Claire Donato

Three Works

Sennah Yee

How Do I Look?

Nina Puro

One Work

Sophia Le Fraga

The Carry Letters

Emily Brandt

One Work

Ian Hatcher


Jaime Saenz (translated by Kit Schluter, preface by Forrest Gander)

The Cold

Sara Renee Marshall

By home, I don’t mean a cinematic notion of beauty.

Greg Purcell

The Fundaments

Katie Mertz

Two Works

Gabriel Kruis

Ghost Frequencies

Lisa Ciccarello & Emma Trithart

Every day I learn how to survive the day & then the day is over.

Emily Jern-Miller

Four Works

Emily Jern-Miller is the author of You Are Not a Bird (Dancing Girl Press). She writes poems and postcards near Graton, CA.

Jennifer S. Cheng

A Poetics of Iteration

Jennifer S. Cheng received her MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. She is the author of a hybrid chapbook, Invocation: An Essay (New Michigan Press), and her poems and lyric essays appear in Tin House, Web Conjunctions, AGNI, Tupelo Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. Having grown up in Texas, Hong Kong, and Connecticut, she lives in San Francisco, where she is a founding editor of Drop Leaf Press. She can be found in the ether at

Wendy C. Ortiz

Celestial Body Language

Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of Excavation: A Memoir (Future Tense Books, 2014) and Hollywood Notebook (Writ Large Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hazlitt, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Rumpus, among other places. Her field notes can be found at, while a more fixed presence can be found at

Jac Jemc

Chain Letters

Jac Jemc’s first story collection, A Different Bed Every Time, is newly out from Dzanc Books. Her novel, My Only Wife was a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. She is the poetry editor for decomP and nonfiction editor for Hobart.

Tyler Cain Lacy

Just The Surface Things

Tyler Cain Lacy lives in Chicago, where he got an MFA at Columbia College. He is the author of REUS (Press Board Press, 2014), and is a 2014 Luminarts Creative Writing Fellow. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salt Hill, Bombay Gin, Powder Keg, Word for/ Word, and Stolen Island, among others. Pieces from this project have appeared in elimae, Banango Street, Otoliths, Caffeine Dirge, and Sprung Formal. Find more here:

Sophia Dahlin

Three Works

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

How I Got To Here

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.

Ten Photographs of Boyfriend Mountain

Ten Works

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)

Sarah Francoise

Your Life Is Like A Kaleidoscope

Sarah Francoise is a writer/translator living in Brooklyn and in Maine. She recently wrote the film Vacationland, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Boonies International Film Festival, the film Ursula, and a children’s play called The Line. Her writing has recently appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Volume 1, Poems in Which, Tin House, and Hobart. 

Lizi Gilad


Lizi Gilad is a first-generation American of Mexican and Israeli descent. She holds an MFA from UC Riverside’s low residency program. Her prose can be found at The Rumpus and The Volta blog. She has poems forthcoming in Dum Dum Zine and YEW.

Robert Ostrom

Three Works

Robert Ostrom is the author of The Youngest Butcher in Illinois (YesYes Books). He lives in Queens and works for the City University of New York and Columbia.

Neele Dellschaft

I may never be done living in all of this

Neele Dellschaft is a writer, maker and scientist currently living in the UK. Her work has appeared in 111O, the Carolina Quarterly, Lighthouse Journal, the International Poetry Review, a chapbook has been published by MIEL in 2012, I Come Home and I Move Differently, and another chapbook is forthcoming with Dancing Girl Press.

Laressa Dickey

Moment is within momentous

Laressa Dickey is the author of Bottomland (Shearsman), Apparatus for Manufacturing Sunset (dancing girl press), as well as four chapbooks from MIEL Books, including A Piece of Information About His Invisibility. Her work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Aufgabe, Newfound, inter|rupture, and other journals. She lives in Berlin.

Meg Barboza

Five Works

Meg Barboza’s poems have appeared in 1913, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, Little Red Leaves, New American Writing, notnostrums, P-Queue, Weird Deer, VOLT, and elsewhere.  She earned a MFA in Poetry from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Brooklyn and works for the New York City Department of Education as the Director for Engagement.

Brian Pillion

Five Works

Brian Pillion is a recent re-resident of Portland, OR wherein he is seeking for to desk/lamp/chair his way into a productive and smiled upon member of the community. If you’ve claim to such never quite cleanly possessables, seek him out. He shall love you in poems.

Francesco Grisanzio

Five Works

Francesco Grizanio’s chapbook, Stories & Centauries, was published in 2013 by Strange Machine Books. Francesco’s work has recently appeared in Phantom Limb, Souvenir, Handsome, Houseguest, and Anti-. He is also a co-founding editor of BORT Quarterly.

Alexis Pope

Four Works

Alexis Pope is the author of Soft Threat (Coconut Books, 2014), as well as three chapbooks. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Big Lucks, Denver Quarterly, Forklift Ohio, Octopus, and The Volta, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, edits for ILK Journal, and works for Belladonna* Series.

