Michael Mlekoday won the National Poetry Slam in 2009 as a member of the St. Paul team, and returned the following year to coach the team to its second championship. Mlekoday serves as Poetry Editor of Indiana Review, and his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ninth Letter, RHINO, Haydenâ€™s Ferry Review, Anti-, Muzzle Magazine, and other journals.
Carolyn Creedon is a writer, editor, and fifteen-year veteran of the waitress wars. She completed the Ada Comstock program at Smith College and then went on to earn an MA. She earned an MFA at the University of Virginia, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have been published in the Massachusetts Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Yale Review, Rattle, and other journals. Her work has also been featured in Best New Poets and Best of the Best American Poets. Creedon lives in Charlottesville with her husband and dog.
Mira Rosenthal is a poet, translator, and scholar. After earning her BA at Reed College, she completed an MFA at the University of Houston, where she held a C. Glen Cambor Fellowship and a Krakow Poetry Seminar Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, Seneca Review, Notre Dame Review, Slate, and other journals. She has been a fellow at, among others, the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Banff Centre. Her translations of Polish poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and in 2007 Zephyr Press published her translation of The Forgotten Keys by Tomasz Rozycki. She is currently working on Rozyckiâ€™s most recent book, Colonies, for which she received the PEN Translation Fund Award and an NEA Fellowship in translation.
Joanna Solfrianâ€™s work has appeared in Margie, The Southern Review, Rattapallax, Pleiades, Image, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. After graduating from the Stonecoast MFA program, she was awarded a Pushcart nomination and a MacDowell fellowship. She works with teenagers and lives with her husband and baby girl in northwestern Connecticut.
Edward Micus is the author of The Infirmary, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick award and Landing Zones, a book of short stories, winner of the New Rivers Press Award. He is a past winner of the Loft-McKnight Poetry Award and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. His poetry and fiction have appeared in the Harvard Review, Laurel Review, New York Quarterly, North American Review, Poetry, Verse, Chelsea, and other publications. He is semi-retired and lives in Mankato, Minnesota, with his son, Willie, and his boxer, Mr. Hankski. Micus currently teaches at Minnesota State University and South Central College, Mankato.
Djelloul Marbrookâ€™s first book of poems, Far From Algiers (Kent State University Press, 2008), won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize in 2007. A second book, Brushstrokes and Glances, poems about paintings and painters, is forthcoming from Deerbrook Editions. His novella, Artemisiaâ€™s Wolf, will be published by Prakash Books in December 2010 and his novella, Saraceno, has just been issued as an e-book. His short story, â€œArtists Hill,â€ adapted from an unpublished novel, won the Literal Latté first prize in fiction in 2008. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, The Ledge, Orbis (UK),Reed, Oberon, and other journals. Ten of his poems and comments about writing poetry may be heard online at From the Fishouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets. Marbrook is a retired newspaper editor and lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife, Marilyn.
An Illinois native, Anna Leahy earned an MFA from the University of Maryland and a PhD from Ohio University. Her poetry has appeared in The Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Journal, Nimrod, and other journals. She is the author of two chapbooks, Turns about a Point and Hagioscope, and the editor of Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom: The Authority Project.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Ariana-Sophia M. Kartsonis received an MFA from the University of Alabama and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Cincinnati. Her work has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Florida Review, Glimmer Train, Margie, and other journals. She edits the online journal wordsonwalls.net.
Poet Anele Rubinâ€™s first book, Trying to Speak, won the 2004 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and this yearâ€™s Great Lakes Colleges Associationâ€™s New Writer Award for poetry. In his foreword to the book, Philip Levine calls the movement in Rubinâ€™s poems â€œartful, subtle, and modest,â€ and admires her talent for â€œencountering the world and capturing the extraordinary in the everyday in language that seems so common and casual we tend to despise it rather than embrace it for what it is, the hallmark of the greatest poetry.â€
Previously a teacher of English as a second language, Peterson is currently instructor of English at Penn State, Altoona, where she held the position of 2004 Emerging Writer-in-Residence. Her poetry has been published in various journals, including North American Review, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Nimrod: International Journal of Prose and Poetry, and The Seattle Review. Peterson received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.
Eve Alexandra studied theater at Sarah Lawrence College and creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She was featured as an outstanding emerging writer in The American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets, in 2002. Other poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review and The Harvard Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Vermont.
Kate Northropâ€™s first collection of poems, Back Through Interruption (Kent State University Press, 2002) won the 2001 Stan and Tom Wick First Book Award and was a runner-up for the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Award. Her second full-length collection, Things Are Disappearing Here (Persea Books, 2007) was a New York Times Book Review Editorâ€™s Choice and the finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Clean, her newest collection, is forthcoming from Persea (April 2011). She is the author of two chapbooks: Evening (Aralia Press, 1999) and Through Which Footsteps, winner of the 2005 West Town Press Chapbook Award. She is also the recipient of the Paumanok Poetry Award, an American Academy of Poetry Prize from the University of Iowa, and several fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. New poems are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Raritan, and AGNI. Northrop was born and raised in Berks County, Pennsylvania. She received her BA in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from the University of Iowa. She now teaches in the MFA program in Laramie, Wyoming, where she lives with the marvelous poet H. L. Hix and two equally marvelous dogs.
Morri Creech was born in Moncks Corner, South Carolina, in 1970 and was educated at Winthrop University and McNeese State University. He is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Paper Cathedrals (Kent University Press, 2001) and Field Knowledge (Waywiser, 2006), as well as two museum-quality editions in collaboration with the photographer Robert ParkeHarrison (21st). His poems have appeared in The New Criterion, The New Republic, The Southwest Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Critical Quarterly, Sewanee Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He has received the Stan and Tom Wick Award from Kent State University, the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, an NEA Artistâ€™s Fellowship, an artistâ€™s fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He currently lives with his wife and daughters in North Carolina, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte.
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, assistant professor of English, is the author of two books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue (Kent State University, 2000), which won the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Prize for Poetry and was the finalist for the 2001 Paterson Poetry, and Outlandish (Wesleyan University Press, 2003). She has won the 2002 Julia Peterkin Award for Poetry, and awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Jeffersâ€™s work has appeared in Black Issues Book Review, Black Warrior Review, Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz and Literature, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Crown, 2001), Callaloo, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (Warner/Aspect, 2000), Indiana Review, The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Roll Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art (Third World, 2002), and These Hands I Know: Writing About the African American Family (Sarabande 2002).
Karen Kovacik is director of Creative Writing at Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including a guest fellowship at the University of Wisconsinâ€™s Institute for Creative Writing, an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship, the Charity Randall Citation from the International Poetry Forum, and a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland. She spent the 2004â€“05 academic year in Warsaw, translating contemporary Polish womenâ€™s poetry. Her latest book of poems is Metropolis Burning (Cleveland State, 2005). Her poems and stories have appeared in Salmagundi, Chelsea, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, and Indiana Review, and her translations of contemporary Polish poets in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Southern Review, and West Branch.
Rosemary Willey received her MFA from Vermont College and is now an instructor at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and other journals.