Issue #51 Contributors

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“Seclusion” by Angela N. Weddle

Paula Abramo

Paula Abramo, of Mexico City, is a poet and a translator from Portuguese. Her poems have appeared in her collection Fiat Lux and have been selected for anthologies in Spanish and in translation to Portuguese, German, and French.

Deborah Allbritain

Deborah Allbritain is a poet living in San Diego. Her book manuscripts have been semi-finalists and individual poems have been chosen as finalists for the Wabash Poetry Prize, Bellingham Prize for Poetry, Florida Review Editors’ Award, and the Comstock Review Poetry Contest. Publications include B O D Y Literature, The Dunes Review, The Nashville Review, The Greensboro Review, Verse Daily, and Spoon River.

Marie Baléo

Marie Baléo is a French writer, poet, and editor born in 1990. Her literary work has appeared in CutBank, Passages North, PRISM International, Yemassee, Litro, Lunch Ticket, Tahoma Literary Review, Rust+Moth, and elsewhere.

Linda Bamber

Linda Bamber is a Professor of English at Tufts University. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Agni, The Kenyon Review, Raritan, The Nation, The New York Times, and elsewhere; her poetry collection, Metropolitan Tang, was published by David R. Godine.

Ruth Bardon

Ruth Bardon’s poems have appeared in Boulevard, The Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere, and her chapbook, Demon Barber, was published in 2020 by Main Street Rag. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She lives in Durham, NC.

Michael Bazzett

Michael Bazzett’s chapbook, The Temple, was published by Bull City Press in 2020, and his fourth collection of poems, The Echo Chamber, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2021. His work has appeared in The Sun, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Threepenny Review, and Ploughshares, and his verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh (Milkweed, 2018), was named one of 2018’s ten best books of poetry by The New York Times.

Jayne Benjulian

Jayne Benjulian is the author of Five Sextillion Atoms (Saddle Road Press, 2016) and poems and essays appearing in numerous literary and performance journals. She lives in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

Despy Boutris

Despy Boutris’s writing has been published or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Journal, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Currently, she teaches at the University of Houston and serves as Poetry Editor for Gulf Coast, Guest Editor for Palette Poetry and Frontier, and Editor-in-Chief of The West Review.

Michael Chang

A Lambda Literary fellow, Michael Chang (they/them) was awarded the Kundiman Scholarship at the Miami Writers Institute. A finalist in contests at the Iowa Review, BOMB, NightBlock, and many others, their poems have been nominated for Best of the Net. Their manuscript <big shot manifesto> was selected by Rae Armantrout as a finalist for the Fonograf Editions Open Genre Book Prize.

Erica Charis-Molling

Erica Charis-Molling is a lesbian poet, educator, and librarian. Her writing has been Pushcart-nominated and included in the 2020 Orison anthology. She’s a Mass Cultural Council Fellow who currently serves as Education Director for Mass Poetry.

Jinwoo Chong

Jinwoo Chong is an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in CRAFT, Tahoma Literary Review, The Forge, and others. He serves as Fiction Editor at Columbia Journal.

Christopher Citro

Christopher Citro is the author of If We Had a Lemon We’d Throw It and Call That the Sun (Elixir Press, 2020), winner of the 2019 Antivenom Poetry Award, and The Maintenance of the Shimmy-Shammy (Steel Toe Books, 2015). His poetry appears in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, the 2018 Pushcart Prize Anthology, Gulf Coast, Best New Poets, and Alaska Quarterly Review. He teaches creative writing at SUNY Oswego and lives in Syracuse, NY.

Dick Cluster

Dick Cluster translates prose and poetry from Spanish and writes history and fiction. He is the editor and translator of Kill the Ámpaya: Best Latin American Baseball Fiction and co-author of History of Havana. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Gretchen Comba

Gretchen Comba is the author of The Stillness of the Picture: Stories (Kore, 2016). She teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Heather Cook

Heather Cook’s poems have appeared in Cabinet of Heed, Magnolia Review, Ghost City Press, East Coast Literary Review, and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first full-length poetry collection.

