Ravi Shankar, Executive Director
Ravi Shankar is co-Director of the Creative Writing Program at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of Drunken Boat. He has published four books of poems, including Seamless Matter, Voluptuous Bristle, Wanton Textiles, and Instrumentality. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (W.W Norton & Co.), called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared on the BBC and NPR, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong. Norah Jones is not among his daughters.
Sarah Clark, Managing Editor & Web Editor
Sarah Clark has worked with a number of literary publications, including Open City, The Paris Review, The Del Sol Review, and Blackbird, and edited DB11’s sound art folio. She’s been published here and there, but you’ll have to prise her CV from her cold dead hands to find out where. Sarah is completing a graduate degree in modernist literature at Queen Mary, University of London, or will expat trying. You can see her tweet for Drunken Boat here.
Rob Ray, Art Editor
Rob Ray examines technology in public and outdoors spaces. This examination results in interactive public artworks, experimental films and audio works.
His most recent interactive work, GETLOST! was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in Cumbria and Lancashire, UK. His video game disguised as ATM, Bucky’s Animal Spirit, was selected for the art.tech exhibition at The Lab (San Francisco), and the (re)load exhibition at Antena (Chicago). Other recent exhibitions include the Without You I’m Nothing show at Green Lantern Gallery (Chicago) and the Squirrel! exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center at Woodside (Troy, NY).
Recent filmworks include Canaries in the Coalmine, exhibited at the Onion City Fim Festival (Chicago) and winner of the DIGIT 2009 Excellence in Cinematography prize.
Rob also collaborates with Jason Soliday and Jon Satrom as a member of the Chicago-based circuit-bent multimedia noise trio I Love Presets. From 1999 to 2008, Rob was founder and head curator of DEADTECH electronic arts center in Chicago, IL. DEADTECH’s unique curatorial vision, residency facilities, and exhibition and workshop spaces were all created to cater to the specific needs of the electronic artist and performer. DEADTECH exhibited artists from across the globe including the Beige Programming Ensemble, Trevor Paglen, Norman White, Kevin Drumm, T.V. Pow and Kazuyuki K. Null. Rob is currently attending Rensselear Polytechnic Institute’s Electronic Arts MFA program in Troy, NY.
Michael Bullock, Assistant Art Editor
Michael T. Bullock is a composer, improviser, video artist, illustrator and writer living in Boston, MA, USA. His modes of work include electroacoustic composition, improvisation, drawing, and video. Bullock performs across the US and in Europe, collaborating with a huge range of artists, including Pauline Oliveros, Christian Wolff, steve roden, Bhob Rainey and Greg Kelley of nmperign, Mazen Kerbaj and Theodore Bikel. Bullock’s music has been released by numerous labels including Cassauna, Winds Measure, Sedimental, Grob, 1.8sec, al Maslakh, and Homophoni. He recently completed the first PhD from the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.
Deborah Poe, Fiction Editor
Deborah’s work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Bone Bouquet, Trickhouse, Night Train, Fact-Simile Magazine, Colorado Review, Sidebrow, Ploughshares and Denver Quarterly as well as in the anthologies In Our Own Words (MWE 2010), A Sing Economy (Flim Forum 2008) and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora (Third World Press 2007).
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 at the Port Townsend Writer’s Workshop in Washington and Casa Libre de la Solano in Tucson. More information can be found at DeborahPoe.com, including upcoming readings and audio/video of past performances.
Holly Wendt, Assistant Fiction Editor
Holly Wendt is an English Instructor at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. She teaches and has taught creative writing, composition, and medieval literature at Casper College, at Binghamton University, where she received her doctoral degree, and at Ohio University, where she received her Master of Arts degree.
Previously, she has served as the book review editor and as a reader for Quarter After Eight and as managing editor for Harpur Palate. Her short fiction has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, and she is currently at work on several novel projects. Holly is the co-director for the 2010 Equality State Book Festival.
Heather Bryant, Nonfiction Editor
Heather Bryant is the Spring 2010 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Randolph College. She won the 2009 Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest. A fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Visiting Artist in writing at the American Academy in Rome in 2009, she has taught writing at the Youth Action Coalition and the Girl Scout Scholars Program. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming with The Southeast Review, Women Writers, and Seal Press.
Amanda Dambrink, Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Amanda Dambrink studied nonfiction at Brigham Young University and at Ohio University before moving to Madison, Wisconsin where she now works for a medical software company by day and scribbles essays by night. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Prairie Margins, Normal School, Alimentum, and The Iowa Review.
