Jill Burkey’s work won the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, and her poems, which have been called “warm, complex, and intensely satisfying,” have appeared in Deep Wild Journal, Front Range Review, Paddlefish, Pilgrimage, Plainsongs, Sixfold, Soundings Review, and others. Jill grew up on a three-generation cattle ranch in western Nebraska and began her education in a one-room schoolhouse. She later attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where she earned a BA in English and business with endorsements in secondary education. As a writer-in-residence for Colorado Humanities’ Writers-in-the-Schools program, Jill taught poetry and writing to hundreds of elementary and high school students on the Western Slope of Colorado where she lives with her family and runs her own business.
Gregory Corso (1930-2001) was a founding member of the Beat Generation, and for over fifty years one of America’s most popular and beloved poets. He was the author of over a dozen books of poetry and one novel, in addition to posthumously published collections of plays, interviews and correspondence. His book, The Golden Dot: Last Poems, 1997-2000, edited by Raymond Foye and George Scrivani, will be published in Spring 2022 by Lithic Press.
Musician, scholar, teacher, editor, critic but known most as a poet, David Meltzer's work encompassed everything from pop culture to jazz to Kabbalah. He arrived in North Beach during the Beat heyday in San Francisco, achieving early acclaim as the youngest poet in Donald Allen's influential anthology, The New American Poetry, 1945- 1960. His more than fifteen books of poetry include TWO WAY MIRROR: A POETRY NOTEBOOK (City Lights, 2015), WHEN I WAS A POET (City Lights, 2011) and David's Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer (Penguin, 2005).
Abdellatif Laâbi is one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed contemporary writers from North Africa. Laâbi was born in 1942 in Fez, Morocco, under the French Protectorate. A decade after Morocco gained independence from France, Laâbi founded the renowned literary magazine Souffles, a socio- political journal that merged Moroccan creative energies in a linguistic and artistic revolution that spread throughout the Maghreb. The journal was eventually banned due to its insurgent nature, and Laâbi was imprisoned and tortured for his political beliefs and his writings. Much of his work is influenced by his time in prison and the exile he was forced into upon his release.
Martha Ronk is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently a book on photographs, Ocular Proof. Her collection, Transfer of Qualities, was longlisted for the National Book Award and named an NPR notable book in 2013. Vertigo (Coffee House), influenced by W. G. Sebald's work of the same name, was selected for the 2007 National Poetry Series. Her book, Silences, was published by Omnidawn in 2019.
Clark Coolidge is the author of more than fifty books, including The Land of All Time (Lithic Press, 2020), Space, Solution Passage, The Crystal Text, At Egypt, Now It's Jazz: Writings On Kerouac & The Sounds (Living Batch Press, 1999), The Act of Providence, 88 Sonnets (Fence Books, 2012), A Book Beginning What And Ending Away, and most recently, Poet. Connected to both the Language movement and the New York School, his poetry utilizes syntactical and sonic patterns to engage, and generate, meaning. In a 1968 poetics statement, he noted, "Words have a universe of qualities other than those of descriptive relation: Hardness, Density, Sound-Shape, Vector-Force, & Degrees of Transparency/Opacity." Initially a drummer, he was a member of David Meltzer's Serpent Power in 1967 and Mix group in 1993-94. More recently, Coolidge performed duos with Thurston Moore (Among The Poetry Stricken, on Fast Speaking Music) and free improv with Ouroboros (online).
Yuko Otomo is a visual artist & a bilingual poet/writer of Japanese origin. She writes poetry; haiku; art criticism; travelogues & essays. Her publications include Garden: Selected Haiku (Beehive Press), Genesis (Sisyphus Press), Small Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Hand of The Poet (UDP), STUDY & Other Poems on Art (UDP), Elements (Feral Press), KOAN (New Feral Press) & FROZEN HEATWAVE: a poetry collaboration project with Steve Dalachinksy (Luna Bisonte Prods). She lives in New York City.
Jack Micheline (November 6, 1929 – February 27, 1998), born Harold Martin Silver, was an American painter and poet. Born in the East Bronx, New York, he published his first book, River of Red Wine, in 1957 with an introduction by Jack Kerouac. Though a poet of the Beat generation, Micheline characterized the Beat movement as a product of media hustle, and hated being categorized as a Beat poet. As a painter, he worked primarily with gouache in a self-taught, primitive style he picked up in Mexico City. He was active in the San Francisco Bay Area scene from the late 1960’s until his death in 1998.
