Participant bios:

Liz Ahl is a Navy Brat who spent her youth moving every two to three years. After graduating from high school in the Philippines, college took her to Boston, Pittsburgh, and Lincoln, Nebraska, where she lived for six years while completing her Ph.D. in English—the longest she'd ever lived in one place. From Nebraska, she came to rural New Hampshire for a job in 2001 and has lived here (in Bridgewater and Holderness) ever since. Her first of four chapbooks, A Thirst That's Partly Mine, won the 2008 Slapering Hol chapbook prize. Her full-length collection, Beating the Bounds, is due out in Fall 2017 from Hobblebush Books' Granite State Poetry Series. Website 

David Banach teaches Philosophy of Science and Aesthetics at Saint Anselm College and is the organizer of a spoken word and poetry group there called Lucubrations. He is a past president of the Northern New England Philosophical Association. He has published poems in Symmetry Pebbles and is the second prize winner in this year’s New Hampshire Poetry Society members contest.

Recipient of this year’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize for his poem “Flying home after the protest,” Partridge Boswell is the author of Some Far Country, winner of the Grolier Poetry Prize. His poems have recently surfaced in The Gettysburg Review, Salmagundi, The American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Co-founder of Bookstock literary festival and the poetry/music group Los Lorcas Trio, he teaches at Burlington Writers Workshop. He lives in Woodstock, VT.

Duncan Campbell is a poet from the quiet corner of northeastern Connecticut. Winner of 2012 Dick Shea Memorial Award from the University of New Hampshire, where he earned an MFA in writing, and the 2010 Collins Literary Prize from the University of Connecticut, his poems have appeared recently in Dukool, The Mackinac, Rust+Moth, Tinderbox, and West Branch. A chapbook of his poems, Farmstead, Fire Field, was published by ELJ Publications in 2015 and a second, Joysong Demarcation, is forthcoming from Tree Light Books. Duncan lives in Vermont and works in social services for at-risk youth.

Cofounder of the Lilly Salon in Needham, Massachusetts, Eileen Cleary is a nurse and poet, and earned an MFA at Lesley University. Her work has been published in J Journal, Bird's Thumb and Naugatuck River Review among others. She is a member of Poem Works and the Concord Poetry Center. She is assistant poetry editor at Carve and a volunteer reader for the North American Review.

Sarah Cummings was raised in the Finnish‑American community of South Paris, ME.  Her grandparents (paternal ‑ Komulainen and Mikkonen; maternal ‑ Haverinen and Heikkinen) emigrated from the Kuhmo region of Finland at the turn of the 20th century.  Musical from a young age, she earned a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Maine.  She has been teaching in Maine’s public schools since 1989 and has held numerous positions as a member of the Maine Music Educators’ Association. Sarah has become a respected member of the cohort of kantele players and teachers.  She assisted with the English translation of musical language in Arja Kastinen’s 11‑string kantele guidebook, In Visible Vibration and has been profiled in Kantele, a monthly magazine published by Kanteleliitto, a Finnish kantele society. She has also been recommended as a resource for information by kantele builders at Soitinrakentajat AmF in Leppävirta, Finland. Sarah’s respect for her heritage and love of music have fostered her passion for the kantele and Finnish folk music.  She feels it is her calling to share it and seeks new ways to reach out to the community.

Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry: Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby, Requiem for the Orchard, and Post Subject: A Fable. He also co-edited A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. A founding member,Oliver serves as the co-chair of the Kundiman advisory board. Additionally he serves on the Executive Board of Trustees for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as American Poetry Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, and Poetry. He teaches at the College of the Holy Cross and in the Low-Residency MFA Program at PLU.

Chard deNiord is the Poet Laureate of Vermont and author of six books of poetry, including Interstate, (The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), The Double Truth (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), Night Mowing (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005), Sharp Golden Thorn (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003), Speaking in Turn (a collaboration with Tony Sanders), Gnomon Press, 2011, and Asleep in the Fire (University of Alabama Press, 1990). He teaches English and Creative Writing at Providence College, where he is a Professor of English. His book of essays and interviews with seven senior American poets (Galway Kinnell, Donald Hall. Maxine Kumin, Jack Gilbert, Ruth Stone, Lucille Clifton, Robert Bly) titled Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs, Conversations and Reflections on 20th Century American Poets was published by Marick Press in 2011. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Antioch Review, the American Poetry Review, The American Scholar, New Ohio Review, The New Republic, and The New York Times, Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. He is the co-founder and former program director of the New England College MFA Program in Poetry and a trustee of the Ruth Stone Trust. He lives in Westminster West, Vermont with his wife Liz.

