Fall Previous Contributor News

Jeni De La O was nominated for Best of the Net by The Light Ekphrasis, will have a new poem in Really System, was just appointed Poetry Editor of the Rockvale Review, and had an article in National Storytelling Magazine.


Kathleen Hellen’s latest poetry collection, The Only Country Was The Color Of My Skin, releases October 5th from Saddle Road Press.


William Walker published a piece of memoir, “FedEx for Life,” in Subtropics #25.


Lizzy Martinez, a SSJ previous featured artist, is looking forward to her first one-woman show, Seeing Red, at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis which will also coincide with the limited edition publication of the first book highlighting her work and practice.


Anu Kandikuppa has a new story in a recent issue of The Florida Review and another online at Juked.

Rosaleen Bertolino’s story, “Itch,” can be found in the latest issue of Blood & Bourbon.


Shannon Sankey’s poem “Bourdain” appeared in Barrelhouse Magazine’s online series “HEARD: A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain.”


Mercedes Lawry’s chapbook, “In The Early Garden With Reason”, which won the WaterSedge Poetry Award judged by Molly Peacock, is available on Amazon.


Contributor Jessica Mehta has five forthcoming books between 2018 – 2020 including “Drag Me Through the Mess” (Unsolicited Press releasing in September 2018), “American Baby” (Musehick Publications releasing in late 2018), “Gimme the Familiars” (Musehick Publications releasing in 2019), “Savagery” (Airlie Press releasing in September 2019), and “Bad Indian” (Brick Mantel Books releasing in 2020). She has been awarded the writer in residency post at Gettysburg National Park in 2019 and has also been awarded a Halcyon Art Labs Fellowship in Washington DC for 2018-19. Jessica is the Visiting Poet at Chemeketa College for the 2018-19 academic year.


Shirley Jones-Luke has received a Best of the Net nomination for her poem, “Why Black & Brown Boys Don’t Smile,” submitted to Longleaf Review in June 2018.


James Ardis recently published a piece about Dr. Pepper and the dead in an anthology of collaborative writing, “They Said” (Black Lawrence Press, 2018).

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María Isabel Alvarez’s prose sestina, “Strawberry Girl,” appears in the 2016 summer online issue of Gulf Coast.

Alison Hicks has new poems in recent issues of Glassworks and Passager.

Kryssa Schemmerling’s first book, Iris In, a collection of poems about films, film history, and her own history growing up in West Hollywood, California, was published in August by Broadstone Books.

Rosebud Ben-Oni has a new poem, “Odisea,” in TriQuarterly’s 150th issue.

Amy Gottlieb’s debut novel, The Beautiful Possible (Harper Perennial) is a Target Emerging Author selection and is included in the Jewish Women’s Archive 2016–17 book list.

Shelly Oria’s story “Ruben,” which she wrote in collaboration with Nelly Reifler, is in Issue 5 of No Tokens.

Shira Dentz’s e-chap, FLOUNDERS, a hybrid of poetry, prose, and visual elements, was recently published by Essay Press and is free and downloadable here.

Rachel Mack published an essay, “On Not Shaving My Head for a Cancer Fundraiser,” at The Billfold.

J. C. Reyes is now Director of Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas Low-Res Creative Writing Program, with residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach and across the Americas.

Jeffrey Boyle’s poem “Agamemnon and Iphigenia” appeared in Issue 3 of the Pittsburgh Poetry Journal, and his poem “King Christ of Dude Mountain” appeared in “Free ______ Poems About _______ (Jesus edition).”

Merridawn Duckler’s poem “Saga of the Grief Journal,” appeared in the summer issue 8 of Rivet Journal, and her manuscript “Given Name” was a finalist at Tupelo Press.

Nicole Rollender’s latest chapbook, Ghost Tongue, is available from Porkbelly Press.

One of Katherine Forbes Riley’s recently published pieces, “A New Law of Nature,” appears in the July issue of The Conium Review.

Joy Ladin is hard at work on an NEA fellowship–funded book of trans readings of the Bible.

Peg Alford Pursell has launched an independent publishing company, WTAW Press, and is interviewed about the press by Litseen.

Tim Hunt’s third collection, Poem’s Poems & Other Poems, has now been published by CW Books.

Stephen Massimilla’s co-authored 500-page volume Cooking with the Muse: A Sumptuous Gathering of Seasonal Recipes, Culinary Poetry, and Literary Fare—which includes hundreds of food poems and essays, along with 150 recipes and 200 color photos—was recently released by Tupelo Press to wide acclaim.

