“Being oppressed means the absence of choices.” bell hooks
Mythopoetry | Swanee Astrid is a poet-scribe from Sacramento, CA. Her writing has taken her to Iowa, Ireland, San Francisco and now Boulder, Co where she graduated from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, MFA'16. Now, she helps coordinate their legendary Summer Writing Program and other administrative tasks for Naropa University. With the rest of her time, she is working on ways to build community around youth literacy and self-advocacy through writing mentorship. While Swanee writes across all genres, she has settled in the realm of the divine: writing letters to stars, casting runes as a means of translation, turning poetry into music to speak 'cross consciousness. From a young age she has been engaged by the romance of heroics and now turns to inquire is balance of the feminine and the masculine, its sex, gender, and primal vs revolutionary behavior. Her inspirations are in mythopoetic frameworks and how the passage of the contemporary into the ancestral renders a tidal awareness to the collective fabric implicated by culture.
Prose | duncan b. barlow is the author of The City, Awake (Stalking Horse 2017), Of Flesh and Fur (The Cupboard 2016), and Super Cell Anemia (2008). His work has appeared in The Denver Quarterly, The Collagist, Banango Street, The Fanzine, Sleeping Fish, Word Riot, The Apeiron Review, Meat for Tea, Matter Press, and Masque and Spectacle. He teaches creative writing and publishing at the University of South Dakota, where he is publisher at Astrophil Press and the managing editor at South Dakota Review. He has also edited for Tarpaulin Sky and The Bombay Gin, among others. Before writing, duncan b. barlow was a touring musician who played with Endpoint, By The Grace of God, Guilt, the aasee lake, The Lull Account, Good Riddance, and many more. His interviews about music and subculture have been published in academic texts, books, and magazines such as: Straight Edge: Clean-Living Youth, Hardcore Punk, and Social Change on Rutgers University Press, We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet Collected Interviews on Akashic, and Burning Fight on Revelation Record.
Hybrid | Mildred K Barya teaches creative writing and literature at UNC-Asheville. She has published three poetry books, short stories and poems in anthologies, journals and magazines such as Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Quarterly, Per Contra and Northeast Review. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Denver and is a board member of African Writers Trust (AWT).
Fiction | Alex Benke is a fiction writer living in Los Angeles and Western Massachusetts.
Poetry | Lisa Birman’s debut novel, How To Walk Away, was awarded the 2016 Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction. She is the author of For That Return Passage—A Valentine for the United States of America; editor of Dearest Annie, You wanted a report on Berkson’s class: Letters from Frances LeFevre to Anne Waldman; and co-editor of the anthology Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action.
Poetry | Dan Beachy-Quick is a poet and essayist whose most recent book, Of Silence and Song (Milkweed Editions), is a collection of essays, fragments, meditations, and poems. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Colorado State University and his work has been supported by the Lannan and Guggenheim Foundations.
Poetry | Lindsey Boldt is the author of (2016), Titties for Lindsey (2013), and Overboard (2012). Poems, essays, and other writings can be found at Art Practical, The Drunken Boat, and in From Our Hearts: On Contemporary Poetics. She also writes and performs plays, songs and other outbursts, including the plays, "Dating by Consensus" and "The Reading", which were co-written, directed and performed with Steve Orth. She has been an editor for The Post-Apollo Press, the chapbook series, Summer BF Press, and is currently Managing Editor of Nightboat Books. She lives in Oakland.
Hybrid / Poetry | Sarah Boyer is a poet and artist. She earned her MFA in poetry at the University of Massachusetts and her PhD in poetry at the University of Denver. Her first book was published Fall of 2016 by sunnyoutside press; it is called howard. Her second book was a finalist for the Cleveland State University Open Book prize in 2017. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Drawing | Sommer Browning writes poems, draws comics, and is a librarian in Denver. Her latest poetry book is Backup Singers (Birds, LLC) and last year she published a collection of comics called Everything But Sex (Low Frequency Press).
Essay/ Poetry | Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press (tremblingpillowpress.com). She also hosts the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans and is the co-founder of the New Orleans Poetry Festival (nolapoetry.com). She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has three books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008), Sound and Basin (2013) and Commitment (2015) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: Dollbaby (Horseless Press, 2013) and i always wanted to start over (Nous-Zot Press, 2014). Horse Less Press released her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me, in 2016. Her fourth collection, BASIC PROGRAMMING, will be released by Lavender Ink in 2018.
Fiction / Photography | Vincent Carafano is from El Paso, Texas and lives and writes in Colorado.
Divinatory Inspired Prose | Teresa Carmody is the author of Maison Femme: a fiction (2015) and Requiem (2005). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, Two Serious Ladies, St. Petersburg Review, Faultline, Entropy, and more. Carmody is co-founding editor of Les Figues Press, an imprint of LARB Books in Los Angeles, and director of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas.
Poetry | Julie Carr is the author of six books of poetry, including 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015). She is also the author of two prose works: Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2013) and Objects from a Borrowed Confession (Ahsahta, 2017). With Jeffrey Robinson she is the co-editor of Active Romanticism (University of Alabama Press, 2015). A chapbook of prose, “The Silence that Fills the Future,” was released as a free pdf from Essay Press. Carr’s co-translation of Leslie Kaplan’s Excess-The Factory is due out from Commune Editions in 2018, as is a mixed-genre work, Reallife: An Installation (Omnidawn). Also to be published in 2018 is her book of critical essays, Someone Shot my Book (University of Michigan Press). Carr was a 2011-12 NEA fellow and is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder in the English department and the Intermedia Arts Writing and Performance Ph.D. She regularly collaborates with dance artist K.J. Holmes and, with Tim Roberts, is the co-founder of Counterpath Press, Counterpath Gallery, and Counterpath Community Garden in Denver.
