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Founding Editor
Poetry, Prose, and Features Editor

Ravi Shankar is associate professor and Poet-in-Residence at Central Connecticut State University and founding editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. He has published a book of poems, Instrumentality (Cherry Grove, 2004), named a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards, and along with Reb Livingston, a collaborative chapbook, Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books, 2006). His creative and critical work has previously appeared in such publications as The Paris Review, the Academy of American Poets, Brooklyn Rail, McSweeney’s, the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Scribner’s Best American Erotic Poems from 1800 to the Present, the Quarterly Conversation, among many others. He has taught at Queens College, University of New Haven, and Columbia University, where he received his MFA in Poetry. He has been a commentator on NPR and BBC, and read his work in many places, including the Asia Society, St. Mark’s Poetry Project, and the National Arts Club. He currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Connecticut Center for the Book, reviews poetry for the Contemporary Poetry Review, and along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, is the co-editor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East and Beyond (W.W. Norton & Co.). He is a recipient of a Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism (CCT) FY09 fellowship in Poetry and will have two chapbooks of poetry coming out in 2010. You can read an interview with him in Jacket Magazine and listen to his poems at the Fishouse.


Managing Editor, Nonfiction Editor
Leslie McGrath's poems have appeared in Agni online, Beloit Poetry Journal, Black Warrior Review, Connecticut Review, Poetry Ireland, Nimrod, Alimentum, and have been anthologized both in the US and India. You can read some of her work at From the Fishouse. Her literary interviews have appeared in the Writers Chronicle and on public radio. She was the winner of the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry (2004). Her chapbook, Toward Anguish, won the Philbrick Poetry Award and was published by The Providence Athenaeum (2007). McGrath was awarded a 2007 Artist Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and has served on the judges’ panels for both the Connecticut Book Award in Poetry and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. McGrath received her MFA in literature and poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Together with Ravi Shankar, McGrath has edited, and will be publishing under the imprimatur of Drunken Boat Media, the posthumous poetry collection of Reetika Vazirani, Radha Says, in November 2009. McGrath’s first collection of poetry, Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage, won the 2009 Main Street Rag Poetry Book award and will be published in the winter of 2009. In her free time she collects micturation portraiture of Alan Greenspan.


Fiction Editor
Deborah Poe Deborah Poe is assistant professor of English at Pace University. She is the author of a poetry collection entitled Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords 2008) as well as chapbooks from Furniture_Press and Stockport Flats Press. She has received several literary awards including three Pushcart Prize nominations for her poetry and the Thayer Fellowship of the Arts (2008) for her poetry and fiction.

Deborah’s writing is forthcoming or has appeared in Sidebrow, Ploughshares, Filter Literary Journal, Denver Quarterly, Copper Nickel, and other journals as well as in the anthologies Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora (Third World Press 2007), A Generation Defining Itself: In Our Own Words (MWE 2010), and A Sing Economy (Flim Forum 2008). Deborah is also co-editor of the short fiction anthology, provisionally entitled Between Worlds, with her colleague Ama Wattley.

Deborah was born a military brat in Del Rio, Texas and has lived throughout the United States and abroad. After her undergraduate studies, she worked in various positions including hostel clerk and bartender in Paris, environmental activist in Austin, a waitress in Taos, engineering assistant at Oregon Steel Mill in Portland, editor and international program manager in Seattle and educator in Washington and New York.

She has taught at Western Washington University, where she received her Master of Arts, and at Binghamton University, SUNY, where she received her doctoral degree. She has also taught as afternoon faculty at the Port Townsend Writer’s Workshop in Washington.

More information can be found at www.deborahpoe.com, including upcoming readings and audio/video of past performances.

Associate Editor
Aaron Hawn has an MFA from Columbia University, teaches at John Jay College, is finishing a novel about anarchists in Barcelona, and is Assistant Fiction Editor at Fence.

Editor-at-Large
Jean-Jacques Poucel is a poet, translator, and literary critic. Jean-Jacques Poucel teaches French language and literature at Yale University. He is the author Jacques Roubaud and the Invention of Memory (UNC Press, 2006) and has completed studies on several members of the Oulipo, some of which appear in Yale French Studies and Poetics Today, both of which he co-edited. He is a member of the collective Double Change. His is currently working on a study of French lyric poetry from the early nineties to the present.

Jean-Jacques Poucel donne des cours de lettres modernes à Yale University. Il est l’auteur de Jacques Roubaud and the Invention of Memory (UNC Press, 2006). Il a publié plusieurs études oulipiennes, notamment dans La Licorne (numéro sur la ‘morale élémentaire’) et dans Lendemain (“Décrypter Roubaud, II”). Il est membre du collectif Double Change. Il a traduit quelques textes de Jean-Michel Espitalier, Frédéric Forte, Emmanuel Hocquard, Jacques Jouet, Nancy Kuhl, Anne Portugal, Jacques Roubaud, et Sébastien Smirou.

