Blair Austin [Carnival] is a prison librarian at facilities for men, women, youth and the mentally ill. He lives in Michigan.

Mia Avramut [Childbed] A Romanian-born brain researcher and medical writer, Mia Avramut has worked in autopsy rooms and laboratories. She has published medical and scientific articles, book chapters, and essays. Her literary work has not previously appeared on this side of the Atlantic.

Jenny A. Burkholder [Dorothy] has had poems published in Spoon River Poetry Review, Glimmer Train Stories, and New American Writing. Currently, she teaches high school English at Abington Friends School, a Quaker school outside of Philadelphia.

Gordon Carrega [Windchimes] lives in Berlin, Germany. He has published two books of prose poems, Back Gate and A Place to Stay.

Sanjana Chetia [Dinner Party], in her third year of an intensive poetics course, delights in all genres of writing. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals in various states, including her home state of California. She has also received a number of awards and is proudest of the Second Prize she won in the National League of American Pen Women's annual Soul-Making Literary Competition. She particularly loves the prose poem as it bridges the gap between verse and prose.

Harley Crowley [Go About the Day] lives in Escondido, California, where the sun shines just the way she likes it. She writes for enjoyment, and most often in the short forms, although she completed a novel once during National Novel Writing Month. She has had stories published online at Everyday Fiction, Long Story Short, The Boston Literary Magazine, Staccato Fiction, and The Foundling Review, and she was a winner in a “best start” contest at Glimmer Train.

Adina Dabija [The Barbie Poem; An Undifferentiated State]: Born on October 15, 1974, in Aiud, Romania, Adina Dabija writes poems and theatre plays. Her first book, poezia-papusa (“Barbie Poem”), Cartea Româneasca, 1997, was awarded the Bucharest Writers Association Guild Prize. Her second book, Stare nediferentiată (“An Undifferentiated State”), Brumar Publishing House, 2006, was distinguished with the Tomis Award. She lives in New York, where she practices Oriental Medicine.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle [Housewarming; The Blue Egg] teaches writing at University of California, Santa Cruz. Her chapbook Inheritance was published by Finishing Line in 2010. Her poetry, creative nonfiction and scholarly articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Fence, LinQ, Boxcar Poetry Review, Weave, Verse Wisconsin, Talking Writing, Yalobusha Review and The Mom Egg.

Amanda Earl [4 excerpts from All the Catharines]: Her poetry has appeared in journals and chapbooks n Canada, the USA, Britain and France. Amanda is the angel of AngelHousePress and the managing editor of For more information, please visit

Brian G. Fay [The World Ends; Ruining a Painting] has been writing prose poetry since the enter key broke on his keyboard. He is working on his first book of poems and has been for most of the last forty-three years.

Genevieve Fitzgerald [This Is a Berry] was born in Queens, New York, read English for a year at Oxford University, is the mother of three children and currently lives in Raleigh, NC, where she is the facilitator of a writers’ group and a writing workshop for children. She has poetry and prose published in several journals, and is the 2nd prize winner in the 2011 North Carolina Poetry Society’s Poetry of Courage competition.

Lucia Galloway [General Merchandise; Foreign Travel, 1916] is the author of Venus and Other Losses (Plain View, 2010) and a chapbook, Playing Outside (Finishing Line, 2005). Her poems appear widely in print and online, recently in Comstock Review, The Dirty Napkin, Foundling Review, Inlandia, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Poemeleon, qarrtsiluni, Red River Review, and forthcoming in The Lyric and The Sow’s Ear. Her work has been recognized with several awards and prizes, Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. She co-hosts “Poetry in Claremont, Fourth Sundays,” a reading series.

CJ Giroux [Summer Rental, More Rain; Summer Rental, Leaking Roof]is a lifelong resident of Michigan who continues to be inspired by the peninsulas that surround him. Born and raised in the metropolitan Detroit area, he is an assistant professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University. He has been published in The Ambassador Poetry Project, Bear River Review, The Prose-Poem Project, Relief, San Pedro River Review, and Thema, among other publications.

