Contributors’ Bios

 
 
 

“Don Cherry”
Allen Forrest

 

 
Severin Allgood is an MFA Candidate at the University of Memphis where he teaches Freshman Composition and has been an Online Editor for the Pinch Literary Journal. His non-fiction has appeared in the Memphis Flyer and Click Magazine. He lives in Midtown Memphis with his wife and two daughters, and plays music in two very loud bands.

Alyssa Aninag is currently completing her MFA at the University of San Francisco (USF) and was a recipient of the USF Fiction Fellowship in 2013.

Samir Atassi is a restaurant manager who has been writing poetry for about 20 years. He recently received his MFA from the Low-Residency Program at Ashland University in summer of 2014.  His work will also be appearing in forthcoming issues of Gloom Cupboard and River Teeth online.  He lives in Lakewood, Ohio with his orange cat, Chuck.

It has been said that Bree Barton rocks, writes, and rolls. She’s a dance teacher, ghostwriter, and the soon-to-be-author of the Black Rose trilogy (KT/HarperCollins, 2017). Her story “Fuck Me” appeared in PANK. Her story “Sexing the Starling” was a finalist for the Calvino Prize. Sometimes Barton wishes she could write a story that didn’t have an allusion to sex in the title so she’d have something to show her mom. She’s published op-eds in USA Today and LA Times, humor in McSweeney’s, and—like 98 percent of Los Angeles—has a TV pilot in the works. See what Brarton is up to at breebarton.com.

Of Cherokee/Celtic/Teutonic descent, Kimberly L. Becker is a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and author of the poetry collections Words Facing East (2011) and The Dividings (2014), both from WordTech Editions. Individual poems appear widely in journals and anthologies, with new work forthcoming in Blackbird and Fulcrum. Recipient of grants (MD, NJ) and residencies (Hambidge, Weymouth), Becker was a featured reader for The Florida Review’s “Native Writers in DC” at the National Museum of the American Indian and more recently a reader on the panel Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013) at Split This Rock. She has also written for the Cherokee Youth in Radio Project, adapting traditional Cherokee stories into plays. Visit her at www.kimberlylbecker.com

Chrystal Berche is a writer, photographer and artist living in North Central Iowa. According to Berche, her dabbling frequently blossoms into images. Many of her current pieces of artwork began as three minute gesture drawings that she later paired with still life photography, before playfully reconfiguring the images in Photoshop. Berche loves to take pictures, especially out in the woods, where she can sit on a rock or a log and wait quietly, jotting notes for stories until something happens by. A free spirit, she digs in dirt, dances in rain and chases storms, all at the whims of her muses.

Denise Bickford was raised in midcoast Maine and received her BA in English and Anthropology from the University of Maine in 2012. She is currently working toward her MFA in poetry at Boise State University. Her work has been previously published in Stolen Island. In her spare time Bickford can be found roaming the West with her dog, partner, and deck of tarot cards. 

Elizabeth Bodien grew up in the “burned-over” district of western New York State, but now lives near cows and Asian pear trees close to Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania. She travelled and studied around the world with the International School of America and then at UC Berkeley in the famous Sixties. She holds degrees in cultural anthropology, consciousness studies, the history and phenomenology of religions, and poetry. She has worked as an instructor of English in Japan, an organic farmer in the mountains of Oregon, and a childbirth instructor in West Africa where she survived a hazardous river swim and a bad case of malaria. Her poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Crannóg, and Parabola, among other publications in the USA, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and India. Her collections are the chapbooks: Plumb Lines (Plan B Press); Rough Terrain: Notes of an Undutiful Daughter (FootHills), about her mother’s decline with Alzheimer’s; and Endpapers (Finishing Line). Recently her poem “Customer Service” was a finalist for the Percy French Prize for Comic Verse in Ireland. Currently she is working on an original libretto,  a collection of her trance writings, and putting up tomato sauce for winter.    www.elizabethbodien.com

Kara Mae Brown considers her greatest work to be her photographs of ships arriving in Boston Harbor. She also graduated from Emerson College in 2009 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Bluestem Review, Flint Hills Review, Word Riot, and Summerset Review. Her essay, “Desert Paradox” won both the Flint Hills Review Nonfiction Prize and the Emerson College Creative Nonfiction Award. For more ship pics (and updates on her writing), follow her on Twitter @kmaebrown

