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Cynthia Arrieu-King is assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton College. Her work will appear this year in Harp and Altar, Fou Magazine, Witness, Boston Review, and TYPO.

Melissa Barrett is a poet from Ohio currently living in Colorado. In addition to writing poetry, she runs a vegan home bakery and has created a number of vegetarian recipes. Her work has recently appeared in Sotto Voce, Science Metropolis, and the Wittenberg Review of Literature and Art. She was a 2009 finalist for the Gulf Coast Prize for Poetry, judged by Brigit Pegeen Kelly.

Sarah Blackman is the director of creative writing at the Fine Arts Center, a public arts high school in Greenville, South Carolina. Her most recent poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Court Green, Versal and Phoebe. Her chapbook Such A Thing As America will be published by the Burnside Review this summer. 

Jessica Anya Blau’s first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was chosen as a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, The New York Post and New York Magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle and other major newspapers chose the book as a Best Book of 2008. Her second novel, Home For The Heart Attack, will be published by HarperCollins in 2010. She lives in Baltimore.

Devon Branca is working toward a Ph.D. at Binghamton University where he is the managing editor for Harpur Palate. His work has been published in Indiana Review, Copper Nickel and is forthcoming in Fugue.

Francesca Chabrier lives on Orchard Street. She is the assistant editor of jubilat. Her poems can be seen in places like Sixth Finch and notnostrums. She also works on a collaborative project with Christopher Cheney. Together they are Amy Adams, and they keep a blog at amyadamsforever.blogspot.com.

Christopher Cheney is from “The Town That Can’t Be Licked,” Massachusetts. His digital chapbook They Kissed Their Homes is now available from Blue Hour Press. He is the managing editor of Slope Editions. His poems can be found in DIAGRAM, Notnostrums, Shampoo, and NOÖ Journal.

Paula Cisewski is the author of two books: Ghost Fargo (Nightboat, 2010) and Upon Arrival (Black Ocean, 2006), as well as three chapbooks: Two Museums (MaCaHu Press 2009), Or Else What Asked the Flame (with Mathias Svalina, Scantily Clad Press, 2008), and How Birds Work (Fuori, 2002).

Adam Clay is the author of The Wash. His second book, A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He co-edits Typo Magazine and lives in Michigan.

Evan Commander is the author of two chapbooks, Planet Carpet and A Thing and Its Ghost and the founder/editor of Moor Books. He lives in Brooklyn.

Nina Corwin is the author of Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her work appears or is forthcoming in ACM, BlazeVOX, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review, Southern Poetry and Wm and Mary Reviews. Psychotherapist in daylight hours, she has twice served as guest poetry editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Peter Davis’s book of poems is Hitler’s Mustache. He edited Poet’s Bookshelf: Contemporary Poets on Books that Shaped Their Art. His poems have been published in journals like Court Green, Octopus, No Tell Motel, Fou, and McSweeney’s. He lives in Muncie, Indiana and teaches at Ball State University.

Russell Dillon is one hundred dampened match sticks, but not one Ave Maria. He is also the string tied to your cloud when it is raining. A chapbook, Secret Damage, was released in winter 2009, along with all his homing pigeons.

Patrick James Dunagan lives and works in San Francisco. Recent books include: From Chansonniers (Blue Press, 2008) and Easy Eden with Micah Ballard (PUSH, 2009).

Adam Fell was born in Burlington, Wisconsin. His poems have been published in Diagram, Crazyhorse, Tin House, Notnostrums, and Fou, among others. He teaches at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Note: the title of the poem “Reckoner” is taken from the Radiohead song of the same name and a portion of its lyrics are gospelized in the poem.

Nicholas Gulig was born in Wisconsin, received his education in Montana, and is currently an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

Joanna Hershon is the author of three novels: Swimming, The Outside of August, and The German Bride. Her writing has appeared in One Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Post Road, the literary anthology Brooklyn Was Mine, and was shortlisted for the 2007 O. Henry Prize Stories. She is currently at work on a new novel.

Daniel Khalastchi is graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of journals, including Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Ninth Letter, Octopus Magazine, Thermos (for which he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize) Sonora Review, GutCult, and New Hampshire Review, among others. A recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a teaching/writing fellow at Augustana College, Daniel lives in Milwaukee where he lectures at Marquette University and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. This summer, he will teach for both the University of Iowa’s Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio.

Chrissy Kolaya’s poems and stories have appeared in Norton’s New Sudden Fiction anthology, Milkweed Edition’s Fiction on a Stick anthology, and in the literary journals Crazyhorse, the North American Review, Salt Hill, Iron Horse, PoemMemoirStory, and the Birmingham Poetry Review. This summer, she was the recipient of a Norman Mailer Writers Colony summer scholarship and a residency fellowship at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Currently, she teaches writing at the University of Minnesota Morris and is at work on a novel.

Rakish adventurer Brendan Lorber spends his days and nights flying small 1970’s-era airplanes, rebuilding a ramshackle Revolutionary War-era Brooklyn farmhouse, and allowing his baby daughter Aurora to redefine the very nature of time and endurance. He is not the real father of several other poet-babies born this past year despite the striking array of traits they appear to have inherited from him, traits like immaturity, impatience, mild colic and tiny bladders. During his recent stint as editor of the Poetry Project Newsletter Lorber did his best to destroy the Newsletter, the Poetry Project, all poetry forever, and you. He ran the Zinc Talk Reading Series for ten freewheeeling years. He continues to edit LUNGFULL! Magazine, the horribly-named journal that prints people’s rough drafts in addition to the final versions so you can see the process from beginning to end. Are you still reading this bio? Why? It’s not exactly Anna Karenina now is it? Lorber is the author of several chapbooks, among them The Address Book, Dash, Your Secret and Corvid Aurora. His work has appeared in countless journals and anthologies in several languages around the world. He has lectured and taught workshops on writing and participatory economics throughout the country but always returns to his Brooklyn home slung between an old power plant and a much older 500-acre necropolis.

Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. Recent (or pending) publications include: AGNI Online, Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, LIT, Now Culture, PANK, 6X6, and WEB CONJUNCTIONS. The title of his manuscript is THE GETTING RID OF THE THAT WHICH CANNOT BE DONE WITHOUT.

Clay Matthews’s first book, Superfecta, is out from Ghost Road Press. He also has two chapbooks: Muffler (H_NGM_N B_ _KS) and Western Reruns (End & Shelf Books), which is available for free online. You can visit him at claymatthews.blogspot.com.

Karyna McGlynn was born and raised in Austin, Texas and received her MFA from the University of Michigan. Her first book, I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl, won the 2008 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry from Sarabande Books. She’s the author of three chapbooks: Scorpionica, Alabama Steve and Small Shrines. Her poems have recently appeared in Fence, Denver Quarterly, Diode, Octopus, Typo, Caketrain and Anti-. Currently, she teaches at Concordia University and will be the Claridge Writer-in-Residence at Illinois College this fall. She edits the online journal linelinelineline with Adam Theriault.

Ben Mirov lives in New York. He has some poems in or forthcoming from 3AM, Opium Magazine, Fou, and Lamination Colony. He is editor of paxjournal.com. Sometimes, he blogs at isaghost.blogspot.com. He would like to thank his headphones and tacos for saving his life.

Mel Nichols is the author of Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha Press 2008), The Beginning of Beauty, Part 1: hottest new ringtones mnichol6 (Edge Books 2007), Day Poems (Edge Books 2005), and the forthcoming Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon. Recently she collaborated with Mark Cunningham on the online chapbook nightlightnight. She teaches at George Mason University and curates the Ruthless Grip Poetry Series in Washington, D.C.

Timothy O’Keefe’s poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Electronic Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, New American Writing, Pleiades, and elsewhere. Most recently, his work was selected by Heather McHugh for the 2008 Academy of American Poets’ Levis Prize.

Alexis Orgera is the author of two chapbooks, Illuminatrix (Forklift, Ink.) and Dear Friends, the Birds Were Wonderful! (Blue Hour Press). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fou, H_ngm_n, The Journal, jubilat, No Tell Motel, Sixth Finch, SUB-LIT, and The Tusculum Review. She recently relocated to southwest Florida where stingray gangs swim through backyards and ospreys eat fish in tree branches.

Cate Peebles lives in Brooklyn. Her work has recently appeared in Cannibal, CutBank, Octopus, and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House. She co-edits the poetry magazine Fou (www.foumagazine.net).

Recent fiction by Matthew Pitt appears in Oxford American, New Letters, and The Southern Review, and is cited in Best American Short Stories 2007 and The Pushcart Prize XXX. He writes on a freelance basis for numerous publications, including a monthly stint as restaurant reviewer.

Matt Reeck lives in Brooklyn. He has two chapbooks published—Love Songs & Laments by MIPoesias and Sieve by Other Rooms; a third, Midwinter, will soon be published by Equinox Press. His translations from the Urdu and the French can be read online in A Public Space, The Annual of Urdu Studies and Jacket.

Tomaž Šalamun is widely recognized as one of the leading Central European poets. He lives in Ljubljana and occasionally teaches in the USA. His recent books translated into English are The Book for My Brother, Poker, Woods and Chalices, There’s the Hand and There’s the Arid Chair. His Blue Tower is due by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2010.

Selah Saterstrom is the author of The Meat and Spirit Plan and The Pink Institution (both published by Coffee House Press). She is an editor at Trickhouse (www.trickhouse.org) and on the faculty of the University of Denver’s graduate program for creative writing as well as the Naropa Summer Writing MFA Program.

Jenn Scheck-Kahn’s fiction has placed in contests hosted by Atlantic Monthly and Glimmer Train, and won the Primal Tongue contest hosted by Meeting House. Her work has appeared in failbetter, elimae, Six Sentences, and Tea Party Magazine. She earned her MFA in fiction from Bennington College.

Ed Skoog is the author of Mister Skylight (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), but, more importantly, is a previous Forklift contributor.

Nate Slawson edits the online magazine dear camera and designs books for Cinematheque Press. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, H_NGM_N, diode, TYPO, linelinelineline, Tammy, and New Pony: A Horse Less Anthology (horse less press). He lives in Chicago.

Michael Thomas Taren is a 2009 graduate of the MFA program at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He has been published in the Colorado Review, and his co-translations of Tomaž Šalamun’s poems have appeared in Fou Magazine, Fulcrum, Public Space, Ninth Letter, Poetry Review London, Poetry London, and the recently published 7 Poets, 4 Days, 1 Book (Trinity University Press, 2009) . He currently lives in Iowa City.

Thera Webb is currently a second-year MFA student at UNC Greensboro. She reviews books for Maximum Rock‘n’Roll, an international punk fanzine, and her work has recently appeared in Fiction, a new journal from Japan.

Andrew Wells is from Piedmont, Alabama. Ha!