Stephanie Balzer is a writer, public interest communications professional and nonprofit executive living in Tucson, AZ. She earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona in 2004 and has published poems in The Destroyer, Cannibal, The Volta, and Mid-American Review, among other journals. Her chapbooks include Revenant (Kore Press), faster, faster (CUE Editions) and a publication forthcoming from Flying Guillotine Press.

Aaron Belz is the author of The Bird Hoverer (BlazeVOX, 2007) and Lovely, Raspberry (Persea, 2010). A third, Glitter Bomb, is forthcoming from Persea Books in 2014. His poems and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Wired, First Things, Books & Culture, Gulf Coast, Fence, and other venues. He teaches English at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, NC.

Jordan Davis is Poetry Editor of The Nation and a columnist for The Constant Critic. His second book of poems, Shell Game, is forthcoming from Edge Books.

Mark DeCarteret has met up with some luck as of late at BlazeVOX, Confrontation, Everyday Genius, Gargoyle, Ghost Ocean Magazine, Hunger Mountain, Spillway, Spork, and Toad Suck Review.

Michelle Detorie's works include The Poetry Booth (a public art project). Fur Birds (Insert Press, 2012), FeralScape (Dusie, 2011), Ode to Industry (Dusie/Playful Rectangle, 2009),Bellum Letters (Dusie 2008), A Coincidence of Wants (Dos Press, 2007), and How Hate Got Hand (eohippus labs, 2009), a prose collection about interspecies relationships and seabird rescue. Her visual and hypertext poetry have been included in the Infusoria and Zaoem exhibits. She lives in Santa Barbara, CA, where she edits Hex Presse and works in higher education. Visit her online at

Stephanie Dowda, winner of the first-ever Coconut Cover Art contest, is an Atlanta native who works as a photographer and installation artist as well as curator. Stephanie is a Dashboard artist, Hambidge Fellow, and has exhibited in such galleries as Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, Young Blood, and Kibbee Gallery. Stephanie recently curated "Echoes of the Sublime" at Emily Amy Gallery, "The Future is Behind Us" at the Atlanta Preservation Center, and co-curated "Shadow Puppets: Traces of New Documentary Practices" at the Welch School Galleries at Georgia State University. Currently, Stephanie serves as Vice President of the board of Atlanta Celebrates Photography and recently served as President of the Board of BurnAway. Stephanie Dowda stares at the sky, dreams in color, and photographs things you cannot see. More information about her work can be found at

Michael Tod Edgerton is the author of the poetry book Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink, 2013). Tod's poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, EOAGH, Marco Polo, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, and Word For/Word, among other journals. He holds an MFA from the Program in Literary Arts at Brown University and is an associate editor with Tarpaulin Sky. His piece from this issue of Coconut, "what most vividly (why don't you listen)," is part of an ongoing participatory art project, "what most vividly (a choral work)," which you can read more about and contribute to through the project's website, linked from the homepage of A native of Lexington, KY, Tod currently lives in Atlanta with his partner, Greg, and their antisocial cat, Penelope.

Ben Fama is the author of New Waves, Aquarius Rising, and the artist book Mall Witch. His work appears in The Brooklyn Rail, Action Yes, Jubilat, notnostrums, LIT, Poor Claudia, Denver Quarterly, Maggy, and on the Best American Poetry Blog. He is the co-editor of Wonder and lives in New York City.

Carina Finn is the author of I HEART MARLON BRANDO (Wheelchair Party Press, 2010), MY LIFE IS A MOVIE (Birds of Lace, 2012), and LEMONWORLD & Other Poems (Co.Im.Press, forthcoming, 2013). She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Smoking Glue Gun, TYPO, Supermachine, PANK, Gaga Stigmata, and other publications. She blogs at and is a regular contributor to Montevidayo. Her favorite flavor ice cream is pistachio.

Amy Gerstler is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including Bitter Angel, which won the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her 2009 book, Dearest Creature, was named one of the notable books of the year by the New York Times. Gerstler was editor of the 2010 edition of the anthology Best American Poetry. She teaches at the University of California, Irvine.

James Grinwis is the author of The City from Nome and Exhibit of Forking Paths. He is the co-founding editor of Bateau Press with Ashley Schaffer and lives in Northampton, MA. Another "Machine" appeared recently in Interrupture.

Christine Hamm is a PhD candidate in English Lit., and a poetry editor for Ping*Pong. She won the MiPoesias First Annual Chapbook Competition with her manuscript Children Having Trouble with Meat. Her poetry has been published in Orbis, Pebble Lake Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, Dark Sky, and many others. She has been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English at CUNY. Echo Park, her third book of poems, came out from Blazevox last fall. Christine was a runner-up to the Poet Laureate of Queens.

Liberty Heise's
work can be found in Crate, Fourth River, Ecopoetics, Phoebe Journal, and Grain Magazine. She lives and teaches in Austin, Texas.

