Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, Best American Poetry, The New York Times, and elsewhere. His first book, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, was published by Alice James Books in the U.S. and Penguin in the U.K. He is also the author of a chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published by Sibling Rivalry. The recipient of the Levis Reading Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, Kaveh is the founding editor of Divedapper, a home for interviews with major voices in contemporary poetry. Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson.
Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. She is the author of A Brief History of Fruit, winner of the 2018 Akron Prize for Poetry and forthcoming from the University of Akron Press, as well as BETWEEN, winner of the 2017 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Maryland and teaches at Washington College, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews.
Aaron Baker is the author of the recently published Posthumous Noon (Gunpowder Press), winner of the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. His first book, Mission Work (Houghton Mifflin), won the Bakeless Prize in Poetry and the Glasgow/Shenandoah Prize for Emerging Writers. He is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing program at Loyola University Chicago.
Quenton Baker is a poet and educator from Seattle. His current focus is anti-blackness and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Vinyl, Apogee, Pinwheel, The James Franco Review, and Cura. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of the 2016 James W. Ray Venture Project award and the 2018 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust. He is the author of This Glittering Republic (Willow Books, 2016).
Colleen Louise Barry is a writer and artist living in Seattle, WA. She runs the interdisciplinary projects Mount Analogue and Gramma Press, and her work has been published widely. Find her @colleenlouisebarry / www.mount-analogue.com / www.gramma.press.
Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016), which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His poems appear in American Poetry Review, Hyperallergic, POETRY, A Public Space, and others. He is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program. Ari works with small press books and teaches poetry around the Bay Area.
Rick Barot has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), and Chord (2015), all published by Sarabande Books. Chord received the PEN Open Book Award, the UNT Rilke Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle. Barot lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University. His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020.
Tara Ballard is from Alaska. For the past eight years, she and her husband have lived in the Middle East and West Africa. Winner of the 2016 Many Voices Project, her first collection, House of the Night Watch, will be published this September through New Rivers Press. Her poems have been published by Bellingham Review, Poetry Northwest, One, The Southampton Review, and other literary magazines.
Michael Bazzett is an NEA fellow & the author of three poetry collections: You Must Remember This, (Winner of the 2014 Lindquist & Vennum Prize); Our Lands Are Not So Different (Horsethief, 2017); and The Interrogation (Milkweed, 2017). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Sun, The American Poetry Review, Tin House, and The Iowa Review. His translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh, was recently released by Milkweed Editions. Learn more at www.michaelbazzett.com.
Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet and essayist whose most recent book, Of Silence and Song (Milkweed Editions, 2017), is a collection of essays, fragment, and poems. His work has been supported by the Lannan and Guggenheim Foundations, and he teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University, where he also serves as Assistant Chair.
Emily Bedard lives in Seattle and usually finds herself at work on several different kinds of writing at once. She has had poems and essays published in Poetry Northwest, Raven Chronicles,The Indiana Review, and Swivel and was recently The Seattle Review of Books’ poet-of-the-month. A teacher during daylight hours, Bedard is currently at work on a series of tiny mutant essays and a collection of poetry that explores memory’s tricks.
Marvin Bell’s recent books are Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems and After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts, a dialogue in paragraphs of poetic nonfiction with Christopher Merrill. Incarnate: The Collected Dead Man Poems is scheduled for late 2019 or early 2020.
Oliver Baez Bendorf is the author of Advantages of Being Evergreen, forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and The Spectral Wilderness, which won the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His poems appear in recent or forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, BOMB, and Poetry, and have been anthologized in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. A recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Vermont Studio Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, he’s an assistant professor of creative writing at Kalamazoo College in Michigan. www.oliverbendorf.org
A NYFA Poetry Fellow and CantoMundo Fellow, Rosebud Ben-Oni’s most recent collection of poems, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, was selected as Agape Editions’ EDITORS’ CHOICE (2019). She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog; her work appears in Poetry, APR, The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, Poetry Northwest, among others; her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in NYC. Find her at www.7TrainLove.org.
Sarah Blake is the author of the poetry collections Let’s Not Live on Earth (2017), including the sci-fi epic The Starship, and Mr. West (2015), an unauthorized biography of Kanye West. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her debut novel Naamah is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in April 2019. She is the recipient of an NEA literature fellowship, and she lives outside of Philadelphia.