Erin Wilcox, Assistant Nonfiction Editor
Erin Wilcox is a writer, poet, musician, and freelance editor. Erin formerly worked for Alaska Quarterly Review, and helped judge the 2011 Kore Press Short Fiction Award, as well as the Poem A Day Challenge on Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides blog. She founded the Arizona chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association in 2007, and has served on the EFA Board of Governors since 2008. Erin’s writing has been featured in Soundzine, Stoneboat, Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska, Veil: Journal of Darker Musings, and in radio broadcasts including KXCI Tucson’s A Poet’s Moment, Broad Perspectives, and Alaska Public Radio’s AK Radio. She writes about writing for various magazines, including Copyediting and TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Details about her editorial practice are available at wilcoxediting.com.
Tamiko Beyer, Poetry Editor
Tamiko Beyer is the author of bough breaks (Meritage Press), and her poems have recently appeared in DIAGRAM, H_NGM_N, Anti-, Locuspoint and elsewhere. She is a freelance writer and social media consultant for foundations and nonprofit organizations. She leads creative writing workshop for at-risk youth and other community groups, is a mentor with Girls Write Now, and a founding member of Agent 409: a queer writing collective in New York City. Tamiko is a former Kundiman Fellow and received her M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. Find her online at wonderinghome.com.
Michelle Brown, Assistant Poetry Editor
Michelle Chan Brown’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Prism Review, Tampa Review, KNOCK, Gertrude, Broken Bridge Review, The Concher, Yemassee, and textsound. She earned her MFA at the University of Michigan, where she received the Michael R. Gutterman prize. She lives in Pomfret, Connecticut, where she is the Writer-in-Residence at Pomfret School. Her chapbook The Clever Decoys is now available from Love Among the Ruins press.
Jean-Jacques Poucel, Contributing 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.
Noah Saterstrom, Guest Designer
Raised in Mississippi and educated at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, Noah Saterstrom works as a visual artist and independent curator. His paintings, drawings, and print installations have been shown nationally and internationally, most recently in Brooklyn, NY, New Orleans, LA and Glasgow, Scotland. He works with writers on text/image collaborations, and is the founder and curator of the cross-genre online arts quarterly, Trickhouse. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Claire Zoghb, Graphic Designer
Claire Zoghb’s collection, Small House Breathing, won the 2008 Quercus Review Poetry Series Annual Book Award. A chapbook, Dispatches from Everest, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press. Her poems have appeared in Connecticut Review, CALYX, Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America (The Lebanon Issue), Natural Bridge, Through A Child’s Eyes: Poems and Stories About War, and Eating Her Wedding Dress: A Collection of Clothing Poems. She holds an MALS from Wesleyan University. A freelance graphic artist/book designer, Claire lives in New Haven’s Morris Cove neighborhood and works across the harbor as Graphics Director at Long Wharf Theatre.
Ann Bogle, Fiction Reader
Ann Bogle writes short fiction, nonfiction, and prose poetry in Minnesota. Her short stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Black Ice, Big Bridge, Metazen, Wigleaf, Blip, and other journals. Her prose poem chapbook, XAM: Paragraph Series, was published by Xexoxial Editions in 2005. Her poetry chapbook, Dog barks up a tree at the apple left in it under a deerslim moon, was published by Orium Press for the Dusie Kollektiv in 2008. Argotist Ebooks published Solzhenitsyn Jukebox in 2010 and Country Without a Name in 2011. She studied writing at University of Wisconsin at Madison with Lorrie Moore, at Binghamton University with Larry Woiwode and Jerome Rothenberg, and at University of Houston with James Robison and Rosellen Brown. Her M.F.A. is from University of Houston in 1994. She edits poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews at Mad Hatters’ Review. She published her weblog, Ana Verse, in 2009 and 2011. Some of her new and reprinted work appears at Fictionaut.
Sherrie Flick, Fiction Reader
Sherrie Flick is the author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume) and the novel Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books), a semi-finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Select anthologies include Flash Fiction Forward (Norton), New Sudden Fiction (Norton), and The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction. Her short-short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, North American Review, and Black Warrior Review, among others. In 2010, her story “Little Dog” was a finalist for the A Room of Her Own Orlando Prize for Sudden Fiction. Flick has been granted fellowships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Ucross Foundation, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Recently she served as January-term writer-in-residence at Salem College. A recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant, she lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches in Chatham University’s MFA programs, writes, edits, gardens, and cooks. For more information, visit www.sherrieflick.com.
