Joshua Clover is a scholar and poet who is the spending the year as a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell. His first collection of poems, Madonna anno domini, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. His most recent books include The Matrix, a book of film criticism; The Totality for Kids, a collection of poems; and 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About. He is a Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Davis.
Kiki Petrosino is the author of Fort Red Border (Sarabande, 2009). She was born in Baltimore and received her BA from the University of Virginia. She spent two years in Switzerland teaching English and Italian at a private school, after which she earned graduate degrees from both the University of Chicago and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her poem, "You Have Made a Career of Not Listening," was featured in the anthology Best New Poets (Samovar Press), and other poems have appeared in FENCE, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Her awards include a post-graduate writing fellowship from the University of Iowa and two staff scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She currently teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Louisville.
Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections Elements (Stockport Flats Press, 2010) and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords, 2008). Deborah's writing has recently appeared in journals such as Jacket Magazine, Peaches & Bats, Sidebrow, Filter Literary Journal and Denver Quarterly. She is assistant professor of English at Pace University, fiction editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat and guest curator/editor for Trickhouse's "Experiment" door 2010/2011. For more information about Deborah, visit www.deborahpoe.com.
Caroline Manring earned her BA from Cornell University and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has held a Teaching Writing Fellowship and a Leggett-Schupes Fellowship, and her poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Hot Metal Bridge, Juked, Babel Fruit, and elsewhere. Her poetry chapbook, No Postman, was published last winter by Split Oak Press. She is Assistant Poetry Editor of the literary magazine Seneca Review, and she currently teaches Literature, Creative Writing, and a freshman seminar called "The Avian Persuasion" at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She fiddles on a violin made in 1932 by her great-grandfather, Harley Manring, who was a postman.
Tacey M. Atsitty Diné, from Cove, Arizona is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle People). She is a recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship. She holds a BA in English from Brigham Young University and a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Currently, she is in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Cornell University. Her work has appeared in Tribal College Journal, Florida Review, and New Poets of the American West Anthology. Her chapbook "Amenorrhea" came out February of last year by Counting Coup Press.
Jaime Warburton received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was the recipient of the Thomas Lux Grant for excellence in both teaching and the written word; she is assistant professor of writing at Ithaca College. Jaime's poems and stories have appeared in, among other places, Sotto Voce, The Broome Review, Storyscape, Silenced Press, and The Collagist; her chapbook Note That They Cannot Live Happily was published by Split Oak Press in 2009.
Karen Leona Anderson is the author of Punish Honey, published by Carolina Wren Press. She wrote a dissertation on poetry and science at Cornell University and received her MFA from the University of Iowa. She is currently an assistant professor of English at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
Theo Hummer is finishing her Cornell University dissertation on performance and segregation in contemporary U.S. poetry. She has taught EFL, creative writing, composition, and cultural studies in a Czech cigarette factory, at two northeastern liberal arts colleges and one Ivy League university, and at the maximum-security men's prison in Auburn, NY. Her poetry has been featured in Vox, Sentence, Equilibrium, The Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2006, and on Verse.com
Joanna Pearson completed her MFA in poetry at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars. She'll finish her MD at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine this May and begin a residency in psychiatry soon afterward. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Tar River Poetry, The New Criterion, Bellevue Literary Review, Waccamaw, Blackbird, Unsplendid, Measure, Best New Poets 2005, and others. A recipient of scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Yaddo, she was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first novel for young adults will be published in May 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books.
Matthew Smith's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Iron Horse Literary Review, Measure, Unsplendid, The Alabama Literary Review, The Lyric, The Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and others. His plays have been staged in Baltimore, London, and Athens, GA. He completed his MFA in poetry at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in 2008, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Currently, he lives in Baltimore, where he teaches at the Johns Hopkins University. This fall, he will begin his MFA in playwriting at Catholic University.
Emily Rosko is the author of Raw Goods Inventory, winner of the 2005 Iowa Poetry Prize and the 2007 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers from Shenandoah. Recipient of the Stegner, the Ruth Lilly, and the Javits fellowships, her poems have been included in Agni, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, and Pleiades. She earned an MFA at Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Missouri. She is the editor, with Anton Vander Zee, of a collection of essays, A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line, forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. This past year she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell, and, in the fall, she will be an Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston.
Anthony Reed, a recent Ph. D. graduate from Cornell University's English Department, is a Mellon graduate fellow at the Society for the Humanities. Next year he will join the faculty of the English and African American Studies departments at Yale University. He is also a graduate of the M.F.A. program at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Currently, he is working on a series of poems called 'The Conquering Ayin' as well as a fragmentary novel called The Infinite, both of which are concerned with intimacy and music.
Mark Nowak is the author of Coal Mountain Elementary (2009), Shut Up Shut Down (2004) and Revenants (2000), all from Coffee House Press. For the past several years he has been designing and facilitating "poetry dialogues" with autoworkers in the United States and South Africa (through the UAW and NUMSA), striking clerical workers (through AFSCME 3800), and Muslim/Somali nurses and healthcare workers (through Rufaidah). His writings on new labor poetics appear in Goth: Undead Subculture (Duke, 2007), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan, 2007), The Progressive, and elsewhere. A native of Buffalo, NY, he works as Director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.
