nerve bios 3

In the order they were added to to La Fovea

Carrie Shipers received her M.F.A. from The Ohio State University.  Recent poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Barrow Street, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, and other journals.  Her chapbook Ghost-Writing was released by Pudding House in 2007.  She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  

The cantos that appear in La Fovea are from Cynie Cory's most recent manuscript, DEATH LETTER POCKET.  She is the author of AMERICAN GIRL (New Issues, 2004). Her poems have appeared in magazines such as TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, Colorado Review, New America Writing and Verse. She is a stand-up comic living in the deep warm South.

After getting a master's degree in journalism at the University of Montana in 2007, Brian McDermott moved to New York City where he works as a photojournalist.

Amanda Biever is a Mental Health Employment Counselor by day and radical street poet by night. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with several dying houseplants.

Sten Carlson lives and teaches writing in Pittsburgh. His poems have appeared in The Columbia Review, Whiskey and Fox, Inside Passages and Rhino.

Amy Shearn is the author of the novel How Far is the Ocean From Here (Shaye Areheart Books, 2008).  She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Sarah Maclay is the author of The White Bride (University of Tampa Press, 2008) and Whore (Tampa Review Prize for Poetry). Her poems, essays and reviews have appeared in APR, Field, Ploughshares, The Journal, lyric, Pool, Hunger Mountain, The Laurel Review and numerous other spots including Poetry International, where she now serves as book review editor. Her poetry can also be found in The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present (Scribner, 2008). She lives in Venice, California, and is currently a visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University. The poems included here are part of a collaboration with Holaday Mason--loosely, a call and response.

Brett Price is an assistant editor of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, and Light Industrial Safety.  He is working toward an MFA at Bard College.  His writing can be found in such journals as H_NGM_N, OCTOPUS, THE INCLINER, and MILKMONEY.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY.  

Lauren Haldeman received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has worked as a puppeteer, a Technical Support Specialist, a graphic designer and webmaster in Iowa City. Her poetry has been published in Fence, Third Coast, Coe Review and Shampoo Magazine.

Holaday Mason is the author of "Towards the Forest" (07 The University of Minnesota-- New River Press) & two chapbooks “ Light Spilling From Its Own Cup” (Inevitable Press,1999) and “Interlude” (Far Star Fire Press, 2001).  Her manuscript "Dissolve" was a finalist for the 2005 Autumn House Press prize, The Backwater Press & The Tupelo Press awards. Pushcart nominee, publications include, Poetry International, American Literary Review, The Laurel Review, Pool, Smartish Pace, Runes, Solo, The River Styx. She lives in Venice California & sometimes serves as artist in residence for Beyond Baroque for whom she co -edited the anthology Echo 681. 

Jeff Oaks is the author of two chapbooks, The Unknown Country (State Street Press, 1992) and The Moon of Books (Ultima Obscura Press, 2000), and has published poems in Ploughshares, Bloom, Seneca Review, 5 a.m.,  Southern Poetry Review,  and other literary magazines.  He has received three Pennsylvania Council of the Arts fellowships, a Pittsburgh Foundation fellowship, and twice won Academy of American Poets Prizes. He teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is the Managing Director for the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series.

James Gendron's poems have appeared in The Indiana Review.  He is an MFA candidate at Syracuse University.

Daniel C. Remein's recent work can be read in Sidebrow, Zafusy, Shampoo, and Sentence.  He edits Whiksey & Fox, the magazine of poetry, theory, and queer-heterotopia, and he is beginning work on a Ph. D. in Medieval Studies at NYU.  

Maya Pindyck is an Israeli-American raised in Newton, MA.  Her chapbook of poems, Locket, Master, received a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship in 2006.  She holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, where she is a New York City Teaching Fellow.

Zach Savich has had recent poems in jubilat, Colorado Review, American Letters and Commentary, and other journals.  He is an adjunct.

Andrea Scarpino is a Midwesterner by trade, but currently writes and teaches in Los Angeles.

Amy Newlove Schroeder's work is forthcoming in The Boston Review and The Journal. A founding editor of Pool, she is currently working on her second manuscript, Lamia.  

Gail Wronsky is the author or coauthor of seven books:  Again the Gemini are in the Orchard (New Poets Series, 1991); Calamity and Belle:  A Cowgirl Correspondence (Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1993); Dear Calamity, Love Belle (Harmony Books, 1994); Dying for Beauty (Copper Canyon Press, 2000); The Love-talkers (Hollyridge Press, 2001): Poems for Infidels (Red Hen Press, 2005); and Volando Bajito, translator (Red Hen Press, 2005).  Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poets Against The War..  She is Director of Creative Writing and Syntext at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and a frequent instructor in the Prague Summer Program.

Jay Thompson lives in St. Louis. He has essays forthcoming in Pleiades.

