Contributors

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 Lou Amyx’s poetry may be seen in The Arena, Naugatuck River Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume IV: Louisiana, Sugar Mule, Tidal Basin Review, at qaartsiliuni.com, and at melusine.com as the winner of the 2011 Vivienne Haigh-Wood Poetry Prize. A chapbook, The Bracelet, is available from Finishing Line Press.

Khadija Anderson, a Los Angeles poet whose work has been published extensively in print and online holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University L.A. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009, and her first book History of Butoh, was published in 2012 through Writ Large Press.

Marie Aragón, a member of High Desert Poets lives and writes in Santa Fe, N. M.  With one ancestral foot in northern New Mexico, the other in southern Colorado, her work is often grounded in familial history and landscape.  Marie’s work has been published in Malpaís Review, Adobe Walls and Santa Fe Review.

Cathy Arellano writes about growing up brown, coming out queer, and living as true as she can which is kinda crooked. Her poetry and prose collection Salvation on 24th Street will be published in 2013. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Contact her at carellanopoet@yahoo.com.

Juan Estevan Arellano, journalist, writer, researcher and a graduate of New Mexico State University is Fellow of the Washington Journalism Center. He was a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture.

Tani Arness resides in Albuquerque, NM.  Since completing her Master’s in Creative Writing, she remains dedicated to finding the beauty, spirit, and surprise in the intersection of words and living.   Her work appears in numerous literary magazines including North American Review, Red Rock Review, and upcoming in Crab Orchard Review.

Carol Aronoff’s poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies, including Comstock Review, Poetica, Mindprints, Sendero, and  Iodine. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee. The Nature of Music was published in 2005, Cornsilk in 2006, Her Soup Made the Moon Weep in 2007. Blessings From an Unseen World is forthcoming.

Byron Aspaas (Diné) is Tachiiníí and born for Todichííníí.  Currently a creative writing student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Byron writes poetry and creative nonfiction.  His ambition is to become a teacher, a writer, and most importantly a storyteller. He resides with his partner, Seth Browder, in Santa Fe, NM

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Devreaux Baker’s book of poetry, Red Willow People, received the 2011 PEN Oakland Award. She is the recipient of the 2012 Hawaii Humanities Council Poetry Prize and the Northern California Women’s Global Leadership Poetry Prize. She has received poetry fellowships to Hawthornden Castle, MacDowell and Helene Wurlitzer.

Andrea Bates’s first chapbook, Origami Heart, was released by Toadlily Press in 2010; her second “The Graveyard Sonnets” (inspired by Edgar Allan Poe) is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. “For Those Who Have Given Up on Fire” won the 2012 Linda Hodge Bromberg Literary Award, chosen by Quiddity’s editorial board.

Roy Beckemeyer, of Wichita, Kansas, has traveled over much of New Mexico.  He launched rockets at White Sands Missile Range in the 1980’s.  He has recently had poems published in Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems, Coal City Review, The Lyric, Mikrokosmos, and To the Stars Through Difficulty: A Kansas Renga.

Hugh Behm-Steinberg is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and two Dusie chapbooks, Sorcery and Good Morning! His poems have appeared in several literary magazines. He teaches writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he edits the journal Eleven Eleven.

Hakim Bellamy is a two-time National Champion in the Poetry Slam scene. He has won the City Grand Slam Championship in Albuquerque (2005) and in Silver City (2008) as well as 3 consecutive University of New Mexico LOBOSLAM titles. He is Albuquerque’s first poet laureate.

Shirley Balance Blackwell returned to her beloved New Mexico in 1997 after a career in national security. Named the Kitchener Foundation’s 2010 NM Sr. Poet Laureate and, in May 2011, president of the NM State Poetry Society, she lives in Los Lunas with her husband and two large rescue dogs.

Dr. Irene Blea is a New Mexico native and has a doctorate degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. For twenty-seven years she wrote academic articles and textbooks. She now writes novels, but she has written poetry since the age of nine.

Lyn Bleiler’s poetry has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies. She is author of a book on Taos for Arcadia’s Images of America Series (2011) and recipient of Emily Harvey Foundation Fellowships in Venice (Summer 2009; Winter 2011/12), and a Pentales Fellowship in Berlin (January 2012).

Rich Boucher’s poems have appeared in Adobe Walls: An Anthology of New Mexico Poetry, Fickle Muses, Grey Sparrow Journal, HyperText, The Malpais Review, The Subterranean Quarterly, Visceral Uterus, Missive, Sparkbright, The Mas Tequila Review, Borderline, The Legendary and The Nervous Breakdown. Hear some of his poems at richboucher.bandcamp.com

Joanne S. Bodin, Ph.D., won the New Mexico Book Awards and the International Book Awards for her novel, Walking Fish. Piggybacked: poetry, was a finalist in the New Mexico Book Awards. Other publications include, The Rag, New Mexico Voices Too, La Llorona Anthology, Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology, and J.B. Stillwater.

Daniel Bowman grew up in the small town of Socorro, New Mexico, where he contributed articles and essays to the local newspaper.  His haiku will appear in Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga in June 2013.  He also writes flash fiction every week on his blog at glossarch.wordpress.com.

Karin Bradberry enjoys creating poetry shrines, sculptures which embody her poems. She has co-edited/published the Albuquerque monthly poetry broadside the Rag since 2008. Her work has appeared in Central Avenue, Writer’s Digest, Sage Trail, the Rag, Harwood, Adobe Walls, Pudding Magazine, Along the Rio Grande, and Fixed and Free.