John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, Sea of Faith and Help Is on the Way, and the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy. He lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches for Mountain Writers Series and Literary Arts. More info at www.johnbrehmpoet.com.
William Brewer is the author of I Know Your Kind, a winner of the National Poetry Series, and Oxyana, which was selected for a 2016 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, New England Review, The New Yorker, The Sewanee Review, and other journals. A former Stegner Fellow, he is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.
Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: SAUDADE (Copper Canyon Press), OUR LADY OF THE RUINS (W.W. Norton), and ROOKERY (Southern Illinois University Press. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she’s currently an Associate Professor of creative writing at Kansas State University.
Jolene Brink is a poet, essayist, and visual artist. Her essays have appeared in Orion, Southern Humanities Review, and Arcadia Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, The Carolina Quarterly, Post Road, and others. Her poetry chapbook, Peregrine, won the 2015 Merriam-Frontier Award. She received her MFA from the University of Montana and currently works for Submittable in Missoula, MT. To learn more, visit www.JoleneBrink.com.
Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (W.W. Norton, 2019). His work has appeared in BuzzFeed, The Nation, Tin House, Ploughshares,_ Kenyon Review_, Best New Poets,_ and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His chapbook, Dynamite, won the Frost Place Chapbook Prize. The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and winner of the 2017 Poetry International _Prize, he lives in Minneapolis. www.anderscarlsonwee.com
Kai Carlson-Wee is the author of RAIL, forthcoming from BOA Editions. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and his work has appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, TriQuarterly, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, and The Missouri Review, which selected his poems for their 2013 Editor’s Prize. His photography has been featured in Narrative Magazine and his poetry film, Riding the Highline, received jury awards at the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival and the 2016 Arizona International Film Festival. With his brother Anders, he has co-authored two chapbooks, Mercy Songs (Diode Editions) and Two-Headed Boy (Organic Weapon Arts), winner of the 2015 Blair Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco and teaches poetry at Stanford University.
Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Ebb and Tunsiya/Amrikiya. She is the recipient of grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.
Michael Chitwood’s latest collection, Search & Rescue, received the 2018 L.E. Phillabaum Award in Poetry from LSU Press. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The New Republic, Threepenny Review and numerous other journals. He teaches at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
George David Clark is an assistant professor at Washington & Jefferson College. His Reveille (Arkansas) won the Miller Williams Prize in 2015, and more recent poems can be found in AGNI, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Image, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. The editor of 32 Poems, he lives in Washington, Pennsylvania with his wife and their four young children.
Michael Collier is the author of seven collections of poetry including An Individual History, a finalist for the Poet’s Prize, and The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent collection, My Bishop and Other Poems, appeared in the fall of 2018. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Maryland.
Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. She is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, won a 2016 American Book Award, and her second book, Instruments of the New Measure, is forthcoming soon. Da’ lives near Seattle with her husband and son.
Oliver de la Paz is the author of five books of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, and the forthcoming book The Boy in the Labyrinth (University of Akron Press, 2019). He serves on the advisory board of Kundiman as a founding member and he teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the low res MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University.
Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. He is from Southern California. His work appears in The Best American Non-required Reading, Green Mountains Review, Huizache, The Nation, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Poetry Northwest, The Progressive, Witness, and elsewhere. He has served as an editor for Floricanto Press and Lunch Ticket. His manuscript was a finalist for the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize.
Gregory Djanikian has published six collections of poems with Carnegie Mellon, the latest of which is Dear Gravity (2014). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Atlanta Review, Crazyhorse, Florida Review, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Juxtaprose, New Ohio Review, Poet Lore, Solstice, Tampa Review, and Tar River Poetry. He was for many years the director of creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania until his recent retirement and now lives outside of Philadelphia.
Timothy Donnelly’s most recent publications include The Cloud Corporation, winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and the chapbook Hymn to Life. A new collection, The Problem of the Many, is forthcoming next year. A Guggenheim fellow, he has published poems in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. He is Director of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn with his family.
Meghan Dunn is the author of Who Also Will Not Yield, a collaborative art and poetry chapbook, with artist Ben Pinder. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches high school English. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative, Poetry Northwest, Southern Humanities Review, and The Collagist, among others. She is a four-time recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
Meg Eden’s work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel Post-High School Reality Quest is published by California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.
