Contributors – Issue 1

Contributors to Issue 1


E.J. Antonio is a recipient of fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Cave Canem Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the author of two chapbooks, Every Child Knows (Premier Poets Chapbook Series 2007) and Solstice (Red Glass Books, 2013), and a CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session. Find her at

Adrienne Brock’s work has appeared in GwarlingoEpiphanyPacifica Literary ReviewPoets & Writers Magazine, ONSQU (Washington Square Review), Sakura Review and elsewhere. She co-curates The Eagle and the Wren Reading Series and works with teen authors from the South Bronx as part of the Kenyon Young Writers Workshop.

Cyrus Cassells is the author of several books of poetry, including The Crossed-Out Swastika, which was a finalist for the Balcones Prize for Best Poetry Book of 2012. Among his honors are a Lannan Literary Award, a Lamba Literary Award, and the William Carlos Williams Award. He teaches at Texas State University and lives in Austin.

Ann Cefola is the author of Face Painting in the Dark (Dos Madres Press, 2014); St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped (Kattywompus Press, 2011), Sugaring (Dancing Girl Press, 2007), and the translation Hence this cradle (Seismicity Editions, 2007). For more information, see and

Patricia Clark is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Sunday Rising (2013). Her work has appeared recently in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Southern Humanities Review, and North American Review, as well as online with The Collagist. She teaches at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Jim Daniels’ latest publications are the chapbook, Apology to the Moon (BatCat Press, 2015), Eight Mile High, stories (Michigan State University Press, 2014) and Birth Marks, poems (BOA Editions, 2013). Daniels is the Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Margaret Diehl has published a chapbook of poems, it all stayed open (Red Glass Books, 2011), two novels and a memoir (Men, 1989; Me and You, 1990; and The Boy on the Green Bicycle, 1999, all from Soho Press) as well as poems, articles, and book reviews in many publications. She works as a writer and editor in New York City.

Sharon Dolin is the author of six poetry books, most recently: Manual for Living (forthcoming in 2016), Whirlwind, and Burn and Dodge, winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She directs The Center for Book Arts Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition as well as Writing About Art in Barcelona.

Heather Dubrow is the author of Forms and Hollows (Cherry Grove Press) and of a play produced by a community theater. The journals where her work has appeared include Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Yale Review. She directs the Poets Out Loud reading series at Fordham University, where she is the John D. Boyd, SJ, Chair in the Poetic Imagination.

Elisabeth Frost is the author of All of Us: Poems (White Pine), Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Press), A Theory of the Vowel (Red Glass Books), Bindle (Ricochet Editions, a collaboration with artist Dianne Kornberg), and the monograph The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry (Iowa). She is also co-editor of Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Interviews (Iowa). Frost has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation-Bellagio Center, MacDowell, Yaddo, and others. She is Professor of English and Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Fordham University, where she edits the Poets Out Loud book series from Fordham Press.

Karen Garthe’s poetry has been published in literary journals in print and online, and she is the author of essays and reviews appearing in Lana Turner, A Journal of Poetry and Opinion. Her books include The Banjo Clock (University of California Press, 2012) and Frayed escort, which won the 2005 Colorado Prize, and a chapbook, Cafe between wars, published by Red Glass Books in 2014.

William Glenn is the author of A Brief Guide to American Poetry (Premier Poets Chapbook Series, 2005) and was co-founding editor of the bilingual literary/cultural journal Terra Incognita. He currently serves as Head of Reference Services at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Daniel Harris graduated from Hofstra in 2005 with a BA in English and Creative Writing. He went on to earn an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and now teaches Composition and Literature at Long Island University, where he also serves as a fiction reader for the literary journal Confrontation. His poems have appeared in Agenda and Forklift, Ohio, among others.

Scott Hightower is the author of four books of poetry in the U.S., and Hontanares, a bilingual collection (Spanish-English) published by Devenir, Madrid. His third book won the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award. Hightower’s translations from the Spanish have garnered him a prestigious Barnstone Translation Prize. When not teaching as adjunct faculty at NYU, the Gallatin School, he sojourns in Spain.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry, most recently, Last Seen (University of Wisconsin Press), and a novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me (Ballantine Books). An Associate Professor at Adelphi University, where she teaches in the MFA program, she has received fellowships from Yaddo Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. She serves as the President of Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Arden Levine is a D.C.-born Brooklynite, a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and a reader for Epiphany.  In 2015, her poems appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Rattle, Bodega Magazine, The Delmarva Review, Free State Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Arden holds a Masters of Public Administration from New York University.

