Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Phyla of Joy (Tupelo Press, 2012), Ardor (Tupelo Press, 2008) and In Medias Res (Sarabande Books, 2004), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, she lives and teaches in southern California, where she is a novice harpist.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart and Apocalyptic Swing, which was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. She was recently a Lannan Foundation Writer in Residence in Marfa, TX. She is the Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books. She lives in Texas right now.

Edward del Rosario was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was pushed down a flight of stairs when he was two years old.  He received his BFA in Painting from the University of Kansas and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.  He has exhibited his work on both coasts of the United States as well as the tiny island state of Hawaii. His illustrations have appeared in many publications including The New YorkerHarper's, and The New York Times.  He divides his time between New Hampshire and Brooklyn. 

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of three collections of poetry including Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books), The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press), and Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose). The recipient of numerous fellowships, Griffiths’ literary and visual work has been widely published. She teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn. 

Myronn Hardy is the author of two books of poems, Approaching the Center and The Headless Saints. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, FIELD, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. He divides his time between New York City and Morocco.

Nicole Hospital-Medina is a third year MFA poetry student. A Florida native, she surfed all the way through college and has taught at the University of Miami, Miami-Dade College, and Ransom Everglades Middle School; coached a high school Track & Field team; and instructed people on sailing in the Biscayne Bay. She recently won the Miami Herald Haiku Challenge. Her poems will soon be published in the forthcoming anthology, Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. Nicole, an explorer of the Earth and its inhabitants, finds inspiration from her experiences and observations. She is a poet-activist. 
Hyejung Kook’s poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Fugue, Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction, and Hanging Loose. Other work includes Flight, a chamber opera libretto commissioned by composer Sarana Chou. 

Laura McCullough's most recent book is Panic, winner of a 2009 Kinereth Gensler Award, published by Alice James Books. Her other books include, Speech Acts, from Black Lawrence Press which will also publish Rigger Death & Hoist Another in 2012, What Men Want and The Dancing Bear, as well as two chapbooks, Women and Other Hostages, which won a 2009 Flip Kelly Award from  Amsterdam Press, and Elephant Anger, online at Mudlark. She is the editor of An Integrity of Aloneness: Essays on the Poetry of Stephen Dunn, forthcoming from University of Syracuse Press and is editing the anthology Essays on Poetry and Race: the Task of Un/Masking. She is the editor of Mead: the Magazine of Literature and Libations and an editor at large for TransPortal Magazine.

Willie Perdomo is the author Where a Nickel Costs a Dime, which was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America Norma Farber First Book Award and Smoking Lovely, which received a PEN Beyond Margins Award.  He has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Harlem Reader and Poems of New York.  He has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Woolrich Fellow in Creative Writing at Columbia University and is a three-time Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts.   He is on the core faculty of the VONA Writing Workshops and currently teaches at Fordham University.  He received his MFA from Long Island University and is founder/publisher of Cypher Books. www.willieperdomo.com

Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in the Mountain West, Leah Silvieus is a Kundiman fellow and a recipient of an Alfred Boas Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her work has been featured at the O, Miami Poetry Festival and Asian American Women Artist Association and has appeared or is forthcoming in Asian American Poetry & Writing, diode, Melusine, The Monarch Review, Rock & Sling, and Cake. 

Toni Volk is the author of two novels published by Soho Press, NY: MONTANA WOMEN and MAYBE IN MISSOULA. Volk's non-fiction has appeared in Whitefish Magazine, The San Diego Reader, The La Jolla Light, The Light Connection Magazine, and The Daily Iowan. Her short story "Prayers" was featured last December in Women In Redzine. Volk has a BA in journalism from the U of Montana and MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop at the U of Iowa. She is a past recipient of the James A. Michenor Fellowship. 
C. Dale Young is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of  which is Torn (Four Way Books 2011).  He practices medicine full-time, edits poetry for The New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.  He is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.


Margarita Zilberman is a poet, clinical social worker, and psychotherapist living in New York City. Her poetry and translations from the Russian have appeared in the anthology, Crossing Centuries: The New Generation in Russian Poetry, and The Lake: Towards a Cross-Cultural Dialogue – Recent Photography, Sound, and Text from Australia and Taiwan. Rita is also a former member of the FireCircle arts collective. She received her BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin. Margarita was born in Moldova, where she first learned to love soup.