Visiting Writers & Artists

Toi Derricotte

[caption id="attachment_289" align="alignnone" width="200"] (Photo credit: Lynda Koolish)[/caption] Toi Derricotte is the author of The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) and four earlier collections of poetry, including Tender (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), ...

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Jamaal May

Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, Michigan, where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Silver ...

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James Tolan

James Tolan is a poet and educator. His poetry collection Mass of the Forgottten was published by Autumn House Press in 2013. He is the co-editor of New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society (Autumn House Press, 2012). Red Walls was published by Dos Madres Press in 2011. He ...

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Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody

[caption id="attachment_289" align="alignnone" width="200"](Photo credit: Alecia Kerr) [/caption] Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Illinois. Her books include Oracle Bones (White Eagle Press, 1994), ...

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Roger Reeves

Roger Reeves' poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House. Kim Addonizio selected “Kletic of Walt Whitman” for the Best New Poets 2009 anthology. He was awarded a 2013 NEA Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship by the Poetry Foundation ...

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Carlo Matos

Carlo Matos has published poems in 5x5, kill author, The Houston Literary Review, Radiant Turnstile, DIAGRAM, The Mad Hatters’ Review, and narrative (dis)continuities, among others. He is the author of a previous collection of poems entitled A School for Fishermen (BrickHouse Books, 2010). ...

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Tom Montgomery Fate

Tom Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Beyond the White Noise (Chalice Press, 1997), a collection of essays; Steady and Trembling (Chalice Press, 2005), a spiritual memoir; and Cabin Fever (Beacon Press, 2011), a nature memoir. His essays have appeared in The ...

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Valerie Jean Johnson

Valerie Jean Johnson is the former Managing Editor of Poetry Magazine. A Chicago-based writer and director, her most recent stage work was 2011’s “All Your Paths in a Single Pocket,” a collaborative performance inspired by and sourced from Anna Kamienska’s “Notebooks” as translated ...

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Jason Lee Brown

Jason Lee Brown teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University and is a contributing editor to River Styx. He has received awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Academy of American Poets, and the Illinois Press ...

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Allison Joseph

Allison Joseph is the author of What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand, 1992), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon, 1997), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon, 2003) and Worldy Pleasures (Word Press, 2004). Honors include the John C. Zacharis First Book ...

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