Jennifer Burd has had poetry published in the Ann Arbor Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, and numerous other journals. Her full-length book of poems, Body and Echo, was published in 2010 (PlainView Press). She is also the author of a book of creative nonfiction, Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan (Bottom Dog Press, Inc., 2009, with photographs by Lad Strayer). A children’s play that she has cowritten with poet and musician Laszlo Slomovits, based on Patricia Polacco’s book I Can Hear the Sun, is currently being produced by Wild Swan Theatre of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Burd received a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington and works as an editor and writer for HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Hilary Clark has recently retired from teaching English at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. She now has plenty of sweet time to read new poetry, write and try out experiments. Her publications include three books of poetry, the most recent being The Dwelling of Weather (Brick Books, 2003). At present she is working on a new manuscript, which seems to be centering on childhood and (its proximity to) non-being.

Ryder Collins has a novel, Homegirl! Her chapbook, The way the sky was now, won Heavy Feather Review’s first fiction chapbook contest, and she has two chapbooks of poetry, i am hopscotch without hop and Orpheus on toast. She wants to pull a cloud down from the sky & give it to you.

Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She was a finalist in the GSU Poetry Contest (2007), Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize (2009, 2012), and received honorable mentions in the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Contest (2008, 2010). One of her poems is a winner of the 2014 Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest. She is the editor of Illinois Racing News, and lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois. She has published 14 books including Selected Poems from FutureCycle Press, which received the 2013 FutureCycle Prize; Properties of Matter (Aldrich Press); Bittersweet (Main Street Rag Press); The Wingback Chair (FutureCycle Press). She has two chapbooks forthcoming Ah Clio from Kattycompus Press and Pro Forma from Foothills Press as well as a full length collection Ribcage from Glass Lyre Press. Colby is also an associate editor of Kentucky Review and FutureCycle Press.

Kelsey Dean graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012, and currently resides in Istanbul, where she teaches English. Her writing and/or artwork has appeared in Arsenic Lobster, Vine Leaves Vignettes, Haibun Today, and Off the Coast, among others. Her work, both written and visual, often revolves around fairytales and dreams. You can see more of her finished pieces at http://kelseypaints.tumblr.com.

Born and raised in the dry heat of Tucson, Arizona, Nick DePascal now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, son, three dogs, and four chickens. His first poetry collection, Before You Become Improbable, was published in August 2014 by West End Press. He prefers red chile to green chile. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Narrative, The Academy of American Poets, Laurel Review, The Los Angeles Review, TAB, small po[r]tions, interrupture, and more. He currently teaches English at the University of New Mexico.

Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, WINDFALL, and The Last Bad Job, which Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver JewsActual Air) said of Dodds’ work: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” And his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. See more of his work at thecolindodds.com.

Carol Dorf‘s poems have been published in Sin Fronteras, Poemeleon, Antiphon, Qarrtsiluni, Spillway, OVS, Maintenant, Scientific American, The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, The Mom Egg, and Best Indie Lit New England. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing.

Kika Dorsey’s poetry has been published in numerous journals and books, including The Comstock Review, Between the Lines, The Denver Quarterly, The California Quarterly, The Columbia Review, among many others. Her articles have been published in the newsletter Family Connection and the German publication Zwischen Distanz und Naehe by Peter Lang press. In 2011, she published a chapbook of poetry, Beside Herself, with Flutter Press, and her book, Rust, is forthcoming from Word Tech Editions in 2016. Dorsey earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle and has taught writing, film, and literature at the University of Washington, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Metropolitan State College in Denver. She has also taught poetry at Naropa University and currently teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Front Range Community College. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her two children, a mischievous Border Collie, and a bird.

Ann Douglas lives in the Methow Valley of Washington State.  The montages in this issue of Glint are part of a collection focusing on old apple orchards of the region. Douglas’ photography shows in the Confluence Gallery and the Methow Gallery in Twisp, WA.   It has appeared in the Boston Poetry Magazine and Grey Sparrow Journal.  Her poetry is published in the Colorado Review, Ploughshares, Solstice Literary Magazine, Agave Magazine, and other literary journals.  She works as a psychotherapist in private practice.

Kevin Dublin is a writing consultant and editor of the micro press Etched Press. He enjoys filming video adaptations of poetry and working with younglings in the community. His words have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Sunshine/Noir II, Gendered & Written: Forums on Poetic, The Rumpus, Tell Us a Story, and Poetry Quarterly. He holds an MFA from San Diego State University. He’s working on becoming an ex-pat.