Salma Ruth Bratt is a second generation American with interests in the literature and linguistics of immigrants. She loves her family, traveling abroad, passionate readers and writers, theater, and the music of good listeners. Her work is often completed in collaboration with Moulay Youness Elbousty, to whom she is grateful.

Julie BröKKeN is an artist-poet-teacher. Publications include Adobe Walls, The Rag, Duke City Fix, Artistica, Stumble Upon: Illustrated Haiku, La Bloga, and Poets Responding to SB1070.  An open mic regular in Albuquerque and Poetry at Paul’s in Chupadero, Julie was a featured poet at Sunday Chatter in May.

 Dorothy Brooks, East Lansing, MI, has excerpts about her earlier teaching on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, NM, in Weber – the Contemporary West (Spring 2013).  She’s been writer-in-residence at Glen Arbor, MI.  Her poems appear in her chapbook, Swamp Baby (Finishing Line Press 2012), and in many literary journals.

 Wendy Brown-Báez is published in numerous literary journals and is the author Ceremonies of the Spirit and transparencies of light. Wendy began performing as part of the Santa Fe women’s group, Word Dancers and has performed in a variety of venues. She is the creator of Writing Circles for Healing.

Mike Burwell recently retired to Santa Fe after 30 years in Alaska writing environmental impact statements for the Feds and teaching poetry at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His poetry collection Cartography of Water was published by North Shore Press in 2007. He founded the literary journal Cirque in 2009. 

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Lauren Camp’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Linebreak and Puerto del Sol. The author of the poetry collection, This Business of Wisdom (West End Press), Lauren also guest edited sections for World Literature Today and Malpaís Review. She blogs at Which Silk Shirt (www.laurencamp.com/whichsilkshirt).

Gregory L. Candela has resided in New Mexico since 1972. He holds a doctorate in American literature and is author of a volume of poetry, six produced plays and editor of 6 volumes of poetry and prose. Recent publications include poems in The Harwood Anthology, the Rag, MalpaísReview, Adobe Walls, and Sin Fronteras (Spring 2012).

Ioanna Calrsen’s poems and stories have appeared in Agni, Poetry, The Hudson Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Café Solo, Chelsea, The Quarterly, Field, Apalachee Quarterly, The Marlboro Review, Columbia,  Solo,  Alaska Quarterly Review, Mondo Greco, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, The Gingko Tree Review,  Glimmer Train, and many other literary magazines.

Winsome Charter was born in West Virginia to parents who belonged to a charismatic church where they handled snakes and spoke in tongues.  Though she left home at 17, her early upbringing still lingers in her interests in incoherence and poisons, and thus poetry. All of her previous poems have appeared in the online journal SCREWRENT.

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Lisa D. Chavez lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband and dogs.  She has published two books of poetry:  In an Angry Season and Destruction Bay, and recently had essays come out in Arts and Letters and the anthology The Other Latin@.

Amanda Chiado is an Albuquerque native.  She received her MFA from California College of the Arts.  Amanda has been published in Best New Poets, Witness, Forklift, Ohio, Fence, and others.  She works as a California Poet in the Schools and Program Coordinator for the San Benito County Arts Council.

Joshua K. Concha lives and works at Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Receiving a Bachelor of University Studies degree from UNM in 2011 and focusing on English and Psychology, he graduated summa cum laude. He enjoys making jewelry, sculpture, watercolor, writing, and playing guitar.

Carlos Contreras is a two-time national champion performance poet and local educator.  Co-founder of JustWrite, Contreras leads writing workshops at an adult correctional facility. He also hosts the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Voces program. As part of Albuquerque’s Urban Verbs, Contreras creates alongside Colin Hazelbaker and Hakim Bellamy.

Roberta Courtney Meyers is an award winning actress/playwright/composer/poet/master storyteller who has performed in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.  Her work has been published in many anthologies, newspapers and magazines. 40 of her plays have been produced.

Sheila Cowing lives with her coon hound Louise in the shadows of two mountain ranges.  She has published award-winning children’s nonfiction and two collections of poetry, Stronger in the Broken Places and Jackrabbit Highways.

Maril Crabtree’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, such as I-70 Review, Persimmon Tree, Third Wednesday and the anthology Begin Again (Woodley Press, 2011). A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has two chapbooks, Dancing with Elvis (2005) and Moving On (2010) and served as Poetry Co-editor for Kansas City Voices.

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Katherine DeBlassie is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She earned her MFA from the University of Maryland. Her work has appeared in B O D Y, Court Green and Cutthroat, among others. She received honorable mention for the 2011 Rita Dove Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2009 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize.

In 1968, Mary Dudley moved from Stony Brook, New York to Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to the South Valley in 1970 where she and her husband have taught school, gardened, and raised their two daughters along with sheep, goats, and chickens. They still live there.

Victor di Suvero, award winning poet and publisher has been living in New Mexico for the past 23 years. Born in Italy, raised in China, he arrived in the US in 1941, just before WWII. He served as a Merchant Mariner and has been writing consistently since then. He still believes poetry is as necessary as air, as water and bread.

Richard Downing won the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Poetry Peace Prize, Writecorner Press’s 2010 Editor’s Award, and New Delta Review’s Matt Clark Prize. Publications include Potomac Review, Juked, Dire Elegies, Against Agamemnon: War Poems, and Prime Number. Four Steps Off the Path is a 2010 YellowJacket Press chapbook contest winner.

