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Pia AlipertiPia Aliperti

Pia Aliperti is a poet from Atlanta, who lives in New York City. Her poems and reviews appear in THEthe Poetry Blog and the Best American Poetry blog, among others. She was a finalist for the 2011 RATTLE Poetry Prize.

Ann BemanAnn Beman

Ann Beman earned her MFA from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts: Whidbey Writers Workshop. She is nonfiction editor for The Los Angeles Review, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Bombay Gin, Stymie, and Canoe Journal, among others. A Duke grad, Beman kayaks, skis, and runs in California’s Kern River Valley, where she lives with her husband and two whatchamaterriers. Only recently has she become a small dog convert; it's still a little weird.

Alyse BenselAlyse Bensel

Alyse Bensel, a native of York, received her MFA in poetry from Penn State in 2012. Her poetry has appeared in Cider Press Review, MAYDAY Magazine, and Word Riot, among others. She now lectures in English at Penn State, volunteers for a cat rescue, and participates in a work-share program at a local CSA farm in State College. Her first chapbook, Shift, was published in Fall 2012 from Plan B Press.

                           Jeremy Benson

Jeremy Benson tells lies, writes stories, and invents objects that already exist. He edits Fortunates and AEROGRAM.

Cara Bigony Profile PictureCara Bigony

Cara Bigony is a Cape Cod native who has been reviewing for NewPages since 2011. Her writing has been published in FutureClaw magazine and Forty-Three North among others. She is head fiction editor for Red Weather, has worked at Langton’s International Literary Agency in NYC and Pearson Publishing in Boston. A senior at Hamilton College, she is majoring in Comparative Literature, concentrating on French and Russian literature.

Justin BrouckaertJustin Brouckaert

Justin Brouckaert is a creative writing senior at Saginaw Valley State University. His micro and flash fiction has appeared in Monkeybicycle, Thrice Fiction, and The Molotov Cocktail. As a journalist, his articles have appeared in The Valley Vanguard, the student newspaper that he edits, as well as The Detroit News and The Midland Daily News. He plans to pursue an MFA in fiction writing after graduation. He sometimes thinks out loud at

Wendy BreuerWendy Breuer

Wendy Breuer's prose and poetry have appeared in CALYX, Inkwell Journal, Pirene's Fountain, Rattle, The Battered Suitcase, Literary Mama, Noö Journal, and other sites. She lives in Berkeley, CA.

                           Robyn Campbell

Based in Philadelphia, Robyn Campbell is a poet whose work has appeared online and in print. She edits and publishes a zine of poetry and flash fiction called Semiperfect, which is about to release its third issue. You can visit her at

Sarah CarsonSarah Carson

Sarah Carson was born and raised in Flint, Michigan but now lives in Chicago with her dog, Amos, who has recently learned to swim. She is the author of the chapbooks Before Onstar (Etched Press, 2009), Twenty-Two (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and When You Leave (H_NGM_N, forthcoming in 2012).

                           Patricia Contino

Patricia Contino received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. In addition to writing for NewPages, she is a Contributing Editor to, reviewing and previewing performing arts events throughout New York City and Brooklyn. She is a Program Officer for Columbia University’s Masters of Bioethics Program, where a Kindle is not a bad thing to have for the commute between NJ and NYC.

H. V. CramondH. V. Cramond

H. V. Cramond is the Poetry Editor for and a Co-founder of Requited Journal for Innovative Art. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, lectures at Loyola University Chicago and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the City of Chicago's Community Arts Assistance Program. She currently reads for XYZ Festival of New Works at About Face Theatre and for Pegasus Players' Young Playwrights Festival. Recent work can be found in Soundless Poetry, Keep Going, Wunderkammer, Ignavia, death hums and in the anthology Pandora's Box (Southport Press 2011). You can read more of her writing on her website.

Lesley DameLesley Dame

Lesley Dame is co-founder of and poetry and nonfiction editor for damselfly press. Author of the poetry chapbook Letting Out the Ghosts, her poems have also appeared in many online and print journals. Dame happily lives, writes, and edits in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For more information, visit her website,

                           Mark Danowsky

Mark Danowsky resides in Northwest Philadelphia and works for a private detective agency. His poetry appears in Imitation Fruit, Short, Fast and Deadly, and Every Day Poets. He has reviewed books for ForeWord Reviews and Gently Read Literature.