Michael Dumanis is the author of the poetry collection My Soviet Union (University of Massachusetts Press), which won the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and coeditor, with poet Cate Marvin, of the anthology Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande). His recent work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day Project, The Believer, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Iowa Review, LitHub, and Ploughshares, He is a professor at Bennington College, where he teaches literature and creative writing, and serves as Editor of the print literary journal Bennington Review.

Rebecca Morgan Frank is the author of three collections of poetry: Little Murders Everywhere (Salmon 2012), a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery Award; The Spokes of Venus (Carnegie Mellon 2016); and Sometimes We’re All Living in a Foreign Country, forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon in Fall 2017. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online literary magazine Memorious, she is the Jacob Ziskind Poet in Residence at Brandeis University.

Jeff Friedman’s seventh book, Floating Tales—a collection of prose poems, fables, and mini tales— was recently published by Plume Editions/Madhat Press. He has published six previous poetry collections, five with Carnegie Mellon University Press, including Pretenders (2014); Working in Flour (2011); and Black Threads (2008). His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, New England Review, The Antioch Review, Sentence, Poetry International, Plume, Hotel Amerika, Flash Fiction Funny, New World Writing, Agni Online, The New Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poets, New Flash Fiction Review, The New Republic and dozens of other literary magazines.  He has won numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellowship (awarded jointly with cotranslator Dzvinia Orlowsky), the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, The Missouri Review Editor’s Prize, and two individual artist grants from the New Hampshire State Arts Council. Dzvinia Orlowsky’s and his translation of Memorials by Polish Poet Mieczslaw Jastrun was published by Lavender Ink/Dialogos in 2014.

Patricia Frisella lives on a tree farm on the side of a high hill surrounded by fields and forests and watched over by one of the few remaining manned fire-towers in the state of New Hampshire. She has won many awards ranging from a 2012 International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review to the 2007 Independent Publishers IPPY Bronze Award for the anthology, The Other Side of Sorrow, Poets Speak Out about Conflict, War and Peace to the Anthony Piccione Memorial “Poets for Peace” award. Most recently she has had poems published in Liberation Poetry: An Anthology, edited by Tontongi and Jill Netchinsky (Trilingual Press, 2011), in Entelechy International (New England College, 2012), in Out of the Depths, (Union Theological Seminary, The Poverty Initiative), and in Poet Showcase (Hobblebush Books, 2015). She has been involved with ekphrastic projects in her community, and was a participating literary artist in artesprit which brought installations of collaborative art to the city of Rochester, NH. Pat is currently working on a verse adaptation of the Kalevala. A lifelong activist and past president of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, a non-profit dedicated to promoting poetry, she can often be seen being torn in two directions at once.

Robbie Gamble is a nurse practitioner and a poet. He recently completed an MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. He has written articles for the Mass Poetry Literary Legacies series and Writers Resist. His poems are published or forthcoming in Ibbetson St, The American Journal of Poetry, Poet Lore, and others.

Midge Goldberg is the recipient of the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and the 2015 Richard Wilbur Poetry Award for her book Snowman's Code, which was recently chosen as the 2016 New Hampshire Literary Awards Reader's Choice Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Measure, Light, Appalachia, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Writer’s Almanac. Her other books include Flume Ride (2006) and the children’s book My Best Ever Grandpa (2015). She is a longtime member of the Powow River Poets and has an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Chester, New Hampshire, with her family, two cats, and an ever-changing number of chickens.

Karin Gottshall's most recent book is The River Won't Hold You (Ohio State University Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Crazyhorse, FIELD, and New South. She teaches at Middlebury College and directs the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf.

