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Chapbook Series Two

Nancy Kuhl

In the Arbor

Nancy Kuhl is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Wife of the Left Hand (Shearsman Books, 2007). Her chapbook, In the Arbor, was winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize and was published by Kent State University Press. Her work has appeared in Verse, Fence, Phoebe, Puerto del Sol, Cream City Review, The Journal, and other journals.

Mary Weems


Mary E. Weems, PhD, is a poet, playwright, author, editor, performer, motivational speaker, and imagination-intellect theorist. Weems has been published in journals, anthologies, and several books including Public Education and the Imagination-Intellect: I Speak from the Wound in My Mouth (Lang, 2003). In 1997 her play Another Way to Dance won the Chilcote award for the Most Innovative Play by an Ohio Playwright. Her chapbook Tampon Class (Pavement Saw Press, 2005) is in its second printing. Mary Weems currently teaches in the English and education departments at John Carroll University and works as a language-artist-scholar.

Colin Hamilton

A Memory Palace

“Colin Hamilton has combined the visible and the invisible into a truly unusual first book. In three poetic sequences, The Memory Palace weaves layers of psychological narrative into separate versions of an inner biography. The writing is exquisite, the mysteries engaging, and the result original.”—Marvin Bell

Karen Kovacik

Nixon and I

Karen Kovacik is associate professor of English and director of creative writing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including a guest fellowship at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Creative Writing, an Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship, and a Fulbright Research Grant to Poland. In 1997, Kovacik won the Wick Chapbook Prize for her chapbook Nixon and I, and her most recent book, Metropolis Burning, was released in 2005 from Cleveland State University Press.

Matthew Cooperman


Matthew Cooperman is the author of the Daze (Salt, 2006) and A Sacrificial Zinc (Pleiades/Louisiana State University, 2001), which won the Lena Miles Weaver Todd Prize, and was a finalist for the Colorado Book Prize. He’s also the author of two chapbooks: Words About James (Phylum Press, 2005) and Surge (Kent State University Press, 1998). Poems have appeared in such journals as New American Writing, Verse, Chain, Pleiades, Volt, Pool, Notre Dame Review, Denver Quarterly, ecopoetics, and LIT. He is the recipient of the Jovanovich Prize from the University of Colorado, an INTRO Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Utah Wilderness Society Prize, and the O. Marvin Lewis Award from Weber Studies. A founding editor of Quarter After Eight, Cooperman has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Diane Gilliam Fisher

Recipe for Blackberry Cake

Diane Gilliam Fisher’s family was part of the Appalachian outmigration from Mingo County, West Virginia, and Johnson County, Kentucky. Her most recent book, Kettle Bottom, won the Perugia Poetry Prize. Her first book, One of Everything, was published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2003, and her chapbook, Recipe for Blackberry Cake, was published in 1999. Fisher lives in Akron, Ohio.

Vivé Griffith

Weeks in This Country

Vive Griffith holds an MFA in poetry and fiction from the Michener Center for Writers and an MA in English from the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of Weeks in this Country, and her poetry and fiction have been widely published in the United States and Canada. Her advice on the craft of writing appears frequently in Writer’s Digest and Poet’s Market.

Jim Murphy

The Memphis Sun

Jim Murphy teaches at the University of Montevallo, just south of Birmingham, Alabama. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, Triquarterly, and other journals.

Thomas Sayers Ellis

The Genuine Negro Hero

Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, DC, where he attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He co-founded The Dark Room Collective in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1988 and earned an MFA from Brown University in 1995. His work has appeared in Poetry, Grand Street, Tin House, Ploughshares, and The Best American Poetry (1997 and 2001). He has received fellowships and grants from the Fine Arts Work Center, the Ohio Arts Council, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. In 2005 he was awarded a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His first full collection, The Maverick Room, was published by Graywolf Press in 2005 and awarded The 2006 John C. Zacharis First Book Award. He is also the author of The Good Junk (Take Three #1, Graywolf 1996); The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State University Press, 2001), and Song On (WinteRed Press 2005). An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of the Lesley University MFA program (Cambridge, Massachusetts), his Breakfast and Blackfist: Notes for Black Poets is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry Series.

Alison Stine

Lot of My Sister

Alison Stine’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, and others, and are forthcoming in Tin House, Meridian, and Phoebe. Formerly named an Emerging Writer at Gettysburg College, she is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she is completing her first novel.

Juliana Gray

History in Bones

Native of Alabama, Juliana Gray teaches at Auburn University. During the summers, she teaches a poetry workshop at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference and works on the staff of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Juliana Gray’s debut collection, The Man Under My Skin, is the fifth volume in the River City Poetry Series. Her poems have been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Yalobusha Review, Sundog, Poetry East, The Formalist, The Louisville Review, Stories From the Blue Moon Café Volume III, and The Alumni Grill 2.

Kent Maynard

Sunk Like God Behind the House

Kent Maynard is an anthropologist at Denison University. His chapbook is based on living with the Kedjom people of Cameroon. An anthropological study of their medicine, Making Kedjom Medicine: A History of Public Health and Well-Being in Cameroon, is forthcoming. Maynard’s poems have appeared in Borderlands, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and The MacGuffin.

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