Simone Muench is the author of five full-length collections including Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010) and Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014), as well as the forthcoming chapbook Trace (Fall 2012 Black River Chapbook Award; BLP). She is a recipient of a 2013 NEA fellowship, two VSC fellowships, two Illinois Arts fellowships, a Yaddo residency, an Artsmith residency, and the Bright Lights/Big Verse PSA Award. She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and now directs the writing program at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies. She serves as chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. Her website is simonemuench.com.
Dean Rader’s debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize. His newest collection, Landscape Portrait Figure Form (Omnidawn) was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the Best Books of Poetry of 2013. Recent poems appear or will appear in Best American Poetry 2012, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, Colorado Review, and Zyzzyva, which featured of folio of his poems in their fall 2013 issue. He reviews and writes about poetry regularly for The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Rader recently edited an anthology entitled 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, forthcoming in 2014. He is chair of the English Department at the University of San Francisco. You can read more of his work at deanrader.com.
Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. Her chapbook, Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press, 2010), was awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. She is also co-author of the textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson, 2011). Hadara is currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For more information, visit her website: www.HadaraBarnadav.com.
Mary Biddinger is the author of the poetry collections Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), O Holy Insurgency (BLP, 2013), A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (BLP, forthcoming 2014), and Small Enterprise (BLP, forthcoming 2015). She is also co-editor of The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (U Akron Press, 2011). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, The Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, and Sou’wester, among others. She teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Akron, where she edits the independent literary magazine Barn Owl Review, as well as the Akron Series in Poetry and the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics.
Nathan Hoks is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and recently published by Penguin. He works as an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions and lives in Chicago with his family.
Jason Koo is the author of two collections of poetry, America's Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Members' Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. An assistant professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo is also the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets, a nonprofit organization celebrating and cultivating the poets, poetry and literary heritage of Brooklyn, where he lives.
Rethabile Masilo is a Mosotho poet. He reads widely and almost always writes with his home country, Lesotho, in mind. He lives in Paris, France with his wife and two children and teaches business English. Rethabile is a graduate of Maryville College in Tennessee, USA, where some of his teachers encouraged him to embrace poetry and continue to write. He enjoys cooking sweet and sour foods, playing football, ping-pong, and reading his favourite poets. Rethabile is co-editor of Canopic Jar and blogs at Poéfrika. Find him here: http://poefrika.blogspot.fr and here: http://canopicjar.com.
Catherine Blauvelt is a 2012 graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. In 2013 she won the “Discovery”/ Boston Review Poetry Contest. Her poems have previously appeared in or are forthcoming in Petri Press, Jet Fuel Review, Boston Review and The Iowa Review, among others. She currently works for the Iowa Youth Writing Project and teaches at the University of Iowa.
Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem fellow and was the 2012-2013 Visiting Poet in English at Columbia College Chicago, where he also earned his MFA in Creative Writing Poetry. A 2014 Pushcart nominee and 2013 Best of the Net nominee, he was also a Poet-in-Residence for the Hands on Stanzas program through the Poetry Center of Chicago. His work has been previously published in or is forthcoming from Jubilat, Vinyl, Court Green, The Volta, Reverie, Black Tongue Review, Cave Canem Anthology XIII, and Columbia Poetry Review among others. He frequently does readings and workshops in and around Chicago where he lives and works as a teaching artist.