Moayyad al-Atteeli is a Palestinian poet, novelist, journalist and political activist, now living in Jordon. al-Attily has been published in Algerian and Jordanian papers and publications. He is a member of the Jordanian Writers Association and currently the JWA vice president. al-Attily has published four poetry collections: Which One Of Us Will Set UP The Guillotine (1976), A Special Communiqué (1982), The Wolf’s Song (1990), and But The Young Man Is A Stone (2012). He has also published four novels: Then You Die Alone (1980), The Sand Thread (1985), The Comprador (1992), and The Circles Of Embers (2005). He lives with his family in Amman.


Jimmy Santiago Baca was born in New Mexico of Indio-Mexican descent. Baca was raised first by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage. A runaway at age 13, Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison; where he learned to read and write and developed a passion for poetry. He holds a BA in English and PhD honorary degree in Literature from the University of New Mexico. Baca is the author of numerous poetry collections, his latest Esai Poems and Lucia. He is the winner of the Pushcart Prize, the American Book Award, the International Hispanic Heritage Award and for his memoir A Place to Stand. In 2006 he won the Cornelius P. Turner Award. The national award recognizes one GED graduate a year who has made outstanding contributions to society in education, justice, health, public service and social welfare.  Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others.


Will Barnes was raised in Colorado and has lived in New Mexico for 24 years. He is an ecologist and botanist, and teaches middle school language arts and science in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1998 and 1999, he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize while studying for
his masters in biology at the University of New Mexico. He has recent poems in the CutBank Review and has just completed his first manuscript of poems. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife and three children and is thrilled to contribute to the Taos Journal of Poetry and Art.


Chee Brossy is a poet and journalist living in Santa Fe. He is Diné, originally from Lukachukai, AZ. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts from where he received the Truman Capote Scholarship and studied with Jon Davis and James Stevens. He has written for the Navajo Times, where he won a Native American Journalists Association Best News Story. You can find Chee on the weekends at a basketball court around town.


Paige Buffington was born on May 18, 1987 in Gallup, New Mexico. She calls her hometown and its surrounding areas (the great Navajo Nation) her home. She is currently in her senior year at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., pursuing a degree in Creative Writing.



Victoria Chang’s third book of poems, The Boss is forthcoming in the fall of 2013 from McSweeney’s as part of the McSweeney’s Poetry Series. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta published in 2008 by the University of Georgia Press and Circle published in 2005 by the Southern Illinois University Press. She lives in Southern California and works in business.


Jon Davis is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Fe. He is the author of seven collections of poetry including, most recently, Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon, 2010). His previous book, Scrimmage of Appetite, was honored with a Lannan Literary Award. In addition to the Lannan Award, he has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and the Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Two chapbooks, Thelonious Sphere (Q Avenue Press) and With: A Collaborative Poem (Firewheel Editions) are forthcoming in 2013. He is currently Chair of the Creative Writing Department at the Institute of American Indian Arts and expects to begin directing IAIA’s proposed Low Residency MFA in Writing in 2013. He also appears and writes as Chuck Calabreze, Santa Fe’s unofficial Poète Maudit. Visit the Poet Laureate Blog here.


 Morgan Farley first visited the island of Sark while completing doctoral studies in English at the University of London.  She writes poetry, personal essays, and memoir. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Discovery Award. As editor and marketing director of the Museum of New Mexico Press, and as a psychotherapist specializing in creative process issues, Morgan has worked closely with writers for thirty years. She currently offers private coaching, editing, and manuscript consultations, and leads craft workshops for writers at home and abroad.


 Veronica Golos is co-editor of Taos Journal of Poetry & Art.





Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of three collections of poetry, including Mule & Pear, which was selected for the 2012 Inaugural Poetry Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her poetry and visual work has appeared widely. Griffiths is the recipient of numerous fellowships including Cave Canem Foundation, Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, and more. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.


