- Contributors' Notes
Salar Abdoh lives in Tehran and New York City, where he teaches in the MFA program at the City College of the City University of New York. His latest book is Tehran at Twilight (Akashic, 2014).
Hossein Mortezaeian Abkenar's first novel, A Scorpion on the Steps of Andimeshk Train Station, or Sir, Blood Is Dripping from This Train, was published in 2006 and received the Golshiri Award, the Mehregan Award for the best novel of the year, and the Vaav Award for the year's most unique novel. Since 2014, he has been a fellow at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at UNLV. Abkenar's books are banned from sale and publication in Iran.
Sally Ball is the author of Wreck Me (Barrow Street, 2013) and Annus Mirabilis (Barrow Street, 2005). She is an associate director of Four Way Books and an associate professor of English at Arizona State University.
Ellen Bass' most recent book is Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.
Dominique Bechard was born in Northern Ontario and completed an MFA in poetry at New York University. She has poems in The Puritan, Reservoir, and The Antigonish Review, among other places. Her first book, One Dog Town, is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press in the spring of 2019. She lives in Fredericton, where she is a PhD candidate at the University of New Brunswick.
Jona Colson's first poetry collection, Said Through Glass (Washington Writers' Publishing House, 2018), won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writers' Publishing House. His poems appear or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, Subtropics, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He teaches at Montgomery College in Maryland and lives in Washington, DC.
Weston Cutter is from Minnesota, has had work recently in The Southern Review, and continues to hope the MN Twins will get back to the World Series one of these years.
W. S. Di Piero's recent book is Mickey Rourke and the Bluebird of Happiness: A Poet's Notebooks (2017). His new book of poems, The Complaints, will be published in February. Both books are from Carnegie Mellon. He lives in San Francisco.
Alisha Dietzman was raised in the American South and Central Europe. She received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she held a Martha Meier Renk Graduate Fellowship in poetry. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Divinity at the University of St Andrews as a US-UK Fulbright scholar. Her poetry has appeared in Salt Hill, Bat City Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Nashville Review, and elsewhere.
Keith Ekiss is a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University. He is the author of Pima Road Notebook (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2010) and translator of two volumes by the Costa Rican poet Eunice Odio, Territory of Dawn: The Selected Poems of Eunice Odio (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2016) and The Fire's Journey (Tavern Books, March 2019).
Megan Fernandes is an assistant professor of English at Lafayette College. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, Pank, Rattle, Chicago Review, Guernica, the Common, and BOAAT, among many other publications. Her second book of poems, Good Boys, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in January 2020. She lives in New York City.
Alice Friman's seventh collection of poetry is Blood Weather, forthcoming from LSU in 2019. New work is forthcoming in Plume, Western Humanities Review, The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review and others. A recipient of a Pushcart Prize and included in Best American Poetry, she is Professor Emerita of English and Creative Writing at the University of Indianapolis and now lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she was poet-in-residence at Georgia College.
Tanya Grae is the author of Undoll (YesYes Books, 2019), a National Poetry Series finalist. Her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, AGNI, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, Post Road, and elsewhere. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
Becky Hagenston is the author of three story collections: Scavengers: Stories (University of Alaska Press, 2016), Strange Weather...