Liz Waldner writes, "Having spent the last years studying and mending, am now writing and publishing again—is good to be read. These poems come from a new manuscript called Time&Motion Studies, currently looking for a publisher."


Dorothea Lasky was born in 1978.  Her first book, AWE, came out in the fall of 2007 from Wave Books.  Currently, she lives in Philadelphia, where she co-edits the Katalanche Press chapbook series along with the poet Michael Carr and is pursuing a doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania.  Videos of her reading poems with other poets can be found on


Carla Harryman's most recent publications include the book length poem Open Box (Belladonna 2007), the novel Gardener of Stars (Atelos, 2001), Baby (Adventures in Poetry, 2005), and the special edition Tourjour l'epine est sous la rose (Ikko, 2006) translated by Martin Richet from There Never Was a Rose Without a Thorn (City Lights, 1995). Adorno's Noise, a collection of conceptual essays, is forthcoming from Essay Press. Harryman is co-editor of Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker (Verso, 2006) and a participant in the multi-authored experiment in autobiography, The Grand Piano, a serial work that locates its project in the San Francisco Bay Area writing scene between 1975-1980. Recent performance works have emphasized polyvocal text, bilingualism, choral speaking voices, and music improvisation and have appeared in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She received a 2004 Foundation for Contemporary Art award in poetry and serves as full-time faculty in the Department of English at Wayne State University and on the MFA faculty of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College.


Chris Pusateri is the author of two books of poetry, anon (BlazeVox, forthcoming 2008) and Berserker Alphabetics (xPressed, 2003), and five chapbooks, most recently North of There (Dusie, 2007). Other new work is forthcoming in Aufgabe, The Continental Review, and Vanitas. He lives in Lafayette, Colorado.


Peter Davis's book of poems is Hitler's Mustache. He edited Poet's Bookshelf: Contemporary Poets on Books That Shaped Their Art and co-edited, with Tom Koontz, the forthcoming second volume of Poet's Bookshelf. His poems will soon appear in places like Forklift, Ohio and Court Green. And, of course, presently, in cool journals like Coconut. That's the cool thing. That we're all in Coconut now—you and him and me.


Melissa Benham, a native Jersey girl, now happily resides in Oakland near Children's Fairyland with Brent Cunningham & their daughter, Mina. She is the author of codeswitching (Subday Press), and the chapbooks repronounceable and surrealistic object vs. narrated dream. For the last three years, she's been the curator & host of the Artifact Reading Series in San Francisco ( Her work has appeared in 3rd Bed, How2, Fourteen Hills, Shampoo, Small Town, and now Coconut!


Amber Nelson is a Seattle ex-pat in Boise where she is pursuing her MFA.  She is the poetry editor of alice blue and has work in or forthcoming from dusie, juked, cab/net, past simple, and h_ngm_n.


Kismet Al-Hussaini attends the MFA program at UMass Amherst. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, New American Writing, Word For/Word, CutBank, and other journals. She has also been teaching violin for seven years.


Elisa Gabbert is an editor of Absent. Her recent poems have appeared or will appear in Pleiades, Cannibal, LIT, Caketrain, and other journals. A chapbook, Thanks for Sending the Engine, is available from Kitchen Press. She is also the author, with Kathleen Rooney, of Something Really Wonderful (dancing girl press, 2007), and That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths Books, 2008).


Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and the author of Reading With Oprah (University of Arkansas Press, 2005), Something Really Wonderful (with Elisa Gabbert, dancing girl press, 2007), That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (with Elisa Gabbert, Otoliths Books, 2008), and Live Nude Girl (Arkansas, 2009). Her poems have appeared in AGNI online, 32 Poems, and Cincinnati Review, and her essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Gettysburg Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Humanities Review, and Another Chicago Magazine.


Anna Fulford was raised on the Olympic Peninsula just west of Seattle, Washington. Her hometown is famous for its bread and its RV Sales. She now lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her four potted plants where she works at the Hospital. Her poems have appeared in Backwards City Review and Denver Quarterly, as well as the online journal mid)rib. Her chapbook for The Workhouse, All is forthcoming from the Dos Press Chapbook Series.


Marco Giovenale lives in Rome. He works in an antiquarian bookshop. His main pages are and He's editor of Collabs and links can be found at He writes reviews of poetry and literature for the newspaper il manifesto. His books of poetry include Curvature (Camera verde, 2002), Il segno meno (Manni, 2003), Altre ombre (Camera verde, 2004), Double click (chapbook: Cantarena, 2005), A gunless tea (chapbook: Dusie, 2007) and La casa esposta (Le Lettere, 2007).


Michael Sikkema was born in rural Northern Michigan. His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from New American Writing, the tiny, Parthenon West Review, Cannibal, Word for Word, and many other journals. He lives in Buffalo, NY, with three people whom he loves.


Sun Yung Shin is the author of Skirt Full of Black (poems, Coffee House Press 07), co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (South End Press 06), and Cooper's Lesson (Korean/English, Children's Book Press 04). Her poems and prose can be found in journals and anthologies such as Five Fingers Review, Court Green, Mid-American Review, Indiana Review, Encyclopedia A – E, Xcp cross-cultural poetics, Transforming a Rape Culture second edition, To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets From Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, Riding Shotgun: Women Writing About Their Mothers, The Praeger Handbook of Adoption, and elsewhere. She co-edits WinteRed press which has published chaplets by Fanny Howe, Rodrigo Toscano, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and many others. She is a 2007 Bush Artists Fellow for Literature and has also received grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Shin lives in Minneapolis. Her website is


Maureen Thorson lives in Washington, D.C., where she pines for things that never were and runs the tiniest press in the world, Big Game Books.


Jordan Davis lives in Manhattan with his son and his wife, the poet Alison Stine Davis. He writes about poetry for The Constant Critic, and is co-editor of The Hat.


Mara Vahratian lives in Tucson, Arizona. She is a recent graduate of the University of Arizona's MFA Program in Creative Writing. As per the work here and other poems from her manuscript-in-progress, she writes, "The poems feature two people named Shortfingers and Cartographer. They're mostly about American roots music, failure, and back porches."


Philip Metres is a poet and a translator whose work has appeared Best American Poetry (2002). His books include: To See the Earth (2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (2007), Instants (chap, 2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (chap, 2004), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (2003). He teaches literature and creative writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Were it not for Ellis Island, his last name would be Abourjaili. See and for more information and links to books and poems. He can be reached at


Janet Holmes is author of four books of poems, most recently F2F. The work included here comes from The ms of my kin, her manuscript of Emily Dickinson erasures. Holmes is editor of Ahsahta Press and a professor in the MFA program at Boise State University.


Fritz Ward's poems have appeared in more than fifty journals, including American Arts and Commentary, Agni, Swink, Salt Hill, Diagram, No Tell Motel, Portland Review, and The Journal.  He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He currently lives in Santa Rosa, California. 


Susan Scarlata lives in Denver where she is the Editor of Lost Roads Publishers. She is currently working on writing projects concerning or related to feet, lambs, Sappho, and geese, but not necessarily in that order.  


Jeni Olin lives in Manhattan where she rages in posh isolation with her toy Maltese "Good Times." She received her BA and MFA from Naropa University. Her first full-length book, Blue Collar Holiday, was published by Hanging Loose in April 2005.


Jon Link is co-editor of GlitterPony Magazine. His poetry has appeared in places like Skein, Weird Deer, Jubilat, and Pleiades.


Rebecca Hazelton is a PhD student in poetry at Florida State University.  She has been previously published in RHINO, Notre Dame Review, and SHAMPOO.  


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