Mia DiFelice

Mia DiFelice is a young writer studying international development in Pittsburgh. She has worked for publications such as The Offing and Sampsonia Way, and her work is published or forthcoming in Ruminate, Fourth River: Tributaries, L’Éphémère Review, and elswhere. She thanks you for reading her work.

Carol Dines

Carol Dines lives in Minneapolis. Her new collection of short stories, This Distance We Call Love, is forthcoming from Orison Books in 2021. Her stories and poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies. Previous books include Best Friends Tell the Best Lies, The Queen’s Soprano, and Talk to Me.

Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Griffith Review, Prelude, Poetry Salzburg Review, and other publications. He studies political ecology as a Marshall Scholar at the University of Cambridge.

Lisa Fleck Dondiego

Lisa Fleck Dondiego’s work has appeared in The Sigh Press Literary Journal, The Westchester Review, The Writers Circle 2, and others, as well as in several anthologies. Her chapbook, A Sea Change, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2011. She is currently working on a collection of poems about the death of a loved one from alcoholism, and lives with her husband in Ossining, NY.

Barbara Duffey

Barbara Duffey is a 2015 NEA Literature Fellow in poetry and the author of two poetry collections, most recently Simple Machines (2016), which won the 2015 Washington Prize. She is an associate professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan U.

Renee Emerson

Renee Emerson is the author of Keeping Me Still (Winter Goose Publishing) and Threshing Floor (Jacar Press). She lives in Missouri with her husband and five children, navigating grief, faith, and motherhood.

Gabriel Fine

Gabriel Fine is a poet and writer from Colorado. His poems have recently appeared in Image, Nashville Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, and he has nonfiction in outlets including Electric Literature and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He works at PEN America.

Rebecca Morgan Frank

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of four collections of poems, including Oh You Robot Saints!, forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2021. Her poems have recently appeared in The New Yorker, Pleiades, American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She is co-founder and editor of the online literary journal Memorious, and she lives in Chicago.

John Gallaher

John Gallaher’s most recent collection is Brand New Spacesuit (BOA, 2020). He lives and teaches in rural Missouri, and co-edits the Laurel Review.

Gracie Greenbaum

Gracie Greenbaum is an award-winning poet, writer, and artist whose work was most recently published in the Audie-nominated audiobook collection Nevertheless We Persisted. She works as an artist and yoga instructor under Little Green Tree in Los Angeles.

Charles O. Hartman

Charles O. Hartman has published seven books of poetry, including New & Selected Poems from Ahsahta (2008), as well as books on jazz and song (Jazz Text) and on computer poetry (Virtual Muse). His Free Verse (1981) is still in print, and Verse: An Introduction to Prosody came out from Wiley-Blackwell in 2015. He is Poet-in-Residence at Connecticut College. He plays jazz guitar.

Robert Hedin

Robert Hedin is the author, translator, and editor of two dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently At the Great Door of Morning: Selected Poems and Translations (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). He lives in Frontenac, MN.

Kathleen Heil

Kathleen Heil writes and translates poetry and prose. Her poems appear in Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Diagram, Diode, Fence, jubilat, The New Yorker, The Stinging Fly, and elsewhere.

Andrew Hemmert

Andrew Hemmert is the author of Sawgrass Sky (Texas Review Press, 2021). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review.

Rachel Hinton

Rachel Hinton is originally from Vermont and lives in Chicago. Her debut poetry collection, Hospice Plastics, won the Cowles Poetry Prize and will be published in the fall of 2021 by Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Tiffany Hsieh

Tiffany Hsieh was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada at the age of fourteen with her parents. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Malahat Review, Poet Lore, Room, The Shanghai Literary Review, Sonora Review, The /temz/ Review, and other publications. She lives in southern Ontario with her husband and their dog.

Adeeko Ibukun

Adeeko Ibukun is an award-winning Nigerian poet. He received the 2nd Prize for Sentinel All-Africa Poetry Competition in 2012, and his poem, “A Room with a Drowning Book,” won the 2015 Babishai Niwe African Poetry Prize in Uganda. Ibukun was a guest at the Lagos International Poetry Festival and Ake Arts and Book Festival in 2015. His poems are widely published or forthcoming both in local and international journals, including Sentinel UK, Open: Journal of Art & Literature, Rhino, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Expound, and Fortunate Traveler. He lives and writes in Abeokuta, Nigeria. He strongly believes every Nigerian youth has a political duty to help Nigeria find peace.

