Tyler Brewington is an MFA candidate in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His chapbook Dear Stray Volcano was published by Alice Blue in fall 2013. He is from Boise, Idaho.
Kelly Schirmann is the author of Activity Book (NAP, 2014) & the co-author of Nature Machine (Poor Claudia, 2013). She sings in the band Young Family & runs BLACK CAKE, a web-based audio-chapbook label for contemporary poetry recordings. She lives in Portland, Oregon, & also at kellyschirmann.com.
Sarah Galvin is the author of The Stranger’s “Midnight Haiku” series, which are neither haiku nor at midnight. She has a blog called The Pedestretarian, where she reviews food found on the street. The thing she loves most about reviewing discarded food is receiving text messages that say things like “I hear the bus stop on 3rd and Union is covered with ham.” Sarah is poetry MFA student at University of Washington, and her poems can be found in io, New Ohio Review, The Far Field, Pageboy, Dark Sky, and Ooligan press’s Alive at the Center anthology.
Rich Smith is the author of the chapbook Great Poem of Desire and Other Poems (Poor Claudia 2013). His poems have appeared in Tin House, Guernica, Barrow Street, Pinwheel, and a number of other places. He grew up in Belton, MO and now lives and works in Seattle, WA.
Ashley Toliver was born and raised in California. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Quarterly West, Octopus, Caketrain and Third Coast. She earned her MFA from Brown University, and has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She currently lives in Portland, OR.
Emily Skillings is a dancer and poet. Her chapbook, Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants is forthcoming from No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press. Skillings dances for the A.O. Movement Collective and The Commons Choir (Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik) and presents her own choreography in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series. She recently co-curated the exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” with Adam Fitzgerald at Loretta Howard Gallery. This fall she will begin her graduate studies at Columbia University.
In examining every appearance of Nature, but especially in examining an important and striking one … we should look round through all of nature to see where something similar, something that has affinity to it, appears: for it is only by combining analogies that we gradually arrive at a whole that speaks for itself and requires no further explanation.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, from Zur Farbenlehre
Brandi Katherine Herrera is a Portland, Ore. based poet and multidisciplinary artist, whose work in poetic text, film, and sound has been performed for Poetry Press Week, Pure Surface, Free Verse, and AiPD INK, and featured in The Volta, Octopus Magazine, The Common, Word/For Word, Borderlands Texas Poetry Review, VoiceCatcher, Poems, Places & Soundscapes, and The Oregonian, among others. She is the co-editor of The Lake Rises, a WITNESS POST Series anthology (Stockport Flats, 2013), and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Pacific University. She spent the first half of 2015 as an artist-in-residence at Château de Monthelon (Montréal, France), where she completed a book of experimental text + visual translations and poems (Mutterfarbe) using Goethe’s Zur Farbenlehre as a primary source.
Brandon Kreitler’s poems have appeared in Conjunctions, Boston Review, Indiana Review, Maggy, Cutbank, DIAGRAM, Omniverse, Vanitas, Stonecutter, West Branch, Verse Daily, Company Journal, and Atlas Review among other journals. A chapbook, Dusking, is out from Argos Books. He was a winner of the 2010 Discovery / “Boston Review” award and lives in New York City.
Dennis James Sweeney is the the author of the chapbooks What They Took Away and THREATS (forthcoming from alice blue books), and he is the Small Press Editor at Entropy Magazine. Dennis lives in Corvallis, Oregon.