nerve bios 8

In the order they were added to to La Fovea

Matthew Long

Krystal Languell is a member of the board of directors for the Belladonna* Collaborative. She also edits Bone Bouquet. Her first book, Call the Catastrophists, is now available from BlazeVox Books.

Robert Kocik, writer and architect, divides his time between Brooklyn and southeastern Minnesota. He has developed an experiential science called the Prosodic Body. He also co-directs (with Taoist choreographer Daria Fain) The Phoneme Choir  (aka The Commons Choir). His books include Overcoming Fitness (Autonomedia, 2001), Rhrurbarb (Field Books, 2007) and Supple Sciences (ON, 2012). 

Lisa Ciccarello is the author of three chapbooks: At night (Scantily Clad Press, 2009), At night, the dead (Blood Pudding Press, 2009) & the upcoming Sometimes there are travails (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in Handsome, Tin House, Denver Quarterly, Leveler, Everyday Genius, and Corduroy Mtn., among others.

Meg Day is a poet, nationally awarded spoken word artist, & veteran arts educator who hails from San Diego by way of Oakland, where she taught with Youth Speaks, & as a Teaching Artist with WritersCorp in San Francisco. She is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry with an emphasis in Queer & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah. A 2010 Lambda Fellow, 2011 Hedgebrook Fellow, & 2012 Squaw Valley Fellow, Meg has received numerous grants & awards including the 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award, the Shirley Award for Emerging Poets, the Mary Merritt Prize, & two Creating Queer Community grants from the International Queer Arts Festival. Her manuscript, When All you Have Is A Hammer, won the Gertrude Press 2012 Chapbook Contest & will be published in 2013. Her manuscript, WE CAN’T READ THIS, was a finalist for the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize, the Gatewood First Book Prize, & the Omnidawn First Book Award. Meg lives, writes, & publishes the femme ally zine, ON OUR KNEES, in Salt Lake City.

Carina Finn

Lindsey Boldt

G. Taylor Davis has perfect memory. He remembers the Big Bang, but was unable to do anything about it. Between birth and now he has spent his time rolling cigars filled with all the words he has ever written into almost satisfactory poem. He has yet to write a satisfactory poem.

Gabrielle Costello

Christopher Veidt

Mark Seidl loves New York's Hudson Valley, where he lives and works as a special collections librarian, though he wishes more dogwood trees grew there. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Alice Blue Review, The Bakery, Birdfeast, NAP, and elsewhere.

Courtney King Kampa’s work is forthcoming in Boston Review, Colorado Review TriQuarterly, The Journal, The National Poetry Review, New England Review, and elsewhere, and has received awards from The Atlantic, Poets & Writers Magazine, and North American Review. She holds an MFA from Columbia and works at a publishing house in New York.

Chris Tonelli is one of the founding editors of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He also founded and curates the So and So Series and edits the So and So Magazine. He is the author of four chapbooks, most recently No Theater (Brave Men Press) and For People Who Like Gravity and Other People (Rope-A-Dope Press), and his first full-length collection is The Trees Around (Birds, LLC). New work can be found in Leveler. He works at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their two kids, Miles and Vera.

A finalist for the 2012 OSU/The Journal Award in Poetry and Alice James Books Beatrice Hawley Award, Janine Joseph’s poems are forthcoming from or have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Asian American Literary Review, Best New Poets 2011, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. She also wrote a commissioned libretto, entitled “From My Mother’s Mother,” for the Houston Grand Opera’s “Song of Houston: East + West” series.  Janine is a PhD candidate at the University of Houston.

Tyler Flynn Dorholt co-publishes and curates the film and writing series On the Escape and co-edits the print journal Tim (née Tammy). Other writing can be found here. Some of his black and white photography lives here.

Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Bianca Spriggs is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky.  Bianca is the recipient of a 2013 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship in Poetry, multiple Artist Enrichment and Arts Meets Activism grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and a Pushcart Prize Nominee. In partnership with the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, she is the creator of "The SwallowTale Project" a creative writing workshop designed for incarcerated women, and the creator and Artistic Director of the Gypsy Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Heralded as “the new standard bearer for the Affrilachian Poets” by founding member, Frank X Walker, Bianca Spriggs is the author of Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications) and How Swallowtails Become Dragons (Accents Publishing).

Robert Cunningham’s writing has appeared in The Sensational Food I Corp Enterprise and The New York Poetry Society’s webzine. His collaborative efforts with Brandon Johnson have been showcased in the Totem Reading Series of Brooklyn. Music reviews of his creation appear on Kia Sleet’s Music Blog.

Megan Alpert’s poetry has appeared in Green Mountains Review, The Denver Quarterly, Sixth Finch, and Harvard Review. Last year she won an Orlando Prize from A Room of One's Own Foundation for a poem, which was subsequently published in The Los Angeles Review.

Seth Oelbaum earned a poetry MFA from the University of Notre Dame in May 2012. He is the founder of the Tumblr literary corporation Bambi Muse. His publication credits include Red Lightbulbs and Rhino.

Boyd Spahr lives in Los Angeles and is the author of the chapbook The Julias (Horse Less Press). New poems are forthcoming in Caketrain and Pool.

Samantha Seto is a writer. She has been published in various anthologies including CeremonyThe Screech Owl, Nostrovia Poetry, Blue Hour, Coffee Table PoetrySoul FountainYdgrasil, and Black Magnolias Journal. 

James Bradley is an artist & writer living in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings & drawings have been exhibited at Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, Triple Base Gallery in San Francisco, CA & Maniac Gallery in Oakland, CA. His poems have appeared in Caliban Online & Gone Lawn. He received his MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2009.

Jeremy Dae Paden was born in Italy and raised in Central America and the Caribbean. He is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. His poems have appeared in the Adirondack Review, Atlanta Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cortland Review, Louisville Review, and Rattle, among other journals and anthologies. He is a member of the Affrilachian Poets. His chapbook, Broken Tulips, has just been published by Accents Publishing.

JoAnna Novak is the author of Something Real (dancing girl press 2011), a sequence of flash fictions. She earned an MFA in fiction from Washington University in St. Louis, and she is completing an MFA in poetry at UMass-Amherst.  Her fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction have recently appeared in DIAGRAMBlack Warrior ReviewJerryWeb ConjunctionsAlice Blue, and Octopus. She lives in western Massachusetts, where she is currently at work on a memoir and a collection of short stories.

Chelsea Wagenaar is a doctoral candidate in poetry at the University of North Texas where she is also a teaching fellow. Her poems have appeared or been accepted recently by Gulf Coast, Salamander, Ninth Letter, and Barrow Street, and she is the 2012 winner of the Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize through Nimrod International Journal. On bad days, she considers dropping out of graduate school to pursue the art of refurbishing thrift store furniture. 

Virginia Konchan’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, the Believer, and The New Republic, and her literary criticism in Boston Review, Quarterly Conversation, The Critical Flame, and Barzakh Magazine.  The co-founder of Matter, a literary journal devoted to poetry and political commentary, she lives in Chicago.

Marcus McDonald enjoy ghosts and candy that tastes like plastic. His pastimes include fabricating theories on the end of superstition and what supernatural abilities could be developed to help combat this preventable end of days.  When he grows up, he wants to be a real cyber punk. When he grows down, he'll just be trying to not get cyber bullied. Until then, he will live in electric mountains, feeding on undead woodland stuffed animals.

Metta Sáma

Catherine Pond was raised in Alpharetta, Georgia. She is an MFA candidate at Columbia University and associate poetry editor of H.O.W. Journal.