Jeff T. Johnson's poetry is forthcoming or has recently appeared in smoking glue gun, dandelion magazine, and The Organism for Poetic Research's PELT. Other writing has appeared in The Aviary, Poetry Project Newsletter, Sink Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. With Claire Donato, he collaborates on SPECIAL AMERICA. He lives in Brooklyn, is Editor in Chief at LIT, and edits Dewclaw. He teaches at The New School and St. John's University. For more information, visit

Megan Kaminski's first book of poetry is Desiring Map (Coconut, 2012). She is also the author of six chapbooks of poetry, including This Place (Dusie, 2013) and Gemology (LRL Textile Series, 2012). She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Kansas and curates the Taproom Poetry Series in Lawrence, KS. You can find her at:

Laura Kochman, originally from New Jersey, currently lives, writes, and feeds her cat in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her work is found or forthcoming in Artifice Magazine, CutBank, Bayou, Mixed Fruit, and others. Her chapbook, Future Skirt, is forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2013. She blogs at

Sophia Le Fraga is the author of I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (Keep This Bag Away from Children, 2012). Her poetry has appeared in Lambda Literary Review's Poetry Spotlight, Lemon Hound, and HTMLGIANT, among other publications. Le Fraga's work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, and in galleries throughout Germany and Spain. Her collection I RL, YOU RL is forthcoming from Minutes BOOKS.

Anna Lei is a student at the University of Notre Dame. She enjoys writing words and frolicking in contemporary art museums. She has poems published on the internet and in print. She likes to think Allen Ginsberg is her homeboy. She also thinks coconuts make great furniture.

Sara Mumolo's first collection of poems, Mortar, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in the fall of 2013. Sara is the Program Manager for the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College of CA. She is the co-editor of the chapbook series Calaveras with Alisa Heinzman. Mumolo created and curated the Studio One Reading Series in Oakland, CA, from 2008-2012, and Cannibal Books published her chapbook, March, in 2011. Poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, Eleven Eleven, Action Yes, Lana Turner, The Offending Adam, Real Poetik, The Volta, and Volt, among others.

Alice Notley
is the author of many collections of poems including Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (2011); Culture of One (2011); Reason and Other Women (2010); Pulitzer Prize-finalist Mysteries of Small Houses; and Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems. She is the recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award. She lives in Paris.

Daniel Scott Parker is the author of the chapbook L'esprit de l'escalier, forthcoming from Chantepleure Press. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in NAP, RealPoetik, Spork Press, Marco Polo, and others. He lives in Chicago and is pursuing his MFA in Poetry at Columbia College.

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

Deborah Poe's books include Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords, 2008), Elements (Stockport Flats, 2010), Hélène (Furniture Press, 2012), and the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats Press, 2013). She has several published chapbooks, most recently Keep (above/ground press, 2012). Deborah co-edited Between Worlds: An Anthology of Contemporary Fiction and Criticism (Peter Lang, 2012) and is currently co-editing In/Filtration, a book of Hudson Valley innovative poetics. For more, please visit She notes, "In Lak'ech" is the Mayan code of honor and means "I am another yourself." "dub for cascadia" takes its title from the song by Loscil on Endless Falls (Kranky 2010).

Amy Schrader holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington. She was a recipient of a 2008 Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) award, and her poems have most recently appeared in The Journal, ILK, Fairy Tale Review, and DIAGRAM. She lives in Seattle.

Poet and artist Spencer Selby is the author of nine books of poetry, including, most recently, Blame Fault Mountain (BlazeVox, 2013) and Twist of Address (Shearsman, 2007). In 1993 he created the List of Experimental Poetry/Art Magazines, which has been an important index for experimental poets around the world, and which still exists here:

Marcus Slease was born in Portadown, N. Ireland. He co-edited a special edition of Past Simple, which included innovative poetry from Poland, Denmark, the U.S., and the Czech Republic, with the Polish poet Grzegorz Wroblewski. His latest books are the chapbook novella The House of Zabka (a bizarro postmodern fairy tale from Poland) and a book of erotic and conceptual poetry entitled Mu (so) Dream (window) from Poor Claudia. He lives in London and teaches English as a foreign language. Stuff happens at The House of Zabka:

Nicole Steinberg is the editor of Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press, 2011) and the author of the chapbook Birds of Tokyo (dancing girl press, 2011). Her new collection, Getting Lucky, is forthcoming from Spooky Girlfriend Press. She's the founder of Earshot, a New York reading series for emerging writers, and she currently lives in Philadelphia.

Jake Syersak
is currently living in Seattle, WA. His poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Conjunctions (Web), and Front Porch.

Carleen Tibbetts lives in Oakland. Her work has appeared in Word Riot, <kill author>, Metazen, Monkeybicycle, H_NGM_N, Bitch Flicks, and other journals.

Dana Ward
is the author of This Can't Be Life (Edge) & The Crisis of Infinite Worlds (Futurepoem). Another book called Some Other Deaths of Bas Jan Ader, excerpted here, is forthcoming from Flowers & Cream. He lives in Cincinnati, hosts the Cy Press Poetry @ Thunder Sky reading series, & co-edits Perfect Lovers Press with Paul Coors.

Joshua Ware lives in Cleveland, OH. He is the author of Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley (Furniture Press Books) and several chapbooks, most recently Imaginary You (Greying Ghost Press), How We Remake the World (Slope Editions) with Trey Moody, and SDVIG (alice blue books) with Natasha Kessler.

Alli Warren is the author of Grindin (Lew Gallery), Acting Out (Editions Louis Wain), Well-Meaning White Girl (Mitzvah Chaps), and Cousins (Lame House Press). In the fall, City Lights will publish her first full-length book, Here Come the Warm Jets. From 2008 through 2010, she co-curated The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand. She co-edits the Poetic Labor Project, maintains a weblog, and lives in Oakland.

Mary Wilson holds an MFA in poetry from Brown University. She currently lives and writes in Oakland, CA, where she is pursuing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley. Her poems have appeared in Everyday Genius, Gobbet, Sun’s Skeleton, and Anomalous.

Nicole Wilson is the author of the chapbook Amazing Face (Phantom Limb Press, 2013). She's currently in Chicago, holding down the fort.



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