Contributors to Issue XV
Jorge Arbeleche (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1943) is a poet, essayist, and professor of Uruguayan literature. In 1999, he received the National Prize for Uruguayan Literature. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Letters of Uruguay. His books include the selected poems collections El bosque de las cosas. Antología 1968-2006 published in Uruguay and Mito (1968-2014) published in Spain.
Sandra BeasleyPhoto: Milly West
Sandra Beasley is author of three poetry collections: Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize; as well as Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a disability memoir and a cultural history of food allergies. She is also the editor of Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance, forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press in fall 2018. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA Literature Fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and three DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships. She lives in Washington, DC, and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa.
Mary Biddinger is the author of five full-length poetry collections, including Small Enterprise and The Czar. She lives in Akron, Ohio, where she teaches at the University of Akron & NEOMFA program and edits the Akron Series in Poetry. Biddinger’s first collection of prose poems, Partial Genius, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2019.
Born in Texas and raised in Chad, Aaron Brown now lives with his wife, Melinda, in Kansas, where he is a professor of writing at Sterling College. He is the author of the poetry collection, Acacia Road, winner of the 2016 Gerald Cable Book Award and published by Silverfish Review Press. His poetry and prose have been published in World Literature Today, Tupelo Quarterly, The Millions, Cimarron Review, Ruminate, and Transition, among others. He has been anthologized in Best New African Poets and has received Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations. Brown holds an MFA from the University of Maryland.
Sienna Chapman grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona, adventuring in the mountains and canyons of the southwest. She studied environmental studies at Northern Arizona University and endeavors to address issues of social and environmental injustice through creative writing. Her fiction and poetry have also been published in The Tunnels.
Franny ChoiPhoto: Tarfia Faizullah
Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014) and the forthcoming Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). A Kundiman fellow and member of the Dark Noise Collective, she holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and co-hosts the podcast VS with fellow poet Danez Smith.
Kelly Cressio-Moeller’s poetry is forthcoming in North American Review and Water~Stone Review, with photographs in the latest Gargoyle. Her previously published poems can be found at Boxcar Poetry Review, burntdistrict, Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore, Radar Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Verse Daily, and ZYZZYVA, among others. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net. She is an Associate Editor at Glass Lyre Press. Visit her website at kellycressiomoeller.com
Poet and essayist Heidi Czerwiec is the author of the recently released poetry collection Conjoining, and of the forthcoming lyric essay collection Fluid States, winner of Pleiades Press’ 2018 Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose; and is the editor of North Dakota Is Everywhere: An Anthology of Contemporary North Dakota Poets. She lives in Minneapolis, where she is an Editor for Poetry City, USA, and for Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and mentors with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. Visit her at heidiczerwiec.com.
Kelly Dulaney began in the cinders of Arizona; now she lives alongside the hogback hills of Colorado. Her writing appears in Black Warrior Review, Fugue, Fairy Tale Review, The Best American Experimental Writing Anthology (BAX) 2015, The Collagist, and Caketrain, among other venues. Her novella Ash is available from Urban Farmhouse Press. She edits The Cupboard Pamphlet. Visit her website at kellydulaney.net.
Summer Edward, M.Ed., grew up as a third-culture kid in Trinidad and the USA. An alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, her writing has been published or is forthcoming in The Millions, The Columbia Review, Horn Book Magazine, The Missing Slate, Nat. Brut, and many others. She divides her time between her adopted hometown, Philly, and her Caribbean homeland. Read more of her work at summeredward.com.
Bryan Flavin is an emerging poet and translator from Springfield, Missouri and a graduate from the University of Iowa, where he studied Linguistics, French, Arabic, and Translation. His original writing and translations have been published in Ink Lit Mag, The Translate Iowa Project, Z Publishing, and Tupelo Quarterly. He currently resides in Missouri with the intention of moving to and working in Shanghai in the coming months.
