Dorian Alexander is the pen name of a prominent academic. Zarathustra Must Die (Etruscan Press, 2012) is Alexander’s first work of fiction and reflects his longtime fascination with the work of Nietzsche.
In addition to The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009), Kazim Ali is the author of the novel Quinn’s Passage (BlazeVOX Books, 2004), named one of “The Best Books of 2005” by Chronogram magazine. His books of essays include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence (University of Michigan Press, 2010), and Fasting for Ramadan (Tupelo Press, 2011). He is the author of several volumes of poetry, including Sky Ward (Wesleyan University Press, 2013), The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award, and The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008).
He is a contributing editor for Association of Writers and Writing Programs Writers Chronicle and associate editor of the literary magazine FIELD and founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books.
Ali is an associate professor of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College and teaches in the Masters of Fine Arts program of the University of Southern Maine.
Nin Andrews’ poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including Ploughshares, Agni, The Paris Review, and four editions of Best American Poetry. The author of six chapbooks and seven full-length poetry collections, she has won two Ohio individual artist grants, the Pearl Chapbook Contest, the Kent State University chapbook contest, the Gerald Cable Poetry Award, and the Ohioana Prize for Poetry. She is also the editor of a book of translations of the Belgian poet, Henri Michaux, Someone Wants to Steal My Name. She lives on a farm in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, cows, coyotes, and many bears.
Jennifer Atkinson is the author of five books of poetry. The most recent one, The Thinking Eye, was published by ParlorPress/Free Verse Editions in 2016. Canticle of the Night Path, won Free Verse Editions’ 2012 New Measure Prize. Individual poems have appeared in journals including Field, Image, Witness, Poecology, Terrain, The Missouri Review, and Cincinnati Review. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at George Mason University in Virginia.
The author of Crow Man (Etruscan Press, 2003), Tom Bailey is the recipient of a Newhouse Award from the John Gardner Foundation and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He is the author of A Short Story Writer’s Companion (Oxford University Press, 2000) and the editor of On Writing Short Stories (Oxford University Press, 1999). Widely published in literary journals and magazines, including DoubleTake, his fiction has been reprinted in such anthologies as The Pushcart Prizes and New Stories from the South and cited in The Best American Short Stories.
Tom Bailey teaches at the Writers Institute at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Claire Bateman’s books include Locals (Serving House Books, 2012), Coronology and Other Poems (Etruscan, 2010), Coronology (chapbook, Serving House Books, 2009), Leap (New Issues, 2005), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003), Friction (Eighth Mountain, 1998), At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998), The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan, 1991) and Scape (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2016). She has received the New Millennium Poetry Prize as well as grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
Along with two books of travel essays—Guatemalan Journey (University of Texas Press) and Green Dreams: Travels in Central America (Lonely Planet)—Stephen Benz has published essays in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, TriQuarterly, and other journals. Two of his essays have been selected for Best American Travel Writing (2003, 2015). Formerly a writer for Tropic, the Sunday magazine of the Miami Herald, he now teaches professional writing at the University of New Mexico.
Check out Stephen’s essay, A Brief History of Guantanamo Bay, America’s “Idyllic Prison Camp” in Literary Hub.
Remica L. Bingham
Remica Bingham-Risher, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, is a Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet. Among other journals, her work has been published in The New York Times, The Writer’s Chronicle, Callaloo and Essenc
Remica will be appearing at the 25th Anniversary Furious Flower Poetry Fest in Washington DC on September 27th & 28th
Michael Blumenthal is the former Director of Creative Writing at Harvard and former Visiting Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic at the West Virginia University College of Law. His latest book “Because They Needed Me”: Rita Miljo and the Orphaned Baboons of South Africa, was published in 2016. His No Hurry: Poems 2000-2012, his eighth poetry collection, was published by Etruscan Press in 2012, as was his book of short stories, The Greatest Jewish-American Lover in Hungarian History, in 2014. A frequent translator from the German and Hungarian, he is also the author of the memoir All My Mothers and Fathers, the Ribelow Prize-winning novel Weinstock Among the Dying, and a collection of essays from Central Europe, When History Enters the House. In June of 2020, the Salmon Press of Ireland will publish his Breaking News: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2020. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia and Hegymagas, Hungary.
Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-seven books including, most recently, Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018), Frankenstein’s Children (Lost Horse, 2018), Plurality and the Poetics of Self (Palgrave, 2019), Words Written Against the Walls of the City (LSU, 2019), and The Calling (Parlor, 2020). Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas.
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Laurie Jean Cannady
Laurie Jean Cannady has published an array of articles and essays on poverty in America, community and domestic violence, and women’s issues. She has also spoken against sexual assault in the military at West Point Military Academy. Her memoir, Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul was named one of the best nonfiction books by black authors in 2015 by The Root online magazine. A Kirkus review describes Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul as a “bold, honest, and courageous memoir.” Most recently, Foreword Reviews announced Crave as an Indiefab Book of the Year 2015 finalist in the autobiography/memoir category. Additionally, Crave was named a finalist for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for Nonfiction.
Laurie Jean resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Chico, and their three children. She serves as a professor of English at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and creative writing faculty in the Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing Program. She holds a PhD in English, Literature, and Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Laurie Jean was recently inducted into the illustrious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as an honorary member.
Laurie Jean Cannady at Wilkes University’s Maslow Reading Series on June 25, 2015
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Scott Coffel’s first book of poetry, Toucans in the Arctic (Etruscan Press, 2009) was honored by the Poetry Society of America as the recipient of its 2010 Norma Farber First Book Award. He was born in New York City, and educated at York College, a senior college of The City University of New York, and the State University of New York at Oneonta. After several years of working in Seattle, Washington, he attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, receiving an MFA in 1995.
He currently resides in Iowa City, where he directs the Hanson Center for Technical Communication in The University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. His poems have appeared in Salmagundi, Ploughshares, Paris Review, Antioch Review, The American Scholar, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and elsewhere. He was a MacDowell Colony Fellow for the summer of 2009.
Auguste Corteau (pen name of Petros Chatzopoulos) was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1979. Over the past 18 years, he has published more than 20 books in Greek. A nationally bestselling author, critically acclaimed translator of English-language literature and a vocal LGBT+ activist, he lives in Athens with his husband.
Brian Coughlan lives in Galway, Ireland. Wattle & daub is his first collection of short stories.
Renee E. D'Aoust
Author of Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press, 2011), Foreword Reviews Book of the Year finalist for autobiography and memoir, D’Aoust has numerous publications and awards to her credit, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute for Dance Criticism at American Dance Festival, support from the Puffin Foundation, and grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. D’Aoust’s anthology publications include Reading Dance (Pantheon, 2008), edited by Robert Gottlieb, On Stage Alone (University Press of Florida, 2012), edited by Claudia Gitelman and Barbara Palfy, Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction (Outpost19, 2017), edited by Josh MacIvor-Andersen, and Flash Nonfiction Funny (Woodhall Press, 2018), edited by Tom Hazuka and Dinty W. Moore. D’Aoust holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Columbia University.
Dante Di Stefano
Dante Di Stefano is the author of Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight (Brighthorse Books, 2016). His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Sewanee Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He is a poetry editor for the Dialogist. Along with María Isabel Alvarez, he is the co-editor of Misrepresented People: Poetic Responses to Trump’s America (NYQ Books, 2018).
Karen Donovan is the author of two collections of poetry, Fugitive Red (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999), which won the Juniper Prize, and Your Enzymes Are Calling the Ancients (Persea, 2016), which won the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award. From 1985 to 2005 she co-edited ¶: A Magazine of Paragraphs, a journal of short prose published by Oat City Press. She works in communications for a nonprofit in Providence.
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Sean Thomas Dougherty
In addition to Scything Grace (Etruscan Press, 2013), Sean Thomas Dougherty is the author or editor of thirteen books across genres, including All You Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected Poems 1994 – 2014 (BOA Editions, 2014), Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line (BOA Editions, 2010), which was a finalist for Binghamton University Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award, the prose-poem-novel The Blue City ( Marick Press, 2008), and Broken Hallelujahs (BOA Editions, 2007).
