Andrew Mossin - Andrew Mossin is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, The Epochal Body and The Veil (both from Singing Horse Press), and Exile’s Recital, forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil Press in 2016, and a collection of critical essays, Male Subjectivity and Poetic Form in “New American Poetry (Palgrave). He is an assistant professor in the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University.
Arpine Konyalian Grenier - Arpine Konyalian Grenier comes from science, music, languages and the arts. A graduate of the American University of Beirut and Milton Avery Graduate Center for the Arts, Bard College, New York. She has authored four collections: St. Gregory’s Daughter; Whores from Samarkand; Part, Part, Euphrates; The Concession Stand: Exaptation at the Margins. Recent and forthcoming work can be found in Columbia Poetry Review, Fence, Journal of Poetics Research, The Iowa Review, to name a few. She lives and writes in Los Angeles.
Brad Garber - Brad has degrees in biology, chemistry and law. He writes, paints, draws, photographs, hunts for mushrooms and snakes, and runs around naked in the Great Northwest. Since 1991, he has published poetry, essays and weird stuff in such publications as Edge Literary Journal, Pure Slush, On the Rusk Literary Journal, Sugar Mule, Barrow Street, Smoky Blue Literary Magazine, Aji Magazine and other quality publications. 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee.
Chris Campanioni - My name is Chris and I’m a first-generation Cuban- and Polish-American writer. Today I live and write in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Almost all the photographs on view at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art’s Analogue exhibit (from artist Zoe Leonard) depict abandoned Lower East Side storefronts and their cryptic signatures that begin to form its own narrative after my reproduction and re-arrangement, either via lineation or through the breakdown of sign and syntax. In this way, the title poem reflects the exhibit it is responding to. “Yes we’re open” is an invitation to salvage and redeem, bridging New York City’s Lower East Side of the 1970s and 80s with its present, commodified and industrialized form.
Derek Owens - Derek Owens is author of Memory’s Wake (Spuyten Duyvil) and several books on the teaching of composition. A professor of English and director of the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John’s University, he is currently pursuing an MFA in creative practice at the Transart Institute. Information on his artwork and writing can be found at derekowens.net.
Glen Armstrong - Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has three recent chapbooks: Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit and Cloudbank.
Ira Joel Haber - Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Everson Museum of Art, & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Since 2007 His paintings, drawings, photographs and collages have been published in over 230 on line and print magazines. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Pollock-Krasner grants, the Adolph Gottlieb Foundation grant and, in 2010, he received a grant from Artists' Fellowship Inc. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at The United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.
Janis Butler Holm - Janis Butler Holm lives in Athens, Ohio, where she has served as Associate Editor for Wide Angle, the film journal. Her prose, poems, and performance pieces have appeared in small-press, national, and international magazines. Her sound poems have been featured in the inaugural edition of Best American Experimental Writing, edited by Cole Swensen.
John McKernan - John McKernan – who grew up in Omaha Nebraska in the middle of the USA– is now retired after teaching 41 years at Marshall University. He lives in Florida and West Virginia His most recent book is a selected poems Resurrection of the Dust. He has published poems in The Antioch Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Journal, Antioch Review, Guernica, Field and many other magazines.
Laura Madeline Wiseman - Laura Madeline Wiseman’s recent books are An Apparently Impossible Adventure (BlazeVOX Books), Wake (Aldrich Press), and Leaves of Absence(Red Dashboard). She teaches in Nebraska. Her collaborative book Intimates and Fools (Les Femmes Folles) with artist Sally Brown Deskins, is an Honor Book for the 2015 Nebraska Book Award. Her essay on long distance cycling "Seven Cities of Good" is an honorable mention for the Pacific Literary Review's 2015 Creative Nonfiction Award.
Laurie Stone – Laurie Stone's next book My Life as an Animal, Stories will be published this October by Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. Her story "When People Fall, I Laugh" appears in the current issue of Fence. You can find out more on her website: Lstonehere.wordpress.com.
Madiha Khan - Madiha Khan is Pakistani-Canadian writer from Windsor, Ontario. She likes to write about the unique experiences of the immigrant millennial generation in western society. In her free time, she enjoys biking in forests, and meditating at inconvenient times. Her works have previously appeared in BlazeVox, Bombay Literary Magazine, Corium, and Literary Orphans.