Wiley Birkhofer is an oil man.  He walks around wearing Daniel Day Lewis' oily face informing the poor, weak, and ugly that Daniel D. Lewis has both British AND Irish citizenship and he's got several t-shirts to prove it.  Wiley also loves sports.  Have you seen him play sports? He is decent. His poems are out there and his strange sounds can be found at

Hilary Vaughn Dobel’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in print with Lana TurnerPloughshares, and A Public Space, and online with Kenyon Review and Guernica. She holds an MFA in poetry and literary translation from Columbia University. A native of Seattle, Washington, she lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts. Find her online at

M. Nasorri Pavone's poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, New Letters, Harpur Palate, Bluestem, DMQ Review and elsewhere. She also writes plays. Her latest, Feeding Time celebrated its world premiere at last year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.  She is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles and lives in Venice, California.

R.A. Villanueva is the author of Reliquaria, winner of the 2013 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. He is also the winner of the 2013 Ninth Letter Literary Award for poetry. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, his writing has appeared widely, in journals such as AGNI, Gulf Coast, Virginia Quarterly Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Bellevue Literary Review, and DIAGRAM. He lives in Brooklyn.

Mitchell Krochmalnik Grabois was born in the Bronx and now splits his time between Denver and a one-hundred-and-twenty-year-old, one room schoolhouse in Riverton Township, Michigan. His short fiction and poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, most recently for his story “Purple Heart” published in The Examined Life in 2012, and for his poem. “Birds,” published in The Blue Hour, 2013. Grabois’s novel, Two-Headed Dog, is available for all e-readers for 99 cents. Click for Kindle. Click for Nook. Click for the print edition.

Penny O. Dartmouth is a poet living in New York City. She received her MFA from the New School on December 21, 2012. Her work has appeared previously in The Left/Right Paradigm and False Flag Review. She is the author of the chapbooks Good Girl Gone Baudelaire and A Seasoning in Hell's Kitchen.

Lucy Hitz just graduated from the University of New Hampshire’s MFA program in Poetry.

Sam Selinger’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Wallace Stevens Journal, Bat CIty Review, Explosion-Proof, and Gray Magazine.

Daniel Kraines grew up in a German Jewish family and spent time during his teenage years as an exchange student in Hamburg. He received his MFA from Boston University in 2011. Currently, he is finishing a master’s degree in modernism and philosophy for the Draper Program at NYU. He has published in Redivider, Salmagundi, H.O.W. Journal, High Chair, Box of Jars, and Until Now. He lives in Brooklyn and is a co-founder of the East River Reading Series.

Bridget Lowe is the author of the book of poetry At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, The New Republic, and Parnassus, among other publications. She is the recipient of a "Discovery”/Boston Review prize and fellowships to The MacDowell Colony and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She currently lives in Kansas City, where she was born.

Julia Anna Morrison, raised in Alpharetta, Georgia, is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  Her work has appeared in Redivider and Gulf Coast.  She currently writes and teaches in Iowa City.

Amanda Johnston earned an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, is a Cave Canem fellow, and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New Sound Journal, Muzzle Magazine, and in the anthologies Small Batch: an Anthology of Bourbon Poetry and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She is the founding editor of Torch Literary Arts, a Badgerdog teaching artist, and the retreat coordinator for Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. Her website is:

Monica Berlin’s recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Cincinnati Review, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, Grist, Witness, Third Coast, and Passages North, among others. Collaborations with Beth Marzoni have been published in Colorado Review, New Orleans Review, Meridian, DIAGRAM, Quarterly West, Vela, TYPO, Better: Culture & Lit, ellipsis…, and others. Berlin is the project director for The Knox Writers’ House digital archives of contemporary literature, and was the nonfiction editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal (2011-13). An Associate Professor of English at Knox College, Berlin also serves as Associate Director of the Program in Creative Writing.