Gail Goepfert [When Love Leaves] is a Midwest teacher, poet, and nature photographer. She has been published in a number of anthologies and journals including Avocet, Off Channel, After Hours, Tall Grass and online at Quill and Parchment,, and Voices on the Wind. After many years in the classroom, she is happily schooled by poetry and nature.

Howie Good [Incurable; The Corner], a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as numerous print and digital poetry chapbooks, including most recently Inspired Remnants from Red Ceilings Press and The Penalty for Trying from Ten Pages Press.

Miriam Green [The List] holds an MA from Bar Ilan University’s Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Her poetry has appeared in the Ilanot Review, Voices Israel, Deronda Review, and Cyclamens and Swords, among other publications. Her poem, “Princess of Egypt,” won an honorable mention in the 2011 Reuben Rose Poetry Competition. Miriam is a 20-year resident of Beer Sheva, Israel, and a mother of three.

Gail Griffin [4. (from a longer series entitled Four or Five Witches)] was born in Detroit, lives and teaches in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and does not consider the midwest “flyover country.” She is the author of three volumes of nonfiction, most recently The Events of October: Murder-Suicide on a Small Campus. In 2006 she won CALYX's Lois Cranston Prize for poetry.

Christian Harder [City Planning, A Collection (4 poems)] has degrees in Literature and Creative Writing. His writes about literature for Pages to Pixels and Escape into Life. His work is upcoming in >kill author. “City Planning,” is intended to be an exploration of how affection, action and humanness is affected by the architecture that surrounds and envelops it.

Mark Heinlein [The Frustration of Not Being a Landscape Architect] was awarded the 2009 American Academy of Poets/Virginia de Arujo Award, selected by Mark Doty and Kimiko Hahn and the Bonita M. Cox Award for creative nonfiction. Born in Beech Grove, Indiana, he is a grocery clerk, a former Poetry Consultant at Saratoga High School in Saratoga, CA, and he lives in San Jose, CA.

Bee Noelle Hobbs [Viking Funeral]: I am a 36-year-old undergraduate at the University of Tennessee majoring in creative writing. I enjoy writing about eccentric people and the absurdities of everyday life.

Jason Irwin [Writing to Remember] grew up in Dunkirk, NY and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. His first collection of poetry, Watering the Dead won the 2006/2007 Transcontinental Poetry Award and was published in 2008 by Pavement Saw Press. In 2005 his manuscript Some Days It's A Love Story won the Slipstream Press Chapbook Prize.

M.J. Iuppa[Nearly, invisible; Turtle Shell] lives on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Her most recent chapbook is As the Crows Flies (Foothills Publishing, 2008) and second full-length collection, Within Reach, (Cherry Grove Collections, 2010). She is Writer-in-Residence and Director of the Arts Minor Program at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY.

Poul Hoellund Jensen [Billiard Table Untouched]: Contributor to various Danish literary magazines. Published Synopsis, a collection of poetry.

Stephanie Kraft [Late in the Day] has published translations of Polish fiction in Metamorphoses and poetry in The Lyric and Christian Century.

Marsha Kroll [Spillway] is a former Vermonter, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been living in Pennsylvania for the last four years, and was named Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2007. She is also a former contributing editor to Hunger Mountain. Her poems have appeared, or are due to be published, in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cimarron Review, 5 A.M., The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Whiskey Island Magazine, U.S. 1 Worksheets, Paterson Literary Review, Quercus Review, and The Aurorean, among other literary magazines. In addition, she was a finalist in the 2008, as well as the 2004, River Styx International Poetry Contest, and a semi-finalist in the 2004 Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition. She also received an Editor’s Choice award in 2005 and an Honorable Mention award in 2004 from the Allen Ginsberg Award series, as well as 2nd Prize from the Mad Poets Review Poetry Competition in 2003. Her chapbook, Modeling With Miss America, was published by Finishing Line Press, and she currently has a new chapbook, On Men and Cars, and a full-length manuscript, Perpetual Spin, in search of publishers.