He is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships in Poetry and a Fulbright Lectureship to the Balkans. His work has been read on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) radio in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Rochester and Cleveland. Known for his electrifying performances he has performed at hundreds of venues, universities, and festivals across North America and Europe including the Lollapalooza Music Festival, the Detroit Art Festival, the South Carolina Literary Festival, the Old Dominion University Literary Festival, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Maine, Sarah Lawrence College, the State University of New York at Binghamton, the University of California Santa Cruz, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, the Erie Jazz Festival, the London (UK) Poetry Cafe and the BardFest Series in Budapest Hungary, and across Albania and Macedonia where he was translated and published and appeared on national television, sponsored by the United States Department of State. He currently lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, with his family, where he works in a pool hall and writes his poems.
Will Dowd is a writer and artist based outside Boston. He has received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where he was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, an MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a John Lyons Fellow, and a BA from Boston College, where he was a Presidential Scholar. His poetry, art, and essays have appeared in numerous magazines.
Read an excerpt of Areas of Fog on LitHub.
In the tradition of Thoreau’s Walden, Will Dowd wrote Areas of Fog over the course of a year, using the weather as the opening scene. Staying true to his voice, Will was interviewed by NPR’s WCAI The Point host Mindy Todd.
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Robert Eastwood’s work appeared most recently in 3Elements Review, West Texas Literary Review, Up The Staircase Quarterly, Poet Lore, Triggerfish Literary Review, Sky Island Journal, and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. His book Snare: was published by Broadstone Books (2016). His second book, Romer, was published by Etruscan Press (2018). He has three Pushcart nominations. Eastwood lives in San Ramon, California. He is a graduate of C.S.U.L.A. and the Secondary Teaching Program at Saint Mary’s College. Before teaching high school and becoming a poet he worked for over three decades as a manager in the telecommunications industry.
Sari Fordham has lived in Uganda, Kenya, Thailand, South Korea, and Austria. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota, and now teaches at La Sierra University. She lives in California with her husband and daughter.
Bonnie Friedman is the author of Surrendering Oz (Etruscan Press, 2014), which was recently longlisted for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Friedman is the author of Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life (Harper Perennial, 1994). She is also the author of The Thief of Happiness: The Story of an Extraordinary Psychotherapy (Beacon Press 2003). Surrendering Oz was named a finalist for the 2015 Firecracker Award by the Council on Literary Magazines and Presses. Friedman’s work has appeared in The Best American Movie Writing, The Best Buddhist Writing, The Best Writing on Writing, The Best Spiritual Writing, and The Best of O., the Oprah Magazine. She teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas, and divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, and Denton, Texas.
William Heyen is Professor of English/Poet in Residence
Emeritus at the College at Brockport, his undergraduate alma
mater. He holds a PhD from Ohio University, and was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the State University of New York. He was a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Germany, and has won
National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim, American Academy of Arts & Letters, Pushcart, and other fellowships and awards. His poetry has appeared in
The New Yorker, Harper’s, Poetry, The Atlantic, and in hundreds of other
magazines and anthologies including, recently, The Oxford Anthology
of Contemporary American Poetry. He edited Etruscan Press’s first book,
September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond. Among his dozens of
other books, Noise in the Trees: Poems was an ALA Notable Book of the
Year selection; Crazy Horse in Stillness won 1997’s Small Press Book
Award for Poetry; Shoah Train (Etruscan Press, 2003) was a Finalist for the
National Book Award; and A Poetics of Hiroshima (Etruscan Press, 2008)
was a selection of the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle.
His voluminous journals have been appearing from H_NGM_N
Books. In the fall of 2016, Etruscan Press published a selected and
new volume, The Candle: Poems of Our 20th Century Holocausts.
H. L. Hix
H. L. Hix has published an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words: A Poetic Conversation (2004), and several books of poetry and literary criticism with Etruscan Press, including As Easy As Lying: Essays on Poetry (2002); Shadows of Houses (2005); Chromatic (2006); God Bless: A Political/Poetic Discourse (2007); Legible Heavens (2008); Incident Light (2009); First Fire, Then Birds (2010); Lines of Inquiry (2011); As Much As, If Not More Than (2014); I’m Here to Learn to Dream in Your Language (2015); American Anger: An Evidentiary (2016); Rain Inscription (2017); and Demonstrategy (2019).