A Poem From the Future | Amy Catanzano is a poet and cross-genre writer who explores the intersections of literature, science, and art in an integrated artistic practice and theory known as quantum poetics, where she investigates shared principles in poetry and quantum mechanics to reinvent common notions of spacetime, language, and reality. Her creative and scholarly research spans the history of the avant garde and contemporary literary and artistic subcultures in parallel to physics and its under-acknowledged relationship to poetics and the philosophy of language. She is the author of three books. Her most recent, Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella, published by Noemi Press, combines narrative and experimental fiction, lineated and visual poetry, creative nonfiction, and invented literary forms. It received the Noemi Press Book Award. Her second book, Multiversal, published by Fordham University Press, received the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. Prior to this honor, Multiversal was selected by Michael Palmer for the Poets Out Loud Prize at Fordham University Press. Catanzano’s first book, iEpiphany, was published by Anne Waldman’s Erudite Fangs Editions. Her creative work appears in literary journals such as Conjunctions and Denver Quarterly, and her writing on quantum poetics appears at Poems and Poetics, Jacket2, #Nodos, and elsewhere. A digital poem on wave-particle duality that was created using 3D Poetry Editor software appeared in an exhibition, The Gravity of Words, at the Rotterdam Poetry International Festival and the Oslo Poesifilm Festival for Digital and Visual Poetry. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is an Assistant Professor of English in Creative Writing and the Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.
Epistolary | Mairead Case is a working writer. She is the author of the novel See You In the Morning (featherproof), the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS (Meekling Press), and the forthcoming Steam Plant Graphic Novel (with David Lasky).
Collage with text | J'Lyn Chapman grew up and currently lives in Colorado. She is the author of Beastlife, published by Calamari Press in 2016. The digital chapbook, "A Thing of Shreds and Patches," was a winner of the 2015 Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest. Essay Press also published the interview chapbook, "The Form Our Curiosity Takes."Recent work is forthcoming from Conjunctions, The Laurel Review, Tammy, and Entropy.
Poetry with soundscore | Serena Chopra is completing a PhD (ABD) in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, for which she is composing a novel informed by her research with queer women in Bangalore, India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a professional dancer, theater/performance artist and visual artist. She is a co-founder and actor in the poet’s theater group, GASP and worked with Denver’s Splintered Light Theater on a full-length production of Ic, for which she composed the sound score. She has an ongoing text/image collaboration, Memory is a Future Tense, with artist Lu Cong. Serena currently teaches in the MFA program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Poetry / Visual Poetry | Jessica Comola is the author of Everything We Met Changed Form and Followed the Rest (Horse Less Press, 2016) and the chapbook What Kind of Howly Divine (Horse Less, 2014). Her writing has appeared most recently in jubilat, Entropy, and Tenderloin. She is currently completing her PhD in creative writing at the University of Denver.
Sound Recording | collecting around the name PHIL a farmer a poet an artist a father a daughter. Manual of Woody Plants (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013).
Fiction | Emily Culliton is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver for fiction. Her debut novel, The Misfortune of Marion Palm, was published in August 2017 (Knopf). Her work has appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, the Seattle Review, Two Serious Ladies and Essays & Fictions. She lives in Brooklyn, and is currently at work on her second book.
Poetry | Caroline Crumpacker lives in Red Hook, NY. A bit further upstate, she runs The Millay Colony for the Arts, an artists’ residency program and arts center. Her book is Astrobolism (Belladonna Collaborative 2016) and she has published the chapbooks Recherche Theories (Etherdome Press, 2010), The Institution in Her Twilight (Dusie Kollectiv, 2011) and Upon Nostalgia (Belladonna*, 2011). Her poetry, translations, essays, and reviews have also appeared in magazines and anthologies including The Talisman Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman, 2008); American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2007); Not For Mothers Only (Fence Books, 2007); and Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Verse Press, 2004). Caroline was a founding Poetry Editor of Fence magazine, an editor of the French/American online magazine DoubleChange, and a contributing editor for Circumference magazine. She is currently a member of the Belladonna Collaborative*, a feminist press and reading series dedicated to promoting the work of experimental women writers. She served on her Community Board in New York’s West Village for two years, forming and co-chairing an arts committee on that body. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the High Meadow School, a small progressive school in Upstate NY. She also developed a Social Justice Committee for the school based on fair representation in education and actively fostering allyship.
Lyric Essay | Piper J. Daniels is a Michigan native, queer intersectional feminist, and professional ghostwriter who holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from the University of Washington. She is the co-winner of the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize for her debut collection of essays, Ladies Lazarus. Her work appears in Hotel Amerika, The Rumpus, The Monarch Review, WomenArts Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Washington State with her dog, Omar Little Daniels.
Poetry | Jen Denrow lives in Oregon and facilitates writing workshops online and at community writing spaces. She has a book, California, and is interested in the concept of place. Her most recent work can be found online.
Text / Image | Passing Through / The Golden Sea. My paternal grandmother was a French Canadian Ashkenazi Jew abandoned as an infant, and later found in a cathedral east of Quebec City. She was raised by nuns for a time, and then by a farm family in rural Quebec eventually marrying and raising her family in Detroit, Michigan. She passed as white and Protestant for all of her life. She died that way. In learning about her life and story, I made a spelling error that opened a door into a particular kind of meditation that continues to develop and continues to offer me conversations with those who, like my grandmother, were and are passing through. Two from this past year (2017) are Mildred Dresselhaus and Maggie Roche. Both were born as Scorpions and died as Aquarians. Both were born and died under the same moon phase, and appear, in photographs, to style their hair about the same throughout their lives. When I encountered them, however, both wore their "hair" in the way of a towering fan of spun sugar. Joan Dickinson (2018)
Prose | Claire Donato is the author of Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013) and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016; Tarpaulin Sky Press, forthcoming). Recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Fanzine, BOMB, Poetry Society of America, and The Elephants. Digital language art has been screened as MoMA PS1, Knockdown Center, Harvard, and University Fernando Pessoa. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the BFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.
