64: julia shipley

Julia & pup B&W taken by Howard Romero
julia shipley

Julia Shipley is the co- founder of Chickadee Chaps and Broads, a hyper-local micro press. She’s also the author of newly released, Adam’s Mark: Writing from the Ox House a collection of lyric essays about writing and farming. Her third poetry chapbook is forthcoming from HoneyBee Press in July. A contributing editor for Yankee, her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in FIELD, Green Mountains Review, POETRY, Taproot and The Toast. Her website is www.writingonthefarm.com.

Bio photo by Howard Romero.

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47: denise parsons

denise parsons
artist + writer

Some things never change. I look at the reel-to-reel film my father made during my childhood and see one little girl who was always center stage, laughing hysterically at her own jokes, and dancing around regularly, my sister, and then another little girl, me. I was the one off to the side watching the butterfly or seriously contemplating the beautiful mushroom I’d discovered. As an artist and writer I call upon these traits daily. I am also drawn to the visual and written observations of others and find them deeply inspiring.  Perhaps this explains how hauntingly well I related to Esther Greenwood. She knew how to tell a story.

I graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with my Master of Fine Arts degree in the Spring of 2007 and I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. You can view selections of my earlier work on deniseparsons.com.  I currently live in San Francisco, CA, with my husband Chris, and write the blog Chez Danisse. Continue reading

34: éireann lorsung

éireann lorsung

Éireann Lorsung grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she received her MFA in poetry in 2006. Her first book, Music for Landing Planes By, was published in 2007 by Milkweed Editions; a second, Projet Linguistique, is forthcoming in 2011. She continues to write and make prints while she completes her PhD in Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham (UK). Her website, where you can find information about her work and follow her on her weblog, is http://www.ohbara.com. Continue reading

25: phoebe varinia demund


phoebe varinia demund

Phoebe Varinia DeMund curses her good intentions every morning the alarm goes off at 6:30, especially when, characteristically, she’s been up late the night before in a meandering meaningful conversation with her husband, or one or both preschool daughters have woken at some point from their angel-sleep to call out during the night. But most of the time, she’d rather be awake, taking it in, her magnificent life of domestic ritual and ordinary routine. She tries to write when she can, occasionally attempts publication, hopes to travel wide and far in her lifetime, and for now, spends her days at home with her family and dog in Sacramento, California. Continue reading

19: brad buchanan

Brad Buchanan

brad buchanan

Brad Buchanan is Associate Professor of English at California State University, Sacramento, where he teaches Creative Writing and Modern British Literature. His poetry has appeared in more than 140 journals worldwide, including The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, Fulcrum, The Fiddlehead, Grain, and The Wisconsin Review. He has published two books of poetry: The Miracle Shirker (2005) and Swimming the Mirror: Poems for My Daughter (2008), and is co-founder of Roan Press, a small publishing operation. Continue reading

11: molly sutton kiefer


molly sutton kiefer

Molly Sutton Kiefer appreciates specificity. So much so that when she travels, she collects that region’s field guides to bring back for material. She enjoys photographing things beautiful and terrible, and she lines her nests with thick books. In this way, she hopes to winter-over well. She also loves that gray-blue one can find in the ocean or in the sky, on the other side of the setting sun. She’s currently an MFA student at the University of Minnesota and lives in Red Wing with her husband and menagerie, which includes two cats, two dogs, a worm farm, and the occasional refugee wildlife.

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2: melissa fondakowski


melissa fondakowski

Melissa Fondakowski’s work has appeared in several magazines and journals including Santa Clara Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Blue Fifth Review and Girlfriends magazine. A 22-page chapbook of her poetry entitled Impatiens was the winner of the 2001 Sow’s Ear Review Poetry Chapbook Competition and was published in 2002. She lives in Oakland and blogs at Poet With a Day Job. Continue reading

1: kristin berger


kristin berger

Kristin Berger is a poet and essayist living with her husband and two young children in Portland, Oregon. Her chapbook of poems, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008), is a nominee for the 2009 Oregon Book Award. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in CALYX, Edible Portland, mamazine, New Letters, and The Pedestal Magazine, among other publications. You can read more on Kristin’s blog or come hear her read October 19, at Beyond Vernacular, a Portland poetry series. Continue reading