Collier Nogues’s first book of poems, On the Other Side, Blue, was published by Four Way Books in 2011. She has received fellowships and grants from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Oregon’s Fishtrap, Inc. Recent poems have appeared in The Literary Review, Matter, The Cincinnati Review, and the American Academy of Poets’ Poem-A-Day feature. She lives in Hong Kong.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Ken Embery has had a lifelong love of writing.   As a graduate student, commercial video director,television reporter, and Executive Producer in the video game business, he found many ways to earn a living with writing.   But the screenplays, fiction, and academic non-fiction he wrote always felt artificial.  It took the death of his wife, Julie, and the subsequent discovery of body-surfing in Maui, to remind him of Sandburg and Bly, Lawrence and Bukowski, Kinnell and Cummings.  Mr. Embery believes there is unique truth in poetry; truth distilled through the love of family and universal moments; truth made musical by the rhythm and architecture of words.

Nathan Lipps currently resides in rural Michigan where he writes and pays for the rice by teaching English on the side. He was recently the Poetry Fellow of Wichita State University.

Grant Souders is a poet and visual artist living in Iowa City, Iowa, though he calls Montana his home. He received his MFA in English from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently is a Writing Fellow and Adjunct Professor in Creative Writing.

Heather Knox received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in decomP magazinE, H.O.W. Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, [PANK], and others. She is not worried about the impending zombie apocalypse because she grew up in the Midwest. Heather currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Zak, and their cat, Jade.

Paul G. Maziar writes poems and co-curates the Switch reading series in Portland, OR. His most recent chapbook of poems, Little Advantages, was handmade and published by Portland's Couch Press in 2013, and he has two books forthcoming. Drawings and occasional drafts can be viewed on tumblr (andsotobegin).

Jay McMahan is the former editor of Mojo. He lives and works in the South.

Julie Poitras Santos is a visual artist and poet living in Portland, Maine. She recently earned her MFA in Poetry from the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program, and holds a second MFA in Visual Art from the University of Colorado. Poitras Santos teaches at Maine College of Art and at Bowdoin College.

Jennifer Bartlett has recently had poems in Yew, The Brooklyn Rail, and Aufgabe. She is in her fourth year of writing a biography on the poet Larry Eigner. She lives in Brooklyn with the writer Jim Stewart, their son Jeffrey, and many animals.

Chris Ashby is a poet, essayist, and musician. He is also the editor and publisher of Couch Press, which can be found at He frequently collaborates with Nate on his My DAY series, occasionally assisting in publishing the books and organizing events. His most recent books are the collaborative serial poemWho Killed My Chicken with James Yeary (Great Fainting Spells, 2013) and After Language: Volume 1 (Couch Press, 2013). Chris lives in Portland and works in the forests and grasslands of the western United States.

Nicholas YB Wong is an assistant poetry editor at Drunken Boat. His next poetry collection will be published by Kaya Press. He is a finalist of New Letters Poetry Award and Sycamore Review's Wabash Poetry Prize in 2012.

Brandi George grew up in rural Michigan. Her first collection of poetry, Gog, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2015. Poems from this manuscript have appeared in such journals as Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Best New Poets 2010, Ninth Letter, and The Iowa Review. She currently resides in Tallahassee, where she is a PhD candidate and a Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University.

Peg Boyers is a lecturer in the English Department at Skidmore College and the executive editor of Salmagundi. She is also on the poetry faculty of the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Her third book of poems, To Forget Venice, was published by The University of Chicago Press.

Bianca Oana was born in Romania in 1986 and lives in Bucharest, with one foot in Athens. She writes for the screen and on paper. She composes her poems in English.

Dylan W. Krieger is an MFA candidate in creative writing at Louisiana State University, where she also serves as a writing instructor and co-coordinator of the Delta Mouth Literary Festival. Prior to her migration southward, she graduated with highest honors from her hometown University of Notre Dame with a BA in English & philosophy. Her recent poetry can be found online in volume 7 of Smoking Glue Gun magazine and in 30 x Lace, a month-long project compiled by Birds of Lace press.

Nate Franklin