Poetry | Lisa Donovan’s work has been a finalist for multiple prizes, including Kelsey St. Press’ FIRST! Poetry Prize. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Denver’s Creative Writing Program, a M.F.A. from Brown University’s Literary Arts Program, and briefly studied at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Dr. Donovan teaches non-fiction to undergraduates and to career adults at the non-profit, Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop, in Denver. She lives in the very quaint town of Edgewater, CO where she walks her dog, Beatrice, and canine version of a Tater Tot, Virgil, while wondering about the life of Nell Brinkley. Her book, Red of Split Water, a burial rite, was published in 2016 by Trembling Pillow Press. She is currently revising a manuscript about Agnes Martin's drawings.
Poetry | Lily Duffy is a writer and editor from Maryland currently living in Colorado. Her work has appeared in Bone Bouquet, Yalobusha Review, Horse Less Review, Dusie, Twelfth House, TENDE RLOIN, and The Journal Petra, among other publications. With Rachel Levy, she edits DREGINALD.
Poem/Prose/Hybrid | Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017). Her debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History (W. W. Norton, 2017). Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), and co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology (Persea, 2009). Her honors include an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in both prose and poetry. Dungy is a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.
Poetry | Marcella Durand's most recent books are Rays of the Shadow (Tent Editions, 2017) and Le Jardin de M. (The Garden of M.), with French translations by Olivier Brossard (joca seria, 2016). She lives in New York City, where she is working on a long piece for two voices titled Mirror Lines and completing her translation of Michèle Métail's book-length poem, Les Horizons du sol/Earth's Horizons.
Fragment | Danielle Dutton is the author of three books, most recently Margaret the First, and co-founder and editor of Dorothy, a publishing project. She lives in St. Louis with her family and teaches at Washington University.
Poetry | Rachel Feder is an unromantic Romanticist and assistant professor of English and literary arts at the University of Denver.
Poetry | Jennifer Firestone is an Assistant Professor of Literary Studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College. Her books include TEN, (BlazeVOX, forthcoming), Gates & Fields (Belladonna* Collaborative), Swimming Pool (DoubleCross Press), Flashes (Shearsman Books), Holiday (Shearsman Books), Waves (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), from Flashes and snapshot (Sona Books) and Fanimaly (Dusie Kollektiv). Firestone co-edited (with Dana Teen Lomax) Letters To Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia Books). Firestone has work anthologized in Kindergarde: Avant-Garde Poems, Plays, Songs, & Stories for Children and Building is a Process / Light is an Element: essays and excursions for Myung Mi Kim. Firestone won the 2014 Marsh Hawk Press’ Robert Creeley Memorial Prize.
Prose/Hybrid | Joan Fiset is a writer, teacher, and licensed psychotherapist. In October 2015 Namesake, her book of prose vignettes about her mother who suffered from mental illness was released from Blue Begonia Press Now the Day is Over, a book of prose vignettes about her father was published by Blue Begonia in 1997 and received the King County Publication Award. Joan hosts writing groups that emphasize right-brain writing strategies designed to retrieve tiny wisps of sensory memory. You can learn more about her writing groups and mentorship here: http://www.joanfiset.com/home/
poetry / prose words | Tonya M. Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna* 2015) and coeditor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art (Teachers & Writers Collaborative 2002). A poet and scholar, her writing and research focus on ideas of place and emplacement, and on intersections between the visual and the written. A recipient of awards from the Mellon and Ford Foundations, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Macdowell Colony, her poetry, prose, and essays have appeared in Callaloo, Tripwire, boundary2, MiPOESIAS and elsewhere. A PhD Candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, Tonya is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Literature at California College of the Arts. She is a maker of exquisite gumbo, red beans and rice, and citrus poundcakes.
Prose/Creative Offering | Yanara Friedland is a German-American writer, translator, and teacher. Her first book Uncountry: A Mythology was the winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Fiction award. “Abraq ad Habra: I will Create As I Speak,” a digital chapbook, is available from Essay Press. She is the recipient of research grants from the DAAD and Arizona Commission on the Arts, supporting her current book project Groundswell, a chorography of border regions in the Germany-Polish and Sonoran borderlands. She is the director of MyLife Tucson, a community archive, hosted by the Jewish History Museum in Tucson and teaches at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Hybrid | An astrologer once told Erin she’d have three very different careers in her life. So far, she spent 15 years as a commercial fisherman and professional deckhand; for the past ten years, she’s worked in higher education as a administrator and faculty; and she’s just begun her newest adventure in the field of equine assisted therapy and learning. Erin’s been a writer throughout. Her work is published in journals and anthologies including: Rosebud, americas review, The Blue Collar Review, Hanging Loose, The Seattle Review, Floating Bridge Review, Working the Woods, Working the Sea: An Anthology of Northwest Writing, Poets of the American West, Raising Lily Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy The Workspace and Hooked! True Stories of Death, Obsession and Love From Alaska’s Commercial Fishing Men and Women. Erin’s first collection of poems, The Glass Jar, was released from Finishing Line Press in 2016. She is currently working on a memoir about multigenerational trauma and the healing power of horses.
Prose | Richard Froude has written three books: FABRIC, The Passenger, and Tarnished Mirrors. He teaches writing classes at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, in their outreach programs with the Alzheimer's Association and the Denver School of the Arts, and at the Naropa Summer Writing Program. In May, he will graduate from medical school.
