MITRY BORSHCH is an American artist of Soviet origin. He was born in Dnepropetrovsk, studied in Moscow, today lives in New York and exhibits internationally. His work has been exhibited at the National Arts Club (NY), Brecht Forum (NY), Exit Art (NY), CUNY Graduate Center (NY), Salmagundi Club (NY), ISE Cultural Foundation (NY), Frieze Art Fair (London).



MATTHEW BRENNAN (Olympia, WA): Matthew earned his MFA in fiction from Arizona State University. He is a novelist, translator, short-fictionist, and freelance editor, and his short fiction has received several awards and fellowships, including Colgate University's Lasher Prize. Four dozen of his stories and literary translations have been published in anthologies and journals, including The Superstition Review, Pure Slush, Fiddleblack, The Eunoia Review, Recess Magazine, the Rose Red Review, Emerge Literary Journal, Per Contra, and the Citron Review. Brennan’s translations of Margarita Ríos-Farjat’s poetry have appeared in Two Lines and So To Speak. A former prose editor for the Hayden's Ferry Review, he remains on staff with the journal as an associate editor, and is an assistant fiction editor with Speech Bubble Magazine. Brennan has done both mission and archaeology work in Latin America. http://matthewbrennan.net



LUIS CHAVES (San José, 1969) has published in Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, and Germany. His books include Historias Polaroid (2000), Anotaciones para una cumbia (2003), Chan Marshall (2005), andMonumentos ecuestres (2011). He is also the author of El Mundial 2010 - apuntes (2010), a work of creative journalism, and the poetry collection 300 páginas (2010). In 2012 an anthology of his work (1997-2011) was published in Spain under the title La máquina de hacer niebla, and a bilingual edition of his poetry appeared in Germany. The translation of his work into Italian by Raffaella Raganella was the recipient of the international prize conferred by the Cassa di Risparmio de Ascoli Piceno Foundation and published by the magazine Smerilliana in 2003. In 2011, Chaves was awarded a "Writers in Distress" grant from the Akademie Schloss Solitude of Stuttgart, Germany. Since 2006, he has directed the Artisanal Writing Workshop in San José, Costa Rica. He lives in Zapote with his wife and two daughters.



CATHY LINH CHE is a poet living in Brooklyn. She edits the online journal Paperbag (www.paperbagazine.com) and is working on an anthology of poetry and prose from the children of Vietnam War veterans called Inheriting War.



J.J. CROMER is a visual artist from the southwest corner of Virginia. His work is in numerous private and public collections, including the American Visionary Art Museum, the Intuit Center of Outsider Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Taubman Museum of Art. A forthcoming volume of the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (UNC Press) will include an entry on him and his drawings. Flavorwire recently featured his work: http://www.flavorwire.com/367553/10-contemporary-outsider-artists-everyone-should-know. He and his wife Mary live on a small farm, where they keep bees and raise ducks and geese (occasionally all at the same time).   To see more of his work: www.jjcromer.com.



NICK DEMSKE lives in Racine Wisconsin and works at the Racine Public Library.  His self-titled manuscript was selected by Joyelle McSweeney for the 2010 Fence Modern Poets Series Award and was published by Fence Books.  Nick was featured in 2011 as one of fifteen emerging poets to watch for by Poets and Writers magazine and his book was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of Poetry in 2010 by a Believer Magazine reader survey.  This past fall, he completed a month-and-a-half-long book tour that traveled over 10,000 miles across the whole of America.  Nick curates the BONK! performance series in Racine as well.  You can visit him online sometime at his blog nickipoo.wordpress.com



MARGARITA RÍOS-FARJAT(Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico): an Attorney at Law with a master’s degree in Tax Law, she was admitted in Mexico in 1996. As a poet, she was a Fellow at the Nuevo Leon Writer’s Centre (1997-1998), and the winner of the following contests: Literatura Universitaria [University’s Literature] (1993), Poesia Joven de Monterrey [Young Poetry of Monterrey] (1997), and Nacional de Ensayo Juridico [National Contest of Juridical Essay] (2000). She is the author of several juridical publications, and two books of poems: Si las horas llegaran para quedarse [If the Hours Would Come To Stay] (1995), and Cómo usar los ojos [How To Use the Eyes] (2010). Her poetry  has appeared in several anthologies in Mexico, and many magazines, some of them of national distribution. She is also a regular Op-Ed contributor to Monterrey’s leading newspaper, El Norte.