In addition to having been a finalist for the National Book Award for Chromatic, his awards include the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Peregrine Smith Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, taught at Kansas City Art Institute, and was an administrator at The Cleveland Institute of Art, before accepting his current position as professor in the Philosophy Department and the Creative Writing Program at a university in “one of those square states.” He has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at Shanghai University, and a Fulbright Distinguished Professor at Yonsei University.
Snowflakes in a Blizzard features an interview with H. L. Hix and a poem from American Anger
Patricia Horvath’s stories and essays have been published widely in literary journals including Shenandoah, The Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Confrontation. She is the recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships in both fiction and literary nonfiction and of Bellevue Literary Review’s Goldenberg Prize in Fiction for a story that was accorded a Pushcart Prize Special Mention. She teaches at Framingham State University in Massachusetts. Horvath’s memoir, All the Difference, was published by Etruscan Press in August, 2017.
All the Difference was added to the New York Foundation of the Arts Holiday gift Guide
Listen to Patricia Horvath on episode 18 of the podcast Forever Fused
David Lazar’s books include essay collections: Occasional Desire, (University of Nebraska Press, 2013) and The Body of Brooklyn (University of Iowa Press, 2011); prose poetry: Powder Town (Pecan Grove Press, 2008) nonfiction anthologies: Truth in Nonfiction (University of Iowa Press, 2008), Essaying the Essay (Welcome Table Press, 2014), and After Montaigne (University of Georgia Press, 2015); and interview collections: Michael Powell: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2003) and Conversations with M.F.K. Fisher (University Press of Mississippi, 1992). He has lectured widely on nonfiction and editing, and founded the PhD program in nonfiction writing at Ohio University, and directed the creation of the MFA program in nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches. He is the founding editor of the literary journal Hotel Amerika.
Currently Policy Director of the Economic Growth Program at the New America Foundation in Washington, Michael Lind has been an editor or staff writer for The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and The New Republic and writes frequently for The New York Times and the Financial Times. He is the author of more than a dozen books of history, political journalism, and fiction, including a poetry chapbook, When You Are Someone Else (Aralia Press, 2002), Bluebonnet Girl (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2003), a children’s book in verse, which won an Oppenheimer Toy Prize for children’s literature, and an epic poem, The Alamo: An Epic (Replica Books, 1997), which the Los Angeles Times named as one of the best books of the year. His first collection of verse, Parallel Lives, was published by Etruscan Press in 2008.
Paul Lisicky, the author of Etruscan’s The Burning House (2011), has taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, and Antioch University Los Angeles. He is the author of Lawnboy (Turtle Point Press, 1999), Famous Builder (Graywolf Press, 2002), and Unbuilt Projects (Four Way Books, 2012). His work has appeared in The Iowa Review, StoryQuarterly, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Hotel Amerika, Prairie Schooner, and has been widely anthologized. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives in New York City and Springs, New York, and teaches at New York University.
Lynn Lurie is the author of Corner of the Dead, winner of the 2007 Juniper Prize for Fiction (University of Massachusetts Press, 2008) and Quick Kills (Etruscan Press, 2014). She is also an attorney with an MA in international affairs and an MFA in writing, and a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University.
Lurie served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and currently teaches creative writing and literature to incarcerated men. She has served as a translator and administrator on medical trips to South America providing surgery free of charge to children, and has mentored at Girls Write Now in New York City.
Translated by Steven Reese, the collection Synergos (Etruscan Press, 2009) covers Robert Manzano’s poetry from his earliest to his most recent work, which won the 2005 Nicolás Guillén Prize, one of Cuba’s highest awards.
Manzano’s writing offers a window into contemporary Cuban life in its attention to the local landscape and environment, an attention that won Manzano the 2007 Samuel Feijóo Prize for Poetry and the Environment. But its greatest achievement lies in making, from the local and everyday, a poetry that is unmistakably universal.
Born in St. Petersburg, Flordia, James McCorkle is the author of Evidences (selected by Jorie Graham for the 2003 APR-Honickman First Book Award) and The Subtle Bodies (Etruscan Press, 2014). He received an M.F.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is a recipient of fellowships from Ingram Merrill and the NEA. McCorkle teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.