Jessica Fisher is the author of Frail-Craft, which won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, and Inmost, which won the Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in such journals as The American Poetry Review, The Believer, The Bennington Review, The New Yorker, The Threepenny Review, and Tin House. She was awarded the 2012 Rome Prize in Literature and is currently an assistant professor at Williams College.
Kathleen Flenniken is the author of two poetry collections, Famous, which was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association, and Plume, finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and winner of a Washington State Book Award. She served as Washington State Poet Laureate from 2012 – 2014. ‘Helicopter, Chernobyl’ is part of a newly-completed collection.
Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and co-founder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.
Marie Gauthier is the author of a chapbook, Hunger All Inside (FLP, 2009), and her poems can be read in The Common, Cave Wall, Salamander, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She works for Tupelo Press as Director of Sales & Marketing, serves as a Regional Representative for Mass Poetry, and runs the Collected Poets Series. She’s also the chapter founder and president of the League of Women Voters of Franklin County.
Dobby Gibson’s new book, Little Glass Planet, is due out May 2019 from Graywolf Press. Gibson is the author of three previous collections, most recently It Becomes You, which was shortlisted for The Believer Poetry Award. He’s been awarded fellowships from The Lannan Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Rodney Gómez is the author of Citizens of the Mausoleum. His work appears in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, The Gettysburg Review, Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, Verse Daily, and other journals. He is an editor at Latino Book Review and works at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Kevin Goodan was raised in western Montana, and fought forest fires for ten seasons with the USFS, on the Lolo National Forest. He is the author of In The Ghost-House Acquainted, Winter Tenor, Upper Level Disturbances, and Let The Voices. He is Associate Professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College.
Amy Glynn is a poet, novelist and food writer. She was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and educated at Mount Holyoke college and Lancaster University, England. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The New Criterion, Southern Poetry Review, The Potomac Review and The Best American Poetry 2010. She lives near San Francisco with her family.
Debora Greger is Professor Emerita, University of Florida, and Poet-in-Residence, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida. By Herself appeared in 2012. Her new collection of poems, In Darwin’s Room was published by Penguin in 2017. Her art has appeared on the covers of books and literary journals for thirty years.
Heather Hamilton teaches at Penn State Harrisburg. Her poems have appeared in Subtropics, Birmingham Poetry Review, RHINO, Willow Springs, Southern Poetry Review, Third Coast, Poetry Northwest, and Verse Daily, among other journals.
Pamela Hart is writer-in-residence at the Katonah Museum of Art where she manages and teaches an arts-in-education program. Her book, Mothers Over Nangarhar, will be published in 2019 by Sarabande Books. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship in 2013. Toadlily Press published her chapbook, The End of the Body. She is poetry editor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and for As You Were: Journal for Military Experience and the Arts.
David Hernandez’s most recent collection of poetry is Dear, Sincerely (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). His other poetry books include Hoodwinked, Always Danger, and A House Waiting for Music. He is also the author of two YA novels, No More Us for You and Suckerpunch, both published by HarperCollins. He teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach. For more information about David Hernandez, visit www.davidahernandez.com.
Bob Hicok’s ninth collection, Hold, will be published by Copper Canyon Press in 2018. A two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, he’s been awarded a Guggenheim, two NEA Fellowships, eight Pushcart Prizes, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Richie Hofmann is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and his poems appear in The New Yorker, The Baffler, Poetry Northwest, and others. His debut collection is Second Empire. He is currently a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.
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 and others. 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.
Christopher Howell has published eleven collections of poems, most recently Love’s Last Number (Milkweed Editions, 2017), Gaze (Milkweed, 2012), and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected (University of Washington Press, 2010). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Artist Trust, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Washington State Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. He teaches in the MFA program at Eastern Washington University, in Spokane.
Jessica Johnson’s poetry chapbook In Absolutes We Seek Each Other was an Oregon Book Award finalist. She teaches at Portland Community College and also writes essays.
Richard Kenney’s most recent book is The One-Strand River (Knopf, 2008). He teaches at the University of Washington, and lives with his family on the Olympic Peninsula.
Gina Keicher is the author of Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press) and two chapbooks—Here is My Adventure I Call it Alone and Ars Herzogica—from Dancing Girl Press. For more information, visit www.ginakeicher.com.