Archivist, Poet and Photographer, Tate Swindell is the founder of Unrequited Records, which specializes in poetry records released on the vinyl format. The latest release was an album of rare Gregory Corso readings from the late 1970s that included previously unpublished poems. In addition to an album of rare Bob Kaufman recordings due out in 2020, he recently co-edited the Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman for City Lights Books (2019). Tate, and his brother Todd, worked extensively on the Harold Norse archives, which were donated to the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley. He is currently writing a memoir about his experiences as a pioneer in the San Francisco medical cannabis movement. His previous collections of writings include Palpitations, The Creation of Deadlines and Fotopomes.
Born in Milan in 1934, Giulia Niccolai is the daughter of an Italian father and an American mother, and grew up in both Italy and the United States. During the 1950s, she began working as a photojournalist for various Italian, European and American publications, including Life, Paris Match and Der Spiegel. In the late 1960s, she quit professional photography to focus on writing. She was a member of the neo-avant-garde group of writers, Gruppo 63, and published her novel Il grande angolo [“Wide Angle”] in 1966. She produced her first book of poetry Humpty Dumpty, written in English, in 1969. In 1970, with Adriano Spatola, she founded the internationally known poetry journal, Tam Tam.
Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including From the Canyon Outward (2009), and The Crow and I (2015). He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski) and Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski, as well as the critical memoir Whitman’s Wild Children (1988). His papers are held at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in San Francisco since 1974.
A keen and patient observer of wildlife, and a careful writer, Will C. Minor sold his first story to Boys Life Magazine when he was sixteen. Since then he has had almost a hundred natural history articles accepted by magazines ranging all the way from small Sunday School weeklies to such quality slicks as American Forest, Desert Magazine, and Nature.
Paul Vangelisti has published more than thirty books of poetry and is a noted translator from Italian. In 2015 he edited Amiri Baraka’s S.O.S.: Poems 1961-2013, for Grove Atlantic, and later this year a bilingual edition of his poems, Imperfect Music, will be forthcoming from Edizioni Galleria Mazzoli in Modena (Italy). In 2006, Lucia Re’s and his translation of Amelia Rosselli’s War Variations won both the Premio Flaiano in Italy and the PEN-USA Award for Translation; while his translation of Adriano Spatola’s The Position of Things: Collected Poems, 1961-1992 received the Academy of American Poets translation prize in 2010. Vangelisti lives and works in Los Angeles.
Gianluca Muratori was born in 1964 in Formigine, near Modena, Italy. He began his career as a photographer in 1983, and since 1990 his photographs have been shown in personal and group shows in Bologna, Modena, Rimini, Paris and Rome. As a fashion and commercial photographer he has worked for Nike, Mandarin Duck, Armani, Stone Island, Maria Grazia Severi, Messori and Casucci, among others, as well as publishing his photos in various Italian and international magazines such as Vogue, Men’s Health, Style, Corriere della Sera, Moda and Esquire. He lives and works in Modena.
Art Goodtimes is an American poet, farmer and politician in Colorado. Goodtimes was first elected to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners in 1996 as a Democrat. He switched
to the Green Party of Colorado in 1998 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His poetry and essays have appeared in Entropy, Gramma Weekly, Funhouse, Fanzine, Fence, Cosmonauts Avenue, Laurel Review, Powder Keg, and elsewhere. He is the author of MARY OLIVER (Lithic Press, 2019), which is no longer for sale at the request of The Estate of Mary Oliver, as well as the chapbooks HEART SUTRA (Reality Beach, 2016), ABLAZA (Lithic Press, 2017), ASO 8016:2004 (Really Serious Literature, 2018), and Misrule (Ursus Americanus, 2019).
Born and raised on the not so mean streets of Brooklyn, New York, Robert Cooperman now calls Denver home, where he has turned his love of the Old West into a cottage industry of poetry collections about the Colorado Territory and other aspects of frontier life. The Devil Who Raised Me (the origin story of Cooperman’s hyper-violent alter ego, the badman John Sprockett) is Robert Cooperman’s twentieth collection and tells how a nice kid turned into a stone killer. In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains won the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Closer to Cooperman’s Brooklyn origins, My Shtetl won the Holland Award from Logan House Press. Cooperman’s most recent collections are Their Wars (about his parents’ travails at Fort Bragg at the end of WWII), brought out by Kelsay Books, and That Summer, published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company, about Cooperman’s European wanderings in the summer of 1970. Cooperman’s chapbook/love letter to the Grateful Dead, Saved by the Dead, was published by Liquid Light Press.