Christopher Kempfis from Fort Wayne, Indiana. He holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell University, and will be pursuing a Ph.D. in early modern drama in the fall. His work has appeared in Rattle, Jacket, Sycamore Review, Whiskey Island, and is forthcoming from the New York Quarterly. His manuscript, Circle Work, is currently a semi-finalist for the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award.
Anne Gorrick's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including American Letters and Commentary, the Cortland Review, Fence, the Seneca Review, Sulfur, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, and Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers. She curates the reading series Cadmium Text, featuring innovative writing from in and around New York's Hudson Valley. With artist Cynthia Winika, she produced a limited edition artists' book "Swans, the ice" she said. Her first poetry collection, Kyotologic, is available from Shearsman Books (Exeter, UK), which will also issue her second, I Formation, in 2010.
Anne Marie Rooney is an MFA candidate at Cornell University. She was selected by Li-Young Lee as the winner of the 2009 Iowa Review Award for poetry, and also rec Prize. Her work has appeared in Columbia, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Bat City Review, the Best New Poets 2008 anthology, and elsewhere. Though Anne Marie was born and raised in New York City, she hopes to live in a lighthouse when she grows up.
Bhisham Bherwani's poetry collection The Second Night of the Spirit was published in April 2009 by CavanKerry Press. He is a graduate of Cornell University, and was a Fellow at the Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca in September 2009. He lives in New York City.
Christopher Lirette has enjoyed thinking of his homeland -- the bayou community of Chauvin, Louisiana -- from afar, whether it be while teaching archery in California, chipping rust off of offshore oil platforms, cooking in Chicago homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, studying in Paris, or retr acing an aie.o Lirette and his wife, Linda Rigamer, make their home in Ithaca, New York under the auspices of Cornell. You can find his poems in The Colorado Review, Prick of the Spindle, and The Columbia, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Bat City Review, the Best New Poets 2008I>The Louisville Review.
Farrah Field’s poems have appeared in Chelsea, Harp & Altar, Harpur Palate, Margie, Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Pool, and Typo. She was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and raised in Nebraska, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas, Sicily, and Belgium. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her new book, Rising, published by Four Way Books, was selected by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the 2007 Larry Levis Prize.
Jared White was born in Boston and has lived in Brooklyn for about eight years, near two big bridges. His poems have appeared in previous issues of Barrow Street, Cannibal, Coconut, Fulcrum, Harp & Altar, Horse Less Review, The Modern Review, Sawbuck, and Word For/Word, among other journals. A chapbook of poems entitled Yellowcake will appear in the upcoming chapbook collection, Narwhal, from Cannibal Books. He maintains an occasional blog, No No Yes No Yes, at jaredswhite.blogspot.com.
Aaron Tieger was born in New Hampshire in 1974. His most recent chapbooks are The Collected Typos of Aaron Tieger (Editions Louis Wain, 2009), Necco Face (with Jess Mynes and Michael Carr; Editions Louis Wain 2009) and Anxiety Chant (Skysill Press, 2009. Secret Donut (Pressed Wafer, 2009) is his first full-length book. A member of SOON Productions from 2004-2007, he is currently a curator of the Unaffiliated Readinridge, MA. Formerly the publisher of CARVE Poems, he now runs Petrichord Books. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
Stephen Cope'spoems, essays, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Postmodern Culture, The Germ, Sagetrieb, Mirage: A Period(ical), XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and elsewhere. He is the editor of George Oppen: Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers (University of California Press, 2007). His chapbooks of poetry include Versiones Vertiges (Meow Press, 1999), and his poem “Bellerophonic S onnet” earned a PIP-Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry in 2005. He received his PhD from UC San Diego in 2005, and has since taught at UCSD, Drake University, and Ohio University, and is currently on the faculties of both Ithaca College and the Poetics Program at the University of Buffalo. With Eula Biss and Catherine Taylor, he is co-founder of Essay Press, an imprint that publishes innovative, culturally relevant essays in book form.
Lori Anderson Moseman is the author of Walking the Dead (Heaven Bone Press), Cultivating Excess (winner of The Eighth Mountain book award), Persona (Swank Books) and Temporary Bunk (Swank Books). She has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctor of Arts in Writing and Teaching from the University at Albany. After decades as a educator, she now runs Stockport Flats, a press she founded in the wake of Federal Disaster #1649, a flood along the Delaware River. Anderson Moseman also curates the High Watermark Salo[o]n Chapbook Series a performance and exhibition series that celebrates writers and artists. See http://www.highwatermarksalon.com
Cori A. Winrock grew up on the wrong side of a Guinness Book lift-bridge. She holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell University where she was a recipient of the Corson-Bishop poetry prize. Her work was selected as editor’s choice for Mid-American Review’s James Wright Poetry Award and as a finalist for The National Poetry Review’s Annie Finch Prize. Her poems have appeared in (or are waiting in the wings of) The American Poetry Journal, Shenandoah, Caketrain, Pool, Crab Orchard Review & others.
Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His latest book, B____Meditations [1-52], is the first collection in Stockport Flats' Meander Scar Series of experimental poetry. His chapbooks include: The- Associated Press, Sorrow Songs, and Friend Delighting the Eloquent. Other work can be found in: wordfor/word, Plantarchy, and string of small machines. Also see: The Meister-Reich Experiments, a hypertext, at housepress.org. He currently lives and writes in Albany, New York.
Avery Slater holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Washington, and an M.Phil. in Critical Theory from Cambridge University. Her work was short-listed for the 2007 Discovery/The Nation Award and has won the McLeod-Grobe, Brewer Hall, Latham, and Dorothy Rosenberg prizes. She has received two full-tuition scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Slate Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, The Journal, CutBank, Chelsea and many other journals in the United States and the United Kingdom. Beginning next month, her poetry will be appearing as part of a travelling exhibition in England, a project that came out of a year-long international collaboration with a painter, a novelist, and an installation artist.
Carla Harryman is the author of twelve books of poetry, prose, plays, and essays. A widely acknowledged innovator in poetry, prose, and inter-disciplinary performance, she is a frequent collaborator and is a participant in the multi-authored experiment in autobiography The Grand Piano that focuses on the emergence of Language Writing, art, politics, and culture of the San Francisco Bay area between 1975-1980. She is co-editor of Lust for Life, a volume of essays on the novelist Kathy Acker, and has published articles on women's innovative writing by and on poets'
Rebecca Wolff is the founding editor and publisher of Fence and Fence Books, and of The Constant Critic, a poetry review site. Her first two books of poems are Manderley (U. of Illinois Press, 2001) and Fi. Nor Theg is forthcoming from Norton in 2009. She is almost fnished with a novel called The Beginners. Wolff is a fellow of the New York State Writers Institute, with which Fence is affiliated, and lives with her family in Athens, New York.
Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections Winter Sex (Verse, 2002) and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA, 2008) and the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown, 2003). Her writing has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Harvard Review, Boston Review, The Paris Review, GQ, and elsewhere. She is a Poetry Editor of Fence Magazine. Her awards and honors include an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Discover Great New Writers citation from Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Program.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman is the author of 19 Names For Our Band (Fence Books, 2008). His poetry, fiction, and photography have appeared in Boston Review, NOON, Canarium, Encyclopedia, Court Green, and Aufgabe, among others. His awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Ucross Foundation. A graduate of Bard College and Brown University, he lives in New York where he works as an art handler and maintains a blog (everybook.blogspot.com) chronicling rap videos he likes and every book he has read since January 2006. He is at work on a novel.
Jared Harel is a recent graduate of Cornell's MFA program. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in such literary journals as the New York Quarterly, California Quarterly, RATTLE, RHINO, Notre Dame Review, Apalachee Review and Harpur Palate. He also plays drums for the NYC-based rock band, Heywood.
Jill Magi is the author of Threads (Futurepoem 2007), Torchwood (Shearsman 2008), and Cadastral Map (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs 2005). New chapbooks, From the Body Project and Looking, A Way, are forthcoming from Felt Press and 2nd Avenue Press this summer. Her visual work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She teaches at Eugene Lang College of the New School and Goddard College and runs Sona Books, a chapbook press.
Jennifer Firestone is the co-editor of Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community, forthcoming in October from Saturnalia Books. She is the author of Holiday (published by Shearsman Books), Waves (published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and From Flashes and snapshot (both published by Sona Books). Her work has appeared in HOW2, LUNGFULL!, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Fourteen Hills, MIPOesias Magazine, Dusie, 580 Split, Saint Elizabeth Street and others. She is the Poet in Residence at Eugene Lang College (The New School For Liberal Arts), and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their infant twins.
David Lau’s poems have appeared in The Boston Review Fourteen Hills, Pool, New Orleans Review, The Bedazzler, Volt, Wildlife, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He has been a 2005 Pushcart Prize finalist, as well as the recipient of awards from The Iowa Arts Council and The Academy of American Poets. A graduate from UCLA and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cabrillo College. His first book of poetry will appear from UC Press’s New California Poetry Series in 2009. For the past year he has been collaborating on the documentary video Laborland.
Jose Perez Beduya completed his MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. In 2007, his chapbook *Seem* was published in Manila. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in the Beloit Poetry Journal, High Chair, and the Boston Review. He is currently working on *Throng, *his first full-length collection.
Rob Faivre teaches in the English Division at Adirondack Community College (SUNY). His poems and critical essays have been published in Talisman, Notre Dame Review, Blueline, and elsewhere. His first poetry chapbook, Looking for the Lost (The Guild Press, 1996), won the first publication contest of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. Two chapbooks have been published by Wood Thrush Books: one of poems, Walking (2000), and one of prose poems, Cultured Wildness: 21 Paragraphics (2008).
