Contributors :: Bios

Samar Abulhassan is a teaching artist, poet and bodyworker living in Seattle. She recently received a 2016 CityArtist grant to complete a novel-in-poems, reflecting on memory, longing and the Arabic alphabet ignited while exploring Pike Place Market and Seattle’s waterfront. She has worked for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools Program for the past seven years, and continues to teach writing to teens and adults at the Hugo House. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, where she studied fiction. She is a Hedgebrook alum, has published five chapbooks (including Farah and Nocturnal Temple), and loves working between poetry and prose.

Steven Alvarez is the author of The Pocho Codex, The Xicano Genome (Editorial Paroxismo), Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus (Seven Kitchens Press), and Un/documented, Kentucky (The Rusty Toque). He is assistant professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and The Opposite of Work (JackLeg Press), as well as three Dusie chapbooks, Sorcery, Good Morning! and The Sound of Music. He’s a member of the non-ranked faculty collective bargaining team at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

Matt Broaddus received his MFA in poetry from New York University. His writing has appeared recently in HOUSEGUEST, The Baltimore Review, and The Offing. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he’s currently a student in the PhD program in English at UNC.

Marty Cain lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where he edits Yalobusha Review, hosts the Trobar Ric Reading Series, and is completing his MFA. His writing has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Action Yes, Dreginald, Gigantic Sequins, The Pinch, Jacket2, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere.

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty books of poetry. Her awards include two Yaddo residencies and a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, as well as grants from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund. She has twice been appointed as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. Her poems and essays appear in The Gettysburg Review, The Mid-American Review, Third Coast, The Columbia Poetry Review, Passages North, Verse Daily, and elsewhere.

Reed Clovis G is a poet from New Jersey; their work has been described as “audible” and “the thumbs-up emoji.” Reed lives in the state of New York and has appeared in fields magazine among other unexpected places.

John Gallaher’s most recent collection of poetry is In a Landscape (BOA 2014). He lives in rural Missouri where he co-edits The Laurel Review.

Farah Ghafoor is a fifteen year old poet and a co-founder/editor at Sugar Rascals. She genuinely believes that she deserves a cat and expensive perfumes. Her work is published in Alexandria Quarterly, alien mouth, Really System, Moonsick and elsewhere. Find her online at

Kathleen Kelley is a choreographer and media artist who serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance and Technology at Montclair State University in NJ. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her choreography has been shown at venues across the US, including the Center for Performance Research, the Tank NYC, the Brick Theatre, the John Ryan Theater, Triskelion Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research Open Performance, and the Dance Complex in Boston. She is a 2015-2016 LEIMAY Fellow and her most recent work, “Unstable Artifacts” has been included in the CURRENT SESSIONS festival in NYC.

Julie Lauterbach-Colby lives and works in Tucson, Arizona. A graduate of the University of Arizona MFA program in nonfiction, her work has appeared in Cutbank, Diagram, and Lost Magazine, among others. An anthology of essays featuring her work is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

Daniel Lehan is an ex paperboy, choirboy, shop assistant, ice cream seller, chip shop manager, petrol pump attendant, pub caterer, post office worker, theatre usher, cleaner, adult education tutor, leaflet distributor, front of house manager, t-shirt designer, screen printer, children’s book author and illustrator, gardener, teacher, and gallerist. His visual texts have been published in Ditch, *82 Review, Experiential / Experimental, Kumquat, Poetry & Paint, Foam:e, Diagram, Ink Sweat and Tears, M58, Indefinite Space, The Stardust Gazette, Spur, and Small Po[r]tions. His – Book Pages Destroyed By Typewriter – is included in The New Concrete published by Hayward Publishing, London 2015.

