is a native Texan. She received a PhD in English from Texas A&M University and currently teaches at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, where she resides with her son, Dobie. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Rio Grande Review, Texas Poetry Journal, Hurricane Blues: How Katrina and Rita Ravaged a Nation, Clare Literary Journal, and most recently, Coachella Review.
was born and raised in Ohio, where he spent much of his time growing up exploring the water, beaches, coves and swamps along Lake Erie. He’s gone to school a lot, and he’s enjoyed a number of different jobs, but nineteen years ago he exchanged his sweet water origins for a saltwater life on the coastal bend of the Gulf of Mexico in south Texas where he writes and teaches at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
finds the sacred in quirky, surprising moments and in the profound relationships we share with other people. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in over two dozen anthologies or journals. She is a Juried Poet again this year at Houston Poetry Fest, and “Recipe for My Daughter” will appear in the Houston Poetry Fest 2011 anthology. She is primarily a fiction writer and has just completed a novel, Forest of Diamonds.
After earning her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin, has taught at several colleges and universities, including Austin Community College, Stephen F. Austin State University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and The University of the Incarnate Word. Currently, she teaches English at San Antonio College and volunteers frequently at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. She has published a book of poetry, Elijah's Farm (Pecan Grove Press,
2008), and two poetry chapbooks, Knoxville Girl: The Walk to the River (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Hedge Ghosts (LaNana Creek Press, 2001).
has published three full-length poetry collections with Texas publishers, earned an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, and has featured, hosted and published in poetry magazines, festivals and conferences all over the Lone Star State. He was a Finalist for the 2008 West Chester Poet's Prize and a Pushcart Prize nominee, and is a full-time faculty member at the Art Institute of Houston, teaching Creative Writing among other subjects.
was raised in Middle Tennessee, though she currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Iowa Review, Third Coast, Southeast Review, Crab Orchard Review, and others. She was recently an editor for Gulf Coast and Lyric Poetry Review, and would love to edit another journal soon. She teaches for the Houston Community College and the University of Houston. Her manuscript, The Broken Zoo, was a finalist for Switchback Books’ 2007 Gatewood Prize.
The Earth in the Attic was selected by Louise Glück for the Yale Series for Younger Poets in 2007. He has also won a PEN award for translation of Mahmoud Darwish's poetry and a Banipal prize from the United Kingdom for translation. He is a physician living in Houston. He was born in Austin, Texas, to Palestinian parents.
received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. in literature from the University of California at Berkeley. At the University of Houston she was a Cambor Fellow and earned a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing. In 2006 her poetry manuscript was selected by Kimiko Hahn for the Four Way Books 2006 Intro Prize in Poetry. She works as a full-time instructor at Houston Community College. She lives in Houston with her husband, Raj and their three cats.
is the author of ten books of poetry and prose including the international best seller, The Jew in the Lotus. His new collection of poetry, The Very Rich Hours, will appear in 2012. He was the founding director of Louisiana State University's MFA program in Creative Writing, and retired as an LSU Distinguished Professor and Sternberg Honors Chair Professor. He lives in New Orleans where he works as a dream therapist.
the current Louisiana Poet Laureate, moved to Louisiana in 1976 and has lived there ever since. Her most recent poetry collections are Jazz Funeral (2009), the winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and Rhythm & Booze (2003), Maxine Kumin's selection for the National Poetry Series and a finalist for the Poets' Prize. With Grace Bauer, she co-edited Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox, an anthology of poems, stories, and essays about the late New Orleans poet. She teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
is a third-generation Houstonian and master's graduate of University of Houston‟s Creative Writing Program who completed her PhD at Ohio University before returning in 1994 to teach Literature and Creative Writing at Houston Community College. Her poems have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New Republic, Shenandoah, Kansas Quarterly, and New Letters, and two were finalists in Inkwell's 2011 competition—one of which is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Others, some accompanied by scholarly essays, feature in anthologies, including The Art and Craft of Poetry, The Writing Room, and The Weight of Addition.
poetry collections include Modigliani's Muse (WordTech, 2009) and Vago (Lewis-Clark, 2007). Her sixth chapbook, Hourglass, will be published by Pecan Grove Press in early 2012. Recent work has appeared in Orion, Poetry East, The Southern Review, and Waterstone
Review. She teaches on the creative writing faculty at Texas Tech University and lives with her family in Lubbock, Texas.
