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Thérèse Bachand is a poet and literacy advocate working and living in Los Angeles, CA. Her published work includes Mercury in Retrograde, a collaboration with Michele Costa (Mindmade Books, 2012), and luce a cavallo (Green Integer, 2009). Recent poetry appears in N/A, Sibilia, and The L.A Telephone Book Vol. 2, 2012-2013.

Hannah Baggott, 23, is a Nashville native and a poet interested in the body, medicine, and the South. While pursuing an MFA in poetry at Oregon State University, she happily teaches composition courses focused on gender identity and media. She has received awards for flash fiction and critical writing in gender studies from Belmont University. Her work can be found in The Vagina Zine, Tupelo Quarterly, and forthcoming in r.kv.r.y. Quarterly.

Amelia Bentley is pursuing an MFA at Temple University. Work has appeared in several locations including Boog City, Tinge and Fact-Simile. Chapbooks “&parts” and “Stub Wilderness” were released from Damask Press and Well Greased Press, respectively.

Jessica Bozek is the author of The Tales (Les Figues, 2013) and The Bodyfeel Lexicon (Switchback, 2009), as well as several chapbooks. She runs the Small Animal Project Reading Series, teaches at Boston University, and lives with her small family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Michael Brandonisio is a poet/photographer/visual artist who hails from Italy but now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in various online journals, including Otoliths, Sein und Werden, and Word For/Word. He enjoys arthouse and film noir movies, listening to the radio and being a flaneur.

CAConrad is the author of seven books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (WAVE Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010). A 2014 Lannan Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2011 Pew Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online at

Graeme Dearden is a Calgarian fine artist working primarily in printmaking, cold glass sculpting, and writing. He has received instruction through The Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), The Corning Museum of Glass, and The Alberta Printmaker’s Society and exhibits in local galleries throughout Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta presently. Although working in a variety of different media, Graeme is consistently exploring vitreography: a process involving pulling prints from glass plates. He has assisted in demonstrating vitreography for glass artists and printmakers alike. Graeme is currently earning his BFA as a full time ACAD student, majoring in Glass.

W. Mark Giles splits his time between Calgary, where his home is, and Halifax, where he works. His work has appeared in many magazines, most recently Prism International. His book Knucklehead won the City of Calgary Book Award.

Howie Good‘s latest book of poetry is The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely, who does most of the real work.

C. John Graham’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Blue Mesa Review, Moria, Gargoyle, Birmingham Poetry Review, New Mexico Poetry Review, the anthology Off Channel, and other publications. He was the winner of the 2009 New Mexico Discovery Award in Poetry, and his manuscript, Degrees of Freedom, was a finalist in the 2011 Subito Press competition. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was formerly the safety manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s particle accelerator facility. He currently serves as a search and rescue pilot for Civil Air Patrol and a member of the Eckankar clergy.

Ted Hiebert is an interdisciplinary artist and theorist of digital culture, art and the imagination. His artwork has been shown around the world, most recently at the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle, WA), Video-in Video-out (Vancouver, Canada) and Plug-in Institute for Contemporary Art (Winnipeg, Canada). He is the author of In Praise of Nonsense: Aesthetics, Uncertainty and Postmodern Identity and an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell.

Aimee Herman is a Brooklyn writer looking to disembowel the architecture of gender and what it means to queer the body. Find Aimee’s poems in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books), in the full-length collection, to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books) and

Tim Kahl’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Metazen, Indiana Review, Map Literary, Radar, Ninth Letter, Mad Hatters’ Review, Notre Dame Review, Futures, Trading, The Journal, Blackbox Manifold, Parthenon West Review, Caliban and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup ( He is also editor of Clade Song []. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He also has public installations in Nevada City {more here} and in Sacramento {In Scarcity We Bare The Teeth}. He currently houses his father’s literary estate—one volume: Robert Gerstmann’s book of photos of Chile, 1932).

Mercedes Lawry has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, The Saint Ann’s Review, and others. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she’s published two chapbooks, most recently “Happy Darkness”. She’s also published short fiction, essays and stories and poems for children. She lives in Seattle.

JenMarie Macdonald is half of Fact-Simile Editions. Her chapbooks include Sometime Soon Ago (Shadow Mountain) and, with Travis Macdonald, Graceries (Horse Less Press) and forthcoming Bigger On the Inside (Ixnay).

Travis Macdonald is the author of two full-length books – The O Mission Repo [vol. 1] (Fact-Simile Editions) and N7ostradamus (BlazeVox Books) – as well as several chapbooks, including: Basho’s Phonebook (E-ratio), BAR/koans (Erg Arts), Sight & Sigh (Beard of Bees), Time (Stoked Press), Title Bout (Shadow Mountain Press), And Hoop Cores (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press). Other poetry and prose has appeared in 580 Split, Alice Blue, Bombay Gin, Court Green, ElevenEleven, FastForward, Hot Whiskey, InStereo, Jacket, Little Red Leaves, moria, Otoliths, Parthenon West, Requited, Sink Review, The Offending Adam, West Wind Review and elsewhere. He lives, works and writes in Philadelphia PA.

Miranda Mellis is the author of The Quarry, The Spokes, None of This Is Real, Materialisms and The Revisionist. Her writings have appeared in various publications, including Cabinet, Harper’s, and McSweeney’s and, more recently, Conjunctions. Stories are forthcoming this year in Western Humanities Review. This fall she will be an Artist in Residence at The Marin Headlands Center for the Arts. She edits Encyclopedia Project ( and teaches at The Evergreen State College.

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Cameron Price is a BFA candidate in Writing at Goddard College. He is the design and visual art editor for Duende, a national online journal of literature and art. His poetry can be found in the Spring 2014 edition of Humble Pie.

Jon Riccio studied viola performance at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. An MFA candidate living in Tucson, Jon is a recipient of the University of Arizona Foundation’s Poetry Award. Current and forthcoming work appears in Bird’s Thumb, Your Impossible Voice, Blast Furnace, Plenitude, Four Chambers and Paper Nautilus. He is a coordinator of the Tucson-based WIP Reading Series.

Ross Robbins lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Recent publication credits include Ampersand Review, Vinyl Poetry, and The Nervous Breakdown. A chapbook, “All in Black Blood My Love Went Riding,” is forthcoming from Two Plum Press in May 2014, and his full-length debut, “Mental Hospital: A Memoir,” is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2015. Visit Ross online at

Matthew Schmidt is pursuing a MFA at the University of Arizona. He’s originally from Iowa City where he completed his undergraduate degree in English. After graduation he worked as a paper carrier and at ACT, Inc. His work has been published in Asinine Poetry, Down in the Dirt, Eye On Life, and The Missing Slate.

Felino A. Soriano is a member of The Southern Collective Experience.  He is the founding editor of the online endeavors Counterexample Poetics and Differentia Press; in addition, he is a contributing editor for the online journal, Sugar Mule.   His writing finds foundation in created coöccurrences, predicated on his strong connection to various idioms of jazz music.  His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology, and appears in various online and print publications, with recent poetry collections including Mathematics (Nostrovia! Poetry, 2014), Espials (Fowlpox Press, 2014), and watching what invents perception (WISH Publications, 2013).  He lives in California with his wife and family and is the director of supported living and independent living programs providing supports to adults with developmental disabilities. Links to his published and forthcoming poems, books, interviews, images, etc. can be found at

Nico Vassilakis co-edited an international collection, The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 (Fantagraphics Books, 2012). Nico’s recent books are MOMENTS NOTICE (Luna Bisonte Prods) and ALL-PURPOSE VISPOHe maintains a website calledStaring Poetics.