Lara Mimosa Montes

The Bronx: A Bibliography

Lara Mimosa Montes is a poet and critic. Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Triple Canopy, DIAGRAM, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. She currently teaches feminist and queer theory at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She was born in the Bronx.

Dong Li

Five Works

Dong Li was born and raised in the People’s Republic of China. His honors include fellowships from Yaddo, VCCA, OMI Ledig House, VSC, KHN, Millay, DAAD and Colgate University’s Olive B. O’Connor Poet-in-Residence 2013-2014. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, comma, poetry, Hotel Amerika, Denver Quarterly and Cincinnati Review. His work has been translated into German and appeared in manuskripte (Austria). Li is also Editor-at-Large (China) for the international translation journal Asymptote.

Veronica Martin

Four Works

Veronica​’s poems and essays ​have appeared or are forthcoming in Kinfolk ​Magazine​ and Poor Claudia​, among others. She lives in Portland,​ Oregon​ where she​ works for a creative firm and writes and curates a sometime column for Tin House’s blog, The Open Bar, concerning the intersection of personal aesthetic and literature. ​She is at work on her first manuscript.

Junior Clemons

Three Works

Junior Clemons received an M.F.A. in Writing from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. He received his B.A. from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, where he studied English & World Literature, with a Writing emphasis. His first book of poems, SO MANY MOUNTAINS BUT THIS ONE SPECIFICALLY, was published by Carville Annex Press. He was born, lives and writes in San Diego, CA.

Natalie Briggs & Fern Wiley


I/You is a conversational piece between visual artist Fern Wiley and Natalie Briggs. It is an attempt to tap into, even travel along the exchanges and connections taking place in Fern’s work. Natalie believes that images keep secrets that words never can, and it was a challenge to respond without giving too much away. The minimal and expressive nature of Fern’s drawings acted on the desire Natalie has to write herself into simplicity, into the very center of direction.

Natalie Briggs grew up in Australia and has been living in Portland, OR for the last few years. Her work has appeared in Lexicon Polaroid, Jerkpoet, and is forthcoming this fall from Pank.

Fern Wiley is a visual artist living and working in Portland, OR.

Veronica Martin

People Sit Where There Are Places To Sit

Veronica​’s poems and essays ​have appeared or are forthcoming in Kinfolk ​Magazine​ and Poor Claudia​, among others. She lives in Portland,​ Oregon​ where she​ works for a creative firm and writes and curates a sometime column for Tin House’s blog, The Open Bar, concerning the intersection of personal aesthetic and literature. ​She is at work on her first manuscript.

Ben Doller

Three Works

Ben Doller is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Dead Ahead (Fence Books), and the forthcoming Fauxhawk (Wesleyan). He lives in San Diego and teaches at UCSD.

Davy Knittle

Simple Machines

Davy Knittle’s recent poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Rain Taxi, Denver Quarterly and Caketrain. He lives in Iowa City, where he co-curates the Human Body Series with Sophia Dahlin.

K.T. Billey

Three Works

K.T. Billey recently completed her MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, where she also spent a year as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow. Originally from rural Alberta, Canada, her poems have appeared in CutBank, The New Orleans Review, Phantom Limb, Ghost Proposal and others. Translations have appeared in Palabras Errantes and are forthcoming in a yet-to-be-named anthology from Columbia University Press. She is an Assistant Editor for Asymptote, poetry curator for Lamprophonic Reading Series, and a Girls Write Now mentor. Say hello at

Michael Gossett


Michael Gossett is an arts grants archivist for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a books editor for Thought Catalog. His series of conceptual poetry reviews have appeared in The Volta 365 and his conceptual poems have appeared in broadside form through Black Aggie Press and in theThe Found Poetry Review, Happy Dog Mom Lit Journal, and Let People Poems. He lives in Astoria, Queens.

Natalie Briggs

Five Works

Natalie Briggs grew up in Australia and has been living in Portland, OR for the past few years. Her work has appeared in Lexicon Polaroid, JerkPoet, and PANK. A graduate of the IPRC Poetry Program, she is the author of the self published chapbook, The Burial Is Polite.

Emily Hunt

Near Translatable Thing

Emily Hunt is an artist and poet living in San Francisco. Her first book of poems will be published by The Song Cave in 2015. She posts images and poems to


The phrase near translatable thing comes from H.D.’s poem “Chance Meeting”:

heaven is a near translatable thing;
it’s here,
it’s there . . .

