Issue #46 Contributors

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“Lotus III,” by Colette Bresilla, 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas, 2012.


Faiz Ahmad

Faiz Ahmad is a final-year student pursuing his Bachelors-Masters in Biological Sciences, IIT Madras. He believes in poetry as the ground of bewilderment, of amazement at simply ‘being.’ His poems have been published in Indian Literature, Off the Coast, Trumpeter, Muse India, and others.

Frances Badgett

Frances Badgett writes fiction and poetry and lives in Bellingham, WA. Her stories have been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. She is the fiction editor of Contrary Magazine.

Michael Barach and Brandi George

Michael Barach and Brandi George met in a poetry workshop at Florida State University. Their collaborative poems have appeared in such journals as Seneca Review, Black Warrior Review, and 32 Poems.They are working on a full-length collection of love letters.

Pam Bernard

Pam Bernard received her MFA from the Graduate Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and BA from Harvard University. Her awards include a NEA Fellowship in Poetry and two Mass Cultural Council Fellowships. She has published three full-length collections, and most recently a verse novel entitled Esther (CavanKerry Press).

Mirande Bissell

Mirande Bissell lives in Ellicott City, MD, and is a teacher. She is in her final term of the MFA poetry program at Bennington College.

Emma Bolden

Emma Bolden is the author of House Is An Enigma (forthcoming from Southeast Missouri State University Press), medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press, 2016) and Maleficae (GenPop Books, 2013). The recipient of a 2017 NEA Fellowship, she serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief for Tupelo Quarterly.

Chanel Brenner

Chanel Brenner is the author of Vanilla Milk: a memoir told in poems (Silver Birch Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2016 Independent Book Awards. Her poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, Muzzle Magazine, and others.

Colette Brésilla

Colette Brésilla was born in Haiti. She lives and works in Boston, MA. She received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include 2017’s Summer Exhibition, Gallery Ashmonticello, Boston, MA; 2016’s Konekxion Dé, Gallery at Spencer Lofts, Chelsea MA; 2016’s Konekxion, Parker Gallery at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA; and 2015’s Borderless Bird, Mayor’s Office Gallery, Boston City Hall, Boston, MA.

Wendy Cannella

Wendy Cannella’s poetry has appeared in Mid-American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Solstice, among others. Her article “Angels and Terrorists” is featured in The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn, from Syracuse University Press. She earned an MFA from Vermont College, a PhD from Boston College, and serves as a contributing editor for The Word Works Press.

Shebana Coelho

Shebana Coelho is a writer and director, originally from India, now based in New Mexico. She received a Fiction Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a Fulbright grant to Mongolia.

Dorsey Craft

Dorsey Craft holds an MFA from McNeese State University. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review, Forklift, Ohio, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. She is currently a PhD student in poetry at Florida State and the Assistant Poetry Editor of Southeast Review.

John Paul Davis

John Paul Davis is a poet, musician, and programmer. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Four Way Review, Rattle, Muzzle, The Journal, Bennington Review, and Again I Wait For This To Pull Apart. His first collection of poetry, Crown Prince Of Rabbits, was published by Great Weather For Media in 2016.

Heather Derr-Smith

Heather Derr-Smith is the author of four collections of poetry: Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016), and, most recently, Thrust, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award, published by Persea Books in 2017. She is also Managing Director of Cuvaj se, a literary and human rights NGO supporting writers in conflict zones and post-conflict zones.

Emari DiGiorgio

Emari DiGiorgio is the author of Girl Torpedo, the winner of the 2017 Numinous Orison, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and The Things a Body Might Become. She’s the recipient of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, the Ellen La Forge Memorial Poetry Prize, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, Rhino’s Founder’s Prize, the Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Award, and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.

Duy Doan

Duy Doan is the author of We Play a Game, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Slate, and TriQuarterly. A Kundiman fellow, he received an MFA from Boston University.

Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson

Shavahn Dorris-Jefferson’s poetry has appeared in The Baltimore Review, Río Grande Review, and Sugar House Review, among others. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s an English instructor and lives in Joliet, IL.

Valerie Duff-Strautmann

Valerie Duff-Strautmann is the poetry editor of Salamander. Her poems have appeared recently in Poetry, The Common, and Cortland Review.