Karen An-hwei Lee [Love and a Yellow Bicycle: A Micro-Novella] is the author of Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award. Her chapbook, God’s One Hundred Promises, received the Swan Scythe Press Prize. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she lives and teaches in southern California, where she is a novice harpist.

Bob Lucky [Instructions; Vamos a Uruguay] lives in Ethiopia. His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Modern Haiku, Contemporary Haibun, Eucalypt, and The Tanka Prose Anthology. He is co-author of a new chapbook, My Favorite Thing (bottle rockets press, 2011). He is currently in the bilingual online MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Yvette Managan [Desire] is a writer who works by day maintaining the chemical integrity of the Banana River. At night, she acts as intermediary between the horses, hound-dogs, and husband. She reads to remember, writes to forget, and re-enacts the American War Between the States to teach others that war is never healthy.

Stephanie Marlis [moon]: I've published four full-length poetry collections and won numerous awards, including an NEA. Several of my poems are included in the anthologies American Hybrid, published by Norton in 2009, and Bear Flag Republic.

Kathleen McGookey [At the Zoo, Again; Sleeping Bear]: Her poems have appeared in journals including Epoch, Field, The Journal, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, and Quarterly West. Her book of poems, Whatever Shines, is available from White Pine Press, and her chapbook, October Again, is forthcoming in 2012 from Burnside Review Press.

Shivani Mehta [Requiem]: I am a recovering attorney turned full-time mom; I live in Los Angeles with my husband, our ten month-old twins, a dog, two cats, and several fish. My latest publication is forthcoming in Mudfish Magazine.

Karla Linn Merrifield [Like a Plague of Tourists in a Minivan]: An award-winning poet, she has six books to her credit, including Godwit: Poems of Canada, which received the Andrew Eiseman Writing Award for Poetry. Forthcoming are The Ice Decides from Finishing Line Press and Athabaskan Fractal: Poems of the Far North from Salmon Poetry.

Jonathan Patterson [Dawn] is a graduate student studying Modern British Poetry at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Claudia Serea [Translator: The Barbie Poem; An Undifferentiated State] is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in 5 a.m., Meridian, Mudfish, Harpur Palate, Exquisite Corpse, Word Riot, Blood Orange Review, Zoland Poetry, Cutthroat, Green Mountains Review, and many others. She is the author of two poetry collections: Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007) and To Part Is to Die a Little, forthcoming from Červená Barva Press. She co-edited and co-translated The Vanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman Publishing, 2011). She lives in New Jersey and works in New York for a major publishing company.

Lee Sittler [Extremadura] is originally from Athens and Atlanta, GA, though she escaped in 2009 to become an ESL Assistant in Spain. Madrid is where she currently lives and works. Her most recent publications include poems in Right Hand Pointing, Short, Fast, & Deadly, Spillway, and Gutter Eloquence. She received her MFA from The University of Georgia.

Philip Smith [The Way]: I am a jack of many trades whose works have appeared in numerous imaginary journals and anthologies.

Joannie Stangeland [In this Myth, All the Sky a Stage; In This Myth, Eavesdropping]: I've enjoyed working with the prose poem’s elasticity — and its relationship to surrealism make it an expansive and playful place for me to explore classical myths.

Megan Volpert [We didn’t escape in cars at night] is a poet and critic from Chicago who has settled in Atlanta. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University, and is a high school English teacher as well as a reviewer for Audible. Sonics in Warholia is her fourth collection of poems (Little Rock: Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011). Predictably, is her website.

Sue Brannan Walker [Say Why] is the Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She is the Poet Laureate of Alabama.

Sarah White [Sire, the Night Is Darker Now]: Her most recent collection is “Alice Ages and Ages” (Blaze Vox, 2010), a sequence of prose and verse variations.

Cameron Witbeck [Pluck] works as an associate poetry editor for Passages North literary magazine and studies in the MFA program at Northern Michigan University. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Cream City Review, The Foundling Review, Strongverse and others.

Kirby Wright [Notes from the Phoenix Desert; Hurricane Irene; Dreams in Krumlov, Czech Republic; Wetlands] is the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. He co-promoted a rock concert in Prague on Halloween 2011.





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