Prose Poem | Elisa Gabbert is a poet and essayist and the author of three collections: L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2016), The Self Unstable (Black Ocean, 2013), and The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010). Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Boston Review, the Paris Review Daily, Pacific Standard, Guernica, The Awl, Electric Literature, the Harvard Review, Threepenny Review, Real Life, Catapult, Jubilat, Diagram, and many other venues. She lives in Denver. Follow her on Twitter at @egabbert.
Fiction | Elena Georgiou is the author of the soon-to-be released short story collection, The Immigrant’s Refrigerator. She is also the author two poetry collections, Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants and mercy mercy me. She coedited (with Michael Lassell) the poetry anthology The World In Us. She is the recipient of a Lambda Literary Award, an Astraea Emerging Writers Award, a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Currently, she directs the MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Vermont and Washington.
Kathy Goodkin is the author of Sleep Paralysis (dancing girl press, 2017). Her poems & criticism have appeared in Field, Denver Quarterly, Redivider, RHINO, The Volta, & elsewhere. Kathy works for feminist publisher Gazing Grain Press, and lives in North Carolina. Find her online at www.kathygoodkin.com .
Poetry | Eryn Green is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he lives with his wife Hanna and daughter Aya. His first book, Eruv, was selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, and published by Yale University Press in 2014. His follow-up collection, Truces, was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry by Susan Howe. Eryn's poetry, essays, and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Esquire, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Interim, and elsewhere.
Poetry | E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of four books of poetry, Hell Figures (Nightboat Books, 2016) a finalist for the 2017 Firecracker Award in Poetry, portrait of a lesser subject (elis press, 2015), Some Clear Souvenir (O Books, 2006), and music or forgetting (O Books, 2001), as well as several limited edition chapbooks, including Leukadia (Trafficker Press, 2008). A selection of poems from portrait of a lesser subject appeared in Best American Experimental Writing (BAX) 2016, edited by Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris (Wesleyan, 2017). Poetry, essay, and visual art have appeared in collections including The Day Lady Gaga Died (Dan kada je umrla Lejdi Gaga): An Anthology of NYC Poetry of the 21st Century, edited by Ana Božičević and Željko Mitić (Peti talas / The Fifth Wave, Serbia, 2011), A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism, edited by Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young (Chain Links, 2011), and No Gender: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards, edited by Julian Talamantez Brolaski, E. Tracy Grinnell, and erica kaufman (Litmus Press / Belladonna*, 2008). She is the founding editor and director of Litmus Press and teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at Pratt Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Poetry | Raquel Gutiérrez was born in Los Angeles, lives in Tucson, writes poems, teaches, and runs the tiny press called Econo Textual Objects (est. 2014).
Celtic Mythology/Fantasy | Jennifer Heath is an independent scholar, art curator, award-winning activist and cultural journalist, founder-director of baksun books & arts, and the author or editor of twelve books of fiction and non-fiction, among them On the Edge of Dream: The Women of Celtic Myth and Legend (Penguin), The Echoing Green: The Garden in Myth and Memory (Penguin) The Scimitar and the Veil: Extraordinary Women of Islam (Paulist Press), A House White With Sorrow (Roden Press), The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore, and Politics (University of California Press), Land of the Unconquerable: The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women (University of California Press, co-edited with Ashraf Zahedi) and Children of Afghanistan: The Path to Peace (University of Texas Press). Forthcoming are Two Forevers Nowhere Yet: A Meditation on the History of Death, an edited volume about the art of the Arab Spring and its aftermath and, with Zahedi, an anthology about transnational justice for the disappeared worldwide. Heath's many art exhibitions include Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource, which began traveling in 2012 – http://waterwatereverywhere-artshow.com -- The Veil: Visible & Invisible Spaces, which toured the United States from 2008 to 2013 – http://www.jenniferheath.com/theveil/ -- and the renowned Black Velvet: The Art We Love to Hate. The Map is Not the Territory toured from 2013 to 2017 -- https://themapisnottheterritory-artshow.weebly.com/. In 2016, she conceived and directed Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder -- http://hovabcelebrations.org/
Collage with Text | HR Hegnauer is a senior designer based in Denver, Colorado. She specializes in working with independent publishers as well as individual artists and writers. She has designed over 200 books, along with countless other projects. She holds an MBA (University of Denver) as well as an MFA (Naropa University). She is the author of Sir (Portable Press at Yoyo Labs, 2013).
Prose | Brandi Homan is the author of two books of poetry, Bobcat Country and Hard Reds, from Shearsman Books and two chapbooks from dancing girl press. She holds a PhD from the University of Denver in Creative Writing, Prose, and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. She finds most things unsettling and is obsessed with keeping notebooks. Her favorite color is purple, which is very important to her daughter, whose favorite color is purple, too.
Poetry | W. Scott Howard lives in Englewood, CO, where he gardens and writes. Scott’s poems may be found in Diagram, E.Ratio, Visible Binary, word for / word, and Talisman (among others). His collections of poetry include the e-book, ROPES (with images by Ginger Knowlton) from Delete Press, 2014; and SPINNAKERS (The Lune, 2016). He teaches poetics and poetry in the Department of English & Literary Arts at the University of Denver.
Ritual Instructions | Megan Kaminski is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City (Noemi Press, 2015) and Desiring Map (Coconut Books, 2012), and ten chapbooks, including most recently Providence (Belladonna*, 2016). She is an assistant professor in the University of Kansas' Graduate Creative Writing Program and an Integrated Arts Research Initiative Faculty Fellow at the Spencer Museum of Art. She also curates the Taproom Poetry Series in downtown Lawrence. Currently she is working on a book about indeterminacy, attraction, and botanical forms as models for human possibility.
