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AUTHOR BIOS

Kelli Russell Agodon

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Kelli Russell Agodon’s most recent book, Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Prize in Poetry. Her other books include The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice (coauthored with Martha Silano), Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry (co-edited with Annette Spaulding-Convy), and Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Prize for poetry and a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards. Her work as appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard Review, and New England Review. Kelli is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press, where she works as an editor and book cover designer, and is also the Co-Director of the Poets on the Coast: A Weekend Writing Retreat for Women. She has received grants in writing and editing from Artist Trust, the Puffin Foundation, and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Foundation. She is currently working on her 4th collection of poems. www.agodon.com / www.twosylviaspress.com .

 

Neil Aitken

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Neil Aitken is the author of Babbage’s Dream (Sundress, 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga, 2008), which received the Philip Levine Prize, as well as the poetry chapbook, Leviathan. His work has been published in American Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Dialogist, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, The Southern Poetry Review, and many other journals. A proud Kundiman fellow, he is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, curator of Have Book Will Travel, and co-director of De-Canon: A Visibility Project. Visit him at www.neil-aitken.com .

 

Marcia Arrieta

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Marcia Arrieta is a poet, artist, and teacher. Her work appears in Empty MirrorMarsh HawkLocal Nomad, DASHBarrow Street, Fourteen HillsEratioWord For/Word, and Icarus Anthology. She has two books of poetry — archipelago counterpoint (BlazeVOX) and triskelion, tiger moth, tangram, thyme (Otoliths). Her chapbook thimbles, threads is recently published by Dancing Girl Press. She edits and publishes Indefinite Space — a poetry/art journal — www.indefinitespace.net .

 

Deborah Bacharach

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Deborah Bacharach is the author of After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015).  A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, The Blue Mesa Review, Calyx, and Dunes among many others. Find out more about her at DeborahBacharach.com .

 

Sarah Blake

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Sarah Blake is the author of two poetry collections, Let’s Not Live on Earth and Mr. West, both from Wesleyan University Press. An illustrated workbook accompanies her chapbook, Named After Death (Banango Editions). In 2013, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her debut novel, Naamah, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.

 

Laura Cherry

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Laura Cherry is the author of the collection Haunts (Cooper Dillon Books) and the chapbooks Two White Beds (Minerva Rising) and What We Planted (Providence Athenaeum). She co-edited the anthology Poem, Revised (Marion Street Press). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in journals, including Hartskill ReviewAntiphonLos Angeles ReviewCider Press ReviewTuesday; An Art Project, and H_NGM_N.

 

Kersten Christianson

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Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing Alaskan. When not exploring the summer lands and dark winters of the Yukon, she lives in Sitka, Alaska. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (University of Alaska, Anchorage) and recently published her first collection of poetry, Something Yet to Be Named (Aldrich Press, 2017).

 

Barbara Costas-Biggs

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Barbara Costas-Biggs is the 2017 winner of the Split This Rock Abortion Rights Poetry Contest. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared recently in Dodging the Rain, Bird’s Thumb, Calamus, District Lit, Literary Mama, Compose, and others. She also is a member of the juried poetry series Women of Appalachia: Women Speak. She can be found online at www.barbwrites.com and sporadically on Twitter @bcostasbiggs .

 

William Doreski

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William Doreski is a New Hampshire poet. His work has appeared in various online and print journals and in several collections, most recently A Black River, A Dark Fall (Splash of Red, 2018).

 

Jill Alexander Essbaum

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Jill Alexander Essbaum is an author of several collections of poetry, including Harlot, Necropolis, and the 1999 Bakeless Prize winning book, Heaven. Essbaum’s work has been included in two Best American Poetry anthologies and in Best American Erotic Poems (2008). Essbaum’s novel Hausfrau (2015) was a New York Times Bestseller, named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post, and Shelf Awareness, and nominated for the PEN / Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Essbaum teaches in the University of California, Riverside / Palm Desert’s low-residency MFA program and lives in Austin, Texas.

 

Beverly Fesharaki

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Beverly Fesharaki lives in Mukilteo, Washington, and is a member of Inscape Poets in Tacoma and Sundays at Vio’s in Seattle. Her work has been published in Wrist Magazine, Poets on the Coast, 2014 (The Museum of Northwest Art) and Women Writing: On the Edge of Dark and Light (Pilgrim Spirit Communications, 2015).

 

Naoko Fujimoto

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Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Nagoya, Japan. She was an exchange student and received a B.A. and M.A. from Indiana University. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, RHINO, Cream City Review, and many other journals. Her first chapbook, Home, No Home, won the Oro Fino Chapbook Competition at Educe Press. Another short collection, Silver Seasons of Heartache, was recently released by Glass Lyre Press. She is working on her graphic poetry collection, which will be published by Tupelo Press. She is currently a RHINO fellow.

