Amy Gerstler's most recent books of poetry include Ghost Girl (2004), Medicine (2000), and Crown of Weeds (1997) (all published by Penguin.) She does a variety of kinds of journalism, including art criticism and teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars Program at Bennington College in Vermont and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She is currently working on a book of personal essays.
Melissa Koosmann lives in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated from the University of Arizona MFA program in poetry in 2004. Her poems have appeared in The Indiana Review, Blackbird, Nimrod, The Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Diagram, and Verse Daily. About the poems, she writes, "The third-person 'you' in 'You at Free' is meant to fill several different meanings, shifting back and forth between them in a slightly unsettling way. 'You' is the name I've given to a third-person character, but it refers to you, the reader, as well, and it is also a colloquial 'you' that means 'me.'"
Rodrigo Toscano is the author of To Leveling Swerve (2004), Platform (2003), The Disparities (2002), and Partisans (1999). He is also the artistic coordinator and writer for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). His poetics plays, polyvocalic pieces, masques, anti-masques, and radio plays have recently been performed the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival, St. New Langton Arts Space (San Francisco), Poet's Theater Jamboree 2007 (Directed by Stephanie Young), WPIX (FM), PS 1. Radio, KAOS Radio Olympia, KSW Vancouver, as well as in Teubingen, Germany. Toscano is originally from the Borderlands of California. He lives Brooklyn, and works at the Labor Institute in Manhattan.
Sara Veglahn is the author of two chapbooks, Another Random Heart (Margin to Margin 2001) and Falling Forward (Braincase Press 2003). Her work has appeared in various print and online journals including: 26, Conjunctions, Fence, 580 Split, POM2, Word for/word, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Denver where she helps edit the Denver Quarterly.
Max Winter's first book of poems is The Pictures, published by Tarpaulin Sky Press in 2007. Max Winter's poems have appeared recently in New American Writing, Free Verse, Tarpaulin Sky, the Colorado Review, and elsewhere. His reviews have appeared in Bookforum, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications.
Julia Cohen is Managing Editor of Nightboat Books and her chapbook "If Fire, Arrival," is out with horse less press. Her poems have been published in the Mississippi Review online, Octopus, H_NGM_N, Aught, the Adirondack Review, Word for/ Word, Hanging Loose, GutCult amongst others and is forthcoming in Cannibal and Spinning Jenny. She lives in Brooklyn and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donald Illich has published poetry in The Iowa Review, Fourteen Hills, Passages North, Roanoke Review, Pinyon, and Cold Mountain Review. His work will appear in future issues of Nimrod, LIT, Combo, and The Sulphur River Literary Review. He received a Prairie Schooner scholarship to the 2006 Nebraska Summer Writer's Conference.
Jill Alexander Essbaum is the author of Heaven, Oh Forbidden, and the forthcoming Harlot (No Tell Books, Fall 2007). She lives part of the time in Austin, Texas, part of the time in Zürich, Switzerland, and all of the time in a fantasy ice-castles-in-the-sky's-pie land of her own desperate design. She has dark curly hair and yellow-flecked, hazel-colored eyes. She suspects that none of this is terribly pertinent information.
Denise Duhamel’s prose poems published in Coconut 8 are from a series in which the "form" is the actual size of play money she found in a thrift store. The poems were written in prose blocks to fit on the back of novelty $100,000 bills. Duhamel's most recent books are Two and Two (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Mille et un sentiments (Firewheel Editions, 2005), and Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001). She teaches creative writing at Florida International University in Miami.
Kate Schapira lives in Providence and teaches all around Rhode Island. Her work has appeared in Ecopoetics, Word for/Word, The Diagram, and Shampoo, among other places. Her chapbook, Phoenix Memory, is available from horse less press. "Places in Math" is from her manuscript in progress, How We Saved the City, poems and essays about gentrification and ghosts.
Ray Succre has been writing for twelve years and has begun publishing his poetry while trying to broaden himself as a poet and parent. He is now beginning to send his work out at a more social level. He has been published in many places and in numerous publications both in the U.S. and abroad. For further inquiry, publication history, and information, visit raysuccre.blogspot.com.
