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Dead End. Oil on linen, 36 x 30 in. 2017. ∫ Rachel Foster

Rachel Foster is a painter and an assistant professor at Butler Community College. She received her bachelor of fine art degree from Kansas State University and her mfa from Wichita State University. Her work has been exhibited across the country. Visit


May-lee Chai is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction and one book-length translation from Chinese to English of the 1934 Autobiography of Ba Jin. She teaches in the mfa program in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Her new collection, Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories (Blair Press) is forthcoming.

Patricia Engel is the author of Vida, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway and Young Lions Fiction Awards; It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and The Veins of the Ocean, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Her stories appear in Best American Short Stories 2017, Best American Short Stories 2014, and elsewhere. She teaches at the University of Miami.

Heather Johnson is a Diné woman from the Navajo Nation who currently resides in Albuquerque, NM, where she is working on a mfa degree at the University of New Mexico. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Southwestern American Literature, Anti-Heroin Chic, and Sigma Tau Delta's Rectangle. She writes personal essays and is working on a novel and a book of poetry. Her experiences as a former child protective services social worker and sexual assault victim advocate, and her own struggles with mental health guide her writing. She is a founding member of the Trigger Warning Writers Group. She won the Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Contest for this essay, "Nowhere Place."

Molly Quinn's fiction has been published or is forthcoming in the Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Post Road, and elsewhere. She's working on a collection [End Page 183] of short stories set in a psychiatric hospital, which draws on her experience as a registered nurse. She lives in Minneapolis. Visit


'Gbenga Adeoba's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, Hotel Amerika, Poet Lore, Salamander Magazine, Pleiades, and elsewhere. He lives in Nigeria.

Julie E. Bloemeke is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a 2017 fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Crab Orchard Review, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Poet Lore, Four Chambers, Palooka, and Bridge Eight among others. Her work has also been featured on Verse Daily and has been published in various anthologies, including Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, the Southern Poetry Anthology Volume V: Georgia, My Cruel Invention, the Great Gatsby Anthology and others. She is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer in Atlanta. Visit

Christopher Bolin's book, Triage Songs, is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. His previous collection, Ascension Theory (U of Iowa P), was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award finalist. He teaches writing at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, in Minnesota.

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press), Sacrum (Four Way Books), and Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (E. Phillabaum Award, LSU). He is a Regents Professor of English at University of North Texas.

Mary-Alice Daniel was born in northern Nigeria and raised in England and Nashville. After attending Yale University, she received her mfa in poetry from the University of Michigan. Her poems have thrice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and have appeared in American Poetry Review, the Iowa Review, New England Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Callaloo, and several anthologies, including Best New Poets 2017. She was a finalist for The Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the Brunel University International Poetry Prize. Her adopted home is Los Angeles, where she is completing her debut poetry collection and earning a PhD in English literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

William Virgil Davis's most recent book of poetry is Dismantlements of Silence: Poems Selected and New. His earlier books are The Bones Poems; Landscape and Journey (New Criterion Poetry Prize and Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry); Winter Light; The Dark Hours (Calliope Press Chapbook Prize); One Way to Reconstruct the Scene (Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize). His poems [End Page 184] have appeared widely and internatioanally. He has also published essays and books of literary criticism.

Chelsea Dingman is a Canadian citizen and visiting instructor at the University of South Florida. Her first book, Thaw, won the National Poetry Series (U of Georgia P). She also won the Southeast Review's Gearhart Poetry Prize, the Sycamore Review's Wabash Prize, and Water-stone Review's Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in Ninth Letter, the Colorado Review, Mid-American Review, Cincinnati Review, and Gulf Coast, among others. Visit

Meg Eden's work appears or is forthcoming in magazines including Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, RHINO, and CV2. She teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland. She has published five poetry chapbooks and the novel Post-High School Reality Quest (California Coldblood). Visit

Tanya Grae is the author of the forthcoming book Undoll (YesYes Books), a National Poetry Series finalist, and the chapbook Lethe (Five Oaks Press). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, New Ohio Review, New South, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. Grae teaches at Florida State University while finishing her doctorate. Visit

Cynthia Hogue has published fourteen books, including nine collections of poetry, most recently Revenance and In June the Labyrinth. She co-translated Fortino Sámano (The overflowing of the poem), from the French of poet Virginie Lalucq and philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, which won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets. Hogue was a nea Fellow in translation and the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in modern and contemporary poetry at Arizona State University.

