Elizabeth Atherton is an artist living in Los Angeles. She has a BA in Arts Management.
Dan Beachy-Quickis the author, most recently, of a book of poems, gentlessness,and a study of Keats, A Brighter Word than Bright. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Colorado State University.
Carlina Duan is a poet from Ann Arbor, Michigan. She earned her BA in Creative Writing & English from the University of Michigan, and is a Fulbright scholar. She is the co-author of the poetry book Electric Bite Women with poet Haley Patail (Red Beard Press, 2013).
Rebecca Gaydos was born in Santa Barbara, California, where her mother and father worked as professional ballet dancers. At UC Berkeley she won the Eisner Prize in Poetry and earned her PhD in English. She teaches literature and writing at Diablo Valley College, San Quentin State Prison, and UC Berkeley. Her first full-length book of poetry, Güera, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in fall 2016.
Steven Gray has been living in San Francisco since 1849 and has rent control. Self control is another matter. He reads his work in venues throughout San Francisco. He has two books of poetry: Shadow on the Rocks (2011), and Jet Shock and Culture Lag (2012), and is co-editor of Out of Our, a poetry and art magazine (outofour.com). He also writes literary reviews for Litseen (litseen.com).
Lauren Hilger’s first full-length collection of poetry, Lady Be Good, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms Press, Fall 2016. Awarded the Nadya Aisenberg Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, where she was a fellow in 2012 and 2014, her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Harvard Review Online, and Kenyon Review Online, among other journals. She serves as poetry editor for No Tokens Journal. For more, see laurenhilger.com.
heather hughes hangs her heart in Boston and Miami. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bad Penny Review, The Columbia Review, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, Jai-Alai Magazine, Vinyl, and other journals. She MFA-ed at Lesley University and ALM-ed at Harvard University Extension. All her tattoos have wings.
Ishion Hutchinson was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He teaches poetry at Cornell University.
Clara B. Jones is a retired scientist, currently practicing poetry in Asheville, NC. As a woman of color, she writes about the “performance” of identity and power and conducts research on experimental poetry. Clara is author of two chapbooks, and her poems, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous venues.
EJ Koh has appeared in World Literature Today, TriQuarterly, Southeast Review, Pleiades, and Columbia Review. She has been featured in Flavorwire’s 23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry and Culture Trip’s 10 Americans Changing the Face of Poetry. She accepted fellowships and residencies at Kundiman, The MacDowell Colony, Napa Valley’s Writers’ Conference, Vermont Studio Center, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. She earned her MFA at Columbia University in New York for Creative Writing and Literary Translation in Korean and Japanese. In addition to lecturing at the Richard Hugo House, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle University, and Portland Community College, and a panelist for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Benjamin Krusling grew up in Ohio and lives in Brooklyn, NY. His work is forthcoming in No, Dear Magazine and he is currently working on his first manuscript.
Jacqueline Last is a student and writer based in Berkeley, California. They are currently completing a double-major in English and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. They have published in local zines and online publications. Jacqueline is always looking to collaborate with other radical artists and poets. Their portfolio and contact information can be found at jacquelinelast.com.
Timothy Liu’s most recent book of poems is Don’t Go Back To Sleep. He lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. timothyliu.net
Lucia LoTempio’s poetry has been or will be published in The Journal, Linebreak, apt, NightBlock, Leveler, and more. She was named a finalist for the Black Warrior Review 10th Annual Contest and the Winter Tangerine Annual Awards. Currently, Lucia is an MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh and a contributing editor for both Aster(ix) and Gandy Dancer.
The poems published in this issue will appear in Shara McCallum’s fifth book, Madwoman, forthcoming January 2017 in the US from Alice James Books and spring 2017 in the UK from Peepal Tree Press. Originally from Jamaica, McCallum lives in Pennsylvania where she teaches and directs the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University.
Maggie Millner lives and writes in Monterey, California. She is the recipient of fellowships from New York University, the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony, and the Stadler Center for Poetry, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prelude Magazine, TYPO, Sonora Review, The Journal, Interrupture, and elsewhere.
Larry Narron teaches writing at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he received an MFA in Poetry. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, his poems have appeared in Phoebe, Eleven Eleven, Free State Review, Permafrost, Whiskey Island, The Boiler, and elsewhere.
Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a poet and artist living in southern California. Her first full-length book, All Things Lose Thousands of Times, is the regional winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. She is also the author of a chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in AAWW’s The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. She is a VONA / Voices of our Nations Art fellow as well as a recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, Naropa University’s Zora Neal Hurston Award and Squaw Valley Writers Fellowship. She has also received scholarships from Tin House, Split This Rock, and Dzanc Books International Literary Program, among others.
Shakthi Shrima is the literary director at the Winter Tangerine, and a freshman at Princeton University. Her work appears or is forthcoming in the Louisville Review and Hobart, and has been recognized by the YoungArts Foundation as a finalist. She appears or is forthcoming in her unmade bed, and has been recognized by the lunch-lady (as being of Indian heritage).
Eleanor Stanford is the author of two books of poetry, both from Carnegie Mellon Press, Bartram’s Garden and The Book of Sleep. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Suptropics, Poetry, and many others. She is a 2014 / 2016 Fulbright scholar to Brazil, where she is researching and writing about traditional midwifery. She lives in the Philadelphia area.
Terrell Jamal Terry’s poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, West Branch, Washington Square, Green Mountains Review, The Volta, Juked, Cream City Review, and elsewhere. His first collection, Aroma Truce, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2017.