Seth Perlow was born in Denver and grew up in Atlanta. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Horse Less Review, elimae, The Cortland Review, Opium, and elsewhere. His first chapbook, Robot Portrait of Homo Futurus, is forthcoming from P.S. Books. His translations of Latin-American poetry have appeared in Revista Respiro and the anthology Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico. He is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Chicago and is pursuing a PhD in English at Cornell.
Lisa Samuels is the author of The Seven Voices (O Books 1998), Paradise for Everyone (Shearsman Books 2005), and The Invention of Culture (Shearsman Books 2008), as well as several chapbooks, including War Holdings (Pavement Saw 2003). She also publishes on poetry and critical practice, including an annotated edition of Laura Riding's 1928 Anarchism Is Not Enough (California 2001). Current book projects include Tomorrowland (poetic epic) and Modernism Is Not Enough (critical essays). During the spring semester of 2008, she is a visiting scholar of Literary Arts at Brown University. She teaches at The University of Auckland.
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Black Swan (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in journals such as African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, and Shenandoah, as well as the anthologies Bum Rush the Page, Role Call, Common Wealth, Gathering Ground, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She has recently completed a second collection of poems, Open Interval, and is currently at work on a third, Southern Gate. She teaches in the creative writing program at Cornell University.
Mel Nichols is the author of the chapbooks *Day Poems* (Edge Books 2005), *The Beginning of Beauty, Part 1: hottest new ringtones, mnichol6*(Edge Books 2007), based on the daily blog project, and *Bicycle Day*, forthcoming this spring from Slack Buddha Press. She co-curates the Ruthless Grip Poetry Series at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and teaches at George Mason University. She divides her time between Washington, DC, and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.
Rod Smith's most recent book is Deed, from the University of Iowa Press. He is also the author of Music or Honesty, The Good House, Poèmes de L'araignées (France), Protective Immediacy, and In Memory of My Theories. An audio CD, Fear the Sky, has was released by Narrow House in 2005, and a chapbook, You Bête, is forthcoming from Interrupting Cow. He is currently edting, with Kaplan Harris and Peter Baker, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley. Smith edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. Review of his work can be found at The Nation and Rain Taxi.
Stephanie Gehring just finished an M.F.A. in creative writing at Cornell and holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College with a double major in studio art and English. She grew up in Germany and Oregon. Her poems have been published in Poems and Plays, Folio, Earth's Daughters and Ruminate, and are forthcoming in Meridian. She spends her days walking all over Ithaca, reading student poetry, fiction, and essays on mystery stories (this semester's students are a smashing lot), and forgetting to check her e-mail, sometimes all at the same time.
Ezra Dan Feldman completed his MFA at Cornell and is revising his manuscript, _Doing the Thread Bare_. He is at work on two new series of poems, "Kissing Cousins" and "I'd Rather Be Hoodwinked."
Gillian Kiley is a writer who lives, for some reason, in Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has taught literature and writing there and at the University of Rhode Island. Her poems have appeared in various journals including The Colorado Review, McSweeney's, and Fence. On perhaps one too many occasions, she has been persuaded to dress up in an animal costume and dance around.
Sam White is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and a recent MacDowell Fellow in poetry. He has published one book of poems "The Goddess of the Hunt is Not Herself" with Slope Editions. His poems have appeared in Jubilat, The Paris Review, The Harvard Review, as well as many other journals. Each summer, at the Steel Yard in Providence, he hosts Woolly Fair, a highly competitive Olympic-style orgy of fake nation states. He is currently at work writing and illustrating a graphic novel, Marion Falls, about the journeys of an elderly man in the mind of his dying wife.
Timothy Green lives in Los Angeles, where he works as editor of the poetry journal Rattle. His poems have appeared recently in The Connecticut Review, Florida Review, Fugue, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, and other journals. His first book-length collection, American Fractal, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2008.
Meredith Ramirez Talusan is a second-year MFA candidate in the creative writing program at Cornell, as well as a critic, curator, and visual artist. She is currently working on her first poetry chapbook and her first novel.
Dorothea Lasky was born in St. Louis, MO in 1978. Her first full-length collection, AWE (Wave Books), will be out in the fall of 2007. She is the author of three chapbooks: The Hatmaker’s Wife (Braincase Press, 2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared in jubilat, Crowd, 6x6, Boston Review, Delmar, Carve, Phoebe, Filter, Knock, Drill, and Lungfull!, among others. Currently, she lives in Philadelphia, where studies education at the University of Pennsylvania and co-edits the Katalanche Press chapbook series, along with the poet Michael Carr. She is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and also has been educated at Harvard University and Washington University.(Dorothea also read for SOON in March 2006).
Laura Solomon was born in 1976 in Birmingham, AL, and spent her childhood in various small towns across the state before moving to Georgia at sixteen. She studied at the University of Georgia and University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Slope Editions released her first book, Bivouac, in 2002. She is also author of a chapbook, Letters by Which Sisters Will Know Brothers (Katalanche Press, 2005). Her poetry and criticism have appeared in journals including Verse, Seneca Review, Volt, Rain Taxi, Gulf Coast, Coconut, Octopus, How2 and elsewhere.