Amorak Huey, a nea Fellow, is author of the poetry collections Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress) and Boom Box (Sundress, forthcoming) as well as the chap-books The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly). He is also co-author with W. Todd Kaneko of the textbook Poetry: A Writer's Guide and Anthology (Blooms-bury) and teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Hyejung Kook's poetry has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Wildness, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Verse Daily. Other works include an essay in the Critical Flame and Flight, a chamber opera libretto. She is a Fulbright grantee and a Kundiman fellow.

Hannah Kroonblawd is a student in the English Studies PhD program at Illinois State University. She is a graduate of the mfa program at Oregon State University. Her recent work can be found in Midwestern Gothic, the Minnesota Review, and Yemassee.

Joshua Kryah is the author of two collections of poems, Glean and We Are Starved. He lives in St. Louis.

Marianne Kunkel is the author of The Laughing Game (Finishing Line Press) [End Page 185] as well as poems that have appeared in the Missouri Review, the Notre Dame Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Rattle, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and publishing at Missouri Western State University and editor-in-chief of the university's literary journal, the Mochila Review. This poem appears in her forthcoming book of poetry Hillary, Made Up (Stephen F. Austin State University Press).

Willie Lin lives and works in Chicago, IL. She is the author of the chapbooks Instructions for Folding and Lesser Birds of Paradise.

Hannah Lowe's first poetry collection Chick (Bloodaxe) won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection. Her second collection is Chan (Bloodaxe). She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University, London.

Lee Martin is the author of the novels The Bright Forever, a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction; River of Heaven; Quakertown; Break the Sun; and Late One Night. He has also published three memoirs: From Our House, Turning Bones, and Such a Life. His first book was the short-story collection The Least You Need to Know. His most recent book is Telling Stories: The Craft of Narrative and the Writing Life. He teaches in the mfa program at the Ohio State University.

Orlando Ricardo Menes teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Notre Dame where he is professor of English. He is the author of five poetry titles, most recently Heresies (University of New Mexico Press) and Fetish, winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry.

Laura McCullough's most recent collection of poetry, The Wild Night Dress, was selected for the Miller Williams Poetry Series at the University of Arkansas Press.

Beth McKinney is currently a PhD candidate at Texas Tech University where she also teaches literature and creative writing. She received her mfa from Bowling Green State University, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth River, the Gordian Review, Rattle, and the Minnesota Review.

Valzhyna Mort is the author of Factory of Tears and Collected Body (Copper Canyon Press). She has received the Lannan Foundation Fellowship, the Bess Hokins Prize from Poetry, the Amy Clampitt Fellowship, and the Burda Prize for Eastern European authors. Born in Minsk, Belarus, she teaches at Cornell University.

Emily Oliver holds an mfa from Cornell University and is a founder of Knox Writers' House. She is the recipient of a Queens Council on the Arts Grant. Emily's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in OmniVerse, DIAGRAM, and CutBank. Her manuscript was named a finalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize at Persea Books. She lives in Minneapolis and is the interim associate director of academic civic engagement at Carleton College.

Triin Paja is an Estonian living in a small village in rural Estonia. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Adroit Journal, Portland Review, Entropy, and others. She also writes and publishes poetry in Estonian.

Michelle Peñaloza is the author of two chapbooks: landscape/heartbreak (Two [End Page 186] Sylvias) and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts). Her work can be found in Cincinnati Review, Verse Daily, Pleiades, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and Bread Loaf, among many others. She lives in rural Northern California.

Charlotte Pence's first book of poems, Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press), received an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews. She is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics. She is the director of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing at University of South Alabama.

Alycia Pirmohamed is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying figurative homelands and the work of second-generation immigrant artists in Canada. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, wildness, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, Grain Magazine, and Vallum Contemporary Magazine. She was born in Alberta, Canada, and she received a mfa from the University of Oregon.

John Poch's most recent collection, Fix Quiet, won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. He teaches at Texas Tech University.

Hannah Louise Poston is a poet and essayist. She has an mfa in poetry from the University of Michigan, and she has received residencies and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, St. Albans School, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. Her work has been featured on Poetry Daily, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several literary journals, and her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times. She is also a working dancer and teacher of Argentine tango, and she is the founder of Poema Clothing. She lives in Los Angeles.

Doug Ramspeck is the author of six poetry collections and one collection of stories. His most recent book of poems, Black Flowers, is forthcoming from LSU Press.

Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize (Pleiades), and Love in a Time of PrEP (Beloit Poetry Journal). He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets, among others. He lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Austen Leah Rosenfeld received an mfa from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Salmagundi Magazine, Zyzzyva, the Iowa Review, AGNI, Indiana Review, Narrative, Poetry Northwest, the Sewanee Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and others. She is from Los Angeles and lives in San Francisco.

