Lured by the beauty of northern New Mexico landscapes, Nina Anthony, pulled up her longtime Midwestern roots and moved to Taos permanently in 1993. Shortly after, she took a darkroom printing class with Taos photographer, William Davis, who modeled his class on the black and white printing techniques of Ansel Adams. After honing her darkroom printing skills, Nina made the switch to digital, which she has focused on ever since. Today, Nina divides her time working as the Donor + Communications Manager for Taos Land Trust and freelancing as an independent Digital Marketing Consultant. She spends most of her spare time hiking in the mountains capturing the dramatic vistas she loves.
Irving Benig is a poet, novelist and playwright in New York. The Messiah Stones, a novel and Literary Guild Main Selection, was published by Villard/Random House and translated into fourteen languages. Eine Geschichte fur Rose (A Story for Rose), another novel, appeared in Germany via Bertelesmann. His poetry has been published in various journals, including The New York Quarterly, Trace, The Carleton Miscellany and others. He is currently at work on a new play and novel.
Adrian Blevins is the author of Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Wesleyan University Press, 2009), The Brass Girl Brouhaha (Ausable Press, 2003), and two chapbooks, The Man Who Went out for Cigarettes (Bright Hill Press, 1996) and Bloodline (Hollyridge Press, 2012). She is the recipient of a Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhaha, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award, a Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award, and, more recently, a Pushcart Prize, a Cohen Award from Ploughshares and a Zone 3 Poetry Award. A collection of essays she edited with Karen McElmurray—Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia—is forthcoming from Ohio University Press in 2015.
Bruce Bond is the author of fifteen books including, most recently, For the Lost Cathedral (LSU Press, 2015) and The Other Sky (Etruscan Press, 2015). Four of his books are forthcoming: Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (University of Michigan Press), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, University of Tampa Press), Gold Bee (Crab Orchard Open Competition Award, Southern Illinois University Press), and Sacrum (Four Way Books). Presently he is Regents Professor at University of North Texas and Poetry Editor for American Literary Review.
Claudia Castro Luna was born in in El Salvador and came to the United States in 1981. She earned an MFA in poetry from Mills College. She has been a featured reader at the Berkeley Poetry Festival and at KALW, a San Francisco NPR affiliate, during National Poetry Month. She is working on a memoir about her experience escaping the Salvadoran Civil War. An excerpt from her memoir appears in the 2014 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. She lives in English and Spanish, loves gardening and shares a house in Seattle with her husband and three kids.
INTRODUCING Victoria Cárdenas (1992). Born and raised beneath the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, she is an 8th generation Taoseña, claiming heritage from Puerto Rico and Northern New Mexico. Tori graduated from Taos High School , and then summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a dual Bachelor’s of Arts in History and English, with a concentration in Poetry. Her poetry’s inspired by folklore and mythology. Currently, Tori lives and works in Albuquerque.
Ned Dougherty is a poet, playwright and an award-winning high school teacher living and writing in Taos, New Mexico. His recent work has been appeared in or is forthcoming with drafthorse, The Rain, Party and Disaster Society and Amethyst Arsenic. Follow his poetry and reflections on public education at www.teachpoet.com.
Susan Elbe is the author of The Map of What Happened, winner of the 2012 Backwaters Press Prize and the Jacar Press 2014 and the Julie Suk Prize in 2013. Elbe is also the author of Eden in the Rearview Mirror (Word Poetry), and two chapbooks, Where Good Swimmers Drown, winner of the 2011 Concrete Wolf Press Chapbook Prize, and Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Diode, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and online at Verse Daily. www.susanelbe.com.
