NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

FARAH AHAMED is a short fiction writer. Her stories have been published in Thresholds, Kwani?, The Missing Slate, New Lit Salon Press, and Out of Print, among others. She has been nominated for the Caine and Pushcart prizes and shortlisted for the London Short Story Prize, SI Leeds Literary Prize, DNA/Out of Print Award, Sunderland Waterstones Award, Asian Writer Award, and Gerald Kraak Award.

AMANDA ANASTASI is a Melbourne writer and poet. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies in Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland. Amanda is a two-time winner of the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize. Her debut collection, 2012 and other poems, was listed in Ali Alizadeh’s ‘Top Ten Poetic Works of 2012’in Overland Literary Journal. Her poetry was shortlisted in the 2016 W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize in Australia and the 2016 Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award.

JEN JABAILY-BLACKBURN lives with her husband and daughter in Western Massachusetts. Selected for Best New Poets 2014 by Dorianna Laux, her recent work appears in Cimarron Review, cream city review, and the Common.

LAURE-ANNE BOSSELAAR is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf; Small Gods of Grief, which won the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry; and A New Hunger, selected as an ALA Notable Book for 2008. With her husband Kurt Brown, she translated Herman de Coninck’s The Plural of Happiness. The editor of four anthologies and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, she taught at Emerson College, Sarah Lawrence College, and is part of the core faculty at the low residency MFA in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College.

Professor JOHN H. BRACEY, JR. has taught in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1972. He is now serving a second stint as department chair, and is co-director of the department’s graduate certificate in African Diaspora Studies. During the 1960s, Professor Bracey was active in the Civil Rights, Black Liberation, and other radical movements in Chicago. His publications include Black Nationalism in America (1970);  the prize winning African American Women and the Vote: 1837-1965Strangers and Neighbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States (with Maurianne Adams); and, African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-First Century (with Manisha Sinha).

JULIA CONRAD graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014. Since then, she has worked as a high school teacher in northern Italy, and as the assistant to a literary agent in New York. She has played violin in regional orchestras based in Milan, Varese, and Bologna. This is her first publication.

MARCELO COHEN was born in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a renowned novelist, journalist, translator, and essayist. He currently co-edits Otra Parte, a literary and arts journal. He was co-founder of Montesinos Press and consultant for Icaria Press. He directed the series Península Narrativa, published by Península and was editorial advisor for Anaya and Mario Muchnik. He has translated more than a hundred books from English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Catalan into Spanish. He has published eighteen novels and short-story books, four literary non-fiction books, and countless essays in journals and newspapers. His work has received critical praise in Latin America and Spain. In 1995 he was awarded the Guggenheim fellowship, and in 2004, Argentina’s Konex literary award.

GEFFREY DAVIS is the author of Revising the Storm, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist. He also co-authored, with poet F. Douglas Brown, Begotten, a chapbook in URB's Floodgate Poetry Series. His honors include fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center, the Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, the Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Davis teaches in the Program in Creative Writing & Translation at the University of Arkansas.

LAURENCE DE RICHEMONT is a translator living in Italy.

MATT DONOVAN is the author of two collections of poetry, Vellum and the chapbook Rapture & the Big Bam (forthcoming spring 2017), as well as a collection of essays, A Cloud of Unusual Size and Shape: Meditations on Ruin and Redemption. He is the recipient of a Rome Prize in Literature, a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, an NEA Fellowship, and the Larry Levis Reading Prize from VCU. Donovan teaches at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and is currently collaborating on a chamber opera entitled Inheritance about the life and legends of Sarah Winchester.    

TONY EPRILE is a photographer, amateur naturalist, and writer who lives in Bennington, VT. His novel, The Persistence of Memory, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and won the Koret Jewish Book prize. He recently completed a memoir about his family’s move from South Africa to England and is working on a new novel. He teaches fiction in Lesley University’s low-residency graduate program.

HARLEY ERDMAN is a theater writer whose work includes original plays, opera librettos, book and lyrics for musicals, translations, and adaptations. He is the author of five books, including the influential Staging the Jew and an anthology of translations of plays by seventeenth-century Spanish women. He is a winner of the Association for Hispanic Classic Theater’s Translation Prize, the American Society for Theatre Research’s Kahn Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship. He is a professor of Theater at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

TIM ERIKSEN is a musician and ethnomusicologist living in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. His Wesleyan University doctoral dissertation on “old folks’ concerts,” uncovered the nation’s only musical craze started by senior citizens, an important and previously unreported part of abolitionism’s soundtrack and a missing link in the history of music making by black New Englanders. He is currently working on a followup to his twice-Grammy-nominated collaboration with Afro-Cuban pianist Omar Sosa, Across the Divide. The work is a further exploration of transatlantic Afro/Carribean/New England music and history, including the earliest known music by an American of African descent, Newport Gardner, published in Northampton, MA, in 1804.