Racquel Goodison, Fiction Reader
Racquel Simone (Goodison) was born and grew up in Kingston 20, Jamaica. She earned a doctorate in English at Binghamton University and is currently an assistant professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She was awarded a scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center and been the recipient of several writing awards and grants. Her stories can be found in such literary journals as the Black Arts Quarterly, Proud Flesh Journal, Kweli Journal and Drunken Boat.
Stephanie King, Fiction Reader
Stephanie 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.
Laura Koons, Fiction Reader
Laura Koons recently completed her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. She has served in the past as Fiction Editor and reader for Grist: The Journal for Writers, as a reader for Quarter After Eight, and as Editor for Lycoming College’s literary magazine, The Tributary. She currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia.
Katharine Mitchell, Fiction Reader
Katharine Mitchell holds a MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a MA in Literature from the University of Mississippi. She lived and worked in China for five years and now teaches literature and creative writing at an international school in Bangkok.
Elizabeth Thorpe, Fiction Reader
Elizabeth Thorpe’s short stories and excerpts from her novel-in-progress have appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Per Contra, Press 1, Puckerbrush Review, Stolen Island Review, and The Maine Review, among others. She lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches at Drexel University and at The University of the Arts, in the Pre-College program. She earned her MFA in Writing from Goddard College.
Joseph Truscello, Fiction Reader
Joseph Truscello grew up in Wallkill, New York, between a horse farm and a hayfield. He has a degree in English literature from Pace University and a Masters of Arts from Brooklyn College. His thesis was “The Commodified Self: Identity in Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus.” As a writer and scholar, he is interested in the interaction between the self and socially constructed apparatuses—namely distinctions of class, gender, and race. He is a Bikram yoga enthusiast and jogs regularly in vibram five finger shoes.
Jill Widner, Fiction Reader
Jill Widner’s fiction has appeared recently in American Short Fiction (web exclusives), Kartika Review, and Asia Literary Review (Hong Kong). Excerpts from her novel in progress were selected as winners of the 2010 Short Fiction competition (University of Plymouth Press, UK), the 2009 Juked fiction competition, and one of two equal runners up in the 2009 Willesden Herald international fiction competition (pretend genius press, UK). She was shortlisted for the 2011 David T.K. Wong Fellowship at the University of East Anglia; she was the recipient of a 2009 Artist Trust (GAP) project grant and a 2007 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship; and she has been awarded residencies at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Judy Yu, Fiction Reader
Judy Yu has an MFA in writing fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. She has taught writing workshops to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth; domestic violence survivors; and at after school programs. Judy is a member of Agent 409, a multi-racial, queer writing group that has performed and presented workshops in New York City; Washington D.C.; Boston, MA; and Atlanta, GA. She has been a featured reader at the blogger reading and performance showcase, WYSIWYG, at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City in June 2006. She has two essays in Visible: A Femmethology, published in 2009 by Homofactus Press. Judy is currently working on a novel about the first Chinese woman on record to come to the United States who was put on display as a “living curio” in New York City.
Jeanie Chung, Nonfiction Reader
Jeanie Chung’s fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in upstreet, Stymie, Numero Cinq, Drunken Boat and the Main Street Rag sports anthology, among others. She is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Chicago, where she is at work on a novel-in-stories inspired by her former career covering high school and college sports for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Nina Feng, Nonfiction Reader
Nina Feng’s writing has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Upstreet, PANK and Wigleaf. She is currently living in New Orleans, working on her first book of nonfiction.
Cannon Roberts, Nonfiction Reader
Cannon Roberts is currently working on his PhD in creative writing at Oklahoma State University. He received his master’s in creative writing at Binghamton University. In between those two, he taught creative writing (and other English courses) on three different prison campuses in Gatesville, Texas. His experience was nothing like Oz or The Shawshank Redemption but was a little like the third season of My Name is Earl. His fiction has appeared in The Concho River Review, Grimm Magazine, and Miranda Literary Magazine. His nonfiction has appeared in The Paradigm Exchange.
Christina Saraceno, Nonfiction Reader
Christina Saraceno received her MFA degree in fiction from Columbia University. She has written about pop music and culture for RollingStone.com, Time Out New York, Women’s Wear Daily, and Allmusic.com, and her short story "Blue Screen" appeared in Italian Americana, Vol. 17. She recently completed an MA in English education from Teachers College and currently teaches middle school English, where she remains undaunted in her efforts to severely curb young people’s enthusiasm for the passive voice.