 

Lucia Galloway

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Lucia Galloway lives in Southern California, and co-hosts “Fourth Sundays: Poetry at the Claremont Library.” Her chapbook The Garlic Peelers was co-winner of the Quill’s Edge Press 2014 poetry competition. Other books are Venus and Other Losses (2010) and a chapbook, Playing Outside (2005). One of ten winners of Rhyme Zone’s 2014-15 Poetry Prize as well as a Pushcart and Best-of-the-Net nominee, Galloway has recently published poems in literary magazines such as Tar River, The Sow’s Ear, Centrifugal Eye, New Verse News, and San Pedro River Review. She is represented in the anthologies Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Pacific Coast Poetry Series) and Thirty Days: The Best of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project’s First Year. She sings in the 80-voice Mountainside Master Chorale and enjoys the varied natural and cultural resources of the region she calls home.

 

Karen Greenbaum-Maya

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Karen Greenbaum-Maya, retired clinical psychologist, German major, two-time Pushcart nominee, and occasional photographer, no longer lives for Art but still thinks about it a lot. Since she returned to poetry in 2008, her work has appeared in journals and anthologies, including Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Comstock Poetry Review, Off the Coast, Otoliths, Naugatuck Poetry Review, and Measure. Kattywompus Press published her two chapbooks, Burrowing Song and Eggs Satori. Kelsay Books published her book-length collection, The Book of Knots and their Untying. She co-hosts Fourth Sundays, a poetry series in Claremont, CaliforniaFor links to work on-line, go to www.cloudslikemountains.blogspot.com .

 

Amorak Huey

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Amorak Huey, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, is author of the poetry collections Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and Boom Box (Sundress, forthcoming 2019), as well as two chapbooks. He is co-author of the textbook Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018) and teaches at Grand Valley State University.

 

Genevieve Kaplan

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Genevieve Kaplan has recently appeared in Copper Nickel, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, and BOAAT. She is the author of In the ice house (Red Hen, 2011), and three chapbooks.

 

Beverly Lafontaine

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Beverly Lafontaine is a Los Angeles-born poet and playwright. She has enjoyed four productions of her plays in the Los Angeles area and has had her poetry published in various poetry journals and anthologies, including Blue Satellite, Spillway, So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets, and most recently, Beyond the Lyric MomentFour of her poems will appear in Waves, the forthcoming anthology of women’s voices published by the A Room of Her Own Foundation. As a collaborative artist, she has worked with composer Tom Flaherty to create The Cellist of Sarajevo, a chamber music piece. Additionally, she was commissioned to create six poems that were incorporated into the sculptural work of Walk a Mile in My Shoes, a public art project dedicated to Martin Luther King and sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. As a journalist, she has written for publications as wide-ranging as Essence Magazine, Soul Magazine, and Caesura: the Journal for the San Jose Center for Poetry and Literature.

 

Kristan LaVietes

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Kristan LaVietes is an indie-greeting-card ace and an ordained officiant of shotgun weddings and backwoods unions. Her writing has been described as “alkaline” and “crocodilian.” She writes almost exclusively on the backs of grocery receipts. Her work has been published in Pearl, Nerve Cowboy, The Savannah Literary Journal, and Texas Poetry Journal.

 

Karen An-hwei Lee

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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 in K (Ellipsis, 2017). Lee also wrote two chapbooks, God’s One Hundred Promises (Swan Scythe, 2002) and What the Sea Earns for a Living (Quaci Press, 2014). 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. Lee’s work appears in literary journals such as The American Poet, Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, IMAGE: Art, Faith, Mystery, Journal of Feminist Studies & Religion, Iowa Review, and Columbia Poetry Review and was recognized by the Prairie Schooner / Glenna Luschei Award. She earned an M.F.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Lee is a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle. Currently, she lives in San Diego and serves in the university administration at Point Loma Nazarene University.

 

Elline Lipkin

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Elline Lipkin is the current Poet Laureate of Altadena. She is the author of The Errant Thread, a book of poems chosen by Eavan Boland for the Kore Press First Book Award. Also the author of the nonfiction book, Girls’ Studies, she is affiliated with UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women as a Research Scholar and teaches for Scripps College in the fall and with Writing Workshops Los Angeles year-round.

 

Seth Michelson

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Seth Michelson is an award-winning poet, translator, and professor. He has published fifteen collections of poetry and poetry in translation, with his most recent book of original poetry being Swimming Through Fire (Press 53, 2017), and his most recent book of poetry in translation being Scripted in the Streams (Poetrywala, 2017), by the Indian poet Rati Saxena. He also is the editor and translator of the bilingual poetry anthology Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum-Security Detention (Settlement House, 2017). It features writing from a poetry workshop that he has been leading for the past three years in the most restrictive maximum-security facility in the U.S. for undocumented, unaccompanied youth, and all proceeds from its sale go to a legal defense fund for the children. He also teaches the poetry of the Americas at Washington and Lee University.

 

George Moore

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George Moore’s poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, Orion, North American Review, Colorado Review, Arc, OrbisStand, and Valparaiso. His collections include Children’s Drawings of the Universe (Salmon Poetry, 2015) and Saint Agnes Outside the Walls (FutureCycle Press, 2016). Nominated for six Pushcart Prizes and a finalist for The National Poetry Series, he presently lives with his wife, a Canadian poet, on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

 

Don Noel

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Retired after four decades of prize-winning print and broadcast journalism in Hartford, Connecticut, Don Noel received his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University in 2013. He has since published more than two-dozen short stories and non-fiction pieces, and has two novellas and a novel still looking for publishers.

