Aimee Bender is the author of five books, including The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. Her most recent, The Color Master, was a New York Times Notable book of 2014. Her work has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at USC.
Juliette Bianco is Deputy Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. She has organized and curated numerous exhibitions, including Nature Transformed: Edward Burtynsky’s Vermont Quarry Photographs in Context (2012), and published on leadership and pedagogy in college and university museums.
Emma Bolden is the author of Maleficae, a book-length series of poems about the witch trials in early modern Europe (GenPop Books, 2013), and medi(t)ations, a book-length poem forthcoming from Noctuary Press. She’s also the author of four chapbooks of poetry—How to Recognize a Lady (part of Edge by Edge, Toadlily Press), The Mariner’s Wife (Finishing Line Press), The Sad Epistles (Dancing Girl Press), and This Is Our Hollywood (in The Chapbook)—and one of nonfiction—Geography V (Winged City Press). Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in such journals as The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Conduit, Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, The Greensboro Review, Redivider, Verse, Feminist Studies, The Journal, Guernica, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Copper Nickel. She was the winner of Spoon River Poetry Review’s 2014 Editor’s Prize Contest and the Press 53/Prime Number Magazine 2014 Award for Flash Nonfiction.
Daniel Borzutzky’s recent books and chapbooks include The Performance of Becoming Human (2016), In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (2015), Bedtime Stories for the End of the World! (2014), Data Bodies (2013), and The Book of Interfering Bodies (2011). Poetry translations include Raúl Zurita’s Song for His Disappeared Love (2010) and Jaime Luis Huenún’s Port Trakl (2008). His work has been supported by the PEN American Center, the National Endowment the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council.
Sharon Butler is an artist and arts writer who blogs at Two Coats of Paint.
May-lee Chai is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction and the translator from Chinese to English of The Autobiography of Ba Jin. Her short stories and essays have been published in various publications including The Missouri Review, North American Review, ZYZZYVA, Seventeen, Many Mountains Moving, Christian Science Monitor, and Dallas Morning News. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Prose. She teaches in the MFA. program at University of North Carolina Wilmington.
MRB Chelko is the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Manhattations (PSA, 2014). Her work has appeared in many journals and chapbooks—publications include AGNI Online, Forklift, Ohio, Indiana Review, Poetry International, and Washington Square Review. A recent John Ciardi Tuition Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Chelko holds an MFA in Poetry from The University of New Hampshire and lives in Central Harlem.
Patty Yumi Cottrell’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, LIT, Birkensnake, and Caketrain, among other places. She lives and works in New York.
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated as a Jewish refugee from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine in 1993. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is in the University of Pennsylvania’s Comparative Literature Ph.D. program. Julia’s poetry has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Guernica, and Nashville Review, among others journals. Her manuscript, The Bear Who Ate the Stars, won Split Lip Magazine’s Uppercut Chapbook Award, and can be purchased from Split Lip Press. Julia is also the Editor-in-Chief of Construction Magazine. Visit her website at http://www.juliakolchinskydasbach.com/.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a 2012 Lannan Literary Fellow and a 2012 Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. In 2104, she was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, as well as the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University, and a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program and lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program, working with the last remaining speakers at Fort Mojave to teach and revitalize the Mojave language.
Kristin Dykstra’s translation of Other Letters to Milena, by Reina María Rodríguez, was published by the University of Alabama Press in December 2014. Two more of her translations are forthcoming from UAP in 2015: Breach of Trust, by Ángel Escobar; and The Counterpunch (And Other Horizontal Poems), by Juan Carlos Flores. She previously translated several books of poetry from Cuba, including works by Rodríguez and Omar Pérez, and is now working on full books by Pérez, Marcelo Morales Cintero, and the Uruguayan writer Amanda Berenguer. With Kent Johnson, Dykstra is also currently co-editing an anthology dedicated to Berenguer. She co-edited Mandorla from 2004-2014 with Gabriel Bernal Granados and Roberto Tejada. Dykstra taught in the English department at Illinois State University from 2002-2014, beginning as Assistant Professor and leaving as Full Professor. She is now Distinguished Scholar in Residence at St. Michael’s College.
