Year 4 (2018-2019)
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.
Year 3 (2017-2018)
Aaron Belz is the author of The Bird Hoverer (2007), Lovely, Raspberry (2010), and Glitter Bomb (2014). He earned a BA from Covenant College, an MA in creative writing from New York University, and a PhD in English from Saint Louis University. His poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Painted Bride Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Mudfish, Jacket, Fine Madness, and Fence, and has been included in several anthologies. He has taught English and creative writing at Fontbonne University, Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Providence Christian College. For more information about Aaron Belz, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Elizabeth Bradfield, the author of two previous poetry collections, including Approaching Ice (finalist for the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets) is a naturalist who works around the globe. She is also founder and co-editor of Broadsided Press. For more information about Elizabeth Bradfield, visit www.ebradfield.com.
Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA in poetry. For more information about Molly McCully Brown, visit www.mollymccullybrown.com.
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of Apocalyptic Swing (2009), The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (2005), and Rocket Fantastic, all from Persea Books. She is the senior poetry editor at Los Angeles Review of Books and teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information about Gabrielle Calvocoressi, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Laura Cronk’s first book of poems Having Been an Accomplice won the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize from Persea Books. Her work has appeared in the Best American Poetry Series and in many journals such as Barrow Street, Ecotone, RealPoetik, and WSQ. She coordinates the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy at The New School in Manhattan and is the poetry editor for The Inquisitive Eater: New School Food. For many years she curated the Monday Night Poetry Series at KGB Bar. For more information about Laura Cronk, visit www.lauracronk.com/.
Aleš Debeljak (1961-2016) was a poet and essayist whose recent non-fiction includes The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and European Postcommunism (2004), Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and its Historical Forms (1998) both from Rowman & Littlefield, and Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia (White Pine, 1994). His volumes of poetry include Dictionary of Silence (Lumen, 1999), Anxious Moments (1995), and The City and the Child (1999), both from White Pine Press. Debeljak’s work is translated internationally and he was awarded the Slovenian National Book Award, the Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize (Tel Aviv), and the Chiqu Poetry Prize (Tokyo).
Heather Derr-Smith was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971. She spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She earned her B.A. from Art History at the University of Virginia, where she also took poetry workshops with Charles Wright, Rita Dove, and Greg Orr. She went on to earn her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has published three books of poems, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008) and Tongue Screw (Sparkwheel Press, 2016). Her fourth collection, Thrust won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize at Persea Books and will be published in 2017. For more information about Heather Derr-Smith, visit www.heatherderrsmith.com.
Cynthia Marie Hoffman is the author of Sightseer and Paper Doll Fetus, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume. Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Director’s Guest fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy. For more information about Cynthia Marie Hoffman, visit www.cynthiamariehoffman.com.
Anne Marie Macari is the author of four books of poetry, including Gloryland (Alice James Books, 2005), Ivory Cradle (American Poetry Review, 2000), She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House Press, 2008), and most recently, Red Deer (Persea Books 2017). For more information about Anne Marie Macari, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Randall Mann is the author of Complaint in the Garden (2004), which won the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry; Breakfast with Thom Gunn (2009), finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the California Book Award; Straight Razor (2013), also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; and Proprietary (2017). He is co-author of the textbook Writing Poems (2007). Mann received the 2013 J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from Poetry. For more information about Randall Mann, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Shane McCrae is the author of several poetry collections, including Mule (2011), Blood (2013), and The Animal Too Big to Kill (2015); his work has also been featured in The Best American Poetry 2010, edited by Amy Gerstler. His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Spalding University and at Oberlin College. For more information about Shane McCrae, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Susannah Nevison is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Teratology (Persea Books, 2015), the recipient of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Her honors include the 2014 Patricia Aakhus Prize from Southern Indiana Review, the 2013 American Literary Review Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets/Larry Levis Prize, and recent Pushcart Prize nominations in both poetry and nonfiction. For more information about Susannah Nevison, visit www.susannahnevison.com.
Amy Newman is the author of five collections of poems, most recently On This Day in Poetry History (Persea Books). Her other books include Dear Editor, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, fall, Camera Lyrica, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award, and her first book, Order, or Disorder, which received the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize. Newman has received fellowships in poetry from the MacDowell Colony and the Ohio and Illinois Arts Councils. For more information about Amy Newman, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Kate Northrop’s collections of poetry include Clean (2011), Things are Disappearing Here (2007), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and was also a finalist for the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, and Back Through Interruption (2002), which won Kent State University Press’s Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. A contributing editor for The American Poetry Review, Northrop has received fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference as well as the Paumanok Poetry Award and the American Academy of Poets Prize. For more information about Kate Northrop, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
Patrick Rosal is the author of four books of poetry: Boneshepherds (2011); My American Kundiman (2006), which received a Poetry/Prose Award from the Association for Asian American Studies; Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003), winner of the Members’ Choice Award from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; and Brooklyn Antediluvian (Persea, 2016). In 2009, Rosal was awarded a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to the Philippines. In 2017, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden. For more information about Patrick Rosal, visit www.patrickrosal.com.
Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, including Glass Town (Red Hen Press, 1999), Blue Venus (Persea, 2004), Satin Cash (Persea, 2008), Vanitas, Rough (Persea, 2012), and Orexia (Persea, 2017). She is the editor of Monticello in Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems on Jefferson, Acquainted with the Night: Insomnia Poems, and All that Mighty Heart: London Poems. A collection of her essays, The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry, was published by Drunken Boat Media in 2013. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, the Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, an All University Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry, and the 2013-2014 Faculty Award of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. For more information about Lisa Russ Spaar, visit www.poetryfoundation.org.
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Year 2 (2016-2017)
Kim Addonizio is the author of six collections of poetry, including three from BOA Editions: The Philosopher’s Club (1994); Jimmy & Rita (1997); and Tell Me (2000), a finalist for the National Book Award. In 1999, she collaborated with Dorianne Laux on The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (W.W. Norton), and in 2009 published another poetry guide, Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within (W.W. Norton). Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and essay. Addonizio offers private poetry workshops in Oakland, CA, and in New York City. For more information about Kim Addonizio, visit www.kimaddonizio.com.
Dan Albergotti is the author of two collections of poetry: Millennial Teeth (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), selected by Rodney James as the winner of the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition; and The Boatloads (BOA, 2008), which was selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Albergotti has been a scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is professor and Chair of the English Department at Coastal Carolina University.
Ellen Bass is the author of three books of poetry. Her collection Mules of Love (BOA, 2002) won the Lambada Literary Award. Among her other awards are a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize, the Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award, a fellowship from the California Arts Council, and two Pushcart Prizes. Bass currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University. For more information about Ellen Bass, visit ellenbass.com.
Bruce Beasley is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently Theophobia (BOA, 2012). Beasley is the recipient of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series Award for The Corpse Flower: New & Selected Poems (University of Washington Press, 2007), and the Colorado Prize for Poetry for Summer Mystagogia (University Press of Colorado, 1996). He has also been awarded three Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust. He is a professor of English at Western Washington University. For more information about Bruce Beasley, visit brucebeasley.net.
Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of three books of poetry: Placebo Effects (W.W. Norton, 1997), selected by William Matthews as a winner in the National Poetry Series; Curious Contact (BOA, 2004); and Burning of the Three Fires (BOA, 2010). For seven years she was publisher and co-editor of the literary magazine American Letters & Commentary. She has also worked as a proofreader, medical editor, and advertising copywriter. Beaumont currently teaches at The Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and in the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. For more information about Jeanne Marie Beaumont, visit www.jeannemariebeaumont.com.
Devin Becker is the Head of the Data and Digital Services department at the University of Idaho Library and one of the directors of the Vandal Poem of the Day project. His first collection of poetry Shame | Shame (BOA, 2015), was selected by David St. John as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. For more information, visit devinbecker.org.
A native of Belgium, Laure-Anne Bosselaar has lived and worked throughout Europe and the United States. She is the author of three collections of poetry in English: The Hour Between Dog & Wolf (BOA, 1997); Small Gods of Grief (BOA, 2001); and A New Hunger (Copper Canyon Press, 2007). Bosselaar was awarded a fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, and was a Writer in Residence at The Vermont Studio Center and at Hamilton College. She is currently translating American poetry into French and Flemish poetry into English, and teaches at the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. For more information about Laure-Anne Bosselaar, visit laureannebosselaar.com.
Deborah Brown is the author of Walking the Dog’s Shadow (BOA, 2011), her debut book of poetry for which she won the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. She is also the editor, with Maxine Kumin and Annie Finch, of Lofty Dogmas: Poets on Poetics (U of Arkansas Press, 2005), and translator, with Richard Jackson and Susan Thomas, of The Last Voyage: Selected Poems by Giovanni Pascoli (Red Hen Press, 2010). Brown teaches literature and writing at the University of New Hampshire-Manchester.
