TRANSOM is a poetry journal in transition.
Founded by Kiki Petrosino and Dan Rosenberg, TRANSOM lives on in the hands of Beth and Bobby Rich.
New School | Editors for I13-Now
Beth Rich is a creative, writer, polyglot, and doula. In addition to editing for TRANSOM, she supports people through and around thresholds like birth and mxnstruation. Beth married Bobby twice in 2017, and together they are a two-headed monster that devours books, loves all things Scandinavian, and produces more than enough hair to clog the shower drain. She’s currently working on a poetry project examining parenthood and pregnancy, middle and maiden names, gender and identity, blood and bodies.
Bobby Rich is a reportedly tall drink of water. He writes strange poetry, plays guitar, and married Beth two times in three months. He enjoys lifting heavy things repeatedly, Black coffee, salty licorice, cold aquavit, doom metal, and Thelonious Monk. Bobby has three degrees, and keeps making syllabi for himself even though he’s not currently in school. He also edits for Juked. He is currently working on a new writing project concerning occultism, nihilism, cosmic horror, and whatever stage of post-humanism we are currently inhabiting.
Old School | Editors for I1-I12
Kiki Petrosino is the author of three books of poetry: Witch Wife (2017), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009), all from Sarabande Books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Tin House and online at Ploughshares. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. Her awards include a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat and research fellowships from the University of Louisville's Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Dan Rosenberg is the author of cadabra (Carnegie Mellon UP 2015) and The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press 2012). He has also written two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands (Tilt Press 2010) and Thigh's Hollow(Omnidawn 2015), and he co-translated Miklavž Komelj’s Hippodrome(Zephyr Press 2016). Rosenberg’s honors include a Presidential Fellowship from the University of Georgia, the 2011 American Poetry Journal Book Prize and the 2014 Omnidawn Chapbook Contest. His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in several periodicals, including Boston Review, Verse, Poetry International, Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Conjunctions, and North American Review. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Wells College in Aurora, NY.