Kelly DuMar is a playwright, poet and Writing Truth & Beauty workshop facilitator. Her chapbook, All These Cures, winner of the Lit House Press poetry contest, was published in 2014. DuMar’s award winning plays have been produced around the US and she produces the Our Voices Festival of Boston Women Playwrights & Poets, now in its 9th year. Her website is kellydumar.com

An emerging poet living and writing in California, Alicia Elkort has worked in the film industry for over 16 years and is currently producing a documentary on prayer. She edited and contributed to the chapbook, Creekside, published under the auspices of the Berkeley Poetry Review where she also served as an editor. Elkort earned a B.A. degree in literature from UC Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology with an Emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing. Her poems have appeared in Ishaan Literary ReviewRed Paint Hill Quarterly, and Elsewhere Literary Review.

Born in Canada and bred in the U.S., Allen Forrest has worked in many mediums: computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, video, drawing and painting. Allen studied acting in the Columbia Pictures Talent Program in Los Angeles and digital media in art and design at Bellevue College (receiving degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production). He currently works in Vancouver, Canada, as a graphic artist and painter. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas. 

Trina Gaynon is a literacy tutor in southern California. She has poems in the anthologies Saint Peter’s B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints, Obsession: Sestinas for the 21st Century, A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, Phoenix Rising from the Ashes: Anthology of Sonnets of the Early Third Millennium, Bombshells and Knocking at the Door, as well as numerous journals including Natural Bridge, Reed and the final issue of Runes. Her chapbook An Alphabet of Romance is available from Finishing Line Press. Her website is at:http://tdgaynon.webs.com/

Thom Goins attends Fayetteville State University (UNC-FSU) where he is pursuing a degree in English Language and Literature.   He is currently working as an intern assisting the Department of English at FSU with the development of Conjure, an upcoming literary journal that will showcase the literary and visual art of students enrolled at the many Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) nationwide—releasing in 2016.  He has recently had poetry published by the HIV Here & Now Project.

Howie Good‘s poetry collections include: The Complete Absence of Twilight from MadHat Press and Fugitive Pieces from Right Hand Pointing Press.

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over seven hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for work published in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in Denver. 

Nicholas Grider is the author of the story collection Misadventure (A Strange Object) and a forthcoming chapbook under an assumed name from Imipolex Press. His work has appeared in Caketrain, Conjunctions, DIAGRAM, Guernica, and other publications. He currently lives with his pushy cat in Milwaukee, where he’s a pre-med student.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cheryl Gross is an illustrator, painter, and motion graphic artist living and working in the New York area. She is a professor at Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College. Gross received her MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, and publications as well as in many corporate and museum collections. Collaborations with poet Nicelle Davis include: Circe (Lowbrow Press, 2011); Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2012); In the Circus of You, (Rose Metal Press, 2015). Other recent books are: The Z Factor and Drawings from the Z Factor (Victory Hall Press, 2014). Gross’ current project, a large installation/graphic novel titled Greetings from Karpland, includes text and drawings depicting the persecution of a new race of people. The plot eventually results to what will be known as the third civil rights movement. Greetings from Karpland is the second book in The Z Factor trilogy. Gross has often been compared to “Dr. Seuss on crack.” http://www.cmgross.com

Nashae Jones has had her work appear in Blackberry, American Athenaeum, and Bicycle Review magazines, among others. Her work has been nominated for several awards, including the Pushcart Prize. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband and two kids. 

D.E. Kern earned his MFA from San José State University in May 2011. The pieces featured in this issue of Glint are part of a collection tentatively titled Rust Stains, a commentary on growing up, outgrowing, and growing used to loss in an industrial town. His work has been published by Reed Magazine, CRATE, Hypothetical: A Journal of Everything Imaginable and Mission at Tenth. Poems are forthcoming in Wilderness House Literary Review.

Zak Kostro has tended bar for the past eight years in New York City and Los Angeles. It was through his adventures as a drink slinger that Kostro reignited his passion for writing. Before delving into the cocktail racket, Kostro earned a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Columbia University and spent a semester becoming fluent in castellano at La Universidad de La Rioja in Logroño, Spain. Having graduated from Columbia, and unsure of how to put his bilingualism and Ivy League education to use, he decided to give acting a shot and began auditioning for roles in New York’s underground theater scene, before venturing West to pursue film and TV gigs in Hollywood. In July, after nearly a decade behind the bar, which has given him the opportunity to interact with a vast cross section of humanity, Kostro will return to Columbia to earn a masters in journalism. A native New Yorker hailing from the gritty upper-Upper West Side of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Zak grew up shooting hoops on the asphalt playgrounds of Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Along with his bartending experiences, his days as a basketball junkie inspire his writing. Additionally, he has dedicated himself to studying Japanese after a recent trip to Japan in which he fell in love with the frenetic urban jungle that is Tokyo. He muses on his nightlife and his daylife at chtonicbliss.com.

