44th Contributors

Steven Alvarez is an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at the University of Kentucky. His poems have appeared in Fence, Drunken Boat, Blue Mesa Review, EAOGH, Shampoo, and Acentos Review.

Jenn Blair has published in Montreal Review, Superstition Review, Rattle, Blood Orange Review, Tulane Review, New South, Cold Mountain Review, and Copper Nickel among others. Her chapbook All Things are Ordered is out from Finishing Line Press.

Ed O’Casey received his MA from the University of North Texas. He loves all things narcissistic, but still somehow manages to comprehend reality. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review, Tulane Review, Oak Bend Review, Euphony, Mayo Review, Poetry Quarterly, NANO Fiction, and West Trade Review. He is currently an MFA candidate at New Mexico State University.

Jamie Carr is a second year MFA student at Portland State University. Her writing has appeared in Cutthroat Literary Journal, theNewerYork, The Portland Review, and The Lettered Olive. She aspires to be a student of light (and sea).

Vincent A. Cellucci received his MFA from Louisiana State University and went to Loyola University New Orleans for undergraduate studies. An Easy Place/To Die, his first book of original, New Orleans verse was released in November 2010 (CityLit Press, Baltimore). In 2012, he edited Fuck Poems an exceptional anthology (Lavender Ink, New Orleans) featuring work and collaboration of over 50 contemporary poets. Come back river, a chapbook of Bengali-English poetry translations and woodcuts of the contemporary artist Debangana Banerjee, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (2014). For additional author information, please visit vincentacellucci.com.

Dan Chelotti is the author of x (McSweeney’s, 2013) and a chapbook, The Eights (Poetry Society of America, 2006). Recent poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in POETRY, Boston Review, jubilat, Conduit, Linden Avenue, and an anthology of surveillance poetics (Black Ocean). He is an assistant professor of English at Elms College, and lives in Massachusetts.

Ansley Clark is a native of the Pacific Northwest and currently an MFA candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she also teaches creative writing. Poems and reviews have appeared in B O D Y, Smoking Glue Gun, and Spork. She has work forthcoming in Denver Quarterly and Mead.

Christopher  Cokinos is the winner of a Whiting Award, the author of Bodies, of the Holocene (Truman State University Press), a collection of lyric prose, and a chapbook, Held as Earth. Poems  from his manuscript Sweet Lesion appear or are forthcoming in December, Western Humanities Review, New Delta Review and Saltfront. His anthology, A Literary Field Guide to the Sonoran Desert, co-edited with Eric Magrane, is forthcoming from Arizona. He teaches at University of Arizona and divides his time between Tucson and northern Utah.

Michael Cooper is an inland empire poet, PoetrIE member, MFA student, Veteran, and father of two great sons: Markus & Jonathan. You can find his work in Tin Cannon, The Pacific Review, The Chaffey Review, The Camel Saloon, Creepy Gnome, Milspeaks: Memo, Split Lip, and other fine (but wild) publications. Michael would like to make you aware that the splash zone includes the first 11 rows.

CA Conrad is the author of six books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (WAVE Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010). A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online at CAConrad.blogspot.com.

Kay Cosgrove was awarded the John B. Santoianni Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets in 2011. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Barrow Street, The Southampton Review, and Sonora Review, among others. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing & Literature program.

Mark DeCarteret and Jim Rioux have not only conspired poetically together as well as musically in the rock duo Codpiece but also at-both.

William E. Dudley has written poetry that appeared in the New York Quarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly, Grain, CutBank, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Blackbird and other interesting places. He holds a MA in Information Science from the University of Arizona and manages an odd rural library in Aguila, Arizona.

Andrea Dulanto is a Latina lesbian writer currently residing in South Florida. Degrees include an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Florida International University, and a B.A. in Literature and Women’s Studies from Antioch College in Ohio. She has worked as a writing instructor, freelance writer and editor. In 2012, she was named a runner-up in The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest 2012 for her story “Winter Clothes.” Publications include Court Green, Educe, Gertrude Journal, Battered Suitcase, BlazeVOX, and Sinister Wisdom.  More of her writing can be found at http://www.andreadulanto.wordpress.com.

Dan Encarnacion earned an MFA in Writing at the California College of Arts and lives in Portland, Oregon where he co-curates the Verse In Person poetry series.  The bleak of Bela Tarr, the spare of Supersilent, and the spike of quad-lattes will palpitate his palpus.  Dan has recently been published in Eleven Eleven, Upstairs at Duroc, The Atlas Review,and forthcoming in Assaracus, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Los Angeles Review, Crab Creek Review, Whiskey Island, The Blue Mesa Review, Word Riot and and/or.   He was the featured artist for Reconnaissance Magazine’s 2013 issue and is included in the anthology  Reduce:  A Collection of Writings from Educe Journal 2012 (Educe Press).

Michelle Bonczek Evory is the author of The Ghosts of Lost Animals (Trio House Press, forthcoming) and the chapbook The Art of the Nipple (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2013). Her poetry is featured in the Best New Poets 2013 anthology, and has been published in over sixty journals and magazines, including Crazyhorse, cream city review, Green Mountains Review, New Millennium Writings, Orion Magazine, and The Progressive. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University, and a PhD from Western Michigan University, and is currently a Visiting Professor at The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a mentor at The Poet’s Billow (thepoetsbillow.com).