FRANK GIAMPIETRO is the author of Begin Anywhere (Alice James Books, 2008) and is the creator of the online poetry projects La Fovea and Poems by Heart. His writing has appeared in journals including 32 PoemsAmerican Book Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Cimarron Review, FENCE, Hayden's Ferry, Narrative, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, and Rain Taxi. Awards for his writing include fellowships from VCCA and Sewanee Writers' Conference. He earned his PhD in English from FSU and was a 2010 - 2012 resident scholar at The Southern Review. Currently Giampietro serves as interim director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center and is a visiting assistant professor in the Northeast Ohio MFA in Creative Writing program. 



M.A. ISTVAN JR. is a poet and instructor in Philosophy at Texas A&M. He is currently ABD in Philosophy and is also pursuing his Masters in English. His creative works have appeared in the Penwood Review (Spring 2012), Crack the Spine (Summer 2012), The Moose & Pussy (Fall 2011), and Gadfly (Spring 2006).


LEDO IVO was born in Maceió in 1924 and is a poet, journalist, novelist and essayist. He has won countless prizes in Brazil and was a founding member of the ‘45 Generation, an influential cultural movement that reacted against Brazil’s early modernists. He is considered to be one of the major figures in Brazilian literature today.


TOM JUNGERBERG received his MFA from Boston University. He currently lives in Dallas where he works in the education department at the Nasher Sculpture Center.



TIM KAHL [http://www.timkahl.com] is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup (http://greatamericanpinup.wordpress.com/) and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios [http://linebreakstudios.blogspot.com/]. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song [http://www.cladesong.com]. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He currently houses his father's literary estate—one volume: Robert Gerstmann's book of photos of Chile, 1932)



DAVID KIRBY'S books include The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems, a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award. His biography Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, was hailed by the Times Literary Supplement of London as a “hymn of praise to the emancipatory power of nonsense." His latest book of poetry is Talking About Movies With Jesus. He is the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English at Florida State University. See also www.davidkirby.com.



JASON KOO is the author of America's Favorite Poem (C&R Press, forthcoming 2013) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Members' Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. His recent work has appeared in The Yale Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Octopus and elsewhere. The winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center and the New York State Writers Institute, he is an Assistant Professor of English at Quinnipiac University and Founder and Executive Director of Brooklyn Poets.



LO KWA MEI-EN's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, Crazyhorse, Guernice, New Orleans Review, The Kenyon Review,and other journals. She won the 2012 Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize. Most recently from Columbus, Ohio, where she graduated from Ohio State University's MFA program, she currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.



HENRI MICHAUX (24 May 1899 – 19 October 1984) was a highly idiosyncraticBelgian-born poet, writer, and painter who wrote in French. He later took French citizenship. Michaux is best known for his esoteric books written in a highly accessible style, and his body of work includes poetry, travelogues, and art criticism. Michaux travelled widely, tried his hand at several careers, and experimented with drugs, the latter resulting in two of his most intriguing works, Miserable Miracle and The Major Ordeals of the Mind and the Countless Minor Ones.



EUGENIO MONTALE (1896–1981) was an Italian poet, literary and music critic, editor, journalist, and translator who was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1975. His works are known for stark, war ravaged settings (Montale himself served as an infantry man) and characters who try in vain to escape irreversible destiny in an absurd universe. Like his contemporary Quasimodo, Montale was heavily influenced by Mallarmé, Rimbaud, and other French Symbolists. He enjoyed the poetry of Eliot and Shakespeare and the prose of Melville, and he translated many of their works into Italian.



MONICA ONG Artist and poet Monica Ong creates installations and interactive narratives that investigate social hierarchies and cultural silences in the context of public health. The silence of the daughter, the fear of losing face, and untranslated trauma, are aspects of the medical-emotional landscape that her work evokes.Monica completed her MFA in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her research has included fellowships at the Oral History Summer Institute at Columbia University, and the Writing the Medical Experience Workshop at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also a fellow at the Kundiman Asian-American Poetry Retreat. Her experimental image-poems have been published in the Lantern ReviewThe New Sound: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Art & LiteratureDrunken Boat, and featured in the forthcoming issue of the Tidal Basin Review. She has also collaborated on designing digital poetry for Born Magazine.Recently, her narrative installations have been featured in exhibitions at the AC Institute in NYC, and the Parachute Factory of New Haven, where she also curated the exhibition Critical Condition, focusing on the cultural silences in public health.



