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Lavonne J. Adams

Lavonne J. Adams is the author of Through the Glorieta Pass (Pearl Editions, 2009), and two award-winning chapbooks, In the Shadow of the Mountain and Everyday Still Life. Her journal publications include the Missouri Review, Poet Lore, Southern Humanities Review and The Southern Poetry Review. She completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos. She teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she is the MFA Coordinator.

Maura Alia Badji

Maura Alia Badji is a teacher, writer, poet, blogger, and activist. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of WA, where she was also an Editorial Assistant for the Seattle Review. Her website can be found at www.themoxiebee.com.

Jenn Blair

Jenn Blair is from Winterville, GA. She has published in Tusculum Review, Copper Nickel, MELUS, and the SNR Review, and has work forthcoming in the Santa Fe Review and Inscape. Her chapbook All Things are Ordered is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in April.

Melissa Carroll

Melissa Carroll is an MFA candidate at the University of South Florida and recently received the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Jerseyworks, Feile-Festa, 63 Channels, and elsewhere. She is a poetry editor for Sweet Literary Confection and a nonfiction and art editor for Saw Palm Journal. Melissa also teaches yoga and catalogues her stumbling, crooked path toward enlightenment at www.ZenOnTheRocks.blogspot.com.

Amy Cheng

Amy Cheng was born in Taiwan, raised in Brazil, Oklahoma and Texas. She received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Painting from Hunter College, City University of New York. She has completed four public art commissions: a hand-painted ceramic mural for the Howard St. L Station in Chicago; a mosaic column for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; seven faceted glass windscreens commissioned by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit for the Cleveland Street Subway Station in Brooklyn, New York; and a suite of murals for the auditorium at P.S. 58, The School of Heroes, in Queens, NY commissioned by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program. The Florida Art in State Buildings Program has installed one of her paintings, “No Condition Is Permanent” in Florida Atlantic University’s S.W. Wimberly Library. She has had one-person exhibitions at Gallery 456 and Penny Liebman Contemporary Art in New York City, at the Harrison Gallery in Boca Raton, FL, and Art & Soul Gallery in Boulder, CO. She has been awarded a Senior Fulbright Lecture/Research Award to Brazil, two New York Foundation for the Arts painting fellowships, and a travel grant to China from Arts International. She is a Professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

James Cihlar

James Cihlar is the author of the poetry book Undoing (Little Pear Press), and the chapbook Metaphysical Bailout (Pudding House Press), and he has placed his poems with Prairie Schooner, Mary, Rhino, Painted Bride Quarterly, Emprise Review, Verse Daily, and Forklift, Ohio. His reviews have appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Western American Literature, Coldfront, and Gently Read Literature. The recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship for Poetry and a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, Cihlar is a Visiting Instructor at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Macalester College in St. Paul.

Heather Cousins

Heather Cousins holds an AB in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, an MA from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Georgia. Her first book of poetry, Something in the Potato Room, was selected by Patricia Smith as the winner of the 2009 Kore Press Book Award and was published in January 2010 by Kore Press. Two of her poems have recently been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She is a Park Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Georgia, where she teaches creative writing, literature, and composition.

Joanne Diaz

Joanne Diaz has an MFA from New York University and a PhD in Renaissance literature from Northwestern University. Her work her appeared in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, and Third Coast. In 2009 she was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her first book, Violin, won the Gerald Cable Book Award and will be published by Silverfish Review Press in 2011.

Gail Eisenhart

Gail Eisenhart’s poems have been published in Mid Rivers Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Kaleidoscope, Front Range, MO: Writings from the River, Chickenpinata, Diverse Voices and most recently in Flood Stage: an Anthology of St. Louis Poets. Her review of poet David Wojahn’s Interrogation Palace was published in University of Southern Indiana Review. A people-watcher who likes to travel, she is a retired Executive Assistant who works part time at the Belleville (IL) Public Library.

Maureen Tolman Flannery

Maureen Tolman Flannery’s most recent book of poems about Latin America is Destiny Whispers to the Beloved. Other volumes of her work include Ancestors in the Landscape, Secret of the Rising up, A Fine Line and Knowing Stones. Although she grew up in a Wyoming sheep ranch family, Maureen and her actor husband Dan have raised their four children in Chicago. Her work has appeared in fifty anthologies and over a hundred literary reviews, recently including Birmingham Poetry Review, Xavier Review, Calyx, Pedestal, Atlanta Review, Out of Line, and
North American Review.

Kerri French

Kerri French’s poetry has been featured on SIRIUS Satellite Radio and has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, the American Poetry Journal, Sou’wester, the Southeast Review, The Pinch, Barrelhouse, DIAGRAM, and Best New Poets 2008, among others. A North Carolina native, she currently lives in Cambridge, England.

Ilyse Kusnetz

Ilyse Kusnetz is the author of a chapbook, The Gravity of Falling, and her poems have been published in such journals as Rattle, The Atlanta Review, Crazyhorse, Poet Lore, the Cimarron Review and Poetry Review. She received her MA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University and her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. She teaches English and creative writing at Valencia Community College.

Christa Mastrangelo

Christa Mastrangelo is a poet and teacher. She taught creative writing and English composition for many years before jumping into teaching yoga. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as Water-Stone Review, The Florida English Journal, Umbrella, Poemeleon, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Arsenic Lobster Review, Blue Ridge Magazine, among others. She holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and has published many non-fiction essays as well.

Sandra Meek

Sandra Meek is the author of three books of poems, Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2008), Burn (2005), and Nomadic Foundations (2002), and editor of Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark, 2007), winner of a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. Twice awarded Georgia Author of the Year, in 2006 for Burn, and in 2003 for Nomadic Foundations, which also was awarded the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry, she is Poetry Editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Co-founding Editor of Ninebark Press, Director of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, and Professor of English at Berry College.

Robert Peake

Robert Peake studied poetry at U.C. Berkeley and in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program at Pacific University, Oregon. His poems have appeared in North American Review and Poetry International. Robert writes about poetry on his website at www.robertpeake.com.

Katherine Riegel

Katherine Riegel’s first book of poems, Castaway, is due out from FutureCycle Press in November. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals, including Crazyhorse, the Cream City Review, failbetter.com, and The Gettysburg Review. She teaches creative writing at the University of South Florida, is poetry editor for the online journal Sweet: A Literary Confection, and lives in Brandon with her husband and three dogs.

Patrick Rosal

Patrick Rosal is the author of My American Kundiman, winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, winner of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award. His poems and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies including Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Brevity, and Language for a New Century. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship to the Philippines. He teaches creative writing at Drew University’s Low-Residency MFA and at Sarah Lawrence College.

Susan Terris

Susan Terris’ books include Contrariwise, Natural Defenses, and Fire is Favorable to the Dreamer. Her work has appeared in many journals, including The Southern Review, The Journal, and Ploughshares. A poem of hers appeared in Pushcart Prize XXXI. She is the editor of Spillway Magazine. She is also poetry editor of In Posse Review and of Pedestal. Her new book The Homelessness of Self will be published by Arctos Press in 2011.


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