Bruce Mills’ memoir, An Archaeology of Yearning, was published by Etruscan in 2013. He has also published scholarly books and articles on nineteenth century American writings and co-edited a collection of essays by siblings of those on the autism spectrum. His creative nonfiction has appeared in The Georgia Review and New England Review. Mills also teaches at Kalamazoo College
Robert Miltner’s poetry collection is Hotel Utopia (New Rivers Press), selected by Tim Seibles for the Many Voices Project poetry prize; his poetry chapbooks include Against the Simple (Kent State University Press), winner of a Wick Chapbook award, and Eurydice Rising (Red Berry Editions), winner of the Summer Chapbook award; his book of brief fiction is And Your Bird Can Sing (Bottom Dog Press) and his forthcoming collection of flash creative nonfiction is Ohio Apertures (Cornerstone Press). A Professor Emeritus of English at Kent State University and the Northeast Ohio MFA in Creative Writing (NEOMFA), he has been a finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Louise Bogan Award for Artistic Merit and Excellence, and the New York Center for the Book chapbook prize, and he is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Excellence in Poetry award and a Vermont Studio Center Ohio Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship.
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Thorpe Moeckel, the author of Arcadia Road (Etruscan Press, 2015) and Venison (Etruscan, 2010), teaches in the writing program at Hollins University. His work has appeared in Field, Open City, The Antioch Review, Poetry Daily, Orion, Poetry, The Southern Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. He is the author of two books of poems — Odd Botany (Silverfish Review Press, 2002) and Making a Map of the River (Iris Press, 2008). Chapbooks include Meltlines (Van Doren Company, 2001) and The Guessing Land. His poetry is featured in the anthology Field Work: Modern Poems from Eastern Forests, edited by Erik Reece (University of Kentucky Press, 2008), and in From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (Persea, 2009).
Carol Moldaw, author of The Widening (Etruscan Press, 2008) and So Late, So Soon (Etruscan Press, 2010), is also the author of five books of poetry: The Lightning Field (Oberlin College Press, 2003), winner of the FIELD Poetry Prize; Chalkmarks on Stone (La Alameda Press, 1998); Through the Window (La Alameda Press, 2002); Taken from the River (Alef Books, 1993); and Beauty Refracted (Four Way Books, 2018). A recipient of a Lannan Foundation Marfa Writer’s Residency, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, Moldaw’s work has most recently appeared in AGNI, Provincetown Arts, and FIELD.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she teaches privately. She has taught at Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine’s low-residency MFA program, as well as the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design). In 2011, she served as the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Writer-In-Residence at Hollins University.
Mihaela Moscaliuc is the author of Immigrant Model (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015) and Father Dirt (Alice James Books, 2010), translator of Carmelia Leonte’s The Hiss of the Viper (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015), and editor of Insane Devotion: On the Writing of Gerald Stern (Trinity University Press 2016). A former Fulbright Scholar, Moscaliuc is associate professor of English at Monmouth University and visiting faculty in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.
In addition to Cannot Stay (Etruscan Press, 2015) and White Vespa (Etruscan Press, 2012), Kevin Oderman is the author of a book of literary criticism, Ezra Pound and the Erotic Medium (Duke University Press, 1987); a book of essays, How Things Fit Together (Middlebury, 2000); and the novel, Going (Vandalia Press, 2006), set in Granada, Spain. Twice he has lived abroad as a Fulbright Fellow, teaching modern American poetry at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece, and American literature at Punjab University in Lahore, Pakistan. He teaches at West Virginia University and in the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. He lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, with his wife, the writer Sara Pritchard.
Angelique Palmer is a performance poet, a finalist in the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and a member of the 2017 Busboys and Poets/Beltway Poetry Slam Team. Author of The Chambermaid’s Style Guide, she’s a Florida State University Creative Writing graduate who calls northern Virginia home. Her work centers on Black Femme Narratives, Awkward Queerness, and Mental Health & Recovery. She makes her own ice cream.
