poetry

Alison Stine

Alison Stine

Alison Stine’s debut adult novel The Grower will be published by Mira in fall 2020. She is the author of three books of poems, including Wait, winner of the Brittingham Prize, and Ohio Violence, winner of the Vassar Miller, as well as two books of YA fiction. Her essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, and many others. She lives with her son in the foothills of Appalachia.

Alison Stine

Alison Stine

Alison Stine’s debut adult novel The Grower will be published by Mira in fall 2020. She is the author of three books of poems, including Wait, winner of the Brittingham Prize, and Ohio Violence, winner of the Vassar Miller, as well as two books of YA fiction. Her essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, and many others. She lives with her son in the foothills of Appalachia.

Alison
Stine

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis received his MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His poetry has recently appeared in Talking River. He is a high school English teacher and lives near Centralia, Washington, with his wife and four children.

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis received his MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. His poetry has recently appeared in Talking River. He is a high school English teacher and lives near Centralia, Washington, with his wife and four children.

Brandon
Lewis

Cameron Barnett

Cameron Barnett

Cameron Barnett lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he teaches middle school language arts at Falk Laboratory School and is an editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Journal. His recent work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Minnesota Review, Rattle, and IDK Magazine. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, and his first collection, The Drowning Boy's Guide to Water (Autumn House Press) was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Cameron’s work explores the complexity of race and the body for a black man in today’s America.

Cameron Barnett

Cameron Barnett

Cameron Barnett lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he teaches middle school language arts at Falk Laboratory School and is an editor for Pittsburgh Poetry Journal. His recent work has appeared in The Florida Review, The Minnesota Review, Rattle, and IDK Magazine. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, and his first collection, The Drowning Boy's Guide to Water (Autumn House Press) was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Cameron’s work explores the complexity of race and the body for a black man in today’s America.

Cameron
Barnett

Dennis Caswell

Dennis Caswell

Dennis Caswell is the author of the poetry collection Phlogiston (Floating Bridge Press, 2012). His work has appeared in BluestemCrab Creek Review, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, and assorted other journals and anthologies. He lives outside Woodinville, Washington, and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His favorite superstition is astrological horoscopes, of the sort once found in daily newspapers. It’s reassuring to know that on any given day there are only twelve possible fates.

Dennis Caswell

Dennis Caswell

Dennis Caswell is the author of the poetry collection Phlogiston (Floating Bridge Press, 2012). His work has appeared in BluestemCrab Creek Review, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, and assorted other journals and anthologies. He lives outside Woodinville, Washington, and works as a software engineer in the aviation industry. His favorite superstition is astrological horoscopes, of the sort once found in daily newspapers. It’s reassuring to know that on any given day there are only twelve possible fates.

Dennis
Caswell

Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams is a doctoral student in poetry at Ohio University. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where his poetry was featured on the city's MBTA trains. Derek's a Blacksmith House Emerging Poet. His poems are most recently published or forthcoming in Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Plume, Spillway, and Forklift Ohio, among others.

Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams

Derek JG Williams is a doctoral student in poetry at Ohio University. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where his poetry was featured on the city's MBTA trains. Derek's a Blacksmith House Emerging Poet. His poems are most recently published or forthcoming in Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Plume, Spillway, and Forklift Ohio, among others.

Derek JG
Williams

Emily Banks

Emily Banks

Emily Banks lives in Atlanta, where she is a doctoral candidate and poetry lecturer at Emory University. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland and her BA from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Cimarron ReviewFree State ReviewstorySouth, and Yemassee. Her first collection, Mother Water, is forthcoming from Lynx House Press. 

Emily Banks

Emily Banks

Emily Banks lives in Atlanta, where she is a doctoral candidate and poetry lecturer at Emory University. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland and her BA from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Cimarron ReviewFree State ReviewstorySouth, and Yemassee. Her first collection, Mother Water, is forthcoming from Lynx House Press. 

Emily
Banks

Emma DePanise

Emma DePanise

Emma DePanise has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as Potomac Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Little Patuxent Review. She won the 2018 Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry. She currently studies creative writing at Salisbury University in Maryland.  