Gloria Dyc is a Regents’ Professor of English at the University of New Mexico-Gallup where she has taught English for 25 years. She has published in numerous small press journals and has a story in the 2013 issue of Gargoyle. A long poem will be published this year in BRICK/Rhetoric, and she has just had an acceptance of a creative non-fiction piece for WAR, LITERATURE, AND THE ARTS.   She is on the editorial board for Red Mesa Review:an award-winning journal for alumni, students, and faculty from all campuses of the University of New Mexico.

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Twenty-five years a poet in journals and anthologies, dance critic on NPR and newspapers, Janet Eigner, retired psychologist, reads from Cornstalk Mother, Pudding House chapbook, and full-length collection, What Lasts is the Breath, Black Swan Editions. “Isaac’s Blessing” appeared on Poetry Foundation’s American Life in Poetry. She reads @ www.eignerdanceswithwords.com.

Susan Elbe is the author of The Map of What Happened, winner of the 2012 Backwaters Press Prize, Eden in the Rearview Mirror, and two chapbooks, Light Made from Nothing (Parallel Press) and Where Good Swimmers Drown (Concrete Wolf Press). You can learn more about her at www.susanelbe.com.

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Catherine Ferguson is a poet and painter. Inspired by landscape and animals she creates watercolors, oils, retablos and poems that express her love of nature. Catherine is the author of eight chapbooks.  In 2007, she received the New Mexico Book Award for The Sound a Raven Makes, with two other poets.

Jamie Figueroa is a student majoring in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has been published in various literary journals including Split Oak Press and Eklecksographia. Her blog “With This Pen” explores race, identity, and relationships and runs in the Santa Fe Reporter’s online edition.

Karin L. Frank resides in Missouri but visits New Mexico every year for the Inter-tribal Ceremonial.  Her poems have been published in the Rockhurst Review, the I-70 Review, the Mid-America Poetry Review, the Coal City Review, the Little Balkans Review, and KC Voices, and have won several prizes.

Poetry readings, awards, and book signings have taken Gretchen Fletcher from Ft. Lauderdale where she lives to San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Kansas City, Boston, New York City, Dallas, and Houston. She publishes articles about her travels and leads writing workshops for Florida Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress.

Amy Fleury is the author of the poetry collections Beautiful Trouble (2004) and Sympathetic Magic (2013), both from Southern Illinois University Press, and a chapbook, Reliquaries of the Lesser Saints (RopeWalk Press, 2010).

Cara Fox is a freelance writer living in Taos, NM. Her poems have been published in a variety of local, regional, and national journals and magazines which include Animus, The Dunes Review, Stuff Magazine, The Aurorean, Puckerbrush Review, The Café Review, Stolen Island Review, Venus Envy, Dos Gatos Press Anthology of Southwestern Haiku and Haiga, and Bangor METRO Magazine.

The Renegade Poet Laureate of Swampscott, Massachusetts, in 2002, Lee Eric Freedman recited his poetry while standing on the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge.  Lee’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including La Ostra. He’s a twice winner of the Naomi Cherkofsky Poetry Contest and president of Tin Box Poets: Swampscott.

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Benjamin Garcia, originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico,  recently completed his MFA at Cornell University, where he currently  teaches as a Freund Fellow.  He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, CantoMundo, and the Taos Summer Writer’s  Conference.  His work has appeared in Poet Lore and torhouse.org.

Susan Gardner is a poet, painter and photographer. Her books are To Inhabit the Felt World, Drawing the Line, Box of Light~Caja de Luz,  Stone Music, and Intimate Landscapes. She has lived in Asia, Mexico and Europe, and since the 1980s has lived in New Mexico. www.susangardner.org

Elizabeth Ann Galligan, Ph.D. claims New Mexico as her cultural and spiritual home. Her poems appear in Southwest Women: New Voices, 1997, Looking Back to Place, 2006, The Rag, Adobe Walls #3, and in Voices of New Mexico, Too, 2013. In 2012, her first novel,Secrets of the Plumed Saint was published.

Teresa E. Gallion completed her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She has a chapbook, Walking Sacred Ground and a CD, On the Wings of the Wind. Recent work includes Contemplation in the High Desert. You may preview her work at http://teresagallion.yolasite.com and www.michaeljohnhallmusic.com.

Van G. Garrett appreciates boxing, bull fighting, photographing hummingbirds in Tuscany, and the trumpeted sounds of Miles Davis. A watch aficionado, Van is the author of Songs in Blue Negritude (poetry), ZURI: Selected Love Songs (poetry), and the forthcoming novel The Unbuckling Days of Stacy Adams (Gee Van Garrett). www.vanggarrettpoet.com

Lisa Gill is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and author of five collections of poetry. Her work also appears in Beauty is a Verb, Wordgathering, Brevity (Craft), 1913: A Journal of Forms, Blue Mesa Review, and more. She has lived in New Mexico for over thirty years.

Jennifer Givhan was a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, and a St. Lawrence Book Award and Vernice Quebodeaux Pathways Prize finalist. Nominated for the Best of the Net, Givhan’s work has appeared in over fifty journals, including Prairie Schooner, Contary, and Rattle. She’s earning her MFA at Warren Wilson College. http://jennifergivhan.com.

G Timothy Gordon’s books include Ground of this Blue Earth, Everything Speaking Chinese, recipient of the Riverstone Poetry P Competition, Night Company, while poems have been nominated for Pushcarts; From Falling & Open House (fiction) are forthcoming. Awards include Wichert Prize & NEA/NEH Fellowships. He lives in Las Cruces, works in Asia.

