Meet the poets.
Dorianne Laux’s most recent collection is Only As The Day Is Oliver de la Paz is the author of five collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, Post Subject: A Fable, andThe Boy in the Labyrinth. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member,Oliver serves as the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. He has received grants from the NYFA, the Artist’s Trust, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and has been awarded two Pushcart Prizes. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, and Poetry Northwest. He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at PLU.
Dorianne Laux’s most recent collection is Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected, W.W. Norton. She is also author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award. She teaches poetry at North Carolina State and Pacific University. In 2020, Laux was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize winner. She’s co-editor of the anthology Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change and the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry. King is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.
Laure-Anne Bosselaar is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf , of Small Gods of Grief, which won the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry, and of A New Hunger selected as a Notable Book by the American Library Association. With her husband Kurt Brown, she translated a book by Flemish poet, Herman de Coninck: The Plural of Happiness. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and the editor of four anthologies, she taught at Sarah Lawrence College, UCSB, and is part of the core faculty at the Solstice Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Her fourth book, These Many Rooms, came out from Four Way Books in 2019
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Chris Campanioni is the son of immigrants from Cuba and Poland and the author of six books, including the Internet is for real (C&R Press, 2019), which re-enacts the language of the Internet as literary installations. Recent work has appeared in Ambit, Nat. Brut, Poetry International, RHINO Poetry, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and DIAGRAM, and has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He teaches at Pace University and Baruch College, and edits PANK, At Large Magazine, and Tupelo Quarterly. His selected poetry was awarded an Academy of American Poets College Prize in 2013, his novel Going Down was named Best First Book at the 2014 International Latino Book Awards, and his hybrid piece ‘This body’s long (& I’m still loading)’ was adapted as an official selection of the Canadian International Film Festival in 2017.
Gregg Shapiro is the author of seven books including the 2019 chapbooks, Sunshine State (NightBallet Press) and More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Books). He has work forthcoming in Gargoyle, Impossible Archetype and Goat’s Milk Magazine, as well as Belt’s upcoming anthology of Midwestern LGBTQ writers. An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBTQ+ and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.
Julie E. Bloemeke’s first full-length collection of poetry, Slide to Unlock, debuted with Sibling Rivalry Press in 2020. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars and a 2019 fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, her poems have been widely anthologized and appeared in numerous literary journals including Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Palooka Magazine, South Dakota Review, Bridge Eight Literary Magazine and others.
Dustin Brookshire is a Dolly Parton fanatic and Murder She Wrote loving poet residing in Wilton Manors, FL. He is the founder and curator of the Wild & Precious Life Series. His poetry has earned him a Pushcart Prize nomination and has been published in SubtleTea, Ocho, Oranges & Sardines, Ouroboros, Qarrtsiluni, Whiskey Island, Blue Fifth Review, Shape of a Box, Assaracus, and other publications. He has been anthologized in Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses (Lethe Press, 2012) and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writes on the American South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). Dustin’s debut chapbook is titled To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012).
teri elam is a 6th generation Southerner, living in Atlanta. Her poems have been published in The Ringing Ear, Dismantle, Auburn Avenue, Slice Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and december magazine. Her poem “butterflies” will be released as a film short for the Visual Poetry Project and she has work forthcoming in Yemassee Journal. elam is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow as well as a graduate of The Watering Hole and VONA.
A professor of Creative Writing at Georgia State University, Beth Gylys’ 4th collection of poetry Body Braille is forthcoming with Iris Press. Her other books include Sky Blue Enough to Drink, Spot in the Dark, and Bodies that Hum; she has also published two chapbooks Matchbook and Balloon Heart. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Barrow Street, Paris Review, and many other journals and anthologies.
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Emma Bolden is the author of House Is an Enigma (Southeast Missouri State University Press), medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press), and Maleficae (GenPop Books). The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, her work has appeared in such journals as the Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, New Madrid, TriQuarterly, Shenandoah, and the Greensboro Review. She currently serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief for Tupelo Quarterly.