Chief Designer
Shawn M. McKinney has an MFA in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts (1994). His design work has been published in Type In Motion, Digital Type, and Typography Now 2. Critical writing includes articles in Journalism and Mass Communications Quarterly, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and International Journal of Comic Art. He served as Discussant for “W(h)ither the Touch,” an AIGA paper session at the 93rd CAA Annual Conference. He taught as Assistant Professor, UT-Austin, from 1999-2005. During that time he also served as Design Consultant, School of Journalism, and as Design Advisor, Orange Magazine. He formerly taught as Professor of Graphic Design, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA. For more info, visit Typonica.com.


Web Editor
John Joynt’s poetry can currently be viewed in The Diagram, Jack Magazine, and Pregnant Moon, additional works to appear in upcoming issues of Poetry Flash, Big Bridge, and Remark. His half-assed band Raspberry Goulet can be seen here.

Founding Editor/Art Editor Emeritus
Michael K. Mills is a visual artist, photographer, and graphic designer living in Brooklyn, New York. He has an MFA in painting from Parsons School of Design. He does not play the bass guitar. You can find him here and here.

 
Assistant Editor
Sarah Clark has half of a Master’s degree in literature, and a BA in English and Global Art from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has worked with a number of literary publications, including Open City, The Paris Review, The Del Sol Review, and Blackbird. Sarah will finish her MA at Queen Mary, University of London, or expat trying.

 
Contributing Editor
Catherine Daly has run several reading series in LA, including one with the Electronic Literature Organization at the UCLA Hammer Museum. Her most recent books are Vauxhall (Shearsman, 2008) and Chanteuse / Cantatrice (factory schol, 2007). A former technical architect and software developer, she has taught creative writing, literature, critical theory, women's studies, and history of mathematics. Her website can be found here.

 
Contributing Editor
Sina Queyras is the author of most recently of Lemon Hound, which won a Lambda Literary Award, and Expressway, both from Coach House Books. She edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets for Persea Books. This fall she will publish Unleashed, a collection of early writing from her blog. When she is not writing, editing, or pawing the latest arts and literary news on Lemon hound, she likes to wear a cape. She now lives in Montreal and teaches creative writing at Concordia University.

 
Editorial Assistant
Lee Norton is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. In addition to his work for Drunken Boat, he volunteers for Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn, New York. His work is forthcoming in Sawbuck.

 
Assistant Web Editor
Blake Powers is a recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University, where he majored in Graphic and Information Design. In his spare time, he is looking for a full-time job and building a website to showcase his work.

 
BMC Research Assistant
Douglas Duhaime a graduate student of literature and philosophy of mind. He has published poetry in the Helix magazine.

 
Assistant Fiction Editor
Stephanie King received her MFA in Writing & Literature from Bennington College, where she was the editor of the Bennington Review. Her novella Ghost Bite was the winner of the 2005-06 Quarterly West Novella Prize. She currently lives in Philadelphia and on the web at StephanieKing.net.

 

Fiction Reader
Emma Aarnes is earning an MFA in fiction at Columbia University, where she is in the final stages of editing her thesis, a collection of short stories tentatively titled Family Arrangements.


 
Poetry & Fiction Reader
Mary-Lou Brockett-Devine holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College and currently teaches English at a Connecticut public high school. Her poems and short stories have been published in various literary magazines.

 
Nonfiction Reader
Jeff DeLargy is a software engineer and writer residing in Austin, Texas. He recently completed an MFA in nonfiction at Bennington College and his work has appeared in Sorin Oak. A long journey on foot—The Roads to Sata, for example—is his current passion.
 

Fiction Reader
Jill Di Donato holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, where shes also taught writing. Her stories have been published in various journals and magazines. Currently, she teaches writing at the City College of New York and likes to read and write about sexual politics, complex morality, and darkly comic nuances of life.

Nonfiction Reader
Elizabeth Edmonson is a graduate of Wellesley College and received her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2007. She was awarded the Charlotte Paul Reiss ’38 Memorial Prize for Creativity in Writing in 2004 and the Lucy Grealy Scholarship in 2005. She is finishing a memoir about growing up in a high-demand Christian community on Cape Cod, and hopes to find a publisher in the not-too-distant future. She lives in an apartment filled with sun and books twenty minutes outside of Boston.

Poetry Reader
Ann M. Fine grew up in the small mountain town of Prescott, Arizona. She attended undergraduate school at The University of Tampa in Florida, and graduated with an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars in Vermont. Her poems have appeared in Diner, Nocturnes Review of Literary Arts, Sonora Review, Cue, on-line at NoTell Motel, La Fovea, The Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. Her first book of poems, A Nest This Size, is forthcoming from Shearsman Books in November 2009. She directed two community writing centers, Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson, Arizona which she also co-founded, and InkTank World Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. She lives in Prescott for now, and spends her time reading poetry, and teaching community poetry classes.

