Issue No. 25, Spring 2011 – Contributors






Issue 25 Josiah Bancroft’s work has been published in Gulf Coastthe Mid-American ReviewRattlePassages North, and Bomb Magazine: Word Choice. In 2010 his manuscript The Death of Giants was a finalist for the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.

Walter Bargen has published thirteen books of poetry. His last two book are: Theban Traffic (2008) and Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009). He is the winner of the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize in 1997, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1991, and the William Rockhill Nelson Award in 2005. He was appointed to the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).

John Bargowski is the recipient of a 2009 NEA Fellowship in Poetry, a 2000 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Distinguished Artist Fellowship, The Rose Lefcowitz Prize from Poet Lore, and the Theodore Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest.

Hari Sky Campbell is the author of the chapbook Shawmaul’s House. His work has been featured in the anthology Drum Voices. He was named Writer Laureate by the St. Louis Black Pages in 2003 and 2004. His work was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006. Campbell holds an MFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Amy Cherry is an editor at W.W. Norton & Company.

Martin Cloutier has been published in Story QuarterlyThe Bryant Literary Review,The Portland ReviewSmokeLong QuarterlyBombay Gin and The Southeast Review, where he was winner of The World’s Best Short Short Story Contest. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn, New York and is working on a novel. He can be reached at

Carol V. Davis won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg (Truman State University Press, 2007). Twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia, she was the 2008 poet-in-residence at Olivet College, MI and teaches at Santa Monica College. Her poetry has been in PloughsharesPrairie SchoonerNimrod, etc. She read at the Library of Congress in Nov. 2010. Her new book, Eating Crow, will be published by TSUP in 2012.

Heather Derr-Smith is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has two books of poetry, Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005) and The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008). She divides her time between Iowa and Los Angeles.

Anne Earney lives in St. Louis with her husband and several well-mannered cats. She earned her MFA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2005 and is currently working in a grocery store. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as The Linnet’s WingsSix Little ThingsDossier JournalNight Train, andVersal. She is at work on a gothic novel and a collection of connected short stories about characters at the Diamonds.

Michele Filgate is a writer, independent bookseller, and book critic. She is the Events Coordinator at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH, and is a former broadcast associate for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, where she found stories and helped produce Steve Hartman’s “Assignment America,” a weekly feature segment. Filgate has written for The Star TribuneBookslutThe Quarterly ConversationThe Brooklyn Rail, and other publications.

Matthew Freeman started writing poems while still a kid in Dogtown. He went on to play his songs in New York and work on the fishing boats in Alaska. He’s back now at Saint Louis University and has just started his teaching career. His most recent book is called Darkness Never Far and will be re-released soon in a special hardcover edition.

William Greenway’s seventh full-length collection, Everywhere at Once, winner of the 2009 Ohioana Poetry Book of the Year Award, is from the University of Akron Press Poetry Series, which also published his seventh collection, Ascending Order(2003), winner of the 2004 Ohioana Poetry Book of the Year Award, and I Have My Own Song For It: Modern Poems of Ohio (2002), which he co-edited with Elton Glaser. He has published over six hundred poems in periodicals, including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner.  He has won the Helen and Laura Krout Memorial Poetry Award, the Larry Levis Editors’ Prize from Missouri Review, the Open Voice Poetry Award from The Writer’s Voice, the State Street Press Chapbook Competition, an Ohio Arts Council Grant, and was 1994 Georgia Author of the Year.  He’s Professor of English at Youngstown State University, where he has been awarded a Distinguished Professorship in Teaching and three in Scholarship.

Christie Hodgen is the author of the novels Elegies for the Brokenhearted (2010) and Hello, I Must Be Going, (2006) both from W.W. Norton & Co. Her short story collection, A Jeweler’s Eye for Flaw, won the 2001 AWP award for short fiction, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award. Her stories have appeared in such magazines as PloughsharesThe Georgia ReviewThe Southern Review, andAmerican Short Fiction. Her awards include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Kansas City.

Born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Adam Houle lives in Lubbock, TX where he is a doctoral student at Texas Tech University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming inBest New Poets 2010BlackbirdThe Southeast Review, and elsewhere.

Greg Hrbek is the author of a novel, The Hindenburg Crashes Nightly (Bard/Avon) and a forthcoming collection of short stories, Destroy All Monsters (U of Nebraska Press). His short fiction has appeared in Harper’sSalmagundiConjunctionsThe 2007 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories and The Best American Short Stories 2009.

Brad Johnson has two chapbooks, Void Where Prohibited and The Happiness Theory, available at His third chapbook Gasoline Rainbow is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Work of his has recently been accepted by The Jabberwock ReviewThe Madison ReviewSteam TicketWillow Springs and others. He currently serves as Poetry Editor of Magnolia: A Florida Journal of Literary and Fine Arts (

Rustin Larson’s poetry has appeared in The New YorkerThe Iowa ReviewNorth American ReviewPoetry EastThe Atlanta Review and other magazines. The Wine-Dark House (Blue Light Press, 2009) is his latest collection. Crazy Star, his previous, was selected for the Loess Hills Book’s Poetry Series in 2005. Larson won 1st Editor’s Prize from Rhino magazine in 2000 and has won prizes for his poetry from The National Poet Hunt and The Chester H. Jones Foundation among others. A seven-time Pushcart nominee, and graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing, Larson was an Iowa Poet at The Des Moines National Poetry Festival in 2002 and 2004, a featured writer in the DMACC Celebration of the Literary Arts in 2007, 2008, and has been highlighted on the public radio programs Live from Prairie Lights and Voices from the Prairie. He is the host of the radio talk show Irving Toast, Poetry Ghost and lives in Fairfield, Iowa.

