Carrie Fountain’s poems appear or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, Crazyhorse, and Tin House. She was a fellow at the University of Texas’ Michener Center for Writers, was Writer-in-Residence at the Frank Waters Foundation, and received Swink Magazine’s Award for Emerging Writers and the Marlboro Poetry Prize. Her first collection, Burn Lake, was selected by poet Natasha Trethewey as a winner of the 2009 National Poetry Series Award and was published in 2010 by Penguin. She teaches at St. Edward’s University.
Kimberly Grey is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Her work has appeared or will appear in Tin House, A Public Space, PN Review (London), The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Don Paterson was born in Dundee in 1963. He is the author of Nil Nil (1993), God’s Gift to Women (1997) — winner of both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize — and Landing Light (2003), which won both the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. Rain, his most recent collection, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection in 2009, the same year that he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. Find out more about Don Paterson at www.donpaterson.com
April Elisabeth Pierce was born outside of Chicago, and grew up in San Jose, California. She currently lives in the United Kingdom, where she is pursuing a DPhil in English Literature at the University of Oxford and teaching at St. Anne’s College. Her research explores connections between T.S. Eliot and early 20th century philosophy of language. In her limited free time, she writes poetry, criticism, and fiction.
Kate Potts’ debut pamphlet Whichever Music (tall-lighthouse, 2008) was a Poetry Book Society Choice and was shortlisted for a Michael Marks Award. In 2009 she received an Arts Council writer’s award and her first collection Pure Hustle was published by Bloodaxe in 2011. Her work has featured in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Kate currently works part-time as a university outreach worker and teaches creative writing for Morley College. She is working towards a PhD on dramatic radio poetry.
Ron Rash is the author of The Cove and of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at The River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O.Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.
Zachary Schomburg was born in Omaha, Neb, in 1977. He is the author of three books of poetry, and a fourth forthcoming book, The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean 2014). He is also working on a long poem called Agnes, the Elephant, a book of french translations with Alisa Heinzman, a graphic novel with Gregor Holtz, and every day recently he’s been drawing portraits of the people in his life. He co-does Octopus Books and the Bad Blood Reading Series from where he lives in Portland, Ore. He has not yet died.
David Shook is a poet, translator, and filmmaker in Los Angeles. His debut collection Our Obsidian Tongues is available from Eyewear Publishing. He’s currently translating an unwritten novella by Mario Bellatin and the selected poetry of Joaquín Pasos. He edits molossus and Phoneme Media. Watch his films on his website.
A. E. Stallings has published three collections, most recently Olives (Northwestern University Press), and a verse translation of Lucretius, “The Nature of Things.” She is an American poet who has lived in Greece since 1999. She teaches at The Athens Centre.
Patrick Toland is a graduate of the new Masters of Creative Writing in Oxford University. His most recent publications have been in Skylight 47, The Chattahoochee Review, The Irish Independent, Iota, Swamp Magazine, Fortnight Magazine, and Prairie Schooner, which nominated one of his poems for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets selection, with the full selection of poems winning the Edward Stanley Award. Recently, he was shortlisted for the Lightship Poetry Prize 2011 and was a winner of the Bodleian Science Library Poetry Competition 2011. He was selected as an emerging writer by Windows Publication in 2010 and for the 2012 Poetry Ireland Introductions. In 2013 he was nominated for the Hennessy Literary Award.