The Weight of AdditionKB Eckhardt wonders if readers really want authors to be stripped of mystery in these sketches. To comply, Eckhardt reveals that he/she is in possession of at least one graduate degree, more than a single publication credit and evidence attesting to the existence of said being. Exposed.

TimeSliceSybil Pittman Estess has lived in Houston for thirty-five years. She went to college at Baylor in Waco, and she has taught Creative Writing and Composition at Blinn College in Brenham and College Station, as well as in institutions in Houston. Her publications include six books, four poetry, one critical collection of essays, and one creative writing textbook. She has critical articles and poetry in many national journals. Two new poems are forthcoming in Louisiana Literature. Sybil Estess was also one of eight finalists for Poet Laureate of Texas in 2008. She is a member of TACWT, PEN Texas, as well as Gulf Coast Poetry Society.

The Weight of AdditionB. H. Fairchild has been recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and NEA Fellowships. His third book of poems, The Art of the Lathe, was a Finalist for the National Book Award and received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the William Carlos Williams Award. Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest, his fourth book, received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.

Improbable Worlds Gina Ferrera lives in New Orleans. “Seedless” is based on a memory she has of going on a short southern sojourn with her family to purchase navel oranges in Plaquemines parish in late November. Gina's poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, The Poetry Ireland Review, and Valley Voices. Her chapbook, The Size of Sparrows, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2006 followed by Ethereal Avalanche published by Trembling Pillow Press in 2009. She has work forthcoming in The New Laurel Review and Telling Our Stories.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Carolyn Tourney Florek is a poet, visual artist, and publisher who lives in Houston, Texas with her family. She is the co-founder of Mutabilis Press, a non-profit literary press, and editor of TimeSlice: Houston Poetry 2005. Her poetry has been published in Illya’s Honey, Green Hills Literary Lantern, the Houston Poetry Fest anthology, and other publications.

Improbable WorldsCarrie Fountain was born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, and received her MFA as a fellow at the University of Texas' Michener Center for Writers. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, AGNI, and Southwestern American Literature. Her debut collection of poems, Burn Lake, was a winner of a 2009 National Poetry Series Award and was published by Penguin in 2010. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, the playwright Kirk Lynn, and their daughter.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Larry L. Fontenot makes his home in Sugar Land, Texas. He has had poetry published in Arrowsmith, Boxcar Poetry Review, Curbside Review, i.e. magazine, Pebble Lake Review, Red River Review, Shit Creek Review and Sulphur River Literary Review. Larry was a featured poet at the 2000 Houston Poetry Fest. A chapbook, Choices & Consequences, was the winner of the Maverick Press 1996 Southwest Poets’ Series Chapbook competition.

Improbable Worlds TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Priscilla Frake has published poetry in dozens of journals including Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies, including Improbable Worlds, published in 2011 by Mutabilis Press. Her chapbook, Argument Against Winter, was published in Great Britain while she was living there in the 1990’s. In 2012, she won the Lorene Pouncey Award at the Houston Poetry Festival and was nominated for a Pushcart. She is a studio jeweler and currently lives with her husband in Sugar Land, Texas.

Improbable WorldsJohn Freeman, originally from Mississippi, is a retired teacher living in Harvey, Louisiana. He has lived in Louisiana for over ten years and considers himself a Louisianan. He has published three books of poetry, the most recent In the Place of Singing (Louisiana Literature Press, 2005). He is poetry editor of The Magnolia Quarterly and is a founding editor of New Renaissance Press.

The Weight of AdditionAdamarie Fuller is a native Houstonian, graduate of Milby High School and Stephen F. Austin University. Fuller is a CPA employed as the Assistant Treasurer and Accounting Manager of Mitsui Tubular Products. She has two children, both in Austin; daughter Rebecca, a realtor, and son Stephen, a starving artist/musician, are very happy in their chosen endeavors.

Improbable WorldsJ. Bruce Fuller was born and raised in Louisiana and lives there with his wife and children. His chapbook, 28 Blackbirds at the End of the World, was published by Bandersnatch Books (2010), and he has had three limited edition broadsides published by Yellow Flag Press. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Yankee Pot Roast, Tipton Poetry Journal, Rougarou, The Louisiana Review, and others. He holds an MA in English and an MFA in poetry from McNeese State University and is currently a doctoral student in poetry at The University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Weight of AdditionEdwin Gallaher’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review and are anthologized in Retellings: a Thematic Literature Anthology.

The Weight of AdditionJeannie Gambill lives in Bellaire, Texas. Her poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, and she has been a finalist in the Ruth G. Hardman/ Nimrod Poetry Competition.

The Weight of AdditionLewis Garvin has taught at the College of William and Mary, the University of New Orleans, Metairie Park Country Day, and in Fort Bend. He has published in Spiky Palm and New Orleans Review.

Improbable WorldsElisa A. Garza is a native Houstonian who often writes the stories of her extended family from South Texas. Her chapbook, Familia, was a best seller for The Portlandia Group press, and her poems have received several awards, including a Literature Fellowship from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Emerging Writer Award from the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. Elisa teaches Women‟s Studies at the University of Houston, and she has also taught Inprint writing workshops for K-12 teachers and the Latina Girls Writing Group at Lanier Middle School.

