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Chapbooks in this series:

The Stones

A Little Defense

Not the Thing Itself

Angel in Moloch

Own Premise

“Its Simply Too Much”: Gurlesque Trash and the Poetics of Excess

The Face is a Scandal

Authors in this series:

Brandon Brown is from Kansas City, MO. Chapbooks, poems in journals, readings and performances. He co-curates The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand until late August and publishes small press books under the imprint OMG!

Julie Carr is the author of three books of poetry, Mead: An Epithalamion, Equivocal, and 100 Notes on Violence>, which won the Sawtooth Poetry Award and is just out from Ahsahta Press. A fourth collection, Sarah—of Fragments and Lines, is a National Poetry Series pick and will be out from Coffee House Books in the fall. Carr is the co-publisher of Counterpath Press, and teaches in the University of Colorado, Boulder’s MFA program.

Michael Earl Craig is the author of Can You Relax in My House (2002) and Yes, Master (2006).  A new book of poems will be published by Wave Books in the fall of 2010.  He lives near Livingston, Montana where he shoes horses for a living.

Sally Delehant was born in Omaha, Nebraska and received her BA in English from the University of Iowa. While attending Iowa she had the privilege of taking poetry workshops under G.C. Waldrep, Dean Young, and Emily Wilson. She is a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA program in Creative Writing and was awarded The Academy of American Poets’ University & College Poetry Prize during her first year. She has recently moved to Chicago where she works in commercial real estate and, of course, writes poetry.

Claire Donato resides in Brooklyn, NY. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Lit, Action Yes, Harp & Altar, and Typo. She is the author of a chapbook, Someone Else’s Body (Cannibal Books 2009). She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and is a second-year MFA Literary Arts candidate at Brown University.

Jenny Drai is from Chicago, Munich, and Oakland. She has work recently appearing or forthcoming in Calaveras Journal, Court Green, H_NGM_N, Monday Night, and RealPoetik. She currently lives in Orange County, which is interesting.

Paul Ebenkamp lives and works in Berkeley.

Barbara Claire Freeman is a literary critic and professor of literature who has recently turned her full attention to writing poetry. She is the author of The Feminine Sublime: Gender and Excess in Women’s Fiction (University of California Press, 1998, pbk. 2000), among many other works of criticism and theory. Formerly an Associate Professor of English at Harvard, she teaches creative writing for the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley. Her poems have appeared in A Public Space, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Modern Review, New American Writing, Sycamore Review and Parthenon West Review. She is a recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Award, the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize (Sarah Lawrence College, 2007) and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Incivilities, her first book of poems has just been published Counterpath Press (November, 2009). A chapbook, St. Ursula’s Silence, is forthcoming from Instance Press.

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of AIRPORT (Blue Hour 2009). She teaches at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon.

Johannes Groansson writes, “I’m the co-editor of Action,Yes and Action Books, which published my book of translations Remainland: Selected Poems of Aase Berg last fall. This winter Ugly Duckling Presse is publishing my translations of Finland-Swedish Modernist Henry Parland’s (1908-1930) seminal collection Idealrealisation (1929). I have recently edited special Swedish poetry issues of Typo and Fourteen Hills.”

Gillian O. B. Hamel lives in Berkeley, California, and practices writing poems in the MFA program at St. Mary’s College.  Hijinks ensue.

Jeff T. Johnson’s poetry has been featured on KPFA’s The Writers’ Block, at A Voice Box, Kate Greenstreet’s Every Other Day, in Ocho and The New Yinzer, and is forthcoming in Caketrain, VOLT, and Cannibal. His writing has also appeared in The Encyclopedia Project, Kitchen Sink, Fabula, Pitchfork, Fanzine, The Intimacies Project, and the SF Weekly. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks The Record Room and Grammar Politics, and he attends the graduate program in creative writing at the New School.

Kevin Killian has written two novels, Shy (1989) and Arctic Summer (1997), a book of memoirs, Bedrooms Have Windows (1990), two books of stories, Little Men (1996) and I Cry Like a Baby (2001) and two books of poetry, Argento Series (2001), and Action Kylie (2008). With Lew Ellingham, Killian has written often on the life and work of the American poet Jack Spicer [1925-65] and with Peter Gizzi has edited My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (2008) for Wesleyan University Press. For the San Francisco Poets Theater Killian has written thirty plays, including Stone Marmalade (1996, with Leslie Scalapino), The American Objectivists (2001, with Brian Kim Stefans), and Often (also 2001, with Barbara Guest). New projects include Screen Tests, an edition of Killian’s film writing, and Impossible Princess, a new fiction collection forthcoming from City Lights Books in 2009. A new novel Spreadeagle will appear in the spring.

MIDNIGHTS, poetry and prose poems by Jane Miller, is Saturnalia Press artist/poet Collaboration Series, #4, 2008, with visual art contributed by Beverly Pepper and an introduction by C.D. Wright. Miller’s other recent work is the book-length sequence, A Palace of Pearls (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), which received the 2006 Audre Lorde Prize in Poetry. Among earlier collections are Wherever You Lay Your Head; Memory at These Speeds: New and Selected Poems; The Greater Leisures, a National Poetry Series Selection; and August Zero, winner of the Western States Book Award. She has also written Working Time: Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Travel, published in the University of Michigan’s Poets on Poetry Series.

