Rae Armantrout's most recent book of poetry, Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007), was chosen as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2007 by The New York Times. Other recent books include Collected Prose (Singing Horse, 2007), Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004), The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001), and Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001). Her poems have been included in anthologies such as Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (1993), American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition(Wesleyan, 2002), The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford, 2006), and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2007. Armantrout received an award in poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2007 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008. She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, San Diego.


Ariana Reines is the author of The Cow (Alberta Prize, FenceBooks 2006) and Coeur de Lion (Mal-O-Mar 2007). Two volumes of translation will appear in 2009: My Heart Laid Bare by Charles Baudelaire, for Mal-O-Mar, and Carnet de bal d'une courtisane by Griselidis Real, for Semiotext(e). She is under commission with The Foundry Theatre in New York, making a play that will premiere in February 2009 at the Ohio Theatre.


David Lehman is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently When a Woman Loves a Man (2005), The Evening Sun (2002), and The Daily Mirror (2000). Among his nonfiction books are The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (Anchor, 1999) and The Perfect Murder (Michigan, 2000). He edited Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present; The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1800 to the Present; and The Oxford Book of American Poetry. He initiated The Best American Poetry series in 1988 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship a year later. He teaches writing and literature in the graduate writing program of the New School in New York City.


Teresa K. Miller's chapbook Forever No Lo will be published by Tarpaulin Sky Press in Fall 2008.  She received her MFA from Mills College, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Word For/Word, MiPOesias, ZYZZYVA, and others.  For this excerpt, nods to Meg Hamill's Death Notices, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jorge Luis Borges's "El Zahir," and the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga.


Kate Colby is the author of Unbecoming Behavior(Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) and Fruitlands (Litmus Press, 2006), which received a Norma Farber First Book Award. Recent writing has appeared in Aufgabe, New American Writing, and NO: a journal of the arts. She lives in Providence, RI, where she works as a copywriter and editor.


Carrie Olivia Adams lives and works in Chicago, where she also serves as poetry editor for Black Ocean. Her poems and reviews have appeared in such journals as Backwards City Review, Cranky, DIAGRAM, Lilies and Cannonballs Review, and Verse. She is the author of the chapbook A Useless Window and her first full-length collection of poems, Intervening Absence, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press in 2009. A film that accompanies this sequence can be found here.


James Belflower's work appears or is forthcoming in: Jacket, 580 Split, EOAGH, LIT, First Intensity, Abovo, and Cricket Online Review, among others. And Also a Fountain, his collaborative chapbook with Anne Heide and J. Michael Martinez, is forthcoming from NeOPepper Press. He was a finalist for the 2008 Sawtooth Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series Competition, a 2007 Pushcart Prize nominee and winner of the 2007 Juked Magazine poetry prize. He runs, a site dedicated to the free exchange of poetry books, journals, chapbooks and ephemera.


Anne Marie Rooney is an MFA candidate at Cornell University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Octopus, Lit, Subtropics, and elsewhere.


Kristi Maxwell currently lives and writes in Cincinnati. She's the author of Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta, 2008), Elsewhere & Wise (Dancing Girl, 2008), and Hush Sessions (Saturnalia, forthcoming in 2009). The sequence entitled "Mined" is indebted to Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and the constellations reading experiences can form (page-skies and such). Sparks. "Combs," "My Cost," and "Mined" come from a manuscript (in progress) called Tiny Wires Touching The Right Way. Sparks the eye catches.


Jason Zuzga's poem 100 Clews is forthcoming from Harry Tankoos Books. His poems and essays have been published in The Seneca Review, LIT, VOLT, and elsewhere. He is the nonfiction/other editor of FENCE and a student in the English PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on ecology and documentary. 


Megan Kaminski's poems appear or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Milk, Phoebe, With+Stand, and other journals.  She recently moved to Lawrence, KS, where she teaches poetry as a lecturer at the University of Kansas.


Christopher Higgs curates the online arts journal Bright Stupid Confetti. Other of his work can be found in recent or forthcoming issues of Conduit, H_NGM_N, Post Road, and Salt Hill.


Helena "Nellie" Haack received her MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop in May 2006 and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Cedarville University in Ohio. Her poems and translations have appeared in The Poet's Collective, The Central Review, eXchanges, Moist Towelette, and Shampoo.  Her many interests include neo-monasticism, lateral logic puzzles, and watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine reruns.  The last mountain she climbed was Mt. Harney.

Claire Donato lives in Providence, RI. She will begin the MFA Literary Arts program at Brown University in September.  Recent poems have been published in Caketrain, Shampoo, and Lamination Colony. Her hometown is Pittsburgh, PA.


Ravi Shankar is working, editing, marveling, writing, collaborating, speaking, performing,fathoming, conjecturing, and appearing until he's sleepy. His most recent publication is as co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East and Beyond (W.W. Norton & Co., 2008).


Emily Anderson's fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals, including the Denver Quarterly, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Caketrain, Sawbuck, Parcel and elimae.  She lives in Madrid. Parts of the "The Activity of Certain Arctic Insects at Low Temperatures" are sampled from Kenneth Mellanby's article in "The Journal of Animal Ecology," November 1940. 


Laynie Browne is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The Scented Fox, which won the National Poetry Series (Wave Books, 2007), and Daily Sonnets (Counterpath, 2007). Her work appears in the recent anthologies: Wreckage of Reason, an Anthology of Contemporary XXperimental Prose by Women Writers (Spuytenduyvil, 2008) and in the forthcoming The Reality Street Book of Sonnets (Reality Street, 2008).


Jonathan Doherty's poems have appeared in La Petite Zine, Kulture Vulture, Glitter Pony, Abo Ovo, and Can we have our ball back?   He lives and works in New York City.


Kathleen Jesme is the author of two books of poetry, Motherhouse and Fire Eater. Her third book, The Plum-Stone Game, in which "Lives of the Saints" will appear, is due out from Ahsahta Press in January, 2009.


Matina L. Stamatakis resides in upstate New York as a freelance photographer, poet, and noise artist.  Her most recent works have been featured, or are forthcoming, in Turntable + Blue Light, Apocryphaltext, Crash Test, Ditch, and PFS Post.  Her latest chapbook, Metempsychose, will be available late 2008 courtesy of Ypolita Press.


Mike Young co-edits NOÖ Journal. Find links to published work and a blog at His chapbook MC Oroville's Answering Machine is forthcoming from Transmission Press.


Terence Winch's works are from an ongoing series of 10-line poems called Lit from Below. His most recent book of poems is Boy Drinkers (Hanging Loose, 2007); other titles include That Special Place: New World Irish Stories (Hanging Loose, 2004) and The Drift of Things (2001, The Figures).



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