nerve bios 6

In the order they were added to to La Fovea




Anhvu Buchanan's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 580 Split, The Cream City Review, The Minnesota Review, Parthenon West Review, The Sand Canyon Review, and word for/ word.  He currently completed both a manuscript on psychological disorders entitled The Disorder Index as well as his MFA from San Francisco State University.  He currently lives in San Francisco, co-curates The Living Room Reading Series (http://thelivingroomreading.tumblr.com) and collects wonderful internet findings and blogs them at anhvub.tumblr.com.

Mike Young is the author of WE ARE ALL GOOD IF THEY TRY HARD ENOUGH (Publishing Genius Press 2010), LOOK! LOOK! FEATHERS (Word Riot Press 2010), and the chapbook MC OROVILLE'S ANSWERING MACHINE (Transmission Press 2009). He co-edits NOÖ Journal and Magic Helicopter Press. Links to his own poetry, short fiction, and cherimoya related writing can be found here. He lives in Northampton, MA.



Bryan Coffelt currently lives in Portland, Oregon. He blogs at http://lunchtimeforbears.blogspot.com.



Hannah Brooks-Motl lives and writes in western Massachusetts. Her criticism has appeared in the Contemporary Poetry Review and is forthcoming elsewhere.  



Yago Cura's poetry has appeared in 2nd Avenue, Lungfull!, COMBO, LIT, U.S. Latino Review, Borderlands, Exquisite Corpse, FIELD, and Slope. Yago co-edits Hinchas de Poesia with J. David Gonzalez and moderates the Harlem Y.M.C.A. Indoor Soccer League and a Spanglish blog, http://spicaresque.blogspot.com.



Sasha West’s poems have appeared in Ninth Letter, Callaloo, Born, American Poet, Penned: Poems in Zoos, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart and received the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Untermeyer Scholarship and a Houston Arts Alliance Grant. She holds degrees from Johns Hopkins and the University of Houston, where she was the editor of Gulf Coast. She was recently the Parks Fellow at Rice University.



Jason Lynn  



Brent Goodman is the author of The Brother Swimming Beneath Me (2009 Black Lawrence Press) and two chapbooks, Trees are the Slowest Rivers ( Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press), and Wrong Horoscope (Thorngate Road), which won the Frank O’Hara Award. His work has been featured in Poetry, Diagram, No Tell Motel, Court Green, Rattle, Poetry, Green Mountains Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal, and Zone 3, among others. He is an instructor in the Dzanc Creative Writing Sessions and an assistant editor for the online journal Anti-.




Adam Moorad's writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in 3 A.M., elimae, Evergreen Review, Mad Hatters Review, Pindeldyboz, Underground Voices, Word Riot, among many other places.  His debut novella, Oikos, will be published by nonpress in 2010. He lives in Brooklyn and works in publishing.  Visit him here: http://adamadamadamadamadam.blogspot.com



Sean Sexton



Danniel Schoonebeek's poems, essays, and criticism have appeared in Tin House, Publishers Weekly, and are forthcoming in Maggy.  He lives in Brooklyn.



Seth McKelvey recently graduated summa cum laude with Highest Honors with degrees in English and journalism from the University of Georgia.  His work has appeared on WUOG 90.5fm and in Stillpoint.



Feng Sung Chen  is an MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota.



Brian Nicolet



Patrick Joseph Allen



Deborah Wood lives, writes, and teaches yoga in Brooklyn, New York.  Her fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including Parthenon West Review, Hotel Amerika, and EOAGH.  She can be reached at deborahwz@gmail.com.



Doug Cox got born and raised in Fresno, California. He holds degrees in English and creative writing from Cal Poly SLO, Indiana University and Florida State University. His work has appeared in Apalachee Review, Chiron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Eclipse, Juked, New Madrid, and Suss. His first book, The Last Decent Jukebox in America, will be published by LS&S Press in the spring of 2011. He lives with his wife and their son in Colorado, where he teaches literature and creative writing at Mesa State College.


Libby Burton completed her MFA at Columbia University and works at W. W. Norton & Company. Her poems have appeared  in The Broome Review, Denver Quarterly, the North American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tin House and Guernica. She is a recipient of the Stephen Dunn Prize in poetry, an Amy Award from Poets & Writers Magazine, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


Chelsea McKelvey recently graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a dual degree in English and English Education. Her work has been

featured in Stillpoint magazine and she also has a published book of poetry entitled Fleet of Minds. She now resides in London with her husband

while finishing her Master's degree in English at King's College London. 



Chris Mink received an MA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Florida State University. 