Kanza Javed

Kanza Javed is the author of the novel Ashes, Wine and Dust. She holds an MFA in Fiction from West Virginia University. She was a short-term fellow at University of Massachusetts and a research scholar at Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in The Punch Magazine and American Literary Review. She won the 2020 Reynolds Price Prize in fiction, and is currently working on her second book.

Jennifer Jean

Jennifer Jean’s books include The Fool, Object Lesson, and Object Lesson: A Guide to Writing Poetry. Her poems and co-translations appear in Poetry, Rattle, Waxwing, and The Common. She’s an organizer for Her Story Is and the translations editor for Talking Writing.

Kasey Jueds

Kasey Jueds’s first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her written work can be found in journals including American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, Narrative, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Ninth Letter, and Pleiades. She lives in Philadelphia with one human, a spotted dog, and many houseplants.

Patrick Kindig

Patrick Kindig teaches writing and American literature at Indiana University. He is the author of the micro-chapbook Dry Spell (Porkbelly Press, 2016) and the chapbook all the catholic gods (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019), and his poems have recently appeared in Copper Nickel, Shenandoah, Columbia Poetry Review, Washington Square Review, and other journals.

Sandra Kohler

Sandra Kohler’s three collections of poems are Improbable Music (Word Press, 2011), The Ceremonies of Longing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003) and The Country of Women (Calyx Books, 1995). Her poems have appeared over the past forty-five years in journals including Prairie Schooner, The New Republic, Beloit Poetry Journal, Slant, The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Tar River Poetry. In 2018, one of her poems was chosen to be part of Jenny Holzer’s permanent installation at the new Comcast Technology Center in Philadelphia.

Ann Lauinger

Ann Lauinger’s two books of poetry are Persuasions of Fall, winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry, and Against Butterflies. Her poems have appeared in The Bedford Anthology of Poetry, The Cumberland River Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and are forth- coming in Descant and Spillway.

David Dodd Lee

David Dodd Lee is a poet, fiction writer, painter, and collage artist. He is the author of ten books of poems, including one chapbook and two volumes of Ashbery erasure poems. He lives on the St. Joseph River near the Indiana-Michigan border.

Jayne Marek

Jayne Marek’s writing and art appear in Calyx, One, Spillway, Eclectica, QWERTY, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry books include In and Out of Rough Water (2017) and The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling (2018). Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes, she recently won the Bill Holm Witness poetry contest.

Jeff McRae

Jeff McRae lives in Vermont. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Ascent, Aji Magazine, Sheila-Na-Gig, Ciderpress Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere.

Susie Meserve

Susie Meserve is a poet and essayist. Her debut poetry collection, Little Prayers, won a Blue Light Award from Blue Light Press and was published in 2018.

Juan J. Morales

Juan J. Morales is the son of an Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father. He is the author of three poetry collections, including The Handyman’s Guide to End Times, winner of the 2019 International Latino Book Award. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, Macondo Fellow, Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Press, and Professor and Department Chair of English & World Languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Michael O’Brien

Michael O’Brien attended Carleton College and the Syracuse University MFA program. His stories have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Salt Hill, Sou’wester, and Washington Square Review. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

B.M. Owens

B.M. Owens grew up in Hollywood, FL, and is an MFA graduate teaching assistant at Florida International University. She works on FIU’s Gulf Stream Literary Magazine and has a piece forthcoming in O,Miami’s Waterproof Anthology.

Connie Pan

Connie Pan, originally from Maui, Hawai’i, earned an MFA in fiction from West Virginia University and a BA in creative writing from Grand Valley State University. Her writing has appeared in Bamboo Ridge, The Billfold, Book Riot, Carve, HelloGiggles, and PRISM international, among other places. A freelance writer and editor, she lives in Coastal Mississippi with her partner and their dog, where she works on her novel-in-progress.