Naoko Fujimoto is a native of Nagoya, Japan. She studied poetry at Indiana University South Bend as an exchange student. There, she was the first international student to win three annual writing contests by guest judges like John Gallaher and Susan Choi. Receiving her M.A. in English, she worked in the Japanese machine-tool industry as a sales associate and translator. She has written about the tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan to increase awareness of victims’ ongoing struggles. In addition, her grandfather survived the atomic bomb at Hiroshima; therefore, she knows how the unseen fear of radiation impacts lives. Her recent poems appeared in Hotel Amerika, Passages North, Potomac Review, Puerto del Sol, Natural Bridge, Cider Press Review, and others.

Joshua Gage is an ornery curmudgeon from Cleveland, His first full-length collection, breaths, is available from VanZeno Press. Intrinsic Night, a collaborative project he wrote with J. E. Stanley, is available on Sam’s Dot Publishing, and his chapbook of zombie haiku, Inhuman, is available on Poet’s Haven Press.  He is a graduate of the Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Naropa University. He has a penchant for Pendleton shirts, rye whiskey and any poem strong enough to yank the breath out of his lungs. He stomps around Cleveland in a purple bathrobe, hosts the monthly Deep Cleveland Poetry hour, and enjoys the beer at Brew Kettle.

Ryan Harper is a visiting lecturer in Princeton University’s Department of Religion.  He earned his Ph.D from the same department in 2013.  Some of Ryan’s recent work has appeared in Chaffin Journal, Nassau Review, Episodic, The Other Journal, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere.  His poetry chapbook, Memphis Left at Cairo (2013), is available through Finishing Line Press.

Alamgir Hashmi has published eleven books of poetry and several volumes of literary criticism. He has been writing poetry and prose for fifty years. He has taught as a university professor at several places and has lectured at Stanford, Berkeley, and other universities in California. Recent work appears in Poetry International, California Quarterly, Connecticut Review, and Natural Bridge.

Kathleen Hellen is a poet and the author of Umberto’s Night (2012), winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House poetry prize, and The Girl Who Loved Mothra (2010). Her poems are widely published and have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Evergreen, New Letters, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, Sycamore Review, and Witness, among others. Awards include first-place poetry prizes from the H.O.W. Journal and Washington Square Review as well as finalist for the Kore Press First Book Award and Neruda Prize at Nimrod and two Pushcart nominations in 2013.

Claudia D. Hernández was born and raised in Guatemala. She’s a photographer, poet, translator, and a bilingual educator residing in Los Angeles. Claudia is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Various online literary journals and anthologies throughout the United States, the UK, Canada, Mexico, and Spain have published her work. She is the founder of Today’s Revolutionary Women of Color Project.

Lynn Hoffman has been a merchant seaman, teacher, chef and cab driver. This year, she has been Visiting Professor at the Academy of Culinary Arts in Mays Landing and Visiting Professor in Hospitality at Hoa Sen University in Saigon. So far, she has published two novels, The Bachelor’s Cat and Paula Sherman and the National Rifle Association. She has also written The New Short Course in Wine and The Short Course in Beer. Right now, she is working on a second, expanded edition of the beer book. A few years ago, she started writing poetry. Her poem “The Would-be Lepidopterist” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Other poetry has appeared in Angelic Dynamo, Melusine, gutter eloquence, Off the Coast, Waterways, Abramelin, Referential,The Broad Street Review, Sephyrus and Short, Fast and Deadly. Her main influences are Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake, Billy Collins, Groucho Marx and Ogden Nash. There is a chapbook forthcoming from Thunderclap Press called Boom: Poems for a Certain Generation.

Heikki Huotari is a retired professor of mathematics. In early life, he attended a one-room country school, spent summers on a forest-fire lookout tower and published poems in Poetry Northwest and Kayak. Recent poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Crazyhorse and East Coast Literary Review.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters holds an MFA in Poetry and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is a teaching fellow and an assistant editor for Prairie Schooner. She has also served as assistant editor for American Life in Poetry. Her nonfiction work on spirituality, Healing Mysteries, was published by Paulist Press in 2005. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Creek Review, A River and Sound Review, Literary Mama, Lunch Hour Stories, and elsewhere.

Spree MacDonald lives in New Orleans and is the Chair of the Humanities Department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. His poetry has been published in South Africa, the UK, and the USA, and was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize.

Barbara March’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly, Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, Written River, Red Rock Review, Words Fly Away: Poems for Fukushima Anthology and other journals and publications. She is the co-founder of the Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference and lives in Cedarville, California.

Campbell McGrath is the author of ten books of poetry, including Spring Comes to Chicago, Florida Poems, Seven Notebooks, and most recently In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys(Ecco Press, 2012). He has received many of America’s major literary prizes for his work, including the Kingsley Tufts Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, a USA Knight Fellowship, and a Witter-Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. His poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic and on the op-ed page of the New York Times, as well as in