Susan Stiles’s poem on naming, “The Light Box,” appeared in Antiphon (Issue 17).

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Congratulations to our past contributors on a slew of awards and publications. You guys rock!

Joshua Bennett’s debut collection, The Sobbing School, was selected as a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series and will be published by Penguin Books in September 2016.

Rosebud Ben-Oni now writes weekly for The Kenyon Review; check out her essay “The Weight That Will Make Us Planets,” with nods to fellow poets Wendy Chin-Tanner, Adam Clay, Jason Koo and Yesenia Montilla.

Celia Bland’s essays on rereading Look Homeward, Angel and Jane Eyre recently appeared in the New York Book Critics Circle serial, “Second Thoughts.” 

Sarah B. Boyle’s chapbook What’s pink & shiny/what’s dark & hard was published by Porkbelly Press in 2015 and recently reviewed by Meryl DePasquale in The Hairsplitter.

Patricia Caspers’s full-length poetry collection, In the Belly of the Albatross, was published by Glass Lyre Press in November 2015. 

Pamela Davis’s first book, Lunette (ABZ, 2015), was selected by Gregory Orr for the ABZ Poetry Prize.

Adam Deutsch was recently interviewed about Cooper Dillon Books on The Best American Poetry blog.

Mario Duarte recently published short stories in Aaduna and Huizache and a poem in the Madison Review.

Merridawn Duckler has two poems in the Rust Issue of Blast Furnace.    

David Ebenbach’s first full-length book of poetry, We Were the People Who Moved, won the Patricia Bibby Prize and was published this year by Tebot Bach.

Jeff Friedman and Dzvinia Orlowsky were awarded a National Endowment Literature Fellowship in Translation for 2016 for their translations of a selection of poems by Polish Poet Mieczyslaw Jastrun.

Amy Gottlieb‘s debut novel, The Beautiful Possible, was just published by Harper Perennial.

Emily Grelle’s poem, “crab – shell,” was published in Volume 18 of Waterstone Review.

Sam Grieve recently won the Rash Award for Fiction 2015 for a story that will be published in the Broad River Review in the spring.  

zachary scott hamilton’s poem “years in a seahorse” appears in FUR LINED GHETTOS #7 UK.

Will Harris won the 2015 Darwin T. Turner Award for best essay of the year on any period of African American literature, for his essay “Phillis Wheatley: A Muslim Connection.”

Terrance Hayes’s most recent  collection of poems, How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.

Kate Kimball’s short story, “Capturing Flight,” was recently published by Fourth River.

Dean Kostos is interviewed about his new collection of poems, This Is Not a Skyscraper, in Guernica.

Joy Ladin’s seventh book of poetry, Impersonation, came out last spring, and in the fall she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship.

Devi Lockwood was interviewed by Public Radio International on her work traveling the world by bicycle and by boat to collect 1,001 stories about water and climate change.

Rebecca Macijeski has poems appearing in the current issue of Sycamore Review.

Lynn McGee’s full-length collection of poetry, Sober Cooking, was released in 2016 from Spuyten Duyvil Press.

Rajiv Mohabir is interviewed by Rigoberto Gonzalez in the latest issue of Poets & Writers on his debut book of poetry, The Taxidermists’s Cut, which won the Intro Prize in Poetry from Four Way Books.

Caridad Moro-Gronlier’s latest work can be found, or is forthcoming, at The Collapsar, Moon City Press, The Cossack Review, and The Antioch Review.

Shelly Oria‘s book of short stories, New York 1, Tel Aviv 0, was recently translated into Hebrew and published in Israel by Keter Books

Maya Pindyck, former poetry editor of Storyscape, has a new book of poems, Emoticoncert, available for preorder from Four Way Books.

Lynne Procope is introduced by Ross Gay for the Poet’s Sampler in the current issue of Boston Review.

Nicole Rollender’s debut book of poems, Louder Than Everything You Love, was published by ELJ Editions in December 2015.  

Diane Simkin’s short story, “Bella,” has been included in a Zimbel House Publication called Dark Monsters, and another story called “Kinky and Gruen” was included in the Tulip Tree Review Winter 2015 Issue #4.

Kenny Williams’s book Blood Hyphen, winner of the 2015 FIELD Poetry Prize, is available from Oberlin College Press.