nerve bios 5

In the order they were added to to La Fovea

Mark Lamoureux

Jac Jemc sells books in Chicago. Her first novel, My Only Wife, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books. She is the poetry editor of decomP and a fiction reader for Our Stories. She blogs her rejections at

Colette Jonopulos lives, writes, and edits in Eugene, Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in Clackamas Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, cho, HeartLodge, Big Pulp, Admit Two, and Yellow Mama. Her latest chapbook, Enough of Daylight, was published by Uttered Chaos Press. She currently co-edits and publishes Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of

Quinton Hallett   has two chapbooks, Quarry and Shiver Quench Slake and forthcoming (2010) from Finishing Line Press, Refuge from Flux. She co-coordinates a reading series and rural high school poet visits for the Oregon State Poetry Association.

Arlene Ang is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent being a collaborative work with Valerie Fox, Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (Texture Press, 2008). She lives in Spinea, Italy where she serves as staff editor for The Pedestal Magazine and Press 1. More of her work may be viewed at

Peter Schwartz's poetry has been featured in The Columbia Review, Diagram, and Opium Magazine.  When not dreaming of literary conferences he’s writing or taking photos or thinking of who he should get for the next issue of DOGZPLOT, where he is art editor.  His third chapbook 'ghost diet' will be out at the end of 2009.  Learn more about his work at:

Holly Anderson has been anthologized in 'Up is Up, But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992' (NYU Press), 'The Unbearables' (Autonomedia), and 'First Person Intense' (Mudborn Press). Her limited edition books 'Lily Lou' (Purgatory Pie Press) and 'Sheherezade' (Pyramid Atlantic) are in library collections including MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Amanda Reynolds lives in Pittsburgh, PA and teaches at Slippery Rock University.  She completed her MFA from the University of Florida and her PhD in poetry from Florida State University. 

Eric Gurney lives in Eureka, California, is a courier, surfs, plays soccer and is currently working on a mathematical poem-cycle about a bridge. He received his MFA from Mills College in 1999, won the Mary Merritt Henry Prize for Graduate Poetry and a Creative Writing Award from Chico State. His work has appeared in Watershed, Synthesis, The Stone, College of the Redwoods Poets & Writers Anthology, and online at Moria.

Clayton Eshleman's new collection, Anticline, will be published by Black Widow Press, spring 2010. Recent books by Eshleman include: The Grindstone of Rapport / A Clayton Eshleman Reader (Black Widow Press, 2008), Archaic Design (Black Widow Press, 2007), Reciprocal Distillations (Hot Whiskey Press, 2007) and a translation of The Complete Poetry of Cesar Vallejo (University of California Press, 2007). Clayton and his wife Caryl will be leading their 10th tour to some of the Ice Age painted caves in the French southwest, June 2010; for information, contact him at

Sean Lovelace is on a river right now. He has a spinning reel and a beer. Other times he teaches at Ball State University. He has a flash fiction collection from Rose Metal Press. He publishes all over. He blogs at  

Sasha Fletcher is an MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia University.

Heller Levinson lives in NYC where he studies animal behavior.  He has published in over a hundred journals and magazines including Sulfur, Hunger, Talisman, First Intensity, Laurel Review, Omega, The Wandering Hermit, Jacket, Alligatorzie, The Jivin' Ladybug, etc.  His most recent publication, Smelling Mary, is newly out from Howling Dog Press and has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Prize.  He is the creator, originator, and founding father of Hinge, and Hinge Theory.  Please visit www.hellerlevinson for more information. 

Drew Kalbach

Brent Jenkins is a former University English instructor, high school wrestler, and according to his 3 year old daughter: Baba The Eagle Superhero.

Anne Marie Rooney is an MFA candidate at Cornell. She was selected by Li-Young Lee as the winner of the 2009 Iowa Review Award for poetry. Her work has appeared in Pleiades, Columbia, Ninth Letter, Best New Poets 2008, and elsewhere.

Cate Peebles' work can be found in such journals as: No Tell Motel, Octopus, CutBank, Tin House, Lit, and Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. She is the author of Taco Truck To Awesometown, an e-chapbook from Scantily Clad Press, 2009. She co-edits the online poetry magazine, Fou, and lives in Brooklyn.

Anna Dickie is a photographer based in East Lothian, Scotland. In the last three years she’s won or been short-listed in a number of competitions, including having a shot hung in the Scottish Parliament as part of a touring exhibition on the theme of coastal erosion. She also writes poetry, and has had two chapbooks published: Peeling Onions, a series poem about coming through a cancer diagnosis, and Heart Notes, published by Calder Wood Press. She blogs at My (Elastic) Gap Year.

