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While earning his MA at Washington College and his MFA from Vermont College, Frank Giampietro was the CEO and general manager of a family owned appliance business in Dover, Delaware. He is currently enrolled in the PhD program in creative writing at Florida State University. Frank's first book of poems Begin Anywhere was published by Alice James Books in the fall of 2008. Awards for his poetry include a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers' Conference, a Kingsbury Fellowship from Florida State University, and a Florida Book Award.
His poetry, nonfiction, short-short fiction, and book reviews have appeared recently in journals including 32 Poems, American Book Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior, Cimarron Review, CutBank, FENCE, Hayden's Ferry, Poetry Daily, Poetry International, Rain Taxi, and Subtropics. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife and two children.

David G.W. Scott’s poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Euphony, The Madison Review, West Branch, New Delta Review, The Lyric, Taproot, The Greensboro Review, Red, White and Blues (University of Iowa Press) and Pinch. He was a PEN New England Discovery for Fiction and was awarded a Delaware Division of the Arts Grant in Fiction in 2004. He recently received a Florida Arts Council Grant for fiction. He lives in Tallahassee, FL, with his wife, poet and novelist Julianna Baggott, and their four children.

Valerie Wetlaufer was born and raised in Iowa. She received her BA and MAT from Bennington College. Currently she lives in Tallahassee with her cats Vita, Virginia and Walt, where she is an MFA candidate at Florida State University. Her work has appeared in Bloom, and Jumps.

Rebecca Hazelton has been previously published in RHINO, SHAMPOO, SaltHill, and others.  She is a PhD student at Florida State University. 

Tana Jean Welch's poetry has appeared in Puerto del Sol, The George Washington University Review, and The North American Review. She currently lives in Tallahassee with her husband, and poet,Timothy Daniel Welch, while working as a teaching assistant for Runaway With Words, a national program of poetry workshops for at-risk young people. 

To avoid the national flag of human conflict, Timothy Daniel Welch has become a percentage of whimsical elaborations.  Twenty-five percent is musical in nature, another ten percent is impossibly light and floats on air, fifteen percent is mystical mumbo-jumbo, and the rest of him stirs in a boiling pot of passions for travel, wisdom, and his wife Tana.  His degree in music composition, poetry, and those to come are rather insignificant unless you’re the sort to whom it matters.  His great friends are few and usually out of town, but he admires everyone he meets for one reason or another.  His poetry is often a celebration of survival of his childhood and his many pleasures; his poems are forthcoming.

Sandra Simonds is the authoress of 6 chapbooks and editor of Wildlife: An Experimental Poetry Journal. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her fiance and two dogs. She keeps a blog at She likes to swim and run and walk her dogs. She really loves the band Pavement and she also loves Graham Parsons too. She likes Edith Frost as well and has a thing for the Beach Boys. Oh there are other things she loves: mountains, surfing, hiking boots, vintage dresses, fancy calculators, pine trees, oak trees--but most of all--she loves to piss young lovers off with her saucy-ness---and then seduce them with her supreme ability as a vocal artist. 

Kristine Snodgrass' book of collaborative triads with Maureen Seaton and Neil de la Flor, Facial Geometry, is the premier chapbook from NeO Pepper press.  Her work with Maureen Seaton can be found in Hayden's Ferry and LIT.  Kristine's solo work has been published in Coconut, Shampoo, Big Bridge, and elsewhere.

Joseph Massey lives in Arcata, California. His chapbooks include Minima St. (Range, 2003), Eureka Slough (Effing Press, 2005), Bramble (Hot Whiskey Press, 2005), Property Line (Fewer & Further Press, 2006), November Graph (Longhouse, 2007), and Out of Light (Kitchen Press, forthcoming this year). Areas of Fog, a large scale collection, is forthcoming from The Cultural Society.

Andrew Epstein is the author of a critical study, Beautiful Enemies: Friendship and Postwar American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2006).  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including Denver Quarterly, Mississippi Review, CrossConnect, Conduit, and Gulf Coast.  He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Florida State University.