Kit Frick

Five Works

Kit Frick is the author of two chapbooks: Echo, Echo, Light (Slope Editions, 2013) and Kill Your Darlings, Clementine (Rye House Press, 2013). Kit studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and received her MFA from Syracuse University, where she served as poetry editor for Salt Hill Journal. The Chapbook Editor for Black Lawrence Press, Kit lives in Brooklyn with her husband and lives online at

Éireann Lorsung

That interior language, so rarely translated

Éireann Lorsung is the author of Music For Landing Planes By (Milkweed 2007), Her Book (Milkweed 2013), and Sweetbriar (dancing girl press, 2013). Now she is at work on a novel about archives and earthquakes, pieces of which can be found in Two Serious Ladies, DIAGRAM, Mandala, and Bluestem. She lives in Belgium, where she is residency director at Dickinson House (, edits 111O, and runs MIEL, a micropress (

Heather Napualani Hodges

Four Works

Heather Napualani Hodges is like you. But part of her bottom lip is dead. She teaches Intro to Poetry Writing at Portland State University, where she received her MFA in Creative Writing. Available for creative writing consulting and sandwiches. Email her at: heather dot napualani @gmail dot com.

Ben Pease

Misogynist Gods

Ben Pease is the editor of Monk Books and a member of The Ruth Stone Foundation. His first collection of poems, CHATEAU WICHMAN, is forthcoming from Big Lucks. His work has appeared in BOMBLOG, jubilat, Salt Hill, and SUPERMACHINE, among others.

Lillian Nickerson

Four Works

Lillian Nickerson is a writer who lives in Seattle with her small dog and tall boyfriend.

Teresa K. Miller

Four Works

Teresa K. Miller is the author of sped (Sidebrow, 2013) and Forever No Lo (Tarpaulin Sky, 2008). She received her MFA from Mills College and was a writer-in-residence at San Francisco’s Sanchez Annex Grotto for three years. Her work has appeared in Coconut, DIAGRAM, Word For/Word, MiPOesias, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere.

Ellen Welcker

Who Goes There? (boomed the voice)

Ellen Welcker has recent poems collected in Mouth That Tastes of Gasoline (alice blue, 2014), a previous chapbook, The Urban Lightwing Professionals (H_NGMAN B__KS, 2011), and a book called The Botanical Garden (astrophil press, 2010). She lives in Spokane, WA, where she curates a living room poetry series.

Naomi Washer

Mysterious Objects

Naomi Washer is the Editor-in-Chief of Ghost Proposal. Her essays, poems and Cambodian translations have appeared and are forthcoming in South Loop Review, the birds we piled loosely, Ampersand Review, Skydeer Helpking and St. Petersburg Review. She is an MFA Candidate in Nonfiction at Columbia College Chicago where she teaches first-year composition.

Talin Tahajian

Movie Star with Vanilla Milkshake

Talin Tahajian grew up near Boston. Her poetry has recently appeared in PANK, Word Riot, DIAGRAM, Best New Poets 2014, Washington Square Review, and on Verse Daily. She was a finalist for the 2014 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, and serves as a poetry editor for The Adroit Journal. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, where she is studying English literature and attempting to assimilate.

Danielle Vogel

Edges & Fray (gathered for Narrative & Nest)

Danielle Vogel is an artist and writer who grew up on the south shore of Long Island. She is the author of Between Grammars (Noemi Press 2015), the artist book Narrative & Nest (Abecedarian Gallery 2012) and lit (Dancing Girl Press 2008) and has exhibited her work most recently at RISD Museum, The University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, and Abecedarian Gallery. Currently, she is a visiting writer teaching at Brown and Wesleyan Universities. Danielle is at work on a book of lyric essays titled Narrative & Nest. These are some of her notes toward that future book space.

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all photos © Danielle Vogel

These photos were taken during residencies at The California Academy of Sciences (CAS) and The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley (MVZ).

1. CAS 10762. Blue-headed Vireo. Nest Collected: 1 June 1890
2. MVZ 1847. White-throated Swift. Nest Collected: 4 June 1921
3. CAS 11096. California Towhee. Nest Collected: Summer 2004
4. MVZ 4185. California Towhee. Nest Collected: 28 April 1920
5. CAS 9272. Western Mockingbird. Nest Collected: 7 April 1897
6. MVZ 4185. California Towhee. Nest Collected: 28 April 1920
7. CAS 9845. Chinese Bulbul. Nest Collected: 18 April 1939
8. CAS 10762. Blue-headed Vireo. Nest Collected: 1 June 1890
9. Archivist Slip from CAS
10. MVZ 4905. Painted Bunting. Nest Collected: 12 June 1928

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A note from the author:

Since 2010 I have been writing a book titled Narrative & Nest. It is a cross-disciplinary project composed of lyric essays and photographs. Within it, I relate the construction of bird nests to the acts of reading and writing—all three as complex gestures of composition and habitation.

EDGES & FRAY is comprised of 10 micro-photographs of bird nests that I took during residencies at The California Academy of Sciences and The Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at Berkeley. I place these photographs in conversation with notes toward my book of lyric essays, Narrative & Nest.

Maya Weeks

How Person To Be

Maya Weeks is an artist, writer, researcher and activist living and working in Iowa City.

Brandon Kreitler

I is what I attend to

Brandon Kreitler’s poems have appeared in Conjunctions, Boston Review, Indiana Review, Maggy, Cutbank, DIAGRAM, Omniverse, Vanitas, Stonecutter, West Branch, Verse Daily, and Atlas Review among other journals.  A chapbook, Dusking, is available from Argos Books.  He was a winner of the 2010 Discovery / “Boston Review” award and lives in New York City.