Marta López Luaces is associate professor of Spanish and Italian at Montclair State University. Her translation of Robert Duncan’s work, Tensar el arco y otros poemas, was published by Bartleby ed. in 2012. Her books of original poetry are Distancias y destierrosLas lenguas del viajero, and Los arquitectos de lo imaginario. / G. J. Racz is professor of Foreign Languages and Literature at LIU Brooklyn, review editor for Translation Review, and past president of the American Literary Translators Association. His translation of Eduardo Chirinos’s The Smoke of Distant Fires was short-listed for the 2013 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.

JoAnne McFarland is a Brooklyn poet, painter, and curator. Her sonnet ‘Passion’ appears in her collection Identifying the Body just published by The Word Works: McFarland’s artwork is part of many private and public collections including the Library of Congress, the Columbus Museum of Art, and Dynegy Inc. She is the former Exhibitions Director of A.I.R.Gallery, the first artist-run gallery in the United States specifically for women artists. For additional information visit her website:

David McLoghlin‘s recent work has been published or is forthcoming in Barrow StreetNew Madrid,Cimarron ReviewPoetry InternationalMap Literary  Poetry Ireland Review and Birmingham Poetry Review. A poem was recently broadcast on WNYC’s Radiolab. His first collection is Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2012). Sign Tongue, his translations of work by Chilean poet Enrique Winter, won the 2014 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize. His second collection, Santiago Sketches, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry.

A librarian in Buffalo, Edric Mesmer’s poems appear in recent issues of Zarf and The Doris. The collected Fawning is forthcoming from Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

Marilyn Nelson is the author or translator of twenty-four poetry books, among them The Fields Of Praise: New And Selected PoemsCarver: A Life In PoemsFortune’s Bones, and A Wreath for Emmett Till. Other books are the recently published How I Discovered Poetry and My Seneca Village. Nelson’s honors include two NEA creative writing fellowships, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, a fellowship from the J.S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Frost Medal, the NSK Neustadt Award, and the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She was the Poet Laureate of the State of Connecticut from 2001-2006.

Urayoán Noel’s books include Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (Arizona, 2015) and the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (Iowa, 2014), winner of the LASA Latina/o Studies Section BookAward. A former CantoMundo and Ford Foundation fellow, Noel lives in the Bronx and teaches at NYU.

Kristin Prevallet is the author of five books of poetry including I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time and Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn. She lives in Westchester, NY, where she teaches and runs a private hypnosis practice.

Anna Rabinowitz’s most recent volume of poetry is Words On the Street, Tupelo Press. Earlier volumes are At the Site of Inside Out, Darkling, The Wanton Sublime, and Present Tense. She has written librettos for Darkling and The Wanton Sublime, as a chamber opera and as a monodrama for mezzo-soprano, respectively.

Sima Rabinowitz is the author of The Jewish Fake Book (Elixir Press), Murmuration (New Michigan Press), and poems and essays in numerous publications. Her most recent publication is “What She Said,” which appeared in the print and digital editions of Saint Ann’s Review. She lives in the Bronx, NY.

Edwin Torres’ books include Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books) and One Night: Poems For The Sleepy (Red Glass Books). Anthologies in which his work appears include American Poets In The 21 Century, The New Poetics Vol. 2 (Wesleyan University) and Angels of the Americlypse: An Anthology of New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath).

Patrick Riedy is from Buffalo, NY, and is currently living in Syracuse, NY, where he is working towards his PhD in English Literature. He makes chapbooks under the name PressBoardPress.

Renato Rosaldo has published three books of poetry, Prayer to Spider Woman / Rezo a la mujer araña (winner of the American Book Award, 2004), Diego Luna’s Insider Tips (Many Mountains Moving, 2012), and The Day of Shelly’s Death (Duke University Press, 2014).

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of six books, most recently Border Crossings, a poetry collection. His novel Haywire won the Asian American Writers Workshop’s members’ choice award, and his book Guess and Check won the Electronic Literature bronze award for multicultural fiction. He received a fiction writing fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Peter Schneider is a poet and psychotherapist who lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Rochester, VT. His poems have appeared in AMP, The Buddhist Poetry Review, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, The Shot-glass Journal, Kairos, Better Than Starbucks, and in the broadside collection A Midnight Snack. His debut collection, The Map is Not the Territory, was published by Anaphora Literary Press in 2018. His MFA is from Columbia University and his PhD is in clinical psychology from New York University. Linda Schneider paints landscapes in oils in Vermont and New York City. She studied painting at the Art Students League and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her paintings can be seen at and at the North Common Gallery in Chelsea, VT, and at various other venues in Vermont and New York.