Kristi Maxwell is the author of Realm Sixty-four (Ahsahta Press, Jan. 2008), Hush Sessions (Saturnalia Books, 2009), and the chapbook Elsewhere & Wise. Most recently, her poems have appeared in the Modern Review, Phoebe, and the tiny, and her poems are forthcoming in Court Green and Forklift, among other journals. During her unwriting-related time, she likes to work on kung fu.

Julia Cohen's chapbook If Fire, Arrival is out with horse less press and she has one forthcoming, Ruby in the Microphone, with Hangman Books. Feel free to drop her a line or check out more poetry at She lives in Brooklyn.

Julianna Baggott received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1994. Her first novel, Girl Talk, was published by Simon and Schuster's Pocket Books in February 2001. A national bestseller, Girl Talk was also published by six publishing houses overseas. Her collection of poems, This Country of Mothers, followed in April 2001 published by Southern Illinois University Press. Her second novel, The Miss America Family, was published by Pocket Books in April 2002 and hit the Boston Globe's Bestsellers List. Baggott's third novel, The Madam - based on the life of her grandmother who was raised in a house of prostitution in the twenties and thirties - was published in September 2003 from Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, and was a Boston Herald book club selection.

Her collaboration with Steve Almond, Which Brings Me To You: A Novel in Confessions, was published by Algonquin this past spring and was chosen as a Best Book of 2006 by Kirkus Reviews. It's being followed by a new book of poems Lizzie Borden in Love: Poems in Women's Voices, Crab Orchard's Editors Selection for 2006, published by Southern Illinois University Press. Winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series from Pleiades Press, her third collection of poetry, Compulsions of Silkworms and Bees, was published in March 2007, distributed by LSU Press.

Baggott's debut novel for kids, under the pen name N.E. Bode, The Anybodies, was published by HarperCollins in spring 2004 and was a Children's Book of Month Club selection, a Washington Post Book-of-the-Week, a Booksense selection, and a People Magazine book pick. The Nobodies followed in 2005 and then The Somebodies in 2006, which won a Gold Medal in the Florida Book Awards. She will publish The Slippery Map in the fall of 2007, as well as the prequel novel to Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium, a movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Justin Bateman. The Prince of Fenway Park will follow during spring training of 2008. Julianna is signed on to write one more novel for HarperCollins. For more info:

Her work has appeared Poetry, The Southern Review, Ms. Magazine, Glamour, TriQuarterly, Best American Poetry 2000, as well as read on NPR's "Here and Now" and "Talk of the Nation," and at Symphony Space. She broadcasts monthly hour-long specials in the voice of N.E. Bode, her pen name, on XMRadio, XMKids. She teaches at Florida State University's Creative Writing Program. She lives in Florida with her husband, writer David G.W. Scott, and their three young children.

Kara Candito is the author of Taste of Cherry, forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press and winner of the 2008 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Her work has appeared or will appear in such journals as Blackbird, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Contrary Magazine, and Best New Poets 2007. She has received awards for her poetry, including an Academy of American Poets Prize and a work-study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. She has an MFA from the University of Maryland and is currently a PhD student in creative writing at Florida State University (

Ann Fine holds a B.A. from the University of Tampa and an MFA from Bennington College (VT) in Writing/Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Diner, Nocturnes Review of Literary Arts, For the Gathering, Sonora Review, The Drunken Boat, NoTell Motel, and elsewhere. And forthcoming? She hopes all of her poems are forthcoming. Ann is a co-founder of Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson, Arizona.

Michael Rerick currently schools in Cincinnati. Poems are forthcoming at Forklift, OH, Spinning Jenny, and Words on Walls. 

Clay Blancett is a carpenter living in Richmond Virginia who writes poetry and other things when his wife Mary Boyes, and his kids Henry and May allow it. He went to school for a while, thought about teaching but decided he like carpentry better. He got published somewhere once, he thinks. He has two writing websites: Fig.1-Worm Drive that was inspired by the trailer for the movie 300 and another The Shambling Darkness Project that he shares with poet and lifelong nemesis Jay Snodgrass.
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Melissa Koosmann earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona.  Her poems have appeared in Coconut, Diagram, The Indiana Review, and other journals.  She lives in Tucson.  

Adam Strauss has work in Word For/Word 11, and poems forthcoming in Moria, 1913: a journal of forms, and the Colorado Review.

