Kyce Bello holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her poems have recently appeared in Heron Tree, The Wayfarer, and Sonora Review. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Christopher Hirschmann Brandt – writer, political activist, translator, carpenter, actor-manager of Medicine Show Theatre. Poems, essays in Poiesis, /One/, The Catholic Worker, Phati’tude, Appearances, Laterál (Barcelona), El signo del gorrión (Valladolid), Liqueur 44 (Paris), and anthologies Crimes of the Beats (Unbearables), Classics in the Classroom (Teachers and Writers), Off the Cuffs: Poetry by and About the Police (Soft Skull). Translations published by The New Yorker, The Whole Island (Cuban poetry, UC Berkeley), Contemporary Cuban Short Stories (Seven Stories), the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña (poetry by Carmen Valle), and Seven Stories Press (Clara Nieto’s Masters of War, U.S. Latin America interventions.)
Lynne Burnett lives in the Pacific Northwest at the foot of a mountain a block from the sea. Recent publications include Blue Heron Review, IthacaLit, New Millennium Writings, Tamsen, Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, Best of Kindness 2017 Anthology and a Tupelo Press chapbook anthology. She’s been shortlisted for both Arc’s and New Letters’ Poem of the Year, the Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award and three times for the Bridport Prize. She is the 2016 winner of the Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize. Her chapbook “Irresistible” has just been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.
Lauren Camp is the author of three books, including One Hundred Hungers, which won the Dorset Prize. “Pillows into Dark” is from her upcoming poetry collection, Turquoise Door (3: A Taos Press). Her poems have appeared in Slice, Boston Review, Third Coast, Beloit Poetry Journal, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day and other journals. Other literary honors include the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, and a Black Earth Institute Fellowship. She is the producer/host of “Audio Saucepan” on Santa Fe Public Radio, a program that interweaves music with contemporary poetry. www.laurencamp.com
Teacher and novelist Thérèse Soukar Chehade is the author of Loom, the 2011 winner of the Arab American Book Award in the fiction category. She is working on her second novel set in her native Lebanon in the period surrounding the outbreak of civil war. She lives in Granby, Massachusetts.
Bernadette Cullen is a long time Manhattan resident.. After graduating from Hunter College with a B.A., she did graduate studies at Fordham University, and then studied Journalism at Columbia University. She edited and reported for The Irish People, a small Bronx weekly, and was a reporter at The Bucks County Courier Times. She has taught at Metropolitan College and The College of New Rochelle (Rosa Parks campus). She loves reading, watching the sea go out, and, whenever possible, hides out with Russian/Italian/Swedish films at night. This is her first ever poem to be published!
Jon Davis is the author of three full-length poetry collections—Improbable Creatures (Grid Books, 2017), Preliminary Report, Scrimmage of Appetite, and Dangerous Amusements; five chapbooks; and Heteronymy: An Anthology, a limited edition letterpress book in collaboration with the artist Jamison Chas Banks. Davis also co-translated Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan’s Dayplaces (Tebot Bach Press, 2017). He has received a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, the Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and two NEA Fellowships. He directs the MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he has taught since 1990.
Tara A. Elliott lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and son, where she is currently serving as the Light of Literacy Educator for Wicomico County. She is the founder of Salisbury Poetry Week, and has poems in The HyperTexts and in the Loch Raven Review.
Russian poet Xenia Emelyanova published her first poems in the summer of 2014 in the journal Iunost’, for which she won the journal’s Anna Akhmatova Prize. Also in 2014, her poems were longlisted for the PEN/International New Voices Award. In 2015 she won the Russian Rhymes award. Her first full-length collection, Lepet, was published in 2016. Emelyanova’s work has appeared in English translation in Waxwing and From the Fishouse. Emelyanova, a graduate of Moscow’s Gorky Literary Institute, lives in Moscow.
Beth Enson lives in Arroyo Seco, NM. Her first book of poems, A Bee in the Sheets, was published jointly in 2001 by Painted Leaf Press and Groundwater Press. She has recently completed her second book. She has work published in The Urban Resistance, Epicentre, UNM Taos’s HOWL, Canyon Voices, Qarttsiluni, Cahoodaloodaling, Mas Tequila Review, Undertow, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.
Morgan Farley 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.
