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Lissa Kiernan is the author of Two Faint Lines in the Violet, (Negative Capability Press, 2014), a Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist, as well as a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press. Her book-length braided essay, Glass Needles & Goose Quills: Elementary Lessons in Atomic Properties, Nuclear Families, and Radical Poetics, is forthcoming from Haley’s. Individual poems can be found in numerous journals and anthologies and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Along with her MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine, Lissa holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School. lissakiernan.com
Doug Anderson's first full-length book of poems, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and his second book, Blues for Unemployed Secret Police, a grant from the Academy of American Poets. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and other funding organizations. He has taught at Smith and Emerson Colleges, and in the MFA programs at Bennington College and Pacific University of Oregon. He was for many years a teaching affiliate of the Joiner Center for the Study of War and It's Social Consequences at UMASS Boston. His memoir, Keep Your Head Down, was published by W.W. Norton in 2009. He has just completed a new book of poems, Horse Medicine, and poems from that collection can be found in forthcoming, past and current editions of Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Field, Cimarron Review, and other publications. A writer and photographer, he lives in Palmer, Massachusetts, where he is director of development for Blue Star Equiculture, a horse rescue facility and organic farm. He is working on a novel about Ambrose Bierce.
Gretchen Primack is the author of two poetry collections, Kind (Post-Traumatic Press) and Doris’ Red Spaces (Mayapple Press). Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, FIELD, Antioch Review, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and other journals. Gretchen has administrated and taught with education programs in prison and jail, and she’s also served as a humane educator in high schools. She moonlights at The Golden Notebook in Woodstock. Also an advocate for non-human animals, she co-wrote The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals (Penguin Avery 2012) with Jenny Brown. She lives in Hurley with her beloved dogs, cats, and human. Her website is www.gretchenprimack.com.
Joshua holds an MFA from the University of Mississippi, an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, and an M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A former Grisham fellow, he has taught fiction, poetry, and multi-genre workshops. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Goblin Fruit, The Warwick Review, and The Glass Seed Annual. He lives in Athens, Ohio, where he's pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature at Ohio University.
Susan is editor and publisher of the Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal and madam of the Chicago Poetry Bordello. Her chapbook, Catastrophe Theory, is from Hyacinth Girl Press. She received first prize in the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 2010 Juried Reading and works fulltime at the Associated Press. She recently completed her MFA in poetry at Columbia College Chicago and has published poems and short stories in several print and online publications.
Brenda Mann Hammack is an Associate Professor of English at Fayetteville State University where she teaches seminars in: creative writing; contemporary poetry; children's literature; women's studies; British literature and culture. Her first book, Humbug: A Neo-Victorian Fantasy in Verse was released by Misty Publications in 2013. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Rhino, The Medulla Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Caveat Lector, Toad Suck Review, A capella Zoo, Mudlark, Arsenic Lobster, The North Carolina Literary Review, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Pedestal, and Steampunk Magazine. Brenda has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on three occasions. Her scholarly articles can be found in SEL, Mosaic, Interfictions Online: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, and Victorian Hybridities: Cultural Anxiety and Formal Innovation, edited by U.C. Knoepflmacher and Logan D. Browning.
Stacey Balkun is the author of two chapbooks, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak (dancing girl press 2016) & Lost City Museum (ELJ Publications 2016). She received her MFA from Fresno State and her work has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow, Stacey served as Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2013. She is a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers at www.tcjww.org.
Mall Flower, Tina Barry’s book of poems and short fiction (Big Table Publishing, 2015), received two Pushcart Prize nominates and won a place in The Best Short Fiction 2016 anthology. Her writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines, as well as literary publications such as Drunken Boat; Elimae; Lost in Thought; Blue Fifth Notebook; Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction; and Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women. She is a Best of the Net nominee. In 2014, Barry received her M.F.A. in creative writing at Long Island University, Brooklyn. A long-time Brooklynite, Barry now resides in the Hudson Valley. Find her at TinaBarryWriter.com.
Ryan is a teacher and poet currently living in New York City. He graduated from Emerson College and has been published in Gravel, Words Apart, and Blueline Literary Magazine among others. Ryan is working as the editor for The Poetry Distillery and is interested in poetry that is firmly grounded in what people or place catalyze.
Alexandra van de Kamp lives in San Antonio, TX, and is the Creative Writing Classes Program Director for Gemini Ink, a Literary Arts Non-profit. She has been published in numerous journals nationwide: The Cincinnati Review, River Styx, Meridian, Lake Effect, The Denver Quarterly, 32Poems, Court Green, Lake Effect, and The Connecticut Review. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, was published by CW Books in 2010, and her chapbook, Dear Jean Seberg (2011), won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest, judged by Matthew Dickman. Her most recent chapbook, A Liquid Bird inside the Night, was published in 2015 by Red Glass Books. A second full-length book of poems, Kiss/Hierarchy, is forthcoming from Rain Mountain Press (NYC) in 2016. For six years she lived in Madrid, Spain, where she co-founded and edited the bilingual journal, Terra Incognita. You may see more of her poetry and prose at her website: http://alexandravandekamp.blogspot.com.
Maureen is the author of Apparition Wren, Mantic, and several chapbooks including Luminal Equation in the collection Narwhal (Cannibal Press), the dream and the dream you spoke, and 12 Greatest Hits, Nightingale Habit and Origin of Stone. She is the winner of Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Arsenic Lobster, Typo, The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review.