JoAnn Balingit grew up in Polk County, Florida and has lived in Morocco, Portugal and western Kentucky. Her poems have recently appeared in Salt Hill, Smartish Pace, and DIAGRAM.2 (Del Sol Press, 2006). She has work forthcoming in Best New Poets 2007 and On the Mason-Dixon Line: Contemporary Delaware Writers (U of Delaware Press). She lives with her family in Newark, Delaware where she teaches art and literature to her youngest child and other kids at the White Clay Montessori Cooperative.

Brianna Colburn was born in La Jolla, CA. Attended early school in various buildings, home, and the occasional tree in Vista, CA, studied Fine Art and English at UCLA, and received her MFA in poetry from Brown University in May 2007. Likes chandeliers, snow, saltwater, parenthetical asides, mechanical/engine grease smells, and bourbon. Blows kisses. Makes a mean batch of scones. Lives and works in New York.

Sommer Browning writes poems in Brooklyn. You can find them in Forklift, Ohio, word for / word, New York Quarterly and elsewhere. Visit her here:

Alexandra Sears, originally from Atlanta, earned a B.A. in English from Brown University, where she studied hypertext in the CAVE with Robert Coover and fiction writing in the library with Meredith Steinbach. She has written many short stories and collaborated on projects with likeminded artists and programmers. Her passion for the evolution of the English language led her to study Chaucer and Anglo-Saxon poetry. She now lives in New York as an aspiring editor.

John W. Evans’s poems appear in print and online publications,including Best New Poets 2006, 5AM, Poetry East, Nimrod, Alimentum, Harpur Palate, Americans Do Their Business Abroad: An Anthology of Peace Corps Travel Writing, Slurve, Stirring, and Front Porch.  He keeps a blog at

A recipient of the Tennessee Commission for the Arts Individual Fellowship in 2006, M. C. Boyes has been featured in Fiction International, Rhino, Hawaii Pacific Review, and Spoon River, among others. Boyes is the author of Gingko, Pigeon, Light: A Fable and editor of the anthology, The Way We Work: Contemporary Writings about Americans and Their Work Experience forthcoming from Vanderbilt University Press.

Cody Todd has work forthcoming in Salt Hill and Blueline. He has had work appear in The Pebble Lake Review, Third Coast, LitRag, Armchair Citizen, Lake Effect and Forklift. He received an MFA from Western Michigan University and is currently a Virginia Middleton Fellow in the PhD program in Literature/Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. 

R T Biracree received his BA in poetry and computer music from Bennington College. He is the author of a chapbook, Dark Passage, and accompanying score, and works as the Audio Associate at the Academy of American Poets. He lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Jean-Paul Pecqueur is a native of Tacoma, WA.  His book, "The Case Against Happiness," was published by Alice James in 2006.  Jean-Paul currently lives, teaches, and writes in Brooklyn.  

Trevor Newberry is currently working toward his MFA in Poetry at Florida State University.  He is poems forthcoming in Runes Review.

Josie Sigler's poems have appeared in Sow's Ear Review, The Spoon River Review, MARGIE: The Journal of American Poetry, and Cutthroat Magazine.  She has poems forthcoming in Cream City Review, Poet Lore, and Hayden's Ferry Review.  She is pursuing a Ph.D. at The University of Southern California, but she lives on Mount Desert Island, in Maine.  She's attempted in her work, as Dorothy Allison says, to "Give some child, some thirteen-year-old, the hope of the remade life," to nourish the covenant of truth that's sustained her thus far.

Rebecca Lehmann lives in Tallahassee, Florida.  She writes poetry and book reviews, and has had work published in The Canary, So to Speak, and GutCult, among other journals.  She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Maytag Fellowship.  Currently, she is working on completing her first manuscript of poetry, entitled Maison.

Rachel Moritz's poetry is forthcoming or recently published in Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Five Fingers Review, Hayden Ferry's Review, Indiana Review, and other journals. Her chapbook, The Winchester Monologues, won the 2005 New Michigan Press Competition. She is publisher and editor of WinteRed Press, a micro-press for chaplets and broadsides based in Minneapolis. She also edits poetry for Konundrum Literary Engine Review.

