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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.
Stacey Balkun is the author of Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak & Lost City Museum. Winner of the 2017 Women's National Book Association Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Muzzle, and others. Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications, Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn & The Loft.
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.
Joshua holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, an MFA from the University of Mississippi, and an M.A. from Pittsburg State University. A former John and Renee Grisham fellow, he teaches poetry, fiction, and multi-genre workshops. Recent poems have appeared in The Poetry Distillery, The Museum of Americana, and The Midwest Quarterly. He is a doctoral candidate in Literature at Ohio University, and now lives in Tampa, Florida.
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.
Jenn Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Mexican-American writer and activist from the Southwestern desert. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins), Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize chosen by Ross Gay), and Rosa's Einstein (Camino Del Sol Poetry Series, forthcoming 2019). Her two novels, Trinity Sight and Jubilee, are forthcoming from Blackstone Press. Her honors include the Frost Place Latinx Scholarship, a National Latinx 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, and seven Pushcart nominations. 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, and The Kenyon Review, among many others. Givhan holds a Master’s degree in English from California State University Fullerton and an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and she can be found discussing feminist motherhood at jennifergivhan.com as well as Facebook & Twitter @JennGivhan.
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
Lissa Kiernan is the author of Glass Needles & Goose Quills (Haley’s, 2018) and Two Faint Lines in the Violet, (Negative Capability Press, 2014), a finalist for Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award and the 2014 Julie Suk Award for Best Poetry Book by an Independent Press. Individual poems 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.
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).
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.
Kim Noriega is the author of the poetry collection, Name Me published by Fortunate Daughter Press. Her poems have appeared in textbooks, journals, and anthologies including: American Life in Poetry, Paris-Atlantic, Split Lip, and The Tishman Review. She was the winner of San Miguel Literary Sala’s 2017 Flash Nonfiction Prize, a finalist for the 2017 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize, and one of 30 poets selected to collaborate with 30 film artists as a part of the 2018 Visible Poetry Project.
Ms. Noriega teaches children, teens, and adults in public libraries and recovery homes and was a finalist for the 2017 Toyota National Family Teacher of the Year Award. She lives in San Diego where she heads San Diego Public Library’s family literacy program. More at kimnoriega.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 .
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.
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.
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.