Anya Achtenberg is author of the novel Blue Earth and novella The Stories of Devil-Girl (both, Modern History Press); and poetry books, The Stone of Language (West End Press); and I Know What the Small Girl Knew (Holy Cow! Press). Her poetry awards include first prizes from Southern Poetry Review and Another Chicago Magazine; her fiction has received awards from Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story, New Letters, the Raymond Carver Story Contest, and others. Anya is working to complete History Artist, a novel centering in a Cambodian woman born at the moment the U.S. bombing began. She teaches creative writing workshops around the U.S. and online, and is a manuscript consultant. Other current projects: a poetry chapbook; a book on her multi-genre Writing for Social Change workshops; essays on the relationship between placelessness and trauma, and narration and story structure. Anya organizes arts-focused and multicultural journeys to Cuba.

William Barnes is Essay & Review Editor for Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art.



Rachel Blum lives in the United States, in Philadelphia. Her poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, California Quarterly, Confrontation, and Shambhala Times. Her first book of poems, The Doctor of Flowers, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press.



John Brandi is a poet, essayist, haiku writer, and visual artist, and a 45-year resident of northern New Mexico. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, various awards from state arts councils to teach in rural schools, and a recent grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation to translate the work of Japanese poet, Masaoka Shiki, a book scheduled for release in 2017. He lives with his wife, Renée Gregorio, in El Rito. Their collaborations include: Pa’Siempre, Cuba Poems, Road to the Cloud’s House: Chiapas Poems, and Unmasking the Fire: Bali Journals.

Lynne Burnett lives with her husband and a twenty year old cat at the foot of a mountain a block from the sea, in West Vancouver, BC, Canada. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in CV2, Geist, the Pedestal Magazine, Malahat Review, Calyx, New Millennium Writings, Tamsen, IthacaLit and a Tupelo Press chapbook anthology. She has been shortlisted for both Arc’s and the New Letters Poem of the Year, and three times for the Bridport Prize. She has self-published one chapbook, Stealing Eternity.

Stephen Dunn was born in Forest hills, NY in 1939, and earned his BA in History at Hofstra University in 1962. He attended the New School 1966 – 1966 and received his MA in creative writing from Syracuse University in 1970. He is the author of sixteen books, including Different Hours, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Since 1974 he has taught at Richard Stockton college of NJ where he is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. He’s also been a Visiting professor at The University of Michigan, the University of Washington, NYU, and Columbia. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, the New Republic, the New Yorker, The Georgia Review, and the American Poetry Review, amongst other places.

Saddiq Dzukogi studied at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He has poems featured or forthcoming in literary publications such as: Heart, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Juked, Cleaver Magazine, Chiron Review, Vinyl Poetry, The Volta, The Blue Lotus Art Journal, Grey Sparrow, among numerous others. Saddiq is the Poetry Editor of the online journal, Expound. He has received a Pushcart Prize Nomination and was twice finalist for The Association of Nigerian Author’s Poetry Prize.

Jennifer Foerster is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts and received her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She has received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University from 2008-2010. A Mvskoke citizen, Jennifer has lived in Santa Fe and San Francisco where she worked as a grant writer and non-profit development consultant. She is now pursuing her PhD at the University of Denver. Her first book of poems, Leaving Tulsa, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013, and was a Shortlist Finalist for the 2014 PEN Open Book Award. Her poems have recently appeared in Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, Visible Binary, The Brooklyn Rail, and OAR.

CMarie Fuhrman is an indigenous daughter of the Rocky Mountains. Passionate about the wild and sacred, CMarie concentrates her writing and poetry on protecting cultural heritage, preserving open places and understanding life as a middle-aged female. She has won the Burns Award for Poetry from the University of Idaho, published in Metaphor, Juxtaprose, and Cutthroat. She is currently enrolled in the MFA Program at the University of Idaho. CMarie lives in the high mountains of west central Idaho with her two dogs Cisco and Carhartt.

Khédija Gadhoum, born in Tunisia, North Africa, who is a U.S. citizen, graduated from Ohio State University with a specialization in contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture. Dr. Gadhoum is currently in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Georgia, teaching Latin American Film, Hispanic Literature and Cultures, among other courses. Dr. Gadhoum promotes International Education: for several years directed Spanish Study Abroad Programs in Guadalajara, Mexico. At UGA, she also taught at UGA-Costa Rica Program in Monteverde. In Argentina, she co-directed the multi-media project Viaje sin fin: camino de las culturas, with two cultural documentaries: Crónicas de un viajesinfin: de Uyuni a Machu Picchu, and Beyond the Border: Latin America in Your Future. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Afro-Hispanic Review, Negritud: Journal of Afro-Latin American Studies, Ámbitos Feministas, The South Carolina Modern Language Review, Dos Orillas: El Estrecho de Gibraltar, among many others.

