Erin Bad Hand is an iyeska poet; Lakota, Eastern Cherokee and a myriad of others. She is a dancer, a singer, a traveler, and a lover of life. She has her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; she has been a Macondo Fellow, an Enchanted Land Fellow at A Room Of Her Own Foundation, has given readings and performances across the country, and has worked often with youth in spoken word, art and community involvement. She has been published in Chokecherries (A SOMOS Anthology), The Sister Fund Newsletter, Taos Poetry Circus: The Nineties (2002), Fnews Magazine, Drunken Boat, The Prairie Schooner, among others, and has a chapbook published by the Hulbert Center Press of Colorado College titled And Then Everyone Can Rest(2002).


Ellen Bass has published Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon), named a Notable Book by San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002), winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her work is published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Progressive, and The Kenyon Review. She teaches at Pacific University. (photo credit: Irene Young)


Laynie Browne is the author of nine collections of poetry and two novels. Her work appears in the second edition of The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, and recent books include Roseate, Points of Gold, and The Ivory Hour. She is co-editor of I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women.


Nancy Eimer‘s fourth poetry collection, Oz, was published by Carnegie Mellon in 2011. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Field, Crazyhorse, Alaska Quarterly, Hunger Mountain and Cimarron Review, and she teaches creative writing at Western Michigan University.


Kinga Fabó is a published Hungarian poet, author of On the Verge, Anesthesia, The Ears, etc. She has an essay on Sylvia Plath as well.


Linda Kemper Fair’s poetry, essays, and literary reviews have appeared in Turning Wheel, The Horsefly, Drinking from the Stream, and HOWL Magazine. A dedicated gardener and environmentalist, she is currently collaborating on a documentary about the drought in northeastern New Mexico. She lives in Taos, New Mexico.


Forugh Farrokhzad is arguably one of the most significant Iranian poets of the twentieth century. Born in 1935, she was a poet of great audacity and extraordinary talent. Her poetry was the poetry of protest– protest through revelation– revelation of the innermost world of women (considered taboo until then). She is one of the beloved modern poets of Iran who died in a car crash at 32. Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad  translated and edited by Sholeh Wolpé was awarded the Lois Roth Persian Translation Award in 2010.


Ross Gay is the author of the books Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and the forthcoming Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Spring, 2015). His poems and essays have appeared in The Sun, Orion, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry at Indiana University, Bloomington.


Rebecca Kaiser Gibson’s poetry has appeared in Agni, Antigonish, Field, Greensboro Review, Harvard Review, MARGIE, Northwest Review, Pleiades, Salamander, Slate, and Tupelo Quarterly among others. She’s won an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, had residences at the MacDowell Colony and The Heinrich Boll Cottage in Ireland. She received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach poetry writing in India. This year she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and named one of two runners up by Mark Doty for the Sunken Garden chapbook contest. She teaches poetry at Tufts.


C. John Graham’s poetry has appeared in The Laurel Review, Blue Mesa Review, Kestrel, Birmingham Poetry Review, the anthology Off Channel, and many other publications. He was the winner of the 2009 New Mexico Discovery Award in Poetry, and his manuscript, Degrees of Freedom, was a finalist in the 2011 Subito Press competition. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and, until retirement, was the safety manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s particle accelerator facility. He now does volunteer work for Eckankar and serves as a search-and-rescue pilot for Civil Air Patrol.


Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014), Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014), domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013), One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press, 2003), When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering (New Issues Press, 2002), and Desdemona’s Fire (Lotus Press 1999). Her poems have been most recently anthologized in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets, Black Nature, and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. She has been awarded fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and Yaddo. She teaches at the University of Colorado – Boulder.


Tanya Lukin Linklater (featured poett) is Alutiiq with family from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in southern Alaska. She is an artist whose practice spans experimental choreography, performance, video, and text. Her publications include poetry and essays, in Drunken Boat, Ice Floe, Western Front Gallery, McLaren Art Centre, and fifty3 magazine. She is interested in the interstices between poetry and visual art, women’s stories, indigenous languages, and pedagogy. Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours). She was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature in 2013 and has received generous support from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Tanya lives in northern Ontario, Canada, with her husband and three children.


Gary Worth Moody‘s first collection of poems is Hazards of Grace (Red Mountain Press 2012) His second book Occoquan, (forthcoming from Red Mountain Press), depicts the struggles of women for emancipation and suffrage in the environs of Virginia’s piedmont region and the infamous Occoquan Workhouse. A graduate of St. John’s College and of the George Mason University MFA Program, Gary’s poems have appeared in myriad journals on both sides of the Atlantic, and in the anthology, Cabin Fever, Poets at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin, 1984-2001 (Word Works Press). A falconer, Gary lives in Santa Fe with artist and writer, Oriana Rodman, two dogs and a red-tail hawk.


Granaz Moussavi was born in Tehran and is a poet and filmmaker. Her first collection, Sketching on the Night, published underground in Tehran in 1996 was lauded as “a fresh experience in imagery and poetic language.” Her second book, Barefoot Till Morning won the Karnameh’s best poetry book of the year award in 2001. Other books include The Songs of the Forbidden Woman and The Survivors of Patience. She’s completed a Doctorate in Film Studies and Filmmaking at University of Western Sydney. The Forbidden—Poems from Iran and Its Exiles, received the 2013 Midwest Book Award in poetry.