Jennifer Elise Foerster
Jennifer Elise Foerster earned her PhD in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver and her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Jennifer teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA Low-Residency Program, and co-directs For Girls Becoming, an arts mentorship program for Mvskoke youth in Oklahoma. A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Jennifer is the author of Leaving Tulsa (2013) and Bright Raft in the Afterweather (2018), both published by the University of Arizona Press. She lives in San Francisco.
Matan Gold is a writer from the San Fernando Valley, just outside of Los Angeles. His fiction has been featured or is forthcoming in Into the Void, Track//Four, Duende, and Funicular Magazine. He begrudgingly works at a grocery store.
Matthew Guenette is the author of three poetry collections, including Vasectomania (2017) and American Busboy (2011) both from the University of Akron Press. He lives in Madison, WI, with his wife, their two children, and a twenty-pound cat named Butternut.
Silvia Guerra was born in 1961 in Maldonado, Uruguay. Her books include Un mar en madrugado, Pulso, and Estampas de un tapiz. She is also the author of Todo comienzo lugar, co-edited with the Cuban poet José Kozer. In 2012 she was awarded the Morosoli Prize in Poetry for her career. Her work has appeared in translation in Drunken Boat and in the anthology Hotel Lautreamont: Contemporary Poetry from Uruguay.
Paul Guest is the author of four collections of poetry and a memoir. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, North American Review, Tin House, and elsewhere. A Guggenheim Fellow and Whiting Award winner, he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia.
Katherine M. Hedeen
Katherine M. Hedeen is Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College. Her latest book-length translations include night badly written (Action Books) and tasks (coimpress) by Víctor Rodríguez Núñez, and Nothing Out of This World, an anthology of contemporary Cuban poetry. She is the Poetry Translation Editor for the Kenyon Review and a two-time recipient of a NEA Translation Project Grant.
Daiana Henderson was born in Paraná, Argentina in 1988. Since 2007, she has lived in Rosario, where she studied Social Communication. Her books of poetry include Colectivo maquinario (Diatriba, 2011), Verao (Neutrinos, 2012), El gran dorado (Ivan Rosado, 2012), A través del liso (Determinado Rumor, 2013), Un foquito en medio del campo (EMR, 2013), Humedal (Liliputienses, 2014) and So that something remains lit, with English translations by Lucina Schell (Cardboard House Press, 2018). She is co-editor of the anthologies 30.30 poesía argentina del siglo XXI (EMR, 2013), 40 velocidades: colección de poemas en bicicleta (Neutrinos, 2014), 1.000 millones: poesía en lengua española del siglo XXI (EMR, 2014) and 53/70: poesía argentina del siglo XXI (EMR, 2015). She has been a member of the curatorial team of the International Poetry Festival of Rosario since 2013. She co-directs Neutrinos press and Laguna bookshop, both specializing in contemporary poetry.
Gail Hosking is the author of the memoir Snake’s Daughter: The Roads in and out of War (U of Iowa Press) and the poetry chapbook The Tug (Finishing Line Press). Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologized several times. She holds an MFA from Bennington College. Recently two essays were considered “most notable” in Best American Essays. She taught at Rochester Institute of Technology for fifteen years, and continues to write and edit in upstate New York.
Su Hwang is an award-winning (and sometimes, not) poet whose debut poetry collection, Bodega is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2019. Born in Seoul, she called NYC and SF home before transplanting to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA in Poetry. She teaches creative writing with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, helps out at Motionpoems, and is the co-founder of Poetry Asylum, a community-based organization with poet & activist Sun Yung Shin in Minneapolis. Visit her at suhwang.com.
Marlin M. Jenkins
Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and studied poetry in University of Michigan’s MFA program. His writings have been given homes by Indiana Review, Salt Hill, and Iowa Review, among others. He is an editor for HEArt Online.