 

Candace Pearson

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Candace Pearson’s poems have appeared in fine literary journals and anthologies; the latter include Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond and Sharing the Seasons: A Book of Poems. Her collection, Hour of Unfolding, won the Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry from Longwood University. You’ll find her scratching out her work in a 100-year-old cottage at the edge of the San Gabriel foothills.

 

Susan Rich

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Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poems: Cloud Pharmacy, The Alchemist’s Kitchen, Cures Include Travel, and The Cartographer’s Tongue: Poems of the World (White Pine Press). She co-edited the anthology The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Crossing Borders, published by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation. Rich’s poems have appeared in all 50 States and 1 District, including in the Antioch Review, Harvard Review, O Magazine, Poetry Ireland, and elsewhere.

 

Garrett Rowlan

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Garrett Rowlan is a retired LAUSD substitute teacher with about 60 short stories and essays already published. He has signed two contracts with two different publishers to have two different novels published; they should appear within months. His website is garrettrowlan.com .

 

Mehnaz Sahibzada 

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Mehnaz Sahibzada was born in Pakistan and raised in Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and she is a 2009 PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. Her short story, “The Alphabet Workbook,” appeared in the August 2010 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Her poetry chapbook, Tongue-Tied: A Memoir in Poems, was published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press, and her second chapbook, Summer Forgets to Wear a Petticoat, was also published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. Her work has appeared in publications such as Asia Writes, The Rattling Wall, and Pedestal Magazine. An English teacher, she lives in southern California. To learn more about Mehnaz, visit her at www.poetmehnaz.com .

 

Michael Schmeltzer

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Michael Schmeltzer was born and raised in Yokosuka, Japan, and eventually moved to the U.S. He is the author of the collaborative nonfiction book, A Single Throat Opens (which can be described as part memoir, part lyric exploration of addiction), and Blood Song, a Washington State Book Award finalist in poetry. He is the president of Floating Bridge Press in Seattle and can be found procrastinating on Twitter at @mschmeltzer01 .

 

Heidi Seaborn

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Heidi Seaborn starting writing poetry in 2016. Since then her work has appeared in over 40 journals and anthologies, including Nimrod International Journal (2017 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry semi-finalist), The New Guard (2017 Knightville Prize semi-finalist), Penn Review, Timberline, Gravel (Best of Net nominee), American Journal of Poetry, and as the political pamphlet Body Politic (Mount Analogue Press), on a Seattle bus, and in her forthcoming chapbook Finding My Way Home (Finishing Line Press). She is on the editorial staff of The Adroit Journal and lives in Seattle.

 

Martha Silano

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Martha Silano’s books include The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and an Academy of American Poets noted book of 2011, and Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books, 2014). She also co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, Kenyon Review Online, and New England Review, among others. Martha edits the Seattle-based literary journal, Crab Creek Review, and teaches at Bellevue College.

 

Beth Spencer

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Beth Spencer edits poetry and fiction for Bear Star Press. The Cloud Museum, a collection of her poems, comes out in 2018 from Sixteen Rivers Press.

 

M. Stone

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M. Stone is a bookworm, birdwatcher, and stargazer, who writes poetry while living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in San Pedro River Review, SOFTBLOWCalamus Journal, and numerous other print and online journals.

 

Judith Terzi

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Judith Terzi’s poems appear or are forthcoming in journals and anthologies, including CaesuraColumbia JournalGood Works Review (FutureCycle Press), Raintown ReviewUnsplendid, Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, and You Are Here: A Journal of Creative Geography. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Web and Net and included in Keynotes, a study guide for the artist-in-residence program for State Theater New JerseyCasbah and If You Spot Your Brother Floating By are recent chapbooks from Kattywompus Press.

 

Lynne Thompson

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Lynne Thompson is the author of two full-length collections, Beg No Pardon and Start With A Small Guitar, as well as three chapbooks. A Pushcart Prize finalist, her poetry has appeared in Prairie SchoonerPoetry, Ecotone, Ploughshares, and the African American Review, as well as the anthologies Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond and Coiled Serpent, Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. A 2015-16 City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellow, and winner of the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize in 2016, Thompson is Reviews and Essays Editor for the literary journal, Spillway.

 

Angie Vorhies

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Angie Vorhies is a poet, translator, and co-founder of San Diego Roots, a non-profit dedicated to educating, empowering, and cultivating sustainable local food communities. She is currently a student at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

 

Miles Waggener

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Miles Waggener is the author of Phoenix Suites (The Word Works, 2003), winner of the Washington Prize, Sky Harbor (Pinyon Publishing, 2011), Desert Center (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2016), Arterial Roads (Open Country Press, 2017), and Superstition Freeway (forthcoming from The Word Works). Recent poems appear in The North American ReviewAntioch Review, Numéro Cinq, and Bridge Eight.

 

Jim Zola

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Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children’s librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook — The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) — and a full length poetry collection — What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.