KATIE FARRIS is the author of boysgirls, a hybrid-form text which has been lauded as “truly innovative,” (Prague Post), and “a little tour de force” (Robert Coover). She has co-translated several books of poetry from the French, Chinese, and Russian. Her translations and original work have appeared in anthologies published by Penguin and Greywolf, as well as literary journals including Virginia Quarterly Review, Verse, Western Humanities Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She received her MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. Currently, she is an associate professor at the MFA program at San Diego State University. 

As a senior editor and columnist at Turin’s La Stampa, GABRIELLE FERRARIS supervised its weekly arts supplement. These days he writes, tweets, and blogs.

JUDITH FILC received her PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught both in the United States and in Argentina. She has published books and essays on Argentine literature and culture, as well as four volumes of poetry in Spanish. Her translations of La ópera fantasma (Ghost Opera), by Mercedes Roffé and of Cierta dureza en la sintaxis (A Certain Roughness in their Syntax), by Jorge Aulicino will be published in 2017 by co-im-press and Tupelo Press, respectively. She administers the blog Word Creation / Crear con palabras, where she publishes her translations of Latin American poetry in Spanish. 

PETER FIORE is the author of three books: Text Messages, the first volume of American poetry totally devoted to Gogyoka, Keep The Ball In Front Of You, a meditation gleaned while teaching and playing tennis, and Flowers to the Torch, a book of Tanka prose.  Forthcoming in January 2017 Peter's novella, When Angels Speak of Love will be published by Loose Moose Press.  Peter's poems, flashes and short stories have been widely published in numerous journals. He lives in the greater metropolitan New York City ares.

CASEY FITZSIMONS has poems in print and online in Red Wheelbarrow, Mezzo Cammin, and numerous other journals. She has had first place awards from Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, (San Francisco) Bay Area Poets Coalition, and Ina Coolbrith Circle. She has published twelve chapbooks, including The Sharp Edges of Knowing and Against the Familiar Wall. She taught art for many years. Her reviews of San Francisco Bay Area exhibitions frequently appeared in Artweek, and her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, was published by Prentice Hall. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San José State University.

DIAMOND FORDE is a third-year MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. She is a Callaloo and Tin House fellow with work appearing in Black Warrior Review, forthcoming in Fire Tetrahedron and Birmingham Poetry Review."

REBECCA FOUST's book, Paradise Drive, won the Press 53 Poetry Award and was reviewed in the Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Philadelphia Inquirer, and San Francisco Chronicle. Recognitions include the American Literary Review Fiction Award, the James Hearst Poetry Prize, and fellowhsips from the Frost Place, MacDowell, and Sewanee

TANYA GRAE is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Little Wekiva River, and she won the 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Prize, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. She is a PhD candidate at Florida State University and holds an MFA from Bennington College and a BA from Rollins College, where she won the he Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have recently appeared in AGNI, The Florida Review, New South, The Los Angeles Review, The Adroit Journal, Fjords Review, and other places.

ROGER GREENWALD attended the City College of New York and the Poetry Project workshop at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery, then completed graduate degrees at the University of Toronto. He has won two Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Literary Awards (poetry and travel literature) and has published two books of poems: Connecting Flight and, most recently, Slow Mountain Train.

As a Radcliffe and MacArthur Fellow, ANNA SCHULEIT HABER's work engages a range of media, technologies, and environments. The range of work extends from sound systems in psychiatric institutions that turn architecture into a vessel or body of sound; collaborations with computer scientists and architects for a contemporary oracle; to projects that involve type designers and dying newsprint media, live sod and thousands of flowers in a hospital, mirrors, bodies of water and an uninhabited island, and a body of water as an environmental mirror. Her current work revolves around seriality and memory, and includes a series of one hundred and four paintings based on Thomas Bernhard’s short fiction, as well as large-scale drawing commissions for architectural settings.

His music hailed by New Yorker critic Alex Ross as “deeply haunting,” by the Los Angeles Times as one of five classical musicians "2014 Faces To Watch," and chosen as one of the “30 composers under 40” by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440, YOTAM HABER was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He is currently working on Voice Imitator, an evening-length cycle of piano works with visual artist and MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber, based on the stories of Thomas Bernhard; New Water Music, an interactive work (premiering 2017) for the Louisiana Philharmonic and community musicians to be performed from boats and barges along Bayou St. John in New Orleans; and a new work for the Kronos Quartet in collaboration with the electronic performer Philip White.

