Contributor Bios

Monica Barron lives and works in Missouri and edits the nonfiction book series for Truman State Press. She also co-edits Feminist Teacher magazine and has recently had a poem appear in Rosebud.

Margo Berdeshevsky often writes in Paris. Her poetry collections are Between Soul & Stone and But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press). Her illustrated stories, Beautiful Soon Enough (University of Alabama Press) received Fiction Collective Two’s Innovative Fiction Award. Other honors include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, the & Now Anthology of the Best of Innovative Writing, Pushcart Prize nominations and Pushcart “special mention” citations for works in Kenyon Review, Agni, Pleiades, Poetry International, Tupelo Quarterly, Cutthroat, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, New Letters and the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-for-a-day. In Europe, works appear in Poetry Review (UK), The Wolf, Europe, Siècle 21, Confluences Poétiques. Her Tsunami Notebook followed a journey to Sumatra to work in a survivors’ clinic. A multi-genre novel, Vagrant, is forthcoming, and a new poetry book, Blason Pour Le Corps is waiting at the gate. Born in New York City, her “Letters from Paris” are here: and her site is at ‪

Sarah Browning is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007) and coeditor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004). She is the recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, a Creative Communities Initiative grant, and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. In March, 2014 she co-edited a special Split This Rock issue of POETRY Magazine with Don Share. Browning co-hosts the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.

Neil Carpathios is the author of three full-length poetry collections and various chapbooks. He is also editor of the newly released, Every River on Earth: Writing from Appalachian Ohio (Ohio University Press, 2015). He is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

Cyd Charisse Fulton hails from Brooklyn, NY as a writer and is also Founder and Editor of “Emphat!c Press.” She is a graduate of New York University and was nominated or the 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her work is featured in anthologies such as Stand Our Ground, I want My Poetry To…, and Dovetail as well as African Voices and aaduna magazines. She is a Cave Canem fellow and has presented her poetry at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bowery Poetry Club and in Auburn, NY. Her chapbooks, Feeding Off of the North Star, and Emphatic Radical are tools for social change.

Roberto Carlos Garcia’s published works include the chapbook amores gitano (gypsy loves) Červená Barva Press 2013, his poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, Bold As Love Magazine, Entropy, PLUCK!: The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, The Rumpus, 5 AM Magazine, Wilderness House, Connotation Press- An Online Artifact, Poets/Artists, Levure Litteraire, and others. His translation of Pablo Neruda’s Heights of Macchu Picchu & Other Poems is forthcoming from Červená Barva Press in 2016. A native New Yorker, Roberto holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry Translation from Drew University and is Instructor of English at Union County College. His website is

Jane Eaton Hamilton is the Canadian author of 8 books including the recently published “Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes.” She is the two-time winner of the CBC Literary Awards (2003/2014), and has been published in Salon, NY Times, Full Grown People and many other places.

Darrell Alejandro Holnes’ poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, The Caribbean Writer, Callaloo, on The Best American Poetry blog, The Potomac, MEAD Magazine, Weave Magazine, The Feminist Wire, The Minnesota Review, The Prague Revue, and elsewhere. His degrees in creative writing are from the Universities of Michigan and Houston. He has received scholarships to Bread Loaf, Cave Canem, CantoMundo and various residencies, most recently to VCCA, and VSC. He currently teaches creative writing at Rutgers University.

Jacqueline Johnson is a multi-disciplined artist creating in both writing and fiber arts. She is the author of A Gathering of Mother Tongues published by White Pine Press and is the winner of the Third Annual White Pine Press Poetry Award. She is a graduate of New York University and the City University of New York. Ms. Johnson has received awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Writers Association’s Creative Writing Award in poetry, McDowell Colony for the Arts and is a Cave Canem fellow. Ms. Johnson has taught poetry at Pine Manor College, Poets House, Very Special Arts, Imani House, the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center and African Voices. A native of Philadelphia, PA., she resides in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Johnson is at work on several new projects: a novel “The Privilege of Memory” and a poetry book “A Woman’s Season.” Her poetry can be found in the latest issues of: The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women’s Poetry (an online journal), Fifth Wednesday Journal and !Pluck.

Adrianne Kalfopoulou has published two poetry collections, and most recently a collection of essays Ruin, Essays in Exilic Living (2014 Red  Hen Press). She is at work on a third poetry collection and lives in Athens, Greece.

Ellen LaFleche was the winner of the Ruth Stone Poetry Prize, the New Millennium Poetry Prize, the Joe Gouviea Outermost Poetry Prize, the Poets on Parnassus Prize, the DASH journal prize and the Philbrick Poetry Prize. Her chapbooks are Workers’ Rites; Ovarian; and Beatrice. She lives and writes in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Shahé Mankerian’s most recent manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist at four prestigious competitions: the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the 2103 Bibby First Book Competition, the Quercus Review Press, Fall Poetry Book Award, 2013, and the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Mizna.

Kate Rushin is the author of The Black Back-Ups and The Bridge Poem. She received an MFA from Brown University. She had poems in Callaloo and Raising Lily Ledbetter. She has received fellowships from The Fine Arts Center in Provincetown and The Cave Canem Foundation.

Dan Vera, an American poet of Cuban descent, was born in southern Texas. He is the author of Speaking Wiri Wiri (2013), which poet Orlando Ricardo Menes chose for the inaugural Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize, and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight (2008). Vera cofounded VRZHU Press, is the publisher of Souvenir Spoon Press, and serves as managing editor of the journal White Crane. With poet Kim Roberts, Vera curates DC Writers’ Homes. He has served on the boards of Split This Rock and Rainbow History Project. He lives in Washington, DC.

J. Barrett Wolf currently lives and writes in Binghamton, New York, where he hosts the monthly poetry open mike at RiverRead Books, and edited their first chapbook anthology, “RiverReadings: The Poets of RiverRead Books: 2011.” In an era of over-specialization, J. Barrett Wolf is a generalist, a jack of all trades, and master of some: an ideal background for a poet. His first book of poems, “Stark Raving Calm” was published in June, 2011 by Boone’s Dock Press of Amityville, New York. The Broome County Arts Council (BCAC), awarded Wolf a United Cultural Fund (UCF) grant for 2012 in order for him to produce “Here and There: Poets from Near and Far,” a reading series paring local poets with poets from the greater Northeast. He has written and workshopped poetry in Ireland and Scotland, and has been published in The Dominican Republic and Holland as well as throughout the United States.