Poetry | erica kaufman is the author of INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books, 2013) and censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). she is also the co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Venn Diagram, 2009), and of Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014) . Prose and critical work can be found in: Rain Taxi, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Jacket2, Open Space/SFMOMA Blog and in The Color of Vowels: New York School Collaborations (ed. Mark Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Additional critical work is forthcoming in the MLA Guide to Teaching Gertrude Stein (eds. L. Esdale and D. Mix) and Reading Experimental Writing (ed. Georgina Colby). kaufman lives in the woods where she is currently writing POST CLASSIC.
Hybrid Genre/Poetic Prose | Karla Kelsey is a poet, essayist, and editor whose work weaves together the lyric with philosophy and history. She has published three books of poetry: A Conjoined Book (Omnidawn, 2014), Iteration Nets (Ahsahta, 2010), and Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary (Ahsahta, 2006) selected by Carolyn Forché for the Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Blood Feather, her fourth book of poetry, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019 and her book of experimental essays, Of Sphere, was selected by Carla Harryman for the 2016 Essay Press Prize and was published in November 2017.
Poetry | Hannah Kezema is an east coast-born artist living in the Santa Cruz redwoods by the sea. She holds an MFA in Writing & Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School and a BA in Literature from The New School. Along with Angel Dominguez, she co-founded the performance art collaborative DREAM TIGERS. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Bombay Gin, Gesture, Emergency Index Vol. 4, alice blue review, Macaroni Necklace # 4, Elderly, Spiral Orb Issue Thirteen, Morning/Mourning Anthology, Full Stop, and the CORE International Journal of the Humanities, distributed in Paris. She was the semi-finalist for 1913 Press’s 2015 First Book Prize, with her manuscript (where the light can’t reach). She continues to explore failure, asemic writing, and the cross-overs of text and image, while intermittently working on a project which investigates ancestral memory, poem-as-ritual, and divination. Her chapbook, Three, (Tattered Pages Press, November 2017) is available online (http://www.tatteredpress.org/hannah-kezema).
Nonfiction | Samuel Clare Knights was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. He holds a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Denver and an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. He lives in Colorado and listens to the Grateful Dead every day.
Poetry | Molly Kugel-Merkner is the author of the chapbook, The Forest of the Suburbs (Five Oaks 2015). Her poems have appeared most recently in CALYX, Mid-American Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Subtropics. She is currently a PhD candidate in Literary Studies at the University of Denver.
Poetry / Hybrid | Jade Lascelles is a poet, editor, and letterpress printer currently based in Boulder, Colorado. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Bombay Gin literary journal and is a founding member and editor at the Precipice publishing collective. In addition to a career in editing, she teaches courses on writing and small press publishing and manages the Harry Smith Print Shop at Naropa University. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism and publications such as Gesture and Periodical. Her manuscript, Proximate Seams, and a co-edited anthology from Precipice are both forthcoming.
Prose | Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness, Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), an experimental novel, Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), a book-length meditation and ekphrasis on the films of Hungarian director Béla Tarr, Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), a lyrical essay reflecting on the death of Lee’s mother, and most recently, The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), a collection of travel essays inspired by Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space. She writes about the filmic long take, slowness, interspecies communication, the apocalypse, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Editor of the imprint #RECURRENT for Civil Coping Mechanisms, Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, and Assistant Editor at Fanzine. After living for over 30 years in California, she recently moved from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Portland State University.
Poetic Notes for a Dance of Release | Korean American poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee grew up in Virginia, three miles from the CIA. She earned a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and studied for a PhD at Temple University. Lee is the author of four books of poetry, several chapbooks, and has published essays on contemporary poetics, conceptual writing, and Asian American literature. As the Program Director at Chinook Fund, she leads a community leadership program in social justice and philanthropy called The Giving Project. Lee has held fellowships with the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Kunstnarhuset Messen, Hafnarborg, and the UCross Foundation. She previously founded Corollary Press, which published chapbooks of innovative multi-ethnic writing.
Prose Poetry | Hillary Leftwich resides in Denver with her son. She earned her MFA in fiction and poetry at the Mile High MFA program at Regis University. She is co-host for At the Inkwell Denver, a monthly reading series, and organizes/hosts other reading events in and around Denver. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Civil Coping Mechanisms (CCM), The Missouri Review, The Review Review, Smokelong Quarterly, Matter Press, Hobart, WhiskeyPaper, Sundog Lit, Heavy Feather Review, Literary Orphans, NANO Fiction, Monkeybicycle, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and others. Her first book is forthcoming from CCM in 2019.
Creative Offering | Rachel Levitsky came out as a Lesbian in 1984 and as a poet in 1994. In between those two events she wrote fact sheets and polemic for street actions demonstrating for LGBT and Women's Liberation, Women's Health, and against the state negligence of the AIDS epidemic, especially as it appeared in the bodies of women, people of color, and the poor. Since becoming a poet, she’s authored three book length collections, Under the Sun (Futurepoem, 2003), NEIGHBOR(UDP, 2009) and the poetic novella, The Story of My Accident is Ours (Futurepoem, 2013) and nine chapbooks, most recently, Hopefully, The Island, part of an collaboration with the artist Susan Bee. She calls her current writing project Existing Condition/Mother of Separation, which she describes as a 'memoir without memory’ and which indirectly addresses the ruptures of refugeeism as second generation post Holocaust Jew. Adjunct and intersecting with her writing practice, Levitsky builds and participates in a variety of publishing, collaboration and pedagogical/performative activities. In 1999 she founded Belladonna* which is now Belladonna* Collaborative, a matrix of literary action promoting the writers and writing of the contemporary feminist avant-garde. In 2010, she co-founded the Office of Recuperative Strategies, which has staged urban walks and instant performances and publications in a variety of cities, about which more can be learned at OORS.net. In 2017 she was a fellow of LMCC Process Spaces, an open studio project on Governors Island. She teaches writing Pratt Institute, Naropa Summer Writing Program and lay institutions in NYC. In 2009 she was Fellow in Poetics and Poetic Practice at University of Pennsylvania's Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.
