Volume 10, July 2014


Contributor’s Notes

Hanif Abdurraqib writes poems when he is not sitting in his Columbus, Ohio apartment eating red velvet cake, or judgmentally thumbing through your record collection. His first collection of poems, Three Crosses, was released in December 2012, and his second collection, Sons of Noah, is forthcoming from Tired Hearts Press in 2014.(vol. 10)

Destiny Birdsong is currently a lecturer and academic adviser at Vanderbilt University, where she received her MFA in poetry in 2009, and her PhD in English in 2012. Her work has appeared in RATTLE, Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems (2008-2009), Potomac Review, and other publications.(vol. 10)

Nathan Blake’s chapbook Going Home Nowhere and Fast is forthcoming from Winged City Press, and he is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. You can find some of his writing at here.(vol. 10)

Meg Day, recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize (forthcoming 2014), When All You Have Is a Hammer (winner of the 2012 Gertrude Press Chapbook Contest) and We Can’t Read This (winner of the 2013 Gazing Grain Chapbook Contest). A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner, she has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah. For information go here.(vol. 10)

Sean DesVignes is the author of Take My Eyes To The Dry Cleaners (evolNYC, 2014). His poetry has won the Beatrice Dubin Rose Award & the Burton A. Goldberg Poetry Prize. A poetry editor at Kinfolks Quarterly, Sean’s own work appears or is forthcoming in Solstice Literary Journal, The Bakery, [PANK], Kweli, & more.(vol. 10)

Safia Elhillo is Sudanese by way of Washington DC and New York City. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at the New School, and a poetry editor at Kinfolks Quarterly: a journal of black expression.(vol. 10)

John James received his M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University, where he received an Academy of American Poets Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Best New Poets 2013, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Editor at Phantom Limb Press and co-curates the Speak Social Reading Series in Louisville, Kentucky. Find him here.(vol. 10)

Eve Jones is the author of the poetry collection Bird In the Machine (Turning Point, 2010). Her work has appeared in journals such as AGNI, Blackbird, Hotel Amerika, Natural Bridge, and Poet Lore. A native Midwesterner, she lives in rural England and teaches in the Lindenwood University MFA in Writing program. Her website is here.(vol. 10)

Arian Katsimbras was born and raised in Reno, Nevada where he received his BA from the University of Nevada-Reno. He is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech where he also teaches English and serves as the poetry editor of the minnesota review. He has had poems most recently published in The Meadow, THRUSH, and Muzzle Magazine.(vol. 10)

Peter LaBerge is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. His recent poetry is featured or forthcoming in PANK, A-Minor Magazine, Word Riot, DIAGRAM, Weave Magazine, and Hanging Loose, among others. He grew up in Connecticut, and currently serves as the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Adroit Journal.(vol. 10)

Airea D. Matthews, a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a former Zell Postgraduate Poetry Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MFA in poetry and was awarded the 2011 Michael R. Gutterman Prize. Her nonfiction prose, poetry, and fiction have appeared in a number of periodicals, including Michigan Quarterly Review, The Baffler, WSQ, Indiana Review, and The Missouri Review. She serves as associate editor for and lives in Detroit.(vol. 10)

Hieu Minh Nguyen is a native of Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of This Way to the Sugar (Write Bloody Press, 2014). He is a curator for "Inside Voices" a reading series presented by Button Poetry, an organization dedicated to publishing, producing, and promoting poetry. His work has also appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as The Journal, PANK, Anti-, Muzzle, decomP, Indiana Review, and other journals. He also works at a haberdashery.(vol. 10)

Annmarie O’Connell is a lifelong resident of the South Side of Chicago. Her work has appeared in Slipstream, SOFTBLOW, Verse Daily, Curbside Splendor, and Whiskey Island Magazine. Her chapbook Her Last Cup of Light was published by Aldrich Press.(vol. 10)

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic 2008) and Black Peculiar, which won the Noemi Press book award in 2010. Her most recent work is I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men and What I Had On, a digital chapbook from Sibling Rivalry Press. A Cave Canem fellow, she holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and curates the annual reading series Courting Risk. Visit her website: here.(vol. 10)

Michelle Whittaker is a poet, composer, and pianist. Her poems have recently appeared and are forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Southampton Review, Xandau, Drunken Boat, Great Weather for Media, White Space Project Anthology, and Long Island Quarterly. She received a 2009 Jody Donohue Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize special mention, and Cave Canem fellowship. Find more {link}.(vol. 10)

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and recipient of a Bread Loaf scholarship. He holds an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University. Keith’s poetry has been published in 2 chapbooks: Generation Oz (Finishing Line Press) and Kindermeal (Imaginary Friend Press). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, 32 Poems, Cider Press Review, Anti-, Muzzle, Mobius, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. More information can be found here.(vol. 10)