The following contributors have work published in BILiNE volume one.
A lifelong New Englander, Jeff Bernstein divides his time between Boston and central Vermont. Except on summer days when his beloved (now bedraggled) Red Sox are at Fenway, he finds back roads preferable to the city. Poetry is his favorite and earliest art form (he can't draw a whit or hold a tune). Recent poems have appeared in Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Birchsong: A Poetry Anthology (Blueline Press), Hobble Creek Review, Loch Raven Review, Main Street Rag, San Pedro River Review, and riverbabble. His chapbook Interior Music was published in 2010 by Foothills Publishing.
Tony Brown has been writing for over forty years, and publishing and performing his work for over thirty.
Cyn Capeloto is currently in her senior year as a Frances Perkins Scholar at mount Holyoke College. Her major is English, with a focus on creative writing. Having published several pieces in Meat for Tea, she has continued to write for her own creativity and pleasure and intends to a pursue a career in both fiction and nonfiction writing. She intends to give herself a year off school to simply travel and write, and then will pursue her MFA in creative writing.
Scott Dominic Carpenter
Scott Dominic Carpenter was born in Minneapolis but grew up on the move. After proving himself ill-suited to mining, factory work, and other forms of hard labor, he took refuge in libraries and classrooms, which ultimately led to his teaching position at Carleton College (MN). His fiction has appeared in such venues as Chamber Four, Ducts, Midwestern Gothic, The MacGuffin, Spilling Ink, and many others. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he will release in early 2013 a collection of short stories (This Jealous Earth, MG Press) and a debut novel (Theory of Remainders, Winter Goose Publishing).
Kendra DeColo is the founding poetry editor of Nashville Review and a book editor at Muzzle Magazine. Her poems have appeared in CALYX, Muzzle Magazine, Southern India Review, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of scholarships and residency awards from Vermont Studio for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Millay Colony, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has taught poetry workshops in prisons, middle schools, homeless shelters, and hospitals. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Lea C. Deschenes lives in Worcester, MA, and holds an MFA in poetry from New England College. Her poetry has appeared online, on stage, and in print (Spillway, Snakeskin, So Luminous the Wildflowers, Ballard Street Poetry Journal, et al.) A former member of four National Poetry Slam teams and a coach to two more, she also dusts off her BA in theater to perform. She has received a Jacob Knight Award, been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, and represented Worcester in the 2005 Individual World Poetry Slam. She is the author of thirteen chapbooks. Her first full-length collection, The Constant Velocity of Trains, is available through Write Bloody Publishing, as is the anthology she co-edited with Lisa Sisler, Knocking at the Door. She once found a five-leaf clover during a solar eclipse.
Lori Desrosiers's first full-length book of poems, The Philosopher's Daughter, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2013. She has a chapbook, Three Vanities (2009, Pudding House Press). Her poems have appeared in Contemporary American Voices, BigCityLit, Concise Delights, Blue Fifth Review, Pirene's Fountain, The New Verse News, Common Ground Review, and many more, including a prompt in Wingbeats, a book of writing exercises from Dos Gatos Press. Her MFA in Poetry is from New England College. She is editor and publisher of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry.
Carol Dorf's poems appear in Qarrtsiluni, Spillway, OVS, Canary, Sin Fronteras, In Posse Review, Poemeleon, Fringe, Moira, Unlikely Stories, The Prose Poem Project, and The Mom Egg. They have been anthologized in Not A Muse, Boomer Girls, and elsewhere. She is poetry editor of Talking Writing and teaches math at Berkeley High School.
Mckendy Fils-Aime is a writer from Manchester, NH. He is the author of three self-published books of poetry and is currently working on a fourth. He is a host and reader at the Slam Free or Die poetry open mic. In addition, he runs an affiliated writing workshop. Some of Mckendy's work can be found or is forthcoming in Amoskeag, Radius, Smashcake, and Borderline. When not hosting or working on his book, he can be seen and heard at many of New England's various open mics.
James Fowler teaches literature at the University of Central Arkansas, where he edits the poetry journal Slant. His stories have appeared in such journals as Paper Nautilus, Line Zero, The Chariton Review, Rockhurst Review, Willow Review, Colere, Elder Mountain, the Southern Review, the Rambler Magazine, and Zone 3.