Multi-media (prose with image collage) | Ella Longpre is the author of How to Keep You Alive (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press 2017), as well as three chapbooks of poetry and essay. She teaches, writes, and lives in Colorado and can be found in the woods.
Prose | Brian Lupo is a writer from Anaheim, Ca. His hometown is now Denver where he works in sports broadcasting, IT and other odd jobs, when he is not exploring writing, fighting, or global communities. His first novel, Shelter, was finished in late 2017 and is currently being considered for publication. You can usually find him performing at readings around Denver and Boulder. His work has been featured in Below Magazine, Words Paint Pictures, and Connotation Press.
Poetry | Julia Madsen is a multimedia poet and educator. She received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and is a doctoral student in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Blue-collar born and raised, she is currently thinking about technology and the working class. She is the video editor at Reality Beach, and has shown video poetry and projection mapping installations at Outlet Fine Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, No Nation Art Gallery in Chicago, IL, Counterpath Gallery in Denver, CO, and the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory conference in Orlando, FL. Her video work has appeared in VICE's "The Creators Project," and her poems and multimedia work have also appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Flag+Void, Word for/Word, Cloud Rodeo, Small Po[r]tions, Deluge, Dreginald, Tagvverk, Alice Blue Review, Devil's Lake, Versal, Cartridge Lit, Cutbank, Black Warrior Review, TL;DR Magazine, PoetrySeen, Dream Pop Press, and elsewhere. Her first book, The Boneyard, The Birth Manual, A Burial: Investigations into the Heartland, is forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press in 2018.
Fiction | Christopher Merkner is the author of the story collection The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic. His stories have been or will soon be reprinted in the Best American Mystery Stories, W.W. Norton New Micro, and the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies.
Prose | Poupeh Missaghi is a writer, Persian-English translator, Iran’s Editor-at-Large for Asymptote, and an educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver, an M.A. in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins, and an M.A. in Translation Studies. Her fiction and nonfiction works have been published in Catapult, Entropy, The Brooklyn Rail, Feminist Wire, World Literature Today, Guernica, Quarterly Conversation, Asymptote, and elsewhere.
Fiction | Kona Morris is from the foggy redwood art hub of Humboldt County in Northern California, and she has since lived everywhere from Boston to a remote native village in northern Alaska. She was co-founder and editor of Fast Forward Press, as well as the founder and writer of the satirical comic book company Godless Comics. She has been featured as a writer and editor at literary events and conferences across the country, and her short stories and prose poems have appeared in a wide variety of publications. Kona currently resides in Denver, where she helps to curate the monthly F-Bomb flash fiction reading series, manages the Colorado psych rock band Eldren, and teaches letter regurgitation to college students.
Poetry | Jesse Morse teaches Language Arts and Studio Art at DePaul Treatment Center in Portland, Oregon, a residential rehab facility for teenagers. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from University of Denver. He publishes here and there. He plays guitar and sings in the rock band The Whirlies.
Poetic Essay | Emily Motzkus, Ph.D., has her doctorate in Literature and Creative Writing from The University of Denver; a Masters of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah. Her poetry has appeared in Manor House Quarterly and in a chapbook by The Offending Adam. Currently Motzkus teaches the poetics of desire at UrgeLife, helping CEOs and other leaders increase their life satisfaction and meaning-making margins. In tandem, Emily pours love into her passion project, pōm spiritual poetics. Pōm's goal is to help soulful innovators and other dreamers rethink the way they learn about, experience, and create poetry in their business and life. In her spare time Emily enjoys teaching Pilates at Studio Pilates in Park City, Utah. Snuggling her cat Moochie and adventuring the globe with family and friends.
Fiction | Christopher Narozny is author of the novels Jonah Man and The Exiled (as Christopher Charles). His short fiction has appeared in Guernica, Hobart, The American Review, Marginalia, elimae, and Denver Quarterly. He received an M.F.A. from Syracuse University and a PhD from the University of Denver. He has lived in Normandy and Paris, and currently resides in Denver, CO with his wife, author Nina Shope.
Nonfiction | TaraShea Nesbit’s first book, The Wives of Los Alamos, was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Indies Choice Debut Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, and the winner of two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Her writing has been featured in Salon, Fourth Genre, Quarterly West, The Collagist, The Guardian, Iowa Review, Necessary Fiction, The Los Angeles Review of Books Fiction Issue, and elsewhere. She grew up in Dayton, Ohio, one of the lesser-known Manhattan Project locations. She is an Assistant Professor of Fiction and Nonfiction at Miami University in Ohio.
Play + Collage | Born in Los Angeles, Diana Khoi Nguyen is a poet and multimedia artist whose work has appeared widely in literary journals such as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, PEN America, and The Iowa Review, among others. A winner of the 92Y's Discovery / Boston Review 2017 Poetry Contest, she currently lives in Colorado where she is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Denver. Her first book, Ghost Of, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in April 2018.