Annie Finch is the author of six books of poetry, including Eve, Calendars, and Spells: New and Selected Poems. Her poems have appeared in the Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry and onstage at Carnegie Hall. Her verse play on abortion, Among the Goddesses: An Epic Libretto in Seven Dreams, received the Sarasvati Award for Poetry, and she has been honored with the Robert Fitzgerald Award for her lifetime contribution to the field of prosody and poetic form. Annie is currently completing a book of prose, The Witch in You. www.anniefinch.com.
An Indigenous daughter of the West, Cindy Fuhrman is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Idaho where she is a teaching assistant in Native American Literature, IKEEP advisor and the associate poetry editor for Fugue. Cindy’s writing has been featured in Broadsided Press’s NoDapl, and Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. She is recipient of the Burns Award for poetry. Cindy is co-editor of the forthcoming Anthology of Indigenous Poetics for Tupelo Press.
C. John Graham’s poetry has appeared in The Laurel Review, Blue Mesa Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, and the anthology Off Channel. He received the New Mexico Discovery Award in Poetry, and his manuscript, Degrees of Freedom, was a finalist in the 2011 Subito Press and 2014 Slope Editions contests. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Christine Hemp has aired her poetry and essays on NPR’s Morning Edition; a poem of hers traveled over 1.7 billion miles on a NASA mission; and her poetry program Connecting Chord has united youth offenders and police officers in the U.K. and U.S. She has written, hosted, and produced a local public radio program “The Institute of Higher Yearning,” braiding poetry, music, science, and art. She is the author of That Fall. She lives with her husband and two horses in Port Townsend, Washington.
Branwyn Holroyd is from British Columbia, Canada but she loves to wander. A recent graduate from the Red Earth MFA at Oklahoma City University, she has publications in Cirque, and San Pedro River Review. She currently works at the literary organization SOMOS, in Taos, New Mexico.
Elizabeth Jacobson is the author of a chapbook, A Brown Stone (Dancing Girl Press), a full-length collection, Her Knees Pulled In (Tres Chicas Books), and Are the Children Make Believe? (forthcoming, Dancing Girl Press, 2017). She directs the WingSpan Poetry Project, which conducts poetry classes at shelters in Santa Fe and Miami. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Indolent Books, JuxtaProse, Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, Plume, Poet Lore, The American Journal of Poetry, The Laurel Review, The Miami Rail, and Women’s Studies.
George Kalamaras, former Poet Laureate of Indiana (2014-2016), has published fifteen books of poetry, including Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck (2011), winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Prize; The Recumbent Galaxy (2010); and The Theory and Function of Mangoes (2000), winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series. He has received an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two Individual Artist Fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission. He is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Arthur Kayzakian is a poet and MFA candidate at San Diego State University. He is also a contributing editor at Poetry International and one of six co-editors for Magee Park Poets: 2017 Anthology. His poems have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, Northridge Review, Chaparral, Taproot Literary Review, The Food Poet, Confrontation, San Diego Poetry Annual, Serving House Journal, and Rufous City Review.
Irene Koronas is the author of 9 collections of poetry and collaborative writing including ninth iota (forthcoming in 2017), Codify, heshe egregore, Turtle Grass and Emily Dickinson. Some of her poetry, experimental writing and visual arts have been published in E·ratio, experiential-experimental-literature, Lynx, Lummox, Of\with, Pop Art, Right Hand Pointing, Presa, The Seventh Quarry Magazine, Spreadhead, Stride and Unblog. She is a visual and digital artist and the Managing Editor of X-Peri.
Dean Kostos‘, Pierced by Night-Colored Threads, will be released in the fall of 2017. This Is Not a Skyscraper won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award. Previous collections include Rivering, Last Supper of the Senses, The Sentence That Ends with a Comma, and Celestial Rust. Publications include The Bangalore Review, Barrow Street, Boulevard, Chelsea, Cimarron Review, Mediterranean Poetry, New Madrid, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. Kostos has served as literary judge for Columbia University’s Gold Crown Awards.
Kevin Lynch is a writer from Cork city, Ireland. Kevin likes to play with form in poetry and prose to alight the way to new horizons. Publication credits include Crannóg, Misty Mountain Review, Boyne Berries and several international anthologies.
David Mason was Poet Laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014. His books include Ludlow: A Verse Novel, The Country I Remember, Arrivals, News from the Village, The Scarlet Libretto, Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade, 2004-2014, and Davey McGravy: Tales to be Read Aloud to Children and Adult Children. In 2018 he will publish a new collection of essays, Voices, Places, and The Sound: New and Selected Poems. Mason divides his time between Colorado, Oregon and Australia.
