nerve bios 2

In the order they were added to to La Fovea

Bree A. Rolfe is a little mean girl who lives in Austin, Texas. She's recently dedicated her life to teaching writing in high school, which means she fights every day to repair the damage text messaging has done to the English language. She's currently pursuing an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Bennington College

Matt Hart is the author of Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006) and three chapbooks: Revelated (Hollyridge Press, 2005), Sonnet (H_NGM_N Books, 2006) and Simply Rocket (Lame House Press, 2007).  His work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, Jubilat, and Octopus.  He lives and teaches in Cincinnati where he edits Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety.

Nick Carbo is the author of three books of poetry, the latest being Andalusian Dawn (Cherry Grove). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and many others.

Nate Pritts is the author of two full length poetry collections--Sensational Spectacular (BlazeVOX) & Honorary Astronaut (forthcoming, Ghost Road Press).  A new chapbook, Shrug, is forthcoming from Main Street Rag.  His work has appeared in Southern Review, Gulf Coast, Forklift, & Octopus among other places.  He works in advertising.

Ada Limón is originally from Sonoma, California. A graduate of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, she won the Chicago Literary Award for Poetry and has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She works as the Copy Director for GQ Magazine and is teaching a Master Class for Columbia University’s MFA program in Spring 2008. Her first book, lucky wreck, was the winner of the 2005 Autumn House Poetry Prize. Her second book, This Big Fake World, was the winner of the 2005 Pearl Poetry Prize. 
Individual poems have appeared in, The Iowa Review, Barrow Street, Gulf Coast, Barrelhouse, Coconut, Painted Bride Quarterly, American Poet, Poetry Daily, The Chicago Review, Slate Magazine, Spoon River Review, Tarpaulin Sky, and others.

Geoffrey Brock's first book of poetry, Weighing Light, appeared in late 2005. My poems have appeared in journals including Poetry, Paris Review, PN Review, New England Review, and Hudson Review, as well as in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2007. I've received poetry fellowships from the NEA, the American Antiquarian Society, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Florida Arts Council, and I was a Wallace Stegner Fellow from 2002-2004.

Evan J. Peterson is a page poet, performing poet, and humorist. He currently studies and instructs at the Florida State University. His d.i.y. chapbooks include Starve A Fever and New Mythology. In addition, he has been published in the Portland Review, the Mississippi Review online, and the Pinch. You can hear some of his poems and order chapbooks at .

Scott Hightower is the author of three collections. Originally from Texas, he lives in New York City where he teaches writing at NYU.

Clay Matthews has recent work in H_NGM_N, The Laurel Review, LIT, Court Green, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. He has two chapbooks: Muffler (H_NGM_N B_ _KS) and Western Reruns (End & Shelf Books), which is available for free online. His first book, Superfecta, is forthcoming from Ghost Road Press in 2008.

Jenni Russell's recent work has appeared in Margie, The New York Quarterly, Diner, $PREAD Magazine, and Culture Magazine. She's the editor of the MiPoesias chapbook series and publishes exclusive interviews for the journal through a regular column called Inside Poetry. Currently she lives in NC.

Sean Tribe lives in Las Vegas where he works in a junkyard. Sean grew up in the Appalachian mountains, where he learned about poetry from illiterate  charismatic  church members who spoke in tongues.

Dawn Lundy Martin is the author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press 2007), which was selected by Carl Phillips for the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Individual poems have been published in a range of journals including FENCE, Encyclopedia, nocturnes, and Callaloo. Dawn is a member of the Black Took Collective, a group of black post-theorists who perform and write in hybrid experimental forms, embracing radical poetics and cutting-edge critical theory about gender, race and sexuality. 

An assistant professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, she is also on the faculty of the Language and Thinking Program at Bard College. 

Michael Homolka works in book production at Simon & Schuster, volunteers for the New York City Mentors program, and is pursuing an M.F.A. at Bennington College. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Bombay Gin, Denver Quarterly, Poetry East, Pool, and The Saint Ann's Review.

David Dodd Lee is the author of five books, including the forthcoming Automatic Thank-You Kisses (Four Way Books), and Abrupt Rural (New Issues, 2004).  New work is forthcoming in Laurel Review,Natural Bridge, Green Mountains Review, and Caffeine Destiny.  A Cooper's hawk hangs out in his front yard most days due to an abundance of bird feeders.  Sometimes it flies into a window. Lee teaches at Indiana University South Bend.

