Ally Harris lives, works, and writes. She graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop with an MFA in Poetry and has had poems appear in places like Sixth Finch, Tarpaulin Sky, and Poor Claudia.
Solan Jensen is a kayak ranger and guide, who divides his time between Alaska and Antarctica. Educated in philosophy, he began his film career documenting the coastal brown bears of Southeast Alaska. Currently, Solan is at work on a documentary about cancer survivorship and volunteers as a marine mammal emergency responder.
Mathias Svalina lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Nebraska. His poems have been published in Willow Springs, River City, Perihelion, La Petite Zine, and other journals. In 2001 he received a scholarship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of five books, including Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk (University of Iowa Press 2006) and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth (Tupelo Press 2009). His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Boston Review, Chicago Sun-Times, Jubilat, New American Writing, and Verse, among many others.
Brandon Downing is a writer and visual artist originally from California. His books of poetry include The Shirt Weapon (Germ Monographs, 2002) and Dark Brandon (Faux Press, 2005); a monograph of his literary collages from 1996-2008, Lake Antiquity, was released by Fence Books in late 2009. A long poem, AT ME, is just out from Octopus Books, while his next collection, Mellow Actions, will be published by Fence in 2012. In 2007 he released a feature-length collection of collaged digital shorts, Dark Brandon: Eternal Classics, with a 2nd volume forthcoming next year. You can see some at www.youtube.com/user/bdown68, along with his photographic and other work at www.brandondowning.org.
Rodney Koeneke is author of the poetry books Musee Mechanique, Rouge State, and a chapbook, Rules for Drinking Forties. His work has appeared in Aufgabe, Beloit Poetry Journal, Jacket, New American Writing, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Portland Review, The Nation, and ZYZZYVA, among others. Hobbies past and present include flarf, neo-benshi, and Poets Theater. He currently makes his living as a historian in Portland.
Sommer Browninglives in Denver. She is the author of the collection of poetry and comics, Either Way I'm Celebrating (Birds, LLC, 2011).
Jennifer Denrow lives in Denver where she is currently pursuing a PhD at DU. She is the poetry editor at fireHabit Press and has stories forthcoming in The Iguana Review.
Noah Eli Gordon is the author of seven books, including The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor with The Volta, and an Assistant Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado–Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press.
Danielle Sullivan & Kyle Morton are both musicians and songwriters in the local Portland bands, Wild Ones and Typhoon, respectively.
Tony Tost was born in Springfield, Missouri, and raised in Enumclaw, Washington. His first collection of poems, Invisible Bride (Louisiana State University Press, 2004) was the winner of the 2003 Walt Whitman Award. His second collection, Complex Sleep, was published by University of Iowa Press in 2008. He currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.
Joe Wenderoth grew up near Baltimore. He is the author of No Real Light (Wave Books, 2007), The Holy Spirit of Life: Essays Written for John Ashcroft's Secret Self (Verse Press, 2005) and Letters to Wendy's (Verse Press, 2000). Wesleyan University Press published his first two books of poems: Disfortune (1995) and It Is If I Speak (2000). He is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Davis.
Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, including Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.
Jamalieh Haley lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates If Not For Kidnap Poetry series. Her work has been published in Poetry Miscellany, Birds & Whistles, Folio, Poor Claudia, and Small Doggies, and shown at various gallery spaces such as PLACE, Research Club, and Recess. She currently teaches writing and works on several manuscripts at the same time -- a method that has its consequences. She's a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Art.
Anthony McCann was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He is the author of I ♥ Your Fate (Wave Books, 2011), Moongarden (Wave Books, 2006) and Father of Noise (Fence Books, 2003). In addition to these three collections, he is one of the authors of Gentle Reader! (2007), a book of erasures of the English Romantics, along with Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer. He has taught English as a Second Language in the former Czechoslovakia, South Korea and Nicaragua, as well as in New York City. Currently he lives in Los Angeles, where he works with Machine Project and teaches in the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts.
Graham Foust was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is the author of four books of poems including his most recent, A Mouth in California. He lives in Oakland, CA.
Emily Kendal Frey is the author of AIRPORT (Blue Hour 2009), FRANCES (Poor Claudia 2010), and THE NEW PLANET (Mindmade Books 2010) as well as four chapbook collaborations. Her first full-length collection, THE GRIEF PERFORMANCE, was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center earlier this year. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
John Niekrasz is a writer, drummer, composer, and teacher from Chicago now living in Portland. He earned his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a disciple of hindustani tabla master Pandit Lachu Maharaj. John performs with ensembles Why I Must Be Careful, Thicket, Sporting, and Poor School. He strives to bridge the musico-poetic divide through text-based composition and syllabic musical notation. John's work struggles with such spectra as poverty and ornament, rigor and effortlessness, justice and militancy. He is grateful to all of his teachers.
John Beer is the author of The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium, 2010), which received the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. He directed Raymond Roussel's The Dust of Suns for the Chicago Poetry Project this spring. Beginning in September, he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.
