Ravi Shankar, Executive Director
Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is Poet-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust and the founding editor of Drunken Boat. He has published or edited seven books of poems, including Deepening Groove, Radha Says, 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.

Rob Ray, Art Editor
Rob Ray

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 exhibition at The Lab (San Francisco), and the (re)load exhibition at Antena (Chicago). 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. Rob recieved an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Michael T. Bullock, Asst. Art Editor
Michael T. Bullock

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.

David Harrison Horton, Co-Managing Editor
David Harrison Horton

David Harrison Horton is an artist, writer, editor, curator and educator. His paintings, sculptures, sound installations and videos have been exhibited in New York, Berlin, Paris, Caracas, Minneapolis, Oakland and San Francisco.  He is the author of the prose poetry chapbooks Pete Hoffman Days (Pinball) and Beihai (Nanjing Poetry). He edits the zine SAGINAW and is an editor at Nextpoems. He currently lives and writes in Beijing.

Ryann Wahl, Co-Managing Editor
Ryann Wahl

Ryann recently received her MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. There, she was an editor for the Columbia Poetry Review and co-founder of Columbia’s MFA reading series: The 33 Reading Series. She was the 2011 recipient of The Academy of American Poet’s Lannan Award Prize for Poetry. She is an assistant editor for the new on-line poetry journal Phantom Limb, and managing editor of Drunken Boat.

Michele Battiste, Director of Development
Michele Battiste

Michele Battiste splits her time between poetry and fundraising. She is the author of two poetry collections, Ink for an Odd Cartography (2009) and the forthcoming Uprising (2013), both from Black Lawrence Press. She has also written four chapbooks, the most recent of which is Lineage (Binge Press, 2012). You can find her poem online at Yew, The Awl, Anti-, and SpringGun among other journals. She lives in Boulder, CO where she’s procrastinating on a Ph.D. and raising money for school food reform.

Daniel Godston, Blog editor
Daniel Godston

Daniel Godston teaches and lives in Chicago. His chapbooks include Splice Poems (Argotist Ebooks) and Sonic Textures Triptych (Linguiscope Books), and his writings have appeared in Chase Park, After Hours, BlazeVOX, Versal, Beard of Bees, Drunken Boat, 580 Split, Kyoto Journal, Eratica, The Smoking Poet, Horse Less Review, Moria, Apparatus Magazine, EOAGH, Requited Journal, Certain Circuits, Sentinel Poetry, and other publications. His poem “Mask to Skin to Blood to Heart to Bone and Back” was nominated by the editors of 580 Split for the Pushcart Prize. He also composes and performs music, and he directs the Borderbend Arts Collective.

Claire Zoghb, Graphic Designer
Claire Zoghb

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.

Bailey Lewis, Graphic Designer
 Bailey Lewis

Bailey Lewis is a fiction writer and designer.  She's from Iowa in America’s "Heartland," but currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina, the so-called “armpit of the South.” She doesn’t know why everywhere she lives is named after a body part, but thinks it’s worth looking into.  She is finishing her MFA at the University of South Carolina, and is an editor for Yemassee Literary Journal.

Michelle Brown, Poetry Editor
Michelle Brown

Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2011 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Linebreak, The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Witness and others.

Michelle received her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was a Rackham Fellow. She was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and received scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference. Her chapbook, The Clever Decoys, is available from LATR Editions. She lives with her husband, the musician Paul Erik Lipp, in Washington DC, where she teaches, writes, and edits Drunken Boat.

Andrea Henchey, Assistant Poetry Editor
Andrea Henchey

Andrea Henchey holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University, though she’d prefer to hold your hand. Her work has appeared in American Poetry Journal, H_NGM_N, Absent, Muzzle, Other Rooms, Pank, Sadie, The Scrambler, and Forklift, Ohio. Founder of Hartford Connecticut’s “Inescapable Rhythms" poetry reading series, she currently lives and teaches in Windhoek, Namibia. Learn more at

Poetry Readers

John Dudek, Douglas Ray, Meghan Dahn, Kendra Tanacea, Hossannah Asuncion, Nicholas Wong, Jacob Harksen, Matthew Hamilton, Joanna Kaminski, Kristin Kostick, and KC Trommer

