Dolen Perkins-Valdez is the author of the novel Wench. Her fiction and essays have appeared in StoryQuarterly, Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories 2009, The Kenyon Review, PMS: PoemMemoirStory, North Carolina Literary Review, and Richard Wright Newsletter. Born and raised in Memphis, a graduate of Harvard, and a former University of California postdoctoral fellow, Perkins-Valdez lives in Washington, DC.
Jacob Russell was recently honored by a request from a dead tree on Passyunk Avenue to accept the position of curator & caretaker of what had hitherto been the tree’s Secret Life as a Mystical Magical PoemTree. Jacob has it from reliable sources that there are countless other PoemTrees in Philly & across our tiny blue marble in the void, waiting with the admirable patience for which trees are famous--for a passing poet, attentive to the Waking Life beyond the Corporate Hologram, to accept them in joyous partnership. Jacob & PoemTree have recently become engaged, & look forward to the day when, with perhaps a circle of poets in attendance for a reading, they may exchange vows of spiritual union in public ceremony. Jacob states his poetic credo as follows: First you do stuff. Then you write about it. If the stuff you DO is a poem, you are a poet. Links to his fiction and poetry can be found on his blog, Jacob Russell's Barking Dog.
Michelle Taransky is the author of BARN BURNED, THEN selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. Taransky lives in Philadelphia, works at Kelly Writers House, is reviews editor for Jacket2, and teaches writing at University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.
Jonathan Skinner 's poetry collections include With Naked Foot (Little Scratch Pad Press, 2009) and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). He founded and edits the journal ecopoetics, which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. Skinner also writes ecocriticism on contemporary poetry and poetics: his essay "Thoughts on Things: Poetics of the Third Landscape" appeared recently in the eco language reader (ed. Brenda Iijima). Skinner teaches in the Environmental Studies Program at Bates College, in Central Maine, where he makes his home.
Chris McCreary is the author of Undone : A Fakebook as well as a chapbook of revisions of older poems, An Apocrypha, which can be downloaded for free via ixnay press's website. In a recent review of Poets on Teaching at 360mainstreet.com, he discusses his work as a high school English and creative writing teacher. He lives in Philadelphia.
Jim Cory was born in 1953 in Oklahoma, grew up in a NYC suburb and in the Midwest for a few years. His father sold carpet and made a science of non-communication. He had seven brothers and sisters, most of them difficult. He learned about modernist poetry and how to read it when a house painter came down off his ladder one afternoon and explicated a Wallace Stevens poem in the anthology he was reading, circa age 14. He studied European history at Penn State and began writing poetry in his late teens. Recently he stopped watching television. Some of his poems can be read in Elective Affinities.
Laura Neuman is a poet and performing artist originally from the San Francisco bay area. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2005, she has studied clown technique, taught preschool drama, learned and then forgotten how to tie the bow-line, and collaborated with several dance and dance-theatre companies, including the Workshop For Potential Movement. You can hear her read some poems at PennSound. She has an M.F.A. in Writing from Bard College, and is currently studying poetry at Temple University.
Janet Neigh lives in Philadelphia. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including the journals P-Queue, HOW2, and West Coast Line as well as the anthology Shift and Switch: New Canadian Poetry. She recently completed her Ph.D. at Temple University. These days she spends a lot of time in her car driving to North Jersey where she teaches at Montclair State University.
Marion Bell lives in Fishtown and works in a coffee shop. Some of her poems can be read in Elective Affinities.
Laura Spagnoli’s poems can be found in a handful of on-line and print publications, and her short story about people doing bad things in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood will appear this November in a collection called Philadelphia Noir. She lives south of South Street and makes her living teaching French. She loves artificial lighting and sometimes feels elated walking through the tunnels that connect subway, trolley, and rail lines beneath Center City.
Quyen Nghiem will be wearing dark brown suede boots, checkered pants, a t-shirt, and a black cardigan. He will be nervous and maybe slightly drunk.
Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and Sorcery (Dusie Chapbook Kollektiv). His poems have appeared in such places as Crowd, VeRT, Volt, Spork, Cue, Slope, Aught, Fence, dirt, ditch, Swerve and Zeek, as well as some more multi-syllabic places such as foam: e and The Nepotist. He teaches at California College of the Arts, where he edits the journal Eleven Eleven.
Kim Gek Lin Short is the author of The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and the chapbook, Run (Rope-a-Dope). Her work appears in literary journals and blogs, as well as in the anthologies narrative (dis)continuities: prose experiments by younger american writers (Recycled Karma Press) and Elective Affinities: a cooperative e-anthology of U.S. poetry.
Francesca Costanzo began shooting photographs at age 4 and writing poetry at age 5. Her favorite poet was Maynard G. Krebs. As an adult, she has studied graphic design + advertising @ The Philadelphia College of ART [now UARTs] and is an award-winning copywriter and designer. She is a member of Suppose An Eyes Poetry Group and was the Winner of the First Annual 2010 Bukowskiest Poet Award. She has an upcoming book and performance piece: 8mm Backwards and a recently published e-chapbook: Dia: Six Sense (Avantacular Press, Limited Edition).
