Contributor Bios

was born and raised in Sharps Chapel, Tennessee, 40 miles north of Knoxville, where his family settled in the 1790’s. He is currently a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Tennessee, where he is completing Field Portrait, his first manuscript of poems. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Cornell University, and has taught literature and writing at UT, Cornell, and the University of New Orleans. 

Jesse’s poems have appeared in recent issues of Bat City Review and Southern Poetry Review, and are forthcoming in Connecticut Review, Potomac Review, and South Carolina Review. His essay “Lattice Work: Formal Tendencies in the Poetry of Robert Morgan and Ron Rash,” along with three of his poems, just appeared in the Winter 2007 special issue of Southern Quarterly on the theme of “Poetry in the South.” 

is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008), which was selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. He has been a scholar at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers' conferences and a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, he currently teaches creative writing and literature courses at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

has received an individual artist’s grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, a William Stafford Award from Rosebud magazine, and an Associated Writing Programs Award, among others. A collection of short stories inspired by her military upbringing, Nobody’s Brat, was a finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom and the Tennessee Book Awards. Her poetry has been published by Spire, The Comstock Review, A&U: America’s AIDS Magazine, and other journals. An editor and writer by trade, she is a regular contributor to Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Woman, and She recently appeared on the Seattle PBS-affiliate TV program KCTS Connects. Her website is

teaches creative writing and the Emily Dickinson Seminar (and this semester a class called Keats and Stevens) at Boston College. He has work just out in Fugue, Rosebud, Argestes, The Carolina Quarterly, The Big Ugly, Barbaric Yawp, South Dakota Review, and Willow Review among others; he was nominated by the Aurorean for a 2007 Pushcart Prize. His chapbook Dictionary Quilt (Pudding House, 2007), is about the weird dream landscapes of the American southwest. He is working on a book called Old Masters, Iraq War Edition.

was born in Germany and came to the U.S. as a child. She has an A.B. in Classics from Harvard, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Berkeley, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in JMWW, Dark Sky Magazine, and The Indite Circle. Her fiction has recently appeared in Clapboard House. She has just finished her first novel.

is a writer from Bowling Green, Kentucky who plays a mild-mannered librarian by day so people don't get too excited while standing next to him in the express lane at the grocery store. His work has appeared in Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review and Fugue among other places. Last year he won the Willow Award, the Sam Ragan Prize, honorable mention in Boulevard's Emerging Poets contest, and he picked up his fourth Pushcart nomination.

teaches contemporary poetry and poetics in the English Department and the Writing & Publishing Program at Simon Fraser University. Poems from her first manuscript, The Notion of Hollow, have been published in EOAGH, The Café Review, Salt River Review, Spork, and Volt, among other necessary journals. She has poems forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Diagram, and Istanbul Literary Review.

’s poetry is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, and other journals. She has received the New Millennium Writing Award for Poetry, a poetry fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and most recently the Libba Moore Gray poetry award. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate concentrating in creative writing at the University of Tennessee and poetry editor for Grist: The Journal for Writers.

Originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, JORDAN SANDERSON lives in Auburn, Alabama. His work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Red Rock Review, Jabberwock Review, and Parthenon West Review, among other journals. He is author of the chapbook The Last Hedonist (Pudding House, 2007).

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