Mira Rosenthal, a past fellow of the nea and Stanford University's Stegner Program, publishes work regularly in such journals as Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, Harvard Review, New England Review, A Public Space, and the Oxford [End Page 187] American. Her first book of poems, The Local World, received the Wick Poetry Prize. Her second book of translations, Polish poet Tomasz Różycki's Colonies, won the Northern California Book Award and was shortlisted for numerous other prizes, including the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Her honors include the pen Translation Fund Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies. She teaches in Cal Poly's creative writing program.

Arra L. Ross is the author of Seedlip and Sweet Apple (Milkweed Editions), which follows the life of the Shaker Mother Ann Lee. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in [SOFT]: An International Anthology by Miel Press, Belgium, the Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Hayden's Ferry, Tupelo Quarterly, Kindred Magazine, Alimentum, Spoon River Poetry Review, Yemassee, Line-break, Verse Daily, and in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series. She lives on the Pine River in Michigan.

Sara Ryan is a mfa candidate at Northern Michigan University and an associate poetry editor for Passages North. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Tinderbox, Slice Magazine, Third Coast, Fairy Tale Review, Yemassee, Hunger Mountain, and others. She lives Michigan.

Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, Red Under the Skin (Pittsburgh), Bend (Tupelo Press), and Vivarium (Tupelo); a book of poetry criticism, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory (U of Michigan P); and many other essays. Her work has been honored with the Robert Winner and Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards, a Fulbright fellowship, the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, and the Utah Book Award. Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and a member of poetry faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts mfa in writing program.

Nicholas Samaras is from Patmos, Greece (the "Island of the Apocalypse") and, at the time of the Greek Junta, was brought in exile to be raised in America in Woburn, MA. He's lived in Greece, England, Wales, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Jerusalem, and thirteen states in America, and he writes from a place of permanent exile. His most recent collection is American Psalm, World Psalm, from Ashland Poetry Press. Currently, he is completing a new manuscript of poetry and a memoir of his childhood years living underground.

Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the US in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in Field, Gravel, New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, and Apple Valley Review, among others. She is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Nothing Important Happened Today (Broadstone Books). She co-hosts the Williams Readings poetry series in Rutherford, NJ and is a founding editor of National Translation Month. Visit

Joannie Stangeland is the author of two poetry collections and three chap-books. Her poems have also appeared in Cimarron Review, the Southern Review, and other journals. [End Page 188]

Hillery Stone is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Shenandoah, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, American Literary Review, and Rattle and on the Academy of American Poets website, She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

Christine Stroud is the author of two chapbooks Sister Suite (Disorder Press) and The Buried Return (Finishing Line Press). She lives in Pittsburgh, PA, and serves as the editor in chief of Autumn House Press.

Marcela Sulak's poetry collections include Decency and Immigrant. She's co-edited Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. Her fourth book-length poetry translation, Twenty Girls to Envy Me: The Selected Poems of Orit Gidali (University of Texas Press) was longlisted for the pen Award for Poetry in Translation. She hosts the TLV.1 radio podcast "Israel in Translation," and edits the Ilanot Review. She is associate professor of literature at Bar-Ilan University.

Yun Wang is the author of poetry books The Book of Totality (Salmon Poetry Press) and The Book of Jade (Winner of the 15th Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, Story Line Press); the poetry chapbooks Horse by the Mountain Stream (Word Palace Press) and The Carp (Bull Thistle Press); and a book of poetry translations, Dreaming of Fallen Blossoms: Tune Poems of Su Dong-Po (White Pine Press, forthcoming). Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals including the Kenyon Review, Cimarron Review, Salamander Magazine, Green Mountains Review, and International Quarterly. She is a cosmologist at California Institute of Technology.

Wendy Wisner is the author of two books of poems, and her essays and poems have appeared in Passages North, Spoon River Review, Nashville Review, Minnesota Review, the Washington Post, Full Grown People, Brain, Child Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons. Visit

Natalie Wee is the author of Our Bodies & Other Fine Machines (Words Dance Publishing). Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Asian American Writers' Workshop, the Adroit Journal, and more. She has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology and a Pushcart Prize.


JP Allen's poems and translations appear in Tinderbox, RHINO, B O D Y, the Adirondack Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, he received a poetry mfa from Johns Hopkins as well as scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Sewanee Writers Conference.

Asa Drake's writing is published or forthcoming in the American Poetry Review, Public Pool, Berfrois, Tahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. She received her mfa in poetry from the New School and was a finalist for the Seattle Review's 2016 Poetry Chapbook Competition. She lives in Florida. [End Page 189]

Ed O'Casey is the author of Proximidad: A Mexican/American Memoir. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife and daughter.

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