Aimee Harrison’s fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Lifted Brow, Indefinite Space, and The Inman Review. She is a co-founder of Small Po[r]tions Journal, is the managing editor for Essay Press, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell. She has a day job at SUNY Press and lives in Albany, NY where she co-runs St. Rocco’s Reading Series from her living room. Her video art, including collaboration with John Boucher, can be found at

Teacher and editor, poet Barbara Helfgott Hyett has published five collections of poetry, most recently, Rift from the University of Arkansas Press, which won the Boston Foundation’s Father John Fellowship for Excellence in the Arts. Her poems have appeared widely in journals including The New Republic, The Nation, Hudson Review, Agni, and Ploughshares, and in over fifty anthologies. Recipient of many grants, residencies, and fellowships, she works as a professor of English, and, is also the Director of PoemWorks, The Workshop for Publishing Poets, named “One of the Best Workshops in Boston” by the Boston Globe.

Jennifer Jean’s debut poetry collection is The Fool (Big Table 2013); her chapbooks include The Archivist and In the War; her poetry and prose have appeared in: Rattle, Waxwing, Drunken Boat, Crab Creek, Denver Quarterly, Mud City Journal, Green Mountains Review, and more. Jennifer is the recipient of the 2016 Good Bones Poetry Prize. She is Poetry Editor for the Mom Egg Review, Managing Editor of Talking Writing Magazine, and Co-director of Morning Garden Artist Retreats. Jennifer teaches Free2Write poetry workshops to sex-trafficking survivors. 

Peter Johnson’s second book of prose poems, Miracles & Mortifications, received the James Laughlin Award from The Academy of American Poets, and his most recent book of prose poems is Rants and Raves: New and Selected Prose Poems (White Pine Press.) He is the founder and editor of The Prose Poem: An International Journal (which he’s planning to resurrect in the fall of 2018).  Past issues have been can be found at here. His work has received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rhode Island Council on the Arts, along with a “Best Book of 2012” citation by Kirkus Reviews. Other information about his prose poetry and YA and middle grade novels can be found at

Jean L. Kreiling's first collection of poems, The Truth in Dissonance (Kelsay Books), was published in 2014. Her work has appeared widely in print and online journals including American Arts Quarterly, Angle, The Evansville Review, Measure, and Mezzo Cammin, and in several anthologies. She is a past winner of a New England Poetry Club Award, the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters Sonnet Contest, the String Poet Prize, and the Able Muse Write Prize. Kreiling teaches music history at Bridgewater State University.

Hannah Larrabee is the author of Murmuration (forthcoming Seven Kitchens Press), Sufjan (FLP 2017) and Virgo (FLP 2009). She was recently chosen by NASA to write poems in celebration of the James Webb Space Telescope, allowing her to see the JWST in person before it launches in 2018. The poems are now on display at Goddard Space Center. Hannah teaches writing and works for a technology company in Boston. Her poetry appears in: The Harpoon Review, Fourth River, Lambda Literary, Rock & Sling, among others.

Jenna Le, a daughter of Vietnamese war refugees, was born and raised in Minnesota, educated in Massachusetts, and most recently resided in New York City for a decade before moving last summer to Lebanon, New Hampshire, where she works as a physician and educator. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011) and A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Anchor & Plume Press, 2016). Her poetry has appeared in AGNI Online, The Best of the Raintown Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Denver Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. Her website is

Storyteller and teacher Sebastian Lockwood tells the great epics: Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Caesar, Beowulf and Monkey. His studies in Classics and Anthropology at Boston University and Cambridge University in the UK laid the foundation for bringing these great tales into performance. Lockwood’s performances are designed to take complex texts and make them accessible and exciting for audiences from 5 to 95. Lockwood has tutored and taught classes in higher education for 25 years. He now concentrates on performance, workshops, and studio recording. Lockwood lives under Crotched Mountain with his wife, jazz singer and storyteller Nanette Perrotte.