was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana. His thirteen books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau (based on his experiences in Vietnam), Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, Warhorses, and most recently The Chameleon Couch. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the William Faulkner Prize (Universite Rennes, France), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. In addition to poetry, Komunyakaa is the author of several plays, performance literature and libretti, including Saturnalia, Weather Wars, Wakonda‟s Dream, Testimony, and Gilgamesh. He is a Professor and Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University.
has spent all or some of the past 36 years making pizzas in Spring, Texas, studying literature at the University of Houston and the University of St. Thomas, and teaching English at Houston Community College.
, author of two collections of poetry, has also published poems in Poetry, The New Yorker, and Southern Review, and a critical book on Sylvia Plath. Her creative nonfiction has been published in journals including Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, and River City. Recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry, Kroll has been awarded other grants for creative nonfiction and for translating South Indian mystical poems. She is on the Creative Writing faculty of The University of Texas at Austin.
first collection of poetry, Veil and Burn, was selected by Maxine Kumin for the 2006 National Poetry Series Open Competition. A PhD and MFA graduate of the University of Houston, her poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Houston.
is the author of four books of poetry, the latest, Counting, was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2010. He is the National Poetry Month Coordinator in San Antonio and the Poetry Editor for the Express-News. His work has appeared in anthologies: Is This Forever Or What? edited by Naomi Nye, Between Heaven & Texas, and Broken Circles (2011) an anthology of poems about hunger; and in magazines and other publications: Texas Observer, The Enigmatist, Blue Hole, and in the Texas Poetry Calendar from 2006-2012. His critical writings on craft have appeared in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Art & Perception, and Surface Design Journal. LaVilla-Havelin lives in Lytle, Texas, with his wife, the artist, Lucia LaVilla-Havelin.
is the author of Dancing With Ataxia. Her writing has appeared in national and regional publications. After studying English at Princeton University, Erica received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law. She practiced law for a number of years before turning, fulltime, to writing. Her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed in October 2010 with Multiple System Atrophy, an as-yet-incurable neurodegenerative disease. Her recent collection, which celebrates life, is designed to raise awareness and money for this disease. She lives in Houston with her husband and three literary cats.
is a poet who arrived in Houston in a Pontiac Grand LeMans in 1982. Since 1995, he has worked as executive director of Inprint, a nonprofit literary arts organization based in Houston, Texas. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his poems have appeared in Boulevard, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Pool, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere. His poetry collection Why Me? was published in 2009 by Mutabilis Press. A jazz obsessive, he has raised three children in Texas (now teetering on adulthood), two dogs, and several cats, including sleepy Dolly and the beloved Kitty Carlisle.
is a research physician and poet who lives in Houston with his wife Susan. He has published five collections of poems. His first novel, Never Surrender—Never Retreat, will appear in 2012.
was born in Houston and has been here for most of her life. She teaches in the English Department at Rice University and spends summers in West Virginia.
PhD joined the faculty of the University of St. Thomas in 1990, from Binghamton University in upstate New York. Her poetry has been published in many literary reviews and several anthologies including Women's Blood (Continuing Saga Press), Texas in Poetry: A 150 Year Anthology (University of North Texas Press), Texas in Poetry 2 (TCU Press), and the twentieth-year Poetry East anthology Who Are the Rich and Where Do They Live? A chapbook of her poetry, Thin Dimes, was published by Wings Press, and her collection of poetry based on women from Greek mythology called Traffic in Women was published in 2008 by Odonata House. She is currently completing a manuscript of translations from the Spanish of Miguel de Unamuno.
was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She won the inaugural Andres Montoya Poetry Prize for emerging Latino/a poets, and her first collection, Pity the Drowned Horses, was published by University of Notre Dame Press. She has received fellowships at Ragdale, Yaddo and the Anderson Center and also received the 2008 Alfredo del Moral Foundation award, funded by Sandra Cisneros. Poems have appeared in Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Amherst Review, and others. She is also a CantoMundo fellow.
