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/
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.