Christopher Kondrich is the author of Valuing (University of Georgia Press, forthcoming), selected by Jericho Brown as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and Contrapuntal (Free Verse Editions, 2013). A winner of The Iowa Review Award for Poetry and The Paris-American Reading Series Prize, his poetry appears in such journals as Boston Review, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Witness, and elsewhere. More information at www.christopherkondrich.com.
Dorothea Lasky is the author of five books of poems, most recently Milk (Wave Books, 2018). She currently teaches poetry at Columbia University School of the Arts and lives in New York City.
Alan Chong Lau’s collections of poetry include Songs For Jadina, which won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, Blues and Greens: A Produce Worker’s Journal, and No Hurry. His poetry also appears in numerous anthologies. As a visual artist, he is represented locally by ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle. He serves as Arts Editor for the International Examiner, a Seattle-based community newspaper that serves the Northwest Asian American community.
Kate Lebo is the author of poetry chapbook Seven Prayers to Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the cookbook Pie School, and she’s co-editor (with Samuel Ligon) of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze. Her writing has been anthologized in Best American Essays and Best New Poets, and her first collection of nonfiction, The Book of Difficult Fruit, is forthcoming from FSG in 2019. She lives in Spokane, Washington.
Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo 2012), Ardor (Tupelo 2008), and In Medias Res (Sarabande 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. She authored a novel, Sonata inK (Ellipsis 2017). Lee’s translations of Li Qingzhao’s writing, Doubled Radiance: Poetry & Prose of Li Qingzhao, is the first volume in English to collect Li’s work in both genres (Singing Bone 2018). Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations (Cambria 2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. She earned an M.F.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Lee currently lives in San Diego, where she serves in the university administration at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Sarah León is from Arizona. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Foundry, The Shallow Ends, Salt Hill Journal, Poetry Northwest, and Forklift, Ohio, among others. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and son.
Keith Leonard is the author of the poetry collection Ramshackle Ode (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His poems have recently appeared in Poetry Northwest, Copper Nickel, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Project. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Paige Lewis is the author of Space Struck (Sarabande Books, 2019). Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Best New Poets 2017, and elsewhere.
Born in 1972 in Lishui, Zhejiang Province to an impoverished family, Ye Lijun worked as a secondary school art teacher and arts administrator for intangible cultural heritage. The author of three poetry titles, Survey (2005), Passing by Thousands of City Lights in Black Night (2009), and Flower Complex (2014), she has received several literary honors in China, including the 2007 “Poetry Tour” Award. Currently, she resides in her native city Lishui and serves as an editor of Lishui Literature.
Margaree Little is the author of Rest (Four Way Books, 2018). Her poetry and criticism have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Her translations from the Russian appear in Asymptote and The Brooklyn Rail. She is the recipient of a 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a 2016 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Fellowship, and a 2016-2018 Kenyon Review Fellowship. She currently lives in Tucson. For more information, visit www.margareelittle.com.
Douglas Manuel’s poems are featured on Poetry Foundation’s website and have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, The Los Angeles Review, Superstition Review, Rhino, North American Review, The Chattahoochee Review, New Orleans Review, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. His first full length collection of poems, Testify (Red Hen Press, 2017), won the 2017 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry.
J.W. Marshall is the author of Meaning a Cloud, winner of the Field Poetry Prize, and co-author, with Christine Deavel, of the full-length play Vicinity/Memoryall, to be published by Entre Rios Books fall of 2018. In 1995 he, along with Ms. Deavel, founded Open Books, the poetry-only bookstore in Seattle, which they sold in 2016. Poetry and prose of his has appeared in Dozen Nothing, Poetry Northwest, The Volta, and other journals.
Tod Marshall lives in Spokane, Washington. His most recent collection of poetry, Bugle (Canarium Books), appeared in 2014. He teaches at Gonzaga University.
Marty McConnell is the author of Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop, (YesYes Books, 2018) and when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there, which won the Michael Waters Poetry Prize. Her first poetry collection, wine for a shotgun, was published by EM Press in 2013. She is co-founder of underbelly, an online magazine focused on the art and magic of poetry revision.
Kyle McCord is the author of six books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016) and X-Rays and Other Landscapes (Trio House Press 2019). He has work featured in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He has received grants or awards from The Academy of American Poets, The Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. He serves as Co-Executive Editor of Gold Wake Press. He teaches at Drake University in Des Moines.
