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An Awesome Wave. 90cm x 160cm, digital print on archival paper overlaid with metallic ink, varnish, and crystals. [c] Julia Ibbini

Julia Ibbini's artistic process involves wandering the diverse urban and rural areas around the United Arab Emirates, taking photos, and making observations. These findings are then brought to life through brightly colored digital collages, which she painstakingly embellishes with crystals, varnishes, pins, and hand-drawn details. Her website is


Sarah Cornwell's stories have appeared in the 2013 Pushcart Prize anthology, Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Gulf Coast, and other magazines. Her debut novel, What I Had Before I Had You, was published by HarperCollins in 2014. She lives in Los Angeles.

Amina Gautier is the author of two short-story collections: At-Risk, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award (U of Georgia P, 2011), and Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize (U of Nebraska P, 2014). More than eighty of her short stories have been published, appearing in Antioch Review, Best African American Fiction, Callaloo, Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, and Southern Review, among other places. Her stories have been honored with the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, Danahy Prize, Jack Dyer Prize, Lamar York Prize, Schlafly Microfiction Award, and William Richey Award as well as fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, Bread Load Writers' Conference, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, MacDowell Colony, Prairie Center of the Arts, the Retreat for Writers at Hawthomden Castle, Sewanee Writer's Conference, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Writers in the Heartland along with artist grants from the Illinois Arts Council and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She teaches creative writing in the MFA program at the University of Miami.

RL Goldberg is currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at the University of Florida and is at work on a collection of short stories and a novel. Recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Nat. Brut, Bodega, and the Chicago Quarterly Review.

Ann Glaviano is a born-and-raised New Orleanian and a recent graduate of the MFA program at The Ohio State University. She writes grants for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and serves on the fundraising committee for Big Class, a youth writing center in chapter development to become 826 New Orleans. This is her first publication.

Andrea Lewis writes short stories, essays, and prose poems from her home on Vashon Island, Washington. "Tchoupitoulas" is a chapter from her novel-in-stories, "What My Last Man Did." Her work has appeared in Cutthroat, Catamaran Literary Reader, Harpur Palate, and many other journals. She is a founding member of Richard Hugo House, a place for writers in Seattle.

Samuel Ligon has published a book of stories, Drift and Swerve, and a novel, Safe in Heaven Dead. His stories have appeared in New England Review, The Quarterly, Post Road, Gulf Coast, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He teaches at Eastern Washington University and is the editor of Willow Springs. Aurvi Sharma is the recipient of the 2014 Wasafiri Writing Prize for Life Writing. In 2012 she was awarded a Sarai Non-Fiction Prize, which made this essay possible. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Everyday Genius, and Remedy.

Rachel Sheridan lives and writes in northern California. This is her first publication.


James E. Allman Jr.'s credentials--degrees in biology and business--qualify him for an altogether different trade. However, he easily tires of the dissected and austerely economized. Nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, his work appears or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Phoebe, and Third Coast, among others. He's written reviews for Rattle as well as other journals, blogs, and sundries and is the cofounder of an artist community called Continuum.

Ronda Broatch is the author of Shedding Our Skins (Finishing Line P, 2008) and Some Other Eden (2005). Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Ronda is a May Swenson Poetry Award finalist. Moon Path Press is publishing her next collection in early 2015. A Seattle native, Ronda currently co-edits the literary journal Crab Creek Review.

Cathy Carlisi's poetry has appeared in the Mid-American Review, Southern Review, Atlanta Review, and many others. She is president and chief creative officer at Brighthouse, a consultancy that serves organizations that serve society. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.

Barbara Siegel Carlson is the author of Fire Road (Dream Horse P, 2013) and cotranslator of Look Back, Look Ahead: Selected Poems of Srecko Kosovel (Ugly Duckling P, 2010). Her work has appeared in New Ohio Review and Mid-American Review and is forthcoming in Avatar Review and Metamorphosis.

Barbara Daniels's book Rose Fever: Poems was published by WordTech Press and her chapbooks Black Sails and Quinn & Marie by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. Her poetry has appeared in Women Arts, Spillway, Mid-American Review, Literary Review, and many other journals. She received three Individual Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the most recent in 2014.

Lauren Davis is a poet living on the Olympic peninsula. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and she currently works as a caretaker.

Wendy Drexler's first book-length collection, Western Motel, was published in 2012 by Turning Point. Nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Cider Press Review, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, Off the Coast, Poetry East, Salamander, and others, and on Verse Daily. She is poetry editor for Sanctuary, the magazine of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

David Faldet's poems have appeared in such journals as Mid-American Review, Midwest Quarterly, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Ekphrasis, and Ruminate. His book Oneota Flow was published in 2009 by the University of Iowa Press.

