Robert Fanning is the author of American Prophet (Marick Press, 2009), The Seed Thieves (Marick Press, 2006) and Old Bright Wheel (Ledge Press Poetry Award 2003). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Atlanta Review, The Hawaii Review, and other journals. An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Central Michigan University, Fanning's writing awards include a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan, the Inkwell Poetry Award, and the Foley Poetry Award. He lives in Mt Pleasant with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and their two children. For more, visit www.robertfanning.wordpress.com
Over the years Keith Taylor has published some thirteen volumes of poetry, short fiction, translations, and edited volumes. His most recent full length collection of poetry was If the World Becomes So Bright (Wayne State University Press, 2009). Two books are due out by the end of 2011: the anthology Ghost Writers, co-edited with Laura Kasischke (Wayne State University Press) and an extended chapbook, Marginalia for a Natural History (Black Lawrence Press). Over the last few decades his work has appeared in a couple of hundred journals, magazines, newspapers and on-line sites, here and in Europe, including The Los Angeles Times, Hanging Loose, The Iowa Review, The Chicago Tribune, Poetry Ireland Review, The Sunday Telegraph, Pank, The Southern Review, etc. He has had fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for the Arts. After working at several occupations, some dumb, some great (like working as a bookseller in Ann Arbor for twenty years), he settled in to his role as coordinator of the undergraduate writing programs at the University of Michigan, where he also works as the Director of the Bear River Writers' Conference and, currently, as the Poetry Editor for Michigan Quarterly Review. His website is keithtaylorannarbor.com
Laura Wetherington is a graduate of the University of Michigan's MFA program, and UC Berkeley's Undergraduate English Department. Her first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance, was chosen by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Fence Books. She's co-editor at textsound.org and has work in or forthcoming from Verse, Just Magazine, Little Red Leaves, Eleven Eleven, and Oxford Magazine.
Megan Levad's poems appear or are forthcoming in Fence, Granta Online, Spinning Jenny, textsound, and Tin House. She also writes text for composer Tucker Fuller and reviews poetry for Boston Review. She lives in Ann Arbor, where she runs the visiting writers series for the University of Michigan.
Aaron McCollough is the Librarian for English Language and Literature at Hatcher Graduate Library. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. McCollough's books include an edited volume of early 20th Century interviews with the Gullah inhabitants of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina called Coming Through: Voices of a South Carolina Gullah Community from WPA Oral Histories (University of South Carolina Press, 2008). His published poetry collections include: No Grave Can Hold My Body Down (Ahsahta Press, September 2011); Little Ease (Ahsahta Press, 2006); Double Venus (Salt, 2003); and Welkin (Ahsahta Press, 2002).
Joshua Edwards directs and co-edits Canarium Books. His first book, Campeche (with photos by his father, Van Edwards), was published by Noemi Press in 2011 and his translation of Mexican poet María Baranda's Ficticia was published by Shearsman Books in 2010. A graduate of the University of Michigan's MFA program, he's currently a lecturer at Stanford University, and from October 2012 through September 2013 he'll be a fellow in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.
Britta Ameel has published poems in American Poetry Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and New Orleans Review, among others. She is currently pursuing medical education in Salt Lake City, UT.
Benjamin Fidler has traveled the country for the past several years learning the craft of sustainable farming. He currently farms north of Ann Arbor raising Heritage breeds of livestock.
Russell Brakefield teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His most recent work can be seen in the New Orleans Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Drunken Boat.
John Ganiard received his BA in philosophy from Washington University in St. Louis. He has published works of music journalism for various online entities. He is currently pursuing his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, where he is the recipient of a 2010 Hopwood Award.
Joseph Lease's poems "'Broken World' (For James Assatly)" and "Send My Roots Rain" have been selected for Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology (Second Edition).
Michelle Chan Brown's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Prism Review, Tampa Review, KNOCK, Gertrude, Broken Bridge Review, The Concher, Yemassee, and textsound. She earned her MFA at the University of Michigan, where she received the Michael R. Gutterman prize. She lives in Pomfret, Connecticut, where she is the Writer-in-Residence at Pomfret School.