Christopher Perkins lives in Las Vegas: two miles east of The Strip; two miles north of the airport; and, one mile from UNLV.  In this central locale, Christopher resides in an avid desert.  Christopher has also lived in Salt Lake City for a protracted amount of time. He is the Managing Editor for Interim and reads poetry in dis|union with UNLV's MFA Literary Arts community.  His poems have appeared in Danse Macabre and enormous rooms; he is the author of a chapbook, Calling Us Home, which is printed by Property Press. 

Louise Mathias is the author of Lark Apprentice (New Issues Press, 2004).  Recent poems appear in Triquarterly, Massachusetts Review, Diagram, and Many Mountains Moving. Her website is

Elaine Treharne arrived at FSU as Professor of Early English in 2007, a move that has inspired her to write creatively, particularly from the perspective of the alien; displacement and fracture are two overwhelming motifs in her poems. She previously taught at the University of Leicester, where she was also Head of Department from 2000-04. She specializes in late Old English and early Middle English literary and textual culture. Treharne has published a number of books that reflect her work in the post-Conquest period, including The Old English Life of St Nicholas; Old and Middle English: An Anthology; and Re-Writing Old English in the Twelfth Century (with Mary Swan). She is the General Editor of a new OUP series, Oxford Textual Perspectives, and is co-editing the new Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature. She is Medieval Editor for Review of English Studies, an Editor for Speculum, and Medieval Editor for Blackwell's Literature Compass. 

Pittsburgh poet Deborah Bogen’s full-length collection, Landscape With Silos, was a 2004 National Poetry Series Finalist and won the 2005 X.J. Kennedy Poetry Prize.  An earlier chapbook was selected by Edward Hirsch as the 2002 ByLine Press Competition winner. Her poems and reviews appear widely in print journals and online.  For the past seven years she’s run a free writing workshop in her Pittsburgh living room every Monday night. You can check out her website at

Stuart Greenhouse's poems have been previously published in Antioch Review, Chelsea, Paris Review, and Ploughshares, among other journals. My chapbook, “What Remains,” was published in 2005 by the Poetry Society of America as part of their National Chapbook Fellowship series, and another chapbook, “All Architecture,” was published in 2007 by End & Shelf Press (

Raised in the south, Molly Sutton Kiefer currently teaches English in Red Wing, Minnesota where she lives with her husband. She received her BA in English at the University of Minnesota, where she is also currently studying for her Master's degree. Her poem "Harry Houdini" can be purchased as a poetry postcard broadside through Yes Press ( and her poem "Counting" is forthcoming in Dislocate. More information can be found at her website,

Jessica Piazza is a founding editor of Bat City Review and co-founded the Speakeasy Poetry Series in New York City.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives in Los Angeles while pursuing a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.  Her poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Agni, Indiana Review, No Tell Motel, Ocho, Coconut and 150 Contemporary Sonnets (University of Evansville Press).  

Robin Clarke is completing her MFA in poetry at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her MA in Literature. She teaches composition and tutors student athletes, who in some fashion surprise her almost every day. She has published poems in In Posse Review (forthcoming) and Whiskey and Fox. 

Kristin Abraham is the author of two chapbooks:  Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus (Subito Press, 2008), and Orange Reminds You of Listening (Elixir Press, 2006); her poem “Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus” appears in Best New Poets 2005. Additional poetry, lyric essays, and critical essays have appeared or will appear in such places as Court Green, The Journal, LIT, Caketrain, Delmar, Dislocate, and Rattle.  She teaches English at Ashford University in Iowa.

Kathy Fagan is the author of three books of poems, most recently The Charm. Work from LIP has appeared in Los Angles Review, Slate, Kenyon Review, and Laurel Review. She teaches at Ohio State where she also edits The Journal.

Emily Gropp has poems in Bloom, Whisky and Fox (, Fourth River (forthcoming), and elsewhere.  She’s a MFA candidate the University of Pittsburgh where she teaches writing.

Michael Tyrell's poems have appeared in many journals, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, The Yale Review, and Margie. With Julia Spicher Kasdorf, he co-edited Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn (NYU Press, 2007). Michael is working on a new collection of poems and a few prose projects.

Brandon Shimoda was born in California, barely before moving away. He has chronicled both barely and moving in recent and forthcoming installments of jubilat, A Public Space, Colorado Review, Practice and elsewhere, as well as in book projects forthcoming from Corollary, Flim Forum and Tarpaulin Sky Press(es). He currently lives in Montana. 

Sarah Katherine McCann was a University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop Scholar (in poetry) as well as a Fulbright scholar (in translation from modern Greek into English).  Her work has been published in many journals and books including Visiting Frost (ed. Thom Tamarro), MARGIE, New Voices (ed. Heather McHugh), South Dakota Review, Paralos, and Hangin’ Loose.  She has received many honors including being selected as a finalist in the Pleiades Poetry Contest (judge Robert Pinsky, 2001) and winning the Bain-Swiggett Memorial Poetry Prize (1998), the Ward Prize for creative writing (1997), and the e. e. cummings Award from the Academy of American Poets (1996, 1997).  She edited the latest book of Robert Lax’s poetry, Tertium Quid.  