Ashley M. Jones is a writer and educator from Birmingham Alabama. She is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press, 2017- winner of the Silver Medal in Poetry, Independent Publisher’s Book Awards) and dark // thing (Pleiades Press, 2019 – winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry), and she has received fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. She teaches Creative Writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she serves on the boards of the Alabama Writers Cooperative and the Alabama Writers Forum, and she is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival.
Andrea Jurjević grew up in Rijeka, Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia. Her debut poetry collection, Small Crimes, won the 2015 Philip Levine Poetry Prize, and her book-length translations from Croatian include Mamasafari (Diálogos Press, 2018) and Dead Letter Office (The Word Works, 2020). Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Believer, TriQuarterly, The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast and The Southeast Review, among many others. She was the recipient of a Robinson Jeffers Tor Prize, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Hambidge Fellowship, and the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year award. Andrea lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and teaches at Georgia State University.
Steven Reigns is a poet and educator and was appointed the first Poet Laureate of West Hollywood. He has published the collections Inheritance and Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat, and dozens of chapbooks. Reigns is 2019-2020 recipient of The Los Angeles County’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ COLA Fellowship and a fourteen-time recipient of their Artist in Residency Grant. He edited My Life is Poetry, showcasing his students’ work from the first-ever autobiographical poetry workshop for LGBT seniors. Reigns has lectured and taught writing workshops around the country to LGBT youth and people living with HIV. Currently he is touring The Gay Rub, an exhibition of rubbings from LGBT landmarks, facilitates the monthly Lambda Lit Book Club, and is at work on a new collection of poetry.
Reginald Dwayne Betts is the author of four books. His latest collection of poetry, Felon, was published in October 2019 by W.W. Norton. Named a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2018 NEA Fellow, Betts poetry has been long praised. His writing has generated national attention and earned him a Soros Justice Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a Ruth Lily Fellowship, an NAACP Image Award, and New America Fellowship. Betts has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and the Washington Post, as well as being interviewed on NPR’s Fresh Air, The Travis Smiley Show and several other national shows. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland; an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College, where he was a Holden Fellow; and, a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Israel H. Perez Prize for best student note or comment appearing in the Yale Law Journal. He is a Ph. D. in Law candidate at Yale and as a Liman Fellow, he spent a year representing clients in the New Haven Public Defender’s Office.
Megan Fernandes is a writer living in New York City. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, Boston Review, Rattle, Pank, The Common, Guernica, the Academy of American Poets, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. She is the author of The Kingdom and After (Tightrope Books 2015). Her second book of poetry, Good Boys, was a finalist for the Kundiman Book Prize (2018), the Saturnalia Book Prize (2018), and is forthcoming with Tin House Books in February 2020.
Ben Kline lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, writing poems, telling stories, drinking more coffee than might seem wise. His chapbook SAGITTARIUS A* will be published in 2020 by Sibling Rivalry Press. He is a poetry reader for Flypaper Lit. His other work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in The Cortland Review, DIAGRAM, Hobart, Juked, Vagabond City, A&U Magazine, Bending Genres Journal, Queen Mob’s Teahouse and many more.
Amy Lemmon is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Miracles (C&R Press, 2019). Her poems and essays have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Rolling Stone, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Verse, Court Green, The Journal, Marginalia, and many other magazines and anthologies. Amy is Professor and Chairperson of English and Communication Studies at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where she teaches writing and creativity studies classes.
Shaindel Beers is author of the poetry collections A Brief History of Time (Salt Publishing, 2009), The Children’s War and Other Poems (Salt, 2013), and Secure Your Own Mask (White Pine Press, 2018). Her poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, in eastern Oregon’s high desert, and serves as poetry editor of Contrary.
