Contributors – Issue 3

Contributors to Issue 3


David Appelbaum has worked in the university and in publishing and is an author who specializes in the work of writing. His most recent books include notes on water: an aqueous phenomenology (Monkfish, 2018).

James Ardis published the chapbook Your Arkansas: A Strategy Guide (Gauss PDF) in 2016. His writing appears in Heavy Feather ReviewRivuletThe Rumpus, and Crossing Genres, among others. He is currently working on a hyper-capitalist Everybody Loves Raymond project.

Christopher Hirschmann Brandt is a writer and political activist. He is also a translator, carpenter, furniture designer, and the actor-manager of the experimental theatre company Medicine Show. Poems and essays have been published in journals in Barcelona,Valladolid, Paris, Mexico, New York, and Maine, and in several anthologies. Translations from Spanish have been published by The New YorkerSeven Stories, UC Berkeley, and the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

Lee Briccetti is the long-time executive director of Poets House, a national poetry library in lower Manhattan. Her second book of poetry is Blue Guide (Four Way Books, 2018). She is a recipient of poetry fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts as well as the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Amy Dryansky’s second book, Grass Whistle(Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James. Individual poems have appeared in a variety of journals, including Barrow StreetHarvard ReviewNew England ReviewOrion, and The Women’s Review of Books. Additionally, her work is included in several anthologies, most recently, Nasty Women Poets: An Anthology of Subversive Verse, published by Lost Horse Press. She’s currently the Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA, and assistant director of the Culture, Brain & Development Program at Hampshire College. For more about Amy, visit

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.

Calum Gardner is a poet, critic, editor of Zarfmagazine, and Teaching Fellow in Drama and Poetry at the University of Leeds, UK.

Eleanor Gray is co-founder and editor of Figroot Press, and has had poems published in Bird’s ThumbHypertrophicLit CatArLiJoMangroveRose RedSeen & Heard Journal, and Cosmographia.

Anna Harris-Parker’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in CellpoemsMikrokosmosPoetry for the MassesWest Texas Literary Review and Slant. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Augusta University. For more:

Alec Hershman is the author of The Egg Goes Under (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017). He teaches writing and literature in Michigan, and has received awards from The KHN Center for the Arts, The Jentel Foundation, Playa, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. You can find links to more of his work at

Colette Inez authored eleven poetry collections, including, most recently, The Luba Poems (Red Hen Press). She was widely anthologized, received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, twice from the National Endowment for the Arts, and won numerous Pushcart prizes. Previously a visiting professor at Cornell, Ohio, Bucknell and Colgate universities, she served on the faculty of Columbia University’s Undergraduate Writing Program for many years, and read her work at numerous colleges and universities. The University of Wisconsin Press published her memoir, The Secret of M. Dulong, in 2005. Her poems have appeared in The Paris ReviewAntioch ReviewHudson Review,The Harvard ReviewPrarie SchoonerPloughshares, and many others. She was born in Belgium and, until her death in January, 2018, resided in New York City with her husband, a freelance writer. This issue of AMP is dedicated to her.

R.S. Mason was born in Canonsburg, PA, in 1954 and has been dumbstruck ever since. He’s also worked for an institution for 38 years. In 2015 his debut book of poems, Nearer to Never, was published by SUNY Press.

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:

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.

Cameron Morse taught and studied in China. Diagnosed with a glioblastoma in 2014, he is currently a third-year MFA candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and lives with his wife Lili and newborn son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri. His poems have been or will be published in over 100 different magazines, including New LettersBridge EightSouth Dakota ReviewI-70 Review and TYPO. Check out his first collection, Fall Risk, from Glass Lyre Press.

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.

Alicia Ostriker has published sixteen volumes of poetry, including Waiting for the Light (2017), The Old Woman, the Tulip and the Dog (2014), and the National Jewish Book Award winner The Book of Seventy (2010). She has received the Paterson Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award, among other honors. As a critic, Ostriker is the author of the path-breaking Stealing the Language: the Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America.

