Contributors

Scott Abels is the author of the chapbooks Nebraska Fantastic (Beard of Bees, 2011) and A State of the Union Speech (Beard of Bees, 2015).

Lucy Adkins is the author of the chapbook One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife (Pudding House).

Liz Ahl‘s first chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, won the 2008 Slapering Hol chapbook contest; a second chapbook, Luck, was published in 2010 by Pecan Grove Press. In 2012, Talking About the Weather will be published by Seven Kitchens Press. In 2002, a limited edition (30) collection of poetry, On The Avenue of Eternal Peace, was designed and printed by book artist Joe Ruffo (Lyra Press) and beautifully bound by Denise Brady.

Wendy Barker is the author of the chapbooks Eve Remembers (Aark Arts, 1996), Between Frames (Pecan Grove, 2005), and Things of the Weather (Pudding House, 2009). She is a recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Rockefeller residency fellowship at Bellagio and the Mary Elinore Smith Poetry Prize from The American Scholar. She serves as poetry editor of Persimmon Tree, An Online Journal of the Arts for Women Over Sixty.

Margaret Bashaar’s second chapbook, Letters From Room 27 of the Grand Midway Hotel, was published by Blood Pudding Press in 2011. She currently edits Hyacinth Girl Press and occasionally runs a poetry reading here and there.

Grace Bauer is the author of the chapbooks Where You’ve Seen Her (Pennywhistle Press), The House Where I’ve Never Lived (Anabiosis Press), and Field Guide to the Ineffable: Poems on Marcel Duchamp (Snail’s Pace Press).

DeMisty D. Bellinger, a Milwaukee native, teaches Creative Writing, Women’s Studies, and African-American Studies at Fitchburg State University. She is the author of Rubbing Elbows from Finishing Line Press. Her most recent poems can be found in Blue Fifth Review and Boston Accent Lit.​ demistybellinger.com

Andrea Blythe graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Modern Literature. Her poetry has appeared in several publications, including Nonbinary Review, Linden Avenue, Chiaroscuro (ChiZine), Strange Horizons, Perigee, Bear Creek Haiku, and Chinquapinwww.andreablythe.com.

Kristy Bowen is the author of several book, chapbook, and zine projects, including shipwrecks of lake michigan, havoc, and in the bird museum. She lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio.

Julie Brooks Barbour is the author of Small Chimes (2014) and two chapbooks: Earth Lust (2014) and Come To Me and Drink (2012). She is an Associate Poetry Editor at Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and Poetry Editor of Border Crossing. She teaches composition and creative writing at Lake Superior State University.

Amanda N. Butler is the author of Tabeau Vivant (Dancing Girl Press, 2015).

Susana H. Case is the author of the chapbooks The Scottish Café (Slapering Hol Press), Anthropologist In Ohio (Main Street Rag Publishing Company), The Cost Of Heat (Pecan Grove Press), and Manual of Practical Sexual Advice (Kattywompus Press).  An English-Polish reprint of The Scottish Café, Kawiarnia Szkocka, was published by Opole University Press in Poland. http://iris.nyit.edu/~shcase/.

Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the chapbook, All Day, Talking published by Dancing Girl Press (2014). She holds a PhD in English with a focus in poetry and Ethnic Studies from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. A selection from her chapbook manuscript All Day, Talking won the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship in 2013. She is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. www.sarahachavez.com

Robert Cole is the author of the collaborative chapbook Mutant Neuron Codex Swarm with Juliet Cook.

