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  Redletter Reading Series
Redletter is a reading series featuring local and regional poets and writers on the third Friday of each month, and is curated by Chuck Stebelton. The program begins at 7pm with an open mic hosted by Melissa Czarnik, followed by one or two featured readers. The cost is $3, or $2 for open mic readers.

September 16, 2011 - Collier Nogues

Collier NoguesCollier Nogues's first book of poems, On the Other Side, Blue, was published by Four Way Books in April 2011. She has been a MacDowell Fellow and a Ucross Foundation Resident, and was recently the Fishtrap Writer-in-Residence for two years in Enterprise, Oregon. Her poems were a special feature of the Spring 2010 issue of Pleiades, and other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, Blackbird, and The Pinch, among other journals. She's a graduate of UC Irvine's MFA Program in Poetry, and lives in Long Beach.


March 18, 2011 - Stacia M. Fleegal

Stacia M. FleegalStacia M. Fleegal is the author of Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter (WordTech, 2010), Versus (BlazeVOX, 2011), and the chapbooks The Lines Are Not My Friends (second place, Cervená Barva Press chapbook competition, 2010) and A Fling with the Ground (Finishing Line Press, 2007). She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009 and 2010. Her poems have most recently appeared in Fourth River, The Louisville Review, Skidrow Penthouse, decomP, Pemmican, Blue Collar Review, and The Kerf. She currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, and is co-founder and co-editor of both Imaginary Friend Press (www.imaginaryfriendpress.com) and the online literary journal Blood Lotus (www.bloodlotusjournal.com). Please visit her website at (www.staciamfleegal.com).

February 18, 2011 - Georgia Ressmeyer

Georgia RessmeyerGeorgia Ressmeyer's chapbook, Today I Threw My Watch Away, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines, including Verse Wisconsin, The South Carolina Review, Wisconsin People & Ideas, The Cresset: A review of literature, the arts, and public affairs, Puerto del Sol, and Phoebe: Gender & Cultural Critiques. An east coast native, she is a graduate of The Yale Law School and worked for many years in Milwaukee as a defense attorney for individuals with mental disabilities through the Wisconsin State Public Defender's office. At present she lives in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Ressmeyer twice received grants in Creative Writing from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her short novel, Bernice: A Comedy in Letters, was published by Metis Press in 1984. An excerpt from another short novel, Sea Robin, appeared in an anthology, The Five-Petalled Blossom.

December 17, 2010 - Ching-In Chen

Ching-In ChenChing-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press). The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a Kundiman and Lambda Fellow and a member of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Macondo writing communities. A community organizer, she has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. Ching-In is a co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, forthcoming from South End Press in March 2011.

June 18, 2010 - Francesco Levato

Francesco LevatoPoet, translator, and new media artist Francesco Levato is the author of three books of poetry: Elegy for Dead Languages, forthcoming from Torino Poesia; War Rug, a book length documentary poem; and Marginal State. His translations of the works of Italian poets, Tiziano Fratus, Creaturing, and Fabiano Alborghetti, The Opposite Shore, are forthcoming from Marick Press in the spring and fall of 2010. His work has been published internationally in journals and anthologies, both in print and online, including The Los Angeles Review, Drunken Boat, The Progressive, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, Versal, and many others. His poetry-based video artwork has been exhibited in galleries and featured at film festivals in Berlin, Germany; Chicago; New York; Potenza, Italy and elsewhere. He maintains an active reading, film screening, and publication schedule both in Chicago and abroad.

May 21, 2010 - Lindsay Bland, and Jen Tynes

Lindsay BlandLindsay Bland is the author of Between the Devil and the Deep (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She holds an MFA from the University of Montana and currently lives and writes in Milwaukee.

Jen TynesJen Tynes lives in Denver and edits horse less press. She is the author or co-author of Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books), See Also Electric Light (Dancing Girl Press), The Ohio System (w/ Erika Howsare, Octopus Books), and The End of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press).

April 16, 2010 - Rebecca Wolff, Steven Teref, and Maja Teref

Rebecca WolffRebecca Wolff is the editor of Fence, a journal of poetry, fiction, art, and criticism, and of Fence Books. She is author of three books of poems. In 2001 her first book of poems, Manderley, was published by the University of Illinois Press, after having been selected for the National Poetry Series by Robert Pinsky. In September of 2004 Wolff's second book of poems, Figment, was published by W. W. Norton as a winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her third book, The King was out in 2009 from W.W. Norton. Her novel The Beginner is out in 2011 from Riverhead Books. In the summer of 2005 she relocated permanently to Athens, New York, a river town in the Hudson Valley. In 2007, Fence and Fence Books found sponsorship at the University at Albany, in partnership with the New York State Writers Institute, of which Wolff is now a Program Fellow.

Steven and Maja Teref are the translators of Assembly, poetry by Serbian poet Novica Tadić.

Steven TerefSteven Teref, originally from Somerville, MA, teaches literature and writing at Columbia College Chicago. He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago and his B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he also studied Serbo-Croatian under the tutelage of Serbian linguist Biljana Šljivić-Šimšić. His own poems have appeared in Court Green, Black Clock, Apocryphal Text and elsewhere. He is the Technology Chair of IL TESOL (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Maja TerefMaja Teref, originally from Belgrade, Serbia, worked as a translator, newscaster, and DJ in the English Department at Radio Yugoslavia in the early 1990's. Her B.A. is in English Studies from Belgrade University, and her M.A. is in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She teaches in Chicago and is the 2009-10 President of IL TESOL (Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Novica Tadić Assembly by Novica TadićNovica Tadić [not in attendance at this Redletter reading] was born in Smriječno, a small Montenegrin village, in 1949 and lives in Zemun, Serbia. Until 2007, he was the editor-in-chief for the literary publisher Rad, where he worked for 38 years. A renowned Serbian poet and a member of the Serbian Literary Society, he has published sixteen books of poetry, in addition to many selected works. His most recent collection is Devil's Companion (2008). His poetry has been represented in many poetry anthologies from Serbia and around the world. Collections of his work have been translated into numerous languages, namely English and French.

