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Rae Armantrout
2010 Featured Author
RAE ARMANTROUT is the winner of both the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and the 2010 National Book Award in poetry for her collection, Versed. A Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry, Armantrout is a native Californian, educated at UC Berkeley, where she studied with Denise Levertov, and San Francisco State University. She was at the center of the first generation of Language Poets, the group in the U.S. most often credited with introducing poetry to postmodernity. Armantrout has published ten books of poems and her work is well anthologized: Best American Poetry 2002, 2005, 2007, and 2009; American Hybrid; Poems of the Women’s Movement; The Oxford Book of American Poetry; and Postmodern American Poetry, a Norton Anthology. She continues to publish in diverse journals such as The New Yorker, Poetry, Conjunctions, Partisan Review, and The LA Times. In 2000, A Wild Salience, a collection of critical writings on the work of Rae Armantrout was published. She has directed the New Writing Series at UCSD since 1989.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry collections Extremities (The Figures, 1978), The Invention of Hunger (Tuumba, 1979), Precedence (Burning Deck, 1985), Necromance (Sun & Moon Press, 1991), Couverture (Les Cahiers de Royaumont, 1991), Made to Seem (Sun & Moon Press, 1995), writing the plot about sets (Chax Press, 1998), Veil: New & Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), Up to Speed (Wesleyan University Press, 2004), Next Life (Wesleyan University Press, 2007), Versed (Wesleyan University Press, 2009), and Money Shot (Wesleyan University Press, 2011). Her prose works include True, a memoir (Atelos, 1998); The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography (Mode A/This Press, 2007); and Collected Prose (Singing Horse Press, 2007). Her translations include the work Narrativ (Luxbooks, 2009).
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Tony Barnstone
2011 Featured Author
TONY BARNSTONE is a poet, translator, editor, and writer of fiction. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley where he studied under the poets Robert Pinsky and Robert Pass. He has authored twelve books and was the winner of the Benjamin Saltman Award in Poetry, the John Ciardi Prize, the Grand Prize in the Strokestown International Poetry Festival. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, as well as a Pushcart Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award, the Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, the Sow's Ear Poetry Context, the Milton Dorfman Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize, and the Cecil Hemley Award. His work has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, and German. He is currently The Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry collections Impure (1999), Sad Jazz: Sonnets (2005), The Golem of Los Angeles (2007), and Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (2009). His translations include Laughing Lost in the Mountains: Selected Poems of Wang Wei (1992), The Anchor Book of Chinese Poetry (2005), and Chinese Erotic Poems (2007). Textbooks include Literatures of Asia, Africa, and Latin America (1999); Literatures of the Middle East (2002); and Literatures of Asia (1999).
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Jen Bervin
2009 Featured Author
JEN BERVIN is a poet and visual artist whose large-scale sewn composites of Emily Dickinson's fascicle marks have been internationally exhibited. Her fellowships and honors include, among others, the Edward M. Lannan Prize, the Letterpress Workshop Fellowship, the Dickinson Research stipend, the MacDowell Colony Residency Fellowship, the Carmago Foundation Fellowship from France, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation Residency. Her poems have been published in a number of anthologies and catalogues, including Against Expression: an Anthology of Conceptual Writing and Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Fiction. She is currently a Contributing Editor for the journal jubilat and lives in Brooklyn.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books Under What is Not Under, The Red Box, A Non- Breaking Space, Nets, The Desert, and The Silver Book. She has also written The Dickinson Composites.
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Stephanie Brown
2011 Featured Author
STEPHANIE BROWN is a poet whose works have appeared in four annual editions of The Best America Poetry, and her poetry and essays have been anthologized in American Poetry: The Next Generation, Great American Prose Poems, and other collections. She has been awarded an NEA Fellowship and the Margaret Bridgman Fellowship in Poetry at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, she has taught creative writing but primarily makes her living as a librarian and library manager. She is the book review editor for Connotation Press and the poetry editor for Zocalo Public Square, and works as the regional branch manager for OC Public Libraries in southern California.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books Allegory of the Supermarket (University of Georgia Press, 1999) and Domestic Interior (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008).
