Word For/ Word: A Journal of new writing

Contributors' Notes

Geoffrey Babbitt's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Barrow Street, Free Verse, CutBank, Interim, DIAGRAM, Octopus Magazine, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He earned his Ph.D. in poetry at the University of Utah, and is a visiting assistant professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Celia Bland's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Connotation Press, Copper Canyon's Narrative Review, Evergreen Review, Drunken Boat, Boston Review, and elsewhere.  Her book, Soft Box, was published by CavanKerry Press in 2004.

Will Cordeiro received his MFA from Cornell University where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate studying 18th century British literature. His poems are forthcoming or appear in Fourteen HillsFlywayCopper NickelSentence, Harpur Palate, Word for/Word, and elsewhere. He is grateful for residencies from Risley Residential College, Provincetown Community Compact, Ora Lerman Trust, Blue Mountain Center, ART 342, and Petrified Forest National Park.

Elizabeth Dooher studied sculpture and psychology at The College of Wooster and  received her M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. She works in a  variety of media, including bronze, wood and clay.

Anna Elena Eyre lives in Troy, NY and agrees with changing the system from within in Medusa concordance. Her poem branches from Jack Spicer's words: "The ghosts the poems were written for are the ghosts of the poems. We have it second-hand. They cannot hear the noise they've been making."

Rebecca Farivar is the author of Correct Animal (Octopus Books, 2011) and chapbooks Am Rhein (Burnside Review, 2013) and American Lit (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). Individual poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, 6x6, cold-drill, Phoebe, RealPoetik, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Oakland and hosts the poetry podcast Break The Line.

Shamala Gallagher holds a fellowship in poetry at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin. Her poems have appeared in The Offending Adam, Spiral Orb, IN QUIRE and Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

Adam Golaski is the editor of The Problem of Boredom in Paradise: Selected Poems by Paul Hannigan (Flim Forum, 2013) and Little Stories ( www.adamgolaski.blogspot.com/).

Anne Gorrick's work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Barzakh, Big Bridge, Bird Dog, Coconut, Copper Nickel, Cordite, the Cortland Review,  dislocate, Drunken Boat, eratio, Fact-Simile, Fence, Filling Station, Filter, Fish Drum, Glitterpony, Gutcult, indefinite space, Leveler, Marsh Hawk Review, MiPOesias, No Tell Motel, onedit, Otoliths, Peaches and Bats, Peep/Show, Petroglyph (Utah State University), Plath Profiles,  RealPoetik, the Seneca Review, Situation, Shearsman, Sous Rature, Sulfur, Tarpaulin Sky, the Wawayanda Review, Wheelhouse, Word For/Word, Yellow Silk and Yew. Her books include I-Formation (Book 2) (due out in June 2012 from Shearsman Books, UK), I-Formation (Book 1) (Shearsman, 2010), and Kyotologic (Shearsman, 2008). Her work has also appeared in the anthologies American Ghost: Poets on Life After Industry, edited by Lillien Waller (Stockport Flats), the first and second Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, edited by Reb Livingston and Molly Arden,  Homage to Vallejo,  edited by Christopher Buckley, Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, edited by Laurence Carr.

Eryn Green holds an MFA from the University of Utah and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Denver, where he is currently the 2012-13 Evan Frankel Fellow. Recently, his collection Eruv was selcted by C.D. Wright as a finalist for the 2011 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Prize, and by Elizabeth Willis as a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Review Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Jubilat, Coconut, Colorado Review, the tiny, Bat City Review, H_NGM_N, Word for/ Word, Rhino, Iron Horse Review, Pheobe, Painted Bride Quarterly, Esquire.com and Denver Quarterly.

Genevieve Kaplan's work has recently appeared in Rhino, H_NGM_N, Spiral Orb, and Western Humanities Review. A chapbook, settings for these scenes, is forthcoming from Convulsive Editions.

Kristin Kostick is a poet and medical anthropologist.  She is an MFA candidate at the University of Houston. Her poems have appeared in and number of journals, including Forklift, Ohio and Open Letters Monthly.

Michael Leong is the author of two books of poetry: e.s.p. (Silenced Press, 2009) and Cutting Time with a Knife (Black Square Editions, 2012), which won a "Face Out" grant from the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.  His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Hotel Amerika,  InterimjubilatLana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion,Mandorla: New Writing from the Americas, MarginaliaOpium MagazineVerse Daily, and The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing (Lake Forest College Press, 2013).  He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.

Kevin McLellan is the author of the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens, 2010), a collaborative series of poems with numerous women poets. He has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Contrary, failbetter, Horse Less Review, Kenyon Review Online, Western Humanities Review, and Witness. He lives in Cambridge MA, and sometimes teaches poetry workshops at the University of Rhode Island in Providence.

Joseph Mains was born in the Sonoran desert and lives in Portland, where he co-curates the reading series Bad Blood.

Liz Mastrangelo teaches English and creative writing at a college preparatory school and writes spurredgirl (spurredgirl.com/). She is currently working on her MFA at Emerson College.

Elizabeth Sanger lives with her husband and five rotten cats in Nashville. Her work has been published in The Saranac ReviewHarp & AltarPast Simple, and Drunken Boat.

Kate Schapira lives in Providence, RI, where she writes, teaches and co-organizes the Publicly Complex Reading Series.

Kaethe Schwehn teaches composition and creative writing at St. Olaf college. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including TransomSonora Review and jubilat.

Laura Sims is the author of My god is this a man (forthcoming, Fence Books, 2013), Stranger (Fence Books, 2009), and Practice, Restraint, (winner of the 2005 Fence Books Alberta Prize), and of five chapbooks, including POST - (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2012).

Jessica Smith is the author of Organic Furniture Cellar. She edited Foursquare magazine.

Afton Wilky is a multi-disciplinary artist, painter, poet. She works with digital media, and is a book artist. Her work has appeared or will appear in Black Warrior ReviewEOAGHtextsoundJacket2, and other journals. She's managing editor at The Volta.

Snežana Žabić teaches, writes, sings, and strums.