Adam Tavel's poems have appeared in Apalachee Review, Night Train, and Poet Lore, among others, and he has new work forthcoming in South Carolina Review and Georgetown Review. He is an assistant professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College and serves as poetry editor of Conte (, an online literary journal.

Ann E. Michael is author of three chapbooks and is writing coordinator at DeSales university in Center Valley PA. Visit her website at

Anne Harding Woodworth’s most recent book is Spare Parts, A Novella in Verse (Turning Point, 2008), and her most recent chapbook is Up From the Root Cellar (Cervena Barva Press, 2008). Her essays and poetry have appeared widely in US and Canadian journals. She is a member of the Poetry Board at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC, where she lives part-time. The rest of the time she is hiking in Cedar Mountain, NC. Visit

Carol Dorf’s poems have appeared in Moira, Feminist Studies, Heresies, Fringe, The Midway, Poemeleon, New Verse News, Babel Fruit, Edgz, Runes, Poetica, Responsa, The NeoVictorian, Caprice and elsewhere. She is a former editor of Five Fingers Review and the Barnard Literary Magazine. She’s taught in a variety of venues including a science museum and as a California Poet in the Schools. She now teaches mathematics at Berkeley High School.

Carolee Sherwood is a poet and artist who lives in Upstate New York. Several of her poems have appeared in online and print journals, including Literary Mama, Qarrtsiluni, Umbrella, Awakenings Review and Ballard Street Poetry Journal. She is co-editor of Ouroboros Review, mother of three boys and a veteran columnist for the online poetry project Read Write Poem. You can find her rambling about the creative life at Carolee Sherwood and drafting poems at I Am Maureen.

Christina Cook is a poet and translator and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals including, most recently, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Sojourn: A Journal of the Arts. Her manuscript, Out of the Blue, was shortlisted for the 2006 Dorset Prize, and she was a finalist for the 2007 Willis Barnestone Translation Prize. Christina holds an MFA from Vermont College and an MA in English and American Literature from the University of Cincinnati. She is a poetry editor for Inertia Magazine.

Claire Keyes is the author of The Question of Rapture, a collection of poems. Professor Emerita at Salem State College, where she taught English for thirty years, she has also written The Aesthetics of Power: The Poetry of Adrienne Rich, newly published in paperback in 2009 by the University of Georgia Press. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Calyx, The Valparaiso Review, and The Women’s Review of Books, among others. She is a resident of Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Emma Bolden’s chapbooks include How to Recognize a Lady (part of Edge by Edge, Toadlily Press), The Mariner’s Wife (Finishing Line Press), and The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press). She was a semi-finalist for the Perugia Press Book Prize and a finalist for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Prize and for a Ruth Lily Fellowship. She teaches at Georgetown College and is poetry editor of Georgetown Review.

FeLicia Elam is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program.

Jessie Carty's writing has appeared in journals such as The Main Street Rag, Iodine Poetry Journal and The Houston Literary Review. The author of two chapbooks, her first full length collection, Paper House, is now available from Folded Word Press. Jessie is also a photographer for and editor of Referential Magazine. You can find her around the web but most often blogging about anything from housework to the act of blogging itself at

Jill Crammond Wickham is a poet and artist in Upstate New York. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Creek Review, Weave, Naugatuck River Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Blue Fifth (broadside), and others. A senior contributor/ columnist for the online poetry community Read Write Poem, she also serves as an editor of the journal Ouroboros. Visit her blog.

Joan Hanna was born and raised in Philadelphia. She has a BA in Writing Arts from Rowan University and is currently attending the Ashland University MFA Program in Creative Writing for poetry and creative nonfiction. Joan will begin her position as the new Nonfiction Editor for the quarterly publication r.kv.r.y. in January 2011. She recently had the poems “Dragonflies” and “Ghosts” published in the Ohio Poetry Association’s publication Common Threads. Her nonfiction story “Breathing” appeared in the October issue of r.kv.r.y. Joan is a reader for River Teeth and her reviews have been posted on The Ashland University MFA blog, Author Exposure and Poets' Quarterly. You can follow Joan on her blog.

Kara Candito is the author of Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press), winner of the 2008 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared or will appear in such journals as Blackbird, Prairie Schooner, The Kenyon Review, Best New Poets 2007, New South, and The Florida Review. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland and is currently a PhD student in creative writing at Florida State University.