Nonfiction | Lisa M. O'Neill is a writer, educator, singer/songwriter, and creative usher committed to social justice and moving through the world with authenticity and compassion. Originally from New Orleans, she has lived in Tucson for a decade where she writes into issues of social justice, sustainability, politics, and pop culture through essays, journalistic articles, think pieces, and hybrid forms. Lisa received her MFA in nonfiction writing from the University of Arizona, where she taught writing in the English Department for a decade and was honored with the Lecturer of the Year award. She designs and teaches intimate online and in-person workshops on such themes as witness, place, and mindful writing, and she works with writers individually to help them discover their stories and clarify their voices. Lisa designs and teaches writing workshops with highschoolers who will be first-generation college students and with incarcerated students at juvenile detention, adult detention, and the Arizona State Prison. She performs her music and also hosts, co-curates, and performs at the quarterly musical event The Old Pueblo Opry, which celebrates American folk, country, and roots music. She is a regular contributor to Edible Baja Arizona and received first place in Community Food and Beverage Reporting from the Arizona Press Club for 2015. Her July 2017 piece for Bitch Media was featured in the The New York Times "What We're Reading" list and her writing has also been published in Bustle, defunct, Diagram, drunken boat, Everyday Feminism, GOOD, Good Housekeeping, Salon, and The Feminist Wire. The founder of literary blog The Dictionary Project, Lisa is writing a book on sound and silence.
Prose | Ellen Orleans writes about Hanukkah candles, rattlesnakes, families, and Colorado history, often from an outsider’s perspective. She’s written five books of queer humor and a chapbook “Outreach.” “The Cook’s Son” is part of a collection based in the history of Caribou Ranch Open Space, where Ellen was a writer-in-residence in 2015.
Speculative Memoir | Danielle Pafunda is author of seven collections of poetry, including The Dead Girls Speak in Unision (Bloof Books), Natural History Rape Museum (Bloof Books), and the forthcoming Beshrew That Heart That Makes My Heart To Groan (Dusie Press Books). Her first prose title The Book of Scab is forthcoming from Ricochet Editions. She sits on the VIDA: Women in Literary Arts Board of Directors, teaches in Southern California, and lives in the Mojave with her children.
Trans/Cross Genre/Hybrid/ who knows: possibly Self-Help) | Christian Peet is the author of the forthcoming true-crime novel, Angela’s Story, as well as a collection of “postcards,” Big American Trip, and two cross-genre chapbooks, Pluto: Never Forget and The Nines. He is the founder and publisher of Tarpaulin Sky Press. He blogs at at https://christianpeet.com
Manifesto / Poem | Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections keep (forthcoming from Dusie Press), the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her writing has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly, Court Green, Colorado Review, Yellow Field, Touch the Donkey, and Jacket2. Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Bellingham Review, Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, and The Volta. She lives in Seattle.
Text Art | Carin Rodenborn is a visual artist and writer living and working in Denver, Colorado. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including in the Texas Biennial and in the publication, New American Paintings. She works with both traditional and non-traditional materials in a contemplative painting and drawing practice that explores surface, objecthood, color, language, spatial relationships, and the spirit of materiality. She is Assistant Professor at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.
Prose | Christopher David Rosales is from Paramount, CA. His first novel, Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper, won him the McNamara Creative Arts Grant. Rosales currently lives in Denver, where he is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver and an Assistant Professor at the Jack Kerouac School, Naropa University. His second novel is Gods on the Lam (Perpetual Motion Machine 2017). His third novel, Word is Bone, is forthcoming from Broken River Books.
Hybrid / Poetry / Prose | Mandy L. Rose studied creative writing at Colorado State University and lives near the Rocky Mountains with her two children. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Hermeneutic Chaos, Alyss Lit, Pithead Chapel, and A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Prose | Joanna Ruocco holds an MFA from Brown University and a PhD from the University of Denver. She is the author of several books, including, most recently, Dan (Dorothy, a publishing project), The Week (The Elephants of British Columbia), and Field Glass, written with Joanna Howard. She also works pseudonymously as Alessandra Shahbaz (Ghazal in the Moonlight, Midnight Flame), Toni Jones (No Secrets in Spandex), and Joanna Lowell (Dark Season). She is an assistant professor in the English Department at Wake Forest University.
Haiku | Kirsten Rybczynski is a writer, singer, editor, and teacher. Her work has appeared in Mayfly and The Raven Chronicles, and has been anthologized in Dorothy Parker’s Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos (Warner Books, 2002). Currently she teaches writing, sings in a band, and is working on a graphic novel. She lives in Northampton, MA.
Prose | Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan, and The Pink Institution. Her collection of Essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics won the 2015 Essay Book Award. She teaches and lectures across the United States, and is on faculty in Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
Flash Fiction / Prose | Nina Shope is the author of Hangings: Three Novellas, a collection published by Starcherone Books. Her fiction has appeared in Sleeping Fish, Salt Hill, Fourteen Hills, 3rd Bed, Open City, and on sidebrow.net. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She lives with her husband, writer Christopher Narozny, in Denver, Colorado.
Poetry | Eleni Sikelianos is the author of two hybrid family histories and eight books of poetry, most recently Make Yourself Happy. Her work engages, among other things, ecologies and manifestations of document and history. For many years, she worked as a poet-in-residence in public schools, homeless shelters, and prisons, and in Denver she founded a Writers-in-the-Community program. She currently teaches poetry in Brown’s Literary Arts department, and will soon be moving to Providence.
Prose | Julianna Spallholz's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Caketrain, Denver Quarterly, Fourteen Hills, NOÖ Journal, and elsewhere. Her collection of short fiction, The State of Kansas, was published by GenPop Books in 2012. She lives and teaches in the Berkshire mountains of western Massachusetts.
Poetry | Sasha Steensen is the author of four books of poems: House of Deer, The Method, and A Magic Book, all from Fence Books, and most recently, Gatherest from Ahsahta Press.
