Contributor Bios


Brian D. Morrison


Brian D. Morrison completed his MFA at the University of Alabama, where he was an assistant editor at Black Warrior Review. His poetry has appeared at West Branch, The Bitter Oleander, Verse Daily, Copper Nickel, Cave Wall, and other journals. Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University.


Tammy Robacker


Tammy Robacker is a Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, and she won the 2015 Keystone Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, 'R'. Her second poetry book Villain Songs is forthcoming with ELJ Publications in 2016. Tammy published her first collection of poetry,The Vicissitudes, in 2009 (Pearle Publications). Tammy's poetry has appeared in The Lake, Menacing Hedge, Chiron Review, VoiceCatcher, Duende, So to Speak, Crab Creek Review, WomenArts, and Up the Staircase Quarterly. Currently enrolled in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program in Creative Writing at Pacific Lutheran University, Tammy lives in Oregon. Visit:


Ruben Quesada


Ruben Quesada is editor of Queen Mob's Tea House and a 

freelance writer. He is the author of Next Extinct Mammal, and Exiled from the Throne of Night: Selected Translations of Luis Cernuda. His writing has appeared in The American Poetry 

Review, Cimarron, Third Coast, Guernica, and elsewhere. He is currently editing an anthology of essays on poetry and poetics 

forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press in 2017.


Franki Elliot


Franki Elliot is the critically acclaimed author of Piano Rats and Kiss As Many Women As You Can published by Curbside Splendor. Her work has been nationally recognized by Paper Magazine, The Paris Review, Chicago Tribune, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, Time Out, etc. Elliot is known for typing stories on the spot for strangers with her 1970s Smith Corona. You can follow her ongoing series of typewriter street poems at


Brian Oliu


Brian Oliu is originally from New Jersey and currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is the author of two chapbooks and four full-length collections, So You Know It’s Me (Tiny Hardcore Press, 2011), a series of Craigslist Missed Connections, Leave Luck to Heaven (Uncanny Valley 

Press, 2014), an ode to 8-bit video games, Enter Your Initials For Record Keeping (Cobalt Press, 2015), essays on NBA Jam, and i/o (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015), a memoir in the form of a 

computer virus. He is at work on a memoir about translating his grandfather’s book on long distance running. Follow him at @beoliu on twitter &

Kathleen Rooney


Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a publisher of literary work hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Co-editor, with Eric Plattner, of The Selected Writings of René Magritte, forthcoming from Alma Books (UK) and University of Minnesota Press (U.S.) in 2016, she is also the author of seven books of poetry, nonfiction, and 

fiction, including, most recently, the novel O, Democracy! (2014) and the novel in poems Robinson Alone (2012). Her second novel, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2017.


Stephen Zerance


Stephen Zerance’s poems have appeared in journals such as West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Assaracus, Knockout, and others. He has also been featured on Lambda Literary and Split This Rock. He received his MFA from American University where he received the Myra Sklarew award. He resides in Baltimore, MD. His chapbook Caligula's Playhouse will be released this year from Mason Jar Press. 


Sam Sax


Sam Sax is a 2015 NEA Fellow and finalist for The Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He’s a poetry Fellow at The Michener Center for Writers where he serves as the Editor-in-chief of Bat City Review. He’s the two time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion & author of the chapbooks, A Guide to Undressing Your Monsters (Button Poetry, 2014), sad boy / detective (Winner of the Black River Chapbook Prize from Black Lawrence Press, 2015), and All The Rage (SRP, 2016). His poems are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets, Boston Review, Indiana Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Poetry Magazine, and other journals.


Holly Day


Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center inMinnesota since 2000. Her published books include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, Walking Twin Cities, Insider’s Guide to the Twin Cities, Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, and The Book Of, while her poetry has recently appeared in New Ohio Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle. Her newest poetry book, Ugly Girl, just came out from Shoe Music Press.


Peg Pritchett


"The Guardian" 


Peg Pritchett lives in Madison, WI. She translates calm and wonder into both abstract paintings and paintings depicting animals, figures and/or landscape. Driven by intention, which is then guided by intuition intellect, she explores with acrylic paint, ink, graphite and oil pastels with a color palette ranging from unique color combinations to solely black and white. Tools include brayers, re-used plastic, scrappers, sand paper and brushes. Surfaces painted include canvas, watercolor paper, tar paper and wood. Her work has appeared in numerous galleries around the country. 


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