Michelle Menting is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books, 2017), and two poetry chapbooks. She is the recipient of awards from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf-Orion Writers’ Conference, the National Park Service Artist-in-Residence program, and her poems, essays, and short fiction have appeared in a variety of journals and magazines. An avid trail runner and lake swimmer, she currently lives in Maine, and can be found online at www.michellementing.com
Mary Meriam’s first collection, Conjuring My Leafy Muse, was nominated for the 2015 Poets’ Prize. Her second collection, Girlie Calendar, was selected for the 2016 American Library Association Over the Rainbow List. Her poems have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters (Penguin Random House, 2015). Poems are published or forthcoming in Literary Imagination, American Life in Poetry, Cimarron Review, Rattle, The New York Times, The Women’s Review of Books, Prelude, and Verse Daily.
Eugenio Montale (12 October 1896 – 12 September 1981) was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely considered the greatest Italian lyric poet since Giacomo Leopardi.
A graduate of St. John’s College and of the George Mason University MFA Program, Gary Worth Moody has worked as a forest fire fighter, a farrier, a cowboy, and building a town for coal miners in Siberia’s Kuzbass Region. He is the author of Hazards of Grace (Red Mountain Press, 2012) and Occoquan (Red Mountain Press, 2015). His third manuscript, The Burnings is to be published by 3: A Taos Press. A falconer, Gary lives in Santa Fe with the artist and writer, Oriana Rodman.
Sawnie Morris’ collection, Her, Infinite, won the 2015 New Issues Poetry Award and was published by New Issues in 2016. Recent honors include the 2016 Ruth Stone Poetry Prize; inclusion in BAX: 2016, Best American Experimental Poetry, online edition (Wesleyan University Press); a feature in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of Poets & Writers; and a poem in the April, 2017 issue of Poetry. Sawnie is co-founder of Amigos Bravos: Because Water Matters, a non-profit advocacy organization for the waters of New Mexico. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Oo-Oo-Nah Art & Culture Center, at Taos Pueblo.
Terri Muuss, whose writing has appeared in numerous journals and four anthologies, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in poetry. She is the author of Over Exposed (JB Stillwater, 2013) and the one-woman show, Anatomy of a Doll. Anatomy was named “Best Theatre: Critics’ Pick of the Week” by the New York Daily News and has been performed throughout the US and Canada. As a licensed social worker, Muuss specializes in the use of the arts as a healing mechanism for trauma survivors. www.terrimuuss.com
Jules Nyquist is the founder of Jules’ Poetry Playhouse in Albuquerque, NM. She took her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, VT. Her two books of poems, Behind the Volcanoes and Appetites (Beatlick Press), were finalists for the NM/AZ Book Awards. Poems have been published in 5 AM, Salamander, Malpais Review, Adobe Walls, St. Paul Almanac, Long Islander News, Gray Sparrow, House Organ, Duke City Fix, and Café Review. She is co-editor of the Poets Speak Anthology series. www.julesnyquist.com
Kate O’Neill’s poems have appeared in a number of venues, including The Journal of War, Literature and the Arts, Miriam’s Well, and Voices of New Mexico, Vol. 3. A long time educator, she makes her home in Taos, New Mexico.
Margaret Randall’s most recent poetry collections include She Becomes Time and The Morning After: Poems & Prose in a Post-Truth World. Duke University Press recently brought out her bilingual anthology, Only the Road / Solo el camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Poetry. She is the recipient of this year’s Medalla al Mérito Literario awarded by Mexico’s Literatura en el Bravo, and KPFA in Berkeley will honor her life and word in September. Randall lives in Albuquerque, but travels widely to read and lecture.
Stella Reed from Santa Fe, NM. teaches with WingSpan Poetry Project that brings poetry classes to residents in shelters in Santa Fe. Poems have appeared in Bellingham Review and American Journal of Poetry. She holds an MFA from New England College where she was awarded the Joel Oppenheimer scholarship. Stella is one author of a collaborative manuscript with two other poets — a response to the 2016 election in epistle form from the personas of mythological women.
Jamie Ross lives on the Carson Mesa west of Taos, where most of his neighbors are animal. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry East, Nimrod, the Warwick, Northwest, and Paris Review; and Best New Poets 2007. His 2010 collection, Vinland, received the Intro Poetry Prize from Four Way Books.