K.E. Duffin

K.E. Duffin’s work has appeared in Agni, The Carolina Quarterly, The Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, The Moth, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry Salzburg Review, Prairie Schooner, The Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, Thrush, Zymbol, and other journals. King Vulture, a book of poems, was published by the University of Arkansas Press.

Angie Estes

Angie Estes’ sixth collection of poems, Parole, is forthcoming in October 2018. Her previous book, Enchantée, won the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and Tryst was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

Kerry James Evans

Kerry James Evans is the author of Bangalore (Copper Canyon). He currently lives and works in St. Louis, MO.

Robert Fillman

Robert Fillman’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cider Press Review, Hollins Critic, Poet Lore, Tar River Poetry, and others. In 2018, he won Third Wednesday’s annual poetry contest. Currently, he is a PhD candidate and senior teaching fellow at Lehigh University.

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of the chapbooks Unseasonable Weather (dancing girl press, 2018) and Congress of Mud (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her work can be found in Third Coast, Granta, Quarterly West, Diagram, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She serves as poetry editor for Foglifter Press and lives in sunny Oakland, CA.

Kate Hanson Foster

Kate Hanson Foster’s first book of poems, Mid Drift, was published by Loom Press and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Center for the Book Award in 2011. Her work has appeared in Comstock Review, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Tupelo Quarterly, Five:2:One Magazine, and elsewhere. She was recently awarded the NEA Parent Fellowship through the Vermont Studio Center.

Samantha Leigh Futhey

Samantha Leigh Futhey completed an MFA in the Creative Writing and Environment Program at Iowa State University. Currently, she works as a writing tutor and poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. She has poetry published or forthcoming in The Fourth River, Potomac Review, Zone 3, and Ninth Letter Online, among others.

Matthew Gellman

Matthew Gellman’s poems are featured in Poetry Northwest, Narrative Magazine, Sugar House Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Columbia University and teaches at Hunter College.

Danielle Legros Georges

Danielle Legros Georges is a writer, poet, editor, and translator. She is the author of two books of poetry, Maroon (Northwestern University Press, 2001) and The Dear Remote Nearness of You (Barrow Street Press, 2016), the chapbook Letters from Congo (Central Square Press, 2017), and is the editor of City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems (Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, 2017). She teaches at Lesley University and is Boston’s Poet Laureate.

Stephen Gibson

Stephen Gibson’s Self-Portrait in a Door-Length Mirror won the 2017 Miller Williams Prize, chosen by Billy Collins, Univ. of Arkansas Press. His collections include The Garden of Earthly Delights Book of Ghazals (Texas Review Press) and Rorschach Art Too (2014 Donald Justice Prize, Story Line Press).

Mike Good

Mike Good lives in Pittsburgh and works as a grant writer. His recent poetry and book reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming at Sugar House Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Georgia Review, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Hollins University.

Deborah Gorlin

Deborah Gorlin has published in a wide range of journals including Poetry, Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Seneca Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review, Bomb, Connecticut Review, Women’s Review of Books, New England Review, and Best Spiritual Writing 2000. Before winning the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize for Life of the Garment (Bauhan Publishing) she won the White Pine Poetry Press Prize for her first book of poems, Bodily Course, in l996.

Jason Gray

Jason Gray is the author of Photographing Eden, and two chapbooks, How to Paint the Savior Dead and Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo. His poems have been featured in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The New Criterion, and elsewhere.

Evan Grillon

Evan Grillon is an MFA candidate at the University of Florida. He was runner-up for the 2017 Crazyhorse Short-Short Prize. This is his first published story.

Jack Hanson

Jack Hanson is a doctoral student at Yale University and the author of the chapbook Monica Moody and Other Poems (Pen & Anvil, 2017). His poems, essays, and reviews appear or are forthcoming in Berfrois, Kenyon Review Online, The New Criterion, PN Review, The Scofield, and elsewhere.

Kat Hayes

Kat Hayes is a professor of writing at Eastern University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Lake Effect, Cimarron Review, Nimrod, and Off the Coast. She lives near Philadelphia with her husband Matthew and feisty one-year-old daughter.

Ramiro Hinojosa

Ramiro Hinojosa is a veteran of the Iraq War. He has since earned his MFA from Texas State University and recently received an NEA-funded fellowship for veterans to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Huizache and War, Literature & the Arts.

