Aubade

Bren Simmers is the author of two books of poetry, Night Gears (2010) and Hastings-Sunrise (2015), which was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. She is currently working on a new poetry manuscript about Howe Sound, BC.

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Morning in West Virginia

Bryce Berkowitz’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, The Sewanee Review, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Passages North, The Pinch, Sugar House Review, Hobart, Barrow Street, Permafrost, Salt Hill, Bayou Magazine, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Laurel Review, Pembroke Magazine, Appalachian Heritage, and other publications.

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Running

D.C. Wiltshire is a sometime queer poet, counselor, and chaplain living in rural-ish North Carolina. He seeks and finds poetry in everyday people, places, and experiences.


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Slow

Anne Haven McDonnell lives in Santa Fe, NM where she teaches as an associate professor in English and Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her poetry has been published in Orion Magazine, The Georgia Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Alpinist Magazine, Terrain.org, and elsewhere. Anne has been a writer-in-residence at the Andrews Forest Writers’ Residency and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

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The Visiting Poet

Julia Spicher Kasdorf is the author of four books of poetry: Sleeping Preacher; Eve’s Striptease; Poetry in America; and Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields. Her awards include the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Great Lakes College’s Association Award for New Writing, a Pushcart Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

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Disappointment: A New Year’s Quartet

Kateri Kosek’s poetry and essays have appeared in Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Terrain, and other journals. She teaches college English and mentors in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University. She’s been a resident at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska, and lives in western Massachusetts.

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Mountain Split; Fern Hollow Creek, Falls Ravine Trail

Jen Ashburn is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Light on the Wall (Main Street Rag, 2016), and has work published in numerous venues, including The Writer’s Almanac, Chiron Review, The MacGuffin and Whiskey Island. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, and lives in Pittsburgh.

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July Fifth

Mike Schneider has published in many journals, including Notre Dame Review, New Ohio Review and Poetry. In 2012 he received The Florida Review Editors Award in Poetry. In 2017 he won the Robert Phillips Prize from Texas Review Press, which published his second chapbook, How Many Faces Do You Have?

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Spite House

Michele Battiste is the author of three books of poems, including Waiting for the Wreck to Burn, which won the 2018 Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press and will be published in early 2019. Michele lives in Colorado where she raises funds to save the planet. www.michelebattiste.net

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