Mercedes Lawry was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and has lived in Seattle over thirty years. She has published poetry in such journals as PoetryRhinoNimrod,Poetry EastSeattle Review, and others. Her chapbook, There Are Crows in My Blood, was published by Pudding House Press and has a chapbook forthcoming from Finishing Line Press-Happy Darkness. Among her honors are awards from the Seattle Arts Commission, Hugo House, and Artist Trust. She has been a Jack Straw Writer and has held a residency at Hedgebrook.

Diane LeBlanc is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Dancer with Good Sow(Finishing Line Press, 2008) and Hope in Zone Four (Talent House Press, 1998). Diane directs the writing program and teaches at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Donald Mager, Professor of English, has degrees from Drake University (BA), Syracuse University (MA) and Wayne State University (PhD). He was the Mott University Professor of English at Johnson C. Smith University from 1998-2004 where he is now Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. As well as a number of scholarly articles, he has published over 200 poems and translations from German, Czech and Russian. His volumes of poetry are: To Track the Wounded OneGlossesThat Which is Owed to DeathBorderingsGood Turns and The Elegance of the UngraspableBirth Daybook and Drive TimeUs Four Plus Four is an anthology of translations from eight major Soviet-era Russian poets. It is unique because it tracks almost a half century of their careers by simply placing the poems each wrote to the others in chronological order. The 85 poems represent one of the most fascinating conversations in poems produced by any group of poets in any language or time period. From poems and infatuation and admiration to anger and grief and finally to deep tribute, this anthology invites readers into the unfolding lives of such inimitable creative forces as Anna Akhmatova, Boris Pasternak, Marina Tsvetaeva and Osip Mandelstam.

Katy Miller lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a therapist in private practice. Her poems have appeared in the American Journal of Nursing and inMargie, as well as Flood Stage: An Anthology of St. Louis Poets. Work will be forthcoming in Pleiades. She was a winner of the 2008 Arts in Transit Poetry in Motion contest.

Jon Palzer is Assistant Professor of English at Finger Lakes Community College, where he has taught poetry and creative writing since 2001. A past recipient of the Thomas McGrath Poetry Award of the Academy of American Poets, his recent work has either appeared or is forthcoming in The Yalobusha ReviewBrooklyn ReviewGW Review, and Hiram Poetry Review. He lives in Canandaigua, NY where he is inspired by his sons, Owen and Zane, and his lovely partner, Lisa Scott.

Ricardo Pau-Llosa’s sixth book of poems, Parable Hunter (2008) is from Carnegie Mellon U Press, as were his previous three titles. Recently featured on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (PBS), The Writer’s ChronicleSaw Palm and other publications, he is a widely published art critic and curator. The Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame recently showcased Parallel Currents: Highlights of the Ricardo Pau-Llosa Collection of Latin American Art.

Doug Ramspeck’s poetry collection, Mechanical Fireflies, was selected for the 2010 Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize. His first book, Black Tupelo Country (BkMk Press), received the John Ciardi Prize. A third book, Possum Nocturne, is published by NorthShore Press.

Michael Sandler lives in Mercer Island, Washington, where he also works as an arbitrator. He has other new work appearing in California QuarterlyThe Griffin,The Chaffin JournalMoment Magazine, and Ship of Fools.

Michael Schmeltzer earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop. He helps edit A River & Sound Review and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. His work appears in Water~Stone ReviewNew York Quarterly, and Crab Creek Review, among others.

Howard Schwartz is the author of four books of poems, VesselsGathering the SparksSleepwalking Beneath the Stars, and Breathing in the Dark. He is also the co-editor (with Anthony Rudolf) of Voices Within the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets. His other books include Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, which won the National Jewish Book Award in 2005 and Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales, published in 2008.

Britton Shurley holds an MFA from Indiana University and is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council. His poems have appeared in journals such as Salt HillWhiskey IslandPainted Bride Quarterly, and Crab Creek Review.

Daniel Todd’s poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review and Merge. He is Senior Editor of the poetry review Smartish Pace, and teaches English at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

A.H. Wald is a writer whose fiction has appeared in several publications includingNorth American ReviewImage, and The Southern Review. She is originally from New England and has lived in Africa for the past ten years.

Mike White has published poems in The New RepublicPoetryThe Threepenny ReviewThe Antioch ReviewThe Iowa Review, as well as in Natural BridgeNumber 14. He lives in Salt Lake City and teaches at the University of Utah.

Lisa Zimmerman earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Her poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in the Colorado ReviewRedbookPaper StreetPoet LoreEclipseCave WallThe Meadowland Review and many other journals. Her poetry has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. Her most recent poetry collection is The Light at the Edge of Everything (Anhinga Press, 2008). Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Northern Colorado and lives in Fort Collins.