Robert Gibb's books include The Origins of Evening (1997), which was a National Poetry Series winner. Among his other awards are two National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowships and a Pushcart Prize. His most recent books, Sheet Music (Autumn House) and The Empty Loom (U of Arkansas P), were both published in 2012.

Sierra Hana Golden received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. Winner of the program's 2012 Academy of American Poets Prize, Golden's work appears or is forthcoming in such literary journals as the Chicago Quarterly Review, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. She has also been awarded residencies by Hedgebrook, the Island Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Although she calls Washington State home, Golden has spent many summers in Alaska working as a commercial fisherman.

Rebecca Gould is a translator of Persian, Russian, and Georgian poetry as well as a scholar, critic, and writer. Her work has appeared in the Hudson Review, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, and Literary Imagination, among many other venues. Her translated volume After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi will be published by Northwestern University Press. Gould has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Association of Literary Translators, and is currently an assistant professor in the humanities at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.

William Greenway's tenth collection, Everywhere at Once, won the Poetry Book of the Year Award from the Ohio Library Association, as did his eighth collection, Ascending Order, both from the University of Akron Press Poetry Series. Winner of the Helen and Laura Krout Memorial Poetry Award, the Larry Levis Editors' Prize from Missouri Review, the Open Voice Poetry Award from The Writer's Voice, the State Street Press Chapbook Competition, an Ohio Arts Council Grant, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and named Georgia Author of the Year, Greenway is Distinguished Professor of English at Youngstown State University.

Anna Claire Hodge is a PhD student at Florida State University, and her work has appeared in Copper Nickel, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Journal, The Collagist, Best New Poets 2013, Bellingham Review, Four Way Review, and others. She was awarded a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writer's Conference.

Erin Coughlin Hollowell is a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Homer, Alaska. Her first collection, Pause, Traveler, was published by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. She has been awarded a Rasmuson Fellowship, the Connie Boochever Award, and a Rona Jaffe Scholarship to Bread Loaf. Hollowell was one of the inaugural recipients of the Alaska Literary Award in 2014.

Vandana Khanna was born in New Delhi, India, and attended the University of Virginia and Indiana University, where she earned her MFA. Her first collection, Train to Agra, won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize, and her second collection, Afternoon Masala, was the co-winner of the the 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize.

Benjamin Landry is a research associate in creative writing at Oberlin College and the author of Particle and Wave (U of Chicago P). His poems have appeared in Guernica, Poetry Daily, Subtropics, and elsewhere. His essays and reviews have appeared in Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Rumpus, and elsewhere.

John Robert Lee is a Saint Lucian poet. His publications include Elemental: New and Selected Poems (Peepal Tree Press) and Sighting and Other Poems of Faith (Mahanaim).

Catherine MacDonald is the author of Rousing the Machinery (U of Arkansas P, 2012), winner of the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize (University of Arkansas Press). Her work has been published in Washington Square, Crab Orchard Review, Blackbird, Cortland Review, Louisville Review, and other journals.

Amit Majmudar is a widely published poet, novelist, and essayist. More information is available at

Kathleen McGookey has published a book of poems, Whatever Shines (White Pine P), a chapbook of poems, October Again (Burnside Review Press), and a book of translations of French prose poet Georges Godeau, Well See (Parlor Press). Her chapbook Mended is just out from Kattywompus Press, and her next book, At the Zoo, is forthcoming from White Pine Press.

T. J. McLemore grew up on a cattle ranch in Paris, TX. After earning his MFA in creative writing from Boston University, he moved to the piney woods of east Texas, where he teaches creative writing and directs the honors program at Tyler Junior College. His poems have appeared in Raleigh Review, the Greensboro Review, the Worcester Review, and others.

Britt Melewski's poems have appeared in Bodega, Puerto del Sol, Sporkpress, the Philadelphia Review of Books, and Sink Review and are forthcoming in Hobart and others. He hosts the New-York-City based reading series FREE WATER. Melewski received his MFA at Rutgers-Newark in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn.

Philip Metres is the author and translator of a number of books and chapbooks, including I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2014), Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Poetic Texts of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling P, 2014), A Concordance of Leaves (Diode, 2013), abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine, 2011), To See the Earth (Cleveland State, 2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (U of Iowa P, 2007). His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, numerous journals and anthologies, and has garnered two NEA fellowships, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Beatrice Hawley Award (for the forthcoming Sand Opera), the Arab American Book Award, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Anne Halley Prize, and a Russian Institute of Translation grant. He is a 2014 Creative Workforce Fellow. The Creative Workforce Fellowship is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, supported by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. He is a professor of English at John Carroll University in Cleveland.

