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.
Sophia Dahlin is a poet leaving Iowa City. Her work can be found at BOMB, The Awl, and The Volta. She runs the Human Body Series with Davy Knittle.
Josh Lefkowitz won the 2013 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Prize, and received an Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry at the University of Michigan. His poems and essays have been published in Court Green, Conduit, The Rumpus, The Huffington Post, Coldfront (forthcoming), TheThePoetry, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the 2014 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize.
For the release party of their split full-length book, Boyfriend Mountain, Tyler & Kelly invited ten Portland poet-friends to write and read their own poems called “Boyfriend Mountain” (Photos: Vintage National Geographic)