Jesse Lee Kercheval
Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of fourteen books of fiction and poetry and also a translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry. Recent books include The Invisible Bridge: El puente invisible: Selected Poems of Circe Maia, Fable of an Inconsolable Man, by Javier Etchevarren, and América invertida: An Anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets. She is the Zona Gale Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin.
Virginia Lucas (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1977) is a poet, editor, and literature professor. Her books include the poetry collections Épicas marinas and No es de acanto la flor en Piedra. Her work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Tupelo Quarterly, Jacket2 and the Earth, Water and Sky: A Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry.
Kate MacLam is an eighth-generation Vermonter living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she served as Co-Managing Editor of the Blue Earth Review and a host of KMSU’s Weekly Reader, an author interview radio program and podcast. Her poems have appeared in Forklift, Ohio; New Ohio Review; Puerto Del Sol; and Willow Springs.
Claudia Magliano (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1974) is a poet and professor of literature. She is the author of three poetry collections, Nada, Res, which won the 2012 First Prize in Poetry from the Uruguayan Ministry of Culture and Education, and El corazón de las ciruelas. Her poetry, translated by Jesse Lee Kercheval, will appear in the anthology Taken By the Light: Poems About Uruguay which is forthcoming from Dialogos Books and in River Styx.
Mia Ayumi MalhotraPhoto: Sana Javeri Kadri
Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako, winner of the 2017 Alice James Award. She received her MFA from the University of Washington and is a Kundiman and VONA/Voices Fellow. Her poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Witness, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more at miamalhotra.com.
Fina García Marruz
Fina García Marruz (Havana, 1923) is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She received her doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Havana. She was a member of the group of poets who edited the literary journals Clavileño (1942-1953) and Orígenes (1944-1956). From 1962 to 1987, she was a researcher at the National Library at the Center for Studies on José Martí. Her poetry has received high honors in the Spanish-speaking world, including Cuba’s National Literature Prize, Chile’s Pablo Neruda Prize, and Spain’s Reina Sofía Prize for Spanish American poetry, among many others. She is considered to be Cuba’s greatest living poet.
Janet McAdams is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently the chapbook Seven Boxes for the Country After, from Kent State Press. Her first book, The Island of Lost Luggage, received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. She teaches at Kenyon College, where she is an Editor at Large for the Kenyon Review and holds the Robert P. Hubbard Chair in Poetry.
Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including National Poetry Series Finalist, Magpies in the Valley of Oleanders (Trio House Press 2016), and the forthcoming X-Rays and Other Landscapes (Trio House Press 2018). He has work featured in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. He teaches at Drake University in Des Moines. He is married to the visual artist Lydia McCord.
Wayne Miller’s fourth poetry collection, Post- (Milkweed, 2016), won the UNT Rilke Prize and the Colorado Book Award in Poetry. His co-translation of Moikom Zeqo’s Zodiac (Zephyr, 2015) was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Translation, and he has coedited three books, most recently Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century (Milkweed, 2016). He teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he edits Copper Nickel.
Brianna Noll is the author of The Price of Scarlet (University Press of Kentucky, 2017), selected by Lisa Williams as the inaugural poetry collection in UPK’s New Poetry and Prose Series. She is Poetry Editor of The Account, which she helped found, and her poems have appeared widely in journals including the Kenyon Review Online, The Georgia Review, 32 Poems, Prairie Schooner, and Crazyhorse. She lives in Los Angeles.
Jeannine Marie Pitas
Jeannine Marie Pitas is a writer, teacher, and Spanish-English literary translator currently living in Dubuque, Iowa, where she teaches at the University of Dubuque. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and the translator of several poets. She has published translations of the Uruguayan writer Marosa di Giorgio's work, The History of Violets and I Remember Nightfall as well as poems by the Uruguayan poet Selva Casal.
Iliana Rocha earned her PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets 2014 anthology, as well as The Nation, RHINO, Blackbird, and West Branch. Karankawa, her debut collection, won the 2014 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and is available through the University of Pittsburgh Press. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Oklahoma and lives with her three Chihuahuas, Nilla, Beans, and Migo.