March 19, 2010 - Todd Boss, Wendy Vardaman

Todd BossTodd Boss's debut poetry collection, Yellowrocket, was published in 2008 by W. W. Norton. Todd's poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. For the past five years, Todd has been the Director of External Affairs at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. He lives in north suburban Saint Paul with his wife and two children. He is also the editor of Flurry*, an online journal of "*wintry poetry, intermittently, from Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin.".

Wendy VardamanWendy Vardaman is co-editor of Verse Wisconsin. Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Poetry Daily, Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory, Letters to the World, Poet Lore, Free Verse, Wisconsin People & Ideas, Women's Review of Books, Rain Taxi Review, Rattle and Portland Review. The author of Obstructed View (Fireweed Press, 2009), she lives in Madison, WI with husband, Thomas DuBois, has three children, and works for the children's theater company, The Young Shakespeare Players.

February 19, 2010 - Jim Stevens, Mildred Tinker Schuman, Cathy Caldwell

Jim Stevens is a Seneca poet living in Northern Wisconsin. He is presently lead editor and coordinator for the Native American literary magazine Yukhika-latuhse (She tells us stories). He previously worked as a writer in Madison, where he edited the three-volume Journey Home: The Literature of Wisconsin through Four Centuries, as well as Dreaming History: A Collection of Wisconsin Native American Writing.

Mildred Tinker Schuman Mildred Tinker Schuman is a member of the Ojibway Nation of Lac du Flambeau in Wisconsin. Mildred is a poet whose work is established in Native American heritage. She co-authored The Healing Blanket: Stories, Values and Poetry from Ojibwe Elders and Teachers with Gina Jones and Maryellen Baker. Her CD, All My Relatives was produced by Native American Pathways Poetry in 1992..

Cathy Caldwell is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Indian Tribe. Her work has appeared in Moccasin Telegraph; Winter Nest: A Poetry Anthology by Women of Color (Blue Reed Arts, 1987); Sustaining the Forest, the People, and the Spirit (College of the Menominee Nation Press, 1995); and Wisconsin Indian Literature: Anthology of Native Voices ((The University of Wisconsin Press, 2006). Cathy has worked as a full-time English Instructor at MATC, Milwaukee since August 2005.

November 20, 2009 - Michael Bernstein, Nick Demske, Jill Wohlgemuth

Michael BernsteinMichael Bernstein was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He received a BA from Columbia College, and an MFA from Naropa University. His poems have appeared in magazines such as Puppy Flowers, Conundrum, Moria, blazeVOX, and New American Writing. He has taught Creative Writing to at-risks teens though Boulder Attention Homes in Boulder, CO, and as a visiting artist at the University of Tulsa. He has also worked as an editor on two literary journals: Columbia Poetry Review and Pinstripe Fedora. Michael currently lives and writes in Milwaukee, WI.

Nick Demske Nick Demske lives in Racine, Wisconsin, and works there at the Racine Public Library. With Matt Specht, he co-curates the BONK! performance series in Racine. Nick edits the online publication Boo: a journal of terrific things, which is a magazine of exclusively offensive contributions, and runs a blog at nickipoo.wordpress.com.

Jill WohlgemuthJill Wohlgemuth has a BA in English Writing from Northwestern College and an MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction from the University of Iowa (the Iowa Writer's Workshop). She is currently earning a Master of Library Science from UW-M, working at the reference desk at Golda Meir library, and teaching a few college composition courses. In 2007, she was a semi-finalist in the Salem College for Women Writer's National Literary Awards. This summer she is working on her third novel.

October 16, 2009 - Nate Graziano, Charles Ries, Micah Ling, and B.J. Best

Nate Graziano Nate Graziano lives in Manchester, New Hampshire. For the past decade, he has been teaching English at Pembroke Academy in Pembroke, New Hampshire. In 2007, Teaching Metaphors, a collection of poetry that documents his experiences teaching high school, was published by sunnyoutside. After the Honeymoon (sunnyoutside, 2009) is his third full-length book of poetry.

Charles RiesCharles P. Ries' narrative poems, short stories, interviews, and poetry reviews have appeared in numerous print and electronic publications. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing, and is the author of The Fathers We Find: The Making of a Pleasant, humble boy, a novel based on memory and five books of poetry. Forthcoming in 2010 are Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love (Alternating Current Press) and I'd Rather Be Mexican (Cervena Barva Press). He lives in Milwaukee, WI.

Micah Ling Micah Ling earned her MA and MFA at Indiana University. She currently teaches writing courses at both Indiana University and DePauw University. She serves as deputy editor for Keyhole Magazine. Micah lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and dog.

B.J. BestB.J. Best is the author of four chapbooks of poetry, including the brand-new State Sonnets from sunnyoutside and the forthcoming Drag: Twenty Short Poems about Smoking from Centennial Press. His first full-length book, Birds of Wisconsin, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press. He teaches at Carroll University in Waukesha, and lives in West Bend with his wife, three cats, and the occasional salamander in their basement. http://bj.desperadopress.com.

September 18, 2009 - Scott Inguito, Jared Stanley

Scott Inguito Scott Inguito is a graduate of The Iowa Writers Workshop. His chapbook, Dear Jack, is out from Momotombo Press, and his latest chapbook, The Vernacular Sounds of Dog Noise, a collection of woofs, barks and yelps written in Mexico in January 2008, is something he is working on. His poems have appeared in Shampoo, Fence, and 1913: a journal of forms. His collage-play, Trying to Create Intimacy with a Narcissist was performed at California College of Art, San Francisco, for Small Press Traffic, in December 2008. Scott lives in San Francisco. His paintings and pictures from his play can be seen at scottinguito.com.

Jared StanleyJared Stanley is the author of Book Made of Forest, which won Salt Publishing's Crashaw Prize in 2008. He also wrote the chapbooks The Outer Bay (Trafficker Press), I Something Scott Inguito You (Scantily Clad Press) and co-wrote In Fortune (Dusie Kollectiv). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Mary, Realpoetik, and Likestarlings. With Lauren Levin and Catherine Meng, he edits the annual magazine Mrs. Maybe. He was born in Maricopa County, Arizona, raised in Alameda County, California, and currently lives in Merced County, California, where he teaches at the University of California, Merced.