The Weight of AdditionDenton resident Wayne Lee Gay holds degrees in music history and musicology, and is currently enrolled in the graduate program in creative writing at the University of North Texas. In a previous career as a journalist, he was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

Improbable WorldsJohn Gery has published five books of poetry, including The Enemies of Leisure (1995), Davenport's Version (2003), and A Gallery of Ghosts (2008), with a sixth, Lure, forthcoming in an English-Serbian edition. He also publishes as a poetry critic, collaborative translator, and editor and has been translated into six languages. A Louisiana resident since 1979, he is Research Professor of English at the University of New Orleans, Director of the Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Brunnenburg, Italy, and General Editor of the EPCL Book Series for UNO Press. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, poet Biljana Obradović, and their son, Petar.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds John Gorman lives in Galveston and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. His work has appeared in TimeSlice, The Weight of Addition, and many other places in Texas, nationally, and in Canada. His fourth chapbook, Red Pontiac Convertible, should be out at about the same time as the anthology you're now perusing.

The Weight of AdditionJennifer Grotz was born in Canyon, Texas. Now she lives in North Carolina, where she teaches at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.

The Weight of AdditionLaurie A. Guerrero’s poetry has appeared in Voices Along the River, Literary Mama, The Texas Poetry Calendar 2007 and is forthcoming in The Palo Alto Review and The Texas Poetry Calendar 2008. Two-time winner of the Rosemary Thomas Poetry Prize, her chapbook manuscript was a finalist in a competition sponsored by Kulupi Press. Though born and raised in San Antonio, she is currently an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and three children.

The Weight of AdditionWilliam F. Guest , a resident of Houston, Texas, recently retired as Chairman of a life insurance holding company. Previously, he practiced law in Houston for about 25 years. Poetry has been a life long interest. A few poems have been published in poetry journals, but no submissions have been made in recent years. One poem was selected for the Houston Poetry Fest a few years ago. Mr. Guest has attended several Inprint Poetry Workshops.

The Weight of AdditionLaura Quinn Guidry’s poetry has been published in The Texas Review, Concho River Review, Louisiana Literature, Earth’s Daughters, Texas Poetry Calendars 2003 and 2007 and in the recent anthology In the Eye. She lives in Houston and Carmine, Texas.

Improbable WorldsMarian Haddad, native El Pasoan, earned her MFA from The University of Texas at El Paso before traveling to study philosophy at The University of Notre Dame, delve into prose poetry at Emerson in Boston, and earn her MFA in creative writing at San Diego State. Deeply missing Texas, she moved to San Antonio, due to its vibrant Mexican-American cultural infusion and its very rich literary and artistic community. Her chapbook, Saturn Falling Down (2003), was published at the request of Texas Public Radio in correlation with their Hands-On Poetry Workshops. She has taught creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake, Northwest Vista College, is a private manuscript and publishing consultant, and often blogs for The San Antonio Express News.

Improbable WorldsChera Hammon's poetry and photography have appeared in The Cherry Blossom Review, Paradidomi Review, 2 River View, and Third Wednesday Review. Her work has also performed well in contests hosted by Panhandle Professional Writers and the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers. She attended West Texas A&M University and the College of Santa Fe. She is a native of Amarillo, Texas, where she currently lives with her husband, three horses, two dogs, and a cat.

The Weight of AdditionA native Texan, Michelle Hartman is a book reviewer for the University of North Texas Press and recently finished a Political Science-Pre Law Bachelors degree at TWU. Her poems have appeared in Sojourn, Illya’s Honey, Red River Review, The Texas Review, and descant, and received Honorable Mention in the Dallas Poets Community 2006 national poetry contest. Her fictional account of Fort Worth history, They Were Dead When I Met Them, is currently crawling over various transoms in New York.

Improbable WorldsAva Leavell Haymon is a poet, playwright, and teacher. Her poems have appeared in journals nationwide, in five chapbooks from independent small presses, and in three collections: The Strict Economy of Fire, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, and Kitchen Heat, from Louisiana State University Press. She holds the Louisiana Literature prize for poetry in 2003, the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award for 2010, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2010 Award in Poetry. She spent her high school and college years in Texas and since 1965 has lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Editor-at-Large for Bat City Review and Editor-in-Chief of Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Kurt Heinzelman is a scholar and translator as well as a poet. His third book of poems is The Names They Found There (2011). He lives in Austin, Texas.

The Weight of AdditionJesse G. Herrera is a XXX shot of tequila like the late, great Chicano poet, Trinidad Sanchez Jr. with a Charles Bukowski chaser, straight up, stone sober. He was born en San Anto, Tejas pero soy de Laredo, Tejas.

The Weight of AdditionGrady Hillman is a well-published poet, literary translator (Spanish, Russian and Quechua), folklorist and essayist. He is the author of two volumes of poetry (Razor Wire received the Austin Book Award in 1986) and a book of Quechua Inca translations, Return of the Inca. He lives in Austin.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Edward Hirsch taught for seventeen years in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Tony Hoagland came to Houston in 2002 to teach in the University of Houston graduate writing program. His work has received many awards, including the Mark Twain Award, A Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Jackson Poetry Prize. His most recent books of poems are What Narcissism Means To Me and Unincorporated Persons In The Late Honda Dynasty. Also interested in theatre, he has plays in the works. During the years of junior and high school, his family lived in Cut Off, Louisiana, where he caught crawfish, wrecked his first cars, and worked on oil rig supply boats in the summer.

Improbable WorldsAdam Houle is a PhD student at Texas Tech. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cave Wall, and Best New Poets 2010. He received an honorable mention in The Atlantic 2010 Student Writing Contest and was a finalist for the 2011 Arts and Letters Rumi Prize in Poetry.

The Weight of AdditionAnn Howells serves on the board of Dallas Poets Community—NPC and is editor of its journal, Illya ‘s Honey. She was named a “distinguished poet of Dallas” by the Dallas Library in 2001, and in 2004, was nominated for a Pushcart. Her work appears in many small journals including: Borderlands, Gertrude, Sulphur River Review, Concho River Review, Sentence and several anthologies.

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