Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet and essayist, author most recently of a collection of essays, fragments, and poems, Of Silence and Song (Milkweed Editions, 2017). A recent Guggenheim Fellow, he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Colorado State University.

Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-one books including, most recently, Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way Books, 2017), Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), and Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018). Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at University of North Texas.

Dylan Carpenter lives in Baltimore. Poems from this sequence appear, or are forthcoming, in Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, Horsethief, Smartish Pace, and other journals.

Nancy Eimers is the author of Oz (Carnegie Mellon) and three other poetry collections. She teaches Creative Writing at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Dennis Finnell has published five books of poems, most recently Ruins Assembling from Shape&Nature Press, 2014, awarded its Things to Come Poetry Prize.  His first book, Red Cottage, won the Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. His next two books Belovèd Beast and The Gauguin Answer Sheet were selected for the Contemporary Poetry Series from the University of Georgia Press. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he now lives in Western Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Gaffney is the author of the novels Metropolis and When the World Was Young. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, A Public Space, Conjunctions, the Mississippi Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Colorado Review, the North American Review, and elsewhere. She has translated four books from German. She teaches writing at Queens University, NYU and the New School and serves as the editor at large of A Public Space.

Kym Littlefield works at Open Books: A Poem Emporium as a bookseller. Their pursuit of a post-graduate degree in Poetry will begin in fall 2018 at the University of Washington. This is their first publication.

Sara Martin is a graduate of Boston College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has taught creative writing at The University of Iowa and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. “They Wake Up Swinging” is an excerpt from a novel in verse, in progress. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kelly Nelson is the author of two poetry chapbooks. Her experimental translations have appeared in Interim; Anomaly; Forklift, Ohio; Best American Experimental Writing and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in Anthropology and teaches Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University. More at

Christine Robbins received an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop, and she lives and works in Olympia, Washington. She has poems recently published in journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, The Georgia Review, Missouri Review online, New England Review, Poetry Northwest, and Yemassee online.

Nicholas Samaras is from Patmos, Greece (the “Island of the Apocalypse”) and, at the time of the Greek Junta (“Coup of the Generals”) was brought in exile to be raised further in America in Woburn, Massachusetts. He’s lived in Greece, England, Wales, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Jerusalem, thirteen states in America, and he writes from a place of permanent exile. His books are Hands of the Saddlemaker (Yale University Press) and American Psalm, World Psalm (Ashland Poetry Press). Currently, he is completing a book of poetry and a memoir of his childhood years living underground.

Matthew Schmidt is working on a PhD in English at the University of Southern Mississippi. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in 3:AM, Hobart, Poetry South, Territory, and elsewhere. He is an associate poetry editor at Fairy Tale Review.

Patty Seyburn has published four books of poems, most recently Perfecta (What Books Press, Glass Table Imprint, 2014). Her work is forthcoming in Hotel America, Free Inquiry, and Cruel Garters. She is a professor at California State University, Long Beach, and is fond of the word “amulet.”

Anis Shivani’s poems in this issue are from his new book by the same title. Recent books include The Moon Blooms in Occupied Hours: Poems, Whatever Speaks on Behalf of Hashish: Poems, Soraya: Sonnets, Karachi Raj: A Novel, and Literary Writing in the Twenty-First Century: Conversations. His work appears recently in West Branch, Prairie SchoonerSubtropics,  Boulevard,  The Journal,  Black  Warrior  Review,  and  elsewhere.  He lives in Houston with his mischievous cat Foolittle and is finishing a post-apocalyptic novel called Wednesdays on Earth.

Carter Smith’s poems have appeared in cream city review, Faultline, Pleiades, Rattle, Newfound, and other places. Further Other Book Works published his mail art/book project Rounds. He lives and teaches in North Carolina.

Sophia Terazawa is the author of I AM NOT A WAR, a winner of the 2015 Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest, selected by Rosebud Ben-Oni. She is currently working toward the MFA in Poetry at the University of Arizona, where she also serves as poetry editor for Sonora Review. Her work lives in various shapes online and in journals like Puerto del Sol, Cosmonauts Avenue, Poor Claudia, and elsewhere. In 2018, Terazawa was the recipient of the Monique Wittig Writer’s Scholarship, supported by the UA Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. A Note about “from Hill 92”: “Hill 192” refers to the death of Phan Thi Mao. The intention of the poem “Hill 192” is to climb over that hill into another story. The intention is to center love.

Victoria Walls, a Tennessee native, is an alumna of Saint Louis University and The University of Missouri at St. Louis. During her MFA, she held multiple artistic leadership positions such as poet laureate and president of the Graduate Writers Association. She is now a professor of English as a Second Language at Saint Louis University and an assistant editor for Boulevard Magazine and WomenArts Quarterly. Her poems are featured in Slippery Elm, Architrave Press, and december magazine. She can also be found in “Voices at the Corner,” a blog for The Center for Social Empowerment where she served as Poet in Residence.

Michael Wanzenried is a poet, writer, and archaeologist originally from Montana, currently living and working in Alaska. His work has appeared in publications like Cirque, Black Warrior Review, and Cedilla. “Give | Shelter” is an excerpt from a book-length poem of the same name.

Madeleine Wattenberg’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in cream city reviewDIAGRAM, Fairy Tale Review, Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review, and Best New Poets 2017. She is a PhD student in poetry at the University of Cincinnati.