Natalie Goldberg is a poet, teacher, and the author of eleven books, including her classic, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within–which has sold more than a million and a half copies and has been translated into fourteen languages–Wild Mind, Long Quiet Highway, Living Color, and The Great Failure. She has taught seminars for thirty years to people from around the world, and lives in northern New Mexico.

Patricia Goodrich is a writer and visual artist. Recent books include How The Moose Got To Be, Verda’s House, and Red Mud.  Her poems have been translated into Chinese, Lithuanian & Romanian. She is recipient of writing and visual arts fellowships, and of national & international residencies, including Santa Fe Art Institute and Yaddo .  www.patriciagoodrich.com.

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 LewEllyn Hallett attended the University of New Mexico for her BA in Creative Writing, and earned an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University. She received the 2008 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from Southern California Review, and was a finalist for the 2012 Rita Dove Poetry Award.

Steven Hamp has resided in New Mexico since 1981 and lives in Albuquerque. His work has appeared in various local publications and on the web at Duke City Fix and Zingara Poet. His forthcoming chapbook, Living Landscapes, is focused on New Mexico’s natural backdrop and rich culture.

 Gerald Hausman was a NM resident for 22 years. He and Navajo artist Jay R. DeGroat (Joogii) often collaborated on published translations. The NYT Book Review called Hausman’s Tunkashila “An eloquent tribute to the first great storytellers of America.” Gerald lives in Florida and teaches a writing workshop in New Mexico yearly.

Laurie Hilton has lived in Santa Fe, NM for the past 25 years and began writing poetry in 2007.  Her poems have been published in Adobe Walls and the Rag.  She is co-author of Braided Voices, a collection of poetry accepted by New Mexico Women Authors Book Festival in 2011.

Bradley Earle Hoge’s poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies including Chronogram, Rattle, Tertulia, Stickman Review, Tonapah la, entelechy: mind and culture, and Tar Wolf Review. He is the author of four poetry chapbooks. Bradley lives in Spring, TX with his wife and three children.

 Before moving to Albuquerque Phyllis Hoge wrote, published, and taught poetry at the University of Hawaii and initiated the first Poets in the Schools Program in America. She also taught at UNM for several years. Phyllis has published nine books, most recently “Hello, House,” illustrated by Maxine Hong Kingston.

Michelle Holland lives and writes in Chimayo, New Mexico.  Her books include the New Mexico Book Award winning collection, The Sound a Raven Makes, Tres Chicas Press 2007; and Chaos Theory, Sin Fronteras Press, 2009.

Robyn Hunt’s poetry appears in various publications, among them, Mothering Magazine and the New Mexico Poetry Review. She resides in her native Santa Fe with novelist husband and teenage daughter where she works for Las Cumbres Community Services providing outreach and support for infants and families in need.

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Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, Phoebe and elsewhere. He teaches at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Betsy James is the author-illustrator of twenty books and short stories for adults, young adults and children. She has lived in New Mexico–rio arriba, rio abajo–for almost forty years.

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 Kathaman has been involved in painting and sculpture in the Santa Fe arts community for thirty years.  She is a retired Peace Corps Volunteer/Afghanistan and registered nurse. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary magazines, including Waving and Malpais Review, as well as included in several anthologies.

Jennifer Lynn Krohn currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband.  She earned her MFA at the University of New Mexico. Her poems have appeared in The Saranac Review, Adobe Walls, RED OCHRE LiT, Prick of Spindle and more.

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Page Lambert grew up in the Rocky Mountains and is at home in Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.  Recipient of the Orlando Nonfiction Award and author of In Search of Kinship, her essays and poetry are widely anthologized. A writing coach, she leads outdoor adventures, writing seminars, and enjoys keynoting. www.pagelambert.com.

Belinda Pacheco Laumbach was raised on a ranch in New Mexico.  One of her poems, El cielo me manda, was included in Metamorfosis. In the current anthology, La nana del viento/Mother of the wind is included.  Although bilingual, she writes in Spanish and on themes related to the environment.

Gayle Lauradunn served on the Selection Committee that chose Albuquerque’s first Poet Laureate. She was the co-organizer of the first National Multi-cultural Women’s Poetry Festival in 1974. Her poems have been published in Adobe Walls, The Rag, Puerto del Sol, Zone 3, Tsunami, and others. Several poems have been adapted and performed for the stage.

Alice Lee has been published both nationally and internationally in many journals and anthologies. She was awarded artist residencies at Hedgebrook, Yaddo, Villa Montalvo, and  in England and France. She is the former editor and publisher of Orca Press and Whistle Lake Press. Besides writing poetry, she also enjoys painting, gardening and travel.

Wayne Lee (wayneleepoet.com) is an educator/journalist living in Santa Fe, NM. Lee’spoems have appeared in Tupelo Press, The New Guard, Sliver of Stone, Slipstream,and other publications. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was awarded the 2012 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and SICA Poems for Peace Award.

Donald Levering has two poetry books forthcoming in 2012: The Number of Names from Sunstone Press and Sweeping the Skylight from Finishing Line.  He is a former NEA poetry fellow and a featured poet in the Academy of American Poets Online Forum. More information is available at: donaldlevering.com

Jane Lipman‘s award-winning, On the Back Porch of the Moon (Black Swan Editions, 2012)––her first full-length poetry collection. Her chapbooks, The Rapture of Tulips and White Crow’s Secret Life, were finalists for NM Book Awards in 2009 and 2010, respectively. She publishes widely in journals and anthologies.

Joan Logghe is Santa Fe’s third poet Laureate, teacher, winner of an NEA in poetry, and co-founder of Tres Chicas Books. Her books include The Singing Bowl, UNM press and Love & Death: Greatest Hits with Miriam Sagan and Renée Gregorio, which won New Mexico Book Award.