Nancy Carol Moody's work has appeared in Massachusetts Review, New York Quarterly, Poetry Northwest and Natural Bridge, among others. Her full-length collection, Photograph With Girls, will be published in Fall, 2009, by Traprock Books.

Kendra Grant Malone has two cats, who eat $80 dollars of cat food a month. The cat food tastes pretty good. She has been published by Lamination Colony, MLP, Bearcreekfeed, NANO Ficton, Gustaf, Wigleaf, just to name a few. She lives in Brooklyn New York and has a website at

Lisa Fay Coutley's chapbook, Back-Talk, recently won the ROOMS Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming from Articles Press. She is Associate

Poetry Editor for Passages North at Northern Michigan University, where she is an MFA teaching fellow. Her work as appeared most recently or is

forthcoming in 32 Poems, Sewanee Theological Review, Blackbird, and Linebreak.

Matthew Savoca (born USA 1982) lives in Italy and America. He is slowly pursuing a life of sustenance farming in a zen-like manner. He writes stories and poems and draws pictures of things he is thinking about:

Pamela Hart is writer in residence at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY where she runs Thinking Through Art, a visual literacy writing program. She also teaches writing at Long Island University’s graduate school of Education. Her chapbook, The End of the Body, was published in 2006 by Toadlily Press. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in BigCityLit.Com, Kalliope, Lumina, The Cortland Review and other journals.

Luke Johnson's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Greensboro Review, RATTLE, Third Coast, and Best New Poets 2008. He teaches at Oak Hill Academy in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Glenn Shaheen lives in Houston, where he edits the journal NANO Fiction and teaches at Prairie View A&M University. His poems have appeared in Subtropics, /nor, Zone 3, and elsewhere.

David Sewell has poems in jubilat, Bat City Review, Poetry East, Forklift, Ohio, Good Foot, and elsewhere. He co-edits the online poetry journal Fou.

Poems by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram have appeared or are forthcoming in Subtropics, jubilat, Harvard Review, Sou’wester, RHINO, Mid-American Review, Cream City Review, Bat City Review, Callaloo, among others. She is a Cave Canem fellow, and was awarded a work-study scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference (2008) and most recently a residency at the Montana Artist’s Refuge (2009). She was a finalist for the Mid-American Review James Wright Poetry Award (2008), the New Issues Press Poetry Prize (2009), and received honorable mention in the Cave Canem Poetry Prize (2009). Her photography has appeared in the journals Makeout Creek and Valley Voices. She is currently the Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in English at Williams College.

Liz Robbins' poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Harpur Palate, Margie, New Ohio Review, Puerto del Sol, Rattle, and storySouth, among others. Poems from her first book, Hope, As the World Is a Scorpion Fish (Backwaters P), have been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and Verse Daily; other poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets. She's the recipient of an Intellectual Life grant and a Schultz Foundation grant and is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Flagler College.

Shana Wolstein is currently working on her Masters at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.  She works as a teacher, Assistant Poetry Editor for Third Coast Magazine, intern for New Issues Press, reading series co-ordinator, and sometimes barista. 

Janet McAdams lives in Columbus, Ohio, teaches at Kenyon College, and edits the Earthworks Series of Indigenous Poetry for Salt Publishing. With Geary Hobson and Kathryn Walkiewicz, she is the coeditor of The People Who Stayed: Southeastern Indian Writing after the Removal (University of Oklahoma, in press). She grew up in Alabama and is descended from Creek and Scottish people. She is the author of two poetry collections, The Island of Lost Luggage, which won the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award and an American Book Award, and Feral. A novel, Red Weather, is under contract with the University of Arizona Press.

Daniel Bailey is an MFA candidate at Colorado State. His book of poems, THE DRUNK SONNETS, is due out from Magic Helicopter Press very soon now. This is his blog.

Christine Boyka Kluge is the author of Stirring the Mirror (2007) and Teaching Bones to Fly (2003), both from Bitter Oleander Press.  Her chapbook, Domestic Weather, won the 2003 Uccelli Press Chapbook Contest.  She is also a visual artist.  Visit her blog at

Andrew Kozma’s poems have appeared in AGNI Online, Zoland Poetry, Smartish Pace, and Subtropics, and his non-fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review.  His first book of poems, City of Regret (2007), won the Zone 3 First Book Award, and he has also been the recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Fellowship and a Walter E. Dakin fellowship to the Sewanee Writers' Conference.  He currently lives in Houston.

Ben Mirov lives in Brooklyn, New York. His chapbook I is to Vorticism won the Diagram/New Michigan Press 2009 chapbook contest. Behind his face is a cave full of blue crystals. At the back of the cave is a portrait of his mother at a young age with a shawl of fox fur around her shoulders. He is editor of pax americana ( He is also poetry editor of LIT Magazine. Sometimes he blogs at

jillian Clark will be 18 in january.  She wears glasses sometimes. She has a blog called "it is ambient time".