Michael McGriff is the author of the poetry collections Early Hour, Black Postcards, Home Burial, and Dismantling the Hills. With J.M. Tyree, he is the co-author of the linked story collection Our Secret Life in the Movies, an NPR Best Book of 2014. He can be found at www.michaelmcgriff.com.
Eric McHenry is a professor of English at Washburn University and a past poet laureate of Kansas. His books of poetry include Odd Evening, a finalist for the Poets’ Prize; Potscrubber Lullabies, which received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and Mommy Daddy Evan Sage, a collection of children’s poems illustrated by Nicholas Garland. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife and two children.
Owen McLeod’s first book of poems won the 2018 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry and will be published next year. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Copper Nickel, Field, New England Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and many other publications. For more information, please visit www.owenmcleodpoetry.com.
Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018), Copia (BOA Editions, 2014), and Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her poems have been published in Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, The New York Times Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, Oxford American, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs.
JM Miller is a queer/trans poet and essayist whose poetry collection Wilderness Lessons has been called a lover letter to the planet. They teach at the University of Washington Tacoma, and their work can be seen at www.jm-poet.com.
Matthew Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Small Gods, finalist for the 2016 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. His poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from numerous journals including the Alaska Quarterly Review, The Believer, the Gettysburg Review, Oregon Humanities, The Southern Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the 2018 C. Hamilton Bailey Oregon Literary Fellowship and the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. This past summer, he served as Artist-in-Residence at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Beloit Poetry Journal, American Literary Review, Sycamore Review, Puerto del Sol, and Mid-American Review. He won the Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio (2014), won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. He is assistant professor of English at Salisbury University. He received his M.A. from University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri.
Sierra Nelson is a Seattle-based poet and performance and installation artist. Her books include I Take Back the Sponge Cake (Rose Metal Press), the forthcoming The Lachrymose Report (Poetry NW Editions), and Vis-Ã -Vis Society collaboration 100 Rooms (Entre Rios). She is a MacDowell Colony fellow, Pushcart Prize nominee, and Carolyn Kizer Prize winner. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Tin House, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, Iceland’s SIM Gallery, the Slovenian Natural History Museum, and elsewhere. songsforsquid.tumblr.com
Tiana Nobile lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry, and a fellowship from Kundiman. A National Poetry Series finalist and Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the author of The Spirit of the Staircase (2017), and her poetry has appeared in Poetry Northwest, The New Republic, Hyphen Magazine, and The Texas Review, among others. For more, visit www.tiananobile.com.
Leah Poole Osowski is the author of hover over her, winner of the 2015 Wick Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Image Journal’s Glen Workshop and the Vermont Studio Center, and holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is currently the 2018 Emerging Writer in Residence at Penn State Altoona.
D.A. Powell’s books include Repast (Graywolf, 2014) and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2012). Powell’s honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He teaches at University of San Francisco.
Michelle Peñaloza is author of landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). Her recent poems can be found in Prairie Schooner and Third Coast, with poems forthcoming in The Normal School. A Kundiman fellow, Michelle is the recipient of residencies from Caldera and The Lemon Tree House, and scholarships from VONA and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others. Michelle lives in rural Northern California.
Fernando Pérez is from Los Angeles, CA. His first collection of poems, A Song of Dismantling, is published by The University of New Mexico Press. Fernando holds an MFA in poetry from Arizona State University and currently lives in Seattle, WA where he is an Assistant Professor of English at Bellevue College. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including The Suburban Review, Puerto Del Sol, Crab Orchard Review, and The Volta. His second collection of poems was a 2018 finalist for the Letras Latinas / Red Hen Poetry Prize.
Kevin Phan graduated from the University of Michigan with an M.F.A. in Poetry. He maintains ballfields for a living & cooks Vietnamese cuisine in the off hours. He lives at the base of the Rocky Mountains with 13 roommates in a housing collective. The Buddha is his homeboy.
Carl Phillips is the author of 14 books of poetry, most recently Wild Is the Wind (FSG, 2018). He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Stanley Plumly’s most recent poetry collection is Against Sunset (Norton, 2017). He has just published Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime (Norton, 2018). He is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland.
