Dec 15: Lewis, Cory, Richter

Joel Lewis has been monitoring the outer rings of Gotham for over thirty years, his Baggu back pack loaded with the essentials to aid him in his semi-dérive: a Metrocard, a PATH Smart Link pass, NJT bus tickets, transfers, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tickets, about a dozen up-to-date schedules, a charged iPod, three to four notebooks and too many roller ball pens. The results of his wanderings have resulted in: Surrender When Leaving Coach, Learning From New Jersey, Vertical’s Currency and House Rent Boogie. While anchored in his homeport of Hoboken, NJ, his archival efforts have resulted in Bluestones and Salt Hay: An Anthology of Contemporary New Poets, On The Level Everyday: The Selected Talks of Ted Berrigan and Reality Prime: Selected Poems of Walter Lowenfels.

Jim Cory, in addition to all kinds of writing, takes an interest in reptiles, birds, history, painting, the piano, architecture, yoga and strange conversations overheard. Not necessarily in that order. Poems have appeared recently in Apiary, Assaracus, Burp, Court Green, Lungfull!, ETZ (Australia), unarmed journal, and Skidrow Penthouse. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Pennsylvania Arts Council and Yaddo. Rain Mountain Press published No Brainer Variations in 2011. He lives in Philadelphia.

Peter Erich Richter is the author of KING OF HIS OWN HEAD. His poetry has been featured in Monkeybicycle, ucity review, >kill author, decomP, THE2NDHAND, Indiefeed Performance Poetry and other publications. He received his BA from Rider University.


Nov 17: Boyer, Mertz, McCreary

Anne Boyer is the author of The Romance of Happy Workers, Anne Boyer’s Good Apocalypse, Selected Dreams with a note on phrenology, My Common Heart, The 2000s, and Art is War. Recent work has appeared in The New Inquiry, Joyland Poetry, and Rethinking Marxism. New work also appears here: http://anneboyer.tumblr.com/ . She lives on the edge of Kansas and is a professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.

R/B "Becca" Mertz is a poet and teacher from Pittsburgh, PA. Many of her poems can be found online by utilizing a search engine. She teaches writing at Penn State New Kensington and Duquesne University. She also posts a series of pop song poems at mylyriccompany.tumblr.com, and sometimes she twitters. R/B Mertz is a big fan of Anne Boyer and Philadelphia.

Chris McCreary's chapbook Elseworlds was just published by Cy Gist Press. His most recent full-length collection is Undone : A Fakebook (Furniture Press), and a section from his ongoing prose project, The Great American Songbook, is forthcoming in a future issue of Fact-Simile. He teaches at a private high school outside of Philadelphia.


Oct 20: Giscombe, Kremer, Wight

C. S. Giscombe was born in Dayton, Ohio. His poetry books are Prairie Style, Two Sections from Practical Geography, Giscome Road, Here, At Large, and Postcards; his prose book—about Canada—is Into and Out of Dislocation. He has worked as a taxi driver, a hospital orderly, and a railroad brakeman, and for years he edited a national literary magazine, Epoch, at Cornell University. His writing has appeared in several anthologies: the Best American Poetry series, the Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry, Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s, Bluesprint: Black British Columbia Literature and Orature, American Hybrid, and elsewhere. He teaches poetry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Anne-Adele Wight is the author of Sidestep Catapult and the forthcoming Opera House Arterial, both from BlazeVOX Books, and an out-of-print chapbook, First Lizard Chronicles, from Kali Momma Press. Her work has appeared in American Writing, Philadelphia Poets, Tabula Rasa, Shrike, Mad Poets Review, Fairies in America, and elsewhere. Based in Philadelphia, she works with the long-running series Poets and Prophets and has just started curating the Jubilant Thicket series. She works as a medical editor and lives with her husband and two cats.

Matthew Kremer is at riverbottum-enterprises.


Sept 29: Poe, Short, Warfield

Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections the last will be stone, too, Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). She is also co-editing a collection of Hudson Valley innovative poetry (Station Hill Press). Deborah’s poetry is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Handsome, 1913, Shampoo, Denver Quarterly, Otoliths, The Dictionary Project, and Yew Journal. She is assistant professor of English at Pace University, founder and curator of the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit, and guest curator for Trickhouse.

Kim Gek Lin Short is the author of two lyric novels The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits and China Cowboy, both from Tarpaulin Sky Press, and the cross-genre chapbooks The Residents (dancing girl press) and Run (Rope-a-Dope). She lives with her family in Philadelphia.

Brian Warfield writes stories about strange ideas and weird feelings. He also publishes chapbooks through Turtleneck Press.


May 12: Lawlor, Potter, Irwin

Andrea Lawlor lives in Western Mass now but misses Philly! Lawlor studied creative writing at Temple University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst's Program for Poets and Writers, and was awarded fellowships in 2011 by RADAR Labs and the Lambda Literary Foundation. Find poems and stories in The Brooklyn Rail, Encyclopedia (Volume II), MiPOesias, OCHO 31, Occupoetry, and the forthcoming Faggot Dinosaur.