Juliet Cook‘s chapbooks include The Laura Poems (Blood Pudding Press, 2006), Girl Gang (Blood Pudding Press, 2007), Planchette (Blood Pudding Press, 2008), Gingerbread Girl (Trainwreck Press, 2008), Projectile Vomit (Scantily Clad Press, 2008), Mondo Crampo (Dusie Kollektiv 3, 2009), Pink Leotard & Shock Collar (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2009), Tongue Like a Stinger (Wheelhouse, 2009), Fondant Pig Angst (Slash Pine Press, 2009), Soft Foam (Blood Pudding Press for Dusie Kollektiv 4, 2010), Post-Stroke (Blood Pudding Press for Dusie Kollektiv 5, 2011), Thirteen Designer Vaginas (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2011), and Poisonous Beautyskull Lollipop (Grey Book Press, 2013).

Gillian Cummings is the author of the chapbooks Spirits of the Humid Cloud (Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and Petals as an Offering in Darkness (Finishing Line Press, 2014).

Raylyn Clacher is the author of the chapbook All of Her Leaves (Dancing Girl Press, 2015).

Julie Danho’s chapbook, Six Portraits, won the 2013 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. Her poems and essays have appeared in Barrow StreetMid-American ReviewWest BranchSouthern Poetry Review, and Bellingham Review, among other journals. She received an M.F.A. from Ohio State University and has been awarded fellowships in poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. juliedanho.weebly.com.

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of ten books and chapbooks, which include Melancholia (An Essay) (Ravenna Press, 2012), Petrarchan (BlazeVOX Books, 2013), and (with Carol Guess) X Marks the Dress: A Registry (Gold Wake Press, 2014).

Laura E. Davis is the Founding Editor of Weave Magazine. Her poem “Widowing” won the 2011 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest, judged by Dorianne Laux. She is the author of the chapbook Braiding the Storm.

Cat Dixon‘s work has appeared in Sugar House Review, Midwest Quarterly Review, Coe Review, Eclectica among others. Her full-length poetry book Too Heavy to Carry was published in 2014 by Stephen F. Austin University Press, and her chapbook Our End Has Brought the Spring was published by Finishing Line Press.

Mary Stone Dockery is the author of the chapbooks  Aching Buttons, Blink Finch, and The Dopamine Letters (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Honey and Bandages (co-written with Katie Longofono, forthcoming from Folded Word Press). She coordinates the First Thursday Poetry Reading Series in St. Joseph, MO, where she also teaches English and co-edits Stone Highway Review.

Meg Eden is the author of the chapbooks Your Son (NFSPS), Rotary Phones and Facebook (Dancing Girl Press), The Girl Who Came Back (Red Bird Chapbooks), and A Week With Beijing (NEON).

Dennis Etzel, Jr. is the author of the chapbook The Sum of Two Mothers (2013).

Kelly Fordon is the author of three chapbook, On the Street Where We Live, which on the 2012 Standing Rock Chapbook Competition, Tell Me When it Starts to Hurt, published by Kattywompus Press in 2013 and The Witness published by Kattywompus Press in 2016. She is also the author of a Michigan Notable Book Garden for the Blind, published by Wayne State University Press in 2015.

Jennifer Franklin‘s chapbook, Persephone’s Ransom (Finishing Line Press) was published in September 2011. Franklin is co-editor of Slapering Hol Press, the small press imprint of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center. She teaches poetry workshops and seminars at The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and lives in New York City. jenniferfranklinpoetry.com

Megan Gannon is the author of the chapbook The Witches’ Index: Spells, Incantations, and Poems.

Geoffrey Gatza is the author many books of poetry, including Apollo (BlazeVOX 2014), Secrets of my Prison House (BlazeVOX 2010) Kenmore: Poem Unlimited (Casa Menendez 2009) and HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children (Meritage Press 2008).

Joshua Gray is the author of the chapbook Mera Bharat (Red Dashboard).

Laura Goldstein is the author of the chapbook Let Her from Dancing Girl Press, and chapbook, Inventory, from Sona Books. She currently co-curates the Red Rover reading series with Jennifer Karmin and teaches Writing and Literature at Loyola University.

Elizabeth Harper‘s DIY chapbook is Tender Bonbons.