June 19, 2009 - Julie Strand, Kristy Bowen

Julie Strand Julie Strand is the Education Coordinator at Woodland Pattern Book Center. Her poetry has appeared in Wicked Alice, Arsenic Lobster, WOMB Poetry, Rock Heals (A Narrow House Weekly) and others. In 2008, her poem "Neon Yellow" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her second chapbook, The Mae West Defense, is forthcoming in 2009 from Dancing Girl Press.

Kristy Bowen Educated at the University of Maine and Iowa Writer's Workshop, Kristy Bowen is the author of in the bird museum (Dusie Press, 2008) and the fever almanac (Ghost Road Press, 2006). She is the editor of dancing girl press, devoted to publishing work by emerging women poets. She lives and writes in Chicago.

May 15, 2009 - Margaret Rozga

Margaret Rozga Poet and Civil Rights activist Margaret (Peggy) Rozga is author of 200 Nights and One Day (Benu Press, 2009). Her play, March on Milwaukee: A Memoir of the Open Housing Protests, is based on her experience in the civil rights movement in Milwaukee. In 2007, she received the UW Colleges Chancellor's award for outstanding achievement for the events she organized to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Milwaukee's open housing marches.

April 17, 2009 - James Shea, Caryl Pagel

James Shea James Shea is the author of Star in the Eye, selected as winner of the 2008 Fence Modern Poets Series and named by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of its "Favorite Books of 2008." His poems have appeared in various journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, jubilat, Mrs. Maybe and Verse. He currently teaches poetry writing and literature at Columbia College Chicago and DePaul University.

Caryl Pagel Educated at the University of Maine and Iowa Writer's Workshop, Caryl Pagel's poems have recently appeared in Gulf Coast, Gut Cult, notnostrums, Tarpaulin Sky, and Thermos. She works for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A chapbook of her work, Visions, Crisis Apparitions, and Other Exceptional Experiences, was published last spring by Factory Hollow Press.

March 20, 2009 - Michael Robins

Michael Robins Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Handsome, Ploughshares, and Leopard Print: Twelve Writers Change Their Spots, a mini-anthology of heteronymic writing. He was born in Portland, Oregon, and lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.

January 14, 2009 -

Jack Spicer Book An evening of readings and performances, hosted by Karl Saffran, in celebration of My Vocabulary Did This To Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer edited by Peter Gizzi and Kevin Killian. Featured poets include Mike Hauser, Paul Vogel, Jim Chapson and other special guests.

October 17, 2008 - Laurel Bastian, Matt Schumacher

Laurel Bastian Laurel Bastian has work in (or coming soon from) Cream City Review, Margie, Nimrod, Button Magazine, The Madison Review, and others. She co-teaches a weekly workshop for writers in prison and is in the last year of an MFA at UW-Madison's Creative Writing Program. She's hosted several reading series in various states in the US over the last decade-plus, including a late '90s incarnation of Milwaukee's "Poet's Monday."

Matt Schumacher Educated at the University of Maine and Iowa Writer's Workshop, Matt Schumacher is a vagabond transplant who considers himself an Oregonian. His first book, Spilling the Moon, was published in March, and a second, The Fire Diaries, is forthcoming. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Green Mountains Review's Anniversary Issue of the American Apocalypse, ZYZZYVA, and live on stage, put to music by a punk rock band named the Iowa Beef Experience. In a July review of Spilling the Moon in New Pages, Micah Zevin wrote, "Matthew Schumacher's poetry challenges the reader to imagine a rich, dreamy world where the improbable is never impossible, and the impossible is brought to life by the author, a puppet master with convincing zeal for all that is alien about being human."

September 19, 2008 - Anne-Marie Cusac

Anne-Marie CusacAnne-Marie Cusac's poetry has appeared in Poetry, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The American Scholar, The Madison Review, and Crab Orchard Review.

Her first poetry book, The Mean Days (2001) was published by Tia Chucha Press and won the Posner Book Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her second book of poems, Silkie, won the Many Mountains Moving book prize in 2007, and has been selected by the Wisconsin Library Association for Outstanding Achievement recognition in poetry.

A recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University and a Wisconsin Arts Board Individual Artist's grant, Cusac was for ten years an editor and investigative reporter for The Progressive magazine. Her investigative reporting there won several awards, including the prestigious George Polk Award. She is a professor in Communication at Roosevelt University and a contributing writer for The Progressive. Her nonfiction book, Cruel and Unusual: The Culture of Punishment in America, is forthcoming from Yale University Press in Spring 2009.

August 15, 2008 - Open Reading hosted by Melissa Czarnik

As a thanks to all of our open mic frequenters, the August Redletter Reading Series is dedicated to you.

The entire open reading will be devoted to your words and expression. Bring your notebook, chapbook, memory, and/or a friend. We appreciate your support!

June 20, 2008 - Abraham Smith, Zack Pieper

Abraham SmithAbraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. His first book of poems, Whim Man Mammon, was recently published by Action Books. His journal credits include American Poetry Review, jubilat, Northwest Review, Denver Quarterly, Typo, and Ninth Letter, among others. He was a 2004-05 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Presently, he teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Alabama..

Zack PieperZack Pieper is a poet and songwriter. His poems and prose have appeared in various small press publications including Dodo Bird, Rust Buckle Books, The Blue Canary Press and Arlen House. He lives in Milwaukee, WI.

May 16, 2008 - Amaud Jamaul Johnson

Amaud Jamaul JohnsonAmaud Jamaul Johnson's first collection, Red Summer (Tupelo, 2006) was selected by Carl Phillips as winner of The Dorset Prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University and a graduate of the Cave Canem workshop, he holds degrees from Howard University and Cornell University. His poems have appeared, and or forthcoming in Quarterly West, Shenandoah, New England Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, and West Branch. He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

April 18, 2008 - Luke Daly, Barrett Gordon Matthew Klane & Eric Unger

Luke DalyLuke Daly lives in Chicago where he co-edits the poetry magazine string of small machines and a chapbook series for House Press. He is author of Of a Free Town (with Barrett Gordon), The Vandalism Questions, and most recently 1-51, a collaboration with the photographer Rachel Buck.