Meg Pokrass is a leading American writer of the flash fiction form. She is the author of four previous prose collections: Damn Sure Right (Press 53, 2011); Bird Envy (Harvard Book Store, 2014); My Very End of the Universe, Five Mini-Novellas-in-Flash and a Study of the Form (Rose Metal Press, 2014); and Cellulose Pajamas (Blue Light Press, 2015). Her stories have appeared in more than 200 literary magazines, including McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Green Mountains Review, The Rumpus, storySouth and numerous anthologies, including Flash Fiction International (W.W. Norton, 2015).
Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in classics from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and an MFA in poetry from Columbia University in 2016. His book of translations from Sappho, Stung With Love, was published by Penguin Classics in 2009, and his translation of Apollonius’ Jason and the Argonauts was released by Penguin Classics in October 2014. For his work in translation, Poochigian was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Arts from 2010-2011. His first book of original poetry, The Cosmic Purr was published by Able Muse Press in 2012, and several of the poems in it collectively won the New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan Prize. His work has appeared in such journals as The Guardian, Poems Out Loud, and Poetry.
Paula Priamos, author of The Shyster’s Daughter (Etruscan Press, 2012), teaches English and Creative Writing at California State University and lives in Southern California. Her writing was featured in the anthology Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer (Random House, 2008). Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post Magazine, among others.
Along with Help Wanted: Female (Etruscan Press, 2013), Sara Pritchard is the author of the novel-in-stories, Crackpots (Mariner, 2003), and the linked-story collection, Lately (Mariner, 2007). Pritchard won the Bakeless Prize for Fiction in 2003 with Crackpots, which went on to be a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, and teaches in the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Diane Raptosh’s fourth book of poetry, American Amnesiac, (Etruscan Press) was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award and was a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) as well as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016), the highest literary honor in the state. In 2018 she received the Idaho Governor’s Arts Award in Excellence. A highly active ambassador for poetry, she has given poetry workshops everywhere from riverbanks to maximum security prisons. She teaches creative writing and runs the program in Criminal Justice/Prison Studies at The College of Idaho. Her most recent collection of poems, Human Directional, was released by Etruscan Press in 2016.
Steven Reese is the author of two books of poetry; Enough Light to Steer By (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1997) and American Dervish ( Salmon Poetry, 2013); and translator of Synergos: Selected Poems of Roberto Manzano (Etruscan Press, 2009). His poems, prose, and translations have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, Artful Dodge, West Branch, and other magazines. He teaches literature and creative writing at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and is a faculty member in the Northeast Ohio MFA program.
J.D. Schraffenberger is the editor of the North American Review and an associate professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two books of poems, Saint Joe’s Passion (Etruscan Press, 2008) and The Waxen Poor (Twelve Winters Press, 2014). His other work has appeared in Best Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, DIAGRAM, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his two daughters and his wife, the novelist Adrianne Finlay.
Tim Seibles was born in Philadelphia in 1955. He has received fellowships from both the Provincetown Fine Arts Center and The National Endowment for the Arts. His collection, Fast Animal was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Prize for Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Renaissance Noire, Rattle, Shenandoah, Callaloo, New Letters, Poetry, and The Massachusetts Review. He spent a year as Poet in Residence at Bucknell University and he recently completed a two-year stint as Poet Laureate of Virginia.
A former a former faculty member of Old Dominion University’s English Department and MFA in Creative Writing Program, Tim lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he continues to teach for the Muse Community Writing Center. He has also led workshops for Cave Canem, The Writers Hotel, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.
A thoroughly engaged ambassador for poetry, he presents his work nationally and internationally at universities, high schools, cultural centers and literary festivals. He has been a featured author in the Vancouver International Writers Festival in Vancouver Canada, in the Calabash Festival in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, and in the Poesia en Voz Alta Festival in Mexico City.
Tim Seibles is the author of eight previous books of poetry.
Be sure to check out Tim’s “The View” on American Public Media’s podcast, The Slowdown.
Alix Anne Shaw
Alix Anne Shaw is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Rough Ground (Etruscan, 2018), Dido in Winter (Persea, 2014), and Undertow (Persea, 2007), and she was the winner of the 2007 Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Black Warrior Review, and New American Writing. She is also a visual artist. Her sculpture, writing, and performance-based work can be viewed online.
