nerve bios 4

In the order they were added to to La Fovea



Michael Leong received an M.F.A. in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003 and is currently a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Rutgers University.  His poetry and reviews have appeared in journals such as Bird Dog, Cranky, GutCult, jubilat, Opium Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Snow Monkey, and Tin House.  His translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat--I, the Worst of All--is forthcoming from blazeVOX.



Eduardo C. Corral is currently the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University.



Micki Myers teach poetry and literature at the University of Pittsburgh. My first book, Trigger Finger, won the Pearl Poetry Prize, and I have received three Pushcart Prize nominations. My work has most recently appeared in 5AM, Rattle, Pearl, Critical Quarterly, Nerve Cowboy, Gulf Stream, and online at notellmotel.com and mannequinenvy.com. I can be found at mickimyers.com.



Guillermo Castro



Sharon Balter has previously published in 5 AM and Prairie Schooner. A physician by training, she works for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she does outbreak investigation and communicable disease epidemiology.


Gina Abelkop lives in San Francisco, where she edits the feminist literary & arts journal Finery. She loves Bow Wow Wow and avocados. www.birdsoflace.com



Mary Biddinger teaches poetry writing and literature at The University of Akron. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals including American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, The Iowa Review, Notre Dame Review, and Ploughshares, and she is the author of Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007). She edits the Akron Series in Poetry, and is the Founding Editor of Barn Owl Review. She is the UAkron Coordinator for the NEOMFA.



Hannah Gamble is an MFA candidate at the University of Houston, where she drinks weak English Department coffee and experiences various hurricanes. She teaches English, writes poems while driving in Houston traffic, and once won a contest. You can (or will soon be able to) see her poems in Hayden's Ferry Review, Barnstorm, Third Coast, Cimarron Review, and Mid-American Review.



Jen Hyde was born in Anaheim, California in 1985.  She is a poet and multidisciplinary artist, and the founder of Small Anchor Press. She lives and works in in China.  



S.E. Smith is a Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2008, Black Warrior Review, and the Beloit Poetry Journal, among others.  Recently, her collection of short stories was named a finalist in the Keene Prize for Literature.



Sarah Scheckter  is a graduate student in clinical psychology. Her poems have appeared in Can we have our ball back? and xconnect. She lives in Philadelphia.




James Pergola  is a graduate of NYU and the French Culinary Institute. He has written for HX Magazine and has other pieces published online. He lives in Sunnyside, Queens, works in Long Island City, and plays in Manhattan.




Josh Morison lives in Austin, TX, but he's headed back to the farm soon. He has earned degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Texas. Not that either will help  when he's digging thistles or bucking hay.



Anthony Frame is a poet, a teacher and an insect exterminator who lives in Toledo, OH with his wife and their spoiled cat. His poems have been published in or are forthcoming from Heliotrope, Conte Online, Perigee, Blood Lotus, Versal and The Toledo Review, among others. He is also co-editor of the online journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry. He likes bad TV and even worse music. You can google him, but god only knows what you'll find.



Shira Dentz's poems have appeared in many journals including The American Poetry Review, American Letters & Commentary, jubilat, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Field, Western Humanities Review, Seneca Review, Aufgabe, Lungfull!, Bombay Gin, New Orleans Review, 1913, Diagram, and Drunken Boat. Her poems have been featured on NPR and Poetry Daily. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. Her stories have been finalists for the PEN/Nelson Algren Award and the Heekin Foundation Fellowship for Short Fiction. A chapbook, Leaf Weather, is forthcoming from Tilt Press. A graduate of the Iowa Workshop, she is currently finishing a PhD at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Before leaving for Iowa City, she lived and worked in NYC as a graphic artist designing ads for rock concerts, and taught English in a Brooklyn public high school as a NYC Teaching Fellow.



Frank Montesonti teaches in the MFA program at National University.  His chapbook A Civic Pageant is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.  His work has been published in Black Warrior Review, Poet Lore, AQR, DIAGRAM, 42opus, among many others.  He lives in San Diego.



Niina Pollari is from from Finland and Florida, but she writes and translates in scenic Brooklyn.  She's also one of the filthy ragamuffins behind At-Large Magazine (http://at-largemagazine.com).