Barrett GordonBarrett Gordon lives in Chicago; Buffalo born; active member of House Press; co-edits s.o.s.m. w/ Luke Daly and Eric Unger; co-hosts a new reading series with aforementioned gents and editors of Hot Whiskey press at Spudnik Press Print House. Work can be found in drill, small town, s.o.s.m., a sing economy, and ferrum wheel; new pubs: graverubber and rainbow-grey; working on a big series of rubbings, for a gang of collaborative books with David Baptiste-Chirot; more at www.housepress.org.

Matthew KlaneMatthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press (flimforum.blogspot.com). His recent chapbooks include Sorrow Songs (2007), Friend Delighting the Eloquent (2007), and The- Associated Press (2006). Other recent work can be found in Plantarchy!, string of small machines, and wordfor/word. Also, see The Meister-Reich Experiments, a rowdy hypertext housed at housepress.org. Currently, he lives and writes in Albany, NY.

Eric UngerEric Unger was born in Oswego, New York in 1981. Since 2005 he has lived in Chicago. He has been educated at Bennington College, SUNY Oswego, and Columbia College Chicago. His poetry has appeared in Drill, SILO, Small Town, string of small machines, Little Red Leaves, and is forthcoming in the Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets. His chapbook Just as Form was published by House Press in 2007. He edits Spell, a journal for emerging and experimental work, and string of small machines, with Luke Daly and Barrett Gordon.

March 21, 2008 - Dawn Tefft & Kristy Odelius

Dawn TefftDawn Tefft is currently working on a PhD in Creative Writing at UW-Milwaukee, where she is Co-Poetry Editor for Cream City Review. Her e-chapbook Field Trip to My Mother and Other Exotic Locations was published in Mudlark in fall of '05. Recent publications include poems in Witness and Court Green and poems forthcoming in Third Coast and Sentence. After growing up in Southern Illinois, she moved to Dublin, and then Galway, Ireland; Seattle; Chicago; and finally Milwaukee. She was surprised to find that of those locations, Milwaukee is her favorite.

Kristy OdeliusKristy Odelius is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at North Park University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Notre Dame Review, ACM, GutCult, La Petite Zine, Diagram and others. Her poems are anthologized in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books). Her chapbook Bee Spit was published by dancing girl press in December 2007. Look for her first full-length collection of poems, Strange Trades, forthcoming from Shearsman Books in September 2008.

Aldermanic Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Friday, February 15, 2008

Eight candidates for Alderman are invited to address Milwaukee's 3rd District voters, not with speeches - with poetry! Each candidate will present up to three poems or read for 5 minutes sharing their own poetry or a set of favorite poems. Open Mic starts at 7:00. Vince Bushell will co-host the Aldermanic readings after a brief intermission.

Milwaukee's 3rd District candidates include:
  • John Connelly
  • Sura Faraj
  • Patrick Flaherty
  • Daniel Fouliard
  • Nik Kovac
  • Sam McGovern-Rowen
  • Matt Nelson
  • David Schroeder
Primary elections are February 19. Don't Forget to vote!

"It is the poet's task to move the century forward a few inches, as William Carlos Williams reminds us. Keep the world safe for poetry."
–Anne Waldman

November 16, 2007 - Oni Buchanan & Jon Woodward

Oni BuchananOni Buchanan is the author of Spring, one of the 2007 National Poetry Series winners, to be published by the University of Illinois Press in Fall 2008. Her first poetry book, What Animal, was published in October 2003 by the University of Georgia Press. She is also a concert pianist, has released three solo piano CD's, and actively performs across the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Boston, maintains a private piano teaching studio, and serves as an online poetry mentor for the Anna Akhmatova Foundation.

Jon WoodwardJon Woodward was born in Wichita, Kansas. He grew up in Wichita and Denver, Colorado. His second book, Rain, was published in 2006 by Wave Books. He currently lives in the Boston area and works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.

October 19, 2007 - Sue Blaustein & John Sierpinski

Sue BlausteinSue Blaustein grew up in New York and has lived in Wisconsin since 1974, moving from Madison to Milwaukee in 1979. Her work has appeared in the Wisconsin Academy Review and will appear in the Fall 2007 issue of Wisconsin People and Ideas. Poems have also appeared in the New Delta Review, Isotope - A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing and the anthology In My Neighborhood - Celebrating Wisconsin Cities. For her day job, Sue works as an inspector for the Milwaukee Health Department. She serves as president of her union local and as a volunteer organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

John SierpinskiJohn Sierpinski grew up on the near south side of Milwaukee. Later he lived in San Francisco, Santa Monica and Venice, California. Currently, he's driving truck, listening to public radio, and thinking about poetry. John has studied writing at UW-Milwaukee and Marquette University, and poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop and at the Vest Conservatory for Writers. He has been published in literary magazines from California Quarterly to North Coast Review.

August 17, 2007 - Christien Gholson & Michaela Kahn

Christien GholsonChristien Gholson is currently one of the artists-in-residence at The Wormfarm Institute (a non-profit organic farm that seeks to bring culture back into agriculture) in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. His book of linked prose-poems, On the Side of the Crow, published by Hanging Loose Press, was nominated by Coldfront Magazine for best first book in 2006. A chapbook, The Sixth Sense, was recently published in The Modest Proposal Chapbook series of Lilliput Review. He attended both Naropa University and University of California at Davis. He was one of the leaders of the effort to unionize Borders Books & Music in the mid-nineties, editing the national bookseller union organizing magazine 8-Ball. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Michaela KahnMichaela Kahn is currently an artist in residence at The Wormfarm Institute in Reedsburg, WI. (Wormfarm is a working farm and non-profit that seeks to nurture the interstices between culture and agriculture through residencies, outreach programs, an annual Puppet Festival and much more). She has a background in sustainable communities and English lit and received her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Work has appeared at 2River, Big Bridge, Puerto del Sol, Sentence, and others. She guest edited the December 2006 edition of Santa Fe Poetry Broadside. This fall she will be an artist in residence at the Ora Lerman Trust at The Church at Soaring Gardens.