Poetry Reader
Alison D. Moncrief was raised in northern Connecticut. She has a Master’s degree in English literature from The University of St. Andrews in Scotland and is a recent graduate of the MFA program in poetry at New York University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Caduceus, The Connecticut River Review, and The Paris Review. She teaches English at The Foote School, Southern Connecticut State University, and tutors at Yale. She lives in New Haven with her husband Andy Bromage and with two cats in the yard.

Fiction Reader
Stephen Page was born in Detroit, Michigan. He holds an MFA in literature and writing from Bennington College, and a BA in literature and writing from Columbia University. He is the author of a book of poems, The Timbre of Sand, and a chapbook, Still Dandelions. His fiction has appeared in Quarto and Birch Brook Press. He is the recipient of The Jess Cloud Memorial Prize, a Writer-in-Residence with stipend from the Montana Artists Refuge, a Writer Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, an Imagination Grant from Cleveland State University, and an Arvon Foundation Ltd. Grant. He currently lives in Argentina where he teaches World literature and writes on a ranch.

Fiction Reader
Sasha Kamini Parmasad was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, and was actively involved in the performing arts on a national scale from the age of six. She lived with her family in New Delhi until 1992. She received her BA in English Literature and Studio Art at Williams College in 2002, and her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University in 2008. Her first novel Ink and Sugar, a work in progress, won third place in the long fiction category in the First Words Literary Contest for South Asian Writers in 2003. She has been published in Why We Write: The Politics and Practice of Writing for Social Chance, Writing the Lines of Our Hands, and in Poetry International, where she won their 2008 poetry competition. Her video art and visual poems have been featured on the Trinidadian station Gayelle and on the series Stay Home. Her paintings were exhibited at the second annual Indo-Caribbean Women’s Empowerment Summit. She lives in New York City where she teaches a Creative Writing Workshop at Columbia University and is working on a new manuscript.

Poetry Reader
P.F. Potvin is a writer and ultramarathon runner. He is the author of The Attention Lesson (No Tell Books). His poetry and fiction have appeared in Boston Review, Born Magazine, MiPOesias, Sleepingfish, Sentence, and elsewhere. He has been a writer in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson. He teaches writing at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Spy him at pfpotvin.com.

Poetry Reader
Christina Rizzo was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Bennington College. She also holds a BA in English and Philosophy from Clark University, and is a past winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s Fresh Voices Competition and winner of the Prentiss Cheney Hoyt Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in Caesura and Octaves Magazine. She works as a behavioral consultant in the field of applied behavior analysis serving children with developmental disabilities. She lives and writes in Vermont.

Poetry Reader
Christopher Salerno teaches Writing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. His first book, Whirligig, was short-listed for the Walt Whitman Award and published by Spuyten Duyvil Publishing (NY, 2006). It’s currently available through Amazon.com, SPD, and Barnes & Noble. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Colorado Review, Jubilat, American Letters and Commentary, Electronic Poetry Review, Barrow Street, LIT, Carolina Quarterly, Octopus, Coconut, The Laurel Revew, New Hampshire Review, Free Verse, Asheville Poetry Review, and The Bedside Guide Anthology. He is also a poetry editor for The Raleigh Quarterly and co-curator of The So and So Reading Series in Raleigh, NC. Check out the goings-on.

Nonfiction Reader
Christina Saraceno received her MFA degree from Columbia University. She lives in New York and is at work on a collection of short stories titled From the Same Place.

Poetry Reader
Hayden Saunier’s poems have recently appeared in 5 A.M, Margie, Nimrod, Rattle, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. An actress and voice-over artist, her film and television credits include The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia Diary, and Hack. A Pushcart Prize nominee and Robert Fraser Poetry Award winner, her collection of poems Tips For Domestic Travel was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in Spring 2009.

Poetry Reader
Kendra L. Tanacea, an attorney in San Francisco, holds an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, where she completed her first poetry collection, If You’re Lucky Nobody Gets Hurt. Kendra’s poems have appeared in 5AM, Rattle, Pearl, and other literary journals. She frequently performs public readings of her work. She has a BA in English from Wellesley College.

Co-Editor of Conceptual Fiction Folio
Derek Beaulieu ’s four books of poetry all engage with textual production and the way that composition informs comprehension. His first book, with wax, was published by Coach House Books in 2003, and was followed-up by frogments from the frag pool: haiku after basho (Mercury Press, 2005) co-written with Gary Barwin and fractal economies (talonbooks, 2006). His most recent book is chains (make now, 2008) a suite of non-semantic concrete poems.

Co-Editor of Conceptual Fiction Folio
Vanessa Place is a writer, lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press.

   

 

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