Sun Yung Shin is the author of Skirt Full of Black (poems, Coffee House Press 07), co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption (South End Press 06), and Cooper's Lesson (Korean/English, Children's Book Press 04). Her poems and prose can be found in journals and anthologies such as Five Fingers Review, Court Green, Mid-American Review, Indiana Review, Encyclopedia A – E, Xcp cross-cultural poetics, Transforming a Rape Culture second edition, To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets From Pre-Territorial Days to the Present, Riding Shotgun: Women Writing About Their Mothers, The Praeger Handbook of Adoption, and elsewhere. She co-edits WinteRed press which has published chaplets by Fanny Howe, Rodrigo Toscano, Thomas Sayers Ellis, and many others. She is a 2007 Bush Artists Fellow for Literature and has also received grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Shin lives in Minneapolis. Her website is http://www.sunyungshin.com.



Kyle M. Malinosky, age 23, in contrast to everybody else, has never been published anywhere, quite accidentally he assures you. His body lives in Delaware, his heart in New Jersey, and his mind somewhere between his bedroom and the moon. whosarahre@yahoo.com.



Elizabeth Barnett lives in Nashville.  She has no real relationship with the city but does like its river and hills.




Eric Morris serves as poetry editor for Barn Owl Review. He currently writes and teaches in Akron, Ohio.  




Christine Poreba’s poems have recently appeared or will soon appear in Subtropics, Natural Bridge, Rattle, Birmingham Poetry Review, Poet Lore and on Verse Daily.  She currently teaches English as a Second Language to adults in Tallahassee, FL, where she also serves as an Associate Editor for Apalachee Review




Richard Biscayart was born a circle in New York City.  He became a square soon thereafter; his muse, a triangle in a blues band in a plaza somewhere in Andalucia.  He is waiting for the straight line; his song, the vanishing point.



David Corcoran is a science editor at The New York Times. His poems have appeared in Podium and Barrow Street.



Philip Metres is the author of a number of books, most recently *To See the Earth* (poetry, 2008), *Come Together: Imagine Peace* (anthology of peace poems, 2008), *Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941* (criticism, 2007. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetry.  He teaches literature and creative writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.



John Gallaher



Michael Beckner: Born in New Orleans on a dark sweaty night at the local orphanage. Fell out of some woman from the north country. Handed a suitcase. Been packing and unpacking ever since.



Tina Kelley is a metro reporter and author of The Gospel of Galore, (Word Press, 2002) which won a Washington State Book Award in 2003. She has had poems in Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, JAMA, the buses of Seattle, and The Best American Poetry 2008.



Joan Penn lives in NYC, where she works as a photographer. Her photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Post, and Daily News, as well as in numerous books and periodicals. She has a short prose piece in the current issue of Opium Magazine. Her poem “Bail, Baby, Bail,” was published online.



Elizabeth Poreba is a New York City public high school teacher of English.She has published in Commonweal and Poetry East, and contributed to the anthology This Full Green Hour, published last year by Sonopo Press.



  1. E.J. McAdams lives in New York City with his wife and three children.  He recently published poems in ISLE, started the Social Environmental Aesthetics Poetry Series at EXIT ART, and serves on the board of the interdisciplinary Laboratory of Art, Nature, and Dance (iLAND).



Rigoberto González is the author of eight books, most recently of the young adult novel, The Mariposa Club. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, and The Poetry Center Book Award, he writes a Latino book column for the El Paso Times of Texas. He is contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers—Newark, State University of New Jersey.



Elisabeth Whitehead lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and is the co-editor of Greatcoat Magazine.



Garrett Burrell



Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., educated at red-brick, ivy-infested colleges and on Chicago streets, Charles Thielman worked as a corrections counselor, organizer, truck driver and city bus driver.



Tom Benediktsson teaches American literature and creative writing at Montclair State University. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals around the country, most recently in The Cortland Review, Borderlands, and The New York Quarterly



Originally from Texas, Eleanor Paynter lived in Atlanta and Rome before moving to New York, where she recently completed her MFA. She translates, teaches, and worries about garden grubs getting to the basil.



Marcella Durand   




Robert Lee Brewer is the editor of Writer's Market and Poet's Market. He also maintains the Poetic Asides blog at http://blog.writersdigest.com/poeticasides. His poetry's been published in several print and online publications, including Ocho, MiPO, Barn Owl Review, and DMQ Review



Holly Burnside is a native of Toledo, Ohio. Her work has appeared in Stirring, Poetry Depth Quarterly, and The Wabash Review. She has taught English composition and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Toledo and at Northern Michigan University. Holly teaches composition at UT and at Owens Community College. She is also co-editor of Glass: A Journal Of Poetry.