Fleda Brown is the author of eight collections of poetry including No Need of Sympathy published by BOA in 2013. She is also the author of a memoir, Driving With Dvorak (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), and with Sydney Lea, a book of essays, Growing Old in Poetry (Autumn House Press, 2013). She joined the faculty of the University of Delaware English Department in 1978, where she founded the Poets in the Schools Program, which she directed for more than twelve years. Brown served as poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-2007, and she currently teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. For more information about Fleda Brown, visit fledabrown.com.
Nickole Brown’s books include: Fanny Says (BOA, 2015), a biography-in-poems about her late grandmother; Sister (Red Hen Press, 2007), a novel-in-stories; and an anthology, Air Fare (Sarabande, 2004), co-edited with Judith Taylor. For ten years, Brown was director of marketing and development at Sarabande Books, and was also the editorial assistant to the late Hunter S. Thompson. Currently she is the editor for the Marie Alexander Series in Prose Poetry at White Pine Press, and is on faculty every summer at the Sewanee Young Writer’s Conference and at the low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Murray State. For more information about Nickole Brown, visit nickolebrown.org.
Rick Bursky is the author of three collections of poetry: I’m No Longer Troubled By the Extravagance (BOA, 2015); Death Obscura (Sarabande, 2010); The Soup of Something Missing (Bear Star Press, 2004), winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize; and the chapbook, The Invention of Fiction (Hollyridge Press, 2005). He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design, and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Bursky lives in Los Angeles where he works in advertising and teaches poetry in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. For more information about Rick Bursky, visit www.rickbursky.com.
Lucille Clifton was an award winning poet, fiction writer, and author of children’s books. Her poetry collection, Blessing the Boats: New & Selected Poems 1988-2000 (BOA, 2000), won the National Book Award for poetry and in 1988 she became the only author to have two collections selected in the same year as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir (BOA, 1987), and Next: New Poems (BOA, 1987). In 1996, her collection The Terrible Stories (BOA, 1996), was a finalist for the National Book Award. Among her many other awards and accolades are the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Frost Medal, and an Emmy Award. In 2013, her posthumously published collection The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010 (BOA, 2012), was awarded the Hurston Wright Legacy Award for Poetry.
Wyn Cooper is the author of four collections of poetry, including two from BOA Editions, Postcards from the Interior (2005), and Chaos is the New Calm (2010). Cooper is also a storyteller, songwriter, and essayist. In 1993, the poem “Fun” from his first book, The Country of Here Below (Ahsahta Press, 1987) was turned into the Grammy-winning song “All I Wanna Do” by Sheryl Crow. Cooper currently works as an editor for both aspiring and established authors and helps run the Brattleboro Literary Festival in Vermont. For more information about Wyn Cooper, visit www.wyncooper.com.
Jim Daniels’ recent books include Birth Marks (BOA, 2013,) winner of the Milt Kessler Poetry Award from Binghamton University; the Midwest Award-winning short fiction collection, Trigger Man: More Tales from the Motor City (Michigan State University Press, 2011); and Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2011), which won the Poetry Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. In 2010 he wrote and produced the independent film Mr. Pleasant, his third produced screenplay. Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
Geffrey Davis’ debut collection of poems, Revising the Storm (BOA, 2014), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Other honors include the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood First Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Penn State’s Institute for the Arts & Humanities. Davis teaches in the Program for Creative Writing & Translation at the University of Arkansas, and serves on the board of directors for the journal Toe Good Poetry. For more information about Geffrey Davis, visit www.geffreydavis.com.
Debra Kang Dean is the author of three collections of poetry, including one from BOA Editions, Precipitates (2003). Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1999 (Scribner, 1999), The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology (Middlebury, 2000) and Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the City (Milkweed Editions, 2000). She is on the faculty of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA Program, and is a contributing editor for Tar River Poetry. For more information about Debra Kang Dean, visit debrakangdean.com.
Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author of twelve books of poetry, including three from BOA Editions: Broken Hallelujahs (2007), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (2010); and All You Ask For Is Longing: New & Selected Poems (2014). His awards include a Fulbright Lectureship in the Balkans and two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry. Dougherty received his MFA from Syracuse University and reads and conducts workshops around the country.
Russell Edson was a poet, novelist, writer and illustrator. Called the “godfather of the prose poem,” Edson began publishing poetry in the 1960’s and is the author of thirteen collections, including The Rooster’s Wife (BOA, 2005). Edson received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He lived for many years in Stamford CT, and died in 2014.