                           Charles Davenport

Charles Davenport has been a journalist, an analyst, a high school teacher, a college instructor, and surfed the curl at Makaha. Through it all, he has been writing. He currently lives near Saginaw, MI, where he teaches literature, coaches a slam poetry team, and conducts a writing workshop for veterans.

Mary Florio's PictureMary Florio

Mary Florio, pictured here in Telluride, has written for NewPages for more than two years. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband John. She has won local and regional awards for her writing and has been published in newspapers, magazines and literary journals. She is grateful to the talented writers and editors of the journals she reviews and to her colleagues at NewPages.

Patrick James DunaganPatrick James Dunagan

Patrick James Dunagan lives in San Francisco and works at Gleeson Library at USF. He is the author of “There are people who think painters shouldn’t talk”: A GUSTONBOOK (Post-Apollo, 2011). Recent writings of his have appeared in: Amerarcana, Barzakh, Big Bell, The Critical Flame, Fulcrum, Galatea Resurrects, House Organ, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Polis, and Rain Taxi. In addition to his own poems and book reviews, he’s currently working with Persian poet Ava Koohbor co-translating her work from Farsi.

                           Sarah Gorman

Sarah Gorman, a native of Texas, lives in Midland, Michigan. She graduated from Texas Christian University and Duke University and teaches English at Saginaw Valley State University. Her interests include music, design, and health policy, as well as language.

Anne Graue PortraitAnne Graue

Born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Anne Graue now writes poetry and teaches writing and literature online for two universities from her home in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York. She also holds the position of Area Chair for English for the University of Phoenix. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Kansas State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching English at the secondary and college levels from Columbia University Teachers College. Her poems have been published in Paradigm, Compass Rose, and The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly

                           Denise Hill

Denise Hill began as a reviewer with NewPages in 2002, then became editor. She currently teaches at Delta College in Michigan and is an active member of the AWP 2-Year College Caucus.

                           Mitchell Jarosz

Mitchell Jarosz is an English professor at Delta College; the programming coordinator for Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival in Bay City, Michigan; a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication; an editor in the Life Sciences; and has advanced certification from American Medical Writers Association.

                           Julie Swarstad Johnson

Julie Swarstad Johnson, a poet and native of Arizona, received her MFA from Penn State in 2013. Her writing centers on the natural world, naming, and collective memory. Her master's thesis, a collection of poetry titled Pennsylvania Furnace, explores the legacies of the 19th-century iron industry that dominated central Pennsylvania.

                           Chip Livingston

Chip Livingston is the author of the short story/essay collection Naming Ceremony (Lethe Press, 2014) and two poetry collections, Crow-Blue, Crow-Black and Museum of False Starts. Chip teaches creative nonfiction in the low-res MFA program at Institute of American Indian Arts. Visit

Trena MachadoTrena Machado

Trena Machado's interest is writing prose and poetry that experiments with language to develop content in new ways, especially writing that constructs the various territories of subjective identity (imaginative and factual). She is always interested in how grammar can be bent/fragments formed making new structures capturing awareness to relay meaning. She is a small press publisher and is involved in the San Francisco Bay Area writing community.

                           David R. Matteri

David R. Matteri is an author, writing tutor, and a managing editor at eFiction. His short fiction has appeared on and You can check out his blog at

Courtney McDermottCourtney McDermott

Courtney McDermott earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. She has written book reviews for NACADA Journal, Warscapes, and Literary Laundry. Her fiction and essays have appeared in various journals, including the Berkeley Fiction Review, Daily Palette, Little Village Magazine, A Few Lines Magazine, and Italy from a Backpack anthology. Currently, she is an English lecturer at Tufts University.

Brian McKennaBrian McKenna

Brian McKenna is a poet, native Michigander, and former poetry editor of the literary journal, Temenos. He recently received an MA in the creative writing from Central Michigan University and is currently working on his debut collection of poetry, Black River.