Kim Peter Kovac works nationally and internationally in theater for young audiences with an emphasis on new play development and networking. He tells stories on stages as producer of new plays, and tells stories in writing with lineated poems, prose poems, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, haiku, haibun, and microfiction, with work appearing or forthcoming in print and on-line in journals including The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Red Paint Hill, Elsewhere, Frogpond, Mudlark, and Counterexample Poetics. He is fond of avant-garde jazz, murder mysteries, contemporary poetry, and travel, and lives in Alexandria, VA, with his bride, two Maine Coon cats, and a Tibetan Terrier named Finn. For more of his work, visit his tumblr page: dispatches from other time zones.

M.L. Lyons was awarded the Klepser Fellowship at the University of Washington in Creative Writing. She interned with Copper Canyon Press and has worked with the Seattle Review. Currently, she is co-editing with Carolyne Wright, the anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, forthcoming). Her poetry has been published in Raven Chronicles, Crab Creek Review, Terrain.org and Written River among other publications.

Suvi Mahonen is a freelance writer based in Surfers Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast. Her non-fiction has appeared in various newspapers and magazines in both Australia and Canada including The Weekend Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and Practical Parenting. Her fiction has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies including in The Best Australian Stories 2010 and Island. A portion of a longer work-in-progress was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. For more from Suvi visit her page here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/suvimahonen

Jennifer Martelli was born and raised in Massachusetts, and graduated from Boston University and The Warren Wilson M.F.A. Program for Writers. She’s taught high school English as well as women’s literature at Emerson College in Boston. Her work has appeared in the following publications: The Bellingham Review, Bitterzoet, Sugared Water, Slippery Elm, Tar River Review, Bop Dead City, burntdistrict, Right Hand Pointing, and Poetry Storehouse. She was a finalist for the Sue Elkind Poetry Prize and a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. Her chapbook, Apostrophe, was published in 2010 by BigTable Publishing Company. You can read more of her work at www.jennifermartelli.com. She lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts with her family and two cats.

Carlo Matos has published several books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, including The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco (Mayapple Press) and It’s Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments (forthcoming Negative Capability Press). He has also published in many journals like Iowa ReviewBoston Review, and Rhino. By day, Carlo teaches writing at the City Colleges of Chicago and the Rooster Moans Poetry Coop, by night, he trains cage fighters and kickboxers at The Farm. After hours he can be found entertaining clients at the Chicago Poetry Bordello. He blogs at carlomatos.blogspot.com.

Keith Moul’s poems and photos appear widely. Four of his books are recently published: The Grammar of Mind from Blue & Yellow Dog; Beautiful Agitation from Red Ochre Press; Reconsidered Light, a collection of Moul’s poems written to accompany his photos, from Broken Publications; To Take and Have Not, also with Broken Publications.

Arlene Neal is a Stokes County native with deep rural roots in tobacco farming soil. She chairs the Department of English at Catawba Valley Community College. Former students call her the Renaissance woman since she left the field of biology for English. Her work has appeared in Wild Goose Poetry Review and Branches Literary Journal. For diversion she writes a weekly op-ed column for the Lenoir News-Topic.

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife Vickie and daughter Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications including The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Two Thirds North, The Red Cedar Review and The William and Mary Review. He has poems forthcoming in the Roanoke Review, The Alembic and Milkfist. He was recently a finalist in The Rash Awards and a top ten finisher in the Writer’s Digest poetry competition. His poem “Distillery of the Sun” was awarded second place in the 2014 Bacopa Literary Review poetry contest.

Brenda Peynado has work appearing in The Threepenny Review, Mid-American Review, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, Cimarron Review, and others. Her writing has won prizes from Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest, Writers at Work Fellowship, Fulbright Grant to the Dominican Republic, and The O. Henry Prize Stories.  Currently, she is a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati.