Karla Kelsey is author of three chapbooks and two full-length books of poetry: Knowledge, Forms the Aviary and Iteration Nets, both published by Ahsahta Press. She edits and contributes to Fence Books' Constant Critic poetry book review website and has had essays on poetics published in literary journals and anthologies. Her most recent essay, about Mary Jo Bang, is forthcoming in the new Wesleyan anthology American Women Poets in the 21st Century edited by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell. A recipient of a Fulbright lectureship, Karla graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (MFA), and the University of Denver (PhD). She is on permanent faculty at Susquehanna University.
Ashley Toliver lives in Portland, OR until August 14. After that, she'll be living in Providence, RI and studying in the graduate Literary Arts program at Brown. Her recent work can be found in Caketrain, elimae, DIAGRAM and Third Coast journals.
Heather Christle is the author of What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), THE TREES THE TREES (Octopus Books, 2011) and THE DIFFICULT FARM (Octopus Books, 2009), and a chapbook, The Seaside! (Minutes Books, 2010). Her poems have appeared widely in publications including The Believer, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and The New Yorker. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at Emory University, where she was the 2009-2011 Creative Writing Fellow. She is the Web Editor for jubilat and frequently a writer in residence at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. A native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, she lives in Western Massachusetts.
Ben Lerner is the author of three books of poetry The Lichtenberg Figures, Angle of Yaw, and Mean Free Path. Lerner has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Howard Foundation Fellowship. In 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College. Leaving the Atocha Station is his first novel.
Ed Skoog was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1971, and is the author of Mister Skylight (2009) and the forthcoming Rough Day, as well as three chapbooks--Tool Kit (1996), L'Allegro and Il Penseroso (2000), and Field Recordings (2004)--and poems in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Threepenny Review, The New Republic and Narrative. He graduated from Kansas State University and holds an MFA from the University of Montana. He worked at New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Idyllwild Arts Academy. He lives in Seattle.
Donald Dunbar co-curates the reading series If Not For Kidnap and teaches meaning, craft and Rastafarian notion of "I and I" to cooks. Poems of his can be found on the internet and other places.
Andra Rotaru is a Romanian poet and journalist, and the author of two collections of poetry, including In a Bed Under a White Sheet and Southern Lands. She has received numerous awards, including the Mihai Eminescu National Poetry Prize and The Bucharest Writer's Association Prize. Rotaru's poetry frequently intersects with other artists and practices: she has participated in live poetry performances with jazz musicians and in train stations. Her first collection of poems dealt with the legacy of Frida Kahlo, and her current explorations involve collaborations with local dancers.
Mark Yakich has recently published his first novel, A Meaning for Wife (Ig Publishing). He is also author of the poetry collections: Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross (National Poetry Series, Penguin 2004); The Making of Collateral Beauty (Snowbound Chapbook Award, Tupelo 2006); and, The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin 2008). Mark is co-creator and co-editor of Airplane Reading (airplanereading.org), a site dedicated to collecting stories about air travel. He lives in New Orleans and at markyakich.com.
C.A. Conrad is the author of A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics (Wave Books 2012), The Book of Frank (Chax Press 2009/Wave Books 2010), and several other books. He is the recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship in the Arts for poetry. He lives in Philadelphia, PA. You can find him here: http://caconrad.blogspot.com/
James Gendron's poems have appeared in Fence, Poor Claudia, Supermachine, and The Indiana Review, and are forthcoming in Octopus Magazine, MudLuscious, Bat City Review, and Portland Monthly. His chapbook, Money Poems, was published by Poor Claudia Press in 2010. He teaches writing at Portland State University.
Amy Bernstein was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. She has shown in Providence, RI, Berlin, Germany, and Portland, Oregon. As an arts writer, she was awarded a Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant in short form writing in 2010. Bernstein writes for PORT.
Jenny Boully is the author of The Body: An Essay (Essay Press), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press), The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande), and not merely because of the unknown that was stalking towards them (Tarpaulin Sky Press). She has a book of poetry forthcoming from Coconut Books. Born in Thailand and reared in Texas, she has studied at Hollins University, the University of Notre Dame, and has a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She teaches poetry and nonfiction writing at Columbia College Chicago.
Jesse Lichtenstein's poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Diagram, and Octopus. His essays and journalism about science, technology, and politics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Wired, Tin House, n + 1, and Slate. He co-directs the Loggernaut Reading Series in Portland.
Mark Leidner is the author of The Angel in the Dream of Our Hangover (Sator Press, 2011) and Beauty Was the Case that They Gave Me (Factory Hollow Press, 2011). He lives and tweets in western Massachusetts.
Caryl Pagel is the author of Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death, published by Factory Hollow Press. Her poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Devil's Lake, and Thermos. She is the co-founder and editor of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat.
Emily Pettit is the author of Goat in the Snow (Birds LLC, 2012) and two chapbooks: How (Octopus Books) and What Happened to Limbo (Pilot Books). She is an editor for notnostrums and Factory Hollow Press, as well as the publisher of jubilat. She teaches poetry at Flying Object in Hadley, MA.