Geoffrey Olsen currently lives in Manhattan, in East Harlem, after moving there from his hometown of Amesbury, MA. His poems have appeared on no websites and in no journals or books, though some work is forthcoming from CARVE Poems and Fewer & Further Press in the coming year.
Michael Carr was born in 1978 and is the author of Platinum Blonde (Fewer & Further Press) and Softer White (House Press). He is the co-editor and publisher of Samuel Greenberg’s Self-Charm: Selected Sonnets and Other Poems, and the editor of John Wieners’ A Book of PROPHECIES (Bootstrap Press). With Dorothea Lasky he co-edits Katalanche Press. Since 1999 he has lived in Cambridge, MA. (Michael also read for SOON in March 2006.)
Mairéad Byrne’s publications include three poetry collections, Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press 2003); three chapbooks, An Educated Heart (Palm Press 2005), Vivas (Wild Honey Press 2005), Kalends (Belladonna* 2005); and two talk/essays, “Some Differences Between Poetry & Standup” (UbuWeb 2005), and “Avant-Garde Pronouns” (Avant-Post: The Avant-Garde in the Era of Post-Ideology. ed. Louis Armand, Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2006). She has a Ph.D in Theory & Cultural Studies from Purdue University and is an Associate Professor of English at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. With Ian Davidson, she is the co-manager of the listserv British & Irish Poets. Before immigrating to the United States in 1994, she was a journalist, playwright, arts centre director, and teacher in Ireland.
Gina Franco’s work has appeared in Copper Nickel, Black Warrior Review, Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, and Crazyhorse. Her collection of poems, The Keepsake Storm, was published with the University of Arizona Press in 2004. She teaches at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Jennifer Scappettone is the author of From Dame Quickly, forthcoming from Litmus Press, and a chapbook of graphic stills, Abluvion Almanac, out this spring from Outside Voices. Her poetry, prose, and translations from the Italian verse of Amelia Rosselli have recently appeared in Zoland Annual (Random House, 2007), The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for a New Century (Cracked Slab, 2007), Bay Poetics (Faux Press, 2006), 2nd Avenue Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, The Canary, Chicago Review, Dusie, and P-Queue. She is now at work on Exit 43, an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-ups commissioned by Atelos Press, and on a special issue of Aufgabe devoted to contemporary Italian experiment. She works as an assistant professor of English and creative writing at the University of Chicago.
Will Cordeiro is a former NYC Teaching Fellow and co-founder of the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective. Several of his one-act plays have been produced in off-off-Broadway venues, and he has had a staged reading of his full-length verse play, The Errors of Eros. In addition, he has been a staff theater critic for offoffonline, and continues to write art and theater reviews for other publications as well. His poems have been published in such journals as the Brooklyn Review, Baltimore Review, Paradigm, and Dirt: A Journal of Contemporary Arts and Letters. Currently, he is an MFA candidate in poetry at Cornell, working on writing a long poem, Hymns, and an opera libretto.
Kate Greenstreet is the author of case sensitive (Ahsahta Press, 2006) and Learning the Language (Etherdome Press, 2005). Her poems have appeared in CARVE, Cannibal, Fascicle, 26, Conduit, and other journals. Visit her webpage at http://www.kickingwind.com/.
Janet Holmes is an award-winning poet and author of F2F (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006), The Green Tuxedo (1998) and Humanophone (2001). She is director of Ahsahta Press and teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Boise State University. Watch a clip from her reading here.
Karla Kelsey is author of Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary, selected by Carolyn Forché for Ahsahta Press’s 2005 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Work from her newest manuscript, Iteration Nets, has appeared in several magazines and she is hard at work on a new book called Remittance Under Horse Latitudes. She lives with her husband, puppy Jessie, and cat Geshe Meow along the banks of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania, not all that far from the birthplaces of Wallace Stevens, and H.D and quite close to where Marianne Moore taught at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. She hopes that whatever was in the water when these poets lived in PA has not been killed off by the infusions of Three Mile Island.
Robert Strong is the author of Puritan Spectacle (Elixir Press) and editor of (Autumn House). He is currently working on social history of Sunday in America. He lives north of the Adirondack park.
Alex Papanicolopoulos grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Southern California. After earning degrees in English and French at U.C.L.A., he worked briefly in script production clearance before moving on to teach Mathematics and Weight Lifting at a downtown continuation high school. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, where he is writing a dissertation on contemporary American and British poetry.
Chad Bennett has studied at Stanford University and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, and is currently working towards a Ph.D in English at Cornell. His poetry has appeared in print and online journals including Denver Quarterly, Slope, New Orleans Review, and Can We Have Our Ball Back?
Gabriel Gudding, a Cornell alumnus, is the author of two books, A Defense of Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002) and Rhode Island: Notebook (Dalkey Archive Press, spring 2008). His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in The Journal of the History of Ideas, American Book Review, Jacket, and The Companion to 20th Century Poetry. His poetry appears in such anthologies as Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003), Poetry 30: Thirtysomething American Poets, and, as translator, in the anthology The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry (University of California Press), as well as journals such as American Poetry Review, New American Writing, LIT, Fence, The Nation, and Sentence. He serves on the Board of Directors for the internationalist magazine Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas/ Nueva Escritura de las Américas. He has begun three creative writing programs in prisons and is an assistant professor of English at Illinois State University.
