A CLOSER LOOK: Michael Collier

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 a new chapbook titled Set List (Bitchin Kitsch,) and two more scheduled for 2015: In Stone and The Most Awkward Silence of All (both Cruel Garters Press.) His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit, and Cloudbank.

Jane Blue

Jane Blue’s work appears in Blue Heron, Turtle Island Review, Connotation Press, Convergence, Pirene's Fountain, FutureCycle, The Chattahoochee Review, The Antigonish Review, and The Louisville Review. Her latest book of poems is Blood Moon (FutureCycle Press, 2014). She was born and raised in Berkeley, California but now lives near the Sacramento River with her husband, Peter Rodman.

Martha Christina

Martha Christina has published in The Bryant Literary Review, Common Ground Review, Crab Orchard Review, Main Street Rag, The Orange Room Review, and most recently in Red Eft Review. She is the author of Staying Found (Fleur-de-lis Press) and the forthcoming Against Detachment (Pecan Grove Press). She lives in Bristol, RI.

Douglas Clark

Douglas Clark is a retired nurse living in Spain. For much of his professional life he worked as a project manager of health, nutrition, and water and sanitation projects in Guatemala; Belize, Ecuador; and Haiti. He has a BA in English from Tufts University and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.

Michael Collins

Michael Collins’ poems have received Pushcart Prize nominations and appeared in more than 40 journals and magazines, including Grist, Kenning Journal, Pank, and Smartish Pace. His first chapbook, How to Sing when People Cut off your Head and Leave it Floating in the Water, won the Exact Change Press Chapbook Contest in 2014. A full-length collection, Psalmandala, was published later that year. Another chapbook, Harbor Mandala, was published this year. Visit for more.

Philip Dacey

Philip Dacey’s latest of thirteen books of poems is Church of the Adagio (Rain Mountain Press, 2014), and his previous book, Gimme Five, won the 2012 Blue Light Press Book Award. His work appears in Scribner's Best American Poetry 2014. The winner of three Pushcart Prizes, Dacey is the author of complete volumes of poems about Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Eakins, and New York City. After an eight-year post-retirement adventure as a resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, he moved in 2012 to the Lake District of Minneapolis.             

Alixa Doom

Alixa Doom has published in numerous magazines. Her chapbook manuscript, titled Cedar Crossings, was awarded the 2009 Blue Light Poetry Prize and published in 2010.  Her first full-length book of poems, A Slow Dissolve of Egrets, was published by Red Dragonfly Press in 2014.  She moved in 2011 from her home of many years in the Minnesota River Valley to South Minneapolis.

Keith Dunlap

Keith Dunlap is a former co-editor of The Columbia Review and former co-editor of Cutbank, having received his M.F.A. from the University of Montana. His poems have been accepted for publication in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Brooklyn Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Georgetown Review, Poet Lore, and Sou’wester, among other places. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife, the novelist Jenny Siler, and his daughter, Vivica.

Renee Gherity

Renee Gherity lives and writes in Washington Grove, Maryland—a small town where mail is not delivered. A retired lawyer, she has work upcoming in Poet Lore.

Claire Keyes on Barbara Crooker

Claire Keyes is the author of The Question of Rapture and the chapbook, Rising and Falling. Her new book of poems, What Diamonds Can Do, was published in 2015 by Cherry Grove Collections. Her poems and reviews have appeared most recently in Literary BohemianSugar Mule, Oberon, Crab Orchard Review, and Blackbird. She is Professor emerita at Salem State University. 

Michael Lauchlan

Michael Lauchlan’s collection, Trumbull Ave., is available from WSU Press.

Jenna Le

Jenna Le is the author of Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011), which was a Small Press Poetry Bestseller. Her poetry, fiction, essays, book criticism, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI Online, Barrow Street, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, Massachusetts Review, Measure, The Normal School Online, Pleiades, 32 Poems, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. Born in Minnesota, she now lives and works as a physician in New York.

