Biographical Notes

Olatundji Akpo-Sani is a poet currently residing in the small towns and green mountains of Vermont.  His work has appeared in The Rag Literary Mag, Monkey Puzzle Press Journal, Fast Forward Press, Illiterate Magazine, Baobob Tree Press, and he has published three books of poetry: Monkey Shines, Panopticon, and Folly.

David p Bates currently resides in Austin, TX. His work has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, FRiGG Magazine, KillPoet, Underground Voices, and Zygote In My Coffee.

Christopher Beard is a Doctoral Fellow at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he teaches classes while finishing his PhD. He is Assistant Poetry Editor for American Literary Review, and has published poems in a variety of magazines. Most recent work can be found in The Pinch, Kestrel, and Off the Coast. Christopher currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his wife and two cats.

J. Bradley is a Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominated writer whose work has appeared in numerous literary journals including decomP, Hobart, and Prairie Schooner. He was the Interviews Editor of PANK, the Flash Fiction Editor of NAP, and the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He is the author of the poetry collection Dodging Traffic (Ampersand Books, 2009), the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012), and the graphic poetry collection The Bones of Us (YesYes Books, 2014), illustrated by Adam Scott Mazer. He is the curator of the Central Florida reading series There Will Be Words and lives at

S.Y. Choung was born in New York City. Subsequently, she began living there as well. Visit her at

Nick Courtright is the author of Punchline, a National Poetry Series finalist published in 2012 by Gold Wake Press, and Let There Be Light. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, Boston Review, and Kenyon Review Online, among numerous others, and a chapbook, Elegy for the Builder’s Wife, is available from Blue Hour Press. Feel free to find him in Austin, Texas, or at

Lauren de Paepe is a poet, currently getting her MFA at Montana, where she recently moved from Southeast Alaska. She loves the wilderness and has been known to uproot and set off on journeys in search of truth, beauty, peace—and adventure. She's also known, by those in the know, as Lorena the Trailblazing Gazelle. She likes to feel alive. Her motto, courtesy of a graffitist in Granada, is poesia o muerte.

Brett DeFries received an MFA from the University of Montana, where he received an Academy of American Poets Prize.  His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, Laurel Review, Devils Lake, New Orleans Review, Phoebe, and elsewhere.

James Diaz is a writer and activist living in New York. His poetry has been published in Ditch, Collective Exile, Underground Books, Orion Headless, and Bareback Lit.

Ari Feld grew to young manhood in the Midwest. He graduated from the MFA program at The University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009. He currently lives in Barcelona with his sweetie.

Shamala Gallagher holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Her recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, VOLT, Unstuck, The Offending Adam, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Spiral Orb, and MELUS. She lives in Austin.

RL Greenfield lives in Los Angeles and has published poetry in Stride Magazine, Poetic Matrix, The Denver Quarterly, Chiron Review, Nether, Eunoia Review, The Wormwood Review, The New York Quarterly, and The Minnesota Review. RL received an NEA Fellowships in 1995, created the television program The Greenfield Code, and produced 150 one-hour programs featuring writers and artists.

Kris Hall is a writer from Seattle, WA. He is an event coordinator for Da'daedal and author of the chapbooks Dillinger on the Beach (Horse Less Press) and Notes for Xenos Vesparum (Shotgun Wedding). He has been published by Really Systems, The Monarch Review, and The Newer York.

francine j. harris is originally from Detroit and has recent work appearing or forthcoming in Rattle, Ploughshares, Hanging Loose, and Meridian. Her first collection allegiance reached the number one spot on the national poetry bestseller's list within a month of publication. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and received her MFA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she lives, teaches and writes.

Jeannie Hoag grew up in Western Wisconsin and attended the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She currently lives in Buffalo, where she is pursuing a degree in Library Science. Her chapbook New Age of Ferociousness is from the fine folks at Agnes Fox Press.

Chas Hoppe pays bills as a writer and editor, and pays respect through music and poetry. Some of his poems can be found in Columbia Poetry Review, Heavy Feather Review, Alligator Juniper, and Glass. The Diegesis, a collaborative poetry collection with Joshua Young, was released by Gold Wake Press in February, 2013. Follow Chas’s exploits at

Sam Jack is an MFA student at the University of Montana.

Raymond Keen has recently completed his first volume of poetry Down In Heaven, Up In Hell and is attempting to publish for this volume at this time. Five of his poems appeared in the July/August 2005 Issue of The American Poetry Review. Although Raymond has had an interest in poetry for many years, his profession has been psychology: he spent three years as a Navy Clinical Psychologist with a year in Vietnam (1967-68), and he spent the rest as a School Psychologist in the United States and overseas. Raymond lives with his wife Kemme in Sahuarita, Arizona. He has two grown children.

Corey Kimmel has appeared in elimae, indefinite space, and and/or.

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has recent or forthcoming work in Barge, Ceriph, Eighty Percent, Four and Twenty, Floorboard Review, The Legendary, Oral Tradition, and SLAB. Trained in publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters in world religions from Harvard and fine arts masters in creative writing from Notre Dame, he has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. He is a recipient of the Singapore Internationale Grant and Dr. Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay, his commemorative pieces housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

Haesong Kwon lives and works in Stillwater, Oklahoma, one of three places which make up Tornado Alley.

Seth Landman lives in Denver, Colorado, where he edits Invisible Ear and is a member of the collective Agnes Fox Press. His chapbooks, Parker's Band and The Wild Hawk the Sea, were recently published by Laminated Cats and Minutes Books, respectively, and poems are forthcoming in Skein, Jubilat, The Boston Review, and other places.