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Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is Professor of English and Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review. Her most recent full-length collection, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman was published by Red Hen Press in June 2018 and is the Gold/First Place winner of the 2019 Feathered Quill Award in Poetry and is a nominated work for the 2019 NAACP Image Award in Poetry. She is the literary partner and wife of the late poet and editor Jon Tribble. Her new chapbook, The Last Human Heart, was a winner in the Diode Editions Chapbook Contest and is now available; her next full-length book, Lexicon, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2021.
Jee Leong Koh is the author of Steep Tea (Carcanet), named a Best Book of the Year by UK’s Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary in the US. His latest book is Connor & Seal: A Harlem Story in 47 Poems from Sibling Rivalry. Originally from Singapore, Jee lives in New York City, where he heads the literary non-profit Singapore Unbound and the indie press Gaudy Boy.
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Tyler Mills is a multi-genre writer. She is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry, Hawk Parable, selected by Oliver de la Paz for the 2017 Akron Poetry Prize (University of Akron Press, 2019), and Tongue Lyre, selected by Lee Ann Roripaugh for the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013), as well as the forthcoming chapbook, The City Scattered, selected by Cole Swensen for the 2019 Snowbound Chapbook Award (forthcoming, Tupelo Press). She is writing a collection of essays titled Afterimage, selections of which have recently appeared in AGNI, The Rumpus and Poetry, as well as a poetry manuscript-in-progress titled Children of the Flood. She has written a collaborative poetry chapbook with Kendra DeColo titled Poem with a Million-Dollar Budget, which was a finalist for the Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize.
Kazim Ali’s new book of poetry, The Voice of Sheila Chandra (Alice James Books) and his new book of nonfiction, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water (Milkweed Editions), will both be released in the fall 2020. In addition to many books of poetry, prose, and cross genre writing, he is a dance and movement artist as well as translator and editor with Nightboat Books. Since 2019 he has been a professor at the University of California, San Diego.
Michael Montlack is editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthologyMy Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press) and author of two books of poetry, including Daddycoming this summer from NYQ Books.Recently his poems appeared in North American Review, Cincinnati Review, Poet Lore, The Offing, Hotel Amerika, Court Green,and Los Angeles Review. He lives in NYC.
Victoria Redel is the author of three books of poetry and five books of fiction. Her latest novel, Before Everything, was published by Viking Penguin in 2017. Her novel The Border of Truth (Counterpoint 2007,) weaves the situation of refugees and a daughter’s awakening to the history and secrets of her father’s survival and loss. It was a Barnes and Noble Great New Writers Discovery Selection. Loverboy (2001, Graywolf /2002, Harcourt), was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Loverboy was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Swoon (2003, University of Chicago Press), was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Her work has been widely anthologized and translated. Redel’s fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including Granta.com, Harvard Review, The Quarterly, The Literarian, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, O the Oprah magazine, Elle, Bomb, More and NOON.
Page Hill Starzinger’s second poetry collection, Vortex Street, launches in May, 2020 from Barrow Street Press. Her first book, Vestigial, selected by Lynn Emanuel to win the Barrow Street Book Prize, was published in Fall 2013. Her chapbook, Unshelter, chosen by Mary Jo Bang as winner of the Noemi contest, was published in 2009. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, Fence, West Branch, Pleiades, Volt, and others. Starzinger was Copy Director at Aveda for almost twenty years, and co-authored A Bouquet from the Met (Abrams, 1998). She lives in New York City
Anna Maria Hong
Anna Maria Hong is the author of Age of Glass,winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society of America’s 2019 Norma Farber First Book Award, and the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in September 2020. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has published poetry and fiction in many journals and anthologies including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Green Mountains Review, Ecotone, ENTROPY, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, and The Best American Poetry.
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Regan Good attended Barnard College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where she was a Maytag Fellow. She has held multiple residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, Ucross, VCCA and Ragdale. She has published two books of poems, The Atlantic House (2011), and The Needle (2020). She teaches at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Barnard College, and the Pratt School of Architecture. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Interim, and lives in Brooklyn..