JIM HICKS is the executive editor of the Massachsuetts Review.

BRENDA HILLMAN is the author of nine collections of poetry from Wesleyan University Press. She is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary’s College of California

JANE HIRSHFIELD's most recent books are The Beauty, long-listed for the National Book Award and a collection of essays, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World. She is a current chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

RANDALL HORTON is the author of three collections of poetry and most recently, Hook: A Memoir. He is a member of the experimental performance group: Heroes Are Gang Leaders and associate professor of English at the University of New Haven.

SEIKO ITO was born in Tokyo, graduated from the Waseda University School of Law, and worked as an editor at Kodansha before breaking out as a multi-talented hip-hop artist, actor, television personality, essayist, and novelist. His literary debut, No Life King, was shortlisted for the second Mishima Yukio Prize, while Botanical Life won the fifteenth Kodansha Essay Award. Published in 2013 to critical acclaim, Sozo rajio (Radio Imagination) was shortlisted for both the 26th Mishima Yukio Prize and the 149th Akutagawa Prize and was awarded the Noma Prize for New Writers.

ILYA KAMINSKY lives in San Diego, CA.

LAURA KASISCHKE's most recent collection of poetry, The Infinitesimals, was published in 2014 by Copper Canyon Press.  She lives in Chelsea, MI.

DAVID KIRBY teaches English at Florida State University. He has received many honors for his work, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and his work appears frequently in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize volumes. Kirby is the author of numerous books, including The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award in poetry. His Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll was named one of Booklist’s Top 10 Black History Non-Fiction Books of 2010, and the Times Literary Supplement called it “a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense.”

YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA's thirteen books od poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau, Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, Warhorses, and most recently The Chameleon Couch. His plays, performance art, and libretti have been performed internationally, and include Saturnalia, Testimony, and Gilgamesh. He teaches at New York University.

HART LARRABEE was raised in the Finger Lakes region of central New York State and now lives with his family in the little town of Obuse in northern Nagano, Japan. His translations of short stories by Fumio Takano and Mitsuyo Kakuta have appeared, respectively, in the anthologies Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction and The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction. He is the author/translator of Haiku: Classic Japanese Short Poems, a compilation of haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki. He also translates nonfiction, particularly in the fields of art, design, and architecture.

CHEN LI (陳黎) was born in Hualien, Taiwan in 1954, and graduated from the English Department of National Taiwan Normal University. Regarded as one of the most innovative and exciting poets writing in Chinese today, he is the author of fourteen books of poetry and eight collections of essays as well as a prolific translator. With his wife Chang Fen-ling, he has translated into Chinese over twenty volumes of poetry, including the works of Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Wisława Szymborska, Tomas Tranströmer, and Yosano Akiko. The recipient of many awards in Taiwan (e.g. the National Award for Literature and Arts, the Taiwan Literature Award, the China Times Literary Award, the United Daily News Literary Award), he has taught creative writing at National Dong Hwa University and is the organizer of the annual Pacific Poetry Festival in his hometown. In 2005, he was on the list of “Top Ten Contemporary Poets of Taiwan.” In 2012, he participated in the Olympic poetry festival (Poetry Parnassus) in London as the poet representing Taiwan. In 2014, he was invited to participate in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

ANNE MARIE MACARI is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Red Deer.

LAURA MCCULLOUGH is a poet and prose writer whose essays, memoirs, stories, and poetry have appeared widely in places such as in The Georgia Review, The American Poetry Review, Guernica, Pank, Gulf Coast, The Writer's Chronicle, and others. Her recent books include Jersey Mercy (forthcoming 2016), an edited anthology, A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race, and Rigger Death & Hoist Another.  She teaches full time at Brookdale Community College and is on the faculty of the Sierra Nevada low-res MFA and has taught for Ramapo College and Stockton University. She is the founding editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations

T.J. MCLEMORE lives in Fort Worth, TX, where he teaches at Texas Christian University. He is the winner of the 2016 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, and his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie SchoonerCrazyhorseCrab Orchard Review, Greensboro Review, and others. 

SLAVKO MIHALIĆ (1928-2007) was one of the giants in Croatian literature of the twentieth century. He published his first book of poetry, Komorna muzika (Chamber Music) in 1954. During the course of his life, he worked as an anthologist, publisher, editor, critic, authored over twenty books of poetry, and established several literary journals. Mihalić is a recipient of numerous literary awards, among them Tin Ujević, City of Zagreb, Matica Hrvatska, Miroslav Krleža, Goranov Vjenac, Vladimir Nazor and others. 