Suzanne Rogier Marshall grew up and went to college in Minnesota, then spent nearly forty years teaching English to middle school students in Washington DC, Virginia, and Tokyo, Japan. After raising their son and retiring from work, Suzanne and her husband moved to the New Hampshire mountains, where she now draws inspiration for her writing. She is the author of Blood Knot, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press in 2015. Her poems have appeared in Portage Magazine, U.S.1 Worksheets, Watershed Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Tule Review, contemporary haibun, and other journals and anthologies. In addition to poetry, Suzanne has published several professional articles and a book on teaching poetry (A Falling Leaf and Other Poetry Activities, Learning Publications, 1983).

Jennifer Martelli’s debut poetry collection, The Uncanny Valley, was published in 2016 by Big Table Publishing Company. She is also the author of the chapbook, Apostrophe and the chapbook, After Bird, from Grey Book Press. Her work has appeared in Thrush, [Pank], Glass Poetry Journal, The Heavy Feather Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Jennifer has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is a book reviewer for Up the Staircase Quarterly, as well as a co-curator for The Mom Egg VOX Blog Folio.

Rodger Martin’s fourth poetry volume, For All The Tea in Zhōngguó is scheduled for a fall 2017 release. He has just completed transcribing Milton's epic poem Paradise Lost for dramatic reading. He serves as co-editor for The Granite State Poetry Series and teaches journalism at Keene State College. In 2017, his poem “The Anchor” was etched in stone at a reflecting pool on the campus of Shanghai University for International Business and Economics.

Tim Mayo’s poems and reviews have appeared in Avatar Review, Barrow Street, Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, Poet Lore, River Styx, Salamander, San Pedro River Review, Tar River Poetry, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Web Del Sol Review of Books, and The Writer’s Almanac.  His poems have received six Pushcart Prize nominations as well twice being chosen as a finalist for the Paumanok Prize. His first full length collection, The Kingdom of Possibilities, was published by Mayapple Press and among other honors was a finalist for the 2009 May Swenson Award.  His second volume of poems, Thesaurus of Separation (Phoenicia Publishing 2016) was a finalist for the 2017 Montaigne Medal.  He lives in Southern Vermont where he helped found and worked for The Brattleboro Literary Festival for 12 years.

Kevin McLellan is the author of Hemispheres(Fact-Simile Editions, forthcoming), [box] (Letter [r] Press, 2016), Tributary (Barrow Street, 2015), and Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010). He won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems have appeared in several journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Sonora Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, and Witness. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA.

Jennifer Militello is the author of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry, and Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The North American Review, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares. She teaches in the MFA program at New England College.

Cindy Hunter Morgan teaches creative writing and book arts at Michigan State University. Harborless, her full-length collection of poems informed by Great Lakes shipwrecks, was published by Wayne State University Press earlier this year. It won the Moveen Prize in Poetry. She also is the author of two chapbooks. The Sultan, The Skater, The Bicycle Maker won The Ledge Press 2011 Poetry Chapbook Competition. Apple Season won the Midwest Writing Center's 2012 Chapbook Contest, judged by Shane McCrae. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including Salamander, Sugar House Review, and West Branch. She writes regularly for Murder Ballad Monday, a blog devoted to the exploration of the murder ballad tradition in folk and popular music. She lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

Pushcart Prize poet, translator, and a Founding Editor of Four Way Books, Dzvinia Orlowsky has published five collections of poetry with Carnegie Mellon University Press including A Handful of Bees, reprinted in 2009 as a Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary; Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones, recipient of a 2010 Sheila Motton Book Award; and her most recent, Silvertone, for which she was named Ohio Poetry Day Association’s 2014 Co-Poet of the Year. Her translation from Ukrainian of Alexander Dovzhenko's novella, The Enchanted Desna, was published by House Between Water in 2006; and Jeff Friedman's and her co-translation of Memorials by Polish Poet Mieczyslaw Jastrun was published by Dialogos in 2014.  She is a co-recipient with Jeff Friedman of a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Translation Grant. She serves as Editor for Poetry in Translation for Solstice Literary Magazine and teaches at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing of Pine Manor College and at Providence College. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Agni, Columbia Review, Field, Ploughshares, The Baffler, The American Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, A Map of Hope: An International Literary Anthology; From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine; and A Hundred Years of Youth: A Bilingual Anthology of 20th Century Ukrainian Poetry; and most recently, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse.  Her newest poetry collection, Bad Harvest, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in fall, 2018.