Turkish poet and essayist Haydar Ergülen was born in Eski?ehir in 1956. The winner of multiple awards, his most recent book is Vefa Bazen Unutmakt?r. Among the most prominent poets of his generation, his work is only beginning to appear in English. He frequently reads and lectures throughout Turkey and makes his home in the Cihangir neighborhood of Istanbul with his wife and daughter.
Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (SIU 2014), and Register of Eliminated Villages (Graywolf 2017). Her honors include a Pushcart Prize and a Great Lake Colleges Association New Writers’ Award. She is the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor in Poetry at University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program and co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press and Video Series with Jamaal May.
Robert A. Fink is the W. D. and Hollis R. Bond Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas. His sixth book of poetry, Strange You Never Knew, was published in April, 2013 by Wings Press, San Antonio. Bob Fink’s previous five books of poetry include The Tongues of Men and of Angels (Texas Tech University Press 1995) and Tracking The Morning (Wings Press, San Antonio, 2005). His literary nonfiction book Twilight Innings: A West Texan on Grace and Survival was published by Texas Tech University Press in 2006.
Chitra Ganesh received her MFA from Columbia University in 2002. Her works have been widely exhibited internationally and are held by prominent collections such as the Museum of Modern Art(NYC), Saatchi Collection (London), & Devi Art Foundation (New Delhi). She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in the Creative Arts, and her solo exhibition Eyes of Time is currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum through July 2015. Her installation, text-based work, and collaborations suggest and excavate buried narratives typically absent from official canons of history, literature, and art. She is widely recognized for her experimental use of comic and large-scale narrative forms to communicate submerged histories and alternate articulations of femininity to a broader public.
Marosa di Giorgio (1932-2004) was an acclaimed Uruguayan poet and novelist who wrote seventeen books during her lifetime. Born and raised in a rural area, di Giorgio studied law, acted in local theatre and worked for twenty years as a municipal civil servant before moving to the capitol city of Montevideo and devoting herself to full-time writing. Known for its startling imagery, odd syntactical turns, glorious depictions of nature and basis in a child’s imaginative world, di Giorgio’s writing is sometimes described as surrealist; however, she herself did not identify with any literary school. The poems included here are from her sixth book, La guerra de los huertos (The War of the Orchards).
Ana Gorría (b. 1979, Barcelona) is an acclaimed Spanish-language poet, critic and translator. She has published several collections of poems, including the multimedia work Araña (Spider) and the chapbook La soledad de las formas (The Solitude of Forms), from which the poems in this issue are drawn. Her work has been translated into French, German, Chinese and other languages, and has been featured in several anthologies, most recently in Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century (Shearsman Books, 2013), edited by Forrest Gander. Sky under Construction, the first full-length selection of her poetry in English (translated by Yvette Siegert), is available for publication. Gorría is currently completing a PhD in literature at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
Rachel Howard is the author of a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder, The Lost Night. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Canteen, the Arroyo Literary Review, the New York Times’ “Draft” series, and other publications. She was the 2011-12 Joan Beebe Fellow at Warren Wilson College, and the next year served as Interim Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is writing a collection of essays.
Pablo Helguera (b. 1971, Mexico City) is an interdisciplinary artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses on a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical and theatrical performances, and written fiction.
Adriana X. Jacobs is an assistant professor of modern Hebrew literature at the University of Oxford. Her translations of Hebrew poetry have appeared in various publications, including Zeek, Metamorphoses, Truck, Poetry International, and The Michigan Quarterly Review.
Paul Jenkins has recently retired from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he taught poetry writing happily for 29 years. His poems have appeared widely in magazines, from Poetry Northwest to The New Yorker to The Antigonish Review. His full-length collections include Forget the Sky, Radio Tooth, and Six Small Fires. A new manuscript, Where When Here, is currently being prepared.