Denise Duhamel’s most recent books are Scald (Pittsburgh, 2017) andThe Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (with Julie Marie Wade, Noctuary Press, 2019). Her other titles include Blowout; Ka-Ching!; Two and Two; Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems; The Star-Spangled Banner; and Kinky. She and Maureen Seaton have co-authored four collections, the most recent of which is CAPRICE (Collaborations: Collected, Uncollected, and New) (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015). And she and Julie Marie Wade co-authored The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (Noctuary Press, 2019). She is a Distinguished University Professor in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.
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Emari DiGiorgio is the author of Girl Torpedo (Agape, 2018), the winner of the 2017 Numinous Orison, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and The Things a Body Might Become (Five Oaks Press, 2017). She’s the recipient of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, the Ellen La Forge Memorial Poetry Prize, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, RHINO’s Founder’s Prize, the Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Award, and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
She’s received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.
Meg Wade is a 2017 National Poetry Series finalist. She is a former Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Creative Writing Institute, and received her MFA from the University of Arizona. Her manuscript, Slick Like Dark, won the 2017 Snowbound Chapbook Award and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Meg is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies. She lives and writes in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dustin Pearson is the author of Millennial Roost (C&R Press, 2018) and A Family Is a House (C&R Press, 2019). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and The Anderson Center at Tower View, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and John Mackay Graduate Award and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, TriQuarterly, [PANK], The Literary Review, Poetry Daily, Hayden’s Ferry Review,and elsewhere.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. Her visual and literary work has appeared widely, including The New Yorker, the Paris Review, Tin House, American Poetry Review, The L Word: Generation Q, Guernica, and many others. She is the recipient of fellowships includingCave Cavem, Kimbilio, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Yaddo. Griffiths’ hybrid collection of poetry and photography, Seeing the Body (W.W. Norton), is available in June. She lives in New York City.
Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet, essayist, and translator, whose newest book is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in July, a collection of poems called ARROWS. In September Milkweed Editions will be releasing Stone-Garland, a selection of poems from the Ancient Greek lyric tradition. His work has been supported by the Monfort, Lannan, and Guggenheim foundations, and he teaches at Colorado State University, where he is an University Distinguished Teaching Scholar.
January Gill O’Neil is the author of Rewilding (fall 2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. She is an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and boards of trustees member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. From 2012-2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares and Ecotone, among others. In 2018, January was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and was named the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a Pakistani American poet, singer, and translator of Urdu and Persian poetry. She is the author of What Is Not Beautiful (Glass Poetry Press, 2018) and her debut collection, Shahr-e-jaanaan: The City of the Beloved (Tupelo Press, 2020), is a winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Poem-A-Day, Gulf Coast, Meridian, and The Margins, and her translations in PBS Frontline and Words Without Borders. A Best of the Net finalist and a Pushcart nominee, Adeeba holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and an Emerging Poets fellowship from Poets House.
Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and five books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; and Imaginary Vessels, finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her newest work of nonfiction is a book-length essay, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam. A new collection of poems, Nightingale, which re-writes many of the myths in Ovid’s The Metamorphoses, was published spring 2019. Appropriate: A Provocation, which examines cultural appropriation, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in Feb. 2021. She is the guest editor for Best American Poetry 2020.
Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes (2009, 2013), Narrative’s Poetry Prize, the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series (2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019), and on National Public Radio, among others.
She is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web projects Mapping Literary Utah and Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah’s Poet Laureate and received a 2019 Academy of American Poets’ Poets Laureate Fellowship.
Brendan Walsh has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. His work has recently appeared in Rattle, Glass Poetry, Indianapolis Review, American Literary Review, and other journals. He’s the winner of America Magazine‘s 2020 Foley Poetry Prize.He is the author of five books and chapbooks, including Go (Aldrich Press, 2016), Buddha vs. Bonobo (Sutra Press, 2017), and fort lauderdale (Grey Book Press, 2019).