Shanna Compton is the author of Down Spooky (Winnow Press, 2005) and four chapbooks, and is the editor of Gamers: Writers, Artists & Programmers on the Pleasures of Pixels (Soft Skull, 2004). Her poems have appeared in publications such as Coconut, the tiny, Verse, MiPoesias, Spork, and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2005, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, Bowery Women and Digerati. From 2002-2005 she served as the editor of LIT at the New School, and as the Associate Publisher & Director of Publicity for Soft Skull Press, where she edited poetry collections and experimental fictions, designed books, and curated both the Frequency Series and the Soft Skull Sneak Peek Series. An advocate of DIY and small-scale publishing, she founded the DIY Poetry Web Ring and publishes poetry chapbooks and broadsides via her micropress Half Empty/Half Full. She works as a freelance copywriter and occasionally teaches poetry and publishing. Originally from Texas, she has lived in Brooklyn, NY since 1995.
Ryan Murphy is the author of Down with the Ship from Otis Books/Seismicity Editions as well as the chapbooks The Gales, Ocean Park, and On Violet Street. He has received awards from Chelsea Magazine and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art as well as a grant from The Fund for Poetry. He lives in New York City .
Michael Friedman has edited the influential literary journal Shiny since 1986 and is the author of six collections of poetry. Several poems from his most recent book of poetry, Species (The Figures, 2000), were included in the anthology Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003). His first book of fiction, the comic novel Martian Dawn, was just released by Turtle Point in Sept. Friedman grew up in Manhattan and has lived in Denver since 1995. He has taught in the MFA writing program at Naropa University in Boulder.
Wyatt Bonikowski's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Denver Quarterly, elimae, Exquisite Corpse, and First Intensity. He has also published articles on twentieth-century British literature and psychoanalysis. He is currently working on a collection of short stories and a book on war trauma and narrative called Traces of War. While his parents are both from Philadelphia, he and his siblings were dragged around the country while growing up. He has lived in Florida, two cities in North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, Texas, and California, and he and his wife have driven across the country, with three cats in the backseat, three times. He recently received his Ph.D. in English from Cornell University, where he currently teaches, and he lives with his wife and daughter in Ithaca, NY.
Pelin Ariner was born in Turkey and grew up in various countries all over the world. She came to the US at age 14 and attended the Fame high school, though did not manage to attain any actual fame out of it. She received a BM in double bass performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a BA in creative writing from Oberlin College where she was awarded the Academy of American Poets prize and a Susan Battrick Poetry Fellowship. Her translations of several novels from Turkish into English have been published in Turkey and her poetry has appeared in Columbia, a journal of Poetry and Art. She recently received her MFA from Cornell University and is hoping to find a home for her first manuscript, tentatively titled Entropy.
Evelyn Reilly lives in New York City and writes poetry, as well as text for museum exhibits on historical and cultural subjects. Her first book, Hiatus, was published by Barrow Street Press in 2004 and was selected by Cole Swensen as a runner-up for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. A new chapbook, Fervent Remnants of Reflective Surfaces, is just out from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Reilly has taught visual poetics at St. Marks Poetry Project and co-curates the winter Segue Reading Series at the Bowery Poetry Club.
Reb Livingston is the co-editor of No Tell Motel and the anthology The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel. She is the author of two chapbooks, Pterodactyls Soar Again (Whole Coconut, 2006) and Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books, October 2006), a collaboration with Ravi Shankar. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2006, Coconut, MiPOesias and other publications.
A painter, poet, and graphic designer, Julie Phillips Brown was born in Philadelphia and earned degrees in Fine Arts and English from the University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA). She is currently a joint-degree candidate for the MFA/PhD at Cornell University and works on contemporary poetry and poetics. Her recent work includes Rhetorical Theater, a chapbook, and w/rest, a book of prose/verse.
Brian Teare, the recipient of Stegner, National Endowment for the Arts, and MacDowell Colony poetry fellowships, has published poetry and criticism in Ploughshares, Boston Review, Provincetown Arts, Poetry Flash, Verse, and The Gertrude Stein Awards 2005, among other publications, and his first book, The Room Where I Was Born, was winner of the 2003 Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Triangle Award for Gay Poetry. Author of the recent chapbooks Pilgrim and Transcendental Grammar Crown, he lives in Oakland, California, and is on the graduate writing faculties of the New College of California and California College of the Arts.
Richard Greenfield is the author of A Carnage in the Lovetrees (University of California Press, 2003). His writing has appeared in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Electronic Poetry Review, Five Fingers Review, Fourteen Hills, Lit, Soft Targets, Volt, and others. He is an editorial adviser for Noemi Press and co-editor of The Tusculum Review. Born in Hemet, California in 1969, he spent his early childhood in Southern California before he lived in the Pacific Northwest; he holds degrees in English or Creative Writing from Portland State University (BS), the University of Montana (MFA), and the University of Denver (Ph.D.). He lives in Eastern Tennessee and is a professor of English at Tusculum College.
