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Contributors Fall 2012

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greenpoint1, ∫ Kati Vilim.
Kati Vilim lives and works in New Jersey. She received her MFA from both the University of Fine Arts in Budapest, Hungary, and Montclair State University in New Jersey. In her work, which has been shown at galleries and art institutions in the United States and Europe, she investigates visual culture as abstract system, creating new content based on the combination of algorithm, color theory, and structures composed of ratio and rhythm. Her media range from traditional techniques like oil painting, print, and drawing to electric light installation and digital animation. Her website is www.kativilim.com.

Prose 

Dinah Cox has published or has stories forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Flyway, Folio, and others.
Ted Kehoe is the recipient of a Teaching/Writing fellowship from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is a native of Boston, Massachusetts.
Don Lago is the author of three books of creative nonfiction, including On the Viking Trail: Travels in Scandinavian America (U of Iowa P) and Starchild: The Human Meanings of the Big Bang Cosmos (Plain View P). His essays exploring nature and astronomy have been published in Orion, Astronomy, North American Review, Antioch Review, and elsewhere.
Brian James Schill is a North Dakota native. He teaches a variety of courses for the University of North Dakota Honors Program. His scholarship and creative nonfiction have appeared in Clamor, Punk Planet, Extra!, Anarchist Studies, and elsewhere.

Poetry 

Meena Alexander has published six volumes of poetry, including Illiterate Heart (winner of the pen Open Book Award), Raw Silk, and Quickly Changing River. Her memoir Fault Lines was picked as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of the year. Her volume of essays Poetics of Dislocation appears in the Michigan Poets on Poetry series. She has received awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation (for a residency at Bellagio), and the Arts Council of England.
Ellen Bass’s poetry books include The Human Line (Copper Canyon P) and Mules of Love (boa Editions). Her poems have been published in The Atlantic, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, New Republic, and many other journals. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.
John Bensko is the author of three books of poetry, The Iron City (Illinois UP), The Waterman’s Children (U of Massachussetts P), and Green Soldiers (Yale U P), as well as a story collection, Sea Dogs (Graywolf). He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Memphis.
Chana Bloch is the author of four books of poems: The Secrets of the Tribe, The Past Keeps Changing, Mrs. Dumpty, and Blood Honey. She is co-translator of the Song of Songs, The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai and his Open Closed Open, and Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch.
J. Bradley is the author of Bodies Made of Smoke (Housefire). He is the
Falconer of Fiction at NAP magazine and lives at iheartfailure.net.
Betsy Brown’s book Year of Morphines won the National Poetry Series. She
lives in Minneapolis.
Marilyn Chin’s books of poems include Rhapsody in Plain Yellow; The
Phoenix Gone, the Terrace Empty; and Dwarf Bamboo. Her new book of tales is called Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. Her work is widely anthologized and is taught in classrooms all over the world.
Trey Conatser’s poems have appeared in Copper Nickel, Seneca Review, Diagram, and other journals. He is currently a doctoral student in English where he researches and writes on British Romantic literature.
Rachel Dacus’s three collections of poetry are Earth Lessons, Femme au chapeau, and Another Circle of Delight. Her fourth collection, Gods of Water and Air (Kitsune Books), is forthcoming. Her poems, stories, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Many Mountains Moving, Rattapallax, and other journals. She lives in Walnut Creek, California, and works as a grant writer and fundraising consultant.
Joelee Dekker holds a degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University and works as a full-time manager at Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park. She spends her free time hunting, laughing, and going barefoot. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Whiskey Island, Diagram, and Albatross.
Maia Evrona writes poetry and memoir and translates literature from Yiddish into English. Her poetry and translations have appeared in Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, and The Montreal International Poetry Prize Longlist Anthology.
Max Garland is a former rural letter carrier from western Kentucky and the author of The Postal Confessions and Hunger Wide as Heaven. Poems and stories have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, Best American Short Stories, and other journals and anthologies. He lives and teaches in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Dan Gerber’s poems have been published or are accepted for publication in Poetry, The Nation, New Yorker, and Best American Poetry. His most recent
book is A Primer on Parallel Lives (Copper Canyon P). His forthcoming book is Sailing through Cassiopeia (Copper Canyon P).
Judith Harris is the author of two books of poetry from LSUPress, Atonement and The Bad Secret, and a critical book on poetry and psychoanalysis
from SUNYPress, Signifying Pain. Her recent poems have appeared in the New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, American Life in Poetry on four occasions, Southern Review, Narrative, and Boulevard.
Nadine Sabra Meyer’s first book of poems, The Anatomy Theater (Harper-
Collins), won the National Poetry Series. Her poems have won the New Letters Prize for Poetry, the 2011 Meridian Editor’s Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. New poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Southern Review, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Shenandoah, Literary Imagination, Boulevard, Nimrod, North American Review, storySouth, Missouri Review, and Blackbird. She is an assistant professor at Gettysburg College.
Joseph Millar’s three collections are Overtime, Fortune, and most recently,
Blue Rust, all available from Carnegie Mellon. He teaches in the low-residency mfa program at Pacific University.
Wendy Mnookin’s most recent book is The Moon Makes Its Own Plea (BOA
Editions). She received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and a book award from the New England Poetry Club. She teaches poetry at Emerson College and at Grub Street, a nonprofit writing program in Boston.
Travis Mossotti was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award for his first collection of poems, About the Dead (Utah State U P). His work has appeared in the Antioch Review, Manchester Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and Subtropics. He is currently a poet-in-residence at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Matthew Nienow’s latest chapbook is The End of the Folded Map. Recent
poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such venues as AGNI Online, Beloit Poetry Journal, Crazyhorse, New England Review, and Poetry Northwest. He received a 2011 Fellowship from the nea and has been awarded several scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among other grants and fellowships. He lives with his family in Port Townsend, Washington,
where he works as a boatbuilder.
Alicia Ostriker’s fifteenth collection of poetry is The Book of Life: Selected
Jewish Poems 1979–2011. Her most recent prose collection is For the Love of
God: The Bible as an Open Book. She teaches in the Drew University Low-Residency mfa Program in poetry and poetry translation.
Anzhelina Polonskaya was born in Malakhovka, a small town near Moscow. Since 1998 she has been a member of the Moscow Union of Writers and in 2003 she became a member of the Russian pen-centre. In 2004 an English version of her book A Voice was shortlisted for the 2005 Corneliu M Popescu Prize for European Poetry in Translation. Polonskaya has published translations in World Literature Today, Poetry Review, The American Poetry Review, International Poetry Review, and others.
Donna Prinzmetal has taught creative writing for more than twenty years in organizations such as Writers in the Schools, Wordstock, and early on, at ucla Extension and for California Poets in the Schools. Her work has appeared in two anthologies: Chance of a Ghost and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry.
Susan Blackwell Ramsey glories in Kalamazoo. Her book A Mind Like
This (U of Nebraska P) won the 2011 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Poetry and will be published in September.
Dana Roeser is the author of two books of poetry, Beautiful Motion and In the Truth Room, both winners of the Morse Poetry Prize. She received an
nea fellowship in 2007. Recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Laurel Review, Notre Dame Review, Blackbird, Cimarron Review, and New Ohio Review.
Max Somers was born and raised in Indiana. He holds an mfa in poetry from the University of Illinois. He has been a teacher, copywriter, and short-order cook. He also races motorcycles at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Recently, he was a runner-up for the 2012 ‘‘Discovery’’/Boston Review Poetry Prize and winner of the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize. His
work appears or is forthcoming in Fugue, Ninth Letter, [PANK], and The
Greensboro Review.
Angela Sorby is the author of Distance Learning (New Issues), Schoolroom Poets (U P of New England), and Bird Skin Coat (U of Wisconsin P), which won the Brittingham Prize and a Midwest Book Award for poetry. She teaches at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Marjorie Stelmach is the author of three volumes of poetry, most recently Bent upon Light (U of Tampa P). She served, until her recent retirement, as the director of the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Russell Thorburn is the author of Misfit Hearts (Rocky Shore Books). A
recipient of an nea Fellowship, he teaches at Northern Michigan University and is an independent manuscript editor and consultant.
Kim Triedman won the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition for her collection bathe in it or sleep, and the 2011 Ibbeston Street Press Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in Appalachia, Salamander, Albatross, Women’s Art Quarterly, and elsewhere. After the earthquake in Haiti, she developed and edited Poets for Haiti: An Anthology of Poetry and Art (Yileen P), which benefits Partners in Health. She recently acquired representation for her first novel, ‘‘The Other Room.’’
William Trowbridge’s latest poetry collection is Ship of Fool (Red Hen P).
One of the poems in it, ‘‘Roll Out the Fool,’’ is in the 2012 Pushcart Prize anthology. His other collections are The Complete Book of Kong, Flickers, O Paradise, and Enter Dark Stranger. He and rock musician Bob Walkenhorst recently released a cd titled Ship of Fool: The Musical. He is Poet Laureate of Missouri.
Nance Van Winckel’s sixth book of poems, Pacific Walkers (U of Washington P), is forthcoming. Her fourth book of linked stories, Boneland, is also forthcoming.