Karie Friedman was born in Los Angeles in 1940, attended Reed College, and worked for many years as an editor on literary magazines, for a university press, and for the journal Reviews of Modern Physics. Her moonlighting experience includes stints at a trucking firm, library, diner, florist, and mayonnaise factory. In 2005 she moved to rural Maine and transitioned from a closet poet to a published one, earning an MFA from New England College. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Naugatuck River Review, and Off the Coast.
Joe Fusco Jr.
Joe Fusco Jr. is a humorist/poet/grocer who has lived in Worcester, MA, with his large family for almost thirty years. Joe's poems and essays have appeared in Worcester Mag, Worcester Review, Ballard Street Press, Sahara, Concrete Wolf, GotPoetry.com, and the Lancaster Times.
Michael F. Gill
Michael F. Gill has lived and loved in Boston for the past thirteen years. He has had work published in Amethyst Arsenic and Spoonful. He runs the Brighton Word Factory, a biweekly writing group in Boston, helps co-host the Stone Soup poetry reading in Cambridge, and co-directs the Boston 365/365 writing challenge.
Judy Katz's work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Women's Review of Books, Salamander, Bellevue Literary Review, Cerise Press, upstreet, and other publications and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her manuscript How News Travels was a semi-finalist for the Alex Rudnitsky First Book Prize. She currently teaches creative writing in New York City, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Hannah Larrabee lives in two worlds, and the only thing that seems to follow is her writing. By day she works at one of the largest software companies in the world, by night she teaches writing, and in between there is always writing and the reading of writing. She's also a newshound and a fan of pre-Prohibition drinks, and conversations that involve both of those things. Her chapbook, Virgo, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009, and her poems appear in: Tidal Basin Review, Contemporary American Voices, Extract(s), Conceit Magazine, and others.
Tim Mayo's poems and reviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, 5AM, Poetry International, Poet Lore, River Styx, Web Del Sol Review, Verse Daily, Verse Wisconsin, and The Writer's Almanac among many other places. His first full length collection, The Kingdom of Possibilities, was published by Mayapple Press in 2009. He has been twice nominated for the Best of the Net anthology, three times for a Pushcart Prize, and was chosen as a top finalist for the Paumanok Award in 2009. He is currently on the author selection committee of the Brattleboro Literary Festival.
Rachel Monroe is a writer living and working in Marfa, Texas. Her work has previously been published in The Believer, The New York Times, The Awl, and Outpost Journal.
Thomas R. Moore
Thomas R. Moore's first book of poems, The Bolt-Cutters, was published by Fort Hemlock Press in November 2010 and was one of three finalists in the 2011 Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance competition. Two poems from The Bolt-Cutters were featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac in January 2011, and two are 2012 Pushcart nominees. His poem, "Calving in Te Awamutu," won first prize in the 2010 Naugatuck River Review's annual narrative poetry contest, and "Chet Sawing" won the 2011 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest. His second book, Chet Sawing, will be published by Fort Hemlock Press in November 2012.
Sean Patrick Mulroy
Writer and performer Sean Patrick Mulroy (a.k.a. Sean Patrick Conlon) is a dedicated student of literature and a firm believer in the power of the oral tradition. Born and raised in southern Virginia, the house where Sean Patrick Mulroy grew up was built in 1801 and was commandeered by the Union Army during the Civil War to serve as a makeshift hospital. As a boy, Sean loved to peel back the carpets to show where the blood from hasty surgeries on wounded soldiers had stained the wooden floorboards. Now he writes poems.
Emily O'Neill is a proud Jersey girl who tells loud stories in her inside voice because she wants to keep you close. Her poem, "A Spade, A Spade,"" was a finalist in the Gigantic Sequins poetry contest, judged by Nick Flynn. Other work has recently appeared in Muzzle Magazine, Sugar House Review, and FRiGG Magazine. She has a degree in the synesthesia of storytelling from Hampshire College and currently resides in Somerville, MA.