Julie Doxsee

Split in Half and Doubled

Julie Doxsee is the Canadian-American author of three books of poetry: The Next Monsters (Black Ocean, 2013), Objects for a Fog Death (Black Ocean, 2010), and Undersleep (Octopus Books, 2008). She holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Denver (2007) and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2002).  After several visits to Turkey over the years, in 2007 she moved to Istanbul, where she teaches academic writing, creative writing, and literature courses at Koç University.

Leena Joshi

I can feel my body inside of my body

Leena Joshi lives and works in Seattle, with frequent visits to her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Patrick Gaughan

Remasters of Reality

Patrick Gaughan is a poet, performer, & critic living in Northampton, MA. He interviews artists & writers for BOMB & The Conversant. Find recent writing in HTMLGiant, Coldfront, The Volta, Entropy, & Blunderbuss. He’s the writer & director of Fast Five, coming this fall from the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theater.

Ally Harris

The Moons of Mars

Ally Harris teaches and writes in Portland, OR. Her newest chapbook of poems Her Twin Was After Me will be published by Slim Princess Holdings in August 2014. You can read more of her poems online at Typo, BOMBLOG, Sixth Finch, Sink Review, and Tarpaulin Sky.


Emily Skillings

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.

Ideal Machine

Ashley Toliver

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.

24 Hours

Matthew Dickman

Matthew Dickman is the author of Mayakovsky's Revolver and All American Poem. He lives in Portland, Oregon. The French edition of 24 Hours was released by Onestar Press in April 2014 in Paris, France.

All Talk

Rich Smith

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.

Sara Jaffe

10 Recent Google Searches Pertaining to Writing Projects Completed or In Progress

Sara Jaffe’s short fiction and criticism have appeared in publications including Fence, BOMB, NOON, Paul Revere’s Horse, matchbook, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She co-edited The Art of Touring (Yeti, 2009), an anthology of writing and visual art by musicians drawing on her experience as guitarist for post-punk band Erase Errata. Her first novel will be coming out with Tin House in November 2015.

C’est la guerre

Danniel Schoonebeek

Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, was published by YesYes Books in 2014. It was named one of the year’s ten standout debuts by Poets & Writers and called “a groundbreaking first book that stands to influence its author’s generation” by Boston Review. In 2015, he was awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and his second book of poems, Trébuchet, was selected as a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series and will be published by University of Georgia Press in 2016. Recent work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Fence, Tin House, and elsewhere. A recipient of awards and honors from Poets House, the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and Oregon State University, he hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn and edits the PEN Poetry Series. In 2016, Poor Claudia will publish his latest book, a travelogue called C’est la guerre.

Claire Cottrell

Colors Come and Go

Claire Cottrell is a film director and photographer. She is the founder of BOOK STAND. She is the Los Angeles editor of Berlin-based international interview magazine, Freunde von Freunden. She has contributed to The Atlantic, the Paris Review, VICE and Wilder Quarterly on the subjects of art, fashion, film, design and plant life. Her work has been featured in Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine and purple FASHION, to name a few. Currently, she is publishing a series of art books inspired by Gallimard’s Blanche collection, starting a short documentary about printed matter, finishing a video about hands and the things we hold on to and planning a summer get-together in a beautiful outdoor space in Berlin.

Willie Fitzgerald

The Sharper Enigma

Willie Fitzgerald grew up in Cabin John, Maryland, and lives in Seattle. He is the co-founder of APRIL, an annual festival of small press and independent publishing. His fiction has been published by Hobart and Keep this Bag Away from Children.

Judah Rubin

Dependent Form

Judah Rubin is the author of, among other chapbooks, Flag of Convenience (Well Greased Press, 2014), Phrenologue (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), Phrenologue (O’Clock Press, 2013). He is a curator at the Poetry Project, the SEGUE foundation and elsewhere, and the publisher of Well Greased Press. He lives in Sunnyside, New York.

Strange Tarot

Jamalieh Haley

Jamalieh Haley lives in Portland, Oregon where she co-curates If Not For Kidnap and teaches writing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Interrupture, Sink Review, Everyday Genius, Sixth Finch, and other lovely places.

Lucy Ives

Small Numbers Are Big

Lucy Ives is most recently the author of Orange Roses (Ahsahta, 2013), a collection of poetry and essays, and nineties (Tea Party Republicans, 2013), a novel about a decade. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Conjunctions, Fence, The Huffington Post, n+1, Ploughshares, and other journals. A deputy editor at Triple Canopy, she is co-editor of Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing Conceptualism, published by Triple Canopy and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. With Triple Canopy, she participated as an artist in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

Erik Anderson

Once, Again (Ten Tokens)

Erik Anderson is the author of a book of lyric essays, The Poetics of Trespass (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2010). Recent work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Seneca Review, Unstuck, West Branch, and others. He currently teaches at Franklin & Marshall College and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Donald Dunbar

Mistypings of Miswritings of Mishearings of Misreadings of Lisa Robertson

Donald Dunbar lives in Portland, Oregon, where he helps run If Not For Kidnap and edits poetry for draft: The Journal of Process. His book Eyelid Lick won the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series prize, and a chapbook, Slow Motion German Adjectives, is available from Mammoth Editions.

