Issue Seven

Tara Boswell is a New Jersey native currently pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Columbia College Chicago, where she teaches first year writing, serves as an editor for Columbia Poetry Review, and is also an editorial intern for Phantom Limb Press. Mostly she is out of breath.

J. Bradey is the author of the novella Bodies Made of Smoke (HOUSEFIRE, 2012). He lives at

Ryan Collins  can be found in DIAGRAM; Forklift, Ohio; Handsome; H_NGM_N; The Hover Project; iO: A Journal of New American Poetry; Smoking Glue Gun; Spork; Transom; & the Hell Yes Press cassette anthology 21 Love Poems. He lives in Rock Island, IL.

David Feinstein is a recipient of Oberlin College’s William Battrick Poetry Fellowship as well as Chautauqua Literary Journal’s Award for Prose. His poetry has appeared in No, Dear, Unsaid, Explosion-Proof Magazine, and Tin House. He is currently studying in the UMass Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers.

Brian Foley‘s first collection of poems, The Constitution, is forthcoming from Black Ocean. He’s authored several chapbooks including Going Attractions (Greying Ghost, 2012) &TOTEM, out soon from Fact-Simile Editions. Recent poems have appeared in The Volta, Denver Quarterly, Aesthetix, Country Music, The Destroyer, and elsewhere. With Julia Cohen he co-edits Saltgrass and w EB Goodale, he runs Brave Men Press. He lives well in Western Massachusetts.

Katy Gunn is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama with writing forthcoming from Crazyhorse, H_NGM_N, wigleaf, and more.

Gillian Hamel  lives in Oakland, California, and holds an MFA in Poetry from St. Mary’s College. She and Bryn Garrehy curate the Underpass Reading Series at Bica Coffeehouse in Oakland. Gillian also co-publishes speCt!, a chapbook series and book arts imprint, with Peter Burghardt and Robert Andrew Perez. She is a poetry editor for Omnidawn Publishing and managing editor of OmniVerse.

Sean Patrick Hill is  the author of two books of poetry, The Imagined Field (Paper Kite Press, 2010) and Interstitial (BlazeVOX, 2011). A chapbook, Hibernaculum, will appear in 2013 from Slash Pine Press. His poems are forthcoming in Smartish Pace, Catch Up, and Blackbird and have appeared recently in Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, CutBank, Drunken Boat, LIT, Harpur Palate, Spork, Tampa Review, and West Wind Review. He is currently an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College, and has received awards and grants from the Vermont Studio Center, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. He lives in Kentucky.

Krystal Languell  is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative and edits the journal Bone Bouquet. Her work has appeared in esqueLa FoveaDIAGRAM and elsewhere, and her first book, Call the Catastrophists, was published by BlazeVox in 2011. She teaches writing at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Pratt Institute.

Travis Macdonald is a poet, copywriter, editor and book-maker living in Philadelphia. His most recently released work includes: Title Bout(Shadow Mountain Press 2011), BAR/koans (Erg Arts 2011), Hoop Cores (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press 2011), Sight & Sigh (Beard of Bees 2011), N7ostradamus (BlazeVox Books 2010), Basho’s Phonebook (E-ratio 2009) and The O Mission Repo [vol. 1] (Fact-Simile Editions 2008).

Michelle Taransky is the author of Sorry Was In The Woods (Omnidawn 2013) and Barn Burned, Then (Omnidawn 2009), selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Taransky teaches writing at Penn, works as reviews editor for Jacket2 and co-curates the reading series Whenever We Feel Like it.

Joseph Cooper is currently writing and teaching in Princeton, WV. He is the author of the full-length books TOUCH ME (BlazeVox 2009) and Autobiography of a Stutterer (BlazeVox 2007), as well as the chapbooks Here Come the Groovies co-authored with Andrew K. Peterson (Livestock Editions 2010), Memory/Incision (Dusie 2007), from Autobiography of a Stutterer (Big Game Books 2007), and Insuring the Wicker Man Shadow Created Delusion co-authored with Jared Hayes (Hot Whiskey 2005).

j/j hastain is the author of several cross-genre books including long past the presence of common (Say it with Stones Press), trans-genre book libertine monk (Scrambler Press) and anti-memoir a vigorous (Black Coffee Press/ Eight Ball Press (forthcoming)). j/j has poetry, prose, reviews, articles, mini-essays and mixed genre work published in many places on line and in print.

Kevin McLellan is the author of the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Colorado Review, failbetter, Kenyon Review Online, Sixth Finch, Western Humanities Review, Witness and numerous others. Kevin lives in Cambridge MA, and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at the University of Rhode Island in Providence.

Karissa Morton  hails from Des Moines, Iowa, & is currently working under Larissa Szporluk as an MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University, where she also teaches courses in creative writing & freshman composition & works on the staffs of Mid-American Review & Revolution House.

Morgan Parker received her BA from Columbia University and her MFA in poetry from NYU. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly, PANK, Handsome, NOO Journal, Phantom Limb, and the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter, published by Argos Books. A Cave Canem fellow, she lives in Brooklyn with her dog Braeburn.

Katie Jean Shinkle is the author of one novel, Our Prayers After the Fire (Blue Square Press, forthcoming), and four chapbooks. She is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver.

Gale Marie Thompson is the author of Soldier On (Tupelo Press, forthcoming) and the chapbooks If You’re a Bear, I’m a Bear (H_NGM_N, 2013) and Expeditions to the Polar Seas (Sixth Finch, 2013). Her work can be found in the Best New Poets 2012Denver Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Volt, Salt Hill, inter|rupture, diode, H_NGM_N, and others. She received her MFA at the University of Massachusetts and is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia in Athens. She is creator and editor of Jellyfish Magazine (, and works at the Georgia Review.

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