                           Olive Mullet

Olive Mullet is a retired Ferris State University English professor, who taught composition and humanities for twenty-five years. Michigan State University’s Red Cedar Review has published her story “Les Voleurs” in their Winter 2002 xxxvii issue 2. Since retirement in 1995, she is writing short stories and a novel and has written book reviews for the Grand Rapids Press, the Big Rapids Pioneer and the Friends of the Big Rapids Library Newsletter.

                           Gina Myers

Gina Myers is the author of a full-length poetry collection, A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009), and several poetry chapbooks, including Behind the R (ypolita press, 2008).

Travis Naught PhotoTravis Laurence Naught

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. He has received his bachelor's degree in psychology (2005) and completed coursework for a graduate degree in sports psychology (2007), both at Eastern Washington University. Full-length volumes of his confessional style poetry, The Virgin Journals (ASD Publishing, 2012) and Still Journaling (e-book, 2013), are widely available. Other individual pieces of work by Travis are available online and in print. Basketball and outdoor sporting activities of all kind are counted among his passions, with coffee topping the list!

                           Julie Nichols

Julie Nichols is associate professor of creative writing (fiction and creative nonfiction) at Utah Valley University; her Ph.D in fiction writing is from the University of Utah. Her short fiction, essays, and reviews can be found in Sunstone, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Rocky Mountain Review, the Journal for the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, and elsewhere.

Aimee NicoleAimee Nicole

Aimee Nicole is a native Rhode Islander who recently finished up a YA manuscript and received a BFA in creative writing. She has been published in a variety of journals and is the lead editor for the 22 Magazine.

                           Elizabeth O'Brien

Elizabeth O'Brien writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New England Review, decomP, PANK, Swink, The Pinch, Versal, Juked, A capella Zoo, Slice, The Emerson Review, Flashquake, The Charles River Review, Glide Magazine, and others. She is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.

John PalenJohn Palen

John Palen's Open Communion: New and Selected Poems was published by Mayapple Press in 2005. Since then he has had poetry chapbooks out from March Street Press and Pudding House, and has recent work in Sleet, Citron Review, Poydras Review Blog and elsewhere. His first collection of short fiction, Small Economies, came out from Mayapple Press in January 2012. A Michigander for more than 35 years, he is now living and writing in Central Illinois.

Jodi Paloni ProfileJodi Paloni

Jodi Paloni’s short stories appear or are forthcoming in Whitefish Review, R.kv.r.y Quarterly, Carve Magazine, upstreet, Monkeybicycle, Spartan, and The Lascaux Review. She placed second in the 2012 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. She lives and writes in southern Vermont and holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Jodi curates the forum 365 Short Stories in 2013 in which she reads and comments on one short story a day at Rigmarole.

Lydia PyneLydia Pyne

Lydia Pyne is a writer and historian of science based in Austin, TX.   ( @LydiaPyne)

Shannon SmithShannon Smith

Shannon Smith has a BA from Columbia University in New York and an MA in English and an MLIS in Library Science and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She plays music under the name Pataphor.

                           Sean Stewart

Sean Stewart reads and writes in a broken American city, which he often abandons for long jaunts in the forest. Sometimes he works as a librarian. For many years, he published a zine called Thoughtworm, before the post office finally broke his spirit. His writing occasionally appears in other print and online publications. A partial catalog of cryptic notations is available at

                           Therese Samson Wenham

Therese Samson Wenham is a poet and a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, CO. She is currently working on a book of poems tentatively titled Denver Collections.

                           Kelly M. Sylvester

Kelly M Sylvester, writer and poetry review contributor, recently enjoyed writing her creative thesis, Learning Content through Poetry Writing, which produced Alva: A Collection of Poetry; being the 2013 Millersville University’s Graduate Commencement Moment of Reflection Speaker; earning two Master of Education degrees; and especially marrying her wonderful husband.


                           Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson teaches writing, literature, and film at Michigan's Delta College. His weekly film review show, Take 5 on Film, airs on NPR's Q90.1 affiliate station. He is also a programmer for the annual Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival in Bay City, MI.

                           Anne Wolfe

Anne Wolfe is a lover and studier of literature. She works in a college archives with the historical documents about the college. She has had a little bit of publishing history that includes some writing for newspapers as a stringer and writing news for radio, and a lot of reading history. She has a background in English and library science.



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