June 15, 2007 - Chris Glomski & Michael Antonucci

Chris GlomskiChris Glomski is the author of Transparencies Lifted from Noon, a collection of poems published in fall of 2005 by MEB / Spuyten Duyvil Press. He is also the author of a chapbook, IL LA, published by Noemi Press in 2002. Since 2002 he has been working on translations of various contemporary Italian poets, some of which recently appeared in ACM. His poems, translations, and critical writings have appeared in Notre Dame Review, The Octopus, Chicago Review, Jacket, A Public Space, and elsewhere. Currently he lives in Chicago with his wife Jennifer Rupert.

Michael AntonucciMichael Antonucci's creative and scholarly work can (or will soon) be found in publications including Arkansas Review, African American Review, Callaloo, Cortland Review, Byline, Cold Mountain Review, Near South, and VIA. A selection from his longer poem Baker Bowl is included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab, 2007). He is part of the Jimmy Wynn Ensemble, a Chicago collaborative writing experiment. Currently at work on a poetic series called Halogen Martyrs, his favorite element is Hassium.

May 18, 2007 - Larry Sawyer & Nikki Wallschlaeger

Larry SawyerLarry Sawyer's chapbooks include Poems for Peace (anthology, Structum Press); A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press, Ontario, Canada); and Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother's milk press) which was recently included in Yale's Collection of American Literature. He edits www.milkmag.org and also curates the Myopic Books Poetry Reading Series at Myopic Books in Wicker Park, Chicago. His blog is larrysawyer.blogspot.com. Forthcoming work will appear in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab).

Nikki Wallschlaeger At the age of 24, Nikki Wallschlaeger has been writing poetry for 10 years. She has been published in Nervehouse, and plans to pursue a literary career. She will be attending University of Milwaukee in the fall for writing and tentatively, English.

April 20, 2007 - Sandy Florian & Anne Heide

Sandy FlorianSandy Florian's first book, Telescope, is published by Action Books. Her first chapbook, 32 Pedals & 47 Stops, is published by Tarpaulin Sky Press. Her poetry and prose appears in over 35 national and international journals including Slope, bird dog, New Orleans Review, Bombay Gin, and Word for Word.

Anne HeideAnne Heide edits the journal CAB/NET out of Denver. Her poetry and reviews have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Coconut, Octopus, Ur Vox, First Intensity, Xantippe, and No Tell Motel, among others. She is currently working towards a doctorate in English and Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

March 16, 2007 - Tony Trigilio

Tony TrigilioTony Trigilio is the author of the poetry collection, The Lama's English Lessons (Three Candles Press, 2007) and the forthcoming book of criticism, Allen Ginsberg's Buddhist Poetics(Southern Illinois University Press). He teaches at Columbia College Chicago, where he also serves as Director of Creative Writing—Poetry and co-edits the poetry magazine Court Green.

February 16, 2007 - Mónica de la Torre & Simone Muench

Mónica de la TorreMónica de la Torre is co-author of the book Appendices, Illustrations & Notes (Smart Art Press) with artist Terence Gower, and co-editor, with Michael Wiegers, of Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (Copper Canyon Press). She edited and translated the volume Poems by Gerardo Deniz, published by Lost Roads and Taller Ditoria, and has translated numerous other Spanish-language poets. Born and raised in Mexico City, she moved to New York in 1993. She has been the poetry editor of The Brooklyn Rail since 2001 and is pursuing a PhD in Spanish Literature at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in journals including Art on Paper, BOMB, Bombay Gin, Boston Review, Chain, Circumference, Fence, Mandorla, Review: Latin American Literature and Arts, and 26. Talk Shows (Switchback Books, 2007) is her first book of original poetry in English.

Simone MuenchSimone Muench's first book The Air Lost in Breathing won the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry (Helicon Nine, 2000). Her second Lampblack & Ash received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry (Sarabande Books, 2005), and was one of the editor's selections in the New York Times Book Review. She has poems forthcoming or published in Iowa Review, Poetry, American Poet, Caffeine Destiny and others. She received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently an assistant professor at Lewis University. She sits on the Switchback Books' board of advisors and is also a contributing editor to Sharkforum where she presents a "poem of the week" series, as well as being an avid horror film fan.

January 19, 2006 - Roger Bonair-Agard

Roger Bonair-AgardRoger Bonair-Agard's work has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. He is the author of Tarnish and Masquerade (Cypher Books, 2006) and is a Cave Canem fellow. As the co-founder of the louderARTS Project, he launched and cocurates the louderARTS reading series at Bar 13 in New York City. A veteran of the national poetry slam scene, he is a two-time National Slam Champion and has appeared on HBO's Poetry Def Jam, The MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour and 60 Minutes. After its recent successful debut in Manhattan, Bonair-Agard's one-man show "Masquerade" will tour nationally. A native of Trinidad, he lives in Brooklyn.

November 17, 2006 - Eddie Kilowatt

Eddie KilowattEddie Kilowatt is a sometimes wanderer who calls Milwaukee home. After releasing his first collection of poetry, Manifest Density, in spring 2006 he began a project of riding a motorcycle across the U.S. with a digital voice recorder attached to a microphone in his helmet, taking pictures and providing a real-time stream of consciousness account of the country. His work has been accepted to Thunder Sandwich, remark., Word Riot, Ugly Accent, Thieves Jargon, LauraHird.com, and My Favorite Bullet among others. He is currently compiling his next collection of poetry, Carrying a Knife into the Gunfight.

