Shannon Amidon’s poems have previously appeared in Runes: A Review of Poetry, Willow Springs, RATTLE: Poetry for the 21st Century, and storySouth.com. She is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and she lives in Hilo, HI, with her husband and infant son.
Robert Arnold is a writer, photographer, and editor living in Boston.
Kim Chinquee’s collection of flash fiction, Oh Baby, will be published in March 2008 by Ravenna Press. Her recent work has appeared in journals such as Noon, Denver Quarterly, Conjunctions, Fiction, Mississippi Review, Notre Dame Review, Fiction International, New Orleans Review, elimae and others. She received a 2007 Pushcart Prize.
Steven Cramer's fifth collection of poems, Clangings, will be published by Sarabande Books in 2012. Other “Clangings” have appeared or will appear in Denver Quarterly, Field, The Journal, Slate, and elsewhere. His essay, “Merwin’s Evolving Protocols: On the Occasion of ‘The Day Itself,’” will be included in the collection of critical essays, Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W. S. Merwin, edited by Kevin Prufer and Jonathan Weinert. Cramer’s work will also be represented in The Book of Villanelles, edited by Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth Mali and published in the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series. He directs the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Lesley University, in Cambridge. You can visit his website at www.stevencramer.com.
Patrick Ryan Frank studied poetry at Northwestern University and Boston University. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Carolina Quarterly, Sycamore Review, and other publications. He is the recipient of an Artist Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and two Writing Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Carolyn Guinzio is the author of Quarry (Parlor Press, forthcoming 2008) and West Pullman (Bordighera 2005), winner of the 2004 Bordighera Poetry Prize. She has received awards from the Fund for Poetry, the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Kentucky Arts Council. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, New American Writing, and Tarpaulin Sky among others. She lives in Fayetteville, AR.
Bob Hicok's fifth book is This Clumsy Living (Pittsburgh, 2007). His previous books of poetry include Insomnia Diary (Pittsburgh, 2004), Animal Soul (2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Plus Shipping (1998), and The Legend of Light (1995), which won the 1995 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year. Hicok is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes and an NEA Fellowship. He is currently an assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.
Eva Hooker is Professor of English and Writer in Residence at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. The Winter Keeper, a hand bound chapbook (Chapiteau Press, 2000), was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in poetry in 2001. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The New England Review, Agni, The Harvard Review, Salmagundi, Witness, Drunken Boat, and Best New Poets 2008.
Lesley Jenike’s first book, Ghost of Fashion, is forthcoming from Word Press. Her poems have appeared recently in Failbetter, Verse, POOL, Court Green, Forklift, Ohio, Brooklyn Review, and Verse Daily. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati.
Evan Lavender-Smith graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley. His writing has recently appeared or will soon appear in many magazines and journals, including Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Glimmer Train, Land-Grant College Review, The Modern Review, Opium, Post Road and others. He is the founding editor of Noemi Press.
Don Lee served for many years as the editor of the prominent literary journal Ploughshares, a position he left in June to teach full time at Macalester College. He is the author of the story collection Yellow and the novel Country of Origin, and his work has received an O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize, an American Book Award, the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, and the Fred R. Brown Literary Award, among other honors. A second novel, Wrack and Ruin, will be published by W. W. Norton in April 2008.
Joanna Luloff received her MFA from Emerson College and her PhD from the University of Missouri. Her short stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, Confrontation, Memorious, and New South, and her collection The Beach at Galle Road is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in October, 2012. She is an Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Potsdam.
Michael Mazur's work has been shown in over 150 solo and group exhibitions, including at MOMA and The Metropolitan, Brooklyn, and Whitney museums. Hudson Hills Press published The Prints of Michael Mazur, including a catalogue raisonné. His recent Inferno of Dante, a suite of 41 etchings, with text by Robert Pinsky, has won critical praise and was first exhibited at Museo di Castelvechio, Verona, and The American Academy in Rome with a catalogue by Electa Editions. His writing has appeared in the Catalogue of “The Painterly Print” from the Metropolitan Museum, in Art News, The Print Collector's Newsletter, Art on Paper, and M-E-A-N-I-N-G. He has won awards from the Tiffany Foundation, The National Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation and last year was awarded the Distinguished Career award from the Southern Graphics Council. His website is www.michaelmazurart.com.
Darren Morris’s poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Rattle, Best New Poets 2008 (Meridian Press), The Way We Work (Vanderbilt University Press), River Styx, Memorious, The National Poetry Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and others. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he moved to Richmond in 1995 to study under Larry Levis at Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned his MFA in 1998.
Johanna Pittman works as a secondary school writing tutor in San Diego, California. Her poetry has appeared in Facets.
Dorine Preston is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Georgia, where she has been the Assistant to the Editors of The Georgia Review. Her poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Isotope, Ninth Letter, New Delta Review, Coconut, and Court Green. She is a winner of a 2005 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Poetry Prize, and she received an honorable mention in the 2005 Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest.
Colby Cedar Smith holds an EdM in Art in Education from Harvard. She is the author of the chapbook Seven Seeds of the Pomegranate (The Penny Press, 2006). Other recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Redivider, and Runes. She lives in Geneva, Switzerland and makes her living as a travel writer, editor, and teacher.
Alexandra Wilder is a graduate of the Poetry MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, and she is Acting Managing Director for the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Texas Review and Moosehead Anthology X: Future Welcome (DC Books).