Sybil Baker, Fiction Editor
Sybil Baker

Sybil Baker’s latest novel Into This World was recently published by Engine Books. She is also the author of The Life Plan, a comic novel,and a linked short story collection, Talismans. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications including The Writer’s Chronicle, Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, and The Nervous Breakdown. She spent twelve years teaching in South Korea before returning to the States in 2007. She is an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she serves as the Assistant Director of the Meacham Writers’ Workshop. A recent recipient of a MakeWork grant for Chattanooga, she teaches in the first international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong and at the Yale Writers’ Conference. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.

Holly Wendt, Asst. Fiction Editor
Holly Wendt
Fiction Readers

Garrett Crowe, Mitchell Stocks, Sarah Yu, Jason Stocks, Jenn Lyman, Kathryn Henion, Jeanie Chung, Laura Koons, Racquell Goodison, and Daniel Denecke

Erin Wilcox, Non-Fiction Editor
Erin Wilcox

Erin Wilcox is a writer, poet, musician, and editor. She founded her own freelance editorial firm in 2007 after working three years on staff with Alaska Quarterly Review. She contracts with independent writers and publishers including Random House, Privateer Press, Kore Press, and Writer’s Digest, providing a range of services from acquisitions to content development and production. She is the founding coordinator of the Editorial Freelancers Association’s Arizona chapter and a staff editor at The Editorial Department. Erin's creative work has been recently featured or is forthcoming in Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques, Short and Twisted, Spiral Orb, Soundzine, Stoneboat, Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska, Veil: Journal of Darker Musings, and in radio broadcasts in Alaska and Arizona. She writes for various trade and scholarly publications, including Copyediting and Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses. Find out more at and

Amanda Dambrink, Asst. Non-Fiction Editor
Amanda Dambrink

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.

Shira Dentz, Reviews Editor
Shira Dentz

Shira Dentz is the author of a book of poems, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), that was nominated for the PEN/Osterweil Award 2011. She is also the author of a chapbook, Leaf Weather (Tilt Press/recently reissued by Shearsman), and another full-length collection, door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), that is forthcoming. Her poems have appeared widely in journals including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, jubilat, and New American Writing, and featured online at The Academy of American Poets' site ({, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She is a recipient of an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah and is Writer in Residence at The New College of Florida this spring. Shira is the Book Review Editor of  Drunken Boat.

Jean-Jacques Poucel, Contributing Editor-at-Large
Jean-Jacques Poucel

Jean-Jacques Poucel (visiting professor of French literature at the University of Calgary) is a poet, translator, and literary critic. He is the author Jacques Roubaud and the Invention of Memory (2006) and has completed studies on several members of the Oulipo, some of which appear in Pereckonings (Yale French Studies 105) and Constrainted Writing I & II (Poetics Today 30.4 & 31.1), which he co-edited. He is a member of the Parisian transatlantic poetry translation collective Double Change, With whom he edited Contemporary Critical Forms (Formes Poétiques Contemporaines 9), and his translations of Emmanuel Hocquard's Conditions of Light (2010) and Anne Portugal's Flirt Formula (2012) have both been published by La Presse series in contemporary poetry (Fence Books). In 2011-2012, he was a Fellow at Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, the University of Cologne's Center for Advanced Studies.

Marco Maisto, Contributing Editor
Marco Maisto

Marco Maisto is a text artist interested in comics, the poetics of future memory, minor literature and genres of collaboration.  He studied writing, poetics, and the anthropology of communication at the University of Chicago and the Iowa Writer's Workshop.  A recent essay of his appears in Bubbling Up at, where he presently serves on the editorial staff of the COHORTS anthology project.  He heads up Threshold Text Ecology NYC, an organization in its infancy for the advancement of radical collective process across stylistic boundaries.  Fragments from his first novel in progress can be found at and other information at  He is the author of the chapbook arcades/ARCADES and The Great Lakes Hybrids, a novella.