January Gill O’Neil is the author of Misery Islands (fall 2014) and Underlife (2009), both published by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University.

April Ossmann is author of Event Boundaries (Four Way Books, 2017), and Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and has published her poetry widely in journals including Colorado Review and Harvard Review, and in anthologies. Her poetry awards include a 2013 Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant and a Prairie Schooner Readers’ Choice Award. She has published essays including "Thinking Like an Editor: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript" (Poets & Writers, March/April 2011), and a biography/critical study of poet Lynda Hull in American Writers Supplement XXI (Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2011). Former executive director of Alice James Books, she owns a poetry consulting business, offering manuscript editing, publishing advice, tutorials, and workshops. She is a faculty editor for the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Sierra Nevada College. She lives in West Windsor, Vermont.

Holly Painter is a poet, writer, and editor from southeast Michigan. Her first full-length book of poetry, Excerpts from a Natural History, was published by Titus Books in Auckland, New Zealand in 2015. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have also been published in literary journals and anthologies in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Holly teaches writing and literature at the University of Vermont. 

Gregory Pardlo's collection Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf. Pardlo is a faculty member of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Rutgers University-Camden. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.

Ralph Pennel is the author of A World Less Perfect for Dying In, published by Cervena Barva Press. Ralph’s writing has appeared in Literary Orphans, F(r)iction, Tarpaulin Sky, The Cape Rock, Apercus Quarterly, Monologues From the Road, Right Hand Pointing, Rain Taxi Review of Books and various other publications in the U.S. and abroad. He teaches poetry and writing at Bentley University, in Waltham MA, and is a founding editor and the fiction editor of the online literary journal, Midway Journal ( His work has been nominated for a Pushcart, and he was twice a finalist for Somerville Poet Laureate.

Verandah Porche works as a poet-in-residence, performer and writing partner. Based in rural Vermont since 1968, she has published Sudden Eden (Verdant Books), The Body’s Symmetry (Harper and Row) and Glancing Off (See Through Books), and has pursued an alternative literary career, creating collaborative writing projects in nontraditional settings: literacy and crisis centers, hospitals, factories, nursing homes, senior centers, a 200 year-old Vermont tavern and an urban working class neighborhood. Broad Brook Anthology, a play for voices, honors the lives of elders in Guilford, Vermont. Listening Out Loud documents her residency with Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT. Verandah initiated—and for almost 30 years taught—the poetry program at Vermont’s Governor’s Institute on the Arts. “Come Over,” is a cd of songs written with Patty Carpenter, performed by the Dysfunctional Family Jazz band. She has read her work on NPR stations, in the Vermont State House and at the John Simon Guggenheim Museum. The Vermont Arts Council presented her with its Award of Merit in 1998, and its first Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education in 2015, and Marlboro College, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2012. Verandah was featured in “Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie.” “Shedding Light on the Working Forest,” a collaboration with visual artist Kathleen Kolb is currently showing around the U.S. She lives in Guilford, VT.

Kyle Potvin’s chapbook, Sound Travels on Water (Finishing Line Press), won the 2014 Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award. She was a past finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Times, Measure, The Huffington Post, JAMA, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Creek Review, and others. A member of the Powow River Poets and Hyla Brook Poets, she is an advisor to Frost Farm Poetry in Derry, NH, and helps produce the New Hampshire Poetry Festival.

Author of the New Yorker 2016 "Books We Love," Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter, Elizabeth A. I. Powell is also the author of “The Republic of Self” a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Winner of the Robert Dana Prize in Poetry in 2016, Powell also won a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Powell has also received a Vermont Council on the Arts grants and a Yaddo fellowship. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Handsome, Hobart, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Slope, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, and elsewhere. She is Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing. Her website is:

Anna Ross is the author of the collection If a Storm, and the chapbooks Figuring and Hawk Weather. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Southern Review, and Southern Humanities Review. She teaches in the Writing, Literature & Publishing Program at Emerson College and is a contributing poetry editor and reviewer for Salamander.

