Dilruba Ahmed’s debut book of poems, Dhaka Dust (Graywolf, 2011), won the Bakeless Literary Prize for poetry awarded by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, cream city review, New England Review, and New Orleans Review. New poems are recent or forthcoming in Rhino and The American Poetry Review. Ahmed’s work has appeared or will appear in several anthologies, including Literature: The Human Experience (Bedford/St. Martin’s); Becoming: What Makes A Woman (University of Nebraska); and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas). Ahmed is currently a Creative Writing Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College. Web site: www.dilrubaahmed.com
Greg Allendorf is originally from Cincinnati, OH. He holds graduate degrees from The University of Cincinnati and Purdue University. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from such journals as Smartish Pace, Subtropics, The Portland Review, Narrative Northeast, and Gigantic Sequins. His chapbook, Fair Day in an Ancient Town, was recently selected by Kiki Petrosino for the Mineral Point Chapbook Series from Brain Mill Press. He currently lives in Columbia, MO, where he is a PhD candidate and Creative Writing Fellow at The University of Missouri-Columbia.
Anne Barngrover is the author of Yell Hound Blues and co-author with Avni Vyas of the chapbook Candy in Our Brains. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as North American Review, Crazyhorse, Copper Nickel, and Mid-American Review. She holds an MFA from Florida State University and a PhD in Creative Writing & Literature from University of Missouri.
Jennifer Christie has lived in Wisconsin, Maryland, Illinois, Oregon, Australia, and South Korea. She received her MFA from Oregon State University, where her master’s thesis (a short story collection entitled The Four-Chambered Heart) won the 2013 OSU Outstanding Thesis Award. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her stories have been published online at Grist Magazine’s Online Companion and PANK, with more forthcoming at Elsewhere and Necessary Fiction. She is the Assistant Small Press Editor for the website Entropy, and she currently lives and writes in southern Illinois.
Meriwether Clarke lives in Los Angeles, California. She holds degrees in Poetry from Northwestern University and UC Irvine’s Programs in Writing where she served as a co-editor-in-chief of Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters. She currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Entropy. Recent poems can be seen or are forthcoming in The Journal, The Dialogist and Salt Hill Review, among others.
Weston Cutter is from Minnesota and is the author of Enough, All Black Everything, and You'd Be a Stranger, Too.
Jaydn DeWald is a writer, musician, and teacher. Recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Collagist, The Carolina Quarterly, december, Fourteen Hills, and Best New Poets 2015, among others. He lives in Athens, Georgia, where he’s a doctoral candidate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.
Amy Dryansky's second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James Books, and individual poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Harvard Review, New England Review, Barrow Street, Orion and The Women’s Review of Books. She's received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is currently the assistant director of the Culture, Brain & Development Program at Hampshire College.
Megan Grumbling’s debut poetry collection Booker's Point received the 2015 Vassar Miller Prize, and is forthcoming from the University of North Texas Press in 2016. She is librettist of the opera Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, a co-creation with composer Denis Nye for Hinge/Works, which will premiere in May 2016. Awarded the Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Robert Frost Foundation Award, her poetry has appeared such places as Poetry, The Iowa Review, Best New Poets, and The New York Times.
Danielle Jones-Pruett holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is assistant director of the Writers House at Merrimack College. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and a 2015 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award.
David Kirby's collection The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2007. Kirby is the author of Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which the Times Literary Supplement of London called “a hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense.” His forthcoming poetry collection from LSU Press is Get Up, Please. See also www.davidkirby.com.
Benjamin Landry is the author of the poetry collections Particle and Wave, An Ocean Away and the forthcoming Burn Lyrics. His work has appeared in venues such as Guernica, The New Yorker and Poetry Daily, and he has taught at the University of Michigan and Oberlin College. Read more about him at benjaminlandry.wordpress.com.
Mary Laube received an MFA from the University of Iowa and a BFA from Illinois State University. Laube’s work has been included in various group and solo exhibitions across the U.S. Her work has been supported by several artist residencies including the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. She received the Illinois National Women in the Arts Award (Chicago) in 2009 and a Project Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts in 2014. Her work has been featured in New American Paintings and her writing was recently published in Kapsula Magazine (Toronto). In 2015 she was the Fanoon Visiting Artist at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar. Mary currently teaches at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
Esther Lin is a 2015 Poets House Emerging Poet and Queens Council on the Arts Fellow, with poems in or forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Duende, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. She teaches in the English Department at Queens College, CUNY.
M. E. MacFarland is from central Virginia. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Fugue, Iron Horse, Nimrod, Newfound, Letters, and elsewhere. He received an MFA from the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville, VA, where he is a business journalist by day.
Jill McDonough is the author of Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and REAPER, forthcoming from Alice James Books. She is the winner of a 2014 Lannan Literary Fellowship and three Pushcart prizes. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program for thirteen years. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry. She directs the MFA program at UMass-Boston and 24PearlStreet, the Fine Arts Work Center online.
Emilia Phillips is the author of the two poetry collections, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (forthcoming 2016), from the University of Akron Press, and three chapbooks including Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poetry appears in AGNI, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, West Branch Wired, and elsewhere. She is the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary College (NJ) and the 32 Poems interviews editor.
Nicole Rollender’s work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, The Journal, THRUSH Poetry Journal, West Branch, Word Riot and others. Her first full-length collection, Louder Than Everything You Love, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in 2015. She’s the author of the poetry chapbooks Arrangement of Desire (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Absence of Stars (dancing girl press & studio, 2015), Bone of My Bone, a winner in Blood Pudding Press’s 2015 Chapbook Contest, and Ghost Tongue (Porkbelly Press, 2016). She has received poetry prizes from CALYX Journal, Ruminate Magazine and Princemere Journal. Find her online at www.nicolerollender.com.
Kent Shaw's first book was published in 2008. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in PEN America, Hobart, Guernica and Salt Hill. He is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia State University.
Ranbir Singh Sidhu’s first novel Deep Singh Blue (Unnamed Press/HarperCollins India) will appear in 2016. He is the author of the story collection Good Indian Girls (Soft Skull/HarperCollins India) and is a winner of a Pushcart Prize and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. His stories have appeared in Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, Fence, ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review, Other Voices, The Happy Hypocrite, The Literary Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and other journals and anthologies. He divides his time between New York, New Delhi, and Crete.
Maggie Smith is the author of The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press 2015), Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press 2005), and three prizewinning chapbooks, the latest of which is Disasterology (forthcoming from Dream Horse Press). Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, the Kenyon Review Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. A 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Smith has also received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
Terrell Jamal Terry’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, Green Mountains Review, Washington Square Review, West Branch, cream city review, Columbia Poetry Review, and elsewhere.