April…get ready!


Joel Craig is the author of The White House (Green Lantern Press, 2012), and the chapbook Shine Tomorrow(Lost Horse, 2009). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Iowa Review, Fence, GutCult, A Public Space, TYPO, and Rabbit Light Movies. He co-founded and curates The Danny’s Reading Series and edits poetry for MAKE: A Literary Magazine—where he lives, in Chicago, Illinois.

Kendra DeColo is the author of Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Southern Indiana Review, Calyx, The Collagist, Best Indie Lit of New England and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission, a work-study scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference and residencies from the Millay Colony and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She is the founding poetry editor of Nashville Review and Book Review Editor at Muzzle Magazine.

Nami Mun grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Bronx, New York. For her first novel, Miles from Nowhere, she received a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Asian American Literary Award. Miles From Nowhere was selected as Editors’ Choice and Top Ten First Novels by Booklist; Best Fiction of 2009 So Far by Amazon; and as an Indie Next Pick. Chicago Magazine named her Best New Novelist of 2009. Her short stories have been published in Granta, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Evergreen Review, Witness, and elsewhere. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in Chicago. http://www.namimun.com

Virginia Smith Rice received her MFA in creative writing from Northwestern University. Her poems appear in BathHouse Journal, Canopic Jar, Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, Meridian,Rattle, and Southern Poetry Review, among other journals. Her first full-length poetry collection,When I Wake It Will Be Forever, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.

Augustus Rose was born in the Northern California coastal town of Bolinas, and grew up there and in San Francisco. A novelist and screenwriter, he currently makes his home in Chicago, where he teaches fiction writing at University of Chicago and Columbia College.

March is dynamite!



BRIAN BAILLIE was born and raised on a small island in Washington State, then moved around the country; Tacoma, Chicago, San Francisco— where he saddled up with some vagabond performers and toured the country doing performance-poem/folk/hip-hop/zombie-apocalypse fusion variety shows. Moved back to Chicago, where he is a fiction writing major, poetry minor and tutor at Columbia College. He also runs youth performance poetry workshops. And he has a kid. He’s two and rad. Potty training and editing consume 80% of his awake time.

TARFIA FAIZULLAH is the author of Seam (Southern Illinois University Press, 2014), winner of the 2012 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems appear in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, Massachusetts Review, Ninth Letter, New England Review, Washington Square, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, she received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and is the recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Project Award, a Ploughshares Cohen Award, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Copper Nickel Poetry Prize, a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference, fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop and Vermont Studio Center, and other honors. She lives in Detroit, where she serves as a writer-in-residence for InsideOut and co-edits the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook Press with Jamaal May.

NATHAN HOKS is the author of two books of poetry, Reveilles and The Narrow Circle, which was chosen by Dean Young as a winner of the 2012 National Poetry Series and recently published by Penguin. He is an editor and letterpress printer for Convulsive Editions, a micropress that publishes poetry. He works at Truman College and lives in Chicago with his family.

KATE MAGNOLIA holds an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago, where she was the recipient of the 2011 Grant Assistantship Award. She has taught composition and creative writing both inside and outside the university classroom. Currently, she serves as a co-editor for Black Tongue Review. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Redivider, Ghost Proposal, Columbia Poetry Review, Arsenic Lobster, Black Tongue Review and more.

JAMAAL MAY s a poet and editor from Detroit, MI where he has taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first full-length poetry collection, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), received the Beatrice Hawley Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other honors include the Indiana Review Poetry Prize, Stadler Fellowship, and the Kenyon Review Fellowship. Jamaal’s poems appear in such publications as The New Republic, The Believer, Poetry, Ploughshares,Poetry Daily, and Best American Poetry. A graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA program and former Associate Editor for West Branch, he currently co-edits the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series with Tarfia Faizullah and teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.

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Rebecca Dunham is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Glass Armonica, published by Milkweed Editions, and The Flight Cage, published by Tupelo Press. She is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and was the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellow in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her poems are forthcoming or have recently appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, FIELD, The Southern Review, and others. She is a professor in the creative writing program at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Jennifer Tatum’s poems and essays have appeared in South Loop Review, 1913: a journal of forms, and Columbia Poetry Review.  She holds an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago and is the Social Media Coordinator for Switchback Books.  From San Diego, by way of Dallas, she lives works and writes in Chicago.

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 serves as faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review.

Ryan Bartelmay’s debut novel, Onward Toward What We’re Going Toward, was released in August 2013 by IG Publishing. In 2005, Ryan won the Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers hosted by Boulevard. Other stories have appeared in the The Greensboro Review, Sycamore Review, Opium, Phoebe: A Journal of Arts and Letters, and Sweet Fancy Moses. Ryan has published non-fiction and other miscellanea in The Believer, Time Out: Chicago, and Gadfly. He lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and two cats.

Donna Vorreyer’s first full-length poetry collection, A House of Many Windows was released in 2013 by Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Labletter, Rhino, Linebreak, Cider Press Review, Stirring, Sweet, wicked alice, and Weave. Her fifth chapbook, We Build Houses of Our Bodies was also just released from Dancing Girl Press. She serves as a poetry editor forMixed Fruit magazine and The Poetry Storehouse, a website that encourages multi-media remixes of previously published poems.