Sparrow recently joined a Bhagavad-Gita study group (but he might quit). He lives in a doublewide trailer in Phoenicia, NY.

Adrienne Su has been Poet-in-Residence at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, since 2000. Her most recent book of poems is Living Quarters (Manic D Press, 2015).

Alexandra van de Kamp is a Program Director for Gemini Ink in San Antonio, TX, and a member of The Writing Program faculty at the University of Texas/San Antonio. Her full-length collection is The Park of Upside-Down Chairs (CW Books, 2010); her chapbooks are Dear Jean Seberg (2011, winner of the Burnside Review Contest) and A Liquid Bird Inside the Night (Red Glass Books, 2015). A second full-length collection, Kiss/Hierarchy, is forthcoming from Rain Mountain Press in 2016.

Contributors to Issue 1:
Special Alumni Section


Joseph Chilman received his MFA in Creative Writing from Hofstra University in 2013. He tutors in the Hofstra Writing Center and is an Adjunct Professor in the English Department.

Cindy Davis is a mother of three and has presided over various clubs and organizations in her community. She graduated from Hofstra in 2005 with a MA in Literature and Creative Writing with a focus in poetry. She teaches at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY.

Alina Gregorian is the author of Flying Bark and the chapbooks Navigational Clouds (Monk Books, 2015) and Flags for Adjectives (DIEZ, 2015). She curates Triptych Readings, runs a video poetry series on the Huffington Post, and lives in Brooklyn. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2006.

Niknesha Hairston is an English teacher at Rockaway Collegiate High School and currently working towards her graduate degree in education. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing in 2005 and her MA in English and Creative Writing, with a focus in poetry, in 2010, both from Hofstra University. She is the author of the poetry collection The Journey. Contact her at

Michelle Hart graduated from Hofstra University in 2011 with a dual degree in English and Philosophy, and was awarded the Eugene Schneider Prose Award for Fiction in her senior year. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University-Newark, where she teaches. Her fiction has appeared in One Teen Story and her nonfiction has appeared in numerous publications. She lives in New York City.

Michael Heiss is an emerging fiction writer from Queens, New York.  He was awarded a 2014-2015 Creative Writing teaching fellowship, and earned his MFA in Creative Writing, with Distinction, at Hofstra University in 2015. He teaches composition at Hofstra and creative writing at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.

Justin Hollis is a professor of English and Composition at Palm Beach State College in Boca Raton, Florida. He attended the MFA program in poetry at Hofstra University from 2011-2013. His focus is on the surrealist narrative and the potential of the prose poem form.

Koromone Koroye graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in 2008 and an MFA in 2014, both with Distinction. She is currently living in Nigeria, where she teaches English at an international school.

Born and raised on Long Island, Nolan Meditz is a Hofstra graduate with an MFA in Creative Writing (May 2014) and a BA in English (December 2010). He is currently pursuing a PhD in English with a concentration in Rhetoric at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Lisa Napolitan received her MFA in fiction writing from Hofstra University in 2014 and holds a BA in Semiotics from Brown University.  Her short stories have appeared in Narrative NortheastHelloHorrorAvalon Literary Review and Font. She lives in the wilds of New Jersey with her adored wife, children and dogs.

Christina M. Rau received her MA in English and Creative Writing, with Distinction, from Hofstra University in 2001. She is the author of the poetry chapbooks WakeBreatheMove  (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY, her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, most recently in the journals Redheaded Stepchild and The Main Street Rag, and in the anthologies Till The Tide: An Anthology of Mermaid Poetry (Sundress Publications, 2015) and The Great Gatsby Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2015). In her non-writing life, she practices yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions. Find her links on

Christie Ann Reynolds is the author of Revenge for Revenge (Coconut Books), Texts from my Mom (Big Lucks), Revenge Poems (Supermachine), and idiot heart (New School). She graduated from Hofstra University in 2005 with a BA in English and minors in Fine Arts and Anthropology. Christie Ann lives in Brooklyn Heights and teaches middle-school writing and science.

Melissa Rubin graduated from Hofstra University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in English and, in 2014, with an MFA in Creative Writing. She teaches creative writing and composition at Hofstra and at Touro College. Though her concentration was in non-fiction, she loves experimenting with fiction and postmodern poetry. Her work has been published in Font magazine and Everyone’s an Author, a newly-released rhetoric and composition textbook.

Christopher Smith received his MA in Literature and Creative Writing from Hofstra University in 2007.  His poetry and translations have appeared in The New York QuarterlyAsheville Poetry Review and Diner,among others. He teaches creative writing at River Valley Community College in New Hampshire and serves as Principal of a private Catholic school.