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Victoria Chang
2012 Featured Author
VICTORIA CHANG is a Southern California poet who earned her MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Her works have been published in a number of literary journals and magazines such as The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, Slate, Ploughshares, and The Nation. She won the Crab Orchard Review Open Competition Award in 2004 for her first book, and won the Cohen Award in 2007; she was in the Winner's Circle of the Association for Asian American Book Award; and she has won fellowships for both the BreadLoaf Writers' and Sewanee Writer's Conferences.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005) and Salvinia molesta: poems (University of Georgia Press, 2008). She also edited the anthology entitled Title Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press, 2004).
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Richard Deming
2009 Featured Author
RICHARD DEMING is a poet and a theorist who works on the philosophy of literature. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Buffalo, where he studied with Robert Creeley, Charles Bernstein, and Susan Howe. His poems have appeared in such places as Sulfur, Field, Indiana Review, and The Nation, as well as Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present. He was awarded the Norma Farmer First Book Award and the John P. Birkelund Berlin Prize. He edits Phylum Press with poet and wife Nancy Kuhl. He also currently serves as a lecturer at Yale University.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry book Let's Not Call it Consequence (Shearsman Books, 2008) and the critical work Listening on All Sides: Toward an Emersonian Ethics of Reading (Stanford University Press, 2008).
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Linh Dinh
2009 Featured Author
LINH DINH is a translator, editor, and poet and fiction writer who was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1963, came to the US in 1975, and has also lived in Italy and England. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007 and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among many other places. His poems and stories have been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and he has been invited to read his works all over the United States and in London, Cambridge, Paris, Berlin and Reykjavik. He has also published widely in Vietnamese.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books Drunkard Boxing (Singing Horse Press, 1998), All Around What Empties Out (Subpress, 2003), American Tatts (Chax Press, 2005), Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2006), Linh Dinh Chich Koai (Nha xuat ban Giay Vun, 2007), Jam Alerts (Chax Press, 2007), and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (Chax Press, 2009); the short story collections entitled Fake House (Seven Stories, 2000) and Blood & Soap (Seven Stories, 2004); and the novel Love Like Hate (Seven Stories, 2010). He edited the anthologies Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press, 1996), Night, Again: contemporary Fiction from Vietnam and Three Vietnamese Poets (Seven Stories Press, 1996); and translated Night, Fish and Charlier Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (Tupelo, 2006).
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Kate Gale
2012 Featured Author
KATE GALE is a poet, librettist, and independent publisher, and the founder of Red hen press. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Arizona State University, received her M.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis from CSU Northridge, and was awarded a Ph.D. in English from Claremont Graduate University. She has published multiple collections of poetry and written librettos to two operas. Among other awards, she has won the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, the Claremont Graduate University Fellowship, and the Mitchell Lathrop Fellowship. Kate speaks widely on independent publishing and how writers can become published authors.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetic collections Mating Season (Tupelo Press, 2004), Lake of Fire (Winter Street Press, 2000), Fishers of Men (Red hen Press, 2000), African Sleeping Beauty (Blue Beginnings Publishing, 2000), Selling the Hammock (Red hen Press, 1998), Where Crows & men Collide (Red Hen Press, 1995), Water Moccasins (Title Wave Press, 1994), and Blue Air (Garden Street Press, 1993). She has edited several additional collections of poetry, including The Crucifix is Down (Red Hen Press, 2005), Fake-City Syndrome (Red Hen Press, 2002), Blue Cathedral (Red Hen press, 2000), and Anyone is Possible (Red Hen Press, 1997). Her librettos include Rio de Sangre with composer Don Davis, Paradises Lost with Ursula K. Le Guin and composer Stephen Andrew Taylor, Kindred with composer Billy Childs, and Inner Circle with composer Daniel Felsenfield.
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Kate Greenstreet
2009 Featured Author
KATE GREENSTREET is a painter, graphic designer, and poet. Her new work can be found in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, Volt, Fence, Boston Review, and other journals. Her videos can be viewed in Medium, Dewclaw, Slope, Trickhouse, and Evening Will Come. Her work has also been frequently anthologized. Ahsahta will publish her third book, Young Tambling, in 2013.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books case sensitive and -The Last 4 Things. Her chapbooks include our weakness no stranger, CALLED, "but even now I am perhaps not speaking" This is why I hurt you, Rushes, and Learning the Language. A small work entitled Statues was available briefly in 2006.