lives on a very small horse farm in Bastrop, Texas, with his wife, Yukiko, who once owned an art gallery in Houston. He is the author of a book of poems, Mad Flights, published by Ashland Poetry Press in 2002. A former Stegner, St. Albans, and Fine Arts Work Center fellow, he currently teaches at Houston Community College.
has a BS from UT, Austin, and an MFA (highest honors) from SMU, Dallas. She was short listed for Poet Laureate of Texas for 2007/2008, and has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes.
founded the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston in 1979. She has published six collections of poems, Amputations, Transplants, (W)holes, Alternate Means of Transport, Living Wills and I Can't Remember. Her grants and awards include an NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Academy and Institute of Art and letters Award in recognition of her achievement in poetry. Retired from teaching, she lives in Houston, Texas.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, gave up the everlasting sunshine for the hydrating rains of Washington. During a brief trip down South after Hurricane Katrina to help with the recovery effort, she fell in love. The soul of the Big Easy got in her blood, and she knew she had to move there. After tour managing for bands around the country and bringing them through the recovering city, she decided to make her dream a reality. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing at the University of New Orleans.
Born and raised in a Greek family in rural Ruston, Louisiana, received her BA from Southwest Texas State and her MFA from Columbia University. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including What to Tip the Boatman? (2001), which won the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poems. She is the Frederick Sessions Beebe Professor of English at Dartmouth College, where she directs the Creative Writing Program, in which she has taught since 1982.
is an old Texas poet who has taught at Texas A&M since 1969. Her most recent chapbook is Emily's Dress, Pecan Grove Press.
A lifelong East Texan and nature enthusiast, has published poetry and essays internationally in literary journals, literary and market anthologies, magazines and online. Her writing has received many regional and national awards, including prizes for her poetry collections, Along Greathouse Road (2003 Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Manuscript Award) and Under a Blameless Moon (2007 Pudding House Chapbook Prize). Anne is a frequent speaker, storyteller, contest judge and workshop presenter, as well as an advocate for peace.
Born in Holland, Michigan, has chosen to live in Texas for more than half a century. A couple of hundred journals and literary magazines and several anthologies have published her poetry. The Arts Alliance Center of Clear Lake published an illustrated collection of her work, entitled, When I Got Dressed Again. She is currently illustrating a children's book of poetry for the publishers of The Lyric, which she describes as “the only poetry publisher older than I am, which is pretty amazing.”
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1949 and resident in Thibodaux, Louisiana, since 1977, taught at Nicholls State University where he was poet-in-residence until his retirement in 2010. Middleton‟s books of verse include The Burning Fields (LSU Press, 1991) and Beyond the Chandeleurs (LSU Press, 1999). Middleton's latest collection, The Fiddler of Driskill Hill: Poems of Louisiana North and South, will be published by LSU Press in 2013. Middleton‟s verse has appeared in The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, and elsewhere. In 2006 Middleton won the State of Louisiana Governor‟s Award for Outstanding Professional Artist.
has been writing for several years and was juried poet at the 2007 Austin International Poetry Festival and will be published in Swirl later. He recently completed two Inprint poetry workshops while holding down his day job as a salesperson. He owns an ivy plant and some fake fish.
is a dancer, poet, and new mother.
is a recipient of the Premio Poesía Tejana for her book, Somewhere Between Houston and El Paso: Testimonies of a Poet (Wings Press). A dedicated advocate/activist in the field of violence against women and children, Monsiváis co-founded The Women Writers’ Collective. She completed her M.F.A. in poetry at New Mexico State University, and she resides in her hometown, El Paso, Texas.
was born in Houston, Texas, where he received his BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. The poems selected for this anthology center on the search for sacred places amid the industrial landscapes of his native Gulf Coast and the superficiality of contemporary American cities. Mark currently lives in Madrid, Spain, where he teaches English in a Spanish high school and introduces with gusto the rich cultures of Texas and Louisiana to Spanish teenagers. His poems have previously appeared in Poetry Ireland Review.
, the 2003 Poet Laureate of Texas, is the author of seventeen books of and about poetry including The Portable Poetry Workshop (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004) and The Glowing River: New & Selected Poems (Invisible Cities Press, 2001). He has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and is a National Poetry Series Open Competition winner. He is former Director of creative writing at Southern Methodist Univ. and current president of The Writer’s Garrett, a Dallas literary center.