Saundra Rose Maley on Donald Berger

Saundra Rose Maley’s first book of poems is Disappearing Act (Dryad Press, 2014). She has also published Solitary Apprenticeship: James Wright and German Poetry (Edwin Mellen Press, 1996) and, with Anne Wright, co-edited A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright (Wesleyan University Press, 2008). Her poems have appeared in Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington, D.C., Dryad, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and D.C. Perspectives. She is currently working again with Anne on a book about Wright and translation, tentatively titled, Where the Treasure Lies. She teaches Composition and Research at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Laura Manuelidis

Laura Manuelidis is a physician and neuroscientist at Yale who found how repeated DNA sequences define chromosome folding and structure. She continues to investigate infectious causes of dementia, and to publish scientific articles. She has also published a collection of poetry, entitled Out of Order, contributed to diverse literary magazines including Oxford Poetry, The Nation, and Evergreen Review, and been nominated for Pushcart prizes. These poems are from a new collection, One / divided by Zero, which has just been published. 

Judith McCombs

Earlier M’Comie/McKommie poems appear in Innisfree Poetry Journal and (Graybeal-Gowen 2012 Poetry Prize). Other poems appear in Calyx, Measure, Nimrod (Neruda Award), Poetry, Potomac Review (Poetry Prize), Prairie Schooner, and her fifth book, The Habit of Fire: Poems Selected & New. She has held NEH and Canadian Senior Fellowships, and in 2009 won Maryland State Arts Council’s highest Individual Poetry Award. She teaches at the Bethesda Writer’s Center, is on the Splendid Wake Committee, helps edit for The Word Works, and arranges a poetry series at Kensington Row Bookshop in Kensington, MD.

Seth Michelson on Alicia Partnoy

Seth Michelson is an award-winning author of four books of poems and three books of translations. He currently resides in Lexington, Virginia, where he teaches at Washington and Lee University. 

Joseph Mills

Joseph Mills teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has published five collections of poetry, most recently This Miraculous Turning.

George Moore

George Moore’s poetry collections include Children’s Drawings of the Universe (Salmon Poetry, 2015), The Hermits of Dingle (FutureCycle, 2013), and the forthcoming Saint Agnes Outside the Walls (FutureCycle, 2016). His poetry has appeared in The Atlantic, North American Review, Poetry, and recently in Arc, Fiddlehead, and the Antigonish Review in Canada. After a career teaching at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he now lives with his wife on the south shore of Nova Scotia.

Roger Pfingston

Roger Pfingston has poems in recent issues of I-70 Review, Naugatuck River Review, RHINO, and Ted Kooser’s column, American Life in Poetry. His chapbook, A Day Marked for Telling, is available from Finishing Line Press.

Oliver Rice

Oliver Rice’s poems appear widely in journals and anthologies in the United States and abroad. Creekwalker released an interview with him in January 2010. His book of poems, On Consenting to Be a Man, is published by Cyberwit and is available on Amazon. His online chapbook, Afterthoughts, Siestas, and his recording of his Institute for Higher Study appeared in Mudlark in December 2010.

David Salner

David Salner’s poetry has appeared in Threepenny Review, Poetry Daily, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, River Styx, and previous issues of Innisfree Poetry Journal. His books include John Henry’s Partner Speaks, Working Here, and Blue Morning Light, which will appear in 2016 from Pond Road Press.

Robert Joe Stout

Robert Joe Stout is a freelance journalist and currently resides in Oaxaca, Mexico. His essays, fiction and poetry appear in a wide variety of commercial and literary magazines.

Michele Wolf

Michele Wolf has published two books—Immersion (Hilary Tham Capital Collection, The Word Works, selected by Denise Duhamel) and Conversations During Sleep (Anhinga Prize for Poetry, Anhinga Press, selected by Peter Meinke)—and a chapbook, The Keeper of Light (Painted Bride Quarterly Poetry Chapbook Series, selected by J.T. Barbarese). Her poems have also appeared in Innisfree Poetry Journal, Poetry, Boulevard, North American Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She is a contributing editor for Poet Lore and teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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