Richard Foerster is the author of six collections of poetry, three from BOA Editions: Trillium (1998); Double Going (2002), named a notable book by the National Book Critics Circle; and The Burning of Troy (2006), winner of the Poetry Category for the 2007 Maine Literary Awards. His other numerous awards include the Discovery/The Nation Award, the Bess Hokin Prize from Poetry Magazine, and residency fellowships from Yaddo and the National Endowment for the Arts. Foerster also typesets all of BOA’s beautiful books.
John Gallaher’s most recent poetry collection, In A Landscape, was published by BOA Editions in 2014. He is also the author, together with G.C. Waldrep, of Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA, 2011), which was written in collaboration almost completely through email. His poetry collection The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007) was the recipient of the Levis Poetry Prize. Gallaher is currently the co-editor of The Laurel Review and The Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics, and is an assistant professor of English at Northwest Missouri State University.
Richard Garcia is the author of six collections of poetry, including three from BOA Editions: Rancho Notorious (2001), The Persistence of Objects (2006), and The Chair (2014). Garcia is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. For twelve years he was poet-in-residence at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he conducted workshops in art and poetry for hospitalized children. He teaches creative writing in the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Program and at the College of Charleston. For more information about Richard Garcia, visit www.richardgarcia.info.
During her lifetime (1915-1981), Isabella Gardner published four distinguished books of poetry. The great-niece of Isabella Stewart Gardner and a cousin of Robert Lowell, Gardner was a professional actress for several years before moving to Chicago, where she served as an associate editor of Poetry magazine from 1952-1956. In 2000, BOA published Isabella Gardner: The Collected Poems as part of its American Poets Continuum Series, and established the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award. The award is presented biennially to a mid-career poet with a new book of exceptional merit.
Winner of a 2015 Whiting Award for Poetry, Aracelis Girmay is an assistant professor of poetry at Hampshire College. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007), and Kingdom Animalia, winner of the 2011 Isabella Gardner Award from BOA Editions. Girmay is a Cave Canem Fellow and an Acentos board member. Her next book of poetry, the black maria is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2016. For more information about Aracelis Girmay, visit aracelisgirmay.blogspot.com.
Ray Gonzalez is the author of fifteen books of poetry, including six from BOA Editions: The Heat of Arrivals (1997), winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Book Award; Cabato Sentora (2000), a Minnesota Book Award Finalist; The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande (2003), winner of the 2003 Minnesota Book Award; Consideration of the Guitar: New & Selected Poems (2005); Cool Auditor: Prose Poems (2009); and Beautiful Wall (2015). Gonzalez is also the author of three collections of essays, two collections of short stories, and the editor of twelve anthologies. He has served as the poetry editor for the Bloomsbury Review for thirty-five years and in 1998, founded the poetry journal LUNA. Gonzales is a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at the University of Minnesota.
Janice N. Harrington writes poetry and children’s books. Her first book of poetry, Even the Hollow My Body Made is Gone (2007), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book of poetry, The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home was published by BOA in 2011, and her latest collection, Primitive is forthcoming from BOA in 2016. Harrington has worked as a public librarian and as a professional storyteller. She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Illinois. For more information about Janice N. Harrington, visit www.janiceharrington.com.
Meg Kearney is the author of two collections of poetry: Home By Now (Four Way Books, 2009), was the winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award, and a finalist for the Patterson Poetry Prize; and An Unkindness of Ravens (BOA, 2001). She is also the author of three novels in verse for teens and a picture book for children, Trouper (the three-legged dog), (Scholastic, 2013). Kearney is founding director of the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College, and was associate director of the National Book Foundation for eleven years. She is a former poetry editor of Echoes, a quarterly literary journal, and a past president of the Hudson Valley Writers Association of upstate New York. For more information about Meg Kearney, visit www.megkearney.com.
Brigit Pegeen Kelley is the author of three collections of poetry: To the Place of Trumpets (Yale University Press, 1988), selected by James Merrill for the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize; Song (BOA, 1995), winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and The Orchard (BOA, 2004), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. Her many other accolades include a Discovery/The Nation Award, the Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council.
Christopher Kennedy is the author of four collections of poetry, including two from BOA Editions: Ennui Prophet (2011); and Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death (2007), which received the Isabella Gardner Award from BOA. He is also co-translator of Light & Heavy Things: Selected Poems of Zeeshan Sahil (2013), published by BOA as part of The Lannan Translation Selections Series. He has received fellowships and grants from The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Kennedy is associate professor of English at Syracuse University where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
Carolyn Kizer won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for her poetry collection Yin (BOA, 1984). After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she was a Fellow of the Chinese Government in Comparative Literature at Columbia University. In 1959, she co-founded the prestigious journal Poetry Northwest, which she edited from its inception until 1965. From 1964 to 1965, she was a Specialist in Literature for the United States Department of State in Pakistan, and from 1966 to 1970 she served as the first Director of the Literature Program for the newly created National Endowment for the Arts. In 1995, Kizer was appointed to the post of Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, but resigned three years later to protest the absence of women and minorities on the governing board. Her numerous honors include the Frost Medal, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. Kizer died in 2014.