Teresa Milbrodt's short-story collection, Bearded Women: Stories, was published by ChiZine Publications, and her novel, The Patron Saint of Unattractive People, was published by Boxfire Press. Her collection of flash fiction, Larissa Takes Flight: Stories was published by Pressgang. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Nimrod, Triquarterly, North American Review, Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, CutBank, and Sycamore Review, among other literary magazines. She received her MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University.

Matthew Moser Miller is a born-and-raised Ohioan. He studied creative writing at Denison University and the University of Aberdeen, where he received Aberdeen's Calder Prize for Poetry. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where he was a Hopwood Award winner and a Zell Postgraduate Fellow in Creative Writing, and his work can most recently be seen in the Journal, Mid-American Review, and Michigan Quarterly. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.

Linda Pastan's fourteenth book, Insomnia, will be published in 2015. She has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award, and in 2003 she won the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement. She is a former poet laureate of Maryland and was on the staff of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference for twenty years.

Marie Reynolds is a registered nurse who facilitates writing groups for individuals coping with illness and loss. Her poems have appeared online and in print journals, including Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanities. She lives in Sacramento, CA.

Jen Silverman is a playwright and poet with an MFA from the Iowa Playwright's Workshop and a BA from Brown University. She was raised across the United States, western Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway (Crane Story, 2011) and off-off Broadway (Phoebe in Winter, 2013); her play Still won the Yale Drama Series Award and will be published by Yale University Press. Silverman's "Bath" poems 1, 4, and 5 won the Ploughshares Emerging Poet Award and were published by Ploughshares.

Floyd Skloot's eighth collection of poems, Approaching Winter, will be published by LSU Press in the fall of 2015. He lives in Portland, OR.

Titsian Tabidze (1895-1937) was one of most eloquent and sophisticated poets of the literary modernist movement that dominated Georgian literature during the early decades of the twentieth century. Born in rural western Georgia, he passed most of his adult life in cosmopolitan Tbilisi, where he became close friends with Russian and Georgian poets, including his translator Boris Pasternak (winner of the 1958 Nobel Prize for literature), Sergei Esenin (d. 1925), and Osip Mandelstam (d. 1938). Like many Russian and Georgian poets of his era, Titsian perished in a purge directed by Stalins police chief Lavrenty Beria. In Titsian's case the stimulus for his execution was his refusal to denounce his close friend and fellow poet, Paolo Iashvili. To date, Titsian's work has only been systematically translated into Russian, but an interview with his descendants is available in English at

Bhavin Tailor received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Carolina. He is currently working on his PhD in early modern drama at South Carolina, where he was in a past life editor of Yemassee. His work has appeared in the Iron Horse Literary Review and Jabberwock Review, among others.

Anthony Tao's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Kartika Review, Borderlands, Euonia Review, and the Anthill. He is the co-founder and chief editor of the news, society, and culture blog Beijing Cream.

Mary Jo Thompson's work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2011 and Another and Another: An Anthology from the Grind Daily Writing Series. Her poetry also appears or is forthcoming in literary journals including Field, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Indiana Review, Carolina Quarterly, Great River Review, Sows Ear Poetry Review, and Minnesota Monthly, among others. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

Michael Walsh's debut collection, The Dirt Riddles, won the inaugural Miller Williams Prize in Poetry from the University of Arkansas Press and the 2011 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry.

Martha Webster is a recipient of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Award from Columbia University School of the Arts and is a nurse living on Long Island.

Derek J.G. Williams puts words into rows both long and short. He is an MFA candidate at UMass Boston. His poems are published or forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Salamander, H_NGM_N, The Cortland Review, and Best New Poets 2013, among others.


Phillip Garcia earned his MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is a blogger for the Rumpus and an online editor and social media manager for Hunger Mountain. Currently, he lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he teaches writing, plays banjo, and watches Murder, She Wrote.

Greg Kuzma's new critical book is Robert Frost. His new volume of poems, Only the Dead Are Forgiven, will be published in 2015. He will be teaching at the Chatauqua Institute this summer.

Willis G. Regier is director of the University of Illinois Press. He is the author of Quotology (U of Nebraska P, 2010) and In Praise of Flattery (U of Nebraska P, 2007). His articles and reviews have appeared in French Forum, World Literature Today, Modern Language Notes, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other journals.


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