Marc Rahe’s work has previously appeared in GutCult, Mudfish, Paper Street and Painted Bride Quarterly. He is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Brianna Noll has finally come to terms with her peculiarity. She feels a great sense of relief, and her poems are glad to be suffused with her strangeness. She lives in Tallahassee, where she is pursuing an MFA in poetry at Florida State University, and where, she thinks, summer should end a few months sooner. She has work published or forthcoming in journals including Litteral Latte and American Poetry Journal.

Olivia Johnson lives in Tallahassee, Florida and is currently pursuing and MFA in poetry at Florida State.  She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and received her BA in English Writing from Denison University. 

Ray Succre currently lives on the southern Oregon coast with his wife and baby son. He has been published in Aesthetica, Small Spiral Notebook, and ART:MAG, as well as in numerous others across as many countries.

Stephanie Woolley-Larrea's work has previously appeared in Sentence, Mipoesias, Florida English, and Gulfstream, among others.  I write both poetry and prose (and don’t play favorites.)  In addition to writing, I am a mother and teacher.

Sun Yung Shin is the author of Skirt Full of Black (poems, Coffee House Press 07), co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (South End Press 06), and Cooper's Lesson (Korean/English, Children's Book Press 04). Her poems and prose can be found in journals and anthologies such as Five Fingers Review, Court Green, Mid-American Review, Indiana Review, Encyclopedia A – E, Xcp cross-cultural poetics, Transforming a Rape Culture second edition, To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets From Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, Riding Shotgun: Women Writing About Their Mothers, The Praeger Handbook of Adoption, and elsewhere. She co-edits WinteRed press which has published chaplets by Fanny Howe, Rodrigo Toscano, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and many others. She is a 2007 Bush Artists Fellow for Literature and has also received grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Shin lives in Minneapolis. Her website is

Matthew Thorburn's first book is Subject to Change (New Issues, 2004). The poems published here are part of a new manuscript in progress, tentatively titled Elsewhere. He writes about writing at

Heather Winterer lives in Las Vegas and teaches at UNLV where she is a Shaeffer Fellow in Poetry.

Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton are like the pelicans that fly tandemly up and down the Florida coast writing scenic poems with interior subtexts: fish fish fish. And although they are like pelicans, and like pelicans, they don't look like pelicans. Instead, their work is like geometry, with arcs and points that intersect. When Kristine Snodgrass joins them, as she often does from the north, they are torpedoed with pi and sometimes alphabet soup. 

Alex Lemon's first collection of poems is Mosquito (Tin House Books). Hallelujah Blackout will be published in Spring 2008 by Milkweed Editions. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such magazines as Open City, BOMB, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Denver Quarterly, AGNI, Gulf Coast and Pleiades. He is a frequent contributor to The Bloomsbury Review, and co-editor of LUNA. Among his awards are a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. A memoir of his is forthcoming from Scribner. 

Denise Duhamel's most recent book Two and Two (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005) is the winner of Binghamton University's Milt Kessler Book Award.  She and Amy Lemmon are currently working on a series of poems with these two constraints: the stanzas are written in abba rhyme, and each poem must mention ABBA, the 70s pop group, at least once. Duhamel is an associate professor of English at Florida International University in Miami.
Terese Svoboda's last book of poetry was Treason, published by the late Zoo Press but still on Amazon. She has new poems in Columbia, Ploughshares and Subtropics, and

Tanya Larkin teaches English and Creative Writing at the New England Institute of Art.

Amy Lemmon is the author of the forthcoming poetry collections Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear Review Press) and Saint Nobody (Red Hen Press). Poems from the sequence ABBA: The Poems, written in collaboration with Denise Duhamel, have appeared or are forthcoming in Birmingham Poetry Review, Paterson Literary Journal, and the Cincinnati Review. She is an associate professor of English at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and blogs at

Campbell McGrath has been recognized by some of the most prestigious American poetry awards, including the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (for "The Bob Hope Poem" in "Spring Comes to Chicago," his third book of poems), a Pushcart Prize, the Academy of American Poets Prize, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Witter-Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award."

Sara Johnson recently graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in English, and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Oregon. Her poems have appeared in Shenandoah and Cutthroat.