Jeffrey Hecker is the author of Rumble Seat (San Francisco Bay Press, 2011) and the chapbook Hornbook (Horse Less Press, 2012). He resides in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia

Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink, 2013), as well as a chapbook, To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Currently a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, she serves as Managing Editor for The South Dakota Review.

Michael Henson is the author the chapbook Timothy Weatherstone (Overtime).

Amorak Huey is the author of the chapbook The Insomniac Circus from Hyacinth Girl.

Liz Kay is the author of the chapbook Something to Help Me Sleep (Dancing Girl Press, 2012).

Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of  the chapbooks  Garnet Lanterns, winner of the Anabiosis Press Prize (2005) and Darling Hands, Darling Tongue (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013), and the full-length collections are both from Mayapple Press: No Eden (2011) and Book of Asters (2014). sallyrosenkindred.com

Alyse Knorr is the author of Alternates (Dancing Girl Press, 2014).

Greg Kosmicki is the author of the chapbooks The Patron Saint of Lost and Found (Lone Willow Press, 2003), For My Son in a Motel Room (Sandhills Press), when there wasn’t any war (The Backwaters Press, 1987), tables, chairs, wall, window (Sandhills Press, 2000), and Greatest Hits 1975-2000 (Pudding House Publications, 2001).

Marianne Kunkel is the author of the chapbook The Laughing Game.

Steve Langan is the author of the chapbook Notes on Exile (The Backwaters Press, 2005), winner of the The Weldon Kees Award 2004.

Ellaraine Lockie‘s tenth chapbook, Coffee House Confessions, was released from Silver Birch Press. Ellaraine serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh.

Lindsay Lusby is the author of the chapbook Imago (Dancing Girl Press, 2014).

Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence (Sundress Publications). Her first volume, The Canopy, won Midwest Writing Center’s Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest.

Clif Mason‘s poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, New Millennium Writings, Orbis, and in From the Dead Before, a Lone Willow Press chapbook. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and he has been the recipient of a Fulbright Award to Rwanda, Africa.

Beth McDermott is the author of How to Leave a Farmhouse (Porkbelly Press, 2015).

Nicci Mechler (MA English & BFA Studio Art, Northern Kentucky University) splits her time between writing, bookbinding, and drawing girls with inky tattoos. Her work has appeared in such magazines as Arroyo Literary Review, The Pinch, Roanoke Review, Stone Telling, and Kestrel.

Jenn Monroe is the author of the chapbook Something More Like Love (2012, Finishing Line Press). A Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has been published in a number of journals, both online and in print, and is forthcoming in Tower Journal and Dressing Room Poetry Journal.

Amy Monticello is the author of the chapbook Close Quarters. She is a regular contributor at The Nervous Breakdown, and maintains an essay called Ten Square Miles. www.amymonticello.com.

David O’Connel earned an M.F.A. from Ohio State University and taught high school English for nearly a decade. His poems have been published in Columbia Poetry Review, North American Review, Poet Lore, and Rattle, among other journals. He’s received two fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Wendy Oleson is the author of the chapbook Our Daughter and Other Stories. Her stories, poems, and hybrid texts appear/are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Calyx, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing online for the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension and is an Associate Prose Editor for Fairy Tale Review and Memorious Magazine.

Katie Phillips is the author of the chapbook Driving Montana, Alone, (winner of the Slapering Hol Press 2010 Chapbook Competition).

Cati Porter is the author Seven Floors Up (Mayapple Press), the chapbooks small fruit songs (Pudding House) and (al)most delicious (dancing girl press), and the illustrated e-chapbook what Desire makes of uswww. catiporter.com

Sarah Reck’s short stories and poetry have appeared in The Tributary, Elephant Tree, and Make It So: Poetry Inspired by Star Trek The Next Generation chapbook. SarahReck.com.

Todd Robinson‘s chapbook, Note at Heart Rock, was runner-up in the 2012 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest.