Bianca Stone is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press) and I Saw The Devil With HIs Needlework (Argos Books June, 2012). She is also the illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions). Her poems have appeared in such magazines as Conduit, Best American Poetry 2011, and Tin House. She lives in Brooklyn.
Francesca Chabrier lives and writes in Oregon. Her chapbook, The Axioms, is forthcoming from Pilot Books, and her first full-length collection, Throw Yourself Into The Prairie, will be published by Sarabande Books.
Heather Christle is the author of What Is Amazing, The Trees The Trees, and The Difficult Farm. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence, lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, runs the Royal Society of Hadley for Improving Natural Knowledge at Flying Object, and is the web editor for jubilat.
Christopher DeWeese is the author of The Black Forest (Octopus Books, 2012). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, jubilat, and Tin House. He teaches at Smith College and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Mary Austin Speaker is the author of the chapbooks In the End There Were Thousands of Cowboys, Abandoning the Firmament (Menagerie Editions 2009 and 2010), The Bridge (Push Press 2011) and 20 Love Poems for 10 Months (Ugly Duckling Presse 2012); a collaborative play, I Am You This Morning You Are Me Tonight, written with her husband, poet Chris Martin; and the forthcoming collection, Ceremony, due out in February 2013 from Slope Editions. New poems have recently appeared in epiphany, Boston Review, Boog City Reader, Iowa Review, la fovea, High Chair, Lungfull, New Orleans Review and elsewhere, and her critical work can be found in Pleiades, The Claudius App, and Painted Bride Quarterly. She works as a book designer in Iowa City, IA.
Sarah Bartlett lives in Portland, OR. She is the co-author of two chapbook collaborations: Baby On The Safe Side (Publishing Genius in 2011) and A Mule-Shaped Cloud (horse less press 2008). Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Ilk, iO, Eleven Eleven, Phantom Limb, Heavy Feather Review, Spork, Sixth Finch, NOÖ, inter|rupture, Jellyfish, Filter, New Delta Review, Burnside Review, Raleigh Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Christopher Martin is the author of American Music (Copper Canyon 2007) and Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press 2011). This October, Flying Object will serially publish CHAT, an eclogue with Cleverbot. It will appear on their website each day for a month with accompanying illustrations by various artists. He is also the author of How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem (Brave Men 2011) and the forthcoming enough (Ugly Duckling 2012). He is an editor at Futurepoem books and lives in Iowa City with his wife, the poet Mary Austin Speaker, with whom he co-wrote a play entitled, I AM YOU THIS MORNING AND YOU ARE ME TONIGHT.
Donald Dunbar is the author of the chapbooks In the End There Were Thousands of Cowboys, Abandoning the Firmament (Menagerie Editions 2009 and 2010), The Bridge (Push Press 2011) and 20 Love Poems for 10 Months (Ugly Duckling Presse 2012); a collaborative play, I Am You This Morning You Are Me Tonight, written with her husband, poet Chris Martin; and the forthcoming collection, Ceremony, due out in February 2013 from Slope Editions. New poems have recently appeared in epiphany, Boston Review, Boog City Reader, Iowa Review, la fovea, High Chair, Lungfull, New Orleans Review and elsewhere, and her critical work can be found in Pleiades, The Claudius App, and Painted Bride Quarterly. She works as a book designer in Iowa City, IA.
Patricia Lockwood lives in Portland, OR. She is the co-author of two chapbook collaborations: Baby On The Safe Side (Publishing Genius in 2011) and A Mule-Shaped Cloud (horse less press 2008). Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Ilk, iO, Eleven Eleven, Phantom Limb, Heavy Feather Review, Spork, Sixth Finch, NOÖ, inter|rupture, Jellyfish, Filter, New Delta Review, Burnside Review, Raleigh Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Eilleen Myles is the author of more than a dozen volumes of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction including Sorry, Tree (Wave Books, 2007), The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art, and Inferno (A Poet's Novel). She wrote the libretti for Hell, an opera with music composed by Michael Webster which was performed on both coasts, 2004-2006. In 2007 she received The Warhol/Creative Capital art writers' grant. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America gave her the Shelley Memorial Award. She contributes to a wide number of publications including ArtForum, Bookforum, Parkett, and The Believer. She's a Prof. Emeritus at UC San Diego where she taught for five years. She lives in New York.
Farnoosh Fathi's first book, Great Guns, will be out from Canarium Books in spring 2013. Her work has also appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Everyday Genius, Poetry, Jacket2, and elsewhere. She lives in Oakland, California.
Jashua Edwards directs and co-edits Canarium Books. He's the author of Imperial Nostalgias (Ugly Duckling, 2013) and Campeche (Noemi, 2011) and the translator of Mexican poet María Baranda's Ficticia (Shearsman, 2010). Currently a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, he divides his time between Stuttgart, Germany and Marfa,Texas.
Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. Her poems have appeared in 6x6, 1913, Best American Poetry 2008, Boston Review, Octopus, Poor Claudia, and others. A chapbook, June, was published by Corollary Press in 2006 and her first book, Debts & Lessons, will be published by Omnidawn in spring 2013. She co-edits Canarium Books.
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