Hossannah Asuncion, Poetry Reader
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Andrea Henchey, Poetry Reader
Andrea Henchey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University; she also held a month-long residency at the Julia and David White Artist’s Colony. Her work has appeared in Absent and Ghotiand is forthcoming in H_NGM_N, PANK, and A River & Sound Review. Though her travels have brought her to more exotic locales such as Nepal, Kenya, and Chile, she currently lives in Connecticut where she coordinates “Inescapable Rhythms,” a poetry reading series, trains for marathons with her mutt, Bodhisattva, and teaches full-time. Learn more at www.andreahenchey.com
Joanna Kaminski, Poetry Reader
Joanna I. Kaminski earned her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received the American Academy of American Poets prize, and served as poetry co-editor for The Arch. She currently holds a Junior Writer-In-Residence fellowship, and teaches creative writing. Her most recent work can be found in Indiana Review.
PF Potvin, Poetry Reader
PF Potvin teaches writing, serves as Writing Center faculty consultant, and chairs the Writing Awards at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is the author of The Attention Lesson by No Tell Books (2006). His poetry and fiction have appeared in the Boston Review, Born Magazine, MiPOesias, Slope, Sleepingfish, Sentence, No Tell Motel, An Introduction to the Prose Poem, (Firewheel Editions) and elsewhere. His manuscripts have been finalists for the New Issues Press Competition and the Poetry Center Prize. He has received residency scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and Casa Libre en la Solana. He has run marathons and ultramarathon races in Iceland, Germany, New Zealand, and throughout the U.S.A. He currently resides in Ann Arbor and can be spied at www.pfpotvin.com.
Christina Rizzo, Poetry Reader
Christina Rizzo was born in Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of the MFA program at Bennington College and is the author of the chapbook No Such Person is Likely to Appear (Finishing Line Press 2008). She works as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst serving children with developmental disabilities.
Hayden Saunier, Poetry Reader
Hayden Saunier’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 5 A.M., Beloit Poetry Journal, Margie, Nimrod, and Rattle. Her first collection of poetry, Tips For Domestic Travel, was just published by Black Lawrence Press. Also an actress, her film and television credits include The Sixth Sense, Philadelphia Diary, The West Wing, and Hack and her most recent voice-over adventure finds her as the voice of an aging, burnt-out oven for Ikea. More can be found at her website.
Kendra L. Tanacea, 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, a finalist for the Starrett Prize. Kendra’s poems have appeared in 5AM, Rattle, Pearl, Pebble Lake Review, and other literary journals and she frequently performs public readings of her work. She has a BA in English from Wellesley College.
Nicholas Wong, Poetry Reader
Nicholas YB Wong is the author of Cities of Sameness (Desperanto, forthcoming) and the winner of several awards, including the Sentinel Quarterly Poetry Competition, nominations for the Best of the Net and Web Anthologies in 2010. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Asia Writes, Assaracus, Cha, Lambda Literary Foundation Poet Spolight, Prime Number, San Pedro River Review, and Third Wednesdayamong others.
Brett Haymaker, Illustrator & Proofreader
A Master’s Candidate in Drew University’s MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation low-residency program, Brett recently moved to Chicago, Illinois. His work has been published in Willows Wept Review, the Philadelphia CITYPAPER, Maya, and The 33rd, among others. His illustrations include artwork for poet Harriet Levin, novelist Peter Damian Bellis, The Saucon Valley Community Gardens Association, the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride (PNBR) 2010, and Drunken Boat.
Joseph Pascale, Editorial Assistant
Joseph Patrick Pascale is a fiction writer from New Jersey. His work has been published or is forthcoming in South Jersey Underground, Thaumatrope, 365 Tomorrows, Tweet the Meat, PicFic, Off The Rocks, and Prism literary journal. He is currently studying toward his Master of Arts degree in English Literature at Centenary College where he teaches first year writing courses. More information is available at josephpascale.pyraliss.com.
Rebecca Padrick, Editorial Assistant
Rebecca is finishing up her undergrad at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she studies English and Sociology. In her spare time she enjoys vegan food, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and smashing the kyriarchy.
Luke Albertson, Editorial Intern
Luke Albertson is a recent graduate of Central Connecticut State University. He enjoys hiking, ice cream and quirky poetry, and can likely be found running the trails of New Britain, CT. Catch him if you can at www.lukedigital.com.
Xinyi Yu, Public Relations Intern
Xinyi Yu is a graduate student in public relations at Iona College. She completed her undergraduate degree in media management and mass communications at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, China.