Matthew Ostapchuk's work has appeared in various print and online publications, including Interrobang!? Magazine, Mason's Road, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Extract(s), and others. He is a graduate of the MFA program at Hollins University. He lives in Roanoke, Virginia with a wild artist, an evil genius infant, and a crazy canine.
Edward Porter's short fiction has appeared in Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, Booth: A Journal, and Inch Magazine, and has been previously anthologized in Best New American Voices 2010. He has been awarded fellowships by The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and LaMuse, and was the winner of an AWP Intro Journals Award for 2012. A former fiction editor for Gulf Coast, he holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College, and is a fifth year PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.
Gabrielle Reeve was groomed in the challah-scented streets of Brookline for a life of introspection, art, and “I feel” statements. She took as long as possible to graduate from Emerson College so that no one would expect her to be a grown-up until she was good and ready; she still hopes to make a career of writing and marrying rich. She has previously been published in Gangsters in Concrete and Printer's Devil Review.
Pushcart Prize winner in the upcoming thirty-seventh edition, three time Pushcart nominee, and Best of the Net writer, Laura Rodley's chapbook Rappelling Blue Light (Mass Book Award nominee) won honorable mention for the New England Poetry Society Jean Pedrick Award. Her second chapbook, Your Left Front Wheel is Coming Loose, was also nominated for a Mass Book Award and L. L. Winship/Penn New England Award; both books were published by Finishing Line Press. Former co-curator of Collected Poets Series; Rodley teaches creative writing and works as freelance writer and photographer. She edited As You Write It, A Franklin County Anthology, volumes one and two, compiled from seniors' writing.
Jose Antonio Rodriguez
Jose Antonio Rodriguez is the author of the poetry collections The Shallow End of Sleep (Tia Chucha Press/Northwestern UP, 2011) and Backlit Hour (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The New Republic, New York Quarterly, Green Mountains Review, Water-Stone Review, upstreet, Platte Valley Review, and elsewhere.
Charlie Rose studied creative writing at Bennington College and completed a BA in classical studies at UC Santa Cruz, which makes him a Banana Slug at heart. He returned to the East Coast to go to grad school, and now has a day job writing software at a local university, which lets him indulge his creative writing habit as well as enjoy a lot of great local music. He has been known to frequent local poetry open mikes such as Stone Soup, The Cantab (where he reads as Charlie R.), and he recently read at Session Planetaria.
Chris Schaeffer is pursuing his MFA at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he lives with his fiancé. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Pleiades, The Colorado Review, Red Skeleton, TINGE, RBS, and elsewhere. He was the guest poetry editor for Interrobang?!, volume six, and is the current poetry editor at TINGE Magazine and the online publication Ghost Boyfriend. He is currently hard at work on his master's thesis, a manuscript on the cultural genealogy of Roger Bacon and the “brazen head” topos.
Gregory Sherl is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Monogamy Songs (Future Tense Books, 2012) and The Oregon Trail is the Oregon Trail (Mud Luscious Press, 2012). His poetry has appeared in The Rumpus, Columbia Poetry Review, Redactions Poetry & Poetics, upstreet, and Poets.org. He is poetry editor of The Good Men Project and currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
Judith Skillman's new collection, The Phoenix, New and Selected Poems 2007–2013, is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press. She's the recipient of awards from the Academy of American Poets, the King County Arts Commission, and the Washington State Arts Commission. Her poems and collaborative translations have appeared in Poetry, The Midwest Quarterly, FIELD, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Ezra, and elsewhere. Skillman teaches at Yellow Wood Academy, Mercer Island, Washington.
Siobhan is a university graduate, poet, slam poet, part-time educator, and activist. She has been published in Playbill, performed jazz saxophone internationally, competed in slam poetry competitions, and performed as a burlesque aerialist. She enjoys food, poetry, and shiny boots.
Jade's first collection of poetry, The Spark Singer, was published in 2009 by Spuyten Duyvil Press, and she's had work in PANK, Bayou, basalt, The Sun, Word Riot, Decomp, The Pedestal, and others. She won the 2011 Bayou Editors' Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2012 basalt Bunchgrass Poetry Prize and the 2012 Write Bloody Book Competition. She's currently at work on a nonfiction book about the relationships between rock & roll and mythology. Kissing Oscar Wilde, a memoir about her experiences as a modern working poet in Paris, is forthcoming from Write Bloody Press.