Scherezade Siobhan is an award-winning Indo-Rroma writer, psychologist and community catalyst who founded and runs The Talking Compass— a therapeutic space dedicated to providing counseling services and decolonizing mental health care. She is the author of three books, including Bone Tongue (Thought Catalog, 2015), Father, Husband (Salopress, 2016) and The Bluest Kali (Lithic Press, 2018). Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Medium, Berfrois, Feministing, DIAGRAM, Rattle, Jubilat, DATABLEED, Nat Brut, and Winter Tangerine, among others. She is the creator and curator of The Mira Project— a global dialogue against street harassment, gendered violence and in support of women’s mental health. She has performed and lectured across the world; her poems and essays are taught at psychology and creative writing courses in various parts of the world.
Jack Mueller was a well known poet among poets, long active in the legendary North Beach, San Francisco scene, as well as New Orleans and the Western Slope of Colorado. He was a literary icon, educator, organizer, ocean sailor, mountain climber, poet and cultural leader in the arts. In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Mueller gained a reputation among the post-Beat poets in the Bay Area literary scene with his readings and cultural performances. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, renowned poet and co-founder of the landmark City Lights bookstore in San Francisco, said, “Jack Mueller is the biggest-hearted poet I have ever known.”
Timothy Otte is a poet and critic. Poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Sixth Finch, Fence, SAND Journal, Reservoir and elsewhere. Reviews have appeared in the Poetry Project Newsletter, and on Colorado Review, LitHub, and Chicago Review of Books, among others. He was a 2014–15 Loft Mentor Series winner and a fellow at the 2017 Poetry Incubator. Otte keeps a home on the internet: www.timothyotte.com. Say his last name like body.
Allison Blevins received her MFA at Queens University of Charlotte and is a Lecturer for the Women’s Studies Program at Pittsburg State University and the Department of English and Philosophy at Missouri Southern State University. She has been a finalist for the Cowles Poetry Book Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and the Moon City Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in such journals as Mid-American Review, the minnesota review, Nimrod International Journal, Sinister Wisdom, and Josephine Quarterly. Her chapbook, A Season for Speaking, is part of the Robin Becker series from Seven Kitchens Press. She lives in Missouri with her wife and three children.
Tammy Bendetti has published poems in Alyss, Bitopia, Calliope, Fiolet & Wing, Fire Poetry, Grand Valley Magazine, scissors & spackle, Sugared Water, Thank You for Swallowing, Yellow Chair Review and elsewhere. She writes and makes art from Colorado, where she lives with her partner, Corey, and their two little daughters. Corey denies the existence of narwhals. Please send help in the form of additional proof to @SkylarkLover, https://www.patreon.com/TammyBendetti, or https://artbytammybendetti.wordpress.com.
T.J. Gerlach is a Professor at Colorado Mesa University where he teaches creative writing and literature. He has an MFA from the University of Utah and a PhD from the University of Denver. His work has appeared in, among other places, Juked, Flash Fiction Magazine, Aethlon, Shark Reef, Press, Literal Latte, The Wisconsin Review, Mid-American Review, Fiction Southeast, Think Journal and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado with his wife, the poet Jennifer Hancock.
Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature, Gargoyle. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Delaware. Her books include Pinning the Bird to the Wall (2008), Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (2013), Alphabet Year, (2017).
Danny Rosen founded and runs the Lithic Press. His second chapbook, Ghosts of Giant Kudu, was published in May 2013 by Kattywompus Press. His poems have appeared most recently in Pilgrimage, San Pedro River Review, Comstock Review, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Reveiw and elsewhere. He lives among dogs in the desert of western Colorado.
Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer's poetry has appeared in O Magazine, in back alleys, on A Prairie Home Companion and on river rocks. She was appointed Poet Laureate of Colorado's Western Slope (2015-2017) and co-directs the Talking Gourds Poetry Club. Since 2006, she's written a poem a day. Favorite one word mantra: adjust.
Jennifer Rane Hancock's poems have appeared in several journals, including the Antioch Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Puerto del Sol. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of Third Coast, and was a finalist for the Wabash Prize from the Sycamore Review. She lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she serves on the city’s Commission on Arts and Culture and leads a monthly poetry group at the Mesa County Public Library. Jennifer teaches writing and literature at Colorado Mesa University.
Juan J. Morales is the author the chapbook, The Ransom and Example of Atahualpa, and the collection, Friday and the Year That Followed, winner of the 2005 Rhea Seymour and Gorsline Poetry Prize. His poetry has appeared and is forthcoming in Acentos Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, Huizache, North Dakota Review, Palabra, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Washington Square, Zone 3, and others. He is the Editor/Publisher of Pilgrimage Magazine, a CantoMundo Fellow, and an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University-Pueblo, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and curates the SoCo Reading Series.