In 2003 Kim Kyung Ju’s literary debut won the Seoul Newspaper Spring Literary Contest for Poetry, then for several years he wrote pornographic novels and provided services as a ghost writer. Later he released his first collection of poems, I Am A Season That Does Not Exist. Already in its 30th edition, rarely in fine literature has a book achieved such enormous popularity in Korea. Critics have said, “he is a blessing and curse to Korean literature,” and, “this is the most important poetry book written by a Korean.” After such notable attention by critics, he has been seen as the progenitor of the Korean new-wave movement known as “Miraepa” (future movement). He has written and translated over 10 books of poetry, essays, and plays and is widely considered to be one of the most important younger writers in South Korea.
New poems from L. S. Klatt have appeared in VOLT, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, 32 Poems, Michigan Quarterly Review, and The Common. His third collection of poetry, Sunshine Wound, was published by Free Verse Editions (Parlor Press) in 2014. He is the current Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mark Labowskie is currently a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University. His work has appeared in Sou’wester.
Kien Lam is an MFA candidate at Indiana Universeity. He has poems out or forthcoming in The Journal and 32 Poems. He’s also a catch-and-release oxygen hunter.
Lawrence Lenhart holds an MFA from the University of Arizona. His work appears or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Guernica, Wag’s Revue, and elsewhere. A former “Lifeguard of the Year” for Rehoboth Beach Patrol (2010), he currently lives in Sacramento, where he is reviews editor and assistant fiction editor of DIAGRAM.
Jake Levine edits poetry at Spork press and is pursuing a PhD in comparative literature at Seoul National University as a KGSP fellow. He is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010, and is the author of two chapbooks: The Threshold of Erasure (Spork) and Vilna Dybbuk (Country Music). He holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and is from Tucson.
Susan Lilley is a Florida native. Her poetry and nonfiction appear in Poet Lore, The Southern Review, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, CALYX, Sweet, Slipstream, and other journals. She is the 2009 winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Award, and her two chapbooks are Night Windows (winner of Yellow Jacket Press Poetry Contest) and Satellite Beach (Finishing Line Press). In 2010 she received a Florida Individual Artist Grant. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She lives and teaches in Central Florida.
Rebecca Liu is currently a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. She is the recipient of the Glascock Poetry Prize, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a fellowship from the Stadler Center for Poetry. Recent work can be found in Apogee Journal and The Columbia Review.
Talia Mailman’s fiction has appeared in Bluestem, Flyway, Untoward, and elsewhere. She received her BA at Williams College, her Masters in Music at Boston University, and is pursuing her MFA at University of Houston, where she serves as Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast.
MANUAL (Ed Hill / Suzanne Bloom) divide their time between their studios in Houston and Vershire, Vermont. In the spring of 2014, they completed construction of their website, www.manualart.net, a virtual catalogue raisonné of their forty-year collaboration. They are represented by Moody Gallery, Houston.
F.T. Marinetti (1876-1944), a poet, prose writer, dramatist, artist, and activist, is perhaps most widely acknowledged as an architect of the very concept of the avant-garde: a master of the incendiary manifesto, of the “happening,” of collective action to reform “passéist” culture, who hailed the dawn of modern art by asserting the need to erase the boundaries between art and life. Born in Alexandria to a family from Piemonte, Italy, he was educated at an international school by French Jesuits, and then at the Sorbonne. After receiving his BA, he moved to Italy to earn a doctorate in law, but afterwards pursued the arts. Marinetti would devote his career to rejecting the culture of the salon and the masterpiece, perceiving earlier than most of his contemporaries the need for modern art to renew itself through engagement with the current moment, mass culture, and the mechanisms of everyday life. His major writings include a series of essential manifestos, Mafarka the Futurist: An African Novel (1909), The Untameables (1922), and The Futurist Cookbook (1932).
