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Issue 5


Ellen Bass’s most recent book is Like a Beggar from Copper Canyon Press. Her poetry has been published frequently in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other journals. She teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University.
Donna M. Davis is a poet and former English teacher who has operated a book design and résumé writing business for more than twenty years. Her poetry has appeared in Red River Review, Ilya’s Honey, Oddball Magazine, The Centrifugal Eye, Halcyon Magazine, Gingerbread House, The Milo Review, The Comstock Review, The Altadena Review, and others. She has won honors and received recognition as a Special Merit finalist in The Comstock Review and earned second place in one of Poetpourri’s national awards contests.
Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s new collection of poems, There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air, will be published in 2016. Her poetry collection, Gold Passage, was chosen by Ross Gay for the Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her chapbooks Inheritance and The Flying Trolley were published by Finishing Line Press. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference and is a professor at Napa Valley College.
Tyler Erlendson has a small vegetable and chicken farm with his wife in Sonoma County, California. He teaches at Santa Rosa Junior College and is currently an MFA candidate at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.
Jennifer Fandel’s poetry has recently appeared in Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, Measure, museum of americana, RHINO, The Baltimore Review, Midwestern Gothic, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. She was a poet-in-residence at the Homestead National Monument (part of the National Park Service) in Summer 2014. She is a Wisconsin native and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Lia Greenwell is the recipient of scholarships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Lia has recently contributed poems to Painted Bride Quarterly, Witness, and Flyway. Originally from the Midwest, she currently lives in North Carolina where she is the 2015-2016 Joan Beebe Teaching Fellow at Warren Wilson College.
Benjamin Gucciardi’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion, Talking River, Terrain.org, The California Journal of Poetics, and The Rappahannock Review. He is a winner of the 2013 Dorothy Rosenberg Memorial Prize. In addition to writing, Benjamin works with refugee and immigrant youth in Oakland, California through Soccer Without Borders, an organization he founded in 2006.
Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the author of The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press), eight previous small press collections, and the online chapbook, Season of Change (Mudlark No. 46). Her work has appeared in many anthologies and in print and online journals at home and abroad.
Bill King teaches creative writing and literature at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. His most recent poetry has appeared in Kestrel; Appalachian Heritage; Naugatuck River Review; A Narrow Fellow Journal of Poetry; Revolution John; Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poetry (Negative Capability Press), and others. He enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, birds, dogs, water, and old-time music.
Karina Lutz is a workshop leader, teacher, and sustainable energy activist living in Rhode Island. She has been instrumental in the passage of energy and environmental legislation in Rhode Island, thwarting a proposed megaport in Narragansett Bay, and rewilding wetlands in the Blackstone Valley. Her first book of poems, Preliminary Visions, received an honorable mention from Homebound Publications Poetry Prize in 2013.
Christopher Martin is author of three poetry chapbooks: Marcescence (Finishing Line Press, 2014), Everything Turns Away (La Vita Poetica Press, 2014), and A Conference of Birds (New Native Press, 2012). His work has appeared in such publications as American Public Media’s On Being blog, Broad River Review, Buddhist Poetry Review, Shambhala Sun, Still: The Journal, Thrush Poetry Journal, and Waccamaw, among others. Chris is the editor of Flycatcher, a contributing editor at New Southerner, and winner of the 2014 George Scarbrough Award for Poetry. He lives with his family in northwest Georgia, between the Allatoona Range and Kennesaw Mountain.
Jérôme Luc Martin grew up in California and Provence. He studied poetry at Harvard, Cambridge and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and he now lives in London. His first book of poems, The Gardening Fires, will be published by The Waywiser Press in autumn 2015.
Rajiv Mohabir received the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his first full-length collection, The Taxidermist’s Cut (Spring 2016), the 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award, the Kundiman Prize for The Cowherd’s Son, and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. His fellowships are from Voices of Our Nation’s Artist Foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. His poetry and translations are internationally published or forthcoming from journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Quarterly West, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Anti-, Great River Review, PANK, and Aufgabe. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from at Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor-in-Chief of Ozone Park Journal. Currently he is pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i, where he teaches poetry and composition.
Peggy Morrison is a California poet who grew up in Long Beach, then raised her daughter in Watsonville while working as a bilingual teacher. She is currently living and working in San Francisco. She can be seen reading her poem “Beach Street” on the San Francisco Open Mic Poetry TV Show.
Jami Proctor Xu (徐贞敏) is a poet, translator, essayist, and mother. She currently divides her time between China and Northern California. Her chapbook of Chinese poems, 轻轻的闪光 (Shimmers) was published in 2013 as part of the EMS: Dushi Poetry Series; she published a chapbook of English poems, Hummingbird Ignites a Star in 2014, and her full-length Chinese collection 突然起舞 (Suddenly Starting to Dance) is forthcoming from Yi Press in 2015. She is a 2013 recipient of a Zhujiang Poetry Award for a non-Chinese poet who has made a contribution to contemporary Chinese poetry.
Caitlin Pryor’s poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Gulf Coast, Cold Mountain Review, Redivider, Nimrod, The Mississippi Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of The Mississippi Review Prize, The Ron McFarland Prize for Poetry, and an Avery Hopwood Award. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MFA from The New School, and a PhD from The University of North Texas, where she is currently a lecturer in the Department of English.
Bernard Quetchenbach lives in Billings, Montana. His poems, essays, and articles have appeared in a variety of periodicals and anthologies. His most recent book is The Hermit’s Place, a collection of poems from Wild Leaf Press.
Janie Stapleton is a California-based watercolorist. Her work comes from the time she spends in wilderness areas studying the natural world through primitive survivals skills and a background in botanical medicine.
Laura-Gray Street is the author of Pigment and Fume (Salmon Poetry) and co-editor with Ann Fisher-Wirth of The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity UP). Her work has appeared in The Colorado Review, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Terrain.org, Shenandoah, Blackbird, and elsewhere; and been supported by fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the VCCA, and the Artist House at St. Mary’s College in Maryland. She teaches in and directs the creative writing program at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia.
James Toupin, a native San Franciscan, is a retired government lawyer who teaches in the law school of American University in Washington, DC. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals since he began publishing in 2008, recently online through Virginia Quarterly, in Beloit Poetry Journal and in Beltway Poetry Quarterly. He is also a published translator, of Selected Letters of Alexis de Tocqueville on Politics and Society (University of California Press), and a writer on legal topics.
G. C. Waldrep’s most recent books are The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), co-edited with Joshua Corey, and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). BOA Editions released a long poem, Testament in May 2015. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
Jake Young lives in Santa Cruz, California, and received his MFA from North Carolina State University. His most recent work appears or is forthcoming in Miramar, Fjords Review, PANK, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, and the 2014 Voices Israel annual poetry anthology. Jake is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators, and he writes about food, wine and culture on his blog True Terroir: A Wine Blog. This spring he attended the 2014 Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Jake is also the poetry editor for Chicago Quarterly Review.