Michael Poage has a B.A., MFA, and MDiv. He has seven books of poems, the most recent , And So It Goes by SeaCliff Media, 2014. Publications include Confrontation, Muse & Stone, Cider Press Review and Poetry East. For 25 years he was a local church pastor in  United Church of Christ, Kansas. In 2012, he was a trauma counselor in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.  Poage teaches English at the Intensive English Language Center at Wichita State University where he lives with his wife.


Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet, essayist, and occasional fiction writer. His most recent books include A Brighter Word Than Bright: Keats at Work and the novel An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky. He is a Monfort Professor of Colorado State University where he teaches in the MFA Writing Program.



Elizabeth Robinson is the author, most recently, of the poetry collections Three Novels (Omnidawn), Counterpart (Ahsahta), and Blue Heron (Center for Literary Publishing). Her hybrid genre essay/memoir On Ghosts (Solid Objects) was a finalist for the 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She has been a recipient of the Fence Modern Poets Prize, the National Poetry Series, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.


Barbara Rockman’s poems appear in Bellingham Review, Calyx, Cimarron Review, Louisville Review, and Nimrod and have received the Baskerville Publisher’s Prize, New Mexico Discovery Award, Southwest Writers’ Prize, The MacGuffin National Poet Hunt Prize, the Persimmon Tree Poetry Prize and two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her collection, “Sting and Nest,” won the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and the 2012 National Press Women’s Book Prize. Rockman teaches writing at Santa Fe Community College and in private workshops in Santa Fe where she lives with her husband.


Nathan Slinker’s poems have recently appeared in or are forthcoming from Ninth Letter, Fugue, CutBank, Solstice, Watershed Review, Hinchas de Poesia, and Kenyon Review Online. He has received the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize from The Puritan Magazine and the Robert Watson Literary Prize from the Greensboro Review. He was a 2013 Fishtrap Fellow and has an M.F.A. from Arizona State University. He lives in Northern California.


Jessamyn Smyth‘s poetry and prose have appeared in Red Rock Review, American Letters and Commentary, Nth Position, MiCrow/Full of Crow, Wingbeats: Exercises and Practices in Poetry. A finalist for the 2013 Neil Shepard Prize of Green Mountains Review, Smyth has received honorable mention in Best American Short Stories (2006), and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of the Robert Francis Foundation, and Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Jessamyn was the Editor in Chief of Tupelo Quarterly, the founding Director of the new Quest Writer’s Conference, and is visiting faculty in Humanities at Quest University in Canada.


Sasha Steensen is the author of three books of poetry, most recently House of Deer (Fence Books). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Omniverse, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, and Denver Quarterly. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Colorado State University, where she also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review.



Michael Todd Steffen’s poetry and articles have appeared in The Boston Globe, Connecticut Review, Poem (HLA) ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Ibbetson Street, on The Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene web site, and in the window of the Grolier Poetry Bookshop. His first book of poetry Partner, Orchard, Day Moon was released this March by Červená Barva Press.



Francine Sterle is the author of Nude in Winter (Tupelo Press, 2007), Every Bird is One Bird (Editor’s Prize, Tupelo Press, 2001), and The White Bridge (Poetry Harbor, 1999). “The Way Back” is from her new collection, tentatively entitled What Thread?, about the difficult, labyrinthine journey one takes following a profound loss. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, The North American Review, Poetry International and Nimrod and have been anthologized in Written on Water, Letters to the World , To Sing Along the Way, The Cancer Poetry Project and 33 Minnesota Poets.


Paul Strisik, N.A.(1918-1998) is TJOP featured artist.


Lena Khalaf Tuffaha (featured poet) has lived the experiences of first-generation American, immigrant, and expatriate. Her heritage is Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian and she is fluent in Arabic. She has lived in and travelled across the Arab world, and many of her poems are inspired by the experience of crossing borders: cultural, geographic, political, borders between the present and the living past. She translated the screenplay for the award-winning film “When I Saw You”, written and directed by Annemarie Jacir in 2011. Most recently, her work has appeared in the journal Magnolia, Exit 13 magazine, Al-Ahram weekly, and the Seattle Times, in the online journal Human based in Istanbul and The Lake based in the UK. She has poems in the forthcoming issue of Floating Bridge Review and in the print anthologyBeing Palestinian, to be published by Oxford Press in 2015.


Abdourahman Waberi is a prize-winning writer from Djibouti whose work has been translated into a multitude of languages. These poems come from his collection of poetry entitled Les Nomades, mes frères, vont boire à la grande ourse (The Nomads, My Brothers, Will Drink from the Big Dipper), his only collection of poetry. Muslim by birth, Waberi’s themes include the nomadic life, colonial and postcolonial hardships, exile, Jewish writers, the Arabic language, and Djibouti’s harsh climate. Most importantly, these poems, like his novels, short stories, and essays, carry the important message of tolerance. He is an Assistant Professor of Francophone Literature at the George Washington University.


Sholeh Wolpé was born in Iran, and lived in Trinidad and the UK before settling in the United States. She is the recipient of 2013 Midwest Book Award in poetry and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize. Her eight publications include three collections of poetry, three anthologies and two books of translations. Her most recent publications are: Keeping Time with Blue Hyacinths, and Breaking the Jaws of Silence: Sixty American Poets Speak to the World. Her poems, translations, essays and reviews have appeared in scores of literary journals, periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and been translated into several languages. She lives (mostly) in Los Angeles.