Contributor Bios

Born in Portland, Oregon, CHRISTOPHER HOWELL is author of ten collections of poems, including Gaze (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected (University of Washington Press, 2010). He has received the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Washington State Book Award, two National Endowment Fellowships, two fellowships from the Washington Artist Trust, and the Vachel Lindsey and Helen Bullis Prizes. His work has made three appearances in the Pushcart Prize anthology, and may be found in many journals and anthologies. Since 1975 he has been director and principle editor for Lynx House Press and is now also director for Willow Springs Books.  He lives in Spokane, where he is on the Master of Fine Arts faculty of Eastern Washington University’s Inland NW Center for Writers.

BOBBY STEVE BAKER grew-up on an Indian Reservation on the Canadian side of Lake Huron and still craves life near ‘big water’. He now lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife, several male offspring, who come and go, and a very large Airedale. He has published, or is soon forthcoming, in The Tule Review, The Ann Arbor Review, Kentucky Review, Cold Mountain Review, and many others. His latest book of poetry and art is This Crazy Urge to Live by Linnets Wings Press.

DEBORAH BAYER is a full-time physician and a part-time mezzo-soprano. She spent her early years in Brazil and now lives outside Atlantic City, NJ. Her previous poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hospital Drive, Mead, Shot Glass Journal, Serving House Journal, and Petrichor Machine.

CL BLEDSOE is the author of a dozen books, most recently the poetry collection Riceland and the novel Man of Clay. He lives in northern Virginia with his daughter.

POLLY BROWN has written about war and peace through the Joiner Institute at UMass Boston, and arranged plein air poetry events in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. She has two chapbooks, Blue Heron Stone and Each Thing Torn from Any of Us. Recent poems have appeared in The Worcester Review, Clade Song,and Architrave

A 1st year PhD student in Georgia State University's creative writing program, JOSHUA MARTIN's work has been published or has work forthcoming in The Kentucky Review, decomP, The Cumberland River Review, The Josephine Quarterly, The Concho River Review, The Pedro River Review,and elsewhere. He was a finalist in the 2016 Nakim Hikmet Poetry Competition and his chapbook, Passing Through Meat Camp, was a finalist in the 2015 Jacar Press Chapbook Competition. Joshua lives and writes in Atlanta. 

BRUCE MCEVER is the Chairman of Berkshire Capital in New York City and lives in Salisbury, Connecticut on Utopia Farm. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Cortland Review, The Atlanta Review, Parabola, Terminus and others.  Bruce has published two full-length collections of poems. His most recent book is Scaring Up the Morning from C&R Press. He is a founding supporter of Poetry @ TECH in Atlanta and on the board of Poet’s House in New York.

MAREN O. MITCHELL’s poems have appeared in Iodine Poetry Journal, The Lake (UK), Appalachian Heritage, The South Carolina Review, Hotel Amerika, Southern Humanities Review, Town Creek Poetry, Skive (AU), The Journal of Kentucky Studies, Appalachian Journal, The Arts Journal, The Southern Poetry Anthologies, V: Georgia & VII: North Carolina, Sunrise from Blue Thunder and elsewhere. Work is forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins, Chiron Review, Poetry East, The Crafty Poet II, Tar River Poetry and Poem. Mitchell lives with her husband in the mountains of Georgia.

RONALD MORAN lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina. His poems have been published in Asheville Poetry Review, Commonweal, Connecticut Poetry Review, Louisiana Review, Maryland Poetry Review, Negative Capability, North American Review, Northwest Review, South Carolina Review, Southern Review, Tar River Poetry, The Wallace Stevens Journal, and in thirteen books/chapbooks of poetry.  Clemson University Press published his Eye of the World in the spring of this year. 

JASON GORDY WALKER holds an M.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he currently teaches composition. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Measure, Think Journal, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Cellpoems, The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology, and elsewhere. He is on staff with Birmingham Poetry Review, Steel Toe Review, and poemmemoirstory.

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