Flash Fiction / Prose | Nancy Stohlman is the author of the flash collection The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories (2014), the flash novels The Monster Opera (2013) and Searching for Suzi: a flash novel (2009), and three anthologies of flash fiction including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape (2010), which was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is the creator and curator of The Fbomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, the creator of FlashNano in November, a founding member of Fast Forward Press, and she has been published in over 100 journals and anthologies including the forthcoming Norton anthology New Microfictions (2018).
Creative Nonfiction | Billy J. Stratton teaches contemporary literature, film studies, and writing in the Department of English at the University of Denver. He is a former Fulbright fellow to Germany whose critical and creative work has appeared such venues as Cream City Review, Red Ink, Salon, Rhizomes, Common-place, The Independent, Arizona Quarterly, and TIME. His book, Buried in Shades of Night was published in 2013 by the University of Arizona Press. But before any of this, he played basketball on dirt courts, scoured creek beds for crayfish and old bottles, and watched as the verdant eastern Kentucky mountains were strip-mined one by one by one. He’s still watching, even if he never wanted to see it; those images are hard to forget.
Poetry | Celina Su’s first book of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna* in 2018. Her writing also includes the poetry chapbooks Plurality Decree (MIEL Books) and Beyond Relief (with Ariana Reines, Belladonna*), three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in journals such as n+1, Harper’s, and Boston Review. Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Poetry | Carleen Tibbetts is the author of several chapbooks, most recently "to exosk(elle), the last sugar" (Zoo Cake Press, 2015), and co-edits the experimental journal Dream Pop. Recent work appears in The Offending Adam, TAGVVERK, DREGINALD, jubilat, Yes Poetry, and other journals. She is currently trying to home two manuscripts, one of which she finished this year, and one of which has been a finalist and semifinalist for Rescue Press, 1913, Cleveland State, and Lettermachine Editions.
Poetry | TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and 3 chapbooks, TC is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). S/he is an EMT and spends his summers leading wilderness trips for Outward Bound. TC was recently named Tucson’s Poet Laureate. Gloria Anzaldúa said, Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks. John Cage said, it’s lighter than you think.
Prose | Sara Veglahn is the author of the novels, The Ladies (Noemi, 2017) and The Mayflies (Dzanc, 2014), as well as several chapbooks, including The Ladies: an excerpt (New Herring Press, 2013), Another Random Heart (Letter Machine Editions, 2009) and Closed Histories(Noemi, 2008). Her writing and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Conjunctions, Fence, Caketrain, Octopus, Full Stop, and elsewhere. She lives and writes in Denver.
Poetry | Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor and cultural activist and co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. She also directed The Poetry Project in NYC which she helped found in 1966. She is the author of over forty books of poetry, including the book-length hybrid narrative poem Manatee/Humanity (Penguin Poets 2009), and the feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House 2011) which is the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. Other recent books include Gossamurmur, (Penguin Poets 2013), Jaguar Harmonics (Post-Apollo Press 2014) and Cross Worlds: Transcultural Poetics (Coffee House 2014), an anthology co-edited with Laura Wright. Her most recent book is Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet To Be Born, (Coffee House 2016). Waldman is the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2013-14) and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She is a frequent collaborator with poets, dancers, musicians and visual artists and performs in festivals around the world. She is the founder with Ambrose Bye and Devin Brahja Waldman the band collective Fast Speaking Music and the Fast Speaking Music productions which have issued more than 25 albums. She has received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for long-life achievement. She curated the Voz Alta poetry performance festival at Casa del Lago in Mexico City April of 2017 which included participants Raul Zurita of Chile, Guillermo Gomez Pena of Mexico/USA, and Thurston Moore of the US and UK. Trickster Feminism, her newest book of poetry will be published by Penguin in June of 2018.
Poetry | Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, Pleiades, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, jubilat and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.
Personal Essay / Nonfiction | Darla Worden started writing stories in the second grade, according to her teacher Mrs. Flanigan who claims to still have copies. Since then she has published poetry, essays, a novel, a cookbook and more than 100 feature articles about art, architecture, travel and design in the West—and is currently editor in chief of Mountain Living magazine. She’s working on a memoir about her fascination with the work of Ernest Hemingway that led to her creation, in 2010, of the annual Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris, where she shares Hemingway’s haunts in the City of Light and writing tips from the author and his Lost Generation cohorts.
Poetry | Carolyn Zaikowski is the author of the novels In a Dream, I Dance by Myself, and I Collapse (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016) and A Child Is Being Killed (Aqueous Books, 2013.) Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared widely, in such publications as The Washington Post, Denver Quarterly, The Rumpus, Entropy Magazine, Everyday Feminism, PANK, and Dusie. She lives and teaches in Massachusetts.
100 Choices: A Fundraising Project curated by Selah Saterstrom and HR Hegnauer
100 Choices invites writers and artists to raise money and awareness for a special cause. This year we are supporting the Mango House Basic Needs Pantry. The Mango House was created by a group of Denver friends and is open to newly arrived refugees and refugees struggling to rebuild their lives in Denver, Colorado and surrounding cities. Their goal is to place needed items directly into the hands of refugees, with face-to-face contact. They are an incredible organization that helps at least 1,000 people a month.
The way 100 Choices works is simple and transparent! Scroll through the bios of our participants and pick one (or two or three or many!) folks through which to channel your donation. Each donation is $15. When the fundraiser ends (February 28th), you will be mailed an original work by the author/artist you selected.
All donations will go to the Mango House Pantry and we will offer a full report to the community about our efforts. At the very least we hope to raise $4,500, but are hopeful we can raise more!
Chose a name above, enter your own name & email, and then click donate! Thanks for supporting the Mango House Basic Needs Pantry!