Volume 11, October 2014


Contributor’s Notes

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, D.M. Aderibigbe graduated in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos. His poetry appears in African American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Bayou, Folio, Hotel Amerika, Poet Lore, RHINO, Stand, among others, and has been featured on Verse Daily. He currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria where he is working on his first book of poems, My Mothers’ Songs and Other Similar Songs I Learnt. He thinks God loves you.(vol. 11)

Rachel J. Bennett enjoys trees. Her chapbook, On Rand McNally’s World, is forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2015. Individual poems have appeared in journals including Big Lucks, inter|rupture, Permafrost, Salt Hill, Similar:Peaks::, Sixth Finch, Spittoon, Toad, and Verse Daily. She was recently Poet of the Week through Brooklyn Poets and watches the world here and @rachtree11.(vol. 11)

MRB Chelko is the recipient of a 2013 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Manhattations. Her work has appeared numerous chapbooks and journals — current and forthcoming publications include: Anti-, Birdfeast, Poetry International, Sixth Finch, and Washington Square Review. She lives in Manhattan and holds an MFA in Writing from the University of New Hampshire.(vol. 4)(vol. 11)

Claire Cronin is an artist from Los Angeles who makes poems, songs, and performances. She is the author of the chapbook Therese (H_NGM_N Books, 2014) and the winner of the Fairy Tale Review 2014 Poetry Award, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Some of her work can be found in issues of DIALOGIST, NightBlock, Yalobusha Review, and The Volta. For more: here.(vol. 11)

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem fellow and a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Sinister Wisdom, Union Station, The Feminist Wire, T/OUR Magazine, PLUCK! and others. More here.(vol. 11)

Trevor Fuller is an MFA candidate in fiction at Wichita State University and
fiction editor of mojo. His work has appeared in Burningword and Rainy Day.(vol. 11)

francine j. harris’s first collection, allegiance, was a finalist for the 2013 Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared in Rattle, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Indiana Review among others. Originally from Detroit, she is a Cave Canem fellow and joins the creative writing faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts in the fall of 2014.(vol. 11)

zakia henderson-brown has received fellowships and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Callaloo Journal, and Cave Canem. Her poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Reverie, and others. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013 by Beloit Poetry Journal and has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Currently, zakia serves as The New Jim Crow Outreach Coordinator and Associate Editor at non-profit publisher The New Press. She lives in her native Brooklyn with cat Onyx; more good stuff here.(vol. 11)

Christopher Klingbeil has toured the American West as a government lumberjack and forester. He took MFAs away from Boise State and Colorado State University. Recent works appear, or are forthcoming, in Alice Blue Review, Radar Poetry, Salt Hill, Smoking Glue Gun, and Utter. His chapbook, evaporatus, won the 2013 Jenny Catlin Chapbook Competition, and is available courtesy of ELJ Publications.(vol. 11)

Carly Joy Miller is a SoCal native through and through. She is an assistant managing editor for the Los Angeles Review, a contributing editor for Poetry International, and a founding editor of Locked Horn Press. She is also the co-curator of the reading series, The Brewyard. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, Linebreak, Tupelo Quarterly, Muzzle, and elsewhere. More can be found here.(vol. 11)

Joel Minor is the curator of the Modern Literature Collection at Washington University in St. Louis, where he lives with his family. He has published non-fiction in Southwestern American Literature and poetry in UCity Review. He hopes someday to publish the chapbook he put together and see to completion the multi-part, narrative poem he started.(vol. 11)

Jamie North holds an MFA from St. Mary’s College of CA. She has worked as a teaching assistant at UC Berkeley and St. Mary’s College and offers experiential poetry workshops in the Bay Area of California. Her poems have appeared in journals including APIARY and she is working on a chapbook Place, Love, Soma.(vol. 11)

Kayla Pongrac is an avid writer, reader, tea drinker, and record spinner. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in theNewerYork, HOOT, Split Lip Magazine, Oblong, The Bohemyth, DUM DUM Zine, and Nat. Brut, among others. When she’s not writing creatively, she’s writing professionally—for two newspapers and a few magazines in her hometown of Johnstown, PA. To read more of Kayla’s work, visit here or follow her on Twitter @KP_the_Promisee.(vol. 11)

Anna Saikin is a PhD candidate in English at Rice University. She is the reviews editor for NANO Fiction. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Bound Off, Pleiades, and Concho River Review.(vol. 11)

Sam Sax is a Fellow at The Michener Center for Writers and The Associate Poetry Editor for Bat City Review. He’s the two-time Bay Area Unified Grand Slam Champion and author of the chapbooks, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters (Button Poetry, 2014) & sad boy / detective (Winner of the 2014 Black Lawrence Chapbook Prize). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Anti-, Boston Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, Minnesota Review, Normal School, Paris-American, Rattle and other journals.(vol. 11)

Brian Simoneau’s first book, River Bound (C&R Press, 2014), won the 2013 De Novo Prize. His poems have appeared in Boulevard, Cave Wall, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, The Georgia Review, Mid-American Review, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.(vol. 11)

Jacob Victorine is a performance poet and MFA graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize, his poems appear in places such as DIALOGIST, Columbia Poetry Review, Phantom Limb, PANK, and Muzzle Magazine, for which he also writes book reviews. He is the Senior Editorial Assistant for Court Green.(vol. 11)