Lynn Schmeidler’s Curiouser & Curiouser won the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook prize. She teaches privately and at the Hudson Valley Writers Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Barbara Schmitz is the author of the chapbooks The Lives if the Saints (Sandhills), The Upside Down Heart (Sandhills), and What Bob Says (Pudding House).

Brenda Sieczkowski’s chapbooks are Wonder Girl in Monster Land,  published in 2012 by dancing girl press and , Fallout & Flotation Devices, published by Little Red Leaves. Like Oysters Observing the Sun, her first full-length collection, was released by Black Lawrence Press.

Tyler Robert Sheldon is the author of First Breaths of Arrival (Oil Hill Press, 2016) and Traumas (Yellow Flag Press, 2017). His poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in Quiddity International Literary Journal, The Midwest Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, and other venues.

Allie Shyer‘s chapbook is Notes on Young. She writer and artist living in Chicago and is a member of 3rd-Language art collective. 

Michael Skau is the author of a two books of literary criticism, a full-length book of poetry, and the chapbook of poetry, Me and God Poems (Brady Press, 1990).

Sarah J. Sloat has published four chapbooks: In the Voice of a Minor Saint (Tilt Press/out of print), Excuse me while I wring this long swim out of my hair (Dancing Girl Press), Homebodies (Hyacinth Girl Press), and Inksuite (Dancing Girl Press).

Bud Smith is the author of the novels, F 250 and Tollbooth, the short story collection Or Something Like That and the poetry collection Everything Neon.

J. Hope Stein is the author of the chapbooks [Talking Doll]:  (Dancing Girl Press), Corner Office (H_NGM_N BKS) and [Mary]:  (Hyacinth Girl Press). Her chapbook Light’s Golden Jubilee was a finalist in the 2011 Ahsahta Chapbook Contest.  J. Hope Stein is also the author of poetry/humor site eecattings.com, editor of poetrycrush.com.

Margo Taft Stever’s chapbook, The Hudson Line, was a 2012 editor’s choice for Main Street Review. Her full-length book, Frozen Spring (2002), was the winner of the Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry. Her chapbook, Reading the Night Sky (Introduction by Denise Levertov), won the 1996 Riverstone Poetry Chapbook Competition. She is the founder of The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center (www.writerscenter.org) and the founding editor of the Slapering Hol Press.

Rachel Trousdale is the author of Antiphonal Fugue for Marx Brothers, Elephant, and Slide Trombone (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She is also the author of a scholarly book, Nabokov, Rushdie, and the Transnational Imagination, and is now working on a book on humor in modern poetry.

Meg Tuite is the fiction editor of The Santa Fe Literary Review and Connotation Press. Her chapbook, Disparate Pathos, is available (2012) through Monkey Puzzle Press. http://megtuite.wordpress.com.

Abigail Welhouse is the author of the chapbook Bad Baby (dancing girl press, 2015). She holds an MFA from the City College of New York, sends Secret Poems at tinyletter.com/welhouse, and would like to talk to you on Twitter: @welhouse.

Allyson Whipple is the director of the Austin Feminist Poetry Festival and co-editor of the 2016 Texas Poetry Calendar. She is the author of the chapbook We’re Smaller Than We Think We Are and co-creator of Choice:Texas.

Sarah Ann Winn’s chapbook, Portage, is available as a free download from Sundress Publications. Porkbelly will be releasing her micro chapbook, Haunting the Last House on Holland Island, in Summer of 2016.  http://bluebirdwords.com or @blueaisling.

Cecilia Woloch is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Carpathia (BOA Editions 2009). Her chapbook Earth (Two Sylvias Press, 2014) won the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize. Her chapbook Narcissus (Tupelo Press 2008) won the Snowbound Series Chapbook Award. The founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild and The Paris Poetry Workshop, she has also served on the faculties of a number of creative writing programs and teaches independently throughout the U.S. and around the world.