October 20, 2006 - Jayson Iwen & Chad Faries

Jayson IwenJayson Iwen is author of Six Trips in Two Directions, Co-Winner of the 2005 Emergency Press book contest. Six Trips in Two Directions is a smart and arresting account of Jayson Iwen's first years teaching and living in Beirut during renewed political upheaval in Lebanon and the onset of the second Iraq war. Six Trips alternates between a rare lyrical grace and straightforward, dire dialogue punctuated by dark humor. The result is a journey across borders and between worlds rooted in the poet's best kind of travel-that of the lost philosopher seeking some kind of sense in the present, and for the future. Iwen combines well measured, discursive forms with a rendition of the traditional Arabic Zajal, giving readers multiple angles on global debates over identity, economy, religion, and science.

Chad FariesChad Faries is author of The Border Will Be Soon: Meditations on the Other Side, Co-Winner of the 2005 Emergency Press book contest. In The Border Will Be Soon, Chad Faries leads us through the wars in the former Yugoslavia while dismantling the friction and growth that are born from any major conflict. Faries pits the sentimental against the profane, art against survival, the unfamiliar against home, and love against violence while navigating private and public history through formal stanzas and contemporary—almost futuristic—prose poems. The core events of The Border Will Be Soon unfold with a blend of words that come from witnesses, activists, and perpetrators. One moment, Faries give us a clear picture of the desperation inherent in Nationalism. The next, the coverage of fascists and the divisions they make is replaced by artists surviving the present, and charting the route of a collective future.

September 15, 2006 - Michelle Noteboom & Roberto Harrison

Michelle NoteboomMichelle Noteboom is the author of Edgings, published by Cracked Slab Books in Chicago. Michelle co-curates the Paris-based Ivy Writers Reading Series and also translates French poetry. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Columbia Poetry Review, Verse, Fence, and Sentence. She works as a freelance translator primarily in the French audiovisual field and currently splits her residency between Paris and Michigan.

Roberto HarrisonRoberto Harrison is the author of Counter Daemons, published by Litmus Press in August, 2006. He was born in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1962, to Panamanian parents. A few months after his birth, he and his family moved back to Panama, where they lived until he was seven. In 1969, he and his family moved to Delaware. His first language was Spanish, and he did not begin learning English until arriving in Delaware. He has lived in various places throughout the United States including Boston, Bloomington, Indiana and San Francisco. Roberto now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he works as a Systems Librarian. He edits Crayon with Andrew Levy, and the Bronze Skull Press chapbook series. His work has appeared in Talisman, Jacket, New American Writing, Mandorla, Salt (UK), Cordite (Australia), Antennae, and many other journals.

August 18, 2006 - Charlie Rossiter & Al DeGenova

Charlie RossiterCharlie Rossiter is known for his dynamic poetry performances at places like the Dodge Poetry Festival in NJ; Bowery Poetry Club and Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NYC; the Green Mill, Chicago; the Newport Beach Literary Series, in Oregon and NPR's "The Poet and the Poem." He also hosts the audio website, poetrypoetry.com, is a co-founder of Poetry World Radio, a web-based 24/7 poetry radio station, and has organized numerous poetry readings for peace and justice.

AvantRetro (Charlie Rossiter & Al DeGenova) is a Chicago-based performance poetry duo that uses a variety of techniques and tools including store-bought and home-made musical instruments, audience participation, and unorthodox vocalizations to present their original poetry that gets at the essence of what it means to be human.

Al DeGenovaAl DeGenova has performed widely as a poet and as lead saxophonist for the Chicago-based blues group, The Seven Sons. His years as an editor at Downbeat inform his blues-based poetry. Al is the co-founder and editor of After Hours, a bi-annual literary magazine of Chicago literature and art, now in its fifth year of publication.

July 21, 2006 - Violeta Gutierrez & Yvonne Zipter

Violeta GutierrezVioleta Gutierrez was born in Dallas in 1985. She studies painting, printmaking, photography, and writing at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and she self publishes poetry in small handmade chapbooks.

Yvonne ZipterYvonne Zipter is a Chicago based author and columnist. She's the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection The Patience of Metal, the nonfiction book Ransacking the Closet, and the nationally syndicated column "Inside Out." Her first book, Diamonds Are a Dyke's Best Friend, explores the enduring role of softball in the lesbian community.

June 16, 2006 - Noelle Kocot & Joshua Beckman

Noelle KocotNoelle Kocot is the author of three books, 4 and The Raving Fortune, from Four Way Books, 2001 and 2004 respectively, and Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems, out from Wave Books this past spring. She lives in Brooklyn, where she was born and raised.

Joshua BeckmanJoshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of five books, including Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He lives in Seattle and New York.

May 19, 2006 - Angie Vasquez & Juliet Patterson

Angie VasquezAngie Trudell Vasquez is a third generation Mexican-American from Iowa. She spent the last eight years in Seattle and now lives in Milwaukee with her husband. As a member of Los Norteños in the Pacific Northwest, she produced several literary art shows for Dia de Los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo. She recently performed in conjunction with the ACLU of Wisconsin's the Other America Tour. Her work had appeared on stage and in print in The Raven Chronicles, Real Change, Stand Alone and Purgatorius.org. The Force Your Face Carries, a self published chapbook, is available at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Open Books in Seattle, and online The Elliott Bay Book Company.

Juliet PattersonJuliet Patterson's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters &, Commentary, Bellingham Review, Bloom, Conduit, New Orleans Review, Washington Square, Verse and other magazines. Her first book, The Truant Lover, was selected by Jean Valentine as the 2004 winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and was published in March. She lives near the west bank of the Mississippi in Minneapolis.

April 21, 2006 - Beth Bretl & Kerri Sonnenberg

Beth BretlBeth Bretl is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she recently served as co-editor of poetry for The Cream City Review. Her poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Free Verse, North American Review, Porcupine Literary Arts Magazine and Calyx.

Kerri SonnenbergKerri Sonnenberg lives in Chicago where she directs the Discrete Reading Series, presently at the SpareRoom, and which she co-founded in 2003 with Jesse Seldess. She is the author of The Mudra (Litmus Press, 2004) and Practical Art Criticism, a chapbook from Bronze Skull Eights Press. New poems are forthcoming in Magazine Cypress and Unpleasant Event Schedule.

