Mark Bibbins teaches in the graduate writing program at The New School and has been a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. His first book of poems, Sky Lounge (Graywolf Press, 2003), received a Lambda Literary Award.  He lives in New York City.


Suzanne Buffam is the author of one collection of poems, Past Imperfect (House of Anansi), and a chapbook, Interiors (Delirium Press).  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, A Public Space, Jubilat, and The Canary.  Born and raised in Canada, she lives in Chicago.


Michael Earl Craig is the author of Can You Relax in My House (2002, Fence Books), and Yes, Master (Fence ’06). He lives near Livingston, Montana.  


Before being the inspiration for Daniel Day Lewis’s character in There Will Be Blood, Adam Davis lived in Utah, California, France, Scotland, and other United States. The holder of an Oregon state pole vault record is a different Adam Davis. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, Western Humanities Review, and The Paris Review, among others.


Julie Doxsee is the author of Undersleep (Octopus 2008) and Objects for a Fog Death (Black Ocean 2009). She lives in Istanbul, Turkey, where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea.


Elaine Equi’s latest book is Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, from Coffee House Press. She teaches in the MFA programs at The New School and City College.


CJ Evans’s poetry has most recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in journals such as AGNI Online, American Letters & Commentary, CutBank, Denver Quarterly, LIT, and Virginia Quarterly Review.  He lives in New York City.


Matt Hart is the author of Who's Who Vivid and three chapbooks: Revelated, Sonnet, and Simply Rocket.  His work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, Jubilat, and Octopus.  He lives and teaches in Cincinnati where he edits Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety.


Bob Hicok’s most recent book is This Clumsy Living (Pitt).


Dan Hoy lives in Brooklyn and is coeditor of SOFT TARGETS. His chapbook, Outtakes, was published by Lame House Press in spring 2007.


Brenda Iijima is the author of Animate, Inanimate Aims (Litmus Press) and Around Sea (O Books). If Not Metamorphic was runner up for the Sawtooth Prize and will be published by Ahsahta Press. Also forthcoming is Remembering Animals, which will be published by Displace Press. She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs ( Together with Evelyn Reilly she is editing a collection of essays by poets concerning poetry and ecological ethics titled )((eco (lang)(uage(reader). She is the art editor for Boog City, as well as a visual artist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she designs and constructs homeopathic gardens.


Mark Lamoureux lives in Astoria, New York, and received his MFA from the New School in 2007.  He is the author of five chapbooks: Poem Stripped of Artifice, Traceland, 29 Cheeseburgers, Film Poems and City/Temple.  His work has been published in print and online in Fence, miPoesias, Jubilat, Denver Quarterly, Conduit, Dusie, Coconut, and many others. In 2006 he started Cy Gist Press, a micropress focusing on ekphrastic poetry. He is Reviews Editor for Boog City, a Manhattan-based literary paper, and teaches composition in the CUNY system.


Dorothea Lasky’s first book of poems, AWE, came out from Wave Books in the fall of 2007.  Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Phoebe, Crowd, Skein, and 6x6, and recent work is forthcoming in Coconut, Small Town, APlod, A Public Space, Absent, Octopus, and others. Currently she lives in Philadelphia, where she is attempting to change the American educational system for the better.


Alex Lemon is the author of Mosquito (Tin House Books) and Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Open City, BOMB, Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, Tin House, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Pleiades and Best American Poetry 2008. He is a frequent contributor to The Bloomsbury Review and coeditor of LUNA. Among his awards are a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. A memoir of his is forthcoming from Scribner. He lives digitally at


Tao Lin is the author of the poetry collection COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (May 2008, Melville House) and three other books. His site is called READER OF DEPRESSING BOOKS, and he has been published in NOON, BEAR PARADE, and VICE.


Christopher Brean Murray lives in Portland, Oregon. He teaches writing at Mount Hood Community College. His work has appeared in Jubilat, Cutbank, and at The poems featured here belong to a manuscript in progress entitled “The Murray Hotel: A Bestiary.” He can be reached at


Samia Rahimtoola lives and works in New York City.  She has previously published in Hubbub.


Matthew Rohrer is the author of five books of poems, most recently RISE UP, published by Wave Books. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at NYU.


Zachary Schomburg is the author of a book of poems, The Man Suit (Black Ocean Press 2007), the coeditor of Octopus Magazine and Octopus Books, the co-curator of the The Clean Part Reading Series, and a PhD student at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Some of his translations of Russian-language poet Andrei Sen-Senkov are forthcoming in Circumference. These three poems are from his second manuscript, Scary, No Scary.


Lytton Smith is the last son of Krypton, the first son of Galleywood, and an enthusiastic purveyor of potent potables. In his spare time he remembers Russia with love and is an innovative aquarist. His work has appeared in many journals, including The Atlantic, Verse, and Ninth Letter. His chapbook, Monster Theory, was winner of the 2007 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Contest.


Jillian Weise’s first book, The Amputee’s Guide to Sex, was published last year by Soft Skull.  Recent poems are out or on their way in Barrow Street, Forklift, Ohio, Pleiades and Tin House.  An interview is up here,, and a play is up over here,


Jon Woodward is the author of Rain and Mister Goodbye Easter Island. He lives and works in the Boston area and maintains a website at


Matthew Zapruder is the author of two collections of poetry: American Linden (Tupelo Press, 2002) and The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon, 2006), selected by Tony Hoagland as the winner of the William Carlos Williams Award. He is also the cotranslator of Secret Weapon, the final collection by the late Romanian poet Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2008). Currently he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the New School and works as an Editor for Wave Books.