Heidi Howell received an MFA in poetry from George Mason University.  Her work has appeared in literary publications including Spout; So To Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art; Disturbed Guillotine; and the Washington Review, which nominated six of her poems for the Pushcart Prize in poetry.

Bryce Taylor

Kate Gale is the managing editor of Red Hen Press.

Amy Newlove Schroeder edited the current issue of Slope. Her work is forthcoming in The Journal and Boston Review.

Esther Lee's chapbook, The Blank Missives, was recently published by Trafficker Press. She will pursue a PhD at the University of Utah's PhD program in the fall of 2008. Her poems and articles have appeared in publications, such as Ploughshares, Verse Daily, Salt Hill, Good Foot, Swink, Cream City Review, Runes, New Orleans Review, Born, and Hyphen.

Ellen McGrath Smith currently works as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned an MFA in 1993.  Her  poems have appeared in:  CQ, 5 a.m., Café, Oxford Magazine, Pig Iron, The Best of the Prose Poem, Pearl, Zone 3, Southern Poetry Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Sistersong, Descant (Canada), and others.  She has critical work in Sagetrieb, The Denver Quarterly, The Pennsylvania Review, American Book Review, and The Pittsburgh Quarterly.  Also, four of her poems appear in For a Living:  The Poetry of Work, edited by Peter Oresick and Nick Coles, published by the University of Illinois.  Ellen McGrath Smith has received the 1993 Rainmaker Award in Poetry, from Zone 3 magazine, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Ascher Montandon Prize in Poetry (1995 HyperAge magazine), and an Honorable Mention in the Lynda Hull Awards (Crazyhorse, 2004).  She serves as Review Editor for Sentence and recently received an Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Maureen Alsop's poems have appeared or are pending in various publications including AGNI, Columbia Journal, Tampa Review, New Delta Review, Borrow Street, Typo, and Texas Review, among others.   Her poetry was nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize. She is the 2006 winner of Harpur Palate’s Milton Kessler Memorial Award in Poetry, the 2007 Frances Locke Memorial Award in Poetry and Eleventh Muse’s Poetry Prize.  She  is the author of two chapbooks.  Her first full collection of poetry, Apparition Wren, was recently released by Main Street Rag Press; and her second collection, The Diction of Moths will be published by Ghost Road press in 2009.

jen Denrow lives in Denver without any pets. But she loves the red fish that tell fortunes. Jennifer has an MFA from Wash U. A lot of times she likes to pretend she's the sky.

Nancy Reddy, a native Pittsburgher, currently lives in Houston.  Recent publications include Prairie Schooner and the New Orleans Review.

Misty Harper lives in Atlanta where she contributes to a local publication, False Magazine.

Lawrence Wray’s poems have appeared in Paper Street Press and City Paper, as well as in the Indiana Review, and online at The Pittsburgh Quarterly.  He studied philosophy and comparative literature at SUNY Binghamton, and English at Duquesne University.  Lawrence spends his days homeschooling two daughters and is a frequent speaker at Unitarian Universalist congregations in the Pittsburgh region.  Two of his poems are forthcoming in Sentence 7.  

Barbara Edelman teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her poems and prose have appeared in journals including Prairie Schooner, Rattle, 5 AM, and Arts & Letters, and in several anthologies. Her poetry chapbook, “A Girl in Water,” was published by Parallel Press in 2002. 

Fiona Lorrain, née Fiona Sze, also publishes poetry under the pen-name, Greta Aart. Recent works have appeared or are forthcoming in Oak Bend Review, Raven Chronicles, The Delinquent, BluePrintReview and Houston Literary Review. A musician, she lives in Paris, France. (

Barbara Yien's poems have recently appeared in Indiana Review, Handsome, and Meridian. She lives in Davis, CA and works as a textbook editor.

Rachel Lane resides in Tallahassee, Florida while she pursues an MFA in poetry. She is from Daytona Beach, Fl but is currently missing California. 

Maryanne Hannan has new or forthcoming poetry in Poet Lore, Pebble Lake Review, River Oak Review, Stand (UK), and Chaffin Poetry Journal. She teaches Latin at Siena College, Loudonville, New York. 

Marilyn Annucci teaches in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  She is the author of Luck, a chapbook from Parallel Press, available digitally at Marilyn's work has appeared in various journals, and she has poems forthcoming in North American Review, Southern California Review (her poem won second prize in the 2008 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize contest), The Poetry Journal Review, and The Comstock Review. 

CM Burroughs is a poet and teacher based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Runes, jubilat, PLUCK!, Bat City Review, and Tuesday; An Art Project. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. Burroughs is a fellow of The MacDowell Colony and Cave Canem, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her MFA
from the University of Pittsburgh, where she currently teaches poetry and creative writing.

Ruth E. Foley has poems in the anthologies "Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv" and "Sinatra: But Buddy, I'm a Kind of Poem."  Her most recent work is appearing or forthcoming in "River Styx," "Cider Press Review," and "Umbrella."  She lives in Massachusetts, where she teaches English for Wheaton College.