Faleeha Hassan, born in Najaf, Iraq. Hassan holds an MA in Arabic Literature. Collections of poetry include Being a Girl, A Visit to the Museum of Shade, Gardenia Perfume, and others. Critical articles include Fragmentation of Alfa’ Over the Mirror. Narrative works include  Hazinia or Shortage of Joy Cells. She has been awarded prizes by the Arab Linguists and Translators Association and the Najafi Creative Festival. Faleeha is a member of Iraq Literary Women’s Association and on the editorial board Sada al Nahrain (Echos of Mesopotamia). Her poetry has been translated into English, Italian, German, and other languages.


Katherine Hastings is the author of Cloud Fire (Spuyten Duyvil, NYC, 2012) and several chapbooks.  Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies as well as The Book of Forms — A Handbook of Poetics (Lewis Putnam Turco, ed., 2012).  She is the host of WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM and curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sonoma County, California ( where she lives with her partner, CJ Rayhill, and chihuahua, Gizmo Federico Garcia Lorca.


Tyehimba Jess (Featured Poet) is a Detroit native. Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.”  Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-5 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000 – 2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He recently exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference. Jess is an Assistant Professor of English at College of Staten Island. Jess’ fiction and poetry have appeared in American Poetry Review, Beyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex, Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry, Brilliant Corners, Ploughshares,  Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, Mosaic, Blu Magazine, American Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Nashville Review and 580 Split.


George Kalamaras  (with Bootsie in photo), is the author of six full-length books of poetry, and seven chapbooks, including Symposium on the Body’s Left Side, Your Own Ox-Head Mask as Proof, The Recumbent Galaxy (co-authored with Alvaro Cardona-Hine), and Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck, winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Contest. He recently won the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest for his collection, The Mining Camps of the Mouth. He is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990.


Adrianne Kalfopoulou is the author of two collections of poetry, Wild Greens (2002) and Passion Maps (2009) both from Red Hen Press. Her essays and poems have appeared in various journals including World Literature Today, Hotel Amerika, and Room magazine. A collection of lyrical essays, Ruin, Essays in Exilic Living, is forthcoming in 2014. She lives in Athens where she teaches at the Hellenic American Educational Foundation. She is also part of the faculty of the Black Forest Writing Seminars in Freiburg, Germany and the adjunct faculty of the creative writing program at New York University.


Ron Koertge‘s poetry awards include California Arts Council and a National Endowment for the Arts.  His poems have been included in the Best American Poetry Series (1999 and 2006). In addition, he has garnered many awards for his novels for Young Adults including Friends of American Writers Young People’s Literature Award, New York Library’s 100 Best Children’s Books, ALA Notable Book,  ALA Best Book, and P.E.N. awards for 2003 and 2008 . Married to Bianca Richards, he lives in So. Pasadena, California, and taught at the city college in Pasadena for more than thirty-five years before retiring in 2002.


Dean Kostos’ poems, personal essays, and reviews have appeared in Assaracus, Barrow Street, Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, New Madrid, The Same, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine, Western Humanities Review, on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site, the Harvard UP Web site, and elsewhere. He is the author of the following collections: Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust. He was also the co-editor of Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers (A Lambda Book Award finalist) and the editor of Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry. He has taught poetry at the Gallatin School of New York University, the City University of New York, and Wesleyan. As a lecturer for Columbia Scholastic Press Association he has served as literary judge for the Gold Crown and Gold Circles Awards. He was also a recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship.


Susan McCabe, former Director of the PhD in Literature and Creative Writing, is a professor of English at USC, teaching modernist poetics, creative writing, and film.  Her publications include many essays, poems and reviews, two critical books: Elizabeth Bishop: Her Poetics of Loss in 1994, and Cinematic Modernism: Modern Poetry and Film (Cambridge University Press, 2005); two books of poetry: Swirl (Red Hen Press, 2003); Descartes’ Nightmare won the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in 2008 and was published by Utah University Press.  She held a fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin in 2011, and serves on the MLA executive division in poetry.  Currently, she is completing a literary biography of Bryher: Female Husband of Modernism and a book of poems, Fates


Molly Peacock is a widely anthologized poet and creative nonfiction writer.  Her latest work of nonfiction is The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72.  Her most recent collection of poems is The Second Blush.  Her work appears in The Best American Essays, the Best American Poetry, and the Oxford Book of American Poetry.  One of the creators of New York’s Poetry in Motion program, she co-edited Poetry In Motion: One Hundred Poems From the Subways and Buses.  She is also the editor of an anthology of essays, The Private I and a book about reading poetry, How to Read a Poem and Start a Poetry Circle.  A dual citizen of the US and Canada, Molly Peacock also serves as the Series Editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English.


 Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guåhan/Guam. He is the co-founder of Ala Press, co-star of the poetry album Undercurrent (Hawai’i Dub Machine, 2011), and author of two collections of poetry: from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Tinfish Press, 2008) and from unincorporated territory [saina] (Omnidawn Publishing, 2010), a finalist for the LA Times 2010 Book Prize for Poetry and the winner of the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. He is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, where he teaches Pacific literature and creative writing.


 Howard Rambsy II is a professor of literature and the director of the Black Studies program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He writes, blogs, and designs mixed media exhibits concentrating on African American poetry and literary art.



Tomaž Šalamun lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He taught Spring semester 2011 at Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas. His recent books translated into English are Woods and Chalices, Poker, There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair, The Blue Tower and On the Tracks of Wild Game.



Nizar Sartawi is a Jordanian poet and translator of Palestinian descent. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Jordan in Amman and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Minnesota in the U.S. His first collection of Arabic poetry, Between Two Eras, was published in 2011. Sartawi’s translations have been published throughout the world and on the Internet. Currently, he is preparing poetry and short story anthologies for Jordanian writers that he is translating into English. In addition, he is preparing a number of anthologies of world poetry that he has translated into Arabic. Sartawi lives with his family in Amman, Jordan.



 Catherine Strisik is co-editor of Taos Journal of Poetry & Art.




Mecca Jamilah Sullivan holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her essays on Afrodiasporic identity and poetics have appeared or are forthcoming in GLQ, Jacket2, American Visions, Palimpsest: Journal on Women, Gender and the Black International, Ms. Magazine online and The Feminist Wire, where she serves on the Editorial Collective as Arts & Culture editor. She is the winner of the Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, and honors from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, American Short Fiction, and the Center for Fiction in New York City, where she was awarded the 2011 Emerging Writer fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in Callaloo, Best New Writing, American Fiction: Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers, Crab Orchard Review, Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories, Lumina, BLOOM, Philadelphia Stories, and many others. She is currently Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow at Williams College, where she teaches course on poetics and identity in literatures of the African Diaspora. Her short story collection, Blue Talk and Love, will be published in 2013.


Judith Thompson worked for thirty years as senior management of major symphony orchestras in the San Francisco Bay area, Denver, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and New York before she retired and moved with her husband Michael Barr Thompson to Taos, New Mexico in 2007. She strongly believes in the resonant and rhythmic power of language and music.


 Thomas Tsalapatis was born in Athens. He studied in the Faculty of Theatre Studies at Athens University. In 2007, he wrote and co-directed the play “All the Clocks in the City”. Since 2008, he has been writing articles for the newspaper Epochi and other publications and web magazines, as well as performing as a Stand-up comedian. In 2011, the book W.B Yeats (which he translated in collaboration with the poet Michalis Papantonopoulos) was released by Ekati Publishers. In the same year, the same publishers released his first poetry collection, Dawn is Slaughter Mister Krak, for which he was awarded the State Award for Best Literary Artist Debut 2012. Some of his poems have been translated in Spanish and Russian. The poet runs the blog Groucho Marxism at


Michael T. Young has published three collections of poetry: Transcriptions of Daylight, Because the Wind Has Questions and, most recently, Living in the Counterpoint.  He received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  He received a William Stafford Award and the Chaffin Poetry Award.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous print and online journals including Fogged Clarity, Iodine Poetry Journal, The Potomac Review, The Raintown Review, and The Same.  His work is also in the anthologies Phoenix Rising and Chance of a Ghost and forthcoming in The Bug Book, and In the Black/In the Red.  He lives with his wife and children in Jersey City, New Jersey.