Casandra Lopez was raised in Southern California and has MFA from the University of New Mexico. She was selected as the SAR Indigenous writer in residence. Her work can be found in journals like Potomac Review, Weber, CURA, and Unmanned Press. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and editor of As/Us.

Terry Lucas has recent or forthcoming work in Best New Poets 2012, Great River Review, and The Comstock Review.  His chapbook, If They Have Ears To Hear, won the 2012 Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Competition, and is available from Southeast Missouri State University Press.  Terry is associate editor of Trio House Press. 

Glenna Luschei is the founding editor of Solo Press, now in its 45th year. Along with her support of magazines and publishers, Luschei works in the arts community. She lives in Carpinteria, California, where she tends her garden and her avocado orchard.

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John Macker has lived in northern New Mexico on the Santa Fe Trail for over 17 years. His most recent book of poetry is Underground Sky. He is also the author of Woman of the Disturbed Earth among others. He has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes.

David S. Maduli is a writer, teacher, deejay, and father.  Son of Filipino immigrants, this San Francisco native spent his high school years in Alamogordo.  Winner of the 2011 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, he is an alumnus of the VONA and Las Dos Brujas writing communities, and resides in Oakland.

Ricki Mandeville grew up in Oklahoma and now lives not far from the ocean in Huntington Beach, California. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals. She is also the author of A Thin Strand of Lights (Moon Tide Press 2006) in which this poem appeared in a different form.

John C. Mannone, nominated three times for the Pushcart, has work in The BaltimoreReview, Ayris, Conclave, Medulla Review, Rose & Thorn Journal, and Hinchas de Poesía. He edits poetry for Silver Blade, teaches college physics, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador (Tennessee). Visit The Art of Poetry: http://jcmannone.wordpress.com.

Tony Mares lives in Albuquerque. His poems have appeared in over six books of poetry, many anthologies, reviews, on YouTube, and have been published internationally.  Recently, he has been a featured poet in the Review of the North American Association of the Spanish Language (RANLE).

Valerie Martínez’s six books of poetry include Absence, Luminescent, And They Called It Horizon, and Each and Her (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, PEN Open Book Award, winner of the Arizona Book Award).  Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies. She was the Poet Laureate of Santa Fe for 2008-2010.

After living in New Mexico for over a decade, Kimberly Mathes now teaches Creative Writing and Composition courses at Glendale Community College in Arizona.  You will find her about Phoenix, riding her Harley while chasing poems and Southwest sunsets.  She lives with her husband, two dogs, three sons, and four cats.

In 2001, Thelma Mathias’ passionate relationship with Mexico manifested in her move to Santa Fe from NYC, her birthplace. Her life’s work is conceptual sculpture using mundane materials focused on cultural, political issues. Visual work includes text- her own or found, reflecting her love of literature, creative writing, and semiotics.

 LeeAnn Meadows lives on the outskirts of Las Cruces, NM with her husband in an old adobe motor court.  She has published poems in Sin Fronteras, Lunarosity, Words on a Wire and Many Voices.

Darla McBryde’s work appears in many publications, and she has performed and hosted poetry at venues around Texas and produced a tv series spotlighting Austin poets.  Querencia, which combines poetry, visual art and photography, was done in homage to New Mexico,and is her most recent collection.  She is selected as a feature poet for Houston’s 2013 Public Poetry program.

Terri McCord is a poet and visual artist from South Carolina. She received her MFA in poetry from Queens University in Charlotte in 2006. The South Carolina Arts Commission awarded her the 2001-2002 Poetry Literary Fellowship. Publications include Nassau Review, Potomac Review, and Connecticut Review.

Mary McGinnis has been writing, working, living and laughing in New Mexico since 1972.  Her full-length collection Listening For Cactus was published by Sherman Asher Publishing in 1996.  Her poetry has been published in over 75 journals and little magazines She has work in Good Company published by U. N. M. press.   She is inspired by the beauty and austerity of the New Mexico desert.

Don McIver is the Co-Artistic Director of the Local Poets Guild, a former ABQ poetry slammer, a public radio host, author of The Noisy Pen, and editor of UNM Press’ A Bigger Boat. He’s performed at/produced poetry events and published in numerous magazines and anthologies.

 Linda Monacelli-Johnson is a writer and editor with a master’s degree in English literature. In 1977 she moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Cleveland, Ohio. Three collections of her poems have been published: Lacing the Moon (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), Weathered (Sunstone Press), and Campanile (Drummer Press).

MJR Montoya is a native of Mora, NM.  He is a professor of global structures at the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management, a Rhodes scholar, and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  His poetry is collected in a volume entitled Era of the Glass Calavera.

 Gary Worth Moody’s first book, Hazards of Light will be published in June, 2012, by Red Mountain Press. A falconer, Gary lives in Santa Fe with the writer and artist, Oriana Rodman, three dogs and a Red-tail hawk.

Juan J. Morales is the author of the poetry collection, Friday and the Year That Followed, and has published in many journals.  He received his MFA from the University of New Mexico, he is a CantoMundo Fellow, and he directs the Creative Writing at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

 Mary Morris,winner of the Rita Dove Award and the New Mexico Discovery Award, appears in Quarterly West, Indiana Review, Blue Mesa Review, Gargoyle, Southern Humanities Review, The Sun, Baltimore Review, and St. Petersburg Review. Sam Hamill of Copper Canyon, selected her poem from Poets Against the War.

