, novelist and poet, makes his home on the border. His latest book of poems, Dreaming the End of War, was published by Copper Canyon Press. His fifth novel, Names on a Map, will be published by Harper Perennial in February of 2008. He is currently working on a new book of poems, What Remains of a Life.
has lived in Texas since 1970 (currently Houston). She is a writer, wildlife rehabilitator, and theatrical costumer to name a few crazily unrelated pursuits. Her poetry has appeared in LIGHT Quarterly, Sacred Journey, NutHouse, and miller’s pond. She lives with her husband and Cleo, a spotty dog.
is a poet whose writing has been published in anthologies including Earth Shattering Poems, Roots and Flowers, and Light Gathering Poems, as well as in literary journals. She has a creative writing and visual arts degree from Colgate University and received her M.F.A. from University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program where she is currently completing a Ph.D. She teaches literature and writing at University of Houston and Inprint, Inc.
grew up in Houston, Texas, where she currently lives. She holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and a BA in English from Rice University. She has also conducted graduate work in English at the University of Texas, Austin. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Ping Pong, the Fat Gold Watch anthology of Sylvia Plath-inspired poems, Southern Women's Review, and Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal. Leslie is one of the Poetry Editors at Pebble Lake Review. She has taught English at the University of Houston—Downtown and Houston Community College.
two collections of poetry are Côte Blanche (New Issues, 2002) and The Dirty Side of the Storm (Norton, 2007). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and Southwest Review, and in anthologies such as Bearing the Mystery: Twenty Years of Image and the Library of America's American Religious Poems. A native of Bayou Lafourche in south Louisiana, she is involved in efforts to restore Louisiana's wetlands. She teaches creative writing at the University of Houston and is a hospital trauma chaplain.
poems have appeared in Between Heaven And Texas by Wyman Meinzer, a University of Texas book of photography & poetry, TimeSlice, Texas Observer, Borderlands, Five Inprint Poets, and Convergence among others. She enjoys reading translated works of Latin American, European poets and Eastern poets as well as contemporary American poetry. She continues to write poetry in her mother tongue, Gujarati. A first-generation Indian-American, Varsha is a financial professional and lives in Houston, Texas.
is a stay-at-home mom in Houston. She grew up in Chicago where she attended Northeastern Illinois University and worked at The Newberry Library. She has been writing poetry since she was a teenager.
has lived in Austin, Texas, since 1998. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies, most recently in Acentos Review, Pilgrimage, and Yellow Medicine Review. She is the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldua Milagro Award, a Macondista, and an inaugural CantoMundo Fellow. ire'ne is the author of two chapbooks: ani'mal and INDíGENA. Her first collection of poetry, furia, was published in October 2010 by Mouthfeel Press and received an honorable mention for the 2011 International Latino Book Award in Poetry. She is also Co-Coordinator for the Flor de Nopal Literary Festival.
graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, Iowa, and The University of Houston. Her book, My Mother’s Cuba, (River City Poetry Series) will be published in the spring of 2008. Skrande lives in Houston with her husband and daughter and teaches at the University of Houston-Downtown and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
is a native of Huntsville, Texas. She attended Sam Houston State University where she studied creative writing under Jewel Gibson and later audited classes under Paul Ruffin. She has traveled through all seven continents and brings a sense of place to her poetry not only from exotic locales but regionally as well. She has published poetry in ByLine, Poetry at Roundtop, Panhandle, Threshold, and various other publications.
poetry has been published in DoubleTake, The Texas Review, Kalliope, Curbside Review, and Impetus. Her poetry has been Published in the anthologies: TimeSlice, and Houston Poetry Fest 2001 and 2002. She was the featured poet at the Houston Poetry Fest in 2001 and 2002.
After having lived in Duncanville, Lubbock and Houston, Texas, for more than half her life, currently resides in Columbia, Missouri, where she often pines for decent Mexican food, flat skating trails and being able to walk down the street to the Menil or Rothko Chapel. She coordinates the reading series, “Hearing Voices” in Columbia. Her work has appeared in Platte Valley Review, Umbrella Journal, Inertia Magazine, The Other Journal, Center, Sojourn, Packingtown Review, Dogwood, Verse Daily, versal, Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Relief Journal and Gulf Coast among other places. Her writing was cited as notable in Best Spiritual Writing 2010.
is a poet, writer, and editor whose most recent book, American Sign, received the 2003 Antonio Machado Prize in Poetry. He teaches Creative Writing at Cambridge University, England, as part of the Oxbridge Summer Studies Program, and is a faculty member at Houston Community College - Northwest. An avid tennis player and basketball fan, he is currently writing Voices Without Borders, an anthology of works related to the subject of immigration.