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Mark Jarman
2012 Featured Author
MARK JARMAN is a poet and critic often identified with the New Narrative branch of New Formalism. He is the author of ten books of poetry, two books of essays, and is the co-editor of several works. He has won numerous prizes for his work, among the most recent of which are the Balcones Poetry Prize and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; he has also been awarded several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Jarman currently works as the Centennial Professor of English and the Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books North Sea (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1978), The Rote Walker (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1981), Far and Away (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1985), The Black Riviera (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), Iris (Story Line Press, 1992), Questions for Ecclesiastes (Story Line Press, 1997), Unholy Sonnets (Story Line Press, 2000), To the Green Man (Sarabande Books, 2004), Epistles (Sarabande Books, 2007), and Bone Fires: New and Selected Poems (Sarabande Books, 2001). His non-fiction works include The Reaper Essays, written with Robert McDowell (Story Line Press, 1996); The Secret of Poetry (Story Line Press, 2001), and Body & Soul: Essays on Poetry (University of Michigan Press, 2002). He also co-edited the work Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the New Formalism (Story Line Press, 1996) with David Mason.
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Allison Joseph
2010 Featured Author
ALLISON JOSEPH is a poet, editor, and professor who lives, writes and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She also serves as editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, a national journal of literary works, and director of the Young Writers Workshop, a coed residential creative writing summer workshop for high-school writers. She also serves as moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, an online list- serve that distributes calls for submissions and literary contest information to writers free of charge. She has received fellowships and awards from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Illinois Arts Council, among others.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry collections What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997), Imitation of life: poems (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003), Worldly Pleasures (WordTech Communications, 2004), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press, 2009), and My Father's Kites: Poems (Steel Toe Books, 2010).
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Nancy Kuhl
2009 Featured Author
Nancy Kuhl is a poet and co-editor of Phylum Press, a small poetry publisher. She has won the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize. She is Curator of Poetry for the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books Suspend (Shearsman Books, 2010) and The Wife of the Left Hand (Shearsman Books, 2007); and the chapbooks Little Winter Theater (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), Means of Securing Houses &c. from Mischief by Thunder & Lightning (Propolis Press), The Nocturnal Factory (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), and In the Arbor (Kent State University Press). She has also authored two exhibition catalogs entitled Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts and Extravagant Crowd: Carl Van Vechten's Portraits of Women.
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Karen An-hwei Lee
2009 Featured Author
KAREN AN-HWEI LEE is a poet, translator, and critic. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her first published collection of poems won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award. Other awards include the John Hawkes Prize, the Beinecke Foundation Fellowship, the Yoshiko Uchida Foundation Fellowship, the Eisner Prize, the Swan Scythe Press Prize, and the National Endowment of the Arts Literature Grant.. She has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony of the Arts and the Millay Arts Colony. She lives and teaches in Southern California.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books Phyla of Joy (Tupelo Press, 2012), In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008), and Erythropoiesis; and the chapbooks Women at the Well (Brown University Press, 1997) and God's One Hundred Promises (Swan Scythe Press, 2002).
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Amy Newlove Schroeder
2011 Featured Author
AMY NEWLOVE SCHROEDER is a poet and founding editor of POOL, a poetry journal. Her first book won the Field Prize, and she has published both poetry and prose in The Boston Review, Ploughshares, Colorado Review, Seneca Review, American Poetry Review and Denver Quarterly. Her work appears in both Turkish and English in the Turkis journal Cevrem Edebiyati. She earned her Ph.D. from USC, after which she lived and taught in Istanbul for a year. A Los Angeles native, she currently teaches at the University of La Verne.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry book The Sleep Hotel (Oberlin College Press, 2010).
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Patty Seyburn
2010 Featured Author
PATTY SEYBURN's has written three book of poems, which won the Green Rose Prize given by New Issues Press, the 1997 Marianne Moore Poetry Prize and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award for 2000, respectively. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including The Paris Review, Poetry, New England Review, Field, Slate, Crazyhorse, Cutbank, Quarterly West, Bellingham Review, Boston Review, Cimarron Review, Third Coast, and Western Humanities Review. Seyburn grew up in Detroit. She earned a B.S. and an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Poetry & Literature from the University of Houston. She is currently an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach and the co-editor of POOL: A Journal of Poetry.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books Diasporadic (Helicon Nine, 1997), Mechanical Cluster (Ohio State University Press, 2002), and Hilarity (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2009).