Emma DePanise

Emma DePanise

Emma DePanise has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as Potomac Review, Nimrod International Journal, and Little Patuxent Review. She won the 2018 Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry. She currently studies creative writing at Salisbury University in Maryland.  

Emma
DePanise

Erinn Batykefer

Erinn Batykefer

Erinn Batykefer earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press) and The Artist's Library: A Field Guide (Coffee House Press). She served as co-founder and editor of The Library as Incubator Project from 2010 to 2017 and is managing editor of Five Loves. She lives in Pittsburgh.

Erinn Batykefer

Erinn Batykefer

Erinn Batykefer earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press) and The Artist's Library: A Field Guide (Coffee House Press). She served as co-founder and editor of The Library as Incubator Project from 2010 to 2017 and is managing editor of Five Loves. She lives in Pittsburgh.

Erinn
Batykefer

F. Daniel Rzicznek

F. Daniel Rzicznek

F. Daniel Rzicznek's books of poetry are Settlers (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press), Divination Machine (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press) and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press), and he is coeditor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press). His poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, West Branch, Blackbird, Colorado Review, and Notre Dame Review. He currently teaches and directs the creative writing program at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

F. Daniel Rzicznek

F. Daniel Rzicznek

F. Daniel Rzicznek's books of poetry are Settlers (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press), Divination Machine (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press) and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press), and he is coeditor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press). His poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, West Branch, Blackbird, Colorado Review, and Notre Dame Review. He currently teaches and directs the creative writing program at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

F. Daniel
Rzicznek

Grant Clauser

Grant Clauser

Grant Clauser lives in Pennsylvania and works as an editor, writer, and teacher. He is the author of four poetry books including Reckless Constellations, which won the Cider Press Review Book Award, and The Magician's Handbook (PS Books). His poems have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewCortland ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlySouthern Poetry ReviewTar River Poetry, and others. He's a member of No River Twice, a poetry improv group.

Grant Clauser

Grant Clauser

Grant Clauser lives in Pennsylvania and works as an editor, writer, and teacher. He is the author of four poetry books including Reckless Constellations, which won the Cider Press Review Book Award, and The Magician's Handbook (PS Books). His poems have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewCortland ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlySouthern Poetry ReviewTar River Poetry, and others. He's a member of No River Twice, a poetry improv group.

Grant
Clauser

Iyana Sky

Iyana Sky

The poet Iyana Sky received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Texas. Currently, she lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and daughter. Her work is forthcoming in Glint Literary Journal.

Iyana Sky

Iyana Sky

The poet Iyana Sky received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Texas. Currently, she lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and daughter. Her work is forthcoming in Glint Literary Journal.

Iyana
Sky

James Grinwis

James Grinwis

James Grinwis is the author of The City From Nome (National Poetry Review Press) and Exhibit of Forking Paths (Coffee House/ National Poetry Series), both of which appeared in 2011. The founding editor of Bateau Press, he lives and works in Greenfield MA. His poems have appeared recently in Bennington Review, Packingtown Review, Pembroke Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Hotel Amerika, and Rogue Agent.

James Grinwis

James Grinwis

James Grinwis is the author of The City From Nome (National Poetry Review Press) and Exhibit of Forking Paths (Coffee House/ National Poetry Series), both of which appeared in 2011. The founding editor of Bateau Press, he lives and works in Greenfield MA. His poems have appeared recently in Bennington Review, Packingtown Review, Pembroke Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Hotel Amerika, and Rogue Agent.

James
Grinwis

Jess Williard

Jess Williard is the author of Unmanly Grief (University of Arkansas Press, 2019) selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His poems have recently appeared in Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, North American Review, Colorado Review, Southern Humanities Review, Poet Lore, Lake Effect, Passages North, and other journals. He is from Wisconsin.

Jess Williard

Jess Williard is the author of Unmanly Grief (University of Arkansas Press, 2019) selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Series. His poems have recently appeared in Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, North American Review, Colorado Review, Southern Humanities Review, Poet Lore, Lake Effect, Passages North, and other journals. He is from Wisconsin.