Joseph Goosey parks cars for money. He has a chapbook out soon called "Mostly Spinach" through Virgogray Press. He dislikes living in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Brian Russell lives in Chicago, and his cubicle has a decent view.  His poems appeared/appear/will appear in Mid-American Review; Quarterly West; Epoch; LIT; and Forklift, Ohio, among others. 

Kim Bradley was raised in Monroeville, Ala. She earned an MFA from the University of New Orleans. Her short stories have appeared in Kalliope and Gulfstreaming. She teaches writing at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where she lives with her husband and two children. She also teaches poetry in the OUR Center's  after-school program ( in Hastings.

Matthew Minicucci is an MFA candidate at The University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign.  In 2007 he won the Robert J and Katherin Carr Award for poetry at the university.   Currently he works as an editorial assistant on Ninth Letter.  He has poetry just recently out in Copper Nickel issue 12.

Traci Brimhall is a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.  Her poems have appeared in New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.  Her manuscript Rookery won the 2009 Crab Orchard Series First Book Award and is forthcoming from Southern Illinois University Press.

Brynn Saito's poetry has been anthologized in Helen Vendler's Poems, Poets, Poetry: An Introduction and Anthology, 3rd ed and From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900-2002, edited by Ishmael Reed.  Her work has also appeared in Pleiades, Harpur Palate, and Copper Nickel. In 2008, she was awarded a Kundiman Asian American Poetry Fellowship at the University of Virginia. 

Peter Borrebach lives in Miami, Florida, where he is the Editor of Gulf Stream Magazine, as well as Projects Manager of the University of Wynwood, and a charter member of the Miami Poetry Collective. He does his best writing on a beautiful olive green Olympia "Splendid."

Brandi Wells has fiction in or forthcoming in Improbable Object, McSweeney's, Bust down the door and eat all the chickens, Smokelong Quarterly and Hobart. She has a chapbook forthcoming as part of the chapbook collective Fox Force 5, which is being released by Paper Hero Press.

Mark Leidner lives and tweets in Western Massachusetts. His blog is at

Mike Finley 

Josh Calvo  Josh Calvo is like an owl. He is wise. He is not afraid to swoop down from his tree when the time is right. He can rotate his neck 270 degrees to the left. Josh Calvo is like a gorilla. He has made strides in communication that were once thought impossible. He treats each of his creations like his firstborn child. And he occasionally flings his droppings across the room. Josh Calvo is like a gazelle. He makes graceful strides. He is swifter and quicker than any man on this earth. He is also really good at being devoured by lions. Josh Calvo is a poet. He writes poetry. He reads poetry. And he is damn good at what he does. Josh Calvo is not a chandelier. Why would you possibly think that? Go away. (Josh hopes to study literature and poetry someday. Until then, he can be reached at with any questions or comments) 

Karissa Satchwell blogs at She lives in KY and doesn't like it much. She likes new friends and hearing


Abel Folgar was born in Caracas, Venezuela and currently resides in Miami, FL.

Mark Brewin is a second year graduate student at the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  His poems have been published in numerous journals including Corradi Summer Journal, Southern Poetry Review, Packingtown Review and New Delta Review, and are forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, River Oak Review, The Pinch and Yalobusha Review.  They have also placed as finalist in the Guy Owen Poetry Prize and the New Letters Literary Award Contest, won the Yellowwood Poetry Contest at the Yalobusha Review, as well as been featured on Saxifrage Press’s website highlighting up and coming poets.

Nancy Devine

Les Kay is a doctoral student studying poetry at the University of Cincinnati. He earned an MFA from the University of Miami, where he was a James Michener fellow. His poetry has appeared in Tar River Poetry, Word Riot, Eclipse, PANK, Jabberwock Review, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere.

KJ Hays lives in Orange County, CA with his dog, Mr. Bear. He has work in decomp, Strong Verse, Blackmail Press, and the print issue of gutter eloquence.

Born and raised in Key West, Nick Vagnoni currently teaches creative writing and composition at Florida International University in Miami. He is a founding member of the Miami Poetry Collective, and his poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Saw Palm, New CollAge, Alimentum, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and The Florida Book Review, among others.

Alex Dimitrov's poems have appeared in the Yale Review, Best New Poets 2009, the Southwest Review, and other journals.  He works at the Academy of American Poets and frequently writes for Poets & Writers magazine. Alex is also the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City.

C.J. Krakeel wears tight pants, rides bikes, plays poker and writes when he damn well pleases. He once stole the welcome mat from a strip club and he doesn’t hold hands while he’s walking because it ruins his swag.