Suphil Lee Park

Suphil Lee Park is a bilingual writer who grew up in South Korea and graduated from NYU with a BA in English and from New Writers Project (the University of Texas at Austin) with an MFA in poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Global Poetry Anthology, and the Massachusetts Review, among many others. Her debut collection of poetry, Present Tense Complex, winner of the Marystina Santiestevan Prize, is forthcoming in 2021.

Genevieve Pfeiffer

Genevieve Pfeiffer is a poet, herbalist, and teacher. Their work can be found in About Place, Erase the Patriarchy, Birdcoat Quarterly, Juked, and more. They oscillate between NYC and the mountains, and you can find them where there are trees.

Jacquelyn Pope

Jacquelyn Pope is a writer and translator whose books include Watermark, Dreamboat, and Hungerpots: Selected Poems of Hester Knibbe.

Dawn Potter

Dawn Potter is the author of eight books of prose and poetry. She directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching and lives in Portland, ME.

Kimberly Ann Priest

Kimberly Ann Priest is the author of Slaughter the One Bird (Sundress, 2021), Still Life (PANK, 2020), Parrot Flower (Glass, 2020), and White Goat Black Sheep (FLP, 2018). She is an associate poetry editor for the Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry and Embody reader for The Maine Review.

Meaghan Quinn

Meaghan Quinn is the author of Slow Dance Bullets (Route 7, 2019). Quinn has been featured in [PANK], Mass Poetry, and NPR Cape & Islands. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Impossible Archetype, Adrienne, Off the Coast, and elsewhere.

Elizabeth Rees

Elizabeth Rees is the author of Every Root a Branch, and three award-winning chapbooks. A repeat contributor to Salamander, her work has also appeared in Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Agni, Partisan Review, and New England Review, among other journals.

C.C. Reid

C.C. Reid is the recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Her poems have won the Mary C. Mohr Award, F(r)iction’s Poetry Award, and the Larry Neal Writers’ Award. She lives in DC with her partner and children.

Eric Roy

Eric Roy’s recent poetry appears or is forthcoming in Third Coast, Bennington Review, Sugar House Review, Salt Hill, and Westerly. His first chapbook—poems concerning the prescription opioid abuse epidemic—will be published by Lily Poetry in 2021.

T. Dallas Saylor

T. Dallas Saylor is a PhD student in poetry at Florida State University, and holds an MFA from the University of Houston. His work meditates on the body, especially gender and sexuality, against physical, spiritual, and digital landscapes.

Brooke Schifano

Brooke Schifano’s poetry and visual art has appeared or is forthcoming in Sonora Review, Response, Container, Mortar, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in poetry from UMass Boston, where she currently works as an associate lecturer.

Natalie Shapero

Natalie Shapero’s new book is Popular Longing. She teaches at Tufts University.

Michele Sharpe

Michele Sharpe, a poet and essayist, is an adoptee, high school dropout, and former trial attorney. A graduate of Suffolk University Law School, she’s written for The New York Times, Witness, The Washington Post, Poets & Writers, and other publications.

Aurora Lee Shimshak

Aurora Lee Shimshak grew up in several rural communities and small cities in Wisconsin. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Find her latest work in New Ohio Review, Spillway, and The Greensboro Review.

Martha Silano

Martha Silano’s most recent book is Gravity Assist (Saturnalia Books, 2019). She co-authored The Daily Poet: Day-by-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice (Two Sylvias Press, 2013). She teaches at Bellevue College and Seattle’s Hugo House.

Matthew J. Spireng

Matthew J. Spireng’s 2019 Sinclair Prize-winning book Good Work was published in 2020 by Evening Street Press. A ten-time Pushcart Prize nominee, he is also author of the full-length poetry books, What Focus Is and Out of Body, winner of the 2004 Bluestem Poetry Award.

Darius Stewart

Darius Stewart is the author of three chapbook collections: The Terribly Beautiful, Sotto Voce, and The Ghost the Night Becomes. His essays appear in Appalachian Heritage, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, Fourth Genre, Gargoyle, storySouth, and others. He is the current Provost Visiting Writer in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City with his dog, Fry.

