About the Contributors

Olaya Barr is an educator and writer living in New York. She was awarded the De Alba Fellowship for excellence in fiction writing as an MFA student at Columbia University, as well as a grant to attend artist residency Obracadobra in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her translations, poems, stories, and photographs can be found in such publications as Forth Mag, Vagabond Multilingual Journal, and Princeton’s Inventory. She’s currently working on a series of short-shorts that integrate bilingualism and photography, as well as translating the crónicas of Chilean activist and author, Pedro Lemebel. She blogs at www.olayabarr.wordpress.com.

Elizabeth Bodien grew up in the “burned-over” district of western New York State but lives now in the Ontelaunee Creek watershed near Hawk Mountain, Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared in The Litchfield ReviewFourth RiverFrogpond, Cimarron Review, and Parabola among other publications in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and India. Her collections are the award-winning chapbook Plumb Lines (Plan B Press 2008), Rough Terrain: Notes of an Undutiful Daughter (FootHills Publishing 2010) about her mother’s decline with Alzheimer’s, and Endpapers (Finishing Line Press 2011). Currently she is working on an original libretto, and a collection of her trance writings.

Dmitry Borshch was born in Dnepropetrovsk, studied in Moscow, and today lives in New York. His drawings and sculptures have been exhibited at the National Arts Club (New York), Brecht Forum (New York), ISE Cultural Foundation (New York), the State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg).

Sylvia Cavanaugh is a Pennsylvania native and has an M.S. in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She currently teaches high school African and Asian geography and cultural studies.  She is also the advisor for the District One break dancers. Her poems have appeared in Stone Boat Literary Journal, Verse Wisconsin, Red Cedar Review, An Ariel Anthology, We Are Poetry: A Love Anthology, Seems Literary Journal, Verse-Virtual,  The Camel Saloon, and Midwest Prairie Review.

Kathleen Hellen is the author of the collection Umberto’s Night (2012), winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers’ Publishing House, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra (2010) and Pentimento (2014). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street; Cimarron Review; The Nation; New Letters; Poetry Northwest; Poetry Daily; Prairie Schooner; Runes; Southern Poetry Review; Salamander; Stand; Sycamore Review; Tar River Poetry; Witness; and elsewhere. Awards include the H.O.W Journal, Washington Square Review, James Still and Thomas Merton poetry prizes, individual artist grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, and two Pushcart nominations.

Tom Holmes is the founding editor of Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose, and in July 2014, he also co-founded RomComPom: A Journal of Romantic Comedy Poetry. He is author of seven collections of poetry, most recently The Cave, which won The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013 and was released in 2014. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break.

Shireen Hyrapiet is an Instructor of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. She received her Ph.D in Geography and a Master’s degree in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from Oklahoma State University. At Oregon State, Shireen teaches courses on Geography of the Non-Western World, Asia, Latin America, Sustainability, Environmental Justice, and Disaster Management. Her areas of research interest lie in Cultural Geography, Urban Geography, and Cultural and Political Ecology. Her research and teaching evaluate the changing dynamics of urban landscapes in cities of the Global South and in particular, the impacts on marginalized, under-represented, and vulnerable groups.

Susan Jahoda is an artist, educator, and organizer whose work includes video, photography, text, performance, installation and research based collaborative projects. Currently, Jahoda is a core member of BFAMFAPhD, and a co-founder of NYC To Be Determined and The Pedagogy Group, collectives of socially engaged artists and educators based in New York City. In 1993, Jahoda joined the collective and journal, Rethinking Marxism, where she served as arts editor until 2014. Her projects have received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding, NYC. Jahoda is currently a Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and resides in New York City.

Dave Iasevoli, Ed.D., grew up in Brooklyn and now lives and teaches in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. He serves as an Associate Professor of Education and the M.S.Ed. Program Leader on the SUNY Plattsburgh Branch Campus, in Queensbury. His wife, Dianne, makes movies. He studied at Amherst College with Bob Thurman and received his doctorate from Columbia University. The poets who were central to his dissertation are John Donne, Wallace Stevens, Jorie Graham, and Gwendolyn Brooks. He has traveled through 50 states and loves the deserts of the Southwest, especially White Sands and Death Valley. He has published both poetry and non-fiction and studied at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference with Natasha Trethewey.

Douglas Luman is the Book Reviews Editor of the Found Poetry Review, Editor of So to Speak, Poetry Editor at Stillhouse Press, and Assistant Poetry Editor of the journal Phoebe. He can likely be found sleeping in a library in Northern Virginia.

MARGENTO (Chris Tănăsescu) is a Romanian poet, performer, and translator who has performed, lectured, and released books in the United States, Southeast Asia, Australia, and Europe. His pen-name is also the name of his multimedia cross-artform band, winner of a number of major awards including the Romanian Gold Disc in 2008 and The Fringiest Event Award, Buxton Fringe, UK, 2005. As recent recipient of a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) grant he will continue to develop his Graph Poem project and other related graph theory and computational applications in poetry as an Adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department at University of Ottawa. MARGENTO is Asymptote Romania Editor-at-Large.

Dan Mills is an artist and curator originally from upstate New York. He has lived and worked in Chicago and the Northeast, where he is now director of the Bates College Museum of Art and Lecturer in the Humanities. Topics that captivate Mills include cartography and other systems of visualizing and codifying information, history and current events, satire and humor. He works in a variety of media but is most known for his paintings and mixed media works on paper. Mills has had solo shows at galleries throughout the United States and China, as well as many academic institutions. His book, The US Future States Atlas, was published by Perceval Press in 2009. Mills is represented by George Billis Gallery, New York, and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago.

Natasha Naayem grew up in Montreal, Beirut, and Paris before moving to New York to pursue her studies. She received her BA and MFA in Fiction from Columbia University, and is now living in Shanghai.

Gabrielle Otero received her BA in creative writing and film studies from Pepperdine University. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry with a concentration in literary translation at Columbia University. She lives in New York and is the Donald Everett Axinn Fellow at the Academy of American Poets.

Martha Pskowski is a researcher and freelance journalist living in Mexico. She is currently a research assistant on a project of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) to understand social conflicts relating to the climate change policy REDD+. She began this project as a Fulbright scholar in 2014-15. Previous to this research, she volunteered at a migrant shelter in Oaxaca for Central American migrants passing through Mexico. Much of her journalism, which has been published in outlets such as Common Dreams, Truth Out and Feministing, has focused on immigration through Mexico.

Hannah Star Rogers grew up in rural Alabama and received her Ph.D. at Cornell University. She current holds the ArtHub residency in Kingman, Arizona. She teaches at Columbia University and the University of Virginia. Her poems and reviews have appeared in The Carolina Quarterly, Catch & Release, Leonardo, and The Southern Women’s Review. She has received the Acadia National Park Service writing residency and is currently working on a manuscript, American Letters.

Elizabeth Rush is the author of many books including the recently released Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. She has crossed borders with Bangladeshi cattle smugglers, built homes with Lima’s squatters, and participated in the underground performance art scene in Yangon, Myanmar and Hanoi, Vietnam. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Orion, The New Republic, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera, Witness, the Huffington Post, Frieze, Nowhere, Asian Geographic, The Dark Mountain Project and others. She is the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Bates College (2015-2017) and the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship. She received her BA in English from Reed College and her MFA in Nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University.

Paul J. Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College and a former poet laureate of Santa Barbara, California. His most recent collections are Rosing from the Dead (WordFarm, 2009) and Say This Prayer into the Past (Cascade Books, 2013).