Truth Thomas is a singer, songwriter, and poet born in Knoxville, TN, raised in Washington, DC. He studied creative writing under Dr. Tony Medina at Howard University and earned his MFA in poetry at New England College. His poetry collections include: Party of Black (flipped eye publishing/Mouthmark, 2006), A Day of Presence (flipped eye publishing, 2008), Bottle of Life (flipped eye publishing, 2010), and Speak Water (Cherry Castle Publishing, 2012). Thomas's work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poems have appeared in more than seventy publications, including The 100 Best African American Poems (edited by Nikki Giovanni).
Amy Tudor's first book of poems, A Book of Birds, won the Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry and was published by Briery Creek Press in 2008. She has a PhD in interdisciplinary humanities and a MFA in creative writing, and she is a recipient of individual artist fellowships from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She currently teaches writing and interdisciplinary courses in the Galileo Community at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.
Graham Tugwell is an Irish writer and performer. The recipient of the College Green Literary Prize 2010, his work has appeared in over fifty journals, including Anobium, The Quotable, Pyrta, THIS Literary Magazine, L'Allure Des Mots, and Poddle. He has lived his whole life in the village where all of his stories take place. He loves it with a very special kind of hate.
Connie Wanek lives in Duluth, Minnesota. Her books of poems include Bonfire (1997), Hartley Field (2002), and On Speaking Terms (2010 from Copper Canyon Press). US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser named her a Witter Bynner Fellow of the Library of Congress in 2006.
Jessica Willis is a public school teacher who lives in Berkshire County, MA. Her fiction and non-fiction writing has been published in Meat for Tea, The Berkshire Eagle, New York Press, and Rip It Up: The Black Experience in Rock ‘N' Roll. Her short story "What Ifs Are the Purview of the Charlatan" was recently published in Lacuna, a historical fiction journal.
William Kelley Woolfitt
William Kelley Woolfitt teaches creative writing and literature at Lee University. He has worked as a summer camp counselor, bookseller, ballpark peanuts vendor, and teacher of computer literacy to senior citizens. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Cincinnati Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, Shenandoah, Los Angeles Review, Sycamore Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Hayden's Ferry Review. He goes walking on the Appalachian Trail or at his grandparents' farm in West Virginia whenever he can.
Dee Worman was born in Irvington, New Jersey. After receiving a master's degree in linguistics from University of Washington, Dee spent fourteen years in Japan, and then returned to the US to concentrate on African languages and linguistics at Brandeis University receiving a PhD in anthropology. Dr. Worman was the first managing editor of the Du Bois Review at Harvard. She received the Robert S. Hillyer Prose Award for her fiction, and has had her fiction published in several reviews including The Inman Review as well as in books in Japanese. Dee is also editor-in-chief of Edit Science, Inc.
Franz Wright is the author of several books of poetry. His recent works include God's Silence, Walking to Martha's Vineyard (winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for poetry), The Beforelife (also a ﬁnalist for the prize), and Ill Lit: Selected & New Poems. His latest full-length collection, Wheeling Motel, was published in 2011 as a Knopf paperback. Mr. Wright recently published two chapbooks: Entries of the Cell, a single long poem soon to be collected in F (forthcoming 2013 from Knopf), and 7Prose, a set of prose poems in homage to his wife, the translator and writer Elizabeth Oehlkers Wright. Other poems in that series, in prose and verse, are collected in Kindertotenwald.
George Young is a retired internist and rheumatologist who lives in Boulder, Colorado. His poetry has appeared in many literary and medical periodicals, as well as a number of anthologies, and he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice. He has two published chapbooks: Creating The Universe from Perivale Press and The Bird Of Paradise (out this year) from Parallel Press at the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and two books of poetry: Spinoza's Mouse, 1996 winner of the Word Works Washington Prize, and The Astronomer's Pearl, 2012 winner of the Violet Reed Haas Prize given by Snake Nation Press.