Contributor Bios



Michael Robins is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011) and In Memory of Brilliance & Value (Saturnalia Books, 2015). He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. For more information, visit

Michael Robins


Danielle Susi is the author of the forthcoming chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Storyacious, Split Rock Review, Knee-Jerk Magazine, Lines+Stars, DIALOGIST, and many others. She is the recipient of a writer's grant and residency from the Vermont Studio Center. Find more info at

Danielle Susi
Mercedes Lawry


Mercedes Lawry has published poetry in such journals as Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, The Saint Ann’s Review, and others. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she’s published two chapbooks, most recently Happy Darkness. She’s also published short fiction, essays and stories and poems for children. She lives in Seattle.

Judith Skillman


Judith Skillman's new book is Angles of Separation, Glass Lyre Press, 2014. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, FIELD, Seneca Review, The Iowa Review, Southern Review, Poetry, Pontoon, and other journals and anthologies. Skillman is the recipient of grants from the Academy of American Poets and the Washington State Arts Commission. She has taught at the Richard Hugo House, Yellow Wood Academy, and elsewhere. Her new book can be found at Glass Lyre Press. Visit her webpage at

Susan Grimm


Susan Grimm’s book of poems, Lake Erie Blue, was published in 2004. She won the Copper Nickel Poetry Prize (2010) and the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize (2011). Her chapbook Roughed Up by the Sun’s Mothering Tongue was published in 2011.  In 2014 she received her second Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. 

Karen Craigo


Karen Craigo teaches English to international students at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. A chapbook, Someone Could Build Something Here, was just published by Winged City Chapbook Press, and her previous chapbook, Stone for an Eye, is part of the Wick Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in the journals Atticus Review, Poetry, Indiana Review, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, The MacGuffin, and others.

Pamela Mordecai


Pamela Mordecai’s poetry collections include Journey Poem (Sandberry Press, 1989), de man: a performance poem (Sister Vision, 1995), Certifiable (Goose Lane Editions, 2001), The True Blue of Islands (Sandberry Press, 2005) and Subversive Sonnets (TSAR, 2012). In 2006, Insomniac Press published her collection of short fiction, Pink Icing. She has written five children’s books and her play, El Numero Uno premiered at Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre in 2010. She has edited/co-edited four anthologies of Caribbean women's writing and collaborated with her husband, Martin on a reference work, Culture and Customs of Jamaica (Greenwood Press, 2000). Her novel, Red Jacket, is forthcoming in spring from Thomas Allen Publishers. A Jamaican native, Pam immigrated to Canada in 1994. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

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Tyler Mills


Tyler Mills is the author of Tongue Lyre, winner of the 2011 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award (SIU Press 2013). Her poems have appeared in the Believer, Blackbird, the Boston Review, and Poetry magazine (forthcoming), and have been anthologized in A Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume, Best New Poets, and Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence. She has been the recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Vermont Studio Center, and her criticism has appeared in Jacket2, the Robert Frost Review, and the Writer’s Chronicle. She is a PhD candidate in poetry at the University of Illinois-Chicago and editor-in-chief of The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought. Her website is   


Raphael Kirchner was an Austrian artist well-known for his Art Nouveau-inspired paintings and advertisements. This issue's cover, painted in 1909, is taken from his "Cigarettes of the World" advertising series.