Marcela Sulak

Marcela Sulak’s fourth poetry collection, City of Sky Papers, is forthcoming; her new lyric memoir is Mouth Full of Seeds. Sulak is Associate Professor of Literature at Bar-Ilan University, where she teaches American Literature and creative writing.

Suzanne Swanson

Suzanne Swanson is the author of House of Music and the chapbook What Other Worlds: Postpartum Poems. She is a winner of the Loft Mentor Series, and she helped to found Laurel Poetry Collective. She rows on the Mississippi River and is happiest near big water.

J.C. Talamantez

J.C. Talamantez currently resides in the Midwest while finishing a PhD in philosophy. She has an MFA from Texas State University.

Jason Tandon

Jason Tandon is the author of four books of poetry, including The Actual World (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). His poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, and Esquire. He is a senior lecturer in the Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University.

Eric Tran

Eric Tran is a resident physician in psychiatry in Asheville, NC, and an associated editor at Orison Books. His debut book of poems, The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer, won the 2019 Autumn House Press Emerging Writer’s contest. He is also the author of the chapbooks Revisions and Affairs with Men in Suits. His work has been featured in Poetry Daily and Best of the Net and appears or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Iowa Review, 32 Poems, and elsewhere.

Tony Trigilio

Tony Trigilio’s most recent poetry collections are Proof Something Happened (Marsh Hawk Press, forthcoming 2021) and Ghosts of the Upper Floor (BlazeVOX [books], 2019). His selected poems, Fuera del Taller del Cosmos, was published in 2018 by Guatemala’s Editorial Poe (translated by Bony Hernández). He is a Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago.

Martin Vest

Martin Vest’s poetry has appeared in Slipstream, The New York Quarterly, The Limberlost Review, and elsewhere. He is a past winner of Rattle’s Neil Postman Award For Metaphor, and is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He lives in Southeast Idaho.

Hope Wabuke

Hope Wabuke is a poet, writer, and assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, VONA, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Writers, and Cave Canem. She writes literary and cultural criticism for NPR.

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner is the poetry editor at Ligeia Magazine. Her work has previously appeared in Grub Street and Up the Staircase Quarterly. You can find her reading, writing, and roller-skating all over Maryland.

Angela N. Weddle

Angela N. Weddle is a professional visual artist who is autistic with cerebral palsy and congenital right hemisphere brain damage. Weddle is a neurological anomaly and savant, who is not supposed to have any artistic ability but always has. She has mentored students about poetry and art and participated as a mentor for Summer on the Hill, a program for autistic and intellectually disabled young adults. She has also read and performed slam poetry at PuroSlam and with the San Antonio Jazz Poets. She has taught art privately to students ranging from young children to adults in San Antonio, TX. She is also a published poet in the journal Barking Sycamores Year One. Weddle has blogged and is a contributing blogger for the international blog The Art of Autism. Weddle also lectures about autism awareness and advocacy to local organizations and corporations such as H.E.B. Weddle is known for her sketchbooks, in particular, and has been mentioned in the San Antonio Current, as well as interviewed by the local arts magazine Arts United San Antonio and major online magazine PopSugar, and has contributed animation and interviews to the University of Exeter’s ExDx Film project, which interviewed artists who are autistic.

Artress Bethany White

Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the Trio Award for her second poetry collection, My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019), and recently published a debut essay collection, Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity (New Rivers Press, 2020).

Zoë Ryder White

Zoë Ryder White is the co-author, with Nicole Callihan, of two chapbooks. Her newest chapbook, Hyperspace, is forthcoming from Factory Hollow Press. Her poems have appeared in Thrush, Hobart, Sixth Finch, Threepenny Review, and Crab Creek Review, among others.

James K. Zimmerman

James K. Zimmerman’s writing appears in American Life in Poetry, Chautauqua, Vallum, Nimrod, and Pleiades, among others. He is author of Little Miracles (Passager, 2015) and Family Cookout (Comstock, 2016), winner of the Jessie Bryce Niles Prize.

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