Anne Heide edits the journal CAB/NET out of Denver. Her poetry and reviews have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Octopus, LVNG, Ur Vox, Jacket, First Intensity, Xantippe, H_NGM_N, Sidebrow, and No Tell Motel, among others. She is currently working towards a doctorate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
Kaya Oakes' collection of poetry, Telegraph, received the Transcontinental Poetry Prize from Pavement Saw Press and is forthcoming in May of 2007. Her poems have previously appeared in Volt, Conduit, Spinning Jenny, Shampoo,Tarpaulin Sky, MiPoesias, and numerous other journals. Born and raised in Oakland, California, she teaches writing at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the senior editor of Kitchen Sink Magazine. Her website is http://www.oakestown.org. About the poems: I'm interested in the problem of communication—how we speak to one another, what's understood, what's not, the ways in which we confuse, bewilder, and sometimes manage to get through to one another. These poems seem to reflect that problem, in their own ways.
Sandy Florian's first book, Telescope, is published by Action Books. Her first chapbook, 32 Pedals & 47 Stops, is published with Tarpaulin Sky Press. Her poetry and prose appears in over 30 national and international journals including bird dog, Parthenon West Review, Indiana Review, Bombay Gin, and Shampoo. "The Muffles of Dolls" is a response to John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi.
Sandra Beasley lives in Washington D.C., where she is an editor for The American Scholar. Her poetry has been featured on in Best New Poets 2005 and the Tinyside series from Big Game Books, and is forthcoming in the Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel (Second Story) and the Outside Voices anthology. More information can be found at www.sandrabeasley.com. About the poems: "I like a push/pull of dialogue in poems, repetition in language. 'The Angels' and 'My Los Alamos' were written in a scenic elbow-crook of upstate New York, where I found myself much more aware of the American politik than in my hometown of DC, power-capital of the world. For full disclosure, Mr. Maupin is a real person—and as far as I know, he hasn't cut his hair to this day."
Nick Carbo is the author of three books of poetry, El Grupo McDonald’s, Secret Asian Man, and Andalusian Dawn. His visual poems have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, Harvard University, BluetenWeis (Berlin), and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Becca Klaver is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago, where she co-edits the Columbia Poetry Review. She's also a poet-in-residence through the Chicago Poetry Center and a founding editor of Switchback Books. She once made a pilgrimage to Anaïs Nin's former home outside Versailles.
P. F. Potvin is the author of The Attention Lesson (No Tell Books). His work has appeared in Born Magazine, Sentence, No Tell Motel, Sleepingfish, MiPOesias, and elsewhere. He serves on the staff of Drunken Boat, runs ultramarathons, and currently resides in Miami, FL. Visit him at www.pfpotvin.com.
Dawn Pendergast lives in Tucson, AZ, where she works for a website design company. You can find more work at MiPoesias, Intercapillary Space, Dusie, and her website. About the poems, she writes, "These poems are not so much love poems as sexual poems. I was trying to get very sexual and talky and be really American."
Ken Rumble is the author of Key Bridge (Carolina Wren, 2007) and a contributing editor for the magazine Fascicle. His poems have appeared in Talisman, Cranky, Cutbank, Parakeet, and others. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina where he works for the Green Hill Center for NC Art. With his father, Douglas Rumble III—a geologist with the Carnegie Institute of Washington—he is writing a book about the early Earth's atmosphere and the rise of ozone.
Eddie Watkins writes, "I live with my wife in Philadelphia in a house filled with animals (four cats & two dogs) and books (numerous genres). Seems almost every day I have to lay down a novel to scold a critter. I don't usually have a program or preconception when writing poetry. I simply try to construct poems whose language is charged and which offer equal parts difficulty and pleasure. I have no academic affiliations and I've never had a book published, though my poems have appeared in many journals, including Conduit, Word For/Word, Pom2, Moria, Shampoo, Big Bridge, Aught, & Poethia."
Amy King is the author of I'm the Man Who Loves You (BlazeVOX Books, 2007), Antidotes for an Alibi (BlazeVOX Books, 2005), and The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press, 2003). She teaches Creative Writing and English at SUNY Nassau Community College and is the managing editor for the literary arts journal MiPOesias. Please visit www.amyking.org to view work online.
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