Brant Goble is a writer, editor, and perpetual (graduate) student. His works have been published in Words-Myth, Prick of the Spindle, ken*again, and Cantaraville. Like Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Brant was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Unlike Dr. Thompson, Brant's never been to bat country.



Betsy Fagin is the author of Belief Opportunity (Big Game Books, 2008), Rosemary Stretch (dusie e/chap, 2006) and For every solution there is a problem (Open 24 Hours, 2003), as well as a number of self-published chapbooks. Recent work appears in the anthology Not For Mothers Only (Fence, 2007) and is forthcoming in the anthology Starting Today: Poems for the First 100 Days (University of Iowa Press).



John Rauschenberg is a graduate of NYU's MFA program who owns a literary bar in Brooklyn, Pacific Standard.  He has published poems in West Branch, 32poems, Good Foot, and Shadowbox Press chapbooks, and articles and reviews in Chelsea and the Boston Review.



Katrinka Moore book Thief is coming out from BlazeVOX [books] in September 2009.



Lesley Wheeler is the author of Heathen (C & R 2009), Voicing American Poetry (Cornell 2008), and other books.  She co-edited Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv (Red Hen 2008) with Moira Richards and Rosemary Starace. Her poems appear in Poetry, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, and other journals, and she teaches at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.



Laura LeHew is an award winning poet. Her work appears in a myriad of national and international journals and anthologies. She earned an MFA in writing from CCA and a residency from Soapstone. Her chapbook Beauty was just released by Tiger’s Eye Press. She edits Uttered Chaos.



Kristine Ong Muslim has been published in over 300 publications worldwide, including Arsenic Lobster, Beeswax Magazine, Boxcar Poetry Review, Fifth Wednesday, Forge, Gander Press Review, GlassFire Magazine, Grasslimb, Iodine Poetry Journal, Narrative Magazine, Otoliths, Ottawa Arts Review, Pank, Quay, Riddle Fence, The Pedestal Magazine, and T-Zero. She has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize and twice for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award. Her publication credits can be viewed here. (http://kristinemuslim.weebly.com)



Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of eight poetry chapbooks. He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net anthology. His first full-length book of poetry, Lovesick, is forthcoming from The Poetry Press of Press Americana.



Barton Smock lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and four children.  Most recently, he has been published online at thefurnacereview.com and inertiamagazine.com…print-wise, in caesura.  He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by InTheFray Magazine in 2008 for his poem ‘the meek, the meek’, which, unfortunately, did not inherit said earth.



Deena Linett's two poetry collections Rare Earths (2001) and Woman Crossing a Field (2006) were published by BOA Editions, Ltd. Her short stories and two novels have won small national contests and she has twice been a Fellow at Hawthornden Castle, Scotland and Yaddo.  



Hoa Nguyen was born near Saigon, grew up in the DC area, studied poetics at New College in San Francisco. She currently lives in Austin Texas where she teaches creative writing.Her most recent books include Kiss A Bomb Tattoo (Effing Press, 2009) and Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey, 2009).



Stephen S. Mills earned his MFA from Florida State University. His poems have appeared in The Gay and Lesbian Review, Hoboeye Online Arts Journal, The Broken Bridge Review, Juked, PANK Literary Magazine, Dogzplot, The New York Quarterly, The Antioch Review, Collective Fallout, Ink Node, and Poetic Voices Without Borders 2. Others are forthcoming in Knockout, Limp Wrist, and Ganymede. He is also the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award. He currently lives in Orlando, FL with his partner and his dog.


William Doreski teaches at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent collection of poetry is Waiting for the Angel (2009). His work has appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, Natural Bridge.


Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker and elsewhere. Family of Man (Pavement Saw Press) is scheduled for Fall 2009. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at www.geocities.com/simonthepoet.



Cathryn Hankla is the author of seven books of poetry and three volumes of fiction, including Last Exposures: a sequence of poems, Texas School Book Depository: prose poems, and the novel The Land Between. She directs the MFA and undergraduate creative writing programs at Hollins University and edits poetry for The Hollins Critic.



Mark Lamorueux