Judy K Mosher, Ph.D. has called New Mexico home for over 25 years.  She is a member of High Desert Poets and has had poems published in Adobe Walls, The Santa Fe Literary Review, and Accolades.  In earlier incarnations, she was a college professor, counselor, and Jill-of-all-trades.

 Mark L. Mosher is a literary translator. His great-grandparents came to what is now Hidalgo County as employees of the Southern Pacific Railroad, eventually settled in Lordsburg and left New Mexico after it became a state. He lives in San Francisco, California and writes poetry in both English and Spanish.

 Carol Moscrip, has lived in Albuquerque for over 30 years and is active in the local poetry community. She is the author of four chapbooks and a book of poems, Straw. Her work has most recently appeared in Malpaís Review, Adobe Walls, and Beatlick News Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology.

 F G Mulkey has been published in many literary magazines. His forthcoming publications will be featured in ClockHouse Review in the summer of 2012. He has lived in Santa Fe and Albuquerque since 1981 with wife Jan, and currently finishing his new book of poems titled, West of Night.

 Leslie Myers painted most of her life, and recently began writing. Raised in Minnesota, she raised her own young family on the east coast and worked as a nurse/psychologist. Now retired, she lives in both Santa Fe, NM and Boulder, CO. She says, “Both inspire me, in strikingly different ways.”

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 Susan Nalder lives and writes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place she has called home since 1975.

 Joey Nicoletti is the author of Borrowed Dust (Finishing Line Press) and Cannoli Gangster (Turning Point Books, 2012). A graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College and former poetry editor of Puerto del Sol, Joey currently teaches creative writing and literature at Niagara University.

Sharon Niederman is a longtime New Mexico journalist, novelist, photographer, and poet living in Raton, NM. Her most recent work includes: Signs & Shrines: Spiritual Journeys Across New Mexico. She is the author/photographer of a dozen books of NM travel and history. Her debut novel was published by UNM Press.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland and married to a native New Mexican, Jean Nordhaus lives in Washington, DC but sojourns frequently in Taos. Her books of poetry include The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelssohn (Milkweed Editions) and Innocence (Ohio State University Press.) She is currently Review Editor of Poet Lore.

 Adam Nunez received his MFA from the University of New Mexico, and calls Boise home. He writes to discover his family’s history as migrant farm workers. Adam’s work has appeared in Connecticut Review and LUMINA, and one of his poems took second place in The Atlantic’s 2009 Student Writing Contest.

Jules Nyquist lives in Albuquerque and is the creator of the Poetry Playhouse.  She received her MFA from Bennington College, VT  and loves to play with poetry and form.  Her latest book, Appetites, is a New Mexico book award finalist. Her website is www.julesnyquist.com

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Lib O’Brien, former professor of American Literature, Drew University, Madison, N.J. is an Eastern transplant now living in Santa Fe.  She is studying poetry with New Mexico poets Miriam Sagan and Joan Logghe and belongs to the High Desert Poets.

Marian Olson lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and red Blue Lacy hound.  She is the author of six poetry books. Among them Songs of the Chicken Yard, Desert Hours, and Consider This. Sketches of Mexico is forthcoming this spring. An Acoma Pueblo memoirist, poet, scholar, documentary filmmaker, and Indigenous peoples advocate,

Sara Oritz is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts creative writing program and holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She lives in Seattle, WA and Santa Fe.

Richard Oyama has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. His work has appeared in literary magazines and small presses. The Country They Know  is his first collection of poetry. He is currently working on his first novel, The Orphaned, and a second volume of poetry.

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Michael Pacheco’s debut novel, The Guadalupe Saints recently won Second Place in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards. His novella, Seeking Tierra Santa, was released in May 2011. He’s been published in Bilingual Review Press, Gold Man Review, Azahares Literary Magazine, Acentos Review, Southwestern American Literature, and  Label Me Latina.

Melinda Palacio received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for her début novel, Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press 2011). Her chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place Award. How Fire Is a Story, Waiting, was a finalist for the 2013 Binghamton University Milton Kessler Poetry Book Award.

Carl Palmer, twice nominated for the Micro Award and thrice for the Pushcart Prize by poetry magazine editors, is from Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, VA. Carl now lives in University Place, WA. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever

 V.B. Price (born August 30, 1940) is an American poet, historian, author, editor, teacher and long-time political and environmental columnist. He is a member of the faculty at the University of New Mexico’s University Honor’s Program and is an adjunct associate professor at UNM’s School of Architecture and Planning. He is also the editor and co-founder of NewMexicoMercury.com.

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Elizabeth Raby’s three full-length collections have been published by vacpoetry.org,
the most recent being This Woman 2012. Raby has lived in Santa Fe since 2000.  She has read at the New Mexico Women Authors Book Festival and has given workshops for New Mexico Women in the Arts.

Barbara Rockman teaches poetry at Santa Fe Community College and in private workshops.  Recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, her debut poetry collection, “Sting and Nest,” received the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and the 2012 National Press Women Book Prize. Contact her at motherpoet@aol.com

Lori Romero won the Spire Press Poetry Chapbook Competition for The Emptiness That Makes Other Things Possible.  Her first chapbook, Wall to Wall, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her writing has appeared in more than one hundred journals and anthologies. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize.

Ellen Roberts Young lives in Las Cruces, NM.  Her chapbooks Accidents (2004) and The Map of Longing (2009) are published by Finishing Line Press.  Her recent journal publications include Common Ground, Slant, and online journals Melusine and qarrtsiluni. She operates Kery’s List, a monthly list of literary events in southern New Mexico.  Her blog is www.freethoughtandmetaphor.com.