David Tomas Martinez’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Oxford American, Forklift; Ohio, Poetry International, Poem-A-Day, Poetry Daily, and other journals. He has been featured or written about in Poets & Writers, Publishers Weekly, NPR’s All Things Considered, NBC Latino, Border Voices, and in numerous other venues. He is a PhD candidate in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing program, where he is the Reviews and Interviews Editor for Gulf Coast. He received his MFA from San Diego State University, and is the recipient of Breadloaf and CantoMundo Fellowships. His debut collection of poetry, Hustle, was released in 2014 by Sarabande Books, which won the New England Book Festival’s prize in poetry and was an honorable mention in the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral prize.
Ted Mathys is the author of three books of poetry, Null Set, forthcoming from Coffee House Press, The Spoils (Coffee House 2009), and Forge (Coffee House 2005). The recipient of fellowships and awards from the NEA, NYFA, and Poetry Society of America, he holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Saint Louis.
Derick Mattern holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Winner of the British Centre for Literary Translation’s Young Translator Prize in 2012, his translations of Haydar Ergülen’s work have appeared in Guernica and Modern Poetry in Translation. His own work has appeared or is forthcoming in Subtropics, Whiskey Island, and elsewhere. He lived in Istanbul from 2008 to 2013.
Tyler McAndrew lives in Pittsburgh, PA. He holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh. His work has appeared most recently in Salt Hill and The Nashville Review.
Gary L. McDowell is the author of Weeping at a Stranger’s Funeral (Dream Horse Press 2014) and American Amen (Dream Horse Press 2010); he is also the co-editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (Rose Metal Press 2010). His poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, The Nation, Green Mountains Review, The Journal, The Laurel Review, DIAGRAM, and Prairie Schooner, among others. He is an assistant professor of English at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
Jennifer Militello is the author of four collections of poetry: A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press 2016), Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press 2013), named a finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award by Marilyn Hacker, Flinch of Song, winner of the Tupelo Press First Book Award, and the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The North American Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Best New Poets.
Peter Mishler’s new work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Daily, Web Conjunctions, Drunken Boat, The Literary Review, and in Best New Poets.
El mundo como ser (The World as Presence) is the newest work by Marcelo Morales, addressing change and uncertainty in Havana in 2014. Dedicated to the slow development of his books, Morales (b. 1977) has won awards for segments of larger works in progress. For example, excerpts that reappeared in his 2006 poetry collection El mundo como objeto won the 2004 poetry prize from La Gaceta de Cuba, as well as an honorable mention in the national Julián del Casal prize competition and a finalist position in the international Casa de las Américas competition. Morales is the author of the poetry collections Cinema (1997, Pinos Nuevos prize), El círculo mágico (2007), and Materia (winner of the 2008 Julián del Casal prize), among others. Given to the exploration of prose-like fragments in his poetry, Morales is also interested in the motions of prose as such. His novel La espiral appeared in 2006.
Matt Morton has been a finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a finalist in the Narrative 30 Below Story and Poetry Contest. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, West Branch, Colorado Review, Forklift Ohio, and Quarterly West, among others. The recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, he is a lecturer in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Originally from Rockwall, Texas, he lives in Baltimore.
Elisabeth Murawski is the author of Zorba’s Daughter, winner of the 2010 May Swenson Poetry Award, Moon and Mercury, and two chapbooks: Troubled by an Angel and Out-patients. Hawthornden fellow, 2008. In her heart, she has never left the “city of the big shoulders” where she was born and raised.
Vaan Nguyen (b. 1982) was born in Ashkelon, Israel to Vietnamese refugees and raised in Jaffa, near Tel Aviv. She and her family are the subjects of Duki Dror’s 2005 documentary The Journey of Vaan Nguyen, which documents the Nguyen family’s efforts to reclaim ancestral land in Vietnam. The film also introduced Vaan’s poetry to the Israeli public. The Truffle Eye (Ein ha-kmehin), a chapbook of poems, appeared in 2008. An expanded version, published by Ma’ayan Press, appeared in 2013 in both print and digital editions. Nguyen is affiliated with Gerila Tarbut (Cultural Guerrilla), a collective of Israeli and Palestinian poets, artists and activists, and also has worked as an actress and journalist.
