Peter Leight

Peter Leight’s poems have appeared in Paris Review, AGNI, FIELD, Beloit Poetry Review, Raritan, Matter, and other magazines.

Marc Alan Di Martino

Marc Alan Di Martino is from the United States. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, The New Yorker, Gravel, The Flatbush Review, Verse Virtual, Free Inquiry, and many other places. He currently lives in Italy.

Emily Wall

Emily Wall, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Alaska, is the author of two full-length collections, Letters from Mary and With Reverence, both from Salmon Press. A third book, Breaking into Air, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. She has been published in a wide variety of literary journals in the US and Canada, most recently in Prairie Schooner and Alaska Quarterly Review. Emily lives and writes in Juneau, Alaska.

Marty Krasney

Marty Krasney has spent most of his professional life in the management of not-for-profit organizations devoted to communications across differences and reimagining leadership, most recently as executive director, since 2010, of Dalai Lama Fellows. He was an English major at Princeton (where his teachers included George Garrett and Edmund Keeley) and pursued graduate work at Michigan, Stanford, and Harvard Business School. He has had poetry published in Tricycle Magazine, and fiction in the Marlboro Review, the Missouri Review, Witness, and frequently in the British journal Areté. [Disclosure: Marty was the editor's freshman roommate in college.]

Bruce Guernsey

Bruce Guernsey’s poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, and The American Scholar. Among his collections of poetry are January Thaw from University of Pittsburgh Press and From Rain: Poems 1970-2010 from Ecco Qua Press. He is a former editor of The Spoon River Poetry Review and the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the McDowell Colony, and the Illinois Arts Council. Guernsey has been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Poetry in Portugal and Greece. He has also twice sailed around the world as a faculty member with Semester at Sea.

Elise Hempel

Elise Hempel is the author of one full length collection of poems, Second Rain (Able Muse Press, 2016). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry, Measure, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and The Midwest Quarterly, as well as in Poetry Daily and Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. Her awards include an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the 2015 Able Muse Write Prize in Poetry, the 2016 String Poet Prize, and the 2017 No Chair Press Chapbook Contest. She grew up in suburban Chicago and has worked as an editor, proofreader, copywriter and university English instructor. She lives in central Illinois.

Bruce Bennett

Bruce Bennett is the author of ten books of poetry and more than thirty poetry chapbooks. His most recent book is Just Another Day in Just Our Town, Poems: New and Selected, 2000-2016 (Orchises Press, 2017), and his most recent chapbook is A Man Rode Into Town, (FootHills Publishing, 2018). He is Professor Emeritus of English at Wells College in Aurora, New York. His poetry website is

Ann Lovett

Ann Lovett is a poet and visual artist living in Ashland, Oregon. She holds an MFA in
Printmaking from Tyler School of Art and an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson
College. Recent publications include the Bellevue Literary Review, Arkana, Wolfpack
Press, Gyroscope Review, Shawangunk Review
, and an anthology, The Writers Studio
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Margot Farrington

Margot Farrington is the author of three collections, most recently Scanning For Tigers. Recent credits include poems in Ekphrasis and the anthology Like Light (Bright Hill Press). Farrington has read and performed widely in the U.S. and abroad in Great Britain, Wales, France, and The Netherlands. The recipient of fellowships and awards, her work has also been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is founder and director of Writers At The Eyrie.

Cathryn Essinger

Cathryn Essinger is the author of three books of poetry—A Desk in the Elephant House, from Texas Tech University Press, My Dog Does Not Read Plato and What I Know About Innocence, both from Main Street Rag. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, Antioch Review, The New England Review, as well as PANK, Spillway, and Midwest Gothic among others. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcarts and “Best of the Net,” featured on The Writer’s Almanac, and reprinted in American Life in Poetry. She is currently writing about the WWII generation and working on a collection of poems about Monarch butterflies, hoping to preserve the annual migration from the Midwest to Mexico.

Myrna Stone

Myrna Stone’s most recent book is Luz Bones (Etruscan Press, 2017). Before that, she published In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father (2014) and The Casanova Chronicles (2011), both of which were finalists for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have most recently appeared in River Styx and Nimrod.

Barbara Crooker

Barbara Crooker is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently, Some Glad Morning (Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in many anthologies, including The Bedford Introduction to Literature; Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania; The Poetry of Presence and Nasty Women: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse.

Roger Pfingston

Roger Pfingston has poems in recent issues of I-70 Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, Shot Glass Journal, U.S. 1 Worksheets, and Last Call/The Anthology of Beer, Wine & Spirits Poetry from World Enough Writers. His chapbook, A Day Marked for Telling, is available from Finishing Line Press.

Laura Manuelidis

Laura Manuelidis is a physician and neuroscientist at Yale who found how repeated DNA sequences define chromosome folding and structure. She is the author of two books of poems: Out of Order (iUniverse, 2007) and One / divided by Zero: poems (CreateSpace, 2014). Her work, which appears in Oxford Poetry, The Nation, and Evergreen Review, has been nominated for Pushcart prizes. She continues to investigate infectious causes of dementia and to publish scientific articles and other essays.

Judith Bowles

Judith Bowles’ new collection, Unlocatable Source, is forthcoming in July 2019. She was recently the featured poet at the Bloedel Reserve in Bainbridge, Washington, in April, 2018, as part of the National Poetry Month celebration.

John Allman

John Allman has published eight books and two books of short stories. His latest books are Algorithms (prose poems) (2012) and A Fine Romance (short stories) (2016), both published by Quale Press. He has recently completed work on his 9th book of poems, Deep Breath: New & Selected Poems 2004-2017.

Cody Walker

Cody Walker’s most recent poetry collection, The Trumpiad, was published by Waywiser in 2017. (The book doubles as an ACLU fundraiser.) He’s also the author of two earlier collections: The Self-Styled No-Child (Waywiser, 2016) and Shuffle and Breakdown (Waywiser, 2008). His work appears in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and The Best American Poetry (2015 and 2007). He lives in Ann Arbor, where he teaches English at the University of Michigan and co-directs the Bear River Writers’ Conference.

David Lee Garrison

David Lee Garrison was named Ohio Poet of the Year in 2014 for his book, Playing Bach in the DC Metro, the title poem of which was featured by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser on his website, “American Life in Poetry,” and read on the BBC in London.  His latest is Carpeing the Diem: Poems about High School (Dos Madres Press).

Laurie Lamon

Laurie Lamon is the author of two poetry collections, both published by CavanKerry Press: The Fork Without Hunger, and Without Wings. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Plume, Ploughshares, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, The Literary Review, and others. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and was selected by Donald Hall as a Witter Bynner Fellow in 2007. She holds the Amy Ryan Endowed professorship at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and she is poetry editor for the literary journal Rock & Sling.

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