BRIERLY OSTRANDER has had work published in Tidal Echoes, BloodLotus Journal, DanseMacabre, Juneau Poetry Omnibus, Walk Magazine and Valley Living. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College with an independent major in Painting and Poetry and went on to complete a Masters of Fine Arts at Florida State University’s School of Film, Radio, Television and the Recording Arts. Currently, she's a U. S. Coast Guard officer stationed in Belfast, Maine.



ALYSON PATY is the author of the chapbook The Further Away ([sic] 2012). Her poems have appeared in Tin House, Diagram, Boxcar Poetry Review, InDigest, and elsewhere. Her collaborations with poet Danniel Schoonebeek have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, the Awl, HTMLGIANT, and Underwater New York.



PAT PERRY is an artist from Michigan. Making drawings each day is his attempt to digest the indegistable; seemingly indescribable life experience, and the ephemeral acquaintances and places that are carried along with such encounters, situations and chapters. In between showing his art or working on an assortmant of creative projects, Pat travels quite frequently. Although he is happy to be able to speak and have an audience through his artwork, he does his best everyday to listen and learn from the world he lives in.



SUMMER PIERRE is an illustrator and writer and the author of The Artist in the Office: How to Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week (Perigee Trade) and Great Gals: Inspired Ideas for Living a Kick Ass Life (Perigee Trade).  Her writing and art have appeared in many places including Slice Magazine, The Huffington Post, Not Quite What I Was Planning, and a zine she creates called Forgive Me.  She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family.



ANNE MARIE ROONEY is the author of Spitshine (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2012), as well as the chapbooks The Buff (The Cupboard, 2011) and Shell of an egg in an effort (Birds of Lace, forthcoming 2013). Her writing has been featured in Best New Poets and Best American Poetry anthologies. She currently lives in New Orleans, where she is a teaching artist.



DANNIEL SCHOONEBEEK was born in the Catskills. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, The Rumpus, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, La Petite Zine, The Awl, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. He hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn and works as associate editor at PEN American.



PAIGE TAGGART lives in Brooklyn and is the author of three chapbooks: DIGITAL MACRAMÉ (Poor Claudia), Polaroid Parade (Greying Ghost Press), and The Ice Poems (DoubleCross Press). Two chapbooks are forthcoming: I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press, 2013) and Last Difficult Gardens (Horse Less Press, 2013). Additional publications and her jewelry can be found here: mactaggartjewelry.com



JOHN TAYLOR has recently translated books by Jacques Dupin (Of Flies and Monkeys, Bitter Oleander Press), Philippe Jaccottet (And, Nonetheless, Chelsea), and Pierre-Albert Jourdan (The Straw Sandals, Chelsea). His most recent collections of personal writings are If Night is Falling (Bitter Oleander Press) and Now the Summer Came to Pass (Xenos Books). He is also the author of the three-volume essay collection, Paths to Contemporary French Literature (Transaction), and Into the Heart of European Poetry (Transaction). Born in Des Moines in 1952, Taylor has lived in France since 1977.



JOSÉ FLORE-TAPPY was born in Lausanne in 1954. She is the author of five volumes of poetry. She has won two prestigious Swiss literary awards: the Ramuz Prize for Errer mortelle (Éditions Payot, 1983 / Éditions Empreintes, 1995) and the Schiller Prize for Hangars (Éditions Empreintes, 2006) and for her entire oeuvre. She has translated Spanish poetry and, with Marion Graf, the poems of Anna Akhmatova. She works as an editor and scholar at the Centre de Recherches sur les Lettres Romandes at the University of Lausanne. Her collected poems, in John Taylor's translations, will appear at the Bitter Oleander Press in late 2013.



EMILY TODER(New York, 1981) has studied literary translation at the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). She has translated various prose and poetry collections, among them The Life and Memoirs of Dr. Pi by Edgar Bayley (Clockroot Books, 2010),Wendolin Kramer by Laura Fernández (Barcelona eBooks, 2011), and The Errant Astrologers by Felipe Benítez Reyes (forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse). Her own work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, and her first-full length collection, Science, was published by Coconut Books in 2012.



KARL ZUEHLKE writes and teaches writing. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, College Park. A former Lannan Fellow, an honorable mention in the 2009 Academy of American Poets Prize 2009, his work has appeared in The Gihon River Review, The North Central Review, and on the blog for the American Literary Review. Currently, he is a Phd candidate at the University of North Texas, and works as a reader for ALR.