Dave Nielsen lives in Cincinnati, OH with his wife and four children. His poems have recently appeared in The Cortland Review, Cutbank, and Painted Bride Quarterly.
Alexis Orgera is the author of How Like Foreign Objects (H_ngm_n Bks) and Dust Jacket (Coconut Books), three chapbooks, and a forthcoming full-length collaboration with the poet Abraham Smith. Her Agatha poems are part of a series that imagines the experience of Saint Agatha of Sicily. As the legend goes, Agatha spurned the advances of a Roman prefect, who subsequently had her breasts severed from her body as one part of her protracted torture. She is said to have been saving her virginity for God, but she was more likely fierce and brave in her desires.
Mike Ostrov hails from Florida, writes about music for Ninebullets.net, and has had fiction published in The Lifted Brow, Metazen, and elsewhere. He’s spent the last few years in Boston, but by the time this publishes, he’ll be somewhere else on the East Coast with his fiancée and maybe a dog.
Adrienne Perry is the editor of Gulf Coast.
Guy Pettit is the author of My Life’s Work (Mindmade 2013) and Love Me or Love Me NO1 (Minutes Books 2011). He lives and works in Western Massachusetts, where he founded the arts and publishing organization Flying Object.
Jeannine Marie Pitas is a teacher, writer, and literary translator currently living in Toronto. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Our Lady of the Snow Angels, which was published by Lyricalmyrical Press in 2012, and the Spanish-English translator of Marosa di Giorgio’s fourth book of poetry, The History of Violets, which was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010 and will be reprinted in 2015 in a bilingual volume including three additional books by di Giorgio.
Richard Prins is a New Yorker who sometimes lives in Dar es Salaam. He received his MFA degree in poetry from New York University. His work appears in publications like Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Rattle, Southern Indiana Review, and Willow Springs.
Awarded a 2014-2015 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a 2014 Pushcart Prize, a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Roger Reeves’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry, Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House, among others. King Me, his first book of poems, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013 and has been awarded the 2014 Larry Levis Reading Prize by the creative writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award. He is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Andrew Michael Roberts has a new book of poems called good beast from Burnside Review Books. He is also the author of something has to happen next from University of Iowa Press. He lives with his wife Sarah in Portland, Oregon, where he spends his time as a cardiac nurse, a cyclist, a sasquatch enthusiast, a library regular, and a poet.
Christopher Robinson’s debut novel, War of the Encyclopaedists, co-authored with Gavin Kovite, will be published by Scribner in May 2015. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in New England Review, The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, McSweeney’s Online, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, Bread Loaf, and the Djerassi Resident Artist program. His secret underground lair is located somewhere in Seattle.
Martin Rock’s poems have appeared in publications such as AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Conduit, DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Third Coast, Salamander and Best New Poets 2012. He is co-editor, with Kevin Prufer and Martha Collins, of Catherine Breese Davis: On the Life and Work of an American Master (Plieades Press 2015) and is the author of the chapbook Dear Mark (Brooklyn Arts Press 2013). He has recieved writing fellowships from Mount Tremper Arts, the Port Townsend Writers Conference, NYU, and the University of Houston. Martin is the managing editor of Gulf Coast.
Anna Rosenwong is a translator, poet, editor, and educator. Her publications include Roció Cerón’s Diorama, José Eugenio Sánchez’s Suite Prelude a/H1N1 and the forthcoming Climax with Double Cheese, as well as an original collection of poetry, By Way of Explanation. She is the translation editor of Drunken Boat. Her literary and scholarly work has been featured in World Literature Today, The Kenyon Review, Translation Studies, The St Petersburg Review, Pool, and elsewhere.
Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic, and a professor of critical studies at the University of Houston School of Art.