Jennifer Kronovet’s debut poetry collection, Awayward (BOA, 2007), was selected by Jean Valentine as the winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. Kronovet received an MFA in Creative Writing from Washington University and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University Teachers College. She has lived in Beijing, Chicago, and New York where she was born and raised. She is a founding editor of CIRCUMFERENCE, the journal of poetry in translation, and currently is writer-in-residence at Washington University in St. Louis. For more information about Jennifer Kronovet, visit jenniferkronovet.com.
Keetje Kuipers has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, a Bread Loaf Fellow, and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. In 2007, she completed her tenure as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, using her time there to complete work on her first book, Beautiful in the Mouth (BOA, 2010), which was awarded the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Her second book, The Keys to the Jail, was published by BOA in 2014. Kuipers is an assistant professor at Auburn University where she is Editor of Southern Humanities Review. For more information about Keetje Kuipers, visit www.keetjekuipers.com.
Adrie Kusserow is a cultural anthropologist who works with Sudanese refugees in trying to build schools in war-worn South Sudan. Currently an associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Kusserow earned her PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. She is the author of two collections of poetry, both published by BOA Editions: Hunting Down the Monk (2002), and Refuge (2013).
Dorianne Laux is the author of five collections of poetry, including three from BOA Editions: Awake (1990), selected by Philip Levine as a Winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize; What We Carry (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Smoke (2000). Her most recent collection, The Book of Men (W.W. Norton, 2012) was the winner of the Patterson Prize. Among her awards are two Best American Poetry Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, and two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. For more information about Dorianne Laux, visit doriannelaux.net.
Katy Lederer is the author of two poetry collections: Winter Sex (Wave Books, 2004); and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA, 2009); as well as the memoir, Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Broadway Books, 2004), which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and one of Esquire’s eight Best Books of the Year. Her honors include fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. For several years she worked at a quantitative hedge fund in midtown Manhattan. She also worked as a teacher, anthropological researcher, and semi-professional poker player. For more information about Katy Lederer, visit www.katylederer.com.
Li-Young Lee is the author of four collections of poetry, three from BOA Editions: Book of My Nights (2001), which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You (1990), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (1986) which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. His other work includes Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee (BOA, 2006), a collection of twelve interviews with Lee at various stages of his artistic development; and The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon & Schuster, 1995), a memoir which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. A second edition of The Winged Seed: A Remembrance was published by BOA in 2013 which included a new forward by the author.
Hugh Martin spent six years in the Army National Guard and eleven months in Iraq. His chapbook, So How Was the War? (Kent State UP, 2010), was published by the Wick Poetry Center, and his first full-length collection of poetry, The Stick Soldiers (BOA, 2013), was awarded the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. Martin is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and the Jeff Sharlet Memorial Award from the Iowa Review. A graduate of Muskingum University and Arizona State, he is currently the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. For more information about Hugh Martin, visit www.hugh-martin.com, or hughmartin.blogspot.com.
Erika Meitner is the author of four collections of poetry: Inventory at the All-night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2002), winner of the Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize; Idea Cities (Harper Collins, 2010), winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series; Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011), and Copia (BOA, 2014). Meitner was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, a Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and is currently a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast. Meitner is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech where she teaches in the MFA Program. For more information about Erika Meitner, visit erikameitner.com.
Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of two collections of poetry, Rag & Bone (Elxir Press, 2011), and The End of Pink, forthcoming from BOA in 2016. She is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at University of Central Missouri, where she also serves as Poetry Editor for Pleiades.
Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than thirty volumes including four collections of poetry from BOA Editions: Red Suitcase (1994), Fuel (1998), You & Yours (2005), and Transfer (2011). She has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow. Her numerous awards include a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award from BOA, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, the Patterson Poetry Prize, four Pushcart Prizes, the Robert Creeley Prize, and the Betty Prize from Poets House for her service to poetry. In January 2010, Nye was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. For more information about Naomi Shihab Nye, visit barclayagency.com/nye.
Marsh de la O’s first book of poetry, Black Hope (New Issues Press, 1997), won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. Her latest collection, Antidote for Night (BOA, 2015), was awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Prize. Her work also appears in four anthologies, the latest of which, One for the Money: The Sentence as Poetic Form, is forthcoming from Lynx House Press in 2017. The recipient of the 2014 Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Prize, the dA Poetry Prize, and the Ventura Poetry Prize, de la O is the publisher of the poetry journal, Askew.
