestheuserLinus Westheuser (issue 4) b. 1989 in Berlin, currently studies sociology in Berlin, after living in Oldenburg and London. Poetry collaborations with Tristan Marquardt since 2011. Publications in magazines (Bella Triste, Wortwuchs, randnummer, poet, Belletristik) and anthologies.

Ilja WintherIlja Winther (issue 4) b. 1989 in Elmshorn, lives in Berlin. Writes poetry and dramatic works. Publications in magazines (Belletristik) and anthologies.

Joseph P. WoodJoseph P. Wood (issue 2, issue 7) is the author of four books and five chapbooks of poetry, which include YOU. (Etruscan Press, 2015) and Broken Cage (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2014; finalist for 2013 National Poetry Series).  His work has appeared in Arts & Letters Daily, Beloit Poetry Journal, BOMB, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, Verse, among other journals. He is managing editor for Noemi Press.

Theodore WorozbytTheodore Worozbyt (issue 7)’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Antioch Review, Best American Poetry, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review 30 Year Anthology, New England Review, Po&sie, Poetry, Sentence, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly Online, and Quarterly West. He has published two books of poetry, The Dauber Wings (Dream Horse Press, 2006) and Letters of Transit, which won the 2007 Juniper Prize (The University of Massachusetts Press, 2008). Impossible Objects appears in the inaugural issue of The Chapbook. His newest chapbook, The City of Leaving and Forgetting, is just out in Country Music.

Greg WrennGreg Wrenn (issue 1)’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Yale Review, Pleiades, Boston Review, FIELD, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Off the Fire Road (Green Tower Press, 2009), won the 2008 Midwest Chapbook Series Contest and features a long poem about a man who travels to Brazil to be surgically transformed into a centaur. Currently he is a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

Katarina Vladimirov YoungKatarina Vladimirov Young and Jeffrey Young (issue 10) are the translators of Tomaž Šalamun’s book Andes, forthcoming from Black Ocean in 2016.

Andrew ZawackiAndrew Zawacki (issue 10) translated Sébastien Smirou’s first book as My Lorenzo (Burning Deck, 2012). His more recent translation of Smirou, See About: Bestiary, for which he received translation fellowships from the NEA and the Centre National du Livre, is forthcoming from La Presse. He will spend 2016-17 in Nantes, France, on a Howard Foundation Poetry Fellowship.

John ZedolikFor thirteen years, John Zedolik (issue 11) taught English and Latin in a private all-girls school. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at a number of universities in and around Pittsburgh. However, he has had many jobs in his life including archaeological field assistant, obituary writer, and television-screen-factory worker. He has had poems published in such journals as Aries, Ascent Aspirations (CAN), The Chaffin Journal, Common Ground Review, The Journal (UK), Pulsar Poetry Webzine (UK), Third Wednesday, U.S. 1 Worksheets, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.