Sara Veglahn

Lost & Found

Sara Veglahn is the author of The Mayflies, forthcoming from Dzanc Books in April 2014. She currently lives in Denver.


Monica McClure

Monica McClure’s debut collection, Tender Data, will be published by Birds, LLC this year. She is the author of the chapbooks, Mood Swing, from Snacks Press Inc. and Mala, forthcoming from Poor Claudia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork Press, Similar: Peaks:: and elsewhere. She curates Atlas, a collaboration series of visual artists and poets, and lives in New York City.

Hive Mind

Rachel Springer

Rachel Springer lives and works in Portland, OR. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, West Wind Review, Word Riot, and The Destroyer.

The Soft War

Carl Annarummo

Carl Annarummo is that guy who runs Greying Ghost Press. He lives in an attic studio apartment in Massachusetts with his cat, Roxanne. The Soft War is his first collection of poems.

Patrick Dundon

Three Works

Patrick Dundon lives and writes in Portland, OR. His poems have recently appeared in Toad: The Journal. In the fall, he will be an MFA candidate at Syracuse University.

The Holy Grail

Jack Spicer

Jack Spicer (January 30, 1925 – August 17, 1965) was an American poet often identified with the San Francisco Renaissance. In 2009, My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer won the American Book Award for poetry.

Liz Mehl

The Rails

Liz Mehl lives and writes in Portland, where she has always lived and written. She is the co-founder of Poetry Press Week, a biannual showcase of new works of poetry, and is working on her first manuscript, A Dark Peace.

Motel Diary

Alice Bolin

Alice Bolin's poetry has appeared in Ninth Letter, FIELD, Guernica, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Washington Square, among many other journals. Her nonfiction shows up frequently in places like This Recording, The Paris Review Daily, PopMatters, and The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog. She lives in Los Angeles.

Anthony Madrid

In the Sixth Month, Wu Year of the Horse, Fire Broke Out

Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, B O D Y, Boston Review, Fence, Gulf Coast, Lana Turner, LIT, Poetry, and Volt. His first book is called I am Your Slave Now Do What I Say (Canarium Books, 2012).

Amy Lawless

My Head

Amy Lawless is the author of two collections of poetry, most recently My Dead (Octopus Books 2013). Some poems have recently appeared in Bone Bouquet, notnostrums, and Ampersand Review. Some prose has appeared recently in BOMBlog and HTMLGIANT. She lives in Manhattan and keeps a blog at

Lynn Xu

Color of the Mediterranean

Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai. She is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013) and June (a chapbook from Corollary Press, 2006). Currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkley, she co-edits Canarium Books and lives in Marfa, Texas with her husband Joshua Edwards.

Boyfriend Mountain

Kelly Schirmann & Tyler Brewington

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

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Sunday Ten

Rauan Klassnik is the author of Sky Rat (Spork 2014) and two Black Ocean books, Holy Land (2008) and The Moon’s Jaw (2013). He lives in a quiet suburb of Seattle with his wife Edith.

Marshall Walker Lee

American English

I have to make pictures cheaper misdirection ingenuity & faking God I wish I had more money

The Three Einsteins

Sarah Galvin

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.

Richard Chiem

Diminishing Returns

Richard Chiem (b.1987) is the author of YOU PRIVATE PERSON, a collection of short stories published by Scrambler books. His work has appeared in Thought Catalog, elimae, and Everyday Genius, among other places. He is currently living in Seattle with his girlfriend and their loud cat.

Katy Bohinc

Cotton in Advil and other poems

Katy Bohinc is a poet and longstanding contributor in the Chinese activist community.  She co-edits COYDUP, a poetry pamphlet dedicated to hand-to-hand distribution at and around Occupy events.  A selection of “Dear Alain” (Love letters of a poet to a philosopher) is forthcoming from Summer BF Press in early 2014.  She has a background in math, comp lit, DC, China, France & Buenos Aries.  She lives in Manhattan.

Sara Renberg

Three Works

Sara Renberg is a Portland-based poet, musician, and programmer.  Her first record, The Tall Calm, will be released in June 2014 on Antiquated Future.

Robert Snyderman

One Work

Robert Snyderman has written and directed six plays, most recently the street play, Voice Graffiti. Long term scholarship is dedicated to the archive of besmilr brigham (1913-2000).

Joel Gunderson

Two Works

Joel Gunderson lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and three children, who are the primary audience for his poems. His work has been previously published in the Adirondack Review.