Alan Michael Parker is the author of eight collections of poetry, including three from BOA Editions: The Vandals (1999), Love Song with Motor Vehicles (2003) and Elephants & Butterflies (2008). The Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, Parker also teaches at the University of Tampa Low-Residency MFA Program. For more information about Alan Michael Parker, visit alanmichaelparker.com.
The founder of BOA, Editions, Ltd., A. Poulin, Jr. was the author of six collections of poetry. Poulin was also a major translator of the French and German poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, and the co-editor, with Michael Waters, of Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton-Mifflin). Mentor to numerous contemporary poets and scholars, Poulin died in 1996.
Laura Read is a poet and educator living in Spokane. She is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (forthcoming from BOA Editions, 2018); Instructions for my Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, selected by Dorianne Laux), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award, 2011). Her poems appear widely. Recipient of a Washington State Artists Trust Grant, a Florida Review Prize for Poetry, and the Crab Creek Review Prize for Poetry, Laura teaches and presents regularly at literary festivals and conferences throughout the Northwest, such as GetLit!, Write on the Sound, Litfuse, and the Port Townsend Writers Conference. Laura teaches writing and literature at Spokane Falls Community College and serves as Poet Laureate of Spokane. For more information about Laura Read, visit www.laurareadpoet.com.
Ira Sadoff is the author of eight collections of poetry, a novel, and a book of criticism. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 1973 he was a fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and in 1974 he was the Alan Collins Fellow in Poetry and Prose at the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Co-founder of the Seneca Review, Sadoff currently teaches in the MFA program at Drew University and serves as the Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of English at Colby College in Maine.
Matthew Shenoda is the author of two collections of poetry: Somewhere Else (Coffee House Press, 2005), named one of 2005’s debut books of the year by Poets & Writers magazine, and winner of a 2006 American Book Award; and Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (BOA, 2009). His most recent work, An Anthology of Poets Responding to the Art of Romare Bearden, edited with Kwame Dawes is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press in 2016. He is an associate professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College, Chicago. For more information about Matthew Shenoda, visit www.matthewshenoda.com.
The author of seventeen books of poetry, Louis Simpson was the recipient of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his collection At the End of the Open Road (Wesleyan University Press, 1964). Other awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for Modern Poets of France: A Bilingual Anthology (Story Line Press). His book The Owner of the House: New Collected Poems 1940-2001 (BOA, 2003) was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and the Griffin Poetry Prize. Simpson died in 2012.
The author of nineteen collections of poetry, W.D. Snodgrass’ first collection of poems, Hearts Needle, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1960. Often credited with being one of the founding members of the “confessional” school of poetry, he dismissed the term and never regarded his work as such. Snodgrass published four collections of poetry with BOA Editions: The Fuehrer Bunker: A Cycle of Poems in Progress (1977), revised edition titled The Fuehrer Bunker: The Complete Cycle: Poems (1995); Each in His Season (1993): Selected Translations (1998): and After-Images: Autobiographical Sketches (1999). Snodgrass died in 2009.
The only author to win the Minnesota Book Award in three different categories: poetry for The Book of Names: New and Selected Poems (BOA, 1993); fiction for My Father’s War and Other Stories (Viking Adult, 1991); and creative non-fiction for Cold Comfort: Life at the Top of the Map (University of Minnesota Press, 1998). Sutter has written for public radio and regularly performs as one half of The Sutter Brothers. In 2011 Barton Sutter retired from teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Superior and currently lives in Duluth with his wife Dorothea Diver, on a hillside overlooking Lake Superior. For more information about Barton Sutter, visit bartonsutter.com.
Craig Morgan Teicher is a poet, critic, and freelance writer. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems (Center for Literary Publishing, 2007); and To Keep Love Blurry (BOA, 2012). His collection of short stories and fables, Cradle Book, was published by BOA in 2010.His next collection of poetry, The Trembling Answers is forthcoming from BOA in 2017. For more information about Craig Morgan Teicher, visit craigmorganteicher.com.
Michael Teig’s first collection of poetry, Big Back Yard (BOA, 2004), was awarded the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize. His most recent collection, There’s a Box in the Garage You Can Beat With a Stick, was published by BOA in 2013. Teig is the co-founder of the literary magazine jubilat, and works as a freelance writer and editor in Northampton, MA.