March 17, 2006 - Brenda Cárdenas & Gene Tanta

Brenda CardenasBrenda Cárdenas' chapbook of poems From the Tongue of Brick and Stone appeared from Momotombo Press (Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame) in 2005. She is co-editor of Between the Heart and the Land: Latina Poets in the Midwest (MARCH/Abrazo Press) and has twice received Illinois Arts Council finalist awards in Poetry. Cardenas' poems have appeared in U.S. Latino Literature Today, Poetic Voices Without Borders, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, RATTLE: Poetry for the 21st Century, Prairie Schooner, and others. With Sonido Ink(quieto), a spoken word and music ensemble, Cardenas released the CD Chicano, Illnoize: The Blue Island Sessions (DeSPICable Records, 2001). She currently lives in Milwaukee and teaches English at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Gene TantaGene Tanta: Born in Timisuara, Romania in 1974, immigrated to Chicago in 1984 with family, earned MFA from the Iowa's Writers' Workshop in 2000, translates contemporary Romanian poetry. Publications include: Epoch, Ploughshares, Circumference Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Watchword, Columbia Poetry Review, and two collaborative poems with Reginald Shepherd in Indiana Review. Currently, pursues Ph.D.in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

February 17, 2006 - Michael Castro & Gabor Gyukics

Michael CastroBased in St. Louis, Michael Castro is co-founder of the literary organization and magazine River Styx, in operation since 1975. A pioneer of literary multi-culturalism through his work with River Styx Magazine and as the director of the River Styx at Duffs Poetry Series, Castro has published in The Black American Literature Forum; The U.S, Latino Review; World Edge (Japan); Voices Within the Ark: The Modern Jewish Poets; Jewish American Poets: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections; and Sephardic American Voices: Two Hundred Years of a Literary Legacy. He has authored Interpreting the Indian: Twentieth Century Poets & the Native American, and traveled in India as a Fulbright Scholar, interviewing East Indian poets for his radio program POETRY BEAT. His translations of contemporary Hungarian poets with Gabor G. Gyukics have been widely published in magazines like Exquisite Corpse and Pembroke and are collected in Swimming in the Ground: Contemporary Hungarian Poetry (2002).

Gabor GyukicsGabor Gyukics is a Hungarian-American poet and literary translator. Along with Michael Castro, he is co-translator of Attila Jozsef's A Transparent Lion (Green Integer), and Attila Balogh's Gypsy Drill (Neshui Press.)

October 21, 2005 - Lina Ramona Vitkauskas & Ander Monson

Lina Ramona VitkauskasLina Ramona Vitkauskas is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Shooting Dead Films with Poets (Fractal Edge Press, 2004) and The Meanest Man Contest (mother's milk press, 2000). Her work has appeared in The Chicago Review, The Prague Literary Review, The Wisconsin Review, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, Mudlark, Big Bridge, La Petite Zine, Drunken Boat, Newtopia, Tin Lustre Mobile, 3 AM Magazine, Shampoo, Bridges (The Lithuanian-American Journal), Sidereality, In Posse Review Multi-Ethnic Anthology (Ilya Kaminsky, editor), Web Del Sol, and Poets Against The War (online). She lives in Forest Park, Illinois and she's the fiction editor and web designer for Milk magazine online at http://www.milkmag.org.

Ander MonsonAnder Monson grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He lived briefly in Saudi Arabia, Iowa, and in the Deep South, where he received his MFA from the University of Alabama. He is the editor of the magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including The North American Review, Fence, Field, Gulf Coast, The Bellingham Review, Ploughshares, Boston Review, and the Mississippi Review, among others. He teaches at Grand Valley State University and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife, Megan, and three cats. Tupelo Press recently published his poetry collection, Vacationland.

September 16, 2005 - Denise Dee & Emily Hall

Denise DeeDenise Dee is a playwright, poet, photographer and autofictionist. She edited and published the seminal punk litzines Lobster Tendencies and The Closest Penguins. Her first play The Family Tree received "Best of the Fringe" at the S.F. Fringe Festival. Some of her favorite places she's been published are Primal Primers, Znine, Solo Flyer, Street Spirit, and Zyzzyva. Her autobiography Sowkins was printed with money raised from Denise's zine and punk communities, and friends.

Emily HallEmily Hall - I attended the university of lost causes and found objects, then began to put my poems in trees, which spoke to me often and told me their names. I wrote my diary to Anne Frank for three years. My favorite writer is time.

August 19, 2005 - Ray Hsu & Aaron Belz

Ray HsuRay Hsu is a poet from Toronto whose first book, Anthropy, was published by Nightwood Editions in 2004. His work has been published in American and Canadian journals, most recently in The Fiddlehead, echolocation, and Fence. He is completing his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Aaron BelzAaron Belz has new work in Court Green, No Tell Motel, Boston Review, and McSweeney's. He lives in St. Louis, MO, where he teaches at Saint Louis University and curates the "Readings @" poetry series, a moveable feast that will spend the '05-'06 season at the Schlafly Tap Room.   http://meaningless.com

June 17, 2005 - Wisconsin's Poet Laureate Denise Sweet

Denise SweetDenise Sweet is an Anishinnaabe poet [White Earth] and a Professor of Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Her book Songs For Discharming was published by Greenfield Review Press.

May 20, 2005 - Ariana Hamidi & Dave Laskowski

Ariani HamidiAriana Hamidi is a poet/filmmaker originally from Washington D.C. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Dodo Bird and Gam. She is pursuing her MFA in Film at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her films she explores potential relationships between text and image.

Dave Laskowski is currently a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife, their two dogs and two cats.

April 15, 2005 - Joel Felix & Kevin Ducey

Joel FelixJoel Felix holds an MFA from Bard College. For the last five years he has co-edited LVNG in Chicago with Michael O'Leary and Peter O'Leary. His work has appeared in Chain, EcoPoetics, LVNG, and Cello Entry. His chapbook Catch and Release was published by the Chicago Poetry Project. He currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Kevin Ducey is the winner of the 2004 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize (for Rhinoceros. Ducey's work has appeared in River City, Malahat, Elixir, and Drill, among others. He was the recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board grant in 2000 and received an MFA from the University of Notre Dame. He currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Rhinoceros was chosen by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa. In this collection, Ducey riffs on history, mythology, desire, death, sex and even food. These are poetic investigations of the human impulses of comedy and tragedy.


