Issue 3 Contributors
Jess Alfaro lives in Santa Monica, California. She is a biologist specializing in monkey behavior and conservation. She is the Associate Director of the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics. Her scientific studies of monkey ecology and evolution are widely published and she edits the international journal Neotropical Primates. Her poetry has appeared in 13th Moon, Apparent Magnitude and Gumption, and is forthcoming in Snowy Egret.
Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo Press, 2012), Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008), and In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she lives and teaches in southern California, where she is a novice harpist. She earned an M.F.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.
Jennifer Atkinson is the author of four collections of poetry. The fourth, Canticle of the Night Path, which won Free Verse’s New Measure Prize, came out in the winter of 2012 /2013. Individual poems have appeared in various journals including Field, Image, Witness, New American Writing, and Cincinnati Review. She teaches in the poetry MFA and BFA programs at George Mason University in Virginia.
Matthew James Babcock teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg. His book, Private Fire: The Ecopoetry and Prose of Robert Francis, is available from the University of Delaware Press. He received the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Award, was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and won Press 53’s novella contest with “He Wanted to Be a Cartoonist for The New Yorker.”
Monica Barron lives and writes in Missouri where she co-edits Feminist Teacher magazine and edits the Truman State University Press Contemporary Nonfiction Series.
Carolyn Dille is a poet, meditation teacher, and Zen priest in Santa Cruz, California. She leads retreats and workshops in creative awareness and meditation practices. Her poetry has been published in national journals and anthologies and has been awarded recognition by the Poetry Society of America as finalist for the Emily Dickinson Prize and by the Jentel Foundation with Artist Residency fellowships. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Ann Fisher-Wirth is the author of the poetry books Blue Window (2003), Five Terraces (2005), Carta Marina (2009), and Dream Cabinet (2012); the chapbook Slide Shows (2009); and William Carlos Williams and Autobiography: The Woods of His Own Nature. Her awards include the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, the Rita Dove Poetry Award, two Mississippi Arts Commission Poetry fellowships, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Mississippi, where she also directs the minor in environmental studies.
Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in California. Her poems have appeared in International Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry International, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. Her book The Downstairs Dance Floor (Texas Review Press) was awarded the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize.
Kathleen Hellen is a poet and the author of Umberto’s Night (2012) and The Girl Who Loved Mothra (2010). Her poems are widely published and have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Evergreen, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, Sycamore Review, Witness, among others.
RJ Hooker holds an MFA from George Mason University. His work has previously appeared in The Innisfree Poetry Journal and The Cortland Review. He lives and works in Denver, Colorado.
Brent House, a contributing editor for The Tusculum Review, is a native of Hancock County, Mississippi, where he raised cattle and watermelons on his family’s farm. His first collection, The Saw Year Prophecies, was published by Slash Pine Press, and an edited collection, The Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast, is forthcoming from Snake Nation Press.
Ann Elizabeth Huston spent a year interning for the National Park Service in the Sonoran Desert and Four Corners area before receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. She currently works at a camp and does freelance editing and design. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, travelling, reading, writing, and working in her garden.
Gabriel Johnson is a Bay Area native who received his MFA in Poetry from Saint Mary’s College of California. Currently teaching kids reading skills, he lives in Oakland, California — where he was born, the coffee is delicious, and the oak trees are plentiful.
Lissa Kiernan’s poems, essays, and reviews can be found in numerous journals and anthologies and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her first book, a multi-genre braided essay—Glass Needles & Goose Quills: Elementary Lessons in Atomic Properties, Nuclear Families, and Radical Poetics—is forthcoming in Fall 2013 from Haley’s. Founder and director of The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, a provider of online workshops, Lissa currently makes her home in Brooklyn, New York.
Lauren Koshere’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in High Country News, So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, The Leopold Outlook, A Natural History of Now: Reports from the Edge of Nature, The George Wright Forum, and Camas: The Nature of the West. She holds an M.S. in environmental writing from the University of Montana and a B.A. in English from St. Catherine University and blogs at floWord.wordpress.com.
Michelle Menting has published poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in The MacGuffin, Crab Creek Review, Midwestern Gothic, Bellingham Review, and other journals. Originally from the “northwoods” of northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, she currently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Jeff Muse writes along the Upper Mississippi River where he teaches environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. A longtime educator in science and natural history, he recently received an MFA from Ashland University, focusing on creative nonfiction. His writing has appeared in The Common, Flycatcher, High Country News, Poydras Review, Soundings Review, and Stymie: A Journal of Sport and Literature, and he’s a staff writer for Hothouse: A Place of Inquiry. Jeff is also working on a collection of personal essays exploring manhood, wild places, and his own inner landscape–the high points and the low. Learn more at www.hoosiermuse.com.
Amy Newday’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry East, Rhino, Notre Dame Review, Calyx, and Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. She directs the Writing Center at Kalamazoo College and co-owns Harvest of Joy Farm LLC, a community-supported vegetable farm in Shelbyville, Michigan.
Nicole Parizeau is former senior editor at Whole Earth Magazine and principal editor at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. She writes and edits in the San Francisco Bay Area, to which she moved from Montreal as an interpretive naturalist. New poetry and prose appear or are upcoming in Folio, Written River, Emrys Journal, Opium Magazine, Writers Rising Up, and the anthology Weather, from Imagination and Place Press. Nicole is writer in residence at Sonoma Mountain Ranch Preservation Foundation and a 2013 Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Vivian Faith Prescott is a fifth generation Alaskan born on Wrangell Island, Káachxana.aak’w, in the Alexander Archipelago (Southeast Alaska). Vivian lives part time in Sitka, Alaska and at her family’s fish camp/writing retreat on the beach in Wrangell. She is the author of one full length poetry collection, The Hide of My Tongue (Plain View Press) and two poetry chapbooks, Slick (an e-chapbook from White Knuckle Press) and Sludge (Flutter Press).
Janis E Rodgers is a poet, anthropologist, and adventurer from northern New Jersey. She received her BS in Evolutionary Anthropology from Rutgers University and recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. She currently resides in southern California where she is an ESL Instructor.
Kryssa Schemmerling’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Mudlark, 2River View, Big City Lit, and The Same. Her chapbook manuscript, Iris In, was a finalist in the 2010 Slapring Hol Press and Black River chapbook competitions. She is also a filmmaker whose most recently completed project is a feature-length documentary about surfing in Rockaway Beach, Queens entitled Our Hawaii (www.ourhawaii.net). Kryssa lives in Brooklyn.
Jack Snyder’s poems appear or are forthcoming in Iron Horse, LEVELER, SWINE, and others. He is founder and co-editor of APARTMENT (www.apartmentpoetry.com), and was named a finalist for the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize by Ahsahta Press. His body resides in Virginia; the rest of him lives in Pennsylvania.
Laura-Gray Street is the author of Pigment and Fume (2012), and her work has appeared in Poet Lore, Hawk & Handsaw, Many Mountains Moving, Gargoyle, ISLE, Shenandoah, Blackbird, the Notre Dame Review, and Best New Poets 2005. Her honors include four Pushcart Prize nominations, a poetry fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Terrain.org’s Poetry Prize, Isotope’s Editors’ Prize in Poetry, the Southern Women Writers Conference Emerging Writer in Poetry Award, the Dana Award in Poetry, and the Greensboro Review’s Literary Award. Street is an assistant professor of English at Randolph College and president of the Greater Lynchburg Environmental Network.