Karen Rigby received a 2007 literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Festival Bone, a chapbook, is available from Adastra Press. Savage Machinery, a second chapbook, has been accepted by Finishing Line Press.

Justin Vicari is the author of the forthcoming poetry chapbook Siamese Twins of the 21st Century (West Town Press, 2008) and the translator of Woman Bathing Light to Dark: Prose Poems of Paul Eluard (Toad Press, 2006).  His work has appeared in Southern Poetry Review, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Slant, Disquieting Muses Quarterly, Aught, Phoebe, 32 Poems, Rhino, Eclipse, Redactions, Dandelion, Paper Street, Poetry Salzburg Review, and is scheduled to appear in The Ledge.  He lives in Pittsburgh.

Kara Olson works as an immigration legal assistant and survives in this world by writing poetry.   

Lightsey Darst lives in Minneapolis, where she writes on dance, curates's “What Light” poetry contest, and teaches English and
humanities. In 2007 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature. Publications include The Antioch Review, The Literary Review, Gulf Coast, and New Letters. 

Erin Gay is a student in the MFA Creative Writing program at Syracuse University. Her chapbook “Portrait from the Tiniest Window” is published in the Fall 2006 (Volume XXVII, Number 1) issue of Mid-American Review. Other work has appeared in Field, Lake Effect, PaperStreet, Caketrain, Phoebe, /nor, Salamander, and Ontario Review.

Jill Khoury lives in Pittsburgh and teaches writing at Duquesne University. Her poems have most recently appeared in Harpur Palate and Sentence. Two of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Caryl Pagel's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Gut Cult, The New Orleans Review, Parcel, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others. 

Jorn Ake earned a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from the College of William & Mary. After ten years working as a painter, he moved to Arizona to complete a Master's degree in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. His first book of poetry, Asleep in the Lightning Fields, won the 2001 X.J. Kennedy award and was published by Texas Review Press in September 2002. His second book, The Circle Line, will be published by The Backwaters Press in 2008. A new chapbook of his work, All About the Blind Spot and Other Poems, is available from Popular Ink at In 2003, he won an Arizona Commission on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship. This grant helped support work on his current manuscript, Boys Whistling like Canaries, begun while living in Prague, Czech Republic. He currently resides in New York City.

Mathias Svalina is the co-editor of Octopus Magazine & Books. He is the author of the chapbooks Why I Am White (Kitchen Press), Creation Myths (New Michigan Press), The Viral Lease (forthcoming from Small Anchor Press) &, written in collaboration with Julia Cohen, When We Broke the Microscope (Small Fires Press).

Angie Estes is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Chez Nous (Oberlin College Press, 2005). Her second book, Voice-Over (2002) won the FIELD Poetry Prize and was also awarded the Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America.

William Cordeiro is a 2nd year MFA candidate in poetry at Cornell University.  He has taught high school students as part of the NYC Teaching Fellows and for Johns Hopkins CTY program.  He is co-founder of the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective as well as a former staff writer for offoffonline.  Currently, he is at work on an opera libretto, "Abyssinia," from which music selections will be performed at the Johnson Museum of Art in March.  He is very excited to be a nerve on the great eyeball that is poetry.

Candice Amich received her MFA from New York University and is currently a Jacob K. Javits Fellow in the Literatures in English PhD program at Rutgers University. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Modern Drama, New York Arts Magazine, and Slipstream.

Danika Stegeman is an MFA student studying poetry at George Mason University.  Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly and Cimarron Review.

Steve Kistulentz is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University. His work has appeared in such magazines as the Antioch, Crab Orchard, Mississippi and New England Reviews, Caesura, New Letters, Quarterly West and many others. He is a two-time winner of the John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poets Prize and a recipient of the Writers at Work Fellowship in poetry. He also holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he was the Joseph and Ursil Callan Scholar. 

Sharon F. McDermott is the Associate Director of Outreach and Education for the Center for Environmental Oncology of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. A published poet and visiting lecturer of poetry at the University of Pittsburgh, she was the recipient of both an artist award from The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2001 and a PA Council on the Arts grant in 2002.  Her chapbook, Alley Scatting, was published in 2005 by Parallel Press (University of Wisconsin-Madison). 

You might have seen poems by Emily Brungo in places like New York Quarterly, Nidus, Roux, and SHAMPOO. She lives, works, and plays in Pittsburgh.