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.

Untameable City TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Carolyn Tourney Florek is a poet, publisher, garden designer, and visual artist, currently living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a B.S. in geology (1977) from Wayne State University and a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Tulsa (1982). Her poetry has been published in The Texas Review, Illya’s Honey, several Houston Poetry Fest anthologies, among other publications. Her poem, “Over Flat Creek,” published in the Texas Poetry Calendar 2014, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is co-founder with her husband, Bob, of Mutabilis Press, and is an artist-in-residence at Bandelier National Monument in late 2015.

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.

Untameable CityDede Fox's poetry has appeared in di-vêrsé-city, The Enigmatist,  Poetica, Sol, A Summer’s Poems, Swirl, and Texas Poetry Calendar. “Chapultepec Park” won the 2008 Christina Sergeyevna Award at the Austin International Poetry Festival, and she has twice been a juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest. Her poetry books include Confessions of a Jewish Texan (Poetica Press, May 2013) and Postcards Home (Ink Brush Press, August 2014). An educator, she taught with Houston’s Writer in the Schools and serves on the board of the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council.

Untameable CityImprobable Worlds TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Priscilla Frake is the author of Correspondence (Mutabilis Press, 2013), a book of epistolary poems. She has published poetry in several anthologies and in dozens of journals, including Nimrod, The Midwest Quarterly, Dark Matter, Crack the Spine, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Her honors include the Lorene Pouncey Award at the Houston Poetry Fest and a Pushcart nomination. She lives in Sugar Land, where she is a studio jeweler.

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.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Adamarie Fuller's poems have appeared in numerous publications. She was a winner in the ARTlines Poetry Competition in 2012, sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Public Poetry, for her ekphrastic poem; voice recording is in the museum archives. She won honorable mention in the Austin International Poetry Festival 2011 and the Texas Poetry Calendar 2009. She has been published in several anthologies including The Weight of Addition, Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology di-vêrsé-city (2008 through 2012), A Summer’s Poems, The Poetry Revolt, and Poetry at Round Top, as well as the Houston Poetry Fest anthologies (2009, 2011, 2012). She is a native Houstonian.

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.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Jeannie Gambill's poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Cenizo, The Weight of Addition, and the Texas Poetry Calendars (2011 and 2012). She received the 2011 Dana Award for Poetry. She has been a featured poet in Houston’s Public Poetry Library Reading Series, and she was a winner in the ARTlines Poetry Competition in 2012, sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Public Poetry, for her ekphrastic poem. She lives in Bellaire, Texas.

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.

Untameable City Improbable Worlds Elisa A. Garza has published two chapbooks, Entre la Claridad (Mouthfeel Press) and Familia (a bestseller for The Portlandia Group). Her poems have been awarded a literature fellowship from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Emerging Writer Award from the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundation. She has taught writing, literature, and women’s studies courses in the community and at the university level. She currently works as a staff member at the University of Houston-Downtown and is editing her full-length manuscript.

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.

Untameable City TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds John Gorman lives in Galveston where he leads the monthly working group Poets Roundtable. In 2014, he retired from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, having taught literature and creative writing there since its founding in 1974.

Untameable CityMaryann Gremillion has been as a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools for the past seven years. She's worked with teachers, the Menil Collection, cancer patients, and Houston Grand Opera. In August 2015, she joined the staff at WITS as a program administrator. She has also facilitated writing workshops for women and coached students privately. Her work has appeared in The Sun, Teachers & Writers, Telling Our Stories Press, and MD Anderson’s Cancerwise.

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.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition William F. Guest lives in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared in poetry magazines, including The New Lantern Review, Calliope, The Enigmatist, VOICES: A Journal of Poetry, Illya’s Honey, Calliope, Blood & Thunder, Storyteller Magazine, Weight of Addition: an anthology of Texas Poetry. He has also been a juried poet in the Houston Poetry Fest.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Laura Quinn Guidry’s poems have been published in journals, including The Texas Review, Concho River Review, descant and Louisiana Literature, in the San Antonio Express-News and the Texas Poetry Calendar. Her work also appears in anthologies, including The Weight of Addition and In These Latitudes: Ten Contemporary Poets. She was a featured poet at Poetry on the Move in San Antonio in 2012. She grew up in New Orleans, lived in Houston for 30 years, and has retired to Carmine, Texas. She coordinates literary events at the Round Top Family Library.

Untameable City Improbable Worlds Marian Haddad Pushcart-nominated, wrote Wildflower. Stone. (Pecan Grove Press, 2011), which was endorsed by Yusef Komunyakaa: This collection “…celebrates the observable mysteries of daily existence … these poems have dropped all disguises, and each rides the pure joy of music. There are superb leaps and silences that deftly highlight the monumental in simple things.” She has published Saturn Falling Down (2003) and a full-length collection, Somewhere between Mexico and a River Called Home (PecanGrove, 2004). Her poems, essays, reviews, and articles are published in journals, anthologies, and periodicals in the United States, Belgium, and the Middle East. Her poetry was referenced by Laura Bush in her book. She teaches creative writing.

Untameable CityJerry Hamby teaches English and humanities at Lee College in Baytown, Texas. He has published in several literary journals and anthologies, including The Texas Review, Concho River Review, New Texas, Windhover, Palo Alto Review, descant, CCTE Studies, Texas Poetry Calendar, and Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku & Haiga. His poetry collection is Letters Drawn in Water (Pecan Grove Press). He was a juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest 2010 and 2014 and a featured poet at Houston Poetry Fest 2011.

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.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Michelle Hartman's work was recently featured in the Langdon Review of the Arts, and also appears in Slipstream, Plainsongs, Carve, Crannog, Poetry Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, Raleigh Review, San Pedro River Review, Concho River Review, and RiverSedge. Her work appears in multiple countries overseas. Her first book of poetry was Disenchanted and Disgruntled (Lamar University Press, available from Amazon). Her newest book is Irony and Irreverence (Lamar University Press, 2015). She is the editor for the online journal, Red River Review, and holds a B.S. in political science-pre-law from Texas Wesleyan University.

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.

Untameable CityBradley Earle Hoge is the managing editor of Dark Matter: a journal of speculative literature. His poems appear in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Chronogram, Rattle, Tertulia, Stickman Review, Tonapah la, entelechy: mind and culture, and Tar Wolf Review. His most recent chapbook is Clacking Things (KattyWompus Press). He also has chapbooks published by Red Berry Editions and Plain View Press. He lives in Spring, Texas, with his wife and three children. He teaches natural science at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Untameable CityAdam Holt left a perfectly good teaching job to write full time. He publishes young adult science fiction and poetry. Other than that, he coaches volleyball every fall, travels when he has money, and loves the crunchy boom of a rocket launch.

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.

Untameable CityCindy Huyser's chapbook, Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems, was selected co-winner of the 2014 Blue Horse Press Poetry Chapbook contest. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Comstock Review, The Nassau Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, San Pedro River Review, and Layers (Plain View Press, 1994). She co-edited the Texas Poetry Calendar from 2009-2014 and has been a featured reader for Houston’s Public Poetry Library Reading Series and the Houston Poetry Fest. She hosts a monthly poetry reading and open mic at BookWoman in Austin, Texas.

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