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William Stobb
2012 Featured Author
WILLIAM STOBB is a poet whose work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, American Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and Denver Quarterly. His monthly column on poetry and poetics, "Hard to Say," is podcast by miPOradio. He co-curated a monthly reading series at The Pump House Regional Arts Center for seven years, and currently works as Associate Editor for Conduit. He has won several awards, including the Academy of American Poets' Thomas McGrath Award, the Nevada Arts Council Poetry Fellowship, and the National Poetry Series for 2006. Stobb also writes a blog discussing poetry, poetics, and providing reviews of poetry books by other authors.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry books entitled For Better Night Vision: Poems (Black Rock, 2001), Nervous Systems (Penguin Books, 2007), Artifact Eleven: Desert Poems (Black Rock, 2010), and Absentia (Penguin Books, 2011).
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Lynne Thompson
2010 Featured Author
LYNNE THOMPSON is a poet whose work has won the 2007 Perugia Press First Book Award as well as the 2009 Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Thompson’s poetry appeared or is forthcoming in the Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Margie, Ploughshares, Sou’Wester, and numerous online e-zines. In 2009 and 2010, Emory University and Scripps College commissioned her to write poems to accompany a dance recital and the installation of Harriet Tubman, respectively. A lawyer by training, Thompson is the Director of Employee & Labor Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the chapbooks We Arrive By Accumulation (SeaMoon Press, 2002) and Through A Window, and the full-length poetry book Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007).
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Allison Benis White
2009 Featured Author
ALLISON BENIS WHITE's debut work won the 2008 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Competition. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Ploughshares, and Pleiades, among other journals. Her honors include the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, the Bernice Slote Award from Prairie Schooner, and a Writers Exchange Award from Poets & Writers. She is currently at work on a second manuscript, Small Porcelain Head, which received the 2008 James D. Phelan Award for a work-in-progress from The San Francisco Foundation. She teaches at the University of California, Irvine, and Chapman University.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the poetry book Self-Portrait with Crayon (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009).
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Tom Zoellner
2011 Featured Author
TOM ZOELLNER is a creative nonfiction writer and journalist. He has worked as a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Arizona Republic. His second novel won the Science Writing Award of the American Institute of Physics. He currently works as a Professor of English at Chapman University.
PUBLISHED WORKS INCLUDE the non-fiction books Homemade Biography: How to Collect, Record, & Preserve Oral History (St. Martin's Griffin, 2007); An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography (Penguin Books, 2007); The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds, Deceit, and Desire(Picador, 2007); Uranium: War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World (Viking Adult, 2009); and A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America (Viking Adult, 2011). His new book, Train: Smoke, Iron and the Invention of the Modern World, is due out in 2013.
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Maureen Alsop
2013 Featured Author
Maureen Alsop is the author of two full collections of poetry, Mantic and Apparition Wren. She is the winner of Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in various journals including The Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review.
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Sholeh Wolpé
2013 Featured Author
Sholeh Wolpé is the author of three collections of poetry, two books of translations, and a play and is the editor of three anthologies. She is the recipient of Lois Roth Persian Translation Award for her book Sin—Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad. Wolpé teaches poetry and literary translation at the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program. She lives in Los Angeles.
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C. K. Williams
2013 Featured Author
C. K. Williams has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors. In 2010, he published a critical study, On Whitman, and a book of poetry, Wait. In 2012, he published a book of poems, Writers Writing Dying, and a book of essays, In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest.
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Nina Corwin
2013 Featured Author
Nina Corwin is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Her poetry has appeared in From the Fishouse, Drunken Boat, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Southern Poetry Review, and Verse. Corwin, a Pushcart nominee, is also an Advisory Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. In daytime hours, she is a psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.
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Seth Michelson
2013 Featured Author
Seth Michelson’s most recent books are Eyes Like Broken Windows, winner of the 2013 International Book Awards, and El Ghetto/The Ghetto: A Bilingual Edition, which is his translation of El ghetto by the internationally acclaimed Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain. He teaches at the University of Southern California, and he can be found at

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