J.L. Conrad’s first full-length collection of poems, A Cartography of Birds, was published by Louisiana State University Press (2002). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Anti-, H_NGM_N, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Mid-American Review, The Southeast Review, Third Coast, and Forklift, Ohio and elswhere. She lives in Madison, WI where she is working toward her PhD in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Geri Doran’s second collection of poems, Sanderlings, was published by Tupelo Press in 2011. An audio recording of the book is forthcoming. She has received the Walt Whitman Award, a Stegner Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.
American poet Annie Finch is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, plays, translation, literary essays, textbooks and anthologies. Finch has been celebrated as “a major poet” (Charles Altieri) and “an American orginal” (Ron Siliman), one who “occupies a unique place in American poetry” (Molly Peacock). Finch’s poetry collections include Eve, Calendars, Among the Goddesses, and most recently Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2013).
Finch’s work has been honored with the Sarasvati Award and the Robert Fitzgerald Award. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Agni, Field, Hudson Review, Harvard Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry, American Scholar, Yale Review, Partisan Review, and Paris Review and in anthologies including The Norton Anthology of World Poetry and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Her creative collaborations have been produced at Carnegie Hall, the Spoleto Festival, and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her translation of the Complete Poems of Louise Labe was honored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Her books of poetics include Villanelles, The Ghost of Meter, The Body of Poetry, and A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry.
Becky Hagenston’s first collection of stories, A Gram of Mars, won Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize; her second collection, Strange Weather, won the Spokane Prize and was published by Press 53. Her work has appeared in Indiana Review, Crazyhorse, Subtropics, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southern Review, and many other journals, as well as the O. Henry anthology. She is an Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University.
R. Nemo Hill:
R. Nemo Hill is the author, in collaboration with painter Jeanne Hedstrom, of an illustrated novel, Pilgrim’s Feather (Quantuck Lane Press, 2002), a narrative poem based upon a short story by H.P. Lovecraft, The Strange Music of Erich Zann (Hippocampus Press, 2004), and a chapbook, Prolegomena To An Essay On Satire (Modern Metrics, 2006). His full-length poetry collection, When Men Bow Down, was published in 2012 by Dos Madres Press. His work has appeared such print and online journals as Poetry, American Arts Quarterly, Anon, Soundzine, and Shit Creek Review. He is the editor of EXOT BOOKS, and his ‘travel’ blog can be accessed at www.rnemohill.typepad.com.
Richie McCaffery is the author of one pamphlet, Spinning Plates, from HappenStance Press and his first book-length collection of poetry is due out this year from Nine Arches Press.
Ben Parker’s debut pamphlet, The Escape Artists, was published by tall-lighthouse and shortlisted for the 2013 Michael Marks Award.
Alexandra Salerno’s fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, One Teen Story, Harpur Palate, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. She has also written reviews and criticism for the Slate Brow Beat Blog and Fourth Genre. Alexandra is originally from Tuckahoe, New York, and lives in Ohio.
Jon Stone was born in Derby and currently lives in London. His collection School of Forgery (Salt, 2012) was a Poetry Book Society recommendation and he won a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2012. He co-runs Sidekick Books, a small press focused on publishing collaborative projects and anthologies, and recently co-edited a book of bumper book of computer game poems, Coin Opera 2: Fulminare’s Revenge. www.gojonstonego.com for more info.