D.M. Spitzer works primarily on early Greek thinking. Recently, Dr. Spitzer’s edited volume Philosophy’s Treason: Studies in Philosophy and Translation was published by Vernon Press. Spitzer’s creative writing has been published in The Maine Review, North American Review, Interim, Cyphers, and elsewhere and his scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Ancient Philosophy, Mosaic, Translatio
Alexis Stamatis is the author of twenty books: fourteen novels, novellas, and short story collections, including the novel American Fugue (First International Literary Award of the National Endowment for the Arts, Etruscan Press, 2008), as well as six collections of poetry. He has won the 1st award of the City of Athens for his poetry collection, The Architecture of the Intimate Spaces (1993). His novels have been published in nine countries. His work appears in many leading Greek magazines and newspapers. Three plays of his have been staged at the theatre, and he has worked as a journalist, literary critic, and an architect. He has steadily been achieving an international presence, participating in literary festivals, book fairs, and writing conferences worldwide.
Alex Michael Stein
Alex Michael Stein was born in Washington State and raised in Canada. He is the co-editor of “Short Flights,” the first ever anthology of modern aphorisms. He received a doctoral degree in Writing and Literature from the University of Denver. He lives in Boulder, CO, where he works as a research librarian at the University of Colorado.
Sheryl St. Germain
Sheryl St. Germain is a poet and essayist whose work has received numerous awards. Her most recent book, a poetry collection, The Small Door of Your Death, was published by Autumn House Press in 2018. Sheryl directed the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University in Pittsburgh for 14 years, and is co-founder of the Words Without Walls program.
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Myrna Stone is the author of five books of poetry, including In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father (White Violet Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry, and The Casanova Chronicles (Etruscan Press, 2010), which was a finalist for the 2011 Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, The Southwest Review, Boulevard, New Orleans Review, Quarterly West, Nimrod, and River Styx, and in nine anthologies. She has received three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards, and the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. A founding member of The Greenville Poets, she lives in Greenville, Ohio, with her husband in an eighteenth century house they moved from Rhode Island. Stone’s collection of poems, Luz Bones, was published by Etruscan Press in May 2017.
Jeff Talarigo is the author of two novels: The Pearl Diver (Anchor, 2005) and The Ginseng Hunter (Anchor, 2009).
From 1990 to 2006, he lived in Gaza twice and in Japan. Talarigo was a fellow at the New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2006-07. Currently living in Oakland, California, Talarigo teaches in the Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Wilkes University.
Diane Thiel is author of EchoLocations (Story Line Press, 2000), Writing Your Rhythm: Using Nature, Culture, Form and Myth, and Resistance Fantasies (Story Line Press, 2001), and The White Horse: A Colombian Journey (Etruscan Press, 2004). She is on the creative writing faculty at the University of New Mexico.
Allison Titus is the author of a book of poems, Sum of Every Lost Ship (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2009), and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is also the author of The Arsonist’s Song Has Nothing to Do With Fire (Etruscan Press, 2014).
Daneen Wardrop is the author of seven books, including three collections of poetry: The Odds of Being (Silverfish Review Press, 2008), Cyclorama (Fordham University Press, 2015), and most recently Life as It (Ashland Poetry Press, 2016), which received the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Aron Wiesenfeld’s paintings and drawings have been in seven solo exhibitions at venues such as Arcadia Gallery in New York, and The Bakersfield Museum of Art, as well numerous group shows including The Long Beach Museum of Art, Oceanside Museum of Art, and Museum Casa Dell’Architettura Acquarium in Rome. In 2014, a large monograph of his work titled “The Well” was published.
Joseph P. Wood
Philadelphia native Joseph P. Wood is the author of four books and five chapbooks of poetry, which include YOU. (Etruscan Press, 2015), Broken Cage (finalist for the 2013 National Poetry Series, Brooklyn Arts Press 2014), Fold of the Map (Salmon, 2014), and I & We (WordTech Communications, 2010). His work has appeared in venues such as Arts & Letters Daily, BOMB, Boston Review, Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry London, Prairie Schooner, Verse, among others. He is an assistant professor of English at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.