Marybeth Rua-Larsen lives on the south coast of Massachusetts and teaches at Bristol Community College. Her poems, essays, flash fiction and reviews have appeared in American Arts Quarterly, The Raintown Review, Cleaver, Measure, Literary Orphans, and Unsplendid. She won the 2011 Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition in Poetry in Galway, Ireland, the 2016 Parent-Writer Fellowship at Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the 2017 Luso-American Fellowship from Disquiet. Her chapbook Nothing In-Between is available from Barefoot Muse Press.

J.D. Scrimgeour’s third book of poetry, Lifting the Turtle (Turning Point) will appear in November 2017. He’s also the author of two books of nonfiction, including Themes For English B, which won the AWP Award for Nonfiction. With musician Phil Swanson, he released the CD of poetry and music, Ogunquit & Other Works. He coordinates the Creative Writing Program at Salem State University.

Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University and an editor at large of the Kenyon Review. Her poetry collections are Hard Child and No Object, and her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. 

Travis A Sharp is a queer poet and book artist living in Buffalo. Travis’ poems and essays have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, LIT, Puerto del Sol, Fact-Simile, Big Lucks, Entropy, and elsewhere. Travis is a co-founding editor of Small Po[r]tions Journal and Letter [r] Press, has an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell, and is a PhD student in English and the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo.

William Stratton currently lives and writes in Colchester, Vermont, and teaches writing and poetry at SUNY Plattsburgh. His first full-length collection of poetry, Under The Water Was Stone (published May of 2014), was nominated for the Kate Tufts Discovery award and the Eugene Paul Nassar Award. His second book, These Things Too Have Shape, was released in January of 2016. He has poetry published or forthcoming in: FIELD, Sugar House Review, Spillway, The Cortland Review, Best of Pif Magazine, The North American Review, Connotation Press, Canary, and others. He serves as the associate poetry editor at The Saranac Review, and his work has so far been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize.

Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. He conducts interviews and analyzes dreams for Drunk In A Midnight Choir. His recent poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Funhouse, Fanzine, Fence, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart, Plinth and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently HEART SUTRA (REALITY BEACH), and ABLAZA (Lithic Press)

Marjorie Tesser is the editor of Mom Egg Review. She is co-editor of the anthologies Bowery Women: Poems and Estamos Aquí: Poems of Migrant Farmworkers (Bowery Books) and the forthcoming Travellin’ Mama: Mothers, Mothering, and Travel (Demeter Press). She authored poetry chapbooks THE IMPORTANT THING IS (Firewheel Award Winner) and The Magic Feather.

Heather Treseler is the winner of the 2016 Frank O'Hara poetry prize and an Associate Professor of English at Worcester State University. Her poems and essays appear in Boston Review, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Southern Poetry Review, Pleiades, and Missouri Review,among other journals, and in four books about postwar American poetry. Her work has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Cindy Veach is the author of Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, November 2017). Her poetry has appeared in Agni, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Journal, North American Review and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the Grolier Prize and the Ann Stanford Prize and the recipient of an honorable mention in the Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest. She manages fundraising programs for non-profit organizations and lives in Manchester, Massachusetts. She is a co-curator for VOX MER: Mom Egg Review Online

Karla Van Vliet is the author of two collections of poems, From the Book of Remembrance and The River From My Mouth.  She is an Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize 2016 finalist and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Blue Heron Review, The Tishman Review, Green Mountains Review, Cronnog Magazine and others.  Her chapbook Fragments: From the Lost Book of the Bird Spirit is forthcoming from Folded Word. Van Vliet is a co-founder and editor of deLuge Journal, a literary and arts journal. She is a Integrative Dreamwork analyst and administrator of the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College. Van Vliet lives in Bristol, Vermont.

Richard Waring’s first full-length poetry collection, What Love Tells Me, was recently published by Word Poetry. He curates the Workshop for Publishing Poets reading series at Newtonville Books, and is a senior layout artist at New England Journal of Medicine.

Deborah Warren’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Yale Review. Her books include The Size of Happiness (2003, Waywiser Press), Zero Meridian (2004, Ivan R. Dee), New Criterion Poetry Prize, Dream With Flowers and Bowl of Fruit (2008, Evansville), Richard Wilbur Award, and Ausonius: The Moselle and Other Poems (2017, Routledge).