a poet and instructor from Houston, Texas, has an MFA from Bennington College. Her chapbook, The Bright Obvious (Finishing Line Press), was released in May 2009. Her writing appears in If These Walls Could Speak: The Blanton Museum Poetry Project (University of Texas, Austin), The Weight of Addition (Mutabilis Press), TriQuarterly, Calyx, Minnesota Review, Natural Bridge, Nimrod, Borderlands, Texas Review, and other journals and anthologies. She has received scholarships from the Taos Writers Workshop, Vermont Studio Center, and The Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow; she was a finalist for the Iowa Review Poetry Award.
has an MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. She received the PEN Southwest Houston Discovery Prize for Poetry in 1985. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, The New Republic, and Shenandoah, and poems and appeared in the anthology A Wider Giving: Women Writing After a Long Silence (Chicory Blue Press, 1988). She has taught English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston-Downtown, poetry workshops at the community level, and now teaches memoir writing to senior citizens like herself.
a native Texan born in the Panhandle, returned to the state after 21 years in Europe. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in The Weight of Addition, TimeSlice, Colere, Illya's Honey, the Texas Poetry Calendar 2011 and 2012, and in five Houston Poetry Fest anthologies, among others.
is an MFA student at the University of New Orleans' Creative Writing Workshop. Previously, her writing has appeared in Gambit Weekly, Crescent City Review, Espresso Ink, the websites NOLADefender.com and NOLAlicious.com, and elsewhere.
is author of the novels World Hunger and Directed Energy, and of the poetry collection, Secret Places. His work has appeared in Bayou Review, Edgar Literary Magazine, Tidelines, Pebble Lake Review, and Free Press Houston. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and was a featured poet at the 2004 Houston Poetry Fest. Brian is an engineer and businessperson whose professional career spans twenty-three years. He holds an MSEE from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School.
, a native of San Antonio, is the author of five books of poetry and numerous short stories, screenplays, children’s works and essays, including the award-winning poetry collection Sonnets to Human Beings. Winner of the 1999 Art of Peace Award, Tafolla has presented hundreds of performances and readings throughout the US and in Europe, Mexico, Canada, and New Zealand.
works as an ESL Middle School Teacher at Las Americas Education Center (Houston Independent School District), with teenagers recently immigrated to the United States. She has published seven poetry books and a short novel called Sábana. Her work also appears in several anthologies from Mexico, Spain, and the United States. She shares her concept of poetry with everyone: “Poetry is the dew of imagination on an excited heart.”
is a native of Houston. She graduated from St. Mary’s College with a B.A. in English. She has worked as a tutor, a legal secretary, and a pet sitter. She is currently employed at an insurance company, where she spends most of the day writing on yellow pads of legal paper.
, 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, has published seven collections of poems, and has two additional collections in press: The Fraternity of Oblivion (Timberline Press, Fall 2007) and New and Selected Poems (TCU Press, Spring 2008).
(1944-2005) was born in Panama and grew up in New York City. While attending Queens College in the 1960’s he joined the Umbra Workshop as a founding member, a collective of other emerging black poets. It was during this time that Thomas participated in the Black Arts movement in Harlem, the first major African-American artistic movement after the Harlem Renaissance. Thomas joined the Navy, serving in 1971 as a military adviser in Viet Nam. In 1973 he moved to Houston as a writer-in-residence at Texas Southern University and for over twenty years, until his death July 4, 2005, was a professor of English at the University of Houston Downtown. His books of poetry include Chances Are Few (1979, expanded second edition in 2003), The Bathers (1981), and Dancing on Main Street (2004). Thomas also made a major contribution to the study of African-American literature in his book, Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and 20th-Century American Poetry (2000).
was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is currently living in Lubbock, and attending Texas Tech University where she will receive her PhD in December 2007. Stephanie writes about the Chicana experience in Texas, specifically the theme of love and the blurred borders of romance, dreams, and reality.
is originally from New York City. She has lived in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. She has a B.A. from Princeton University and M.A. from the University of Houston. Her poetry has appeared in Free China Review, Houston Poetry Fest Anthologies 1993 and 1994, i.e. magazine, The Nassau Literary Review, Sulphur River Review, and elsewhere.
has been a geologist since 1961 and resided and worked in Houston for the past 23 years. He has been writing poetry for most of that time. It has been for his own edification. From 1961 to 1964 he was on the faculty of the University of Kentucky and again from 1969 to 1975. While he is a lover of the earth, his current interests include the study of C.G. Jung’s writings and the art, literature and history of the western world.