Miriam Sagan is the author of 30 books, including a novel Black Rainbow, and Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space winner of the 2016 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She founded the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. Her blog Miriam’s Well (http://miriamswell.wordpress.com) has a thousand daily readers. Sagan’s been a writer in residence in such prestigious places as Yaddo and MacDowell. Awards include the Santa Fe Mayor’s award for Excellence in the Arts, the Poetry Gratitude Award from New Mexico Literary Arts, and A Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa.
Cintia Santana’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Linebreak, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Narrative, The Spoon River Poetry Review, RHINO, Pleiades, and The Threepenny Review. “Qasida of Grief,” was winner of the 2013 Wabash Poetry Prize and “Notes to a Funeral,” was included in Best New Poets 2016 Anthology. Santana holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard. She teaches fiction and poetry in Spanish and literary translation at Stanford.
Winner of the Southwest Writers Poetry award, Katherine DiBella Seluja is a poet and a nurse practitioner. Her work has appeared in bosque, Crab Creek Review, Intima, Literary Orphans and Santa Ana River Review. Her first collection, Gather the Night, focuses on the impact of mental illness and is forthcoming in 2018 from UNM Press. She holds degrees in Nursing from Columbia and Yale University. Katherine is currently working on a collaborative poetry project in response to the 2016 presidential election.
Jane Shoenfeld is both poet and painter. Her work is represented by First Street Gallery, NYC and Ralph Greene Gallery, Albuquerque. Shoenfeld’s poems have appeared in Iconoclast, Santa Fe Literary Review, Malpais Review, Sin Fronteras, and other publications. She is married to poet Donald Levering. www.janeshoenfeld.com
Mervyn Taylor is the author of six books of poetry, including The Waving Gallery and his latest, Voices Carry, both from Shearsman Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and has taught at the New School and in the NYC public school system. Now retired, he often journeys back to the island of Trinidad where he grew up, and where on Sundays he’d spend the day riding the train with his father, a railway conductor, the two of them by turns falling asleep in the depot at Sangre Grande.
Alexandra van de Kamp is the Creative Writing Classes Program Director for Gemini Ink, a literary arts nonprofit based in San Antonio, TX, and teaches poetry at Gemini Ink and online, through The Poetry Barn. She is the author of two full-length collections of poems: The Park of Upside-Down Chairs and Kiss/Hierarchy. Her chapbook, Dear Jean Seberg, won the 2010 Burnside Review Chapbook Contest. Her poems have been published in The Cincinnati Review, 32 Poems, The Denver Quarterly, The Connecticut Review, and Washington Square.
Angie Trudell Vasquez received her MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts.. In 2016, she was a poetry panelist at Split This Rock! Her poems have been published in Yellow Medicine Review, Raven Chronicles, San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016, Subtle Forces and Return to the Gathering Place of the Waters. She was nominated for a Pushcart for “The Making of the Latina Monologues.” Vasquez has self-published two collections of poetry through Art Night Books, The Force Your Face Carries and Love in War Time.
Andrea Watson is founding publisher of 3: A Taos Press, a multicultural and ethically voiced publishing house. Her poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Rhino, Cream City Review, Ekphrasis International Poetry Review, and The Dublin Quarterly, among others. Andrea has curated eighteen ekphrasis events across the United States. Her current show, Take A Detour From Route 66: Taos to L.A, was sponsored by the Taos Arts Council in 2017. She is co-editor of the poetry anthologies, Collecting Life: Poets on Objects Known and Imagined and Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai.
Carolyne Whelan is the recipient of the Jan-ai Fellowship to the Murphy Winter Writing Conference; Ralph Waldo Emerson Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center; a scholarship to the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley; and to the Tupelo Press Truchas Peaks Conference. Her chapbook, The Glossary of Tania Aebi, was published by Finishing Line Press. Poetry and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Sugar House, Majestic Disorder, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, and others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Mary Jane White received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, NEA Fellowships in both poetry and translation; and is a Bread Loaf Scholar in both poetry and translation and a Squaw Valley and Writers In Paradise Scholar. White is the author of Starry Sky to Starry Sky, (Holy Cow! Press 1988).
Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards, 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist; poems appear in Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, and Subtropics. Young is the translator of Two Poems by Inna Kabysh; her translations of Russophone authors have won international awards and been published widely. Young is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow and serves as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Arlington, Virginia. http://katherine-young-poet.com/