Gregory Lawless is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and a recent finalist for the National Poetry Series Open Competition. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as The National Poetry Review, Third Coast, The Journal, Devil's Lake, Pleiades, Salamander, Zoland Poetry, Thermos and Transom. He teaches writing and literature at Suffolk University.  He is the author of I Thought I Was New Here.

Kiara Letcher is an MFA candidate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is currently completing her first year. Letcher is a poetry student and an emerging writer. She has work appearing this May in Stone Highway Review.

John Lowther has work in the anthologies The Lattice Inside (UNO Press, 2012) and Another South: Experimental Writing in the South (U of Alabama, 2003). Held to the Letter, co-authored with Dana Lisa Young, is forthcoming from Lavender Ink. He blogs at

M.G. Martin, from The Big Island of Hawaii, is the author of One For None (Ink). A Pushcart nominee, his poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Vinyl, Word Riot, PANK, and a pamphlet from Greying Ghost Press, among others. Find him at and @themgmartin.

Kyle McCord is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His book Galley of the Beloved in Torment was the winner of the 2008 Orphic Prize. He has received awards or grants from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Iowa Poetry Society. He has work forthcoming or published in Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. He currently lives and teaches in Des Moines, Iowa.

George McKim has an MFA in Painting. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Dear Sirs, Shampoo, Diagram, elimae, The Found Poetry Review, Ditch, Cricket Online Review, Otoliths, GlitterMob, BlazeVOX, and others.

Phillip E. Mitchell is a Creative Writing Ph.D. candidate at Newcastle University. He won the Ben W. Griffith Award for fiction, and his fiction and poetry have appeared in Scythe, Muscadine Lines, Midnight Screaming, and Notes from the Underground. In addition to writing fiction and poetry, he is a musician and film maker. Recently, seven of his songs reached the semifinals of the UK Songwriting Competition, and one song reached the finals. Also, his short film Interior Design won best writing and best picture (Dean’s Horizon Award) at the University of Georgia’s annual film festival, Grady Fest.

Lonnie Monka resides in Jerusalem, where he reads and writes.

Kelly Morse is a graduate of the MFA program at Boston University and recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global Writing Fellowship to Vietnam and Hong Kong. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Side B Magazine, MOJO, PoetsArtists, and elsewhere. She is currently working on a series of poems that explore linguistic, cultural, and world-view gaps between Eastern and Western cultures after living for two years in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Dustin Luke Nelson is a co-founding editor of InDigest, the InDigest reading series, and InDigest Editions. His poetry has appeared in H_NGM_N, Shampoo, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. He lives in the internet.

Seth Parker is the author of FAX (Agnes Fox, 2011), a collaboration with visual artist Ali Osborn. He is a member of the Agnes Fox Collective, collaborates with Seth Landman on TYOYEU, and edits SKEIN.

Colin Post is working on his MFA at the University of Montana. Before that, he lived and studied in Pittsburgh. Currently, he is involved in writing an inquiry into tactical spatial redevelopment located at

Frank Scalero grew up unincorporated with rural dreams and an urban future.  His Uncle George, a Vietnam veteran Wisconsin farmer 2nd father, captured his youthful imagination, relegating his mind to vacillate between suburban realities and back-woods fantasies. Most days, however, he spends in a classroom, trying to pry border-urban youth roots up out of some pretty thin soil.

Elias Simpson tried to grow up in Iowa. He lives in Virginia with his tiny family, in a tiny house, and edits the online art journal, Toad. He may soon wind up in France. Other poems can be found in San Pedro River Review, Leveler, and Antigonish Review: Grow-Op. He’s not an orange.

Ryan Stechler received his MFA from New York University in 2011.  He lives in New York City with his partner Kelly and their cat, Charlotte.  His work has appeared in BlazeVOX, West 10th, and Jacket.

Phillip Thompson calls Louisiana home. For the time being, he lives in Berlin, where he teaches English. His favorite book in the Bible is Jonah.

Christine Tierney’s poetry and flash fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, Poet Lore, Permafrost, PMS, The Tusculum Review, descant, The Yalobusha Review, The Broome Review, Sanskrit, Skidrow Penthouse, Shadowbox, Tattoo Highway, Soundzine, Cider Press Review, Sugar House Review, Gemini Magazine, TheNewerYork, Lungfull!, AEROGRAM, This Literary Magazine, and Monkeybicycle. Recently, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2011. She is an MFA recipient from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Writing Program, and she is employed as an after-school director.

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Amish Trivedi lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and holds an MFA from Brown University. His chapbooks include Museum of Vandals (Cannibal Press) and The Breakers (Absent Magazine). His work can be found in Cross-Cultural Poetics and is forthcoming in Mandorla.

Megan Turner, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, grew up in Harrogate, England and Columbia, Maryland. She has a BA from Elon University and earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work was recently published in the Rio Grande Review.

Denise Warren graduated from the MFA Program at University of Massachusetts Amherst. She currently lives in Quincy, MA, just south of Boston. She works as a proofreader at an area company.

Wendy Xu grew up in both New York and Iowa before attending the University of Iowa for Creative Writing. Her chapbook Exhibit was a recent finalist for the 2011 Autumn House Press Chapbook Contest, and her poems have appeared in various reviews. She coordinates the Younger American Poets Reading Series in Des Moines, IA, where she lives and writes.

Joel Chua Hiang Yang is an aspiring writer who is passionate about contemporary and experimental poetry.

Alyssa Yankwitt is a poet, teacher, and bartender. Most recently, her poems have appeared in Up the Staircase QuarterlyThe Missing SlateIthacaLit, and are forthcoming in Milk Sugar and Stone Highway. Alyssa has incurable wanderlust, enjoys drinking whiskey, hates writing about herself in third person, and loves a good disaster.