Janet Kauffman has published 12 books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including the short story collections Places in the World a Woman Could Walk, Obscene Gestures for Women, Characters on the Loose; a trilogy of short novels: Collaborators, The Body in Four Parts, and Rot; and a collection of prose poems Five on Fiction. Her stories can be found in numerous anthologies including Contemporary Fiction: 50 Short Stories Since 1970, edited by Lex Wilford (Simon & Schuster, 1999) andNot Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover, edited by Michael Martone (Quarry Books, 2009). She lives in Hudson, Michigan, where she farmed hay for many years before restoring wetlands on the farm, putting the land in a conservation easement and letting everything go wild.
Audra Puchalski is a southeast Michigan native, and has lived there for most of her life, including right now, as she is currently a student in the University of Michigan's MFA program. Her work has also been published or is forthcoming in PANK, Elimae, and Kill Author. She enjoys hiking, Argentine tango, and feathers.
Eric Torgersen has published poetry, fiction, essays and a full-length study of Rainer Maria Rilke and Paula Modersohn-Becker. He also translates German poetry, especially that of Rainer Maria Rilke and Nicolas Born. He was born in Huntington, New York. He has a BA in German Literature from Cornell University; after two years in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, he earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa. He retired in the spring of 2008 after 38 years of teaching writing at Central Michigan University. He lives in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with his wife, the quilt artist Ann Kowaleski. His next book of poems, Heart. Wood., will be published in 2012 by Word Press. He's available for workshops and readings.
Billy Reynolds was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama ("The Rocket City"). His awards include the Tennessee Williams scholarship in poetry from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and an Emerging Artist grant from the Greater Kalamazoo Arts Council. In 2007, he received the John Ciardi scholar in poetry from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. His poems have been published in Hunger Mountain, Sewanee Theological Review, and Third Coast, among others. Currently, he lives in Tifton, Georgia, where he serves as the head of the Department of Literature and Language at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Having once been a denizen of Milkweed Manor, Z.G. Tomaszewski is resident-poet at Literary Life Bookstore & More in Grand Rapids, Michigan and an editorial board member for Through the 3rd Eye.
Susan LaMoreaux lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan all her life. When she's not working on her newest writing project, Susan enjoys doing art and hanging out with friends.
Christine Hume was born in 1968 and has lived in sixteen different States and countries. She is the author of three books: Musca Domestica (Beacon Press, 2000), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; Alaskaphrenia (New Issues, 2004), winner of the Green Rose Award and Small Press Traffic's 2005 Best Book of the Year Award; and most recently Shot (Counterpath Press, 2010). Lux Books in Berlin will issue a bilingual Selected Poems in 2014. Her three chapbooks include Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense, a chapbook and CD (Ugly Duckling Presse 2007), Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012), and Hum (Dikemke Press, 2013).
Her work has been translated into German, Dutch, and Slovenian. In 2002, she was one of two Americans invited to an international festival, "Days of Poetry and Wine" in Slovenia; in 2006, she taught a poetry workshop in St. Petersburg for Summer Literary Seminars; and in 2012, she taught a workshop on the walk in Lisbon, Portugal for the Dzanc International Literary Program. The Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, Valaparisio Foundation in Spain, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire have awarded her residencies.
Ken Mikolowski is the author of three books, most recently Big Enigmas. He teaches poetry writing at the Residential College of The University of Michigan. For over thirty years he was editor, publisher, and printer of The Alternative Press. In early 2013 a CD of his poetry will be released
with vocalist Christine Corea and the Frank Carlberg band.
Stephanie Glazier's poems appear in the Iraq Literary Review
, and Foothill
. She was a semi-finalist in the 2012 "Discovery" Boston Review Poetry Contest and a 2011 Lambda Fellow in poetry. She is the host of "Public Poetry Announcements," a weekly poetry segment of WKAR in East Lansing, MI. She holds an MFA from Antioch University LA.