Marisa Crawford is the author of The Haunted House from the feminist poetry press Switchback Books. Her poems have recently appeared in Shampoo and Action Yes, and are forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review. Marisa is an editor of Small Desk Press and a writing mentor with Girls Write Now. She lives in Brooklyn. Find her work online at marisacrawfordforever.com.


Tara Mae Schultz is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Memphis. She is also the senior poetry editor for the award-winning literary journal, The Pinch. She has work published or forthcoming in Touchstone Literary Journal, The Los Angeles Review, Di Mezzo Il Mare, and The Southern Women’s Review.


Christina LaPrease was raised in the backwaters of Louisiana. She received her M.F.A. in Poetry at Columbia University. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has previously appeared in various publications including Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, and Painted Bride Quarterly. She resides in Brooklyn.



Tyler Weston is a native of the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, and currently lives in Brooklyn and Oregon. He is a graduate of New York University.



Zach Poehlein lives in Louisville, Kentucky where he writes and rides his bike to work everyday.



Martin Rock is a poet, editor, and translator living in Brooklyn.  His poems can be found in La Petite Zine, Forklift, Ohio, DIAGRAM, The Tampa Review, Salamander, NANOFiction, and other journals.  His collaborative chapbook with Phillip D. Ischy, Fish, You Bird, was published by Pilot Books. He is Managing Editor of Epiphany, A Literary Journal and Editor in Chief of Loaded Bicycle.  Find more of his work at his website.



Diego Báez reviews debut books of poetry for Growler and recent albums for HeaveMedia. His work has appeared in Eleven Eleven, Columbia Poetry Review, and Granta. He lives and writes in Newark, NJ.



Jared Joseph



Matt L. Rohrer is a writer and musician from San Francisco who lives in Brooklyn. His writing has appeared in Tinfish, Skein, Watchword, The Surfer’s Journal, and other publications. He is a founding Editor of Small Desk Press and a regular contributor to the literary blog We Who Are about to Die.  He is a New York City Teaching Fellow and a Special Education high school teacher.


Tricia Taaca, originally from the Midwest, moved to New York to earn her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and become a cheesemonger.  Her work appears or is forthcoming in LuminaChaffey ReviewSonora Review, Washington Square ReviewHarpur Palate and Forklift, OH.  Tricia's chapbook, "want badly," is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press.  Currently, she lives in Harlem with her awesome dog, Mister Peanut.  She teaches at SUNY Purchase College and Berkeley College.


Jamie Houghton is a poet who lives in Bend, Oregon. Her work has been featured in Torches n' Pitchforks, qarrtsiluni and will be in the next issue of The High Desert Journal online. She believes in using both sides of her brain, and is known for making the best key lime pie in town.


Lisa Pounders is a native of North Carolina and is pleased to call Bend, Oregon her current home. She is a painter and a writer. Her crush on poetry began as a child and continues to seduce and enchant her adult life.


Carol Jo Horn has been reading and writing since she was seven, but has never been happier with either than she is right now, in the age of Google and the "Internets."  Shelley Tucker was her teacher and CJ Ink was her publishing company, which led to the blog http://cjink.blogspot.com/  where she can "publish" her pictures and writing efforts today.


Kara L.C. Jones is Coach & heARTist at http://www.MotherHenna.com and the author behind books such as Flash of Life, Mrs. Duck & The Woman, as well as 1,000 Permission Granted.


Mike Soto splits his time living in Brooklyn, NY and Dalhart, TX, where he is inexplicably drawn to the scenery. His chapbook, "Beyond The Shadow's Ink", was published in 2010 by Jeanne Duval Editions and is available through his website: mikesoto.com




Christopher Shipman was a finalist for the 2010 Akron Poetry Prize and the 2010 Copperdome Prize.  His poems have appeared in journals such as Carolina Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Exquisite Corpse, Fine Line, Salt Hill, and The Offending Adam, among others. 



Mary Austin Speaker is the author of two chapbooks, In the End There Were Thousands of Cowboys, and Abandoning the Firmament  from Menagerie Editions 2009, and a third, The Bridge, forthcoming in 2011 from Push Press. New work will appear in Mrs. Maybe, Bright Pink Mosquito and Boog City Reader, and has recently appeared in Pleiades, Big Bell, Boston Review, 20012, Iowa Review, New Orleans Review and elsewhere. She teaches writing and works as a freelance book designer in Iowa City, IA.



Caroline Beasley-Baker is a poet and visual artist who learned to recite her first poem, a traditional Scottish song, when she was 18-months old sitting on a barstool next to a gorgeous gloved and hatted woman in a family bar in downtown Kansas City, MO . . . "I am a poor little orphan, my mommy is dead, my daddy's a drunkard . . ."  


