Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of Night
Sky with Exit Wounds, which was a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award,
and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and finalist for the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and
the Lambda Literary Award. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, Vuong has received honors from the Lannan Foundation,
the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.
His writings have been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, New Republic, The New
Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review,
which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he immigrated to the US at the age
of two as a child refugee. He lives Western Massachusetts and teaches at UMass Amherst’s MFA for Poets & Writers
have been featured in The Atlantic, The
Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets.
Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker,
alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Warsan Shire, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed
Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s “All
Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The
New Yorker. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he immigrated to the US at the age of two as a child refugee.
Poet, critic, and editor T.R. Hummer was born in 1950 in Macon, Mississippi. He holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and the University
of Utah, where he earned a PhD. Though his early work is reminiscent of Southern writers such as James Dickey, Hummer’s poetry considers a range of experiences and ideas. His interest in class, sexuality, music, and metaphysics
shape collections such as Lower-Class Heresy (1987), The Eighteen-Thousand-Ton Olympic Dream (1990), Walt Whitman
in Hell (1996), The Infinity Sessions (2005), and Ephemeron (2011). FALL 2017
Judy Jordan’s first
book of poetry, Carolina Ghost Woods, won
the 1999 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the
Utah Book of the Year Award, the OAY Award from the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award.
Her second book of poetry, Sixty Cent Coffee and a Quarter to Dance, was published
by LSU press. Jordan’s third book, Hunger, was just released with
2017. Jordan just completed a fourth book of poetry, Children of Salt and
is currently working on a fifth and sixth manuscript. Jordan built her own environmentally friendly earthbag and cob
house, lives off-grid surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest, and teaches creative writing at Southern Illinois University,
Carbondale. SPRING 2017Phillip B. Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (Arts
in Bloom Inc., 2011), Burn (YesYes Books, 2013), and a forthcoming collection, Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). Williams is a Cave
Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry.
His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, The Southern Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, West Branch, Blackbird and others. Williams is currently a Chancellor’s
Graduate fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, where he is completing an MFA in creative writing. FALL 2016
Mark Jay Brewin Jr. is a graduate of the MFA program of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
His poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Southern
Poetry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Hollins Critic, Beloit Poetry
Journal, Copper Nickel, New Madrid, Poet Lore, North American Review, Greensboro
Review, Southern Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner and elsewhere. They have also placed as finalist in the
Guy Owen Poetry Prize, the 2011 Third Coast Poetry Prize and the New Letters Literary Award Contest, won the Yellowwood Poetry Contest at the Yalobusha Review, as well as been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His first book manuscript Scrap Iron won the 2012 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize at the University of Utah Press
and will be available in the 2013 Spring catalog. Mark is currently the Poetry Editor for the online publication Saxifrage Press. SPRING
Huff is a first-grade teacher at a school named after a Mexican anarchist. Matthew studied Creative Writing at
the University of Colorado Denver where he was an associate editor for the journal Copper
Nickel; Matthew also holds a degree in Elementary Education from Colorado Christian University. His work has recently
appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review, Pilgrimage, burntdistrict,
Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, Jelly Bucket, The Allegheny Review, and Word
Riot. Matthew lives near Denver with his wife, two dogs, and a kitty he is allergic to.
Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn
House Press) and co-founder of the Charlottesville Reading Series in Virginia. Her poems have won multiple awards, including
a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review,
and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.
Aaron Bauer is a Pushcart-nominated writer and educator living in Colorado. He received his MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
His work has appeared in Prism Review, Inertia, Poemeleonand others. His chapbook Colloquy of Sparrows is available from Blue Lyre.