Megan Kellerman - Meg lives in Jersey City and holds an MFA from The New School. She has had poems appear in The Squawk Back, Neon, Emerge, and on the Best American Poetry blog, among others.
Michael Rerick - Michael Rerick lives and teaches in Portland, OR. Work recently appears at Coconut, Cosmonauts Avenue, H_NGM_N,Indefinite Space, MadHat, Marsh Hawk Review, Ping Pong, Tarpaulin Sky, and Zoomoozophone. He is also the author ofIn Ways Impossible to Fold, morefrom, The Kingdom of Blizzards, and X-Ray.
Michelle Murphy - Michelle Murphy lives in Reno, Nevada. She is the author of the chapbook The Tongue in its Shelf (Standing Stones Press) and a full-length collection, Jackknife & Light, (Avec Books) which was shortlisted for the National Poetry Series as well as the PEN West Literary Award. Poems have appeared in numerous online and in print publications including Zen Monster, ZYZZYVA, Five Fingers Review, and forthcoming in VERSE as a finalist for the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize.
She has worked in collaboration with composer Erling Wold, choreographer Cid Pearlman’s dance company Nesting Dolls, and singer Laurie Amat in performances at ODC in San Francisco.
Nels Hanson - Nels Hanson grew up on a small farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California and has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 12, and 2014. Poems appeared in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review and other magazines and received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.
Petra Kuppers - Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist and a teacher at the University of Michigan and in the MFA Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Collections include Cripple Poetics: A Love Story, with Neil Marcus and Lisa Steichmann (Homofactus: 2008), and Pearl Stitch (Spuyten Duyvil: 2016). Poems and stories have appeared in PANK, Adrienne, Visionary Tongue, Wordgathering, Beauty is a Verb: New Poetics of Disability, textsound, Streetnotes, Festival Writer, Accessing the Future.
Rob Cook - Rob Cook lives in New York City’s East Village. He is the author of six collections, including a book-length poem, Blueprints for a Genocide (Spuyten Duyvil, 2012), Empire in the Shade of a Grass Blade (Bitter Oleander Press, 2013), The Undermining of the Democratic Club (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), and Asking My Liver for Forgiveness (Rain Mountain Press, 2014). Work has appeared or will appear in Sugar House Review, Versal, Bomb, Rhino, Hotel Amerika, Birmingham Poetry Review, Caliban, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Toad Suck Review, Dalhousie Review, Verse, Quiddity, Antioch Review, etc.
S. Cearley - S Cearley is a former professor of philosophy and AI researcher in computer-derived writing. He currently lives eight inches above a river watching ducks, otters and herons. His major influence is from the background of human-computer interaction, learning from each other and forming new methods of creating imagery in the natural and synthetic mind. S Cearley's chapbook "The Travesties of Plato" was published by Spacecraft Press in Sept '15; other pieces were previously published in 45th Parallel, A Bad Penny, The Los Angeles Review, Lockjaw, Entropy, and Floating Bridge Review.
Sayuri Yamada - I was born in Japan and came to England in 2003 after searching a country to live permanently in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and French Polynesia for ten years. I finished studying Creative and Critical Writing in a postgraduate course at the University of Winchester in September, 2011. I have published my stories in twenty-four magazines both in the UK and the US. One of them, ‘Killing Me Softly’, is published at Gray Sparrow, which won an award for the Best New Literary Journal of the Year from the Council of Editors of Learned Journal. Another one, ‘A Fat Mermaid’, is published at First Edition, sold at W.H. Smith.
Shahé Mankerian - Shahé Mankerian's most recent manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist at four prestigious competitions: the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the 2013 Bibby First Book Competition, the Quercus Review Press, Fall Poetry Book Award, 2013, and the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Mizna.
Travis Macdonald - Travis Macdonald is the author of two full-length books of procedural poetry – The O Mission Repo [vol.1], an erasure of The 9/11 Commission Report and Nostradamus, an N+7 treatment of Nostradamus’ quatrains. In his spare time, he co-edits Fact-Simile Editions (www.fact-simile.com) with his wife JenMarie. In 2014, Travis was the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Literature. He is happy to be here with you.