Ryan Teitman’s first collection of poetry, Litany for the City (BOA, 2012), won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and also worked as a newspaper reporter in Philadelphia before receiving an MFA and MA from Indiana University. Teitman currently teaches at Gettysburg College.
Karen Volkman is the author of Nomina (BOA, 2008); Crash’s Law (Norton, 1996), a National Series Selection; and Spar (University of Iowa Press, 2002), which received the Iowa Poetry Prize and the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her next collection of poetry, Whereso, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2016. A recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America, Akademie Schloss Solitude, and the Bogliasco Foundation, Volkman currently teaches in the English Department at the University of Montana.
G.C. Waldrep’s many books of poetry include: Testament (BOA, 2015); Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA, 2011), a collaboration with John Gallaher; and Disclamor (BOA, 2007). Waldrep has received prizes from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets, as well as the Colorado Prize, the Dorset Prize, the Campbell Corner Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Writing, and a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Waldrep teaches at Bucknell University, is Editor for the literary journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
Michael Waters is the author of ten collections of poetry, including five from BOA Editions: Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity (2006), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001); Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum (1997); and Not Just Any Death (1979). He is co-editor of Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006), and editor of The Selected Poems of A. Poulin, Jr. (BOA, 2001). His honors include fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, four Pushcart Prizes and three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Waters is a professor of English at Monmouth University. His newest collection of poetry, Celestial Joyride, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2016.
Jillian Weise is the author of two books of poetry: The Amputee’s Guide to Sex (Soft Skull Press, 2007); and The Book of Goodbyes (BOA, 2013), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Isabella Gardner Award. She is also the author of the novel, The Colony (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, 2010). Weise traveled to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina on a Fulbright Fellowship, and spent two years as a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Centre in Provencetown. She teaches at Clemson University and co-directs the Annual Clemson Literary Festival. For more information about Jillian Weise, visit www.jillianweise.com.
Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of poetry, including two from BOA Editions: Late (2004), for which she was named Georgia Author of the Year; and Carpathia (2009), a finalist for the Milton Kessler Poetry Award. A celebrated teacher, Woloch has conducted poetry workshops for thousands of children, young people, professional writers, and educators throughout the United States and around the world. She is also the founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild and of the Paris Poetry Workshop. For more information about Cecilia Woloch, visit ceciliawoloch.squarespace.com.
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Chris Abani is a professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award.
James Arthur’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, Best New Poets 2010, and Best Canadian Poetry 2008. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1974 and grew up in Toronto, Canada. He received a B.A. from Trinity College, University of Toronto in 1997, an MA from the University of New Brunswick in 2001, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. He is married to the fiction writer Shannon Robinson.
Erin Belieu was born and raised in Nebraska and educated at the University of Nebraska, Ohio State University, and Boston University. She is the author of Infanta, winner of the National Poetry Series in 1994, One Above & One Below, winner of the Midlands Poetry Prize and Ohioana Poetry Award, and Black Box, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, all of which were published by Copper Canyon. Her poems have appeared in places such as Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, AGNI, Tin House, Yale Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Belieu co-founded VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Cate Marvin. She currently directs the Creative Writing Program at Florida State University and is the Artistic Director at Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.
Mark Bibbins is the author of Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award, and They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, The Best American Poetry, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. He was a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow.
Sherwin Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is Diné of the Tódích’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizílaaní (Many Goats Clan). He holds an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program and a BA from University of Arizona in Tucson. His recent honors include a 2011 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a 2011 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient of 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award. Bitsui has published his poems in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, and elsewhere.
Kwame Dawes was born in Ghana in 1962 and moved with his family to Jamaica at the age of ten. His first book of poetry Progeny of Air ( Peepal Tree, 1994) won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. The author of fifteen subsequent collections, Dawes has also published two novels, four anthologies, numerous essays, and seen over fifteen of his plays produced. Dawes actively maintains his Jamaican roots. In 2009 he was awarded an Emmy for his Pulitzer Center funded interactive website, LiveHopeLove.com entitled “Hope: Living and Loving with AIDS in Jamaica”. At the University of South Carolina he was the Distinguished Poet in Residence, Founder and executive Director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative, and director of the University of South Carolina Arts Institute. Since 2011 he has taught at the University of Nebraska as a Chancellor’s Professor of English as well as the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner. He is a Cave Canem faculty member and teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.
Natalie Diaz, a member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, attended Old Dominion University on a full athletic scholarship. After playing professional basketball in Austria, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey she returned to ODU for an MFA in writing. Her publications include Prairie Schooner, Iowa Review, Crab Orchard Review, among others. Her work was selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets and she has received the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She lives in Surprise, Arizona.