Timothy Gager is the author of twelve books of short fiction and poetry. His latest Grand Slams (Big Table Publishing) is his second novel. He’s hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2001 and was the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. He has had over 400 works of fiction and poetry published and of which eleven have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio. Timothy is the Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review and has edited the book, Out of the Blue Writers Unite: A Book of Poetry and Prose from the Out of the Blue Art Gallery.

Ani Gjika is an Albanian-American poet, literary translator, teacher, and author of Bread on Running Waters (2013). She is the recipient of a Robert Pinsky Global fellowship and an NEA grant for her translation of Luljeta Lleshanaku’s, Negative Space, forthcoming from New Directions. Gjika’s poems have been featured in, Plume, Seneca Review, Salamander, and elsewhere. Her translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Asymptote Journal, AGNI Online, Ploughshares, World Literature Today, Tupelo Quarterly and elsewhere. Photo credit: Ben Poulin.

Julia Gjika is an Albanian poet and essayist living and writing in the United States since 1996. She belongs to the first generation of Albanian women poets, having published her first book Ditëlindje (“Birthday”) in 1971, followed by Ku Gjej Poezinë (“Where I Find Poetry”) in 1978. Gjika is the author of three other collections of poetry characterized by intensely moving and deft writing about the immigrant experience. Her work is widely published in Albanian magazines, has been translated into Polish, and has appeared in English in Two Lines Online, Gobshite Quarterly, 236 Magazine and elsewhere. Photo credit: Ani Gjika.

Aaron Graham hails from Glenrock, Wyoming. He is the Poetry Editor of MUSE/A Journal of Fine Arts, assists poetry editors of The Tishman Review, and served as assistant editor for the Squaw Valley Review. Aaron was selected as the “Cecilia Baker Memorial Visiting Scholar” for the 2016 Seaside Writer’s Conference. A veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Aaron worked under the Marine Corps’ Human Intelligence and Counterterrorism Task Force as an analyst, counterintelligence officer and linguist. His poems have been finalists for Tishman Review‘s 2015 Poetry Prize, Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Prize, and Sequestrum‘s New Writer Awards. He was a national finalist for The Luminaire Award and his chapbook Skyping from a Combat Zone was Shortlisted for Tupelo Press’ 2016 Sunken Garden Prize. His first full length collection, Blood Stripes, was a finalist for Tupelo’s 2015 Berkshire Prize. His poem, “Olfaction” won the Seven Hills Penumbra Poetry Prize, and “PTSD Poem #12″ has been nominated as “The Best of the Net”.

Renée Gregorio‘s work often emerges from the intersection of world and inner life and is affected as much by living in northern New Mexico as it is by her wide-ranging travels. Her published books include: The Skins of Possible Lives, The Storm That Tames Us, Drenched, and Snow Falling on Snow. Collaborative books include: Road to the Cloud’s House, Love & Death: Greatest Hits, and most recently: Pa’ Siempre: Cuba Poems. She’s also a master somatic coach and professional certified coach who works with writers and other accomplished professionals who want to embrace their most authentic and daring voice on the page and in their lives.
Phyllis Hotch’s books include three poetry collections, A Little Book of Lies, No Longer Time, and her most recent, 3 A.M., published by 3: A Taos Press. Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Threepenny Review, Women’s Review of Books, Visions International, and Chokecherries. She has been awarded the Senior Poet Laureate Prize, 2011 Wildwood Poetry Prize, Recursos Discovery Prize, and Passager Poetry Prize. After moving from Massachusetts to Taos in the late 80′s, she served as president and board member of SOMOS and organized a Taos chapter of PEN.

Rosa Jamali is an Iranian poet, playwright and translator. Born in Tabriz in 1977, Rosa studied Drama at the Art University of Tehran. Her first poetry collection, This Dead Body is Not an Apple, It Is Either a Cucumber or a Pear, was published in 1997, followed in the same year by a second collection, Making a Face. The two books were well received by critics, who described Rosa as “a major new voice.” Her third collection, Making Coffee To Run a Crime Story (2002), was partly inspired by Iranian Writer Sadegh Hedayat’s famous work, Blind Owl (1937). In addition to her more recent collections, The Hourglass is Fast Asleep (2011) and Highways Blocked (2014), Rosa has written a play, The Shadow (2007), and collaborated with Franklin Lewis on the translation of The House of The Edrisis, a novel by Iranian novelist Ghazaleh Alizadeh.