Born in Russia, A. MOLOTKOV moved to the U.S. in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. His poetry collection, The Catalog of Broken Things, was released by Airlie Press in 2016. Published by Kenyon, Iowa, Cincinnati, Tampa, Raleigh and  Cider Press Reviews, Pif, Ruminate, 2 Rive and many more, Molotkov is winner of New Millennium Writings and Koeppel fiction contests, two poetry chapbook contests, and a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Molotkov’s translation of a Chekhov story was included by Knopf in their Everyman Series. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review.

DASHA C. NISULA is a professor at Western Michigan University, teaching Russian and Croatian languages, literature, and culture. She is author of four books, and her work has appeared in An Anthology of South Slavic Literatures, Modern Poetry in Translation, Southwestern Review, International Poetry Review, and Colorado Review, among others. A member of the American Literary Translation Association, she lives in Kalamazoo, MI. 

MEREDITH NNOKA is a Smith College graduate with a degree in Africana Studies and English. Originally from outside of Washington, DC, she spent the last year teaching English in France and is currently a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poems have appeared in Mandala Journal, HEArt Journal, and Riding Light. Her first chapbook, A Hunger Called Music: A Verse History of Black Music, will be available from C&R Press later this year. 

RASHOD OLLISON is an award-winning music and culture critic and native of Little Rock, AR. He has been a staff pop music and culture critic at the Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Journal News in Westchester, NY, Baltimore Sun, and Virginian-Pilot. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Arkansas, where he earned a BA in creative writing and journalism with a minor in African American studies. Ollison’s literary debut, Soul Serenade: Rhythm, Blues & Coming of Age Through Vinyl, is a memoir published in Jan. 2016 by Beacon Press. 

BEN PEASE is a board member of the Ruth Stone Foundation. His first book, Chateau Wichman, is forthcoming from Big Lucks Books. He lives in Vermont with his wife, the poet and artist Bianca Stone.

MARY PEELEN received an MFA from San Francisco State University. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, New American Writing, Bennington Review, Poetry Review (UK), Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She lives in San Francisco.

BONITA LEE PENN’s poems have been published in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Voices from the Attic: A Madwomen in the Attic Anthology, and elsewhere. As an Interdisciplinary advisor she taught Poetic Forms in the MFA program at Lesley University. She is active in her local literary community where she is the founder and facilitator of the UMBRA/Pittsburgh Writers Workshop and curator of several poetry events. She received her MFA from Lesley University and resides in Pittsburgh, PA, where she recently completed her first full-length poetry manuscript.

CAROL POTTER, author of five books of poetry, is the 2014 winner of the Field Poetry Prize for Some Slow Bees from Oberlin College Press. She was awarded the 2015 Poetry Prize from Ekphrasis for her poem, “Power Figure, Mixed Media.” Potter’s poems have appeared in Green Mountains Review, Field, Iowa Review, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, and many other journals and anthologies. She has poems forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, Kenyon Review, and in River Styx.

FREDERIKA RANDALL worked as a cultural journalist for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Nation and the Italian weekly Internazionale among others. Her translations include novels by Luigi Meneghello, Ottavio Cappellani, Helena Janeczek, and Ippolito Nievo’s Confessions of An Italian. Other translations include Sergio Luzzatto’s The Body of Il Duce and Padre Pio: Miracles and Politics in a Secular Age, for which she and the author shared the Cundill Prize for History. Her awards include a PEN (Heim) Translation Fund award and a Bogliasco Fellowship.

BARBARA RAS' first collection of poems, Bite Every Sorrow, was chosen by C. K. Williams to receive the 1997 Walt Whitman Award. In 1999, Ras was named Georgia Poet of the Year. Her other books of poetry include One Hidden Stuff andThe Last Skin. She is also the editor of a collection of short fiction in translation, Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. Ras has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She has taught at writing programs across the country and has been on the faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Ras currently lives in San Antonio, where she directs Trinity University Press.

SHANA L. REDMOND is the author of Anthem: Social Movements and the Sound of Solidarity in the African Diaspora and associate professor of Musicology and African American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently writing a book about the political afterlife of Paul Robeson, entitled Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson.

DONALD REVELL is the author of more than a dozen collections of poetry, most recently of Drought-Adapted Vine from Alice James Books. He is a Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His poem “Charles Ives at the Spinet” was inspired by the composer’s antiwar song “They Are There!”, which can be heard on a rare wire-recording of Ives singing and accompanying himself on the piano.

IGIABA SCEGO is an Italian writer of Somali descent who was born in 1974 in Rome where she still lives.

