Valerie Bandura's first book, Freak Show, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. Her recent poems have appeared or will appear in Cimarron Review, Ploughshares, and Alaska Quarterly Review.
Janée J. Baugher is the author of Coordinates of Yes (Ahadada Books, 2010), a collection of ekphrastic and travel poems. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Baugher holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and in 2011 presented her work at the Library of Congress. Baugher was awarded a 2012 fellowship at the Island Institute of Sitka, where she will work on a collection of water-themed essays. She teaches literature and creative writing in Seattle at University of Phoenix.
Alan Britt's most recent books are Alone with the Terrible Universe (CypressBooks, 2011), Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2010), Hurricane (March Street Press, 2010), and Vegetable Love (March Street Press, 2009). His work is included in the Poetry Library (www.poetry magazines.org.uk) and in the new anthologies American Poets against the War (Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009) and Vapor transatlántico [Transatlantic Steamer] (Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Económica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008). Alan currently teaches English/creative writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown, Maryland, with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise, and two formerly feral cats.
Paul Robert Chesser studied writing and literature at the University of South Carolina-Aiken and Texas Tech University. Recent publications featuring or due to feature his work include Copper Nickel, Nashville Review, Underground Voices, and others. He lives in Lubbock, Texas.
Rob Cook lives in the East Village. His latest book is Last Window in the Punk Hotel. Work has appeared or will appear in The Bitter Oleander, Fence, Zoland, Versal, Ur Vox, Weave, Osiris, Pear Noir, Harvard Review, Colorado Review, Many Mountains Moving, Mudfish, and others. [End Page 148]
Jesse Damiani's poetry has been published or is forthcoming in 42opus, elimae, the minnesota review, and Ninth Letter, among others. He is the recipient of the John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Award and will be seeking his MFA in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison beginning in fall 2011.
Brad Felver is currently working on a novel about isolation and the relationships between fathers and sons. He is the fiction editor of Mid-American Review and teaches at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Amy Fleury is the author of Beautiful Trouble (2004) and Sympathetic Magic (forthcoming, 2013). Recent poems have appeared in Crazy-horse, River Styx, 32 Poems, and other journals. She directs the MFA program at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Brad Green lives in North Texas with his wife and three children. His work can be found in the Texas Observer, Surreal South '11, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and elsewhere. He's an associate editor at PANK magazine. Find him online at about.me/bradgreen.
Kimiko Hahn is a distinguished professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York. Author of eight poetry collections, she finds her material from disparate sources—whether exhumation (The Artist's Daughter, Norton, 2002), classical Japanese texts (The Narrow Road to the Interior, Norton, 2006), or rarefied fields of science (Toxic Flora, Norton, 2010). She is also collaborating on translations of Japanese zuihitsu. Recent awards include a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2011 Asian American Writers Workshop Award.
Scott Hightower is the author of four books in English and one that is bilingual (Spanish-English). Translations of poems from a manuscript by the Spanish-Puerto Rican poet Aurora de Albornoz garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. He teaches as adjunct faculty at NYU and Drew University. A native of central Texas, he lives in Manhattan and sojourns in Spain.
Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil's Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), Mixology (Penguin USA, 2009), and The Big Smoke (Penguin USA), forthcoming in 2013. He teaches at Southern Illinois [End Page 149] University-Edwardsville, where he serves as poetry editor for Sou'wester and codirector of the River Styx at Duff's Reading Series.
Cate McLaughlin is...