Abraham Avnisan, Contributing Editor
Abraham Avnisan

Abraham Avnisan is a poet, visual artist and educator living and working in Minneapolis, MN. His work explores the intersection of literature, the visual arts and digital media.  He is the cofounder and codirector of The School of Making Thinking, an experimental school and artist’s residency program held over the summer months in upstate New York.  His work and book reviews have been published in New Delta Review, Brooklyn Review, The Poetry Project Newsletter and Rain Taxi.  His work has been exhibited at Centotto Gallery, Arts in Bushwick’s BETASpace Festival, and the Figment Arts Festival on Governor’s Island, all in New York City.  He received his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College.

Sina Queyras, Contributing Editor
Sina Queyras

Sina Queyras grew up on the road in western Canada and she has since lived in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and Calgary where she was Markin Flanagan Writer in Residence. She is the author most recently of Unleashed (BookThug), a selection of posts from the first four years of her blog. Her previous collection of poetry, Expressway (Coach House 2009) was nominated for a Governor General’s Award and a selection from that book won Gold in the National Magazine Awards. Lemon Hound (Coach House 2006) won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award. In 2005 she edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, for Persea Books. She is contributing editor at Drunken Boat where she has curated folios on Conceptual Writing and Visual Poetry. She has taught creative writing at Rutgers, Haverford and Concordia University in Montreal where she currently resides.

Michael Robinson, Contributing Editor (Exploration folio)
Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is an associate professor of history at the University of Hartford. He is the author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2006) which won the Forum for the History of Science in America Prize in 2008 and received positive reviews from the Times Literary Supplement and other journals. He has given lectures on exploration at the Explorers Club, the Smithsonian Institution, the American Museum of Natural History, and NASA Headquarters. He speaks frequently to the media on matters of exploration including The Associated Press, USAToday, Pravda, NPR, and PBS. He writes a blog about science, history,and exploration at Time to Eat the Dogs which has received awards from

Research Blogging, Tripbase Reviews, and Raveable.Com.

Caitlin Hawes , Assistant Editor (Exploration folio)
Caitlin Hawes

Caitlin Hawes is a writer, adventurer, unprofessional doodler and life enthusiast. Her work has been published in The Binnacle and The Breeze. She was previously an editor for Promising Young Authors and a researcher for Conservation International. She currently lives near Washington, D.C., where she is packing winter clothes for her upcoming Peace Corps training in the higher elevations of Morocco.

Kai Ma, Contributing Editor (Asian American Open City folio)
Kai Ma

Kai Ma is the editor of Open City and managing editor at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is the former editor-in-chief of KoreAm, for which she earned the national New America Media Award for “Best In-Depth and Investigative Reporting.” She has written for various publications, including The Daily Beast,, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, and forthcoming comics anthology Shattered: Secret Identities, Volume 2. She is also the author of Love Lost on the 405, a film that premiered at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles for “RETHINK LA: Perspectives on a Future City.”

Kristin Prevallet, Contributing Editor (Trance Poetics folio)
Kristin Prevallet

Kristin Prevallet’s ( recent books of conceptual poetics are Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn: A Four Quartets and I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time. She is also the author of Shadow Evidence Intelligence, Scratch Sides: Poetry, Documentation and Image Text Projects, and Perturbation, My Sister; in addition, she both edited and introduced the critical edition of Helen Adam’s work, A Helen Adam Reader

A self-described Change Worker who bridges cosmic abstractions and simple truths, she is a certified hypnotherapist, performer, essaiest, and poet. Recent writing has appeared in Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction; the anthologies Rhythm of Structure: Mathematics, Art, and Poetic Reflection and I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. She has received residencies and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, PEN America, the Poetry Society of America, George Mason University, and Spalding University. A renegade professor of investigative poetics who is a visiting writer at Naropa University and Eugene Lang College, she currently directs the NYC Center for Mindbody Studies where she leads workshops onTrancePoetics, curates events related to the creative healing arts, and works with private clients. She has written a book on how to access bodymind ecology called You, Resourceful: Return To Who You Want To Be. 

Louis Bourgeois, Contributing Editor (Barry Hannah folio)
Louis Bourgeois

Louis Bourgeois is the Executive Director of VOX PRESS, a non-profit arts organization located in Oxford, Mississippi.