Daniel Beauregard

Three Works

Daniel Beauregard lives in Atlanta, where he works for a local newspaper. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in ILK, Jellyfish, Spittoon, Brown God, Keep This Bag Away From Children and elsewhere. His chapbook Before You Were Born will be released in December by 421 Atlanta Press. Follow him @666ICECREAM.

Katie Byrum

Four Works

Katie Byrum lives in Brooklyn and tends bar in Manhattan. In 2012, she received her MFA from Hunter College, where she was the awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her first collection of poems is forthcoming from Forklift Ink. You can read more here.

Christopher Pérez

Five Works

Christopher Rey Pérez (’87) is a Visiting Lecturer at Al Quds Bard Honors College in Palestine. Currently, he lives in Spain thanks to a grant to translate “La Tumba de Keats” by Juan Carlos Mestre. He is the author of the long-poem-pamphlet, “On the Heels of Our Enemies” (98editions, Beirut. His writing appears or is forthcoming in BRUTAL, Housefire, PANK, Caliban, and Catch Up!. He’s originally from the Río Grande Valley of Texas.

Megan Freshley

Three Works

Megan Freshley is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she attends Portland State University’s MFA program and works as executive editor at Portland Review.

Sarah Cook

Five Works

Sarah Cook’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in SWINE, Phoebe, and metazen, among others. A Meadowed King is newly out from dancing girl press.

Family Album

Danniel Schoonebeek

Danniel Schoonebeek is the author of American Barricade (YesYes Books, 2014). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, jubilat and elsewhere. He writes a column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn, and edits the PEN Poetry Series. Find him here.


Christopher Salerno

Christopher Salerno was born and raised in New Jersey and North Carolina. He has degrees from East Carolina University and Bennington College. His books of poems include ATM (Georgetown Review Book Prize, 2014), Minimum Heroic (Mississippi Review Book Prize, 2010), and Whirligig (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006). His other chapbooks are Automatic Teller (Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize, 2013) and Waving Something White (University Book Exchange, 2003). He’s an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University where he manages the new journal, Map Literary.

Dorothy Howard

Three Works

Dorothy Howard is a poet, writer, illustrator and Wikipedian living in Brooklyn, NY.

Wendy Noonan

Five Works

Other poems of Wendy Noonan’s  have appeared in Crazy Horse, Painted Bride, Portland Review, Permafrost, Diner, Bolts of Silk, and Prick of the Spindle. She holds an MFA from Portland State University and teaches writing at Portland Community College.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel

Four Works

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is an editor at Argos Books & Circumference: Poetry in Translation and author of the chapbook Whither Weather (GreenTower Press). Her poems and translations have appeared in DIAGRAM, A Public SpaceGuernicaSixth Finch, Lana Turner Journal, The Laurel Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a translator.


Andrew Durbin

Andrew Durbin is the author of Mature Themes (Nightboat Books 2015) as well as several chapbooks, including pɹɐpuɐʇs ǝɥʇ (Insert Blanc Press 2014) and Reveler (Argos Books 2013). With Ben Fama, he edits Wonder, an open-source publishing and events platform for poetry, performance, and new media art. He lives in New York.

Bart V Univers

Joel Statz

Joel Statz is a creative individual/joker/human garbage disposal currently residing in Portland, Oregon. He has previously self-published the well-regarded zine The Troublesome Triscuit, Volume 1, as well as various other collaborative documents/booklets.

Nature Machine

Kelly Schirmann & Tyler Brewington

Kelly Schirmann is a poet, musician, & visual artist from California. Her poems have appeared at Housefire, Illuminati Girl Gang, Poor Claudia, & elsewhere. She sings in the band Young Family, whose forthcoming EP King Cobra will be released by Spork Press in 2013. You can find her recordings, collaborations, & artwork at Tyler Brewington is an MFA candidate in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His chapbook Dear Stray Volcano will be published by Alice Blue in fall 2013. He is from Boise, Idaho.

Celebrity Dream Poems

Noah Falck

Noah Falck lives in Buffalo, NY. His first full-length collection of poems, Snowmen Losing Weight, was published by BatCat Press in 2012. His poetry has appeared widely in journals such as Forklift Ohio, Bat City Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, and Smartish Pace, among others. He works as education director at Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Shrode Heil

Five Works

Shrode Heil is the collaborative pen name of the writers Shrode Hargis and Kathleen Heil. Shrode’s work has appeared in Bat City ReviewCream City ReviewHarvard Review, and elsewhere. Heil’s work has appeared in DIAGRAMPear Noir!, and Gigantic, among others. They live in Fayetteville, Arkansas. This is their first published collaboration.


Sara Sutter

Sara Sutter received her MFA from Portland State University. Sirenomelia is her first chapbook. Poems of hers are published or forthcoming in The Awl, Bayou, Fence, Windsor Review and various artisan journals.

book of southern and water

Emmalea Russo

Emmalea Russo is a poet and visual artist from Pennsylvania. She has lived in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and the Louisiana bayou. She received her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in Ambush Review, ILK, Wicked Alice,Yew Journal, and others. A chapbook, clearing, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She lives in Brooklyn.