Adrienne Raphel is the author of What Was It For (Rescue Press, 2017) and the chapbook But What Will We Do (Seattle Review, 2016). Born in New Jersey and raised in Vermont, Raphel holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from Harvard. She teaches in the Princeton Writing Program and is currently working on a book about crossword puzzles.
Srikanth Reddy is the author of two books of poetry, Facts for Visitors and Voyager, as well as a scholarly study, Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry. The recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, Reddy is an Associate Professor in English at the University of Chicago.
Ron Riekki’s books include And Here: 100 Years of Upper Peninsula Writing, 1917-2017 (Michigan State University Press), Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Michigan State University Press, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal Great Lakes Best Regional Fiction), The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (Wayne State University Press, 2014 Michigan Notable Book awarded by the Library of Michigan), and U.P.: a novel (Ghost Road Press)
Christine Robbins grew up in Northern Virginia and has lived in Olympia, Washington for most of her adult life. She has poems published in journals including Poetry Northwest, The Georgia Review, New England Review, Missouri Review online, and The Seattle Review. Her first manuscript was a finalist for the 2018 National Poetry Series.
Katrina Roberts is author of four books of poems, most recently, Underdog; and editor of the anthology: Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art & Craft of the Writing Life. She writes and draws in Walla Walla, Washington, where she teaches and curates the Visiting Writers Reading Series at Whitman College. Over ten years ago, she co-founded & continues to operate Tytonidae Cellars and the Walla Walla Distilling Company. (www.katrinaroberts.net)
Matthew Rohrer is the author of 9 books of poems, most recently THE OTHERS which won the Believer Book Award. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at NYU.
Montreux Rotholtz is the author of Unmark (Burnside Review Press, 2017), which was selected by Mary Szybist as the winner of the Burnside Review Press Book Award. Her poems appear in Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, jubilat, Lana Turner, and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle.
T.J. Sandella is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes, an Elinor Benedict Prize for Poetry, a William Matthews Poetry Prize, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Best New Poets anthology, Poet Lore, New Ohio Review, the Chattahoochee Review, Poetry Northwest, and Hotel Amerika, among others. He lives with his puppy, Rufio, in Cleveland, Ohio, where he’s a soapbox spokesman for the Rust Belt’s revitalization.
Brian Satrom’s home is in Minneapolis, but he also lived in L.A. for many years, among other places, and completed an MFA at the University of Maryland. His poetry has appeared in journals like Knockout, Poetry Northwest, MAYDAY Magazine, and TAB, the latter nominating his work for a Pushcart Prize. His book reviews have appeared in MAYDAY and on the Colorado Review‘s Center for Literary Publishing website.
Zach Savich is the author of six books of poetry, including Daybed (Black Ocean, 2018). He directs the BFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits with Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series. ‘Scrap Gold’ appeared in his collection The Orchard Green and Every Color (Omnidawn, 2016).
Ed Skoog is the author of three collections of poems, most recently Run the Red Lights (Copper Canyon, 2016).
Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the editor of There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, on Joanne Kyger (Wave Books, 2017), and author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Royals, Language Arts, Stranger in Town, Expensive Magic and two editions of Selected Writings. He is currently working with Joy Harjo and others as a contributing editor to the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Native American Poetry. Recent work has appeared in Poetry and the anthology, New Poets of Native Nations. He lives in Lofall, Washington.
Callie Siskel is the author of Arctic Revival, selected by Elizabeth Alexander for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in A Public Space, The Yale Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, and a poetry editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Lisa Russ Spaar is the author/editor of over ten books of poetry and criticism, most recently Orexia: Poems (2017), The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry (2013), and the forthcoming More Truly and More Strange: 100 Contemporary American Self-Portrait Poems (2020). Her honors include a Rona Jaffe Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Library of Virginia Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She is Professor and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia.
Molly Spencer’s recent poetry has appeared at FIELD, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares. Her critical writing has appeared at Colorado Review, Kenyon Review online, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. Molly holds an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop and is Poetry Editor at The Rumpus. She teaches writing at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. Find her online at www.mollyspencer.com.
Nomi Stone’s second collection of poems, Kill Class, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. Winner of a 2018 Pushcart Prize, Stone’s poems appear recently or will soon in POETRY, American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Bettering American Poetry, Best American Poetry, Tin House, New England Review, and elsewhere. Kill Class is based on two years of fieldwork she conducted within war trainings in mock Middle Eastern villages erected by the US military across America.