Sara Goudarzi is a Brooklyn writer. She was born in Tehran and grew up in Iran, Kenya and the U.S. Her non-fiction, poetry and translations have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Drunken Boat, National Geographic News and The Christian Science Monitor, among others. Sara is the founder and co-editor of /One/ The Journal of Literature, Art and Ideas and teaches writing at NYU. (photo credit: Anthony Rhoades)
Nathalie Handal is from Bethlehem, Palestine. She grew up in France, Latin America and the Arab world, and was educated in the United Kingdom and the USA. Handal’s recent books include the flash collection The Republics, which Patricia Smith lauds as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers”; The Invisible Star; Poet in Andalucía; and Love and Strange Horses, winner of the Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award. She is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award. Handal is a professor at Columbia University and writes the literary travel column The City and the Writer for Words without Borders. (photo credit: Linda Källérusp)
Lee Herrick is the Fresno Poet Laureate and the author of Gardening Secrets of the Dead and This Many Miles from Desire. His poems have appeared in The Bloomsbury Review, ZYZZYVA, Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley, 2nd edition, Indivisible: Poems of Social Justice, and the first anthology of Korean adoptee writing, Seeds from a Silent Tree, among others. Born in Daejeon, South Korea and adopted at ten months old, he lives in Fresno, California with his wife and daughter. He teaches at Fresno City College and in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College. (photo credit: Joel Pickford)
Ailish Hopper, a DC native, is author of Dark~Sky Society (2014), a runner-up for the New Issues prize, and the chapbook, Bird in the Head (2005), selected for the Center for Book Arts Prize. Her poems have appeared in APR, Blackbird, Harvard Review Online, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tidal Basin Review, and her essays on poetry and racism have appeared in Boston Review, The Volta, and, A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race. In addition to page poetry, Hopper also performs in the band Heroes are Gang Leaders, whose first album is a tribute to Amiri Baraka. She teaches at Goucher College.
Allison Joseph‘s most recent collections are Trace Particles (Backbone Press, 2014) and Little Epiphanies (Imaginary Friend Press, 2015). She is editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review and director of the Young Writers Workshop, an annual summer residential creative writing workshop for high school writers. She teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Liza Katz is a poet and critic whose work has previously appeared in the Critical Flame, The Quarterly Conversation, Open Letters Monthly, Poet Lore, Battersea Review and elsewhere. She teaches English and ESL in New Jersey.
Mariko Kitakubo is a tanka poet/ tanka reading performer who was born in Tokyo and now lives in Mitaka-City. Mariko has published five books of tanka including two bilingual ones, On This Same Star and Cicada Forest. She has also produced a CD of her tanka titled, Messages. Kitakubo is an experienced performer who has presented her poetry both in Japan and overseas. She is a Member of Tanka Society of America, Eucalypt (Australian Tanka Journal), Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets, Kokoro no Hana, Japan PEN Club, The Japan Writer’s Association, Japan Tanka Poets Club, and the Tanka Online Project. http://tanka.kitakubo.com/english
The son of a Freudian psychoanalyst, FEATURED POET, Jim Levy grew up in Los Angeles and Taos, New Mexico, graduated from U.C. Berkeley in English and History, was the editor of “The Fountain of Light,” and was married to the woman who later became the Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön. Levy and his current wife, Phaedra Greenwood, also a writer, live in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. Levy has been writing most of his life. He decided at age 74 that it was time to start publishing his books. In 2015 he published Corazón (and Merkle), a book about two dogs, The Proper Distance, selected poems 1959-2014, and The Poems of Caius Herennius Felix, which is about a first century Roman Spanish poet. In 2016 he is publishing Joy To Come, fifteen literary and cultural essays, Blue Syntax Songs, a compilation of aphorisms, meditations and quotations, and The Fifth Season, about becoming old.
Sheryl Luna’s second collection, SEVEN, was published by 3: A Taos Press in 2013 and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her first collection, Pity the Drowned Horses, received the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2005. Poems have appeared in Georgia Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Notre Dame Review, Puerto del Sol and other magazines. She’s received fellowships from Yaddo, Ragdale, the Anderson Center and the Alfredo del Moral Foundation Award from Sandra Cisneros in 2008.
A graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle, MFA program, Rhadha Marcum‘s poems have appeared in FIELD, West Branch, Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Iris, Chelsea, The Bellingham Review, and are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest and other journals. Recent awards include “Fission: 1938″ (awarded 1st prize) and “Dear Tel Aviv” (selected for honorable mention) in the Pacifica Literary Review poetry contest. Bloodline, Rhadha’s first collection, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press. She’s led creative writing classes in Seattle, Boulder, and Rome, Italy, and currently teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
Marilyn Nelson’s The Homeplace (1990) was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Fields of Praise (1997) won the 1998 Poets’ Prize and was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Award. Carver(2001) received the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, was a National Book Award finalist and a Newbery Honor Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. A Wreath For Emmett Till won the 2005 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award and was a 2006 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a 2006 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and a 2006 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book. How I Discovered Poetry (2015) was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Poet Laureate of Connecticut from 2001 to 2006, she was awarded the 2012 Frost Medal, and is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and Poet-in-Residence of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. (photo credit: Curt Richter)
Sharon Olinka, author of The Good City (Marsh Hawk Press) won a Barbara Deming Memorial Award for her poems on the destruction of Smyrna in 1922. She was active in PEN American Center’s Freedom to Write committee, and took part in a program on banned books in China. Publications include Drunken Boat, Poetry East, Nimrod, the Library of Congress website Poetry of 9/11, Bum Rush the Page: a Def Poetry Jam, Jewish Quarterly in London and Prairie Schooner. The ADF Library in Canberra, Australia hosted one of Olinka’s readings, and she guest edited an issue of American Book Review on Australian poetry. “Getting Her Ready” was inspired by a poem by Australian writer Rhyll McMaster about her aging mother.
Ruben Quesada is the author of Next Extinct Mammal and Exiled from the Throne of Night. His writing appears in Guernica, The California Journal of Poetics, The American Poetry Review, Superstition Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Eastern Illinois University. Find him on Twitter @rubenquesada.
Stella Reed who lives in Santa Fe, has published poetry and essays in magazines and anthologies nationally and in Australia. She is the recipient of a grant from the New Mexico Literary Arts Society for the poetry and visual arts project “Ordinary Cloth, the Secret Language of Women.” Stella is the Development Coordinator and a teacher for the WingSpan Poetry Project that brings weekly poetry classes to residents in shelters in Santa Fe. An MFA candidate at New England College, Reed was awarded the Joel Oppenheimer Scholarship.
Rebecca Seiferle’s last poetry collection Wild Tongue (Copper Canyon, 2007) won the 2008 Grub Street National Book Prize in Poetry. Her three previous collections, Bitters, The Music We Dance To and The Ripped-Out Seam won the Western States Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, The National Writer’s Union Prize, and the Poets & Writers Exchange Award. Seiferle is also a noted translator from the Spanish; Copper Canyon Press published her translation of Vallejo’s The Black Heralds in 2003, and her translation of Vallejo’s Trilce (Sheep Meadow Press, 1992) was a finalist for the PenWest Translation Award. She is the founding editor of the online international poetry magazine www.thedrunkenboat.com. She is the recipient of the 2004 Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. In 2012 Seiferle was named Tucson Poet Laureate.
Arthur Sze’s ninth book of poetry, Compass Rose (Copper Canyon Press), was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. The judges’ citation read: “a collection in which the poet uses capacious intelligence and lyrical power to offer a dazzling picture of our inter-connected world.” In 2014, he also published Pig’s Heaven Inn (Beijing: Intellectual Property Publishing House), an English/Chinese selected poems, as well as a collaboration with artist Susan York: The Unfolding Center (Radius Books). His poems have been translated into ten languages, including Burmese, Chinese, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Spanish, and Turkish. He received the 2013 Jackson Poetry Prize and is a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts as well as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Santiago B. Villafania, a Filipino poet writing in English and his native language, Pangasinan, is the author of five poetry collections, Ghazalia: Maralus ya Ayat, Bonsaic Verses, Pinabli & Other Poems, Malagilion: Sonnets tan Villanelles, and Balikas na Caboloan, published by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts. Awarded the Asna Award for Arts and Culture, Villafania is reviving Pangasinan as a literary language. Villafania’s work is translated into Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and Hindi. He is a member of the Philippine Center of International PEN and commissioner for the Pangasinan Historical and Cultural Commission. http://svillafania.philippinepen.ph/
Orlando White is the author of two books of poetry: Bone Light (Red Hen Press, 2009) and LETTERRS (Nightboat Books, 2015). He holds a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA from Brown University. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Omnidawn Poetry Feature Blog, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, American Indian Culture And Research Journal, Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Residency and a Bread Loaf John Ciardi Fellowship. He teaches at Diné College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. (photo credit: Chris Felver)