Contributor Bios


Anthony Madrid


Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Boston Review, Fence, Harvard Review, Lana Turner, LIT, and Poetry. His first book is called I AM YOUR SLAVE NOW DO WHAT I SAY (Canarium Books, 2012).


Mark Fletcher


Mark Fletcher is an illustrator and cartoonist. He designed the cover for Anthony Madrid’s book I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say. Mark earned his BFA and BA in Art History from the University of Colorado. He lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Aaron Delee


Aaron DeLee holds a BA in English: Creative Writing from Loyola University Chicago, and has an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from Northwestern University. Previous work of his has appeared in Court Green, Assaracus, Mad Hatter’s Review, and various other publications.  He lives in Chicago, and more can be found at

Alix Anne Shaw


Alix Anne Shaw is the author of two poetry collections: Dido in Winter (Persea, 2014), named one of the best poetry books of 2014 by the Library Journal, and Undertow (Persea 2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Harvard Review, New American Writing, Barrow Street, The Los Angeles Review, and Denver Quarterly. She is also a visual artist, with an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poetic and visual work can be found online at

Sharon Hashimoto


Sharon Hashimoto teaches at Highline College in Des Moines, Washington. Her book of poetry, The Crane Wife, was co-winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize and published by Story Line Press in 2003. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in poetry. Her stories and poetry have appeared in North American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Bamboo Ridge, Tampa Review, Shenandoah, and many other literary publications.


Jill Khoury


Jill Khoury is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, representations of gender, and disability. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Copper Nickel, Inter|rupture, and Portland Review. She edits Rogue Agent, a journal of embodied poetry and art. Her chapbook Borrowed Bodies was released from Pudding House Press (2009). Her first full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications (2016). You can find her at


Nina Corwin


Nina Corwin is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Harvard Review, Drunken Boat, Forklift OH, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review, Verse, From the Fishouse, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Corwin curates the literary series at Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery and is an Advisory Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. In daylight hours, she is a practicing psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.


Jackie K. White


Jackie K. White earned her PhD in Creative Writing (poetry) from UIC with concentrations in Latino/Latin American and Women’s Studies. A former editor with RHINO, she is now Professor of English at Lewis University where she serves as a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. Her poems and translations have appeared in ACM, Bayou, Fifth Wednesday, Folio, Quarter after Eight, Spoon River, Third Coast, and online at, seven corners, shadowbox, and, among others. She has also published three chapbooks: Bestiary Charming, 2006 Anabiosis Press award; Petal Tearing & Variations, Finishing Line (2008); and Come Clearing, Dancing Girl Press in 2012. 


The poems published in this issue are in conversation with Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, hence the italicized lines.


Robert Nazarene


Robert Nazarene founded MARGIE / The American Journal of Poetry and IntuiT House Poetry Series, where he received a publishers’ National Book Critics Circle award in poetry. His first volume is CHURCH (2006). A new collection, Bird In The Street,
is forthcoming in 2016. His poems have appeared in AGNI, Columbia, The Iowa Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Ploughshares, Salmagundi and elsewhere.
He was educated at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.


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.