Fiona Sze-Lorrain is the author of three books of poetry, most recently The Ruined Elegance (Princeton, 2016), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and one of Library Journal’s “Best Books 2015: Poetry.” She is also a zheng harpist and a widely published translator of contemporary Chinese, French, and American poets. Her translation of Yi Lu’s Sea Summit (Milkweed, 2016) was shortlisted for the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. She lives in Paris.
Molly Tenenbaum’s books include Mytheria (Two Sylvias Press 2017), The Cupboard Artist, Now, By a Thread, and the artist book/chapbook collaboration with artist Ellen Zeigler, Exercises to Free the Tongue, with poems, archival photographs, and ephemera from Molly’s grandparents’ history as ventriloquists in vaudeville. Her music recordings of old-time banjo are Instead of a Pony and Goose & Gander. She teaches at North Seattle College and Dusty Strings Music School. www.mollytenenbaum.com
Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote, winner of the 2012 Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Boston Review and The New Yorker, among many other places. She currently lives in Cheviot, Ohio and is a Book Review Editor for Kenyon Review.
Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016 and winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the forthcoming debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press 2019). His writings have been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Yorker, and American Poetry Review. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Western Massachusetts where he serves as an Assistant Professor at Umass-Amherst.
Chelsea Wagenaar is the 2018 winner of the Michael Waters Prize and her second collection of poems, The Spinning Place, is forthcoming in fall 2019. Her first book, Mercy Spurs The Bone, won the 2013 Levine Prize. She holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, and currently teaches at Valparaiso University. Recent work is forthcoming in Copper Nickel and Birmingham Poetry Review.
Mark Wagenaar is the author of three prize-winning books of poetry, most recently the Saltman Prize-winning Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining, from Red Hen Press. He is an assistant professor at Valparaiso University.
G.C. Waldrep is the author most recently of feast gently (Tupelo, 2018) and the long poem Testament (BOA Editions, 2015). He lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University and edits the journal West Branch. From 2007 to 2018 he served as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
Cody Walker’s most recent poetry collection, The Trumpiad, was published by Waywiser in 2017. (The book doubles as an ACLU fundraiser.) He’s also the author of two earlier collections: The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser, 2016) and Shuffle and Breakdown (Waywiser, 2008). His work appears in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Poetry Northwest, and The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2007). He teaches English at the University of Michigan and co-directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference.
Devon Walker-Figueroa lives in Iowa City, where serves as the poetry editor of The Iowa Review and as co-founding editor of Horsethief Books. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, New England Review, Tin House Online, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, and Diagram, among other places. She is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at The Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Michael Wasson is the author of This American Ghost (YesYes Books, 2017) and Self-Portrait with Smeared Centuries (Éditions des Lisières, 2018). A 2018 NACF National Artist Fellow in Literature and winner of the 2017 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry, his poems appear in American Poets, Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, Narrative, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, and Best New Poets. He is nimíipuu from the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho.
Kary Wayson’s books include American Husband (2009, OSU Press) and Via Maria Materi (forthcoming in 2019, Burnside Review Press).
Ellen Welcker’s books are Ram Hands (Scablands Books, 2016), The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Poetry Prize, Astrophil Books, 2010), and several chapbooks, including The Pink Tablet (Fact Simile Editions, 2018) which she, along with a whole slew of other artists, transformed into a live performance they call a feral opera. That film is here. More on Ellen at ellenwelcker.com.
Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and three collections of poetry, including When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in early 2019. He lives with his family in western Oregon, where he directs the creative writing program at Linfield College. (Editor’s Note: He is an alumni of the University of Idaho’s MFA progam).
A 2016 Howard Foundation Poetry Fellow, Andrew Zawacki is the author of the poetry books Unsun : f/11 (Coach House), Videotape (Counterpath), Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House), Anabranch (Wesleyan), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia). His translation of Sébastien Smirou, My Lorenzo (Burning Deck), received a French Voices Grant, and his translation of Smirou’s See About (La Presse/Fence) earned an NEA Translation Fellowship and a fellowship from the Centre National du Livre.
Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy For Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios Books, 2017), the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and the poetry collection Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011). Recipient of a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation as well as a Residency in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Maya teaches for Central Washington University and edits poetry for Scablands Books.