Carolina Maugeri: Transcription, auto-correction, revision, & improvisation, & the personal-to-cultural tensions & histrionics that arise from such activities, make up her main poetic preoccupations. In addition to writing, she likes to make music, surveys, sketches, &
explores sound & textures through vocal phonic utterances, typewriter taps, multi-instrumental manipulations within interrupted songscapes. She lives in , where she teaches writing & literature to visual artists at the .
Kyle Conner is a poet who works and lives in Philadelphia with his keeshond Sam. His chapbooks are: Songs for South St. Bridge (1996), The Pulverized Thing of Doubt (2002), Toward Belief (2005) and breaths for f l e s h (2008). He has been involved with the Philadelphia literary scene for over 15 years and has given numerous readings in various venues. He co-curated the Highwire Reading Series from 1998-2000 and is the nominal spokesman for the theory of “Oughtism” (because you Ought to know), which makes the obvious explicit: that art is never more or less than an extension of the way one chooses to live one’s life.
Brandon Holmquest was born 1979, in Indiana. Teenage years up to early twenties Missouri. Three trips along the length of the Mississippi. Then three years in Chicago, two in Philadelphia, two and a half in New York. Currently in Philadelphia again. His books are Stereo Daguerreotype, The Sorrows of Young Worthless, and a translation of Manuel Maples Arce's City: Bolshevik Superpoem in 5 Cantos.
Anselm Berrigan's most recent book of poems is Free Cell, published by City Lights last fall. Other books include Zero Star Hotel and Some Notes on My Programming. Recent unpublished poems include Primitive State and Notes from Irrelevance, the titles of which indicate work moving further away from the saleable light. He is the poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and a member of the subpress publishing collective, through which he published Selected Poems of Steve Carey last year.
Karen Weiser lives in New York City where she is studying for her doctorate in English. Her chapbooks include Placefullness and Eight Positive Trees, she has published in 6X6, Lungfull! Magazine and Cypress Magazine, and her new book, To Light Out, was just released by Ugly Duckling Press.
TeBordo has published three novels, most recently We Go Liquid. His first collection of short fiction, The Awful , is forthcoming from featherproof books. A recipient of a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, he lives in Philadelphia.
Jason Napoli Brooks's fiction has appeared in , H.O.W., Pindeldyboz, and the anthology America Street II (), and his non-fiction in Tema Celeste, Colors, Index, and El Pais. Brooks was the recipient for the New School Chapbook Award for Best Fiction for an excerpt of his forthcoming novel Shelter. His debut collection of short stories Las Vidas Menos Vivadas (Sexto Piso Press, Mexico) will be published in 2011. He lives in .
Mairéad Byrne emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1994, for poetry. Her books include The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (Publishing Genius 2010), Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), and Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press 2003). She lives in Providence and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design. Her blog is called Heaven.
Nate Pritts is the author of two poetry collections, Sensational Spectacular (BlazeVox) and Honorary Astronaut (Ghost Road Press), with a third, The Wonderfull Yeare on the way from Cooper-Dillon Press in 2010. He's also the founder and editor-in-chief of the online journal H_NGM_N.
Matt Hart is the author of the poetry collections Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions) and YOU ARE MIST (MOOR Books, forthcoming), as well as several chapbooks, including The Hours (Cinematheque Press, forthcoming) and Deafening Leafening (Pilot Books), which he wrote in collaboration with Ethan Paquin. Additionally, Hart's poems have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, jubilat and Ploughshares. He is a co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety. He teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
Sarah Dowling's first book, Security Posture, was the winner of the 2009 for Innovative Poetry. Her work has previously appeared in Action, Yes!, The Capilano Review, Cue, Descant, EOAGH, GLQ, How2, Jacket, , and elsewhere. Sarah is a Ph.D. student at the , and is originally from Regina, SK.
Kevin Varrone's most recent collection, g-point almanac: passyunk lost, is just out from Ugly Duckling Presse, as is a companion chapbook, Philadelphia Improvements. His previous collection, g-point almanac: id est, was published by Instance Press in 2008. Individual poems are available electronically at Duration Press, in Big Bridge, Cross Connect, and are forthcoming in [out of nowhere]. He lives in South Philly and teaches at Temple University.
Angel Hogan is a member of Mighty Writers, New Philadelphia Poets, and is a contributor to First Person Arts as well as the Pigeon Arts Collective. She lives and works in West Philadelphia. Visit her website here.
Carlos Soto Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He has published the books La Marcha de los Quiltros (The Mongrel's march,1999), Haiku Minero (Miner Haiku, 2007) and Cambio y Fuera (Over and Out, 2009). His work has been collected in Bar (Anthology, 2006) and in Pozo (collective book, 2007). In 2004 he received the Creation Fellowship of the Book & Reading Council of the Chilean Government. He has resided in Philadelphia since March 2009 and is a member of The New Philadelphia Poets and the editor of the new cooperative anthology of U.S. poetry, Elective Affinities.
Rachel Blau DuPlessis is the author of Drafts, begun in 1986, and collected most recently in Pitch: Drafts 77-95 and The Collage Poems of Drafts, both forthcoming in 2010 from Salt Publishing. Other volumes include Torques: Drafts 58-76, Drafts 1-38, Toll and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnnumbered: Précis. She has written several books of criticism, including Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work (2006), and the ground-breaking The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice ( 2006). She teaches at Temple University. For links to DuPlessis’ work, visit her EPC page.