Brent House

Brent House, an editor for The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast and a contributing editor for The Tusculum Review, is a native of Necaise, MS, where he raised cattle and watermelons on his family’s farm. Slash Pine Press published his first collection, The Saw Year Prophecies.

Brionne Janae

Brionne Janae is a California native, poet, and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emering Artist award, a Hedgebrook and Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Alumni, and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry and prose have been published in The American Poetry Review, Rattle, Bitch Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, jubilat, Sixth Finch, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, and Waxwing, among others. Her first full-length collection of poetry is titled After Jubilee.

Kasey Jueds

Kasey Jueds’s first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her recent poems have been published or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Provincetown Arts, Cave Wall, Water~Stone, and Crazyhorse, and her reviews appear in The Rumpus and Jacket2. She lives in Philadelphia.

Judy Katz

Judy Katz’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The New York Times Book Review, The Women’s Review of Books, Bellevue Literary Review, upstreet, and Best Indie Lit of New England. Her poems have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Judy Katz-Levine

Judy Katz-Levine’s recent work has appeared in Miriam’s Well, Events Horizon, Constellations, Blue Unicorn, Peacock Journal Anthology, River Poet’s Journal, and Unlikely Stories Mark V. The Everything Saint, a collection of poems, will be published by WordTech in August of 2018.

Ellen Kaufman

Ellen Kaufman is the author of House Music (Able Muse Press). More recent work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Epoch, and The Yale Review, and is forthcoming from Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review. She lives in New York City.

Jacqueline Kolosov

Jacqueline Kolosov is Professor of English at Texas Tech University where she directs The CH Foundation Arts for Healing Workshops and Programming, bringing the arts to at-risk populations in West Texas. Her third poetry collection is Memory of Blue (Salmon, 2014), and she coedited Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of Eight Hybrid Literary Genres, Winner of Foreword’s IndieFab Gold Medal in Writing (Rose Metal, 2015).

Brandon Krieg

Brandon Krieg is the author of In the Gorge (Codhill, 2017) and Invasives (New Rivers Press, 2014), a finalist for the 2015 ASLE Book Award in Environmental Creative Writing. He lives in Columbia, MO.

Gerry LaFemina

Gerry LaFemina’s latest books are The Story of Ash (2018, Anhinga Press) and the textbook Composing Poetry: A Guide to Writing Poems and Thinking Lyrically. A noted poet, critic, essayist, fiction writer, and musician, he teaches at Frostburg State University and serves as a writing mentor in the Carlow University MFA program.

Barbara Leckie

Barbara Leckie has previously published a short story in The Literary Review, and is currently working on a collection of stories tentatively entitled Older Women.

Julia Leverone

Julia Leverone teaches poetry and Spanish at UT Dallas. Her second chapbook, Little Escape, won the 2016 Claudia Emerson Poetry Chapbook Award and is forthcoming from JMWW. Her poems have appeared in literary venues including the Cortland Review, Posit, and Cimarron Review. She translates from Spanish and is the editor of Sakura Review.

Francis Lunney

Francis Lunney has previously published poems in The Owen Wister Review, Outside Bozeman, and Appalachia. He lives in Salem, MA, and works in a nearby town as an elementary school reading specialist.

Jennifer Minniti-Shippey

Jennifer Minniti-Shippey is the managing editor of Poetry International, the director and co-founder of Poetic Youth, and a lecturer at San Diego State University. Her first full-length collection, After the Tour, is forthcoming from Calypso Editions.

Sally Molini

Sally Molini is a freelance editor and writer whose work has appeared in various journals, including Cimarron Review, Best New Poets, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, and Rattle.

Rhagen Olinde

Rhagen Olinde was born and raised in Louisiana, where she received her MFA in Creative Writing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles. She is currently a teaching fellow and PhD student in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a research focus on the poetics of Delta blues music. This marks her first publication.

Dawn Potter

Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching. She is the author of seven books of prose and poetry, most recently, The Vagabond’s Bookshelf: A Reader’s Memoir. She lives in Portland, ME.

Elizabeth Rees

Elizabeth Rees is the author of Every Root a Branch, and four chapbooks, most recently, Tilting Gravity. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in Agni, Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review, among other journals.