Stephen Potter, a graduate of Temple University's MA program in Creative Writing: Poetry, lives and works in his native town of Philadelphia. His poems have made scattered appearances over the years in ixnay, Aufgabe, Mirage #4 Period(ical), American Poetry Review, EOAGH, and Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard. A selection of his poems are forthcoming in the July 2012 issue of Assaracus, and his poems can be found both on the PennSound website and in the Live at the Writers House archives.

H.B. Irwin grew up in rural Arkansas. She has lived in Philadelphia, studying at Temple University for 4 years. She currently lives and works in Fishtown.


April 28: Williams, Macdonald, Soto-Román

Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of five books of poetry, c.c. (Krupskaya Books, 2002), On Spec (Omnidawn Publishing, 2008), The Hero Project of the Century (The Backwaters Press, 2009), Adventures of Pi (Dos Madres Press, 2011) and Howell (Atelos Books, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including a prose eulogy, Pink Tie (Hooke Press, 2011). His website is at http://home.earthlink.net/~suspend/

Carlos Soto-Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He is the author of La Marcha de los Quiltros (1999), Haiku Minero (2007), Cambio y Fuera (2009), Philadelphia's Notebooks (2011) and the forthcoming chapbook Con/Science. He is the curator of Elective Affinities, a cooperative anthology of contemporary U.S. poetry. His most recent work can be found in Dear Navigator and Eleven Eleven Journal.

Travis Macdonald doesn't ask for much. Most days poetry, food and good companionship are enough. He works as a marketing copywriter, and in his spare time, he cooks, writes, reads and constructs handmade books in the company of his fiancee and Fact-Simile Editions co-founder JenMarie Davis. He is the author of The O Mission Repo (vol. 1), an erasure of The 9/11 Commission Report, and N7ostradamus, a book of Oulipian prognostications; recent chapbooks include Hoop Cores (Knives, Forks & Spoons Press), Time (Stoked Press), Sight & Sigh (Beard of Bees), BAR/koans (Erg Arts) and Title Bout (Shadow Mountain Press).


March 24: Equi, Yorty, Steinberg

Elaine Equi was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised in Chicago and its outlying suburbs. In 1988, she moved to New York City with her husband poet Jerome Sala. She is the author of Click and Clone (Coffee House Press, 2011), Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and many other books. She teaches at New York University, the New School, and the City College of New York.

Don Yorty is a writer, community activist and teacher living in NYC. His novel, What Night Forgets, was published by Herodias Press in 2000, and two books of poetry, A Few Swimmers Appear and Poet Laundromat were published by Philadelphia Eye and Ear in 1980 and 1984. From 1987 to 2002 he fought city, state and federal agencies to save La Plaza Cultural, a community park on the Lower East Side, and won. He has been working on sonnets since 2003.

Nicole Steinberg is the editor of Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press) and the author of the chapbook Birds of Tokyo (dancing girl press). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as No Tell Motel, H_NGM_N, BOMB, Barrow Street, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. She's the founder of Earshot, a New York reading series for emerging writers, and currently lives in Philadelphia.


Feb 25: Lucy & Som

Brandon Som is the author of the chapbook, Babel’s Moon, winner of the Tupelo Press Snowbound Prize. His poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Indiana Review, Black Warrior Review, and Octopus Magazine. He is a PhD candidate in the Creative Writing and Literature program at the University of Southern California. He currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts where he is a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.

Patrick Lucy lives in Philadelphia where he’s a partner in a small advertising agency. His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, elimae, SKEIN, Revista Laboratorio (translations by Carlos Soto-Román), NOÖ Weekly, Bright Pink Mosquito, Apiary, La Fovea and more. He is a founding member of the New Philadelphia Poets and keeps a blog & ephemeral press at catchconfetti.com.


Jan 28: Dolph, Dowling, Hawkey

Christian Hawkey has written two full-length poetry collections (The Book of Funnels, Wave Books, 2005 and Citizen Of, Wave Books, 2007), four chapbooks, and the cross-genre book Ventrakl (2010, Ugly Duckling Presse). He translates contemporary German poetry, and with the German poet Uljana Wolf he translates the Austrian writer Ilse Aichinger. His own work has been translated into over a dozen languages. He lives in Brooklyn and Berlin.

Sarah Dowling's first book, Security Posture, was published in 2009. Her work has appeared in journals such as Action, Yes!, EOAGH, and West Coast Line, and is forthcoming in I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. Sarah is international editor at Jacket2, and she is also a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at Penn.

Steve Dolph's translation of Scars by the Argentine novelist Juan José Saer was published in 2011 by Open Letter. He lives in Philadelphia.