Lisa Fishman is the author of five books of poetry and four chapbooks. Her newest collections are F L O W E R C A R T (Ahsahta, May 2011) and Current (Parlor Press, November 2010) and her most recent chapbook, at the same time as scattering, was released by Albion Books, San Francisco, in Fall 2010. Fishman’s earlier books are The Happiness Experiment (Ahsahta, 2007); Dear, Read (Ahsahta, 2002); and The Deep Heart’s Core Is a Suitcase (New Issues Press, 1996). Her earlier chapbooks are Lining (Boxwood Editions, 2009), KabbaLoom (Wyrd Press, 2007), and “The Holy Spirit does not deal in synonimes: a Transcription of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Marginalia in Her Greek and Hebrew Bibles” (Parcel Press, 2008). Fishman’s poems are published in such magazines as 1913, Colorado Review, Conduit, Volt, A Public Space, Free Verse, Parthenon West Review, and elsewhere.
Tony Trigilio holds a Ph.D. in English from Northeastern University in Boston. He is the author of the poetry collections Historic Diary (BlazeVOX Books, 2011) and The Lama's English Lessons (Three Candles Press, 2006); the chapbooks With the Memory, Which is Enormous (Main Street Rag Press, 2009) and Make a Joke and I Will Sigh and You Will Laugh and I Will Cry (e-chap, Scantily Clad Press, 2008); and two books of criticism, Allen Ginsberg’s Buddhist Poetics (Southern Illinois University Press, 2007) and “Strange Prophecies Anew: Rereading Apocalypse in Blake, H.D., and Ginsberg (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000). He co-edits the poetry journal Court Green and with Tim Prchal, he co-edited the anthology Visions and Divisions: American Immigration Literature, 1870-1930 (Rutgers University Press, 2008). Tony's poems have been anthologized in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab, 2006); Digerati: 20 Contemporary Poets in the Virtual World (Three Candles, 2006); America Zen (Bottom Dog Press, 2004), and A Gathering of Poets, a volume commemorating the students killed at Kent State University and Jackson State University (Kent State University Press).
David Trinidad's most recent books are Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011), The Late Show (2007), and By Myself (with D.A. Powell, 2009), all published by Turtle Point Press. His other books include Phoebe 2002: An Essay in Verse (with Jeffery Conway and Lynn Crosbie; Turtle Point Press, 2003) and Plasticville (Turtle Point Press, 2000, finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets). He is editor of A Fast Life: The Collected Poems of Tim Dlugos (Nightboat Books, 2011), Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry (with Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton) and Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford (with Maxine Scates). His poems have appeared in such periodicals as The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harper’s, The Paris Review, and Tin House, and have been included in numerous anthologies, including Up Late: American Poetry Since 1970, High Risk: An Anthology of Forbidden Writings, The Best American Poetry, Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He is also the 2011-2013 Columbia College Distinguished Scholar Fellow.
Jenny Boully is the author of not merely because of the unknown that was stalking towards them (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2011), The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande, 2007), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2006), The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, 2007 and Slope Editions, 2002), and the chapbook Moveable Types (Noemi Press, 2007). Her work has been anthologized in The Next American Essay, The Best American Poetry, Language for a New Century, and Great American Prose Poems. She earned her Ph.D. in English Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and holds graduate degrees in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and Hollins University. Born in Thailand and reared in Texas, she teaches poetry and nonfiction and currently directs the MFA Program in Nonfiction.
CM Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from organizations including Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Cave Canem, Callaloo Writers Workshop and the University of Pittsburgh. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. A graduate of Sweet Briar College and the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh, she lives in Chicago where she is the 2011-2013 Stuckey Emerging Poet-in-Residence at Columbia College. Her poem “Artist’s Delight” was published as a broadside in 2008 for Pennsylvania’s Public Poetry Project, and appeared in Tuesday; An Art Project. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Callaloo, jubilat, VOLT, Bat City Review, La Fovea, and Eleven Eleven. Burroughs’s first book, The Vital System, will be published by Tupelo Press in 2012.
Michael Robins, the 2011-13 Visiting Assistant Professor in Poetry, the author of Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011), the chapbook Circus (Flying Guillotine Press, 2009), and The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Boston Review, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, Ploughshares and elsewhere. His short essays and book reviews have appeared in journals such as MAKE, Poets for Living Waters, Redactions, and in the anthology The Field Guide to Prose Poetry (Rose Metal Press, 2010). Born in Portland, Oregon, Robins holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 2007, he received a Finalist Award from the Illinois Arts Council, and in 2011, a Presidential Grant from Columbia College Chicago. Robins is a contributing editor at Born Magazine, a hybrid journal of literary arts and interactive media (www.bornmagazine.org).
Jill Magi’s text/image, poetry/prose hybrid works document the generative space between ideology and experience as it is lived. A teacher at Goddard College and a visiting writer in the MFA Program at Columbia College, she is the author of SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman), Torchwood (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), the chapbooks Die for love/furlough, Poetry Barn Barn!, Confidence and Autonomy, and numerous handmade books. Recent work has appeared in Drunken Boat, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Common-place: Journal of the American Antiquarian Society, and is forthcoming in Rattapallax. Her visual works have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, apexart, AC Institute, and Pace University. She was a Textile Arts Center resident in 2011, a writer-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006-07, and currently is a recipient of a multi-disciplinary arts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. From her apartment in Chicago, Jill runs Sona Books, a very small chapbook press, and for her publishing work, was named by Poets & Writers magazine as among the most inspiring authors of 2010.
Kenyatta Rogers, the 2012-13 Visiting Poet, is a Cave Canem Fellow and a founding member of the Chicago Poetry Bordello. He’s taught for the Chicago City Colleges, Kent State University, The Children's Humanities Festival "Words@Play" Program and was a Professional English Tutor with the Truman College TRiO program. He is a Poet-in-Residence for the Hands on Stanzas program through the Chicago Poetry Center. His poems have been published or are forthcoming from Cave Canem Anthology XIII, Vinyl, Arsenic Lobster, Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, 350poems, and elsewhere. In 2009 he was nominated for an Illinois Arts Council Literacy Award for the poem “Safety.”