Great Poem of Desire

Rich Smith

Rich Smith grew up in Belton, Missouri. He holds and M.A. from Ohio University, and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. His poems have appeared or will soon appear in Tin House, Guernica, Barrow Street, City Arts, Bellingham Review, , and elsewhere. He lives in Seattle, where he writes for the The Stranger.

20 Paintings by Laura Owens

Elaine Bleakney

Elaine Bleakney lives in Asheville, NC. Her first full-length collection of prose poems, For Another Writing Back, is forthcoming from Sidebrow in 2014. Her poetry and prose have appeared in At Length, Caketrain, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review Online, Verse Daily, The Volta and others. She is the art editor of At Length, a place for long-form writing.


Matthew Dickman, Michael Dickman, Mark Strand

The twin brother of poet Michael Dickman, poet Matthew Dickman grew up in Lents, a working-class suburb of Portland, Oregon. He earned a BA at the University of Oregon and an MFA at the University of Texas-Austin’s Michener Center. Dickman’s debut collection, All American Poem (2008), was chosen by Tony Hoagland for the American Poetry Review’s Honickman First Book Prize and also won the 2009 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. He has received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the American Academy of Arts and Science’s May Sarton Poetry Prize, as well as residencies and fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Literary Arts of Oregon, and the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Mark Strand’s honors include the Bollingen Prize, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, a Rockefeller Foundation award, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation,and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States and is a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. He taught at Johns Hopkins University and on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

Poor Claudia Five

Jae Choi Julia Cohen Nick Demske Jennifer Denrow Brian Foley Graham Foust Noah Eli Gordon Dorothea Lasky Anthony McCann Sawako Nakayasu Christie Ann Reynolds Mathias Svalina

Poor Claudia Four

Katherine Bogden Blake Butler Macgregor Card Jackie Clark Julia Cohen Paul Collins Rob Cook Jon Cotner Patrick Culliton Ben Fama Andy Fitch Ally Harris Emmanuel Jakpa Paul Killebrew Kristi Maxwell Sid Miller Ben Mirov Danielle Pafunda Brandon Shimoda Shelly Taylor Cathy Wagner Joshua Marie Wilkinson Lynn Xu Matvei Yankelevich

A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse

A Voluptuous Dream During an Eclipse

A graduate of the California College of the Arts and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Kahn is the author of Customer (Ecstatic Peace Library, 2010), Radiant Bottle Caps (Glasseye Books, 2008) and Convinced By the End Of It (Big Baby Books, 2009). She is currently assistant editor at Flowers and Cream and lives in Oakland, CA.

mu (Dream) so (Window)

Marcus Slease

Marcus Slease was born in Portadown, N. Ireland. He has lived all over the world as a teacher of English as a foreign language. Recent fiction and poetry have appeared (or are forthcoming) in magazines such as: Metazen, Housefire, So and So Magazine, Spork, InDigest, Gesture, NAP, Forklift Ohio, and Little White Lies. He lives in London.

Don’t Let Me Forget to Feed the Sharks

Jeff Alessandrelli

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press, 2011). Recent work appears in Octopus, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, Laurel Review, Western Humanities Review, Sentence, Hotel Amerika and Quarterly West, among others. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

That Which Gets Tired and Then Kind

That Which Gets Tired and Then Kind

Jennifer H. Fortin's work has appeared in, among other places, Action, Yes, alice blue, Blackbird, BlazeVOX, Coldfront, Copper Nickel, Court Green, Everyday Genius, GlitterPony, H_NGM_N, LIT, Sink Review, and TYPO. Dancing Girl Press published her chapbook If Made Into a Law in 2011. Another chapbook, Nicole C. (Apartment 4), was published as part of the Dusie Kollektiv in 2011. With three other poets, she founded and edits LEVELER. She has been named a Finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Fortin is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bulgaria 2004-2006). Go here for more information.

Success Window

Ish Klein

Ish Klein is a poet and filmmaker. She is an alumna of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and her films have played at festivals around the world. Canarium Books published her first book, Union!, in 2009 and her second book, Moving Day, in 2011. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Digital Macramé / On Happier Lawns

Paige Taggart & Justin Marks

Paige Taggart is the author of three chapbooks: DIGITAL MACRAMÉ (Poor Claudia), Polaroid Parade (Greying Ghost Press), and The Ice Poems (DoubleCross Press). She’s a Northern Californian living in Brooklyn with poet-boyfriend Sampson Starkweather. Justin Marks' first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues Press). He is also the author of several chapbooks, the most recent being Voir Dire (Rope-a-Dope Press). He lives in New York City with his wife and their infant son and daughter. He also blogs.

Money Poems

James Gendron was born in Portland, Maine and lives in Portland, Oregon. His first full-length book of poetry, Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) was published by Octopus Books in 2013.

Rex Marshall & Cara Swift

from Posthumous Promiscuous

Rex Marshall is MATTRESS. In addition to making art, Cara Swift crafts jewelry.