Monica Rico grew up in Saginaw, Michigan, alongside General Motors and the legend of Theodore Roethke. She has a BA in Women’s Studies and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and a MA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York. She is an avid fan of space exploration, home cooking, and beautifully tall glasses of champagne. She currently lives in Michigan and works for the Bear River Writers’ Conference.
Anca Roncea is a 2nd year poet in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She’s originally from Romania and has a BA and an MA degree in English and Cultural Studies from the University of Bucharest. She was a Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley between 2012 and 2013. She’s lived in Romania, France, Greece, and Myanmar, and she now lives in Iowa City where she teaches and writes poetry, thinking about her place in all those places.
José Vadi is an award-winning writer and film producer based in Oakland, California. A two-time national slam poetry champion and recipient of the Shenson Performing Arts Award, José was the inaugural director of the Off/Page Project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and The Center for Investigative Reporting, that incorporated investigative journalism and poet’s original work into short films, documentaries and live performances. His work has been featured by the PBS NewsHour, Mashable, and The Daily Beast, while his writing has most recently appeared in Colorlines, The Huffington Post, Gigantic Mag, Jupiter 88, Specter Magazine, and 3AM Magazine.
Dorinda Wegener is co-founder of Trio House Press, a nonprofit publisher of distinct voices in American poetry. Her chapbook, 5 Poems by Dorinda Wegener, was solicited by Dămfīno Press for their Five Poems Series 2015. Wegener’s work appears in many journals, including The Antioch Review, Indiana Review, Hotel Amerika, Thrush Poetry Journal, and Hinchas de Posia, as well as anthologized within Poet Showcase: an Anthology of New Hampshire Poets (Hobblebush Books, 2015).
Laura Wetherington’s recent work appears in Fence, GeoHumanities, and The Normal School. Her first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books, 2011), was selected by C. S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. Laura’s currently reading and rereading MG Roberts’s Not So, Sea and working on an essay about Antonin Artaud for Jacket2. She teaches creative writing at Sierra Nevada College, where she co-directs the Poetry Center.
Monica Youn is the author of Blackacre (forthcoming Graywolf Press 2016), Ignatz (Four Way Books 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Barter (Graywolf Press 2003). Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies, including The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Best American Poetry. She has been awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress as well as residencies from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio, the MacDowell Colony, and the Corporation of Yaddo. She currently teaches poetry at Princeton University and in the M.F.A. Program at Sarah Lawrence College.
Hasan Sijzi of Dehli (1254–c. 1328) was one of the most important Persian poets of fourteenth-century South Asia. His fame rests on his innovations in the ghazal and on Fawa’id al-Fuwad (Morals of the Heart), his influential compilation of the sayings of the famous Sufi Shaikh Nizam al-Din Awliya, with whom he studied. Hasan participated in Sultan Muhammad b. Tughluq’s notorious relocation of the capital of his empire from Delhi to Dawlatabad in South India in 1327, and died a decade later in forced exile far from Delhi, the city he had made his home. Among his many accomplishments, Hasan introduced the Persian ghazal to South Asia.
Rebecca Gould translates from Persian, Georgian, and Russian. Her translations include The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (Budapest: Central European University Press, 2015) and After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016). She is also the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016). She teaches translation studies and comparative literature at the University of Bristol.
Florencia Pinar was a fifteenth-century Castilian woman poet who may have been the sister of Geronimo Pinar. Very little is known about her identity. A few of her lyrics have been preserved in the Cancionero General (1511).
Samantha Pious is currently studying for a Ph.D. at in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, A Crown of Violets (Headmistress Press, 2015), offers a selection of the poetry of Renée Vivien in translation. Some of her other translations and poems have appeared individually in Adrienne, Lavender Review, Mezzo Cammin, and other publications.
Nuno Júdice was born in 1949 in the village of Mexilhoeira Grande in the Algarve. He studied in Lisbon, where he received a Master’s degree in Romance Languages and Literature and in 1989 a PhD, with a dissertation on medieval literature. Since 1972 he has written more than fifty books of poetry, fiction, essays, criticism and drama and has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the Pen Club Prize (1985), the D. Dinis da Casa de Mateus Prize (1990), the Portuguese Association of Writers Award (1995), and the Fernando Namora Prize (2004). His book, Meditação sobre Ruínas (Meditation on Ruins), was a finalist for the European literary prize, Aristeion Preize, while his more recent book O Fruto da Gramática (2015) was awarded the Tábula Rasa Prize. In addition to working as a professor at Lisbon’s Universidade Nova, Nuno Júdice served from 1997 to 2004 as the cultural attaché of the Portuguese Embassy in Paris.
David Swartz: Originally from Toronto, Canada, David has been living in Lisbon, Portugal since 2013, where he has continued to write and publish reviews, essays, poems, and translations. Selections from his ongoing art projects and video experiments can be previewed online at: http://www.davidswartzart.com/.
Emily Beresford is currently studying photography at Bard College. Before that she studied photography in Denmark at Egå Ungdoms-Højskole. She printed the cover images used for One Eyed Mule’s album “For The Hollywood Heart In Your Girlfriend.” She has been published in Højskolebladet, The Yolk magazine, and exhibited in various shows at Bard College. The cover image is a C Print and is titled Narcissus. This piece is from a series of still lifes that capture my momentary glimpses of the essence of things we turn into our possessions. We forget that they, like us, carry souls through life. Sometimes, when their essence is shown, beauty appears, and that transcends their earthly existence.