Aaron Kunin is the author of Folding Ruler Star (Fence Books, 2005), a collection of small poems about shame. A novel, The Mandarin, is forthcoming in 2007. He lives in California, where he is an assistant professor of negative anthropology at Pomona College.
John Coletti grew up in Santa Rosa, California and Portland, Oregon before moving to New York City twelve years ago. He is the author of Physical Kind (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs/Boku Books 2005), The New Normalcy (BoogLit 2002), and Street Debris (Fell Swoop 2005), a collaboration with poet Greg Fuchs with whom he also co-edits Open 24 Hours Press.
Dan Beachy-Quick teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is the author of three books of poetry: North True South Bright, Spell, and the soon to be published Mulberry. His poems, reviews, and criticism appear variously, and he is the recent recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency.
Matthea Harvey is the author of two books of poetry, Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form and Sad Little Breathing Machine. She is a contributing editor to jubilat. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.
Dorothea Lasky lives in Somerville, MA and is co-editor of Katalanche Press. Her poems have appeared in CARVE, Boston Review, and Castagraf, among other journals. Anchorite Press issued her chapbook Alphabets & Portraits in 2005.
Michael Carr lives in Cambridge, MA and is co-editor of Katalanche Press. His first chapbook, Platinum Blonde, is imminent from Fewer & Further Press.
Jonathan Skinner is a poet, translator and critic, as well as editor of the journal ecopoetics. Skinner recently completed his Ph.D. in English at SUNY Buffalo, with a dissertation on ecology and twentieth-century innovative poetry and poetics. His first full-length poetry collection, Political Cactus Poems, appeared this year with Palm Press. He currently is a Fellow with the Center for the Humanities at Temple University.
Jonathan Monroe’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Aught, The Barcelona Review, Epoch, The Harvard Review, Moria, Slope, Verse, Volt, Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and other journals. New poems are forthcoming this spring in Janus Head and Unarmed. Author of A Poverty of Objects: The Prose Poem and the Politics of Genre, editor of Writing and Revising the Disciplines and Local Knowledges, Local Practices:Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell, and guest editor of special issues on contemporary poetry for Diacritics and Poetics Today, he is Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the John S. Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University.
Anna Moschovakis has published translations of Henri Michaux, Claude Cahun, Blaise Cendrars, Théophile Gautier and others, and her first full-length poetry collection is due out in 2006. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bard College/Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. She is also an editor, book designer and letterpress printer at Ugly Duckling Presse, an art and publishing collective.
Matvei Yankelevich is founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn, where he publishes and co-edits 6x6, a poetry periodical. His translations and original work have appeared in LIT, Open City, Greetings, New York Nights, New American Writing, canwehaveourballback, Shampoo, neotrope, Dirigible, and others. His book series, Writing In The Margin, is published by Loudmouth Collective. He is currently working on a book of translations of Daniil Kharms.
Sean Cole is a field producer at WBUR Radio in Boston. He started there as an intern in 1997 and has been freelancing for various public radio shows since 1999, including This American Life, All Things Considered, and The Next Big Thing. Sean’s work has also aired on the WZBC Boston College radio program Your Radio Nightlight and the online public radio workshop Transom.org. His poetry has appeared in The East Village, Shampoo, and CARVE, and his most recent chapbook, Itty City, was published by Boston’s Pressed Wafer in 2003.
Guillermo Juan Parra was born in Cambridge, MA. His poems have appeared in XCP, New York Nights, CARVE, and 6x6. He is currently editing an anthology of Venezuelan poetry in English translation and keeps a blog, Venepoetics.
Kevin Andre Elliott was born in northern Illinois. He has studied at the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado at Denver, where he received degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing. He currently studies American Literature and Culture and teaches freshman writing at Cornell University. His poems have appeared in Many Mountains Moving, and he has written book reviews for The Bloomsbury Review. He is currently working on a chapbook, tentatively titled A Woman without a Shadow.
Christopher Nealon grew up in Binghamton, went to Williams College, wrote for Gay Community News briefly afterwards, then went to Cornell for his PhD. He lived in Ithaca from ‘91 to ‘94 before moving to Seattle, where he finished his dissertation. He started teaching at Berkeley in ‘96; brought out a book called Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion (Duke) in 2001, then a book of poems, The Joyous Age from Black Square Editions in 2004. Poems appear in The Canary, and forthcoming in Chain and No: A Journal of the Arts.
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Poet, critic, and blogger, Jordan Davis is the author of Million Poems Journal. With Chris Edgar he edits The Hat, an annual literary journal; with Sarah Manguso he edited the new anthology, Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books. In September 2004, he debuted The Million Poems Show at the Bowery Poetry Club. He is currently at work on a memoir about his time as the assistant to the legendary Kenneth Koch. He is proud to serve on the board of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery.
Ange Mlinko is the author of Matinees (Zoland Books) and, most recently, Starred Wire (Coffee House Press). She lives in New York City.