Craig Santos Perez, a native Chamorro from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam), has lived in California since 1995. He is the co-founder of Achiote Press and author of several chapbooks, including constellations gathered along the ecliptic (Shadowbox Press, 2007), all with ocean views (Overhere Press, 2007), and preterrain (Corollary Press, 2008). His first book, from unincorporated territory [hacha], was published by Tinfish Press in 2008. His poetry, essays, fiction, reviews, and translations have appeared in New American Writing, Pleiades, The Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Sentence, and Rain Taxi, among others.

Donna de la Perrière is the author of True Crime (Talisman House, 2009). Her poems have appeared in Agni, American Letters and Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Five Fingers Review, The New England Review and Bread Loaf Quarterly, New American Writing, Parthenon West Review, Volt, and other journals, as well as in Faux Press’s 2006 Bay Poetics anthology. The recipient of a 2009 Fund for Poetry award, she teaches in the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at California College of the Arts and San Francisco State University, and curates the Bay Area Poetry Marathon reading series at San Francisco’s The Lab gallery and performance space.

Lucas M. Rivera lives in Oakland, CA. He is an associate editor and the distribution manager for the poetry magazine LETTERBOX. He is currently working as a librarian at California State University East Bay and doing research on Dialogical philosophy with Dr. Marek Bielecki.

Matthew Rohrer is the author of 6 books of poems, most recently A PLATE OF CHICKEN from Ugly Duckling Presse. A chapbook-length action/adventure poem THEY ALL SEEMED ASLEEP was recently published by Octopus Books. With Joshua Beckman and Anthony McCann he wrote GENTLE READER! — a secretly published book of erasures of the Romantics. It is not for sale. He lives in Brooklyn.

Kate Schapira lives, writes and teaches in Providence, RI. She’s the author of several chapbooks, most recently The Saint’s Notebook (Flying Guillotine Press), Heroes and Monsters (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and The Love of Freak Millways and Tango Wax (Cy Gist Press), as well as two tiny chapbooks from Rope-A-Dope Press and a number of chapbooks assembled at her kitchen table. She recently started working in Providence public elementary schools as a visiting writer and organizes the Publicly Complex Reading Series.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of The Man Suit (Black Ocean 2007), Scary, No Scary (Black Ocean 2009), and several chapbooks including three forthcoming collaborative chapbooks with Emily Kendal Frey: Team Sad (Cinematheque Press 2010), Feelings Using Wolves (Small Fires Press 2010) and Ok Goodnight (Futuretense 2010). He co-edits Octopus Books and Octopus Magazine. He lives in Portland, OR.
I’m Noah Siela. I grew up on a farm in Iowa, did my undergrad at The University of Iowa and moved out here to Baltimore to attend the MFA program in poetry at the University of Maryland, College Park, where I also teach some poetry workshops and some rhetoric courses.

Logan Ryan Smith: Pretend ex-patriot. Future ex-patriot. Favorite poet. Baseball fanatic. Doctor Who wannabe. Social Democrat. Lonely. Bored. Broke. Disallusioned. Over-it. Owner of all four seaons of The O.C.

Bronwen Tate is the author of the chapbooks Souvenirs (Dusie 2007) and Like the Native Tongue the Vanquished (Cannibal 2008). She is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Stanford University, where she edits Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism, and Translation. She can read and knit at the same time.

Kate Thorpe is originally from Seattle. She recently completed the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry and is currently teaching creative writing at The University of Iowa as a Provost Fellow.

Truong Tran is a poet and visual artist. His publications include, The Book of Perceptions, Placing The Accents, dust and conscience (awarded the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Prize in 2002), within the margin and Four Letter Words. He is the recipient numerous awards and fellowships including two San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grants in poetry, The Arts Council of Silicon Valley Grant, The California Arts Council Grant, The Creative Work Fund Grant, The Fund For Poetry Grant and most recently The San Francisco Arts Commission Grant in Visual Arts. Truong lives in San Francisco, teaches at SFSU and is a Visiting Professor at Mills College. He will have a solo exhibition of his artwork in Feb. 2010 at The Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco.

Mike Young is the author of two forthcoming chapbooks: MC Oroville’s Answering Machine (Transmission Press) and Real Sturdy Thing (Stormy Petrel Press). He co-edits NOÖ Journal and Magic Helicopter Press. He is from Oroville, CA and lives in Northampton, MA. Visit him online at

SHARON ZETTER writes words between co-editing the journal Retired Unicorn, book binding, and battling with paint and yarn. She is currently working on building a dacha, possibly made of straw, with five other humans. Documentation of their exploits can be found at Her poems have found home in Hanging Loose, Slipstream, Sorry for Snake, Soft Skull and Blood Pudding Press.


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