Charlie Rossiter, NEA Fellowship recipient and, hosts http://www.poetrypoetry.com.  He is the author of four books of poetry, a past PLR contributor and has been featured on NPR. Several of his other NM poems appear in All Over America:  Road Poems. More info: http://www.charlierossiter.com.

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 Miriam Sagan founded and runs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. The author of over 25 books, she blogs at http://miriamswell.wordpress.com. In 2010, she received the Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Amanda Saiz, a student at CNM, is studying to become a radiology tech. She is a mother of three children. She was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. She has always had a passion for poetry. This is her first publication. She will continue writing poetry in the future.

Sarah Sarai’s collection is The Future Is Happy (BlazeVOX [books]). Her work is in Say It Loud: Poems About James Brown, Gathered: Contemporary Quaker Poets, and Boston Review, Terrain.org, ZYZZYVA, and others. She is a westerner, now living in N.Y.C.

 Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb’s poetry has appeared in Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, Blueline, Spectrum, Pedestal Magazine, Wilderness House Literary Review, Midwest Quarterly, Jelly Bucket, Red River Review, Puerto del Sol, Concho River Review, and other journals.  She is co-founder of Native West Press—a nonprofit organization.

Jane Shoenfeld moved to NM in 1987 after living many years in NYC. She is a painter, poet, teacher and art therapist.  Her paintings are inspired by nature and dreams with a focus on imagination and color.  Her work is represented by The First Street Gallery, NYC.  www.janeshoenfeld.com,

Henry Shukman’s first poetry collection, In Dr No’s Garrden, won Book of the Year in the Guardian and Times (London). His second, Archangel, was published in April 2013 by Random House. He lives in New Mexico where he is the primary teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe.

Katherine Seluja received degrees from Yale and Columbia University.  Her poems frequently reflect her health care experiences and have appeared in Adobe Walls, Santa Fe Literature Review, Sin Fronteras and New Mexico Poetry Review.  Her chapbook, After the Thread Unravels, was a finalist selection in the 2012 Bordighera Poetry Prize.

Georgia Santa Maria is a Native New Mexican photographer, artist, and writer, and has been published in many anthologies and on the web at Duke City Fix and Duke City Dime Stories.  Work includes 2 books, Lichen Kisses and The Miami Hippy Mommy Cookbook. She lives in Anton Chico, NM.

 Lynne Shapiro lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. She keeps a supply of green chiles and chicos in her fridge to remind her of New Mexico.  Her poems and essays have appeared in Blue Print Review, Decomposition: An Anthology of Fungi-Inspired Poems, Mslexia, Platte Valley Review, qarrtsiluni, and Terrain.org.

Jennifer Simpson received her MFA in Creative Writing in 2012 from the University of New Mexico.  Her work has appeared in Bartelby Snopes, StyleStubstanceSoul.com, and she was the Fall 2012 Orlando Prize Finalist in creative-nonfiction. She is the director of DimeStories (http://DimeStories.org).

Matthew Jake Skeets is a Navajo, of the Black-Streak-Wood People, born for Water’s Edge. He is a fourth year student at the University of New Mexico and is from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. Writing and storytelling are in his blood.

 Faye Snider turned to writing poetry during her career as a clinical social worker/family therapist. Post career, she received her MFA from Pine Manor’s Solstice Program in Creative Writing. A New Mexico enthusiast, her poetry and personal essays have appeared in the Ibbetson Street Press literary journal, Alimentum and Sugar Mule.

Dee Stribling is a writer of poems and prose currently living in Hillsborough, N.C. For many years she has spent as much time in New Mexico as possible. She is currently working on two poetry chapbooks, a memoir, and a documentary.

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Rae Marie Taylor performs in poetry venues in New Mexico and Quebec, and has authored and produced several one-woman shows-among them An Earthly Hour: A Human Time at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, as well as the Spoken Word CD Black Grace with the musician David Gossage.

Samantha Erin Tetangco’s fiction and poetry have appeared in Gertrude, Phoebe, the Oklahoma Review, Gargoyle, and others.  She currently teaches writing in Bloomington, Indiana and blogs at writersmarch.wordpress.com.  A California native, Tetangco has an MFA from the University of New Mexico.

Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, was the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate.  He has published twenty collections of poems, most recently Uncle Ernest  (Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, 2013).  His Larry D. Thomas: New and Selected Poems was short-listed for the National Book Award.

Richard “Dick” Thomas has nine collections of poetry, include Frog Praises Night (Southern Illinois University Press), Death at Camp Pahoka (Michigan State University Press), and his latest book, Extravagant Kiss.  He is co-editor of Sin Fronteras Journal/ Writers Without Borders in Las Cruces, NM.

Linda Thompson lives on Vancouver Island in BC. She has attended two writing workshops with Ellen Bass and Marie Howe at the Mable Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico where these poems first saw the desert light. Linda has been published in several Canadian anthologies.

Marc Thompson currently resides in Minneapolis, MN where he is a stay-at-home dad.  He thinks it’s the best job in the world.  Marc received his MFA from Hamline University, and his poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in the US, England, Australia, Canada, Japan, and cyberspace.

Joanne Townsend has been writing and publishing poetry for 40 years. In December 2005, she moved to Las Cruces from Alaska where she was honored to serve as the state’s 8th Poet Laureate. Her recent poems appear in “Sin Fronteras: Writers without Borders.” Joanne loves seeing more sun than snow.