Derek Pollard is co-author with Derek Henderson of the book Inconsequentia (BlazeVOX Books). His poetry, criticism, and translations have appeared in Best of the NetColorado ReviewDrunken BoatEdgar Allan Poe ReviewPleiades, and Six–Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, among numerous other anthologies and journals. He is Assistant Editor at Interim: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics. More information can be found at:

Charles Rafferty‘s twelfth collection of poems is The Smoke of Horses (BOA Editions, 2017). His poems have appeared in The New YorkerOOprah MagazinePrairie Schooner, and Ploughshares, and his stories have appeared in The Southern Review and Per Contra. His collection of stories is Saturday Night at Magellan’s(Fomite, 2013). He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Currently, he directs the MFA program at Albertus Magnus College.

henry 7. reneau, jr. writes words in fire to wake the world ablaze: free verse that breaks a rule every day, illuminated by his affinity for disobedience—a phoenix-flux, red & gold immolation that blazes from his heart, like a chambered bullet exploding through cause to implement effect. He is the author of the poetry collection freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press), now available from their respective publishers. Additionally, he has self-published a chapbook entitled 13hirteen Levels of Resistance, and is currently working on a book of connected short stories. His work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by LAROLA.

Manhattan is home for R.C.Ringer and the subject of his novel-in-progress. His short fiction has appeared in many journals including WitnessThe QuarterlyManoaMany Mountains MovingQuarter After EightMidstreamRunner’s World, and in several anthologies. He received an MFA degree from Columbia University.

Timothy L. Rodriguez has published in English and Spanish. His novel Guess Who Holds Thee? is available on Amazon. His fiction and poems have appeared in over a dozen national and international journals including New London Writers (UK), honorable mention in an international short story competition sponsored by The Writer’s Drawer (Israel), Main Street RagHeyday Magazine, and Stoneboat Literary Journal (Pushcart nomination). His essay “The Problem Now” will appear in the 5th edition of New Theory.

Silvia Sanza was born in the Bronx and lives in Manhattan. She has had two novels published by Serpents Tail, London: Alex Wants to Call It Love and Twice Real. A third, Negative Space, is available at A fourth, The Off Ramp, is coming soon.

Erik Schurink is an award-winning exhibit designer, poet and sculptor. He has developed dozens of interactive exhibits for Children’s Museums and curated art exhibits for various museums and galleries in the New York area. He is an active member of the Writhing Society. His Cryptozoo (Proteotypes, 2012) is a journal in which he and eleven other writers respond to animalistic images he photographed. His poetry has been featured in 13 Writhing MachinesUpstart: Journal of English Renaissance StudiesAn Oulipolooza, and others. Schurink is Gallery Director for Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference, and contributing artist to Abecedarium NYC and Galerie de Difformité. He hosts artist salons at his home. He was born in the Netherlands and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Stephanie Strickland’s eight books of poetry include Dragon Logicand The Red Virgin. She has also published eleven digital poems. Zone : Zero, a book and accompanying CD, includes the poem slippingglimpse which maps text to Atlantic wave patterns. Two books are forthcoming in 2019: Ringing the Changes, a code-generated project for print based on the ancient art of bell-ringing, from Counterpath Press, and How the Universe Is Made: Poems New & Selected from Ahsahta Press. For more on her work:

Terese Svboda‘s “The Talking Tea-Kettle,” 7 min. long (2011), inserted in your ear, speaks with the voice of the dead. Why would we want to listen? Terese Svoboda considers this question while relating how Houdini and Nebraska magician David P. Abbott stamped out the practice of mediums in the early years of the twentieth century, with the director’s shout-out to her own mother. Commissioned by Prairie Schooner, it premiered at the American Museum of the Moving Image, screened at the International Freethought Festival, Atlanta Shortfest, Athens Film Festival, and Mnemonic Mirrors in Croatia, AXW Festival at Anthology Film Archives. It was featured at Narrative and is distributed by Filmmaker’s Co-op. Terese Svoboda’s videos have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and many venues worldwide.

Richard Zucker was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Eugene, Oregon. He is a Vietnam veteran and holds a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Oregon. He worked for the City of Eugene for 37 years and is now retired. He is married and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.