Lucy Ives


Lucy Ives’s novel Nineties is forthcoming from Tea Party Republicans Press in late May/early June 2013.

Alex Dimitrov

British Boys and other poems

Alex Dimitrov’s first book of poems, Begging for It, will be published by Four Way Books in March 2013. He is the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City. Dimitrov’s poems have been published in The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, Poetry Daily, Tin House, Boston Review, and the American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize in 2011. He is also the author of American Boys, an e-chapbook published by Floating Wolf Quarterly in 2012. Dimitrov works at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and frequently writes for Poets & Writers.

Ish Klein


Ish Klein is the author of the poetry books Moving Day and Union! published by Canarium Press. A compilation of her videos, entitled Success Window, has been released by Poor Claudia in Portland, Oregon. Her work has screened at festivals and museums around the world. She lives in Amherst with the writer Greg Purcell. They produce the poetry podcast called Noslander.

Drew Krewer

from Superstition Queen

Drew Krewer graduated from the University of Arizona with an M.F.A. in poetry in 2010. He recently founded the online journal The Destroyer Drew’s work can be found (or will soon be found) in DIAGRAM, Fairy Tale Review, Trickhouse, and Poor Claudia. His chapbook, Ars Warholica (2010), is available from Spork Press.

Poor Claudia Three

Matt Bell Arda Collins Brandon Downing Kate Greenstreet Kathleen Lane Adam Marston Jeffrey Pethyridge Erika Recordon Andrew Michael Roberts Anne Marie Rooney Paige Taggart Keith Taylor Maureen Thorson C.D. Wright Rachel Zucker


Emily Kendal Frey

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Grief Performance (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011); the chapbooks Frances (Poor Claudia, 2010), The New Planet (Mindmade Books, 2010), and Airport (Blue Hour, 2009); as well as three chapbook collaborations. Frey’s The Grief Performance was selected for the Cleveland State Poetry Center’s 2010 First Book Prize by Rae Armantrout. She also won the Poetry Society of America's 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award. Frey’s poetry also appears in journals such as Octopus and The Oregonian.

Little Blind Thing

Zachary Schomburg

Poet and translator Zachary Schomburg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Iowa. He earned a BA from the College of the Ozarks and a PhD in creative writing-poetry from the University of Nebraska. His books of poetry include The Man Suit (2007), Scary, No Scary (2009), and Fjords vol 1 (2012). He has said of his work, which is known for its absurd, tender humor, “Mostly I want my poems to generate their own energy through confusion. I want my poems to confuse the reader. Not a confusion in a cognitive or narrative sense, but in an emotional sense.” Schomburg co-edits Octopus Books and lives in Portland, Oregon.

Poor Claudia Two

Jenny Boully Kate Bucko Wayne Chambliss Katy Chrisler Lisa Ciccarello Chris Cottrell Jamison Crabtree Matthew Dickman Michael Dickman Donald Dunbar James Gendron Jamalieh Haley Emily Kendal Frey Jesse Lichtenstein Joseph Mains Hannah Pass Zachary Schomburg Carrie Seitzinger Crystal Willer

Bucket Book

Kate Bucko Lisa Ciccarello Chris Cottrell Matthew Dickman Michael Dickman Donald Dunbar Emily Kendal Frey James Gendron Jamalieh Haley Jesse Lichtenstein Joseph Mains Zachary Schomburg

Poum Poum Tra LaLa

Joseph Mains

Joseph Mains is the author of the chapbooks A Portable Model of How Memory Works, Poumpoum Tralala, and To Live Don's Life: A Film in 15 Creams. He lives in Portland, Ore., where he co-curates the reading series Bad Blood and is the editor-in-chief at Octopus Magazine.

Poor Claudia One

Cate Anevski Arielle Angel Jorge Luis Borges Walt Curtis Rick Delucco Michael Dickman Shaun Dolan Monica Drake Donald Dunbar Nolan Foster Rachel Harkai Svein Henry James Honzik Allison Karow Drew Krewer Joseph Mains Jack Pendarvis Will Pewitt Claire Sylvester Smith Cary Spaeth Tom Spanbauer Rick Thompson Elise Topinka Chrisopher Yen

Boyd Spahr

Three Works

Boyd Spahr lives in Los Angeles. He’s the author of the chapbook The Julias (Horse Less Press), and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Western Humanities ReviewMississippi ReviewOctopusPOOLSleepingfishDIAGRAM and elsewhere.

Kelly Schirmann

Four Works

Kelly Schirmann is a poet, musician, & visual artist from California. Her poems have appeared in SporkMud LusciousTitular,MetazenIlluminati Girl Gang, & elsewhere. She writes & records music as HEADBAND, & sings in the band Young Family (with Sam Pink). She currently lives in Portland, Oregon. You can check out her musical collaborations, hand-lettered broadsides, & poems about water at

Tyler Brewington

Five Works

Tyler Brewington is from Boise, Idaho and currently lives & writes in Portland, Oregon.