Born in Paris, where he resides today, writing has always occupied a special place for Georges Rose — from poetry to stories, books, essays, and theater. To date, he has around thirty published works, of which many have been awarded. Alongside his writing, Rose holds a PhD in Ethnology and practices various studies and hobbies, such as ecology, mountaineering, and Tai Chi — all of which influence his poetry. “North,” coming from an unpublished collection known as Shores, is Rose’s first English translation from the original French. A translation in Greek will be released this year for a different collection, and Rose is thrilled to see his work become accessible across languages and cultures.
Lucina SchellPhoto: Paul Crisanti
Lucina Schell works in international rights for the University of Chicago Press and is founding editor of Reading in Translation. She is a member of the Third Coast Translators Collective, and translates poetry from the Spanish. Recent translations include Daiana Henderson’s So That Something Remains Lit (Cardboard House Press), and the first full-length collection of poetry by Miguel Ángel Bustos in English (forthcoming, co•im•press).
Suzuki Shizuko was born in Tokyo in 1919, and though many details of her life are well documented, much is unknown. She began publishing haiku in the journal Jukai (Sea of Trees) around 1938, and her first haiku collection, Shunrai (Spring Thunder), was published in 1946. Her work reflects the conditions of the Allied Occupation of Japan following WWII, mixing traditional seasonal themes with frank depictions of labor, love, sex work, and drug abuse in haiku that often exceed or curtail the typical 5-7-5 syllabic pattern. After the publication of her second collection, Yubiwa (The Ring), in 1952, Shizuko disappeared and her whereabouts have remained a mystery.
Savannah Sipple is the author of WWJD & Other Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). A writer from east Kentucky, her poems have recently been published in Appalachian Heritage, Talking River, The Offing, and The Louisville Review. She is also the recipient of grants from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from the Navajo Nation. He received his MFA in Poetry from the Low-Rez IAIA MFA program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His work is forthcoming or published in Boston Review, Connotation Press, and the Shade Journal. He was selected as one of the winners for the 2018 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. He currently lives and works in the Navajo Nation.
Rose SkeltonPhoto: Antoine Tempé, 2017
Rose Skelton is currently working on Homescar, a collection of linked short stories set on an island in Scotland, which won the Larry Levis Fellowship for Fiction in 2017. “Fatty Acids” is her first story to be published from that collection, and a second story, “Heartwood,” is forthcoming in Four Way Review. Rose was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She now teaches creative writing and trains investigative journalists, but was previously a freelance journalist in west Africa, working for the BBC, The Guardian, the Sunday Times, and others. She is a banjo player, lives on an island in Scotland, and is a volunteer member of the Tobermory Lifeboat crew, which rescues people at sea.
Eric Steineger teaches English at Mars Hill University. He is the Senior Poetry Editor of The Citron Review, while his work has been featured in Rattle: The Poets Respond, The Los Angeles Review, Tinderbox, Palaver, and other journals. His chapbook, From A Rooftop in Lisbon, chronicles themes from Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet and is forthcoming from Plan B Press. He lives in Asheville with his wife and daughter.
Alison Stine is the author of two books of fiction: The Protectors (Little A, 2016), an illustrated novella about graffiti artists in Appalachia; and a novel, Supervision (HarperVoyagerUK, 2015); as well as three books of poems, most recently Wait (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), winner of the Brittingham Prize. An NEA Fellow and former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Paris Review, Tin House, Poetry, The Toast, and many others. She lives in rural, Appalachian Ohio and works as a social justice reporter.
Stefani Wright is an English Instructor in northern France. Originally from Chicago, she received her MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco.
Andy Young is the author of four poetry chapbooks and the collection All Night It Is Morning (Diálogos Press). Her essays have been featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Muftah, Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (University of California Press, 2013), and Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond (forthcoming from New York University Press). She teaches at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.