José Eugenio Sánchez is an acclaimed poet and performer and the author of numerous poetry collections, including Physical graffiti, La felicidad es una pistola caliente, and galaxy limited café, which was a finalist for the 2010 Jaime Gil de Biedma International Poetry Prize. He calls himself an “underclown,” and his aggressively playful work eagerly engages both pop and high culture with irreverence and insight. Originally from Guadalajara, Sánchez lives and writes in Monterrey, Mexico.
Jennifer Scappettone works at the juncture of poetry, translation, research and pedagogy, and the scoring of textual, visual, sonic, and gestural fields. Her books of poetry include From Dame Quickly and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale, the latter translated in dialogue with Marco Giovenale. Exit 43, an archaeology of landfill and opera of pop-up pastorals, is in progress for Atelos Press, with a letterpress palimpsest, A Chorus Fosse, forthcoming from Compline. She edited and translated Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli, and is at work on new translations of Carla Lonzi, as well as on the new Italian section of PennSound, which she is curating. Collaborative work includes performances of Exit 43 with the Difforme Ensemble; digital and AR archaeologies with Judd Morrissey; libretti, scores, and vocal concepts for PARK, directed and choreographed by Kathy Westwater; and sonic documentaries for X Locus, an installation conceived with AGENCY architecture and composer Paul Rudy at the American Academy in Rome. Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice, a study of the obsolescent city’s influence on the aesthetic, social, and cognitive imagination of the modern world, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014.
Natalie Shapero is the author of the poetry collection No Object, and her writing has appeared in the Believer, The New Yorker, Poetry, The Progressive, and elsewhere. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and works as an Associate Editor of The Kenyon Review.
Alan Shapiro is author of twelve books of poetry (most recently Reel to Reel, from the University of Chicago Press, and Night of the Republic from Houghton Mifflin/Harcourt, a finalist for the National Book Award) and four books of prose (most recently Broadway Baby, a novel from Algonquin Books). He’s published two translations with Oxford University Press and won numerous awards, including The Kingsley Tufts Award, LA Times Book Prize, an award in literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, two NEA grants, a Guggenheim, and a Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Yvette Siegert is a writer and translator based in New York. Her work has appeared in Aufgabe, Circumference, Guernica, The Literary Review, The St. Petersburg Review, 6x6, Springhouse and other places. She has taught at Columbia University, Baruch College, and the 92nd Street Y, and has edited for the United Nations and The New Yorker. For her translations of the collected works of Alejandra Pizarnik, recently published by New Directions and Ugly Duckling Presse, she received fellowships from PEN Heim/NYSCA and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Laura Sims’s fourth collection, Staying Alive, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2016.
Gale Marie Thompson is the author of Soldier On (Tupelo Press 2015) and Expeditions to the Polar Seas (Coconut Books 2016), in addition to two chapbooks. Her work appears in Guernica, Volt, Colorado Review, Phantom Limb, The Volta, and elsewhere. She is creator and editor of Jellyfish Magazine and lives, teaches, and writes in Athens, GA.
G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta 2012), co-edited with Joshua Corey, and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn 2013). BOA Editions will release a long poem, Testament, in May 2015. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, PA., where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.
Jaren Watson earned an MFA at the University of Arizona and now teaches writing and editing in Idaho. He has a book of narrative nonfiction and a collection of essays forthcoming with Torrey House Press.
Diana Xin holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Her work has also appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review and The Masters Review. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Raúl Zurita’s books of poems include, among others: Purgatorio (1979), Anteparadise (1982), El paraíso está vacío (1984), Canto a su amor desaparecido (1985), El amor de Chile (1987), La vida nueva (1993), INRI (2003), Las ciudades de agua (2007), In Memoriam (2007), Los países muertos (2006), Sueños para Kurosawa (2010), and Zurita (2011). Translations to English include Purgatory, Antepariso, INRI, and Song for his Disappeared Love. His numerous awards include the National Literature Prize of Chile and the Pablo Neruda Prize. He lives in Santiago, Chile, where he is a professor of literature at Universidad Diego Portales.