BRUCE SMITH is the author of several books of poems, including The Other Lover, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. A “Discovery”/The Nation Award winner, Smith has received a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Arts. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry (2003 and 2004) and the 2009 Pushcart Prize anthology. Smith has been a co-editor of the Graham House Review and a contributing editor ofBorn Magazine. He has taught at the University of Alabama and Syracuse University.

KATE SOPER is a professor of Music at Smith College as well as a composer, performer, and writer whose work explores the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the slippery continuums of expressivity, intelligibility and sense, and the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice.

LESLIE STAINTON is the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts and Lorca: A Dream of Life.

GERALD STERN was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2006. In 2010, W.W. Norton published Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992. For many years a teacher at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Stern now lives in Lambertville, NJ.

BIANCA STONE is a poet and visual artist, and the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, Poetry Comics From the Book of Hours, and artist/collaborator on a special illustrated edition of Anne Carson's Antigonick. She runs the Ruth Stone Foundation and Monk Books with her husband, the poet Ben Pease, in Vermont and Brooklyn. 

ARTHUR SZE’s latest books of poetry are Compass Rose, and Pig’s Heaven Inn, a bilingual Chinese/English selected poems. He is the recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize and is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

GIANMARIA TESTA was an Italian singer-songwriter. He was born in 1958, near Cuneo, in the Piedmont region of Italy, and he died earlier this year. If there were an Italian poet laureate, and if Italy had a Library of Congress, with its own performance series, Testa would have surely have been invited by theirs, to perform there, triumphantly, as John Prine once was, and did, at ours.  

The author of more than twenty books of poetry, PAUL VERLAINE (1844-1896) was an influential member of the French surrealists (with Rimbaud, Mallarmé and Valéry, among others.) He had a long, dysfunctional relationship with Rimbaud, who he shot in the wrist during a drunken argument in Brussels, Belgium, and spent two years in prison. One of the poètes maudits, he also played an important role in the fin de siècle movement.

STEVE WAKSMAN is professor of Music and Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies at Smith College, where he also chairs the music department. His publications include the books Instruments of Desire: The Electric Guitar and the Shaping of Musical Experience, This Ain’t the Summer of Love:  Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk, and the SAGE Handbook of Popular Music, which he co-edited with Andy Bennett. Currently, he is writing a book on the cultural history of live music and performance in the U.S., tentatively titled, Live Music in America: A History, 1850-2000.

KEN WALDMAN is a writer with six full-length poetry collections and a memoir. He makes his living as a freelance writer, musician, performer, educator, often touring as Alaska’s Fiddling Poet.

TING WANG discovered her passion for literary translation while studying American and British literature in mainland China. Her translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Asymptote, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Brooklyn Rail InTranslation, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Washington Square Review, and Your Impossible Voice. She holds a PhD from the School of Communication at Northwestern University, and lives and works in the Washington metropolitan area.

KIMBERLY WHITE’s poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, The Comstock Review,  the new renaissance, and other journals and anthologies.  She is the author of four chapbooks, Penelope, A Reachable Tibet, The Daily Diaries of Death, and Letters To A Dead Man; two novels: Bandy’s Restola and Hotel Tarantula.

GARY J. WHITEHEAD’s third collection of poems, A Glossary of Chickens, was published by Princeton University Press in 2013.

JIM WHITESIDE is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow. His poems appear or are forthcoming in the Southern Review, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, and The Adroit Journal, among others. Originally from Cookeville, TN, he now lives in Winston-Salem, NC.

HELEN WICKES lives in Oakland, CA, and worked for many years as a psychotherapist. She is the author of four books of poetry: In Search of Landscape, Dawson’s Apprentice, Moon over Zabriskie, both from glass lyre press, and World as you Left it.

GERALD WILLIAMS is an editor, writer, and translator (French, Dutch, German) living in Manhattan. His essays, short stories and poems have been published in the Massachusetts Review, Harvard Review, New Letters, Callaloo, Beacon Street Review, the California Quarterly Press, Bieler Press, Coffee House Press, and Michael Coughlin Publications. He was editor at the Olympia Press (Paris, New York, Amsterdam) and Dutch-English translator at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He has translated four art books for Harry N. Abrams (NY). His chapbook, Blowing Up Hitler—a biographical poem on the first man to try to kill Hitler, is Google-accesible.

ABE LOUISE YOUNG leads community-based writing workshops in Austin, TX. Her poetry and essays have appeared in The Nation, Witness, New Letters, Feminist Wire, WIND, Black Clock, Texas Observer and elsewhere, and have won awards from the Hawai'i Review and Narrative Magazine. She is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Heaven to Me, Ammonite, and several guides available free on the Internet, including Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your LGBTQ Students.