Paulin Reyes made a startling discovery about herself recently: everything she owns has been previously owned by someone else. That’s not entirely true, of course. But the things that she truly cares about owning—a small category, really, just books and clothes— she always buys secondhand from thrift shops. She is an almost-graduate of Communication Arts at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños who reads, writes, and takes photographs as a way of life. Her works can be found in her blog: paulinreyes.tumblr.com

Born and raised by honeybadgers, Michael Romagano spent his formative years sharpening his nails into claws and stealing the succulent brew from many a bumblebee. He lived up to the tenacity and ferocity of his brethren, and earned the coveted ‘StickyLips Award.’ Soon after, he had an ecstatic vision of a throne with him atop it, cackling madly and gorging himself on the fullness of life. He left his family at the ripe age of three to make his fortune carving flutes amidst a nomadic troupe of Marxists. Their potent work ethic seeped into his very pores, yet their spartan livelihoods railed against his inner jovial nature and lust for shiny things. During the Great Winter of Ought-Five, he broke out again, seeking a new path encrusted with gems and the shells of mollusca. In those sojourns he encountered his future bride, an itinerant flea trainer, and a handful of rogues and scoundrels that make up the Tricky Twenty-Three, to be spoken about in whispers and in subsequent chapters. Ending his quest for captured glory, he found that he could design his own and revel until the stars died. So thusly he settled, and continued to build and slather viscous pigments around, in an effort to simulate the frothing energies lying in wait within the confines of his pineal gland. Today, he studies alchemy, gematria, and the triumph of the will, all while knitting tiny hats for his close Mi-Go buddies.

Julie Poitras Santos’ recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Chart, The New Guard: Bang!, The Café Review, La Fovea, and the Word Portland Anthology. She holds two MFAs, one in Visual Art from the University of Colorado in 2000, and a second in Poetry from the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program in 2013. Her visual and performance work has been exhibited widely in the US and Europe. She lives in Portland, Maine and teaches at Maine College of Art.

Nic Sebastian is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark and Like A Web, both published under the poetry nanopress model with partner editors. She co-founded and curates The Poetry Storehouse (http://poetrystorehouse.com), which showcases “great contemporary poems for creative remix.” Sebastian blogs at Very Like A Whale and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Yew Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Anti-, MiPOesias, Blue Fifth Review, Avatar Review and elsewhere. 

Amie Sharp’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Pisgah Review, Atticus Review, Forge, Grey Sparrow Journal, the Saint Katherine Review, the Lascaux Review, Apeiron Review, the Bellevue Literary Review, the 2River View, and the New Formalist, among others. She received an MA in English from the University of South Florida and an MFA in poetry from Seattle Pacific University. A member of the Colorado Poets Center, she’s now an assistant professor of English at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, where she teaches poetry, composition and literature.

Fred White (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is Emeritus Professor of English at Santa Clara University, where he taught courses in writing and literature for 31 years. In 1997 he received the Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for teaching excellence. His essays, fiction, poetry, and plays have appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including The Brooklyner, The Cambridge Companion to Emily Dickinson, The Chronicle of Higher Education, College Literature, Confrontation, Fantastic Odysseys (ed. Mary Pharr), Pleiades, Rattle, Southwest Review, Wilderness House Literary Journal, and Writer’s Digest. His most recent books include The Writer’s Idea Thesaurus, The Daily Writer, Where Do You Get Your Ideas?, The Daily Reader, and The Well-Crafted Argument, now in its Fifth Edition. He lives with his wife, Terry, an attorney (and fellow-bibliophile!) and their aging but still feisty cat, Cordelia, near Sacramento, CA, where he continues to rhapsodize about the life-nurturing pleasures of books and reading.

Naima Yael Woods is a writer and educator living in the countryside of southern New Mexico. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at New Mexico State University and an instructor in the undergraduate English program. Woods enjoys critical race theory, black poetics, collaging, queer studies, hiking to where the air is really thin, and being black and alive. Her work can be read in Blackberry: a magazine, 3Elements Review, Broad Magazine, Nepantla, and is forthcoming in Specter Magazine.

Susan Yount  was raised on a small farm in southern Indiana where she learned to drive a tractor and hug her beloved goat, Cinnamon. She is editor of Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, madam of the Chicago Poetry Bordello and founder of Misty Publications. She also works fulltime at the Associated Press and teaches online poetry classes at The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative. As if all that wasn’t enough she is mother to a darling 8-year-old. Her chapbook, House on Fire (2014) is out with Blood Pudding Press and Catastrophe Theory (2012) can be found at Hyacinth Girl Press.
 
 

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