Meredith Trede’s Field Theory was published by SFA Press. A Toadlily Press founder, her chapbook, Out of the Book, was in Desire Path. Journal publications include Barrow Street, Blue Mesa Review, and The Paris Review.She received the 2012 Nicholson Political Poetry Award. Meredith lives in Sleepy Hollow, NY. www.meredithtrede.com.

Kaat Toy (the pen name of Katherine Toy Miller) is a resident of Taos, New Mexico, from the central California oil fields. Her prose poem chapbook, In a Cosmic Egg, is available at Finishing Line Press (www.finishinglinepress.com). Her flash fiction book, Disturbed Sleep, is available from FutureCycle Press (www.futurecycle.org).

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Tomas Urrea is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico where he has not yet lived his entire life. He is an educator/farmer/beekeeper. He is married to Valerie, and has two beautiful daughters. Tomas can usually be found in his backyard studio writing and sampling his homemade mead. 

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Sandra Vallie’s poems, essays and stories appear in Adobe Walls, Airplane Reading, red Ravine, The Más Tequila Review, The Malpais Review, the Sunday Poem at Duke City Fix and at dimestories.org. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, she writes and coats the lettuces in diatomaceous earth to fend off the snails.

Richard Vargas was born in L.A. and has two books of poetry published; McLife, 2005, and American Jesus, 2007. Vargas earned his MFA from UNM and was awarded the 2011 Hispanic Writers Award from the Taos Summer Writers Conference. He resides in Albuquerque, where he edits/publishes The Más Tequila Review.

Kayce Verde grew up in Black Mountain, NC. She attended San Miguel Poetry Week and The Squaw Valley Writers’ Workshop. She was an invited reader at SOMOS Summer Writers’ s Series and St. Andrews College. Poems published in The Practice of Peace, Chokecherries, Earthships: A New Mecca Anthology, and Sin Fronteras.

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Izzy Wasserstein received her MFA from the University of New Mexico and currently teaches at Washburn University. Her first collection of poetry, This Ecstasy They Call Damnation, was published in 2012 by Woodley Press.

Toni Watson lives and writes in Blue Springs, Missouri. She has spent much time in New Mexico, as her three granddaughters live in the Albuquerque area.  Her poetry has been published in a variety of publications.

Lew Watts is originally from Wales and now lives and works in Santa Fe and Chicago. His most recent work has appeared 14by14, Able Muse, Decanto, Modern Haiku, The Raintown Review and Orbis amongst others and his first collection Lessons for Tangueros was published in 2011.

A Pushcart nominated poet, Phyllis Wax writes on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, WI.  Her work has appeared in many publications, including Out of Line, Your Daily Poem, Verse Wisconsin, Seeding the Snow, Ars Medica and Naugatuck River Review. She co-edited the 2002 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.

Richard Wells lived in Santa Fe from 1970 to 1985.  They were some of the best years of his life.  He moved because he was angry.  He’s no longer as angry, and though he’d love to move back, it’s unlikely.  Richard hates referring to himself in the third person.

Carolyne Whelan received her MFA in poetry and nonfiction at Chatham University in 2009. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bicycle Times, Willows Wept Review, and Qarrtsiluni. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA as a part-time legal secretary and writing instructor at the Community College of Allegheny County.

Mary Whiteside grew up in the Appalachian foothills, but now calls Texas home. She writes about rural areas, often using an element of history as a starting point. Mary’s writing has appeared in Keeping Time: 150 Years of Journal Writing, Contemporary Haibun Online, Haibun Today, Forces, and Star 82 Review.

Scott Wiggerman is the author of two books of poetry, Presence, from Pecan Grove Press, and Vegetables and Other Relationships.  A workshop instructor, he also an editor for Dos Gatos Press, publisher of the annual Texas Poetry Calendar, and the recent collection of poetry exercises, Wingbeats.  His website is http://swig.tripod.com

Dominika Wrozynski teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Florida State University as a Visiting Faculty Instructor. Her latest poems have appeared in The Crab Orchard Review, Slipstream, The Portland Review, and The Spoon River Poetry Review. She also has Polish-English poem translations in the latest issue of Espresso Ink.

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 Award-winning graphic designer for 50+ years, Mina Yamashita first studied printmaking and typography at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. In 2009, after 9 years as a senior book designer at UNM Press, wrote “Mina’s Dish” for Albuquerque’s Alibi for 18 months. She is now engaged in freelance writing, design, and illustration.

 Jon Kelly Yenser was born, raised, and educated in Kansas. He now lives in Albuquerque. His poems have appeared in several journals, including Diagram, The Massachusetts Review, Natural Bridge and Adobe Walls, and a forthcoming a chapbook, Walter’s Yard (Kattywompus Press).

Pamela Yenser once lived in Roswell, where her Army father flew her over the flying saucer wreckage. Academy of American Poets Award recipient with AWP and Pushcart nominations, she earned her MFA at UI and teaches in Albuquerque. Publications include Connotation Press, Fugue, The Massachusetts Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, and Shenandoah.

 Ellen Roberts Young lives in Las Cruces, NM. Her chapbooks Accidents and The Map of Longing are published by Finishing Line Press. Her recent journal publications include Common Ground, Slant, and online journals Melusine and qarrtsiluni. She operates Kery’s List, a monthly list of literary events in southern New Mexico, and blogs at http://www.freethoughtandmetaphor.com.

 Jason Yurcic’s poems are usually not written – instead they often float in the air around his children or glisten in the sunlight. A transitional poet, Yurcic’s work fuels poems in adverse conditions. Those which make it to paper are a shaving compared to that which passes through his mind.