Her poems have recently appeared online and in print in Qarrtsiluni, MUNGBeing Magazine, MOBIUS /The Poetry Magazine, The MOM Egg, and volumes 5, 6, 7 of the Brevitas Festival Review of the Short Poem. Meritage Press published two chain poems done with writer/poet Holly Anderson and singer/songwriter Lisa B. Burns in The Chained Hay(na)Ku Project anthology, 2010.  3 of MS. Beasley-Baker's images / words projects were included in the BIG SCREEN project, LOVE in a COLD Climate, 5 locations (inside/outside projections) in the town of Willamantic, CT in February 2011.


She frequently uses words/poems in her visual work for which she has received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting and a National Endowment for the Arts in Collaborative Work. More about Ms. Beasley-Baker can be seen at www.carolinebeasley-baker.com.



A.M.I. Rowe has never been published and doesn’t even have a Bachelor’s degree. Nevertheless, she muddles through to bring her stories to you. http://amirowe.com.



Andrew Hughes is the author of NOW LAYS THE SUNSHINE BY (BookThug, 2010) & SWEETHEARTS OF THE GREAT MIGRATION (BookThug, 2008). He is the editor of Bright Pink Mosquito (BPM), a journal of innovative poetry & poetics. He lives on Eastern Point in Gloucester, MA with his wife & cat.



Christie Ann Reynolds is the author of Revenge Poems (Supermachine 2010), idiot heart (New School Chapbook Competition 2008), Girl Boy Girl Boy (The Corresponding Society 2010) and her first full length collection is forthcoming with Coconut Books in 2012. She teaches writing at Hofstra University and is off to Rome this fall as an English language tutor and au-pair. New poems or essays were recently published or are forthcoming in Poor Claudia, Sink Review, Maggy, Big Lucks, Peripheral Surveys, LIT and others. 



Evan Kennedy is the author of Us Them Poems (BookThug) and Shoo-Ins to Ruin (Gold Wake Press). He oversees Dirty Swan Projects out of San Francisco.


Paige Taggart lives in Brooklyn. Her chapbook DIGITAL MACRAMÉ was released by Poor Claudia (Feb 2011), and Polaroid Parade from Greying Ghost Press(July 2011). The Ice Poems are forthcoming with DoubleCross Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Jubilat, Bateau, Spinning Jenny, Forklift, Ohio, and others. Peruse her blog: mactaggartjewelry.blogspot.com



Ted Dodson is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn and is the Assistant Editor of Futurepoem. Select publications can be found in Interrobang, Onesies, and The Image Project. He maintains a blog at nightdeposits.tumblr.com.



Whit Griffin studied at Bennington College and Brooklyn College, respectively, and was an intern for the Jargon Society.  He is the author of Pentateuch: The First Five Books (Skysill Press, 2010).  Chaplets include Fugitive Cant (Country Valley, 2010) and Cathedral Ring (Longhouse, 2011).  With Andrew Hughes he co-founded the journals Tight and BPM.  He currently resides in western Tennessee.



Allen Edwin Butt is from South Carolina. Along with Kit Schluter and Andrew Durbin, he edits O'clock Press, which has published chapbooks and the first issue CLOCK, a roughly semi-annual magazine. His own poems and reviews have appeared in a variety of print and online journals, including Peaches & Bats, Otoliths, ditch, DIAGRAM, 491, Galatea Resurrects, and Poetry.



Amanda Smeltz plans to perfect the following skills: how to pilot planes, how speak Swahili, how to poach eggs, how to stop ruining holidays. Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Barrow Street and the Argos anthology Why I Am Not a Painter. She recently joined the righteous crew at Forklift, OH, as assistant poetry editor. Brooklyn is her stomping grounds and bourbon is her spirit animal.



Jackqueline Frost is the author of When We Say Brutal (Berkeley Neo-Baroque) and The Soft Appeal (Nous-Zot Press). She co-curates the Condensery Reading Series and is a member of The Writer's Bloc for non-non-poetic action in Oakland, California. 



Brett Evans lives. He is a founding member of tit-Rex, Nola's only carnival microkrewe. Recent works include Pisa Can and Slosh Models and an appearance in Hot Pink Mosquito. His poems will wear your favorite shirt to the music show without asking you, but they will tell you how much fun they had.



Andrew Reynolds  




Ken L. Walker is a bourbon loving man from the bluegrass currently living in Bushwick. His poetry and criticism can be found in the Poetry Project Newsletter, Rain Taxi, No Dear, Catch-Up, Crab Orchard Review, the New Yorker on-line, Bomb Magazine, the Boxcar, and at Coldfront magazine where he is the features editor.