Sarah Kafatou is a writer, painter and musician. She has been a Research Associate at the Center for European Studies at Harvard and has taught American literature at Harvard and the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Her poems, essays and translations have been published in Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Modern Poetry in Translation and other journals, and her translations of plays by Sophocles and Euripides are “on the shelf” for possible production at the National Theatre in London. One-person exhibitions of her paintings have been held and the Melnikow Gallery in Germany and the Municipal Gallery of the City of Heraklion in Crete, and a full-color catalogue of her work has been published by the City of Heraklion.

Ariana Kramer is a freelance writer in her hometown of Taos, New Mexico, regularly contributing to The Taos News in music and the arts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Reed College and a master’s in Education with a focus on Leadership in Ecology, Culture and Learning from Portland State University. Her poetry reflects her appreciation for the natural world and the inner landscape, often incorporating elements from mythology and fairy tales. She recently participated in poetry reading events at the Society of the Muse of the Southwest (S.O.M.O.S) and the Taos Fall Arts Festival.

Mike Lewis-Beck, a PhD from Michigan, writes and works in Iowa City. He has pieces in Alexandria Quarterly, Apalachee Review, Cortland Review, Chariton Review, Pilgrimage, Iowa Review, Seminary Ridge Review and Wapsipinicon Almanac, among other venues. His short story, “Delivery in Göteborg,” received a Finalist prize from Chariton Review, 2015. His essay, “My Cherry Orchard in Iowa,” received recognition as one of the ‘Notable Essays’ in Best American Essays of 2011. His poetry book manuscript, Wry Encounters, was a Finalist for the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award 2016.

Juan Morales is the author of the poetry collections The Siren World, Friday and the Year That Followed, and the forthcoming collection, The Handyman’s Guide to End Times. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Pank, Post Road, The Malpais Review,, and others. He is a CantoMundo Fellow, the Editor of Pilgrimage Magazine, and an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and curates the SoCo Reading Series.

Robert Okaji lives and works in Texas, and considers himself a late-bloomer. He holds a BA in history, retired from an administrative position at The University of Texas at Austin, and once owned a bookstore. A half-Japanese, self-avowed military-brat, Okaji’s work often focuses on the liminal and a sense of otherness. The author of the chapbook If Your Matter Could Reform (Dink Press, 2015), two micro-chapbooks with the Origami Poems Project, “The Circumference of Other,” a chapbook length work included in Ides: A Collection of Poetry Chapbooks (Silver Birch Press, 2015), and Interval’s Night, a mini-digital chapbook (Platypus Press, 2016), his work has also appeared or is forthcoming in such publications as Boston Review, Clade Song, Panoply, Posit, Eclectica, Otoliths, Shantih, The High Window, and elsewhere. Visit his blog at

Born in Mexico City and raised in San Antonio, Texas, neplantera, Natalia Treviño is a Professor of English at Northwest Vista College. Her first collection of poetry is Lavando La Dirty Laundry (Mongrel Empire Press, 2014). She has received the Alfredo Cisneros de Moral Award, the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, and the San Antonio Artist Foundation Literary Prize. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals including Borderlands, burntdistrict, Sugar house Review, Sliver of Stone, and BorderSenses, which awarded her their 2015 Poetry Prize. Her writings have been anthologized in Curbstone Press’ Mirrors Beneath the Earth: Short Fiction by Chicano Writers, Shifting Balance Sheets: Women’s Stories of Naturalized Citizens, and Complex Allegiances: Constellations of Immigration.

Sasha Raphael vom Dorp was born in Taos, New Mexico and has been exhibiting his work since 1992. His works hang in collections in Asia, Europe and the US. Sasha lives between studios in Los Angeles, California, and Taos, New Mexico. Photo credit: Joshua Cunningham.

Ian Randall Wilson has published two chapbooks, Theme of the Parabola and The Wilson Poems, both from Hollyridge Press. His fiction and poetry have appeared The Gettysburg Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. He has an MFA in Fiction and in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. By day, he is an executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment. Author photo by Rebecca Dru.


Erika T. Wurth’s published works include a novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and a collection of poetry, Indian Trains. Her collection of short stories, Buckskin Cocaine and her collection of poetry, A Thousand Horses Out to Sea are both forthcoming. She teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals, such as Boulevard, Drunken Boat, South Dakota Review and The Writer’s Chronicle. Erika is Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee, was raised outside of Denver, and is represented by Peter Steinberg.