Jo Sarzotti's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Alaska Quarterly, Perihelion, & Margie (Fall 08).  Her book Damage, No Repose is looking for a publisher.  When not writing poetry, she teaches in the LIberal Arts Department of The Juilliard School where, once a big construction project is completed, she hopes to set up a reading series to provide a venue for poets published by independent presses.

Rebecca Wadlinger is a James A. Michener Fellow in poetry and playwriting in Austin, TX. Her work has most recently appeared in Best New Poets 2007, Cimarron Review, and Verse Daily. She attended the 2008 Tin House Summer Workshop on a poetry scholarship, and is an editor for Pebble Lake Review and Bat City Review. Currently, she is working on translations of contemporary Norwegian poets.

Darren Higgins is a writer and editor. He lives with his wife, son, and cat in Waterbury Center, Vermont.

Michael Dauro

Thor Ringler

Justin Bigos lives in Brooklyn, NY.  He has a poem forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review.

Matthew Zapruder is the author of two collections of poetry: American Linden and The Pajamaist, He lives in San Francisco, works as an editor for Wave Books, and teaches in the low residency MFA program at UC Riverside-Palm Desert.

Cynthia Cruz has had poems published in the American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Paris Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and others and is anthologized in "isn't it Romatic--100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets," and "The Iowa Anthology of American Poetries." Her first book ,RUIN, was published by Alice James Books in 2006. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and loves in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Kristin LaTour has published a chapbook of dramatic monologues titled "Town Limits: Red Beaver Lake Minnesota" with Pudding House Press, and her work has also appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, After Hours and Pearl. She holds and MFA from the Stonecoast Writers Program and teaches at Joliet Jr. College. 

Therese L. Broderick, MFA, is a freelance poet residing in Albany, NY, with her husband and daughter. Her honors include an "Intro Journals Project" award from The Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Her poems have been published in Poet Lore, Spoon River Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Visit her blog at

Greg Koehler has earned many fancy degrees and awards, and has supplied poems for Ninth Letter, Handsome, and the tiny, among other fine magazines.

Fred Von Drasek is the PhD program in English at Florida State.  He has a poetry MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and was the Galway Study Fellow at the National University of Ireland at Galway for the winter of 2002.

Ron Drummond's first collection of poems, Why I Kick at Night, was a Portlandia Press Competition winner. His poetry is represented in the Penguin textbook Literature as Meaning, the anthologies Poetry Nation, This New Breed, Poetry After 9.11 and Saints of Hysteria, as well as in many literary journals. His translations, in collaboration with Guillermo Castro, of poems by Olga Orosco have appeared in U.S. Latino Review, Terra Incognita and Guernica. Drummond has received writing fellowships from Ragdale Foundation, VCCA and Blue Mountain Center, and was one of the founding editors of Barrow Street.  

Jack Wiler was raised in Wenonah, in southern New Jersey.  He has lived for the past 25 years in Hudson County with a brief layover in Wenonah four years ago.  He has been a manager for a blood distribution center, managed a senior citizen's lunch program, and sold weightlifting supplies.  For most of his life he has worked in pest control and currently works with Acme Exterminating in New York City. He has been published in a number of little magazines, primarily Long Shot Magazine.  He worked with the Geraldine Dodge Foundation in New Jersey as a visiting poet in the schools.  For six years he was the editor of the late, great, Long Shot Magazine. He has read his work extensively in New York and New Jersey. He was a Festival Poet this fall at the Geraldine R Dodge Festival of Poetry.  His work has been anthologized in Aloud, the anthology of the Nuyorican Poets Café, the Outlaw Poetry Anthology from Thundermouth Press, Bum Rush the Page and most recently The Breath of Parted Lips II from Cavankerry Press. His book, I Have No Clue, was published by Long Shot in November of 1996.  His second book, Fun Being Me, was published in September, 2006 by Cavankerry Press.  Bob Holman recently named it one of the ten best books of poetry in 2006 on Aside from his poetry he publishes an on-going blog about growing up in South Jersey in the 60’s.

Heather Bowlan is a writer and activist living in Long Beach.  Her work has appeared in How2, Gulf Stream and other publications.

Dan Nowak won the 2007 Quercus Review Poetry Series Award for his book Recycle Suburbia. Dan received his MFA from Spalding University and is working towards his Ph.D. He is co-founder/co-editor of Imaginary Friend Press and an editor for New Sins Press. 

Anna Leahy’s collection Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize. She has two chapbooks, Turns about a Point and Hagioscope, and her poems appear in literary journals such as the Connecticut Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Journal, Nimrod, and Phoebe. She was a guest poetry editor for Fifth Wednesday and edited the collection Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom. Leahy holds a position at Chapman University, where she teaches in the M.F.A. and B.F.A. programs. Additional information about Anna Leahy can be found at