Reviews 

Jeff Alessandrelli lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he co-curates the Clean Part Reading Series. His recent work appears or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Columbia Poetry Review, CutBank, Boston Review, and Salt Hill.
Christina Cook’s work has most recently appeared in Dos Passos Review,
New Ohio Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Cimarron Review. Her chapbook
of poems, Lake Effect, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Christina is a contributing editor for Inertia Magazine and Cerise Press and the senior writer for the president of Dartmouth College.
Greg Kuzma’s Mountains of the Moon and Robert Frost: Six Essays in Appreciation (Stephen F. Austin State UP) are forthcoming.
Tim McBride grew up in Rochester, New York, and now works at SAS Institute in Cary, North Carolina. He has degrees from Rochester Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University, where he taught for several years. He has also worked for the Tropical Soils Research Program, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo in El Batán, Mexico. His first book of poetry is The Manageable Cold (TriQuarterly P).
Claire Harlan Orsi has published stories and essays in the Cincinnati
Review, MAYDAY, and The Believer. She is the blog and social networking
editor for Prairie Schooner.
Nick Ripatrazone is the author of two books of poetry, Oblations and This Is Not about Birds (Gold Wake P), and a forthcoming book of criticism, The Fine Delight: Postconciliar Catholic Literature (Cascade Books). His writing
has received honors from Esquire, Kenyon Review, and ESPN: The Magazine.