Kyle Harvey is a poet, filmmaker, photographer and musician. Harvey was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award (Hyacinth, Lithic Press 2013) and winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in A Dozen Nothing, American Life in Poetry, Dream Pop, Empty Mirror, Heavy Feather Review, HOUSEGUEST, Pith, Poems-For-All, Scribbler, SHAMPOO, Think Journal, The Wallace Stevens Journal and elsewhere. Lithic Press published his serial poems July and Farewell Materials, as well as Coolidge & Cherkovski: In Conversation, a book edited by Harvey. His collection, Cosmographies, is forthcoming from Cuneiform Press 2020. His first film, Portolano: A Film About Jack Mueller, premiered in October 2018. He recently premiered his second film, It’s Nice To Be With You Always: A Film About Neeli Cherkovski, at the Omaha Film Festival. He lives with his wife and children in Fruita, Colorado. www.kyleharveypoet.com
Kevin Carey, was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He has a degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh; where he also attended graduate school studying Secondary Language Arts Instruction. One part factotum, one part absurdist, he has performed as a cook, teacher, janitor, painter, stylist, style columnist and amateur videographer. Currently, he is performing a supporting role as construction site lackey.
Trish Hopkinson has always loved words—in fact, her mother tells everyone she was born with a pen in her hand. She is author of three chapbooks Footnote, Emissions, and Piece
Kierstin Bridger is a Colorado writer who divides her time between Ridgway and Telluride. She is author of two books: Demimonde (Lithic Press) and All Ember (Urban Farmhouse Press). She is a winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, the 2015 ACC Writer’s Studio award, an Anne LaBastille Poetry Residency and was short-listed for the Manchester Poetry Competition in the UK. She is editor of Ridgway Alley Poems and Co-Director of Open Bard Poetry Series. The Podcast, Poetry Voice with Kierstin Bridger and Uche Ogbuji is her latest endeavor. She earned her MFA at Pacific University. She is a writing instructor at both the Ah Haa School and Weehawken Creative Arts.
Robert King’s first book, Old Man Laughing was a finalist for the 2008 Colorado Book Award in Poetry and his second, Some of These Days, appeared in 2013 from Conundrum Press. The author of several chapbooks (What It Was Like; Naming Names; and Learning American), he recently won the Grayson Books Chapbook Competition with Rodin & Co.
He lives in Loveland, Colorado, where he directs the website www.ColoradoPoetsCenter.org
David J. Rothman serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western Colorado University, where he also directs the Poetry Concentration, edits the journal THINK, and directs the annual conference Writing the Rockies. His most recent book, co-edited with Jeffrey Villines, is Belle Turnbull: On the Life & Work of an American Master (Pleiades, 2017). His most recent volumes of poetry, both of which appeared in 2013, are The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press). A collection of creative nonfiction about mountains and mountain towns, Living the Life (Conundrum Press), also appeared in 2013. His poems, essays and scholarly work have appeared widely, in journals including Agni, Appalachia, Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, Mountain Gazette, New Criterion, Poetry, Sewanee Review, Threepenny Review and scores of other newspapers, journals and books. In 2018 he won a Pushcart Prize for the poem “Kernels,” which originally appeared in The New Criterion. He co-founded the Crested Butte Music Festival, was the founding Publisher and Editor of Conundrum Press (now an imprint of Bower House Books of Denver), and currently serves as Resident Poet with Colorado Public Radio and as Poet Laureate of Colorado’s Western Slope (2017-’19). With Toni Todd he co-founded and serves as co-director of the Gunnison Valley Poetry Festival and Reading Series. He lives with his family in Crested Butte, Colorado.
Adam Houle’s poems have appeared in journals such as AGNI, Shenandoah, Guernica, Barrow Street, Post Road, Cave Wall, Poet Lore, Blackbird, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and his fiction can be found in Cimarron Review. Claudia Emerson selected his work for Best New Poets 2010. Nominated for both a Pushcart and for Best of the Net, he was also a semi-finalist for the Boston Review / “Discovery” Prize and a finalist for the Art & Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry. He earned a PhD from Texas Tech and currently lives in Darlington, South Carolina with writer and editor Landon Houle.
Frank H.Coons is a veterinarian and poet in Grand Junction, Colorado. His work has appeared in The Eleventh Muse, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in 2011 and 2014. His first collection of poems, Finding Cassiopeia, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. He lives with his wife, Teresa, and two dogs.
Jill Sabella has been involved in the visual arts all her life, finding expression through handcolored photography, drawing, painting and sculpture. She lives in Old Snowmass, Colorado.
John Knoll is a Santa Fe jazz poet with a band called, Nuclear Trout. "Saw a coyote yesterday,"
he says, "as I sat on a crimson lit hill–felt blessed." That's about it.