Melanie Ritzenthaler

Melanie Ritzenthaler is currently a PhD candidate in fiction at Ohio University. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Florida Review, Hobart, Yemassee, and Sou’wester, among others. She holds an MFA from McNeese State University, where she twice won the Robert Olen Butler Award for fiction.

Stephanie Rogers

Stephanie Rogers grew up in Middletown, OH, and now lives in New York City. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Ploughshares, Tin House, Cincinnati Review, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Copper Nickel, and New Ohio Review, as well as the Best New Poets anthology. Saturnalia Books published her first collection of poems, Plucking the Stinger, in October 2016.

Anna V.Q. Ross

Anna V.Q. Ross is a 2018 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Poetry. Her books include If a Storm (Anhinga Press) and the chapbook Figuring (Bull City Press). She teaches in the Writing, Literature & Publishing Program at Emerson College and lives with her family in Dorchester, where she hosts the poetry and performance series Unearthed Song & Poetry and raises chickens.

Lis Sanchez

Lis Sanchez has writing in Prairie Schooner, New Orleans Review, The Bark, Puerto Del Sol, and elsewhere. Awards include a North Carolina Arts Council Writer’s Fellowship; Prairie Schooner’s Virginia Faulkner Award; Nimrod’s Editors’ Choice Award, and others.

Aimée M. Sands

Aimée M. Sands’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Field, Missouri Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Saranac Review, Poet Lore, and others. Her first book, The Green-go Turn of Telling, was published in 2012 by Salmon Poetry. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and holds an MFA from Bennington College. She is a co-director of the Brookline Poetry Series and Master Classes.

Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor-at-large of the The Kenyon Review. Her poetry collections are Hard Child and No Object. She lives in Somerville, MA.

Rob Shapiro

Rob Shapiro received an MFA from the University of Virginia, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. His work has previously appeared in The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Blackbird, and River Styx, among other journals. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.

Ellen Steinbaum

Ellen Steinbaum is the author of four poetry collections. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and is included in several anthologies. An award-winning journalist and former Boston Globe columnist, she also writes a blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe,” which can be found at her website.

Lynne Thompson

Lynne Thompson is the author of Start With a Small Guitar and Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Book Award. In 2017, she won the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award (poetry) and Honorable Mention in the Pushcart Prize Anthology XLII. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in The Fourth River, Crab Creek Review, and Poetry.

Jessica Traynor

Jessica Traynor is from Dublin. Her first collection Liffey Swim (Dedalus Press) was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award and named one of the best debuts of the past five years on Awards include the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award and the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary. Her second collection is forthcoming in autumn 2018.

Emily Tuszynska

Emily Tuszynska has recent work in Literary Mama, Poetry Northwest, The Southern Review, and Water~Stone Review. She lives with her husband, three children, and assorted pets in Fairfax, VA.

K.V. Twain

K.V. Twain, born in 1981, is an English-language Romanian writer educated in the US, UK, and Japan. She is the author of the novella My Life with Salvador Dalí, by Babou the Ocelot and the poetry volume Not Playing God. Her first novel is in progress.

Leah Umansky

Leah Umansky lives in New York and is the author of four books, most recently, The Barbarous Century (Eyewear, 2018). A graduate of the MFA program in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Bennington Review, The New York Times, and Guernica.

Yun Wang

Yun Wang is the author of the poetry books The Book of Totality (Salmon Poetry Press, 2015) and The Book of Jade (Story Line Press, 2002), poetry chapbooks Horse by the Mountain Stream (Word Palace Press, 2016) and The Carp (Bull Thistle Press, 1994), and Dreaming of Fallen Blossoms: Tune Poems of Su Dong-Po (White Pine Press, forthcoming in 2019). She is a cosmologist at California Institute of Technology.

Ian C. Williams

Ian C. Williams has poems appearing or forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Crab Orchard Review, The New Territory, and others, and he works as the editor-in-chief for the online poetry magazine Jarfly. He lives in Stillwater, OK.

Monique Zamir

Monique Zamir’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Fifth Wednesday Journal, Mikrokosmos, Falchion Publications, Lunch Ticket, and others. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, where she completed her MFA in poetry, and has received an honorable mention from the Academy of American Poets Scholarship for her poem, “Even the Stone Will Keep.” From New York, Monique lives in Austin, TX.

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