Winner of the 2010 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets for his second collection Flies (Copper Canyon, 2011), Michael Dickman was born and raised in the Lents district of Portland, Oregon. His poems are regularly published in The New Yorker, and his work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The American Poetry Review, Field, Tin House, and Narrative magazine. His first book,The End of the West, was published by Copper Canyon in 2009, and after publication he and his twin brother Matthew, also a poet, were profiled in The New Yorker and Poets & Writers. Dickman is currently serving as a Lecturer at Princeton University.
Kerry James Evans served six years in the Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer, including one-year active duty at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, during Operation Noble Eagle. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and will receive his PhD in English-Creative Writing from Florida State University. His poems have been published inAgni, Beloit Poetry Journal, Narrative, New England Review, North American Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner and many others. His first book Bangalore, was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, a Runner-up for Boa’s A. Poulin Jr. Prize, and a finalist for numerous other prizes. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a Kingsbury Fellowship at Florida State University. He lives with his wife in Tallahassee, Florida.
Laura Kasischke is the author of eight collections of poetry and seven novels. Her work has received many honors, including the Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Poetry Prize, and the Rilke Poetry Prize. Her most recent book of poems, Space in Chains, won the National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan, with her son and teaches at the University of Michigan MFA program in Ann Arbor.
Sarah Lindsay was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; she graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA and a Paracollege major in English and Creative Writing, and also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has published two chapbooks, Bodies of Water and Insomniac’s Lullaby, and two books in the Grove Press Poetry Series: Primate Behavior, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Mount Clutter. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Parnassus, The Yale Review, and other magazines. She is also a recipient of the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize. She has recently been nominated for the 2010 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry.
Valzhyna Mort was born in Minsk, Belarus. Her first book of poetry, I’m as Thin as Your Eyelashes, was published in Belarus (2005). Factory of Tears (Copper Canyon Press, 2008) is her second book and was co-translated by Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright. It is the first Belarusian-English poetry book ever published in the United States and has been translated into German, Swedish, and Russian. Her English translations of Eastern-European poets are included in New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008). Her most recently published book is Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press, 2011). Mort currently teaches at the University of Baltimore and has the distinction of being the youngest person to ever be on the cover of Poets & Writers.
Lisa Olstein is the author of Radio Crackling, Radio Gone, Lost Alphabet, and Little Stranger. An album of songs based on her writing , Cold Satellite, was released by singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault in 2010. Olstein is the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Centrum. A contributing editor of jubilat, she co-founded and for ten years co-directed the Juniper Initiative for Literary Arts & Action at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She teaches in the New Writers Project, the MFA program based in the Department of English at UT Austin.
Roger Reeves’ poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and Tin House, among others. He has a BA in English from Morehouse College, an MA in English from Texas A&M University, and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin, Reeves earned a PhD from the University of Texas and is currently an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois, Chicago. King Me is his debut collection.
Brenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa, Japan and grew up in Southern California. She is the author of Our Andromeda (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy (FSG, 1999). Shaughnessy’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harper’s, The Nation, The Rumpus, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, Newark, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.
C.D. Wright has published more than fifteen collections of poetry and prose. One With Others was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Leonore Marshal Prize. Reviewing Rising, Falling, Hovering (Copper Canyon, 2008),The New York Times noted: “C.D. Wright belongs to a school of exactly one.” Her collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster, One Big Self, focused on Louisiana prisoners, was honored with a Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies. She also received awards from the Lannan Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts. In 2004 she was named a MacArthur Fellow; in 2005, she was the recipient of the Robert Creeley Award. Wright is from the Arkansas Ozarks. In the mid-nineties, with a fellowship from the Wallace Foundation, she curated “a walk-in book of Arkansas,” a touring exhibition. She developed two state literary maps, one of Arkansas, her native state and one of Rhode Island. Wright is on the faculty at Brown University, and lives outside of Providence, Rhode Island.
Dean Young has published fourteen books of poetry, including finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and Griffin Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, as well as an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, Austin.
Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, American Linden, The Pajamaist, Come On All You Ghosts, and Sun Bear. The Pajamaist was selected as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and was chosen by Library Journal as one of the top ten poetry volumes of 2006. Come On All You Ghosts was a New York Times Notable Book of the year, and was also selected as the 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice for poetry, as well as the Northern California Independent Booksellers poetry book of the year. Zapruder has been a Lannan Literary Fellow in Marfa, Texas, and a recipient of a May Sarton Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, Zapruder lives in San Francisco, where he is an editor at Wave Books.