Issue 1 Contributors
IVY ANDERSON is a college student, an urban farmer, a coffee drinker, and a nail biter. She can often be found retracing her steps, looking for the house keys she’s dropped and the lovers she’s lost. Her poetry has never been published before, nor has it ever been taken into custody by an officer of the law, though it has been ticketed for indecent exposure and public intoxication. Ms. Anderson has no distinguishing marks apart from a tattoo of a quill pen on her left index finger.
DEVREAUX BAKER is a 2010 Pushcart Prize nominee. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, a Hawthornden Castle International Fellowship, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation fellowship and three California Arts Council Awards to produce Voyagers: Original Student Writing for Public Radio. Her most recent book of poetry is Red Willow People from Wild Ocean Press in San Francisco.
LENORE BELL is doing her Creative Writing Ph.D at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
GIANCARLO CAMPAGNA is a poet and actor. His poems are inextricably linked to the Pacific coastal habitats he has lived amongst for over 40 years. He has poems in Street Sheet, The Haight Ashbury Literary Review, and elsewhere. He curates a quarterly reading series at My Corner Cafe in San Francisco.
ANEESA DAVENPORT lives in San Francisco. Her work has appeared in Fanzine, Beeswax Magazine, Kitchen Sink, Monday Night, After Hours, Spectrum, and The South Carolina Review.
LAURA EDGAR is a poet and cartoonist. By day, she works as a blogger for NerdWallet. She has an M.A. from San Francisco State University.
ANN FISHER-WIRTH’S fourth book of poems, Dream Cabinet, will be published by Wings Press in 2012. She is coediting Ecopoetry: A Contemporary American Anthology, forthcoming from Trinity UP in 2012. Her poetry has appeared widely in journals, online, and in anthologies; her awards include residencies at Hedgebrook, Djerassi, and The Mesa Refuge, as well as the Rita Dove Poetry Award, a Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, two MS Council for the Arts poetry fellowships, and the MS Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award. She teaches at the University of Mississippi and also directs the university’s minor in Environmental Studies.
A native of Venice, California, RUTH GOOLEY divides her life among the ocean, the mountains, the desert and the sky. She published her dissertation, The Image of the Kiss in French Renaissance Poetry, and poems in Mali Mirage, The Loyolan, Day Tonight Night Today, and soon in Snowy Egret.
Among other awards for her writing, BRIONY GYLGAYTON recently received the Elliot Gilbert Memorial Prize for her chapbook, Louder Walls. She is currently working on her MFA at the University of Iowa. You can read more of her poetry and purchase her chapbook at www.BrionyGylgayton.com.
JANICE N. HARRINGTON’S Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone won the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her latest book is The Hands of Strangers: Poems from the Nursing Home (BOA 2011).
BRENDA HILLMAN is the author of eight collections of poetry, all published by Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Cascadia (2001) and Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005), which received the William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry, and Practical Water (2009). She has also published three chapbooks. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003). Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College where she is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry; she works with CodePink, a social justice group against war and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
KEELY HYSLOP tells the truth, but tells it slant. Her first book of poems, Things I Say to Pirates On Nights When I Miss You will be published by Fourteen Hills Press in Fall 2011.
Originally from Oklahoma, MARK C. JACKSON is long time resident of Southern California. He is a songwriter and poet who is currently writing a series of stories based on the life of a mid-1800s mountain man.
ADA LIMÓN is the author of three books of poetry, Lucky Wreck (Autumn House Press, 2006), This Big Fake World (Pearl Editions, 2007), and Sharks in the Rivers (Milkweed Editions, 2010). Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including, The New Yorker, Harvard Review, and Poetry Daily. She is currently at work on a novel, a book of essays, and a new collection of poems.
ANNA LÖNNBERG has been a lover of nature her whole life. In it she finds all her muses and her way to relate to the world. She has a M.A. in Creative Writing and is currently working on a non-fiction book about the births of California native animal rescue centers. She is expecting her first child this fall.
MEREDITH PAIGE’S poems have appeared in The G.W. Review, Naropa University’s SWP journal Frequency and Elephant Journal. She teaches English Composition and Literature at Berkeley City College and the Art Institute of San Francisco. She received her MFA in Poetry at San Francisco State University (with Camille Dungy) and currently lives in Oakland, California.
ROBERT RICARDO REESE is a graduate of Santa Clara University with a B.A. in English. His poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Poems Against War, Santa Clara Review, Monterey Journal and in other journals. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and Graduate Equity Fellow at San Francisco State University.
MONICA REGAN is a San Francisco-based writer and visual artist, currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. She has been awarded an Academy of American Poets prize, and her work has appeared in VOLT, New American Writing, sidebrow, Parthenon West Review, and 26, among others. She was an artist-in-residence at the San Francisco dump (Recology, Inc.) where she collected the materials she used to create the poem in this issue.
NIKKI ROSATO is a Boston-based artist currently pursuing her MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University.
MURRAY SILVERSTEIN’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in RATTLE, West Marin Review, RUNES, Connecticut Review, Zyzzyva, Fourteen Hills, Pembroke Magazine, Elysian Fields and other journals. His first book of poems, Any Old Wolf (Sixteen Rivers Press), received the 2007 Independent Publisher medal for poetry. Also for Sixteen Rivers Press, Silverstein served as executive editor for the anthology, The Place That Inhabits Us: Poems of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. His poems have recently appeared in Chapter & Verse, Poems of Jewish Identity (Conflux Press). A practicing architect and co-author of four books about architecture, including A Pattern Language (Oxford University Press) and Patterns of Home (The Taunton Press), Silverstein lives in Oakland, California.
MELISSA STUDDARD’S first novel, Six Weeks to Yehidah, was recently released by All Things That Matter Press and became an instant bestseller at Amazon.com and Tower Books. She is a Book Reviewer At-Large for The National Poetry Review and a contributing editor for both Tiferet and The Criterion. For Tiferet, she hosts the blogtalk radio program Tiferet Talk. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Chelsea, Boulevard, Gradiva, The American Book Review, Literal Latte, Poets & Writers, Connecticut Review, The Smoking Poet, and elsewhere.
TIM WILLCUTTS is a doctoral candidate in Literature at U.C. Santa Cruz, where he also teaches Creative Writing.
EVAN WINCHESTER is a writer living in Oakland, California. He is a third-year Creative Writing graduate student at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in prose, and he frequently works with PianoFight Productions, a theater and film production company based in San Francisco.
TONI WYNN is a third-generation New Jersey girl who lives by the water in Hampton, Virginia. She is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Toni learns, teaches, swims, reads, and is grateful. Toni publishes limited editions of her poems as collaborations with book-art artisans and visual artists. Her most recent volume, Ground, is about the earth and living on it. Toni’s work is featured in anthologies and journals such as Black Nature and The International Review of African American Art. Toni designs and facilitates interdisciplinary arts experiences and writes museum exhibitions. She blogs about motherhood for Call Your Mother at toniwynn.squarespace.com/callyourmother, and about the intersection of jazz, visual art and STEM for Jam Session at jamsessionjvae.wordpress.com.