Stevie Edwards is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing at Cornell University. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Good Grief (Write Bloody 2012), has received the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Bronze Prize for Poetry and the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award. Her poetry has appeared in: Verse Daily, Rattle,
Indiana Review, Devil's Lake, Southern Indiana Review, PANK, Vinyl, and Aim for the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry.
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Laura Steadwell is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson, a Callaloo and Cave Canem fellow, and founder and co-curator of Real Talk Live, Chicago's most raucous variety show. She has competed with her poetry on a national level many times, notably as a finalist in 2010's Women of the World Poetry Slam. Laura performs and leads workshops at venues all over the world. Her poems have appeared in decomP, The Legendary, and kill author. Earlier this year, Write Bloody Publishing released her first collection of poems, How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps, which was nominated for a National Book Award.
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Benjamin Clark grew up in rural Nebraska and now lives in Chicago, where he is currently a graduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago and a poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine. He has worked as an English teacher, librarian, tile maker, track coach, and in a microwaveable popcorn factory. He performs, workshops, and teaches poetry all across the country. His first book Reasons To Leave The Slaughter was published by Write Bloody Publishing in April 2011. For more information and links to work visit benclarkpoetry.com.
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Aricka Foreman, Poetry Editor
Aricka Foreman is a Cave Canem fellow whose work has appeared in The Drunken Boat, TORCH: A Journal for African American Women, Union Station Magazine, and Bestiary Magazine. Obsessed with love as mythology, how language shapes identity, morality and its overlap in sexuality, mental illness, and social constructs, her writing strives to interrogate these worlds and her fractal experience in them. She lives in Detroit and teaches poetry in public schools as a writer-in-residence through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project.
Nate Marshall, Assistant Poetry Editor
Nate Marshall is a poet and teaching artist from the South Side of Chicago. He was the star of the award winning full-length documentary Louder Than A Bomb and has been featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Muzzle, Learn Then Burn, Vinyl Poetry, The Spoken Word Revolution: Redux, on Chicago Public Radio, and in many other publications. Nate is the founder of the Lost Count Scholarship Fund that promotes youth violence prevention in Chicago. He is also a rapper.
Kristiana Colon, Assistant Poetry Editor
Kristiana Colón is an adjunct English professor at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy and Malcolm X College in Chicago, as well as an experienced poet, performer, and burgeoning playwright. She is proud to see her work anthologized in Dzanc Books' Best of the Web 2010 and Haven Books' Not a Muse collection. Other recent publications include hinchas de poesia, Our Stories, chickenpinata, among several other online and print journals. Her short plays have recently appeared in American Theater Company's The Silver Project, in Teatro Luna's 10 x 10 Festival in conjunction with the Goodman's Latino Theater Festival, Dramatist Personae's Artist Gumbo series and Simple Theater's K.I.S.S. festival. Her most recent full-length project one week in spring was a finalist for Victory Gardens' Ignition festival and had its first full staged reading in TL's Lunadasseries in October 2010. Her first play but i cd only whisper was the 2nd place winner of the Theodore Ward Playwriting contest in 2008, and her play the darkest pit had its world premiere at the Prop Thtr in 2009. She is an MFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute and has been seen on HBO's Def Poetry Jam. More information about Kristiana, as well as text, audio, and video samples of her work, can be found at www.kristianacolon.com.
Danez Smith, Poetry Reader
Danez Smith, a Cave Canem Fellow and 2-time Pushcart Nominee, works in Madison, WI, as a Student Advisor for the First Wave Program at UW-Madison. He slams sometimes, placing 6th in the world at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. His recent work appears in journals such as decomP, The Cortland Review, Anti-, Southern Indiana Review, and elsewhere. He recommends you go read some Tracy K. Smith and some Ross Gay. He thinks you look good today!
Lauren Herrmann, Art Editor
Lauren Herrmann is an independent photographer, musician, and writer. She is currently the visual director at Lethal Poetry. She recently acquired a BFA in Photography from UIC. Her photography has appeared in over a dozen local art exhibits, including a solo show at New Works Gallery featuring her documentary work from Nepal during its revolution in 2008. Lauren currently lives at the Lethal Poetry Residence in Chicago.
Debra Kayes, Art Editor
Debra Kayes lives in Chicago, where she spends her time teaching art and design classes at Columbia College, doing freelance graphic design, and working on an assortment of mixed media studio projects. See her work at debrakayes.com.
Kendra DeColo, Book Review Editor
Kendra DeColo holds degrees in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence and Vanderbilt University. Her poems have appeared in the 2012 Best of the Net Anthology, CALYX, Muzzle Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Split This Rock: Poems of Witness and Provocation, and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of Nashville Review and she has taught poetry workshops in prisons, middle schools, homeless shelters, and hospitals. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lindsay King-Miller, Book Reviewer
Lindsay Miller won the Denver Citywide Spelling Bee in seventh grade, kicking off an illustrious life of being a total word nerd. She studied creative writing at the University of Arizona, is a Founding Mama of the Tucson Poetry Slam, and has never really mastered the art of the indoor voice. She received her MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in various places in print and online, including The Nervous Breakdown, Muzzle, decomP, Barely South Review, and Bombay Gin, and she also writes the advice column “Ask A Queer Chick” for The Hairpin.
Corrina Bain, Book Reviewer
Corrina Bain is a genderqueer writer-performer. He has worked at a rape crisis hotline, a detox ward, an abortion clinic, and as a volunteer educator responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Mozambique. A former member of multiple poetry slam teams, he was showcased on Finals Stage at the National Poetry Slam in 2004 and has toured throughout the United States. He also teaches writing workshops, largely in harm-reduction settings. His poems appear in several journals and anthologies. Currently, he is in an accelerated MSW program at Hunter College and is a staff member at the louderARTS Project. He lives in Brooklyn. More information is available at corrinabain.com.
Jacob Victorine, Book Reviewer
Jacob Victorine is a performance poet and MFA candidate at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches undergraduate Writing & Rhetoric. A member of the 2011 Jersey City National Slam Team, his poems have appeared on IndieFeed, in Muzzle Magazine and are forthcoming in PANK. He hopes to one day be Yasiin Bey.
Ian MacInnes, Copy Editor
Ian MacInnes is Professor of English at Albion College, where he teaches courses in Elizabethan poetry, Milton, and early modern women writers. He has published essays on human and animal bodies in Shakespeare, including an article in EMLS on "Mastiffs and Spaniels: Gender and Nation in the English Dog." He is presently working on a larger project: Albion's Breed: Zoology and the Birth of the Environment in the English Imagination, 1550-1650.
Kaylee Pope, Copy Editor
Kaylee Pope is currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She's unemployed and working on writing for both work and for play. She has a degree in Anthropology and English from Albion College. An alumni of two AmeriCorps programs, she spent the last year working at an after-school program helping with intervention tutoring, creating projects, and making a lot of Lego monsters. Within the next few years, she hopes to work in the publishing field and continue writing. You can reach Kaylee at her website: www.pkaylee.com.
Katharine Van de Putte, Copy Editor
Katharine Van de Putte was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. She received her BA in English with Creative Writing from Albion College in Albion, Michigan. There, she wrote a collection of poetry on her experiences in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. She resides in Royal Oak, Michigan, most of the time. She currently is lazing in a hammock in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.