Heather Knox is the author of the poetry collection Dowry Meat (Words Dance Publishing) and the forthcoming young adult fiction series Vampire Wars (EPIC Escape). Her poetry has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, [PANK], decomP magazinE, Word Riot, and others places. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2013. Heather currently teaches online as an adjunct professor for Southern New Hampshire University and serves as Managing Editor for The Wardrobe (Sundress Publications).
Rachel Moritz is the author of Borrowed Wave, a finalist for the 2015 Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and five poetry chapbooks. Her second poetry collection, Sweet Velocity, won the 2015 Besmilr Brigham Women Writer’s Award and is forthcoming from Lost Roads Press. Moritz’s poems have been published in American Letters and Commentary, Aufgabe, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, 26, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, TYPO, and Volt. Among her awards are three fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Moritz received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and has taught writing in a variety of community and academic settings. She lives with her partner and son in Minneapolis, where she reviews for Scout Poetry.
Jill Khoury is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, representations of gender, and disability. She is a Western Pennsylvania Writing Project fellow and teaches workshops focusing on writing the body. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University, and edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Gargoyle, Copper Nickel, Bone Bouquet, and Lunch Ticket. She has written two chapbooks—Borrowed Bodies (Pudding House, 2009) and Chance Operations (Paper Nautilus, 2016). Her debut full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, was released in 2016 from Sundress Publications. Find her at jillkhoury.com.
Writing from the rice-fields of Arkansas, where she lives with her husband three daughters (ages four and younger), Renee Emerson earned her MFA in poetry from Boston University, where she was also awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2009. She is the author of Keeping Me Still, (Winter Goose Publishing, 2014), a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press, and the forthcoming Threshing Floor (Jacar Press, 2016). She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Where Nothing Can Grow (Batcat Press), The Whitest Sheets (Maverick Duck Press), and Something Like Flight (Sargent Press). Her work has been published in literary magazines such as 32 Poems, Christianity and Literature, Indiana Review, Literary Mama, Southern Humanities Review, and storySouth. Aside from teaching for the Poetry Barn, she adjunct teaches courses on composition, American literature, and creative writing for Shorter University. You can read her blog and poetry at Reneeemerson.wordpress.com
Judith Roney has created and taught writing workshops for adults challenged by mental illness in conjunction with the University of Central Florida’s Literary Arts Partnership. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. Field Guide for a Human was a 2015 finalist in the Gambling the Aisle chapbook contest. Her poetry collection, According to the Gospel of Haunted Women, received the 2015 Pioneer Prize. A memoir piece, “My Nickname was Frankenstein,” is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She confesses to an obsession with the archaic and misunderstood, dead relatives, and collects vintage religious artifacts and creepy dolls. Currently she teaches poetry at the University of Central Florida, and is an assistant poetry editor for The Florida Review. More information can be found at www.judithroney.com .
Jennifer Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts & PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Mexican-American writer & activist from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series), & Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize chosen by Ross Gay). Givhan also has three chapbooks available or forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press, dancing girl press, & Yellow Flag Press. Her novella Jubilee was a finalist for the Bakwin Award from Carolina Wren Press and her novel Trinity Sight is represented by Curtis Brown Literary Agency. Her honors include the Frost Place Latin@ Scholarship, a National Latino Writers’ Conference Scholarship, the Lascaux Review Poetry Prize, Phoebe Journal’s Greg Grummer Poetry Prize chosen by Monica Youn, the Pinch Poetry Prize chosen by Ada Limón, & seven Pushcart nominations. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and her Master’s in English from California State University Fullerton. Her work has appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Ploughshares, POETRY, TriQuarterly, Boston Review, AGNI, Crazyhorse, Witness, Southern Humanities Review, Missouri Review, & The Kenyon Review, among many others.
Gina Caroddo is a fundraiser for a Brooklyn public school, which puts on a mean Touch-a-Truck festival each year in May. She has an MPS (Master’s in Professional Studies) from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU and used to work as a project manager for Internet companies. She makes knitting mistakes into features, and has found her place working in development for nonprofit institutions. Gina is contributing to Poetry Barn as a grant writing consultant.
Laurie Posner is interested in writing that investigates the associative and the unsaid. She has a MPA from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, where she was a National Urban Fellow. Her work is dedicated to addressing structural inequities and to the production of actionable knowledge that empowers communities. Laurie is contributing as a Poetry Barn volunteer in 2016 on strategic development and grants.
Molly Sutton Kiefer is the author of the hybrid essay Nestuary (Ricochet Editions, 2014) and the poetry chapbooks The Recent History of Middle Sand Lake (Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press, 2010) and City of Bears (dancing girl press, 2013). Her work has appeared in The Collagist, Harpur Palate, Women’s Studies Quarterly,WomenArts Quarterly, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Southampton Review, among others. She writes reviews for PANK, The Rumpus, and Rain Taxi. She is a founding editor of Tinderbox Poetry Journal, is a member of the Caldera Poetry Collective, and runs Balancing the Tide: Motherhood and the Arts | An Interview Project. More: www.mollysuttonkiefer.com
Christopher Locke received the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Award, as well as grants in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The North American Review, Poetry East, Verse Daily, Southwest Review, The Literary Review, The Sun, West Branch, Rattle, Gargoyle, Mudlark, NPR's Morning Edition and Ireland’s Radio One. Chris has seven collections of poetry published, including How To Burn (Adastra Press, 1995) and Ordinary Gods (Salmon Poetry, 2017). He teaches writing and literature at North Country Community College in the Adirondacks.
Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press) and co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series in Virginia. Her poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.