Karen Weyant's most recent poems have been published or are forthcoming in 5AM, The Barn Owl Review, Copper Nickel, Innisfree and Lake Effect. Her chapbook, Stealing Dust, was recently released by Finishing Line Press. Visit her blog.

Kerri Buckley is a freelance writer, poet and artist from Kansas City who studied art history, painting, and literature at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She teaches classes on writing, art and meditation, and currently calls the Pacific Northwest home. She has poems forthcoming in the anthology The Cento: A Collage of Poems (Red Hen Press) and one forthcoming in the anthology Chopin and Cherries: A Tribute in Verse by Moonrise Press. Her poetry has been published in Uncapped and Four and Twenty. Visit her blog or website

Lauren Rusk teaches writing and literature at Stanford University and has served as Poet in Residence at Stanford’s campus in Berlin. Her books include Pictures in the Firestorm (Plain View, 2007) and a critical study of autobiographical prose, The Life Writing of Otherness: Woolf, Baldwin, Kingston, and Winterson (Routledge, 2002, 2009). Her second collection of poems, in progress, is titled What Remains to Be Seen.

Lori A. May is a poet and freelancer writer. Her poetry has appeared in periodicals such as Tipton Poetry Journal, Two Review, and anthologies such as Van Gogh’s Ear. Her latest book is The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students. She is a part-time writing instructor and a frequent guest lecturer. Lori is the Founding Editor of Poets’ Quarterly. Visit her website at

Louis E. Bourgeois lives and writes in Oxford, Mississippi. His memoirs, The Gar Diaries, was nominated for The National Book Award in 2008. His latest book, Hosanna, is forthcoming in the fall of 2009 by Xenos Books. Bourgeois is also editor of VOX PRESS and The Bourgeois Interviews.

Martin Abramson, a Jones Fellowship recipient at Stanford, studied poetry with Yvor Winters. He has taught in New York and California. Publications include several chapbooks, all out of print but collected on his website.

Mary Jane Lupton, Professor Emeritus from Morgan State University, is the author of five books, including critical companions to Maya Angelou (Greenwood, 1998) and to James Welch (Greenwood, 2004). Her latest book is Lucille Clifton: Her Life and Letters (Praeger, 2006).

Moira Richards is a poet and nonfiction writer. She blogs at Red Room.

Naomi Benaron’s short story collection, Love Letters from a Fat Man won the 2006 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize in Fiction (selected by Stuart Dybek). She was a finalist for the 2008 National Best Books Awards, the Eric Hoffer Award and the Montaigne medal, and her novel was a short-listed finalist for Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for a Novel of Social Change. Among other prizes and awards, she is the winner of the 2008 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, the 2008 New Letters Readers’ Choice Award, and the 2005 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous in print and online journals. She lives in Tucson AZ where she teaches writing and geology at Pima Community College.

Martin Abramson, a Jones Fellowship recipient at Stanford, studied poetry with Yvor Winters. He has taught in New York and California. Publications include several chapbooks, all out of print but collected on his website

Mary Meriam’s poems and essays have appeared in Literary Imagination, The Gay & Lesbian Review, Windy City Times, Rattle, A Prairie Home Companion, Light Quarterly, and others. Her chapbook, The Countess of Flatbroke (afterword by Lillian Faderman), was published by Modern Metrics. She has an MFA from Columbia University.

Matthew Falk is the author of DIY Hieroglyphs, a poetry chapbook, as well as numerous short stories and critical essays. Recently his work has appeared in H_NGM_N, Shoots and Vines, Symbolon, The Ambassador Poetry Project, Cardinal Sins, and The Catalonian Review. He will begin work on an MFA in fiction this fall.

Rory Waterman was born in Belfast in 1981. He holds degrees from the Universities of Leicester and Durham, and is currently reading for a PhD at Leicester University. He has published critical prose on Charles Causley, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin and John Betjeman, among others, and his poetry has been taken by such publications as PN Review, Stand, Agenda and Staple. He lives in Bristol, England.

Tasha Cotter's poetry has been featured or is forthcoming in Sleet, Danse Macabre, Fogged Clarity, and elsewhere. She lives in Colorado Springs where she is at work on a novel. To read more of her work visit her website at

Valerie Wetlaufer is a PhD student and Vice-Presidential Fellow at the University of Utah. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in La Fovea, Melusine, Word Riot, Poemmemoirstory and Bloom. You can find her online here.

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