Fred Muratori’s poetry collections are The Possible and Despite Repeated Warnings. His poems and prose-poems have appeared in New American Writing, Verse, LIT, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, ACM, and Talisman, among others. He regularly contributes poetry criticism to American Book Review, Boston Review, Library Journal, and Manhattan Review. He is the Bibliographer for Anglo-American and Comparative Literature & Film at the Cornell University Library.
Katherine Lucas Anderson’s work has appeared in numerous reviews, including Poetry, The Southern Review, New England Review, Salmagundi and Seneca Review, and has also been featured on Poetry Daily. New work is forthcoming in Poetry International and Kalliope, and she was the recipient of a New York State United Arts Fund grant in 2004.
Ron Henry lives and works in Ithaca, NY. He has studied writing and literature at Cornell and Syracuse Universities, and over the years has worked as a bookseller, a book cataloguer, an environmental activist, a technical writer, and a multimedia product developer. He edits the online poetry journal, AUGHT. An online chapbook, Paraleipsis, was published by Poethia in 2002, and recent work has appeared online in rife and flim, and on paper in Score.
Brenda Iijima is the author of AROUND SEA (O Books, 2004). Also published in 2004 were two chapbook: EARLY LINOLEUM (Furniture Press) and COLOR AND ITS ANTECEDENTS (Yen Agat Books). She is the editor/publisher of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Environmental advocacy happens simultaneously to writing poems as well as painting, drawing and photography. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and tends a wildish garden teeming with life.
Jasper Bernes was born in Southern California in 1974. He studied at Hampshire College and Cornell University and currently teaches English and creative writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His poems appear in such journals as Barrow Street, Canwehaveourballback?, NoTell Motel, MiPoesias and Seneca Review. A selection of his poems can be found in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his girlfriend, Anna Shapiro, and their son, Noah. In the fall, he will enter the Poet Protection Program at UC Berkeley. He also maintains a blog, Little Red’s Recovery Room.
Karl Parker teaches freshmen at Cornell and inmates at Auburn State Correctional Facility, having recently received an MFA from the New School. He was awarded the 2004 National Arts Club Literary Committee Scholarship for Poetry and nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2005). Parker’s poems have appeared in Spoon River, Fence, Seneca Review, Downtown Brooklyn, notellmotel, mipoesias, gedanken-strich, canwehaveourballback, and elevenbulls.
Ann Buechner was born in South Korea and grew up in Madison, WI. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Cornell and continues to tinker with her thesis project (provisionally titled School for Girls).
Mark Lamoureux is a poet from Allston, Massachusetts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in print in Fence, The Denver Quarterly, LIT, Jubilat, Lungfull!, 6x6, Art New England, Carve and others, and online at such places as Big Bridge, Sonaweb.net, Shampoopoetry.com, The Verse Magazine Weblog and Unpleasant Event Schedule. His most recent chapbook, 29 Cheeseburgers, was released by Boston’s Pressed Wafer in the winter of 2004. A previous chapbook, City/Temple was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in the Fall of 2003. Other publications include: a translation of the French poet Gerard de Nérval in Circumference, and an essay enititled “8-bit Primitive: Homage to the Atari 2600,” appeared in the anthology Gamers, by Soft Skull Press. He is managing editor of Fulcrum Annual.
Peter Gizzi’s most recent book of poetry is Artificial Heart, published by Burning Deck (1998). He has been awarded artist grants from The Fund for Poetry, Rex Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and most recently, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts. In 1994 he received the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. His editing projects have included o×blêk: a journal of language arts, the Exact Change Yearbook (Carcanet 1995), and The House That Jack Built: The Collected Lectures of Jack Spicer (Wesleyan, 1998).
Elizabeth Willis was born in Baharain and grew up in the American midwest. She holds a Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo and teaches at Weslyan University in Middletown, CT. She has published three books of poems: Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003), The Human Abstract (Penguin 1995: National Poetry Series winner), and Second Law (Berkeley: Avenue B, 1993). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Aufgabe, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, The Germ, How2, and others.
Jennifer Michael Hecht’s most recent poetry book, FUNNY, won the University of Wisconsin Press’s Felix Pollak Poetry Prize, and will be published in October 2005. Her first poetry book is THE NEXT ANCIENT WORLD (Tupelo, 2001) won several awards including the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Theo Hummer has lived in Ithaca since 2002; she earned an MFA from Cornell in 2004. Her poetry has appeared in the journals BERKELEY POETRY REVIEW and SENTENCE and on the website of the magazine VERSE.
Sally Keith’s first book, Design (University Press of Colorado, 2001), won the 2000 Colorado Prize, judged by Allen Grossman. Her second manuscript, Dwelling Song, was recently published as part of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in various literary journals, including Conjunctions, New England Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and Volt. She has been awarded fellowships by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, of which she is a graduate. Formerly the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, she currently teaches creative writing at the University of Rochester.
Amy Whitney is an administrator at the Finger Lakes School of massage. She was an instructor in English at Cornell University where she designed writing intensive classes, and taught creative writing. She received a residency grant from the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and was awarded the Robert Chasen prize in poetry from Cornell University. She received her B.A. from Wells College in 1990 and her M.F.A. from Cornell University in 1993.