Contributor Bios


Natalie Shapero


Natalie Shapero is the author the poetry collection No Object, and her writing has appeared in the Believer, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. She lives in Columbus, Ohio and works as an Associate Editor of the Kenyon Review

David Trinidad


David Trinidad’s most recent books are Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011) and Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera (2013), both published by Turtle Point Press.  He is also the editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books, 2011).  Trinidad currently lives in Chicago, where he teaches at Columbia College.

Jason Bredle


Jason Bredle is the author of four poetry collections, including Carnival, selected for the Akron Series in Poetry, and Standing in Line for the Beast, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. He lives in suburban Chicago, where he works as a linguist.


Jennifer Moore


Jennifer Moore is the author of The Veronica Maneuver  (forthcoming, The University of Akron Press) and What the Spigot Said (High5 Press). Poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Best New Poets, Columbia Poetry Review and elsewhere. A native of the Seattle area, Jennifer is an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio Northern University and lives in Defiance, Ohio.

Kristy Bowen


A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several book, chapbook and zine projects, including major characters in minor films (Sundress Publications, 2015), the shared properties of water and stars (Noctuary Press, 2013), and girl show (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). She lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio.


Donna Vorreyer


Donna Vorreyer's first book, A House of Many Windows, was released in 2013 by Sundress publications, and her second full-length collection is slated for release in 2016. She is the author of six chapbooks, including a forthcoming collaboration with artist Matt Kish. 

John Gallaher


John Gallaher's fifth book is In a Landscape (BOA 2014). He lives in rural Missouri and co-edits The Laurel Review


Kellen Fisher


"Photo of Painted Wall in Chefchaouen, Morocco, 2014." 


Kellen Fisher is an avid traveler, having visited 24 countries so far and counting. This particular photo was taken in Chefchaouen, also known as The Blue City, which is entirely painted in shades of blue.

Philip Jenks


Philip Jenks is the author of four books of poems, most recently Colony Collapse Metaphor (Fence, 2014). He earned a BA from Reed College, a MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, and a PhD in Political Science from University of Kentucky. He lives in Ukrainian Village, Chicago. He has toured and recorded with Neil Michael Hagerty as a member of The Howling Hex. Beyond writing, his specializations are in gender studies and political philosophy. He teaches English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Political Science at Lewis University. He likes cats, good music, stereos, and pinball.