Jess
Williard

Jessica Goodfellow

Jessica Goodfellow

Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Whiteout (University of Alaska Press, 2017), Mendeleev’s Mandala (2015) and The Insomniac’s Weather Report (2014). Her work has been included in Best New PoetsVerse DailyThe Writer’s Almanac, and has been made into a short film by Motionpoems. She was awarded the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from the Beloit Poetry Journal, and has been a writer-in-residence at Denali National Park and Preserve. Recently, her work has appeared in Threepenny ReviewThe AwlThe Southern Review, and Best American Poetry 2018. Jessica lives with her family in Japan.

Jessica Goodfellow

Jessica Goodfellow

Jessica Goodfellow’s books are Whiteout (University of Alaska Press, 2017), Mendeleev’s Mandala (2015) and The Insomniac’s Weather Report (2014). Her work has been included in Best New PoetsVerse DailyThe Writer’s Almanac, and has been made into a short film by Motionpoems. She was awarded the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize from the Beloit Poetry Journal, and has been a writer-in-residence at Denali National Park and Preserve. Recently, her work has appeared in Threepenny ReviewThe AwlThe Southern Review, and Best American Poetry 2018. Jessica lives with her family in Japan.

Jessica
Goodfellow

Jody Chan

Jody Chan

Jody Chan is a writer and organizer based in Tkaronto/Toronto. They are the poetry editor for Hematopoeisis, a 2017 VONA alum, a member of the Winter Tangerine Workshops Team, and the 2018 winner of the Third Coast Poetry Contest, selected by Sarah Kay. Their first chapbook is published with Damaged Goods Press. Their work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is published in BOAAT, Looseleaf Magazine, Nat. Brut, The Shade Journal, and elsewhere. 

Jody Chan

Jody Chan

Jody Chan is a writer and organizer based in Tkaronto/Toronto. They are the poetry editor for Hematopoeisis, a 2017 VONA alum, a member of the Winter Tangerine Workshops Team, and the 2018 winner of the Third Coast Poetry Contest, selected by Sarah Kay. Their first chapbook is published with Damaged Goods Press. Their work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is published in BOAAT, Looseleaf Magazine, Nat. Brut, The Shade Journal, and elsewhere. 

Jody
Chan

Julie Swarstad Johnson

Julie Swarstad Johnson

Julie Swarstad Johnson lives in Tucson, Arizona. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Jumping the Pit (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She has been the recipient of a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and has served as Artist in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. She works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Julie Swarstad Johnson

Julie Swarstad Johnson

Julie Swarstad Johnson lives in Tucson, Arizona. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Jumping the Pit (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She has been the recipient of a grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and has served as Artist in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park. She works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Julie
Swarstad Johnson

Sara Henning

Sara Henning

Sara Henning is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently View from True North (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018), which won the 2017 Crab Orchard Poetry Open Prize. Her other collections include A Sweeter Water (2013), as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (dancing girl press, 2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012). In 2015, she won the Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by Alberto Ríos. Her poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Passages North, RHINO, Meridian, and the Cincinnati Review.

Sara Henning

Sara Henning

Sara Henning is the author of two volumes of poetry, most recently View from True North (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018), which won the 2017 Crab Orchard Poetry Open Prize. Her other collections include A Sweeter Water (2013), as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (dancing girl press, 2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012). In 2015, she won the Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by Alberto Ríos. Her poems have appeared in Quarterly West, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, Passages North, RHINO, Meridian, and the Cincinnati Review.

Sara
Henning

Sheila Black

Sheila Black

Sheila Black is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Iron, Ardent (Educe Press, 2017). She is a co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Birmingham Review, The New York Times and other places. She currently divides her time between San Antonio, TX, and Washington, D.C., where she works at AWP.

Sheila Black

Sheila Black

Sheila Black is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Iron, Ardent (Educe Press, 2017). She is a co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (Cinco Puntos Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Birmingham Review, The New York Times and other places. She currently divides her time between San Antonio, TX, and Washington, D.C., where she works at AWP.

Sheila
Black