March 18, 2005 - Dustin Williamson & Jackie Lalley

Dustin WilliamsonDustin Williamson lives in Milwaukee & attends UWM where he edits furrow: an undergraduate literary & art review. He also edits the free monthly magazine Rust Buckle (www.rustbuckle.blog-city.com). He has work forthcoming in Dodo Bird & Gam. Currently he can be found collaborating with a roll of film he found in the backyard.

Jacqueline LalleyJackie Lalley's poems have been published in the Harvard Review, Nebraska Review, Bridge, Court Green,and other magazines. Her essay "Evidence" was just published in Secrets & Confidences: The Complicated Truth about Women's Friendships (Seal Press / Avalon, 2004). She refuses to bore you with details about her personal life.

February 18, 2005 - Steve Healey & William Waltz

Steve HealeySteve Healey teaches writing to prisoners in several Minnesota Correctional Facilities and is Associate Editor of Conduit Magazine. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including American Poetry Review, Fence, jubilat, Open City, and Verse. His first book, Earthling, was just published by Coffee House Press.

William WaltzWilliam Waltz grew up in Wapakoneta, Ohio, home of the first man on the moon. Zoo Music, his first book, was selected by Dean Young as the winner of the Second Annual Slope Editions Book Prize. His poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Exquisite Corpse, Forklift Ohio, Insurance, LIT, Poetry East, Spinning Jenny, Surgery of Modern Warfare, and Verse. Waltz is the founder and editor of Conduit. He lives in Minneapolis.

Slightly Off Q November 19, 2004 - "Slightly Off Q" book celebration: Nancy Rafal, Judy Roy & June Nirschl
"Slightly Off Q is a gathering of three women poets who share a common locale and a passion for poetry. Individually and in community, they give us poems that are skillful and direct, rich with astonishing grace and generous detail." — Ellen Kort
Door County neighbors Nancy Rafal, June Nirschl and Judy Roy are members of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. They have read their poetry throughout the state.

Slightly Off Q is just out from Marsh River Editions.

October 15, 2004 - Sawako Nakayasu & Hermine Meinhard

Sawako NakayasuSawako Nakayasu writes poetry, prose, and performance texts. She is the editor of !Factorial Press, which publishes collaborative writing, and is the translation coordinator for How2 (www.how2journal.com), an online journal of contemporary innovative writing by women. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chain, Conundrum, Kenning, 108, Aufgabe, and New American Writing. Clutch, a book of hockey love poems, is forthcoming from Tinfish Press.

Hermine MeinhardHermine Meinhard's first full-length collection of poetry Bright Turquoise Umbrella is just out on Tupelo Press. She describes it as "the autobiography of a young woman, told by the self of dreams". She was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's 2004 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award (judged by Linda Gregg), the 1993 winner of the Sue Saniel Elkind Poetry Award (judged by Carolyn Forche) and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, How2, La Petite Zine, Kalliope, Luna, Poetry New York, Sonora Review, and other publications. Since 2000, she has been the poetry editor of the literary journal 3rd bed (www.3rdbed.com).

September 17, 2004 - Steve Timm & Chuck Stebelton & John Tipton

Chuck Stebelton lives in Chicago where he curates the Myopic poetry series at Myopic Books (www.myopicbookstore.com/poetry.html). His first full length book Circulation Flowers won the Tougher Disguises Jack Spicer Award and is forthcoming in 2004. His poems have appeared on-line at Shampoo and canwehaveourballback?

Steve TimmSteve Timm lives in Madison where he teaches ESL at the University of Wisconsin. His poems have been published in many journals, including Bird Dog, American Letters and Commentary, Antennae and Gam. A film of Timm performing his poetry was featured in the Wisconsin Film Festival in 2004.

John TiptonJohn Tipton had an itinerant childhood in Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Illinois. After a three-year stint in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of Chicago on the G.I. Bill where he earned an AB in philosophy. He currently lives in Chicago and curates the Chicago Poetry Project, a series of readings at the Chicago Public Library.

August 20, 2004 - Ray Bianchi & William Allegrezza

William Allegrezza is editor of the Chicago-based online poetry journal Moria (www.moriapoetry.com). He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University and currently teaches at Indiana University Northwest. His chapbook lingo was published by subontic press and his e-book Temporal Nomads can be downloaded from xPress(ed) (www.xpressed.org).

Ray Bianchi is a native of suburban Chicago, the child of Italian immigrants, educated at the University of Iowa. Ray lived and worked for most of the 1990s in Bolivia and Brazil, first as a volunteer in a men's prison and later in international publishing. His work has appeared in Tin Lustre Mobile, Moria, Poesia Y Cultura, Afterwords, Red River Review, and Fiera. His book Circular Decent will appear in August 2004 from Blaze Voxx Press. He is the author of two blogs chicagopostmodernpoetry.com/ and collagepoetchicago.blogspot.com/.

June 18, 2004 - Charles P. Ries & Robert Schuler

Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee where he is on the board of Woodland Pattern. In 2003, his poetry took top honors in the 30th Annual Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest and the Second Annual OnMilwaukee.com Poetry Contest. His poems, poetry reviews and short stories have appeared in numerous publications which include Philadelphia Poets, Pidjin, Anthology, Free Verse and Circle Magazine. He is the author of the chapbooks Bad Monk and Monje Malo Speaks English.

Robert Schuler lives in Menomonie and teaches film, American literature and writing at UW-Stout. His new book in search of "Green Dolphin Street" was just released by Marsh River Editions. He says of his poetics:
"I try to carve strong images and to intensify them with as much music as I can fashion for the matter at hand. I want to fully evoke the thingness of things, the essence of nature, music, art, or humanity".

May 21, 2004 - Paul McComas

April 16, 2004 - Corey Mead & Laura Sims

March 19, 2004 - Kathleen Dale & Louisa Loveridge Gallas

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