Marco Maisto is the author of The Loneliness of the Middle-Distance Transmissions Aggregator, a 2015 Pushcart-nominated poem that won Bayou Magazine’s Kay Murphy prize. He studied at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. You can find his most recent poetry, hybrid writing, and art now or soon in The Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Fjords, Pangyrus, RHINO, Small Po[r]tions, Spry, TYPO, Timber, and Wyvern Lit. Marco lives in NYC. Find him @MarcoMaisto and

Chrissy Martin is a first-year poetry student in the MFA program at Columbia College Chicago. She is an editorial board member and blog editor for Columbia Poetry Review. She is also a recent graduate of The University of Akron where she received her BS in English with minors in Creative Writing, Women’s Studies, and Popular Literature and Film. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in AshBelt, Polaris and LUMINA.

Patrick Milian is a doctoral student, Wayland Fellow, and teacher in the University of Washington’s English department. His work has recently appeared in Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, Hayden’s Ferry, The McNeese Review, Prelude, and The Seattle Review.

Christina Montilla grew up in Mountlake Terrace, Washington and studied Anthropology and Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University. Her prose-poetry and more has appeared in the literary journals Hobart and Duende and in venues around the Puget Sound. She works and hangs out at the intersection of an array of fields from non-profit to retail, from literary arts to tech.

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. She is the author of As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots (all from Wave Books). Nguyen teaches at Ryerson University’s Chang School, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, in the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private poetics workshop.

Greg Nissan is a poet and translator with degrees in comparative literature and German studies from Brown University. He lives in Berlin, where he’s working on a documentary poetry project as part of a Fulbright grant. His poems have appeared in Rogue Agent and are forthcoming from Theme Can. His translations of Uljana Wolf have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail (InTranslation), Asymptote, and Action, Yes, and will soon appear in Two Lines.

Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of Best Bones (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays can be found in Ploughshares, Copper Nickel, American Poetry Review, and The Kenyon Review. Among her awards are two fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and fellowships and residencies from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers Conferences, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Native to North Carolina, Nordgren is currently a doctoral student in poetry at the University of Cincinnati and Associate Editor at 32 Poems.

Jessy Randall’s poems, poetry comics, diagram poems, and other things have appeared in McSweeney’s, Rattle, and The Best American Experimental Writing 2015. She is a librarian at Colorado College and her website is

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and 3 chapbooks, TC is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). His favorite thing in the world is Compositional Improvisation (which is another way of saying being alive).

Jan Verberkmoes lives in Oxford, Mississippi, where she is a John and Renée Grisham Fellow in Poetry at the University of Mississippi.

Danielle Vogel is an artist and cross-genre writer. She is the author of Between Grammars, In Resonance, and the artist book Narrative & Nest. Her installations and “public ceremonies for language,” which investigate the archives of memory stored within language, have been exhibited most recently at RISD Museum, The Nordic House in Reykjavík, Iceland, Temple and Pace Universities. She teaches across genres at Wesleyan University.

Brad Vogler is the author of i know that this ritual (Lute & Cleat, August 2015), and four chapbooks: Fascicle 30 (Little Red Leaves Textile Series, 2013), Amid the Waves Which (Beard of Bees, 2015), errand : towards (Little Red Leaves Textile Series, forthcoming), and errand : a version of (Meekling Press, forthcoming.) He works with Delete Press, and is the editor/web designer of Opon.

Ellen Welcker has poems collected in the chapbooks Mouth That Tastes of Gasoline (alice blue, 2014) and The Urban Lightwing Professionals (H_NGM_N, 2011), and a book called The Botanical Garden (winner of the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize, Astrophil, 2010). She lives in Spokane, WA.

Afton Wilky‘s work combines writing with sound, digital media and book arts. She is the author of Clarity Speaks of a Crystal Sea (Flim Forum Press, 2014) and the chapbook, Acquisition: an index (Essay Press EP Series, 2015). Her work is in or forthcoming from journals such as New American Writing, Black Warrior Review, [out of nothing], Siren, TAB, textsound, Word for/Word, and Jacket2. She is the managing editor of The Volta. Her website and blog are at