Contributors' Notes Noh Anothai was a researcher in languages and literature with the Thailand-United States Education Foundation (Fulbright Thailand) from 2012-13, when he began seriously translating Thai poetry. Since then, he's appeared in Words Without Borders, Asymptote, Tin House, Ecotone, and others. His Poems from the Buddha's Footprint, one of only two full-length translations of Thailand's national poet Sunthorn Phu in almost thirty years, is forthcoming from Singing Bone Press. He is currently based in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Tony Barnstone is a Professor of English at Whittier College. He is a poet, essayist, literary translator, and the author of eighteen books, including Impure (1999); the chapbook Naked Magic (2002); Sad Jazz: Sonnets (2005); The Golem of Los Angeles (2007); Tongue of War: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki (2009); a bilingual selected poetry, Buda en Llamas/Buddha in Flames: Antología Poética (2014), translated by Mariano Zaro; Beast in the Apartment (2014); and the graphic poetry collection Pulp Sonnets (2015), based on twenty years of research into classic pulp fiction, Gothic literature, B movies and comic books, illustrated by Amin Mansouri. His awards include NEA, NEH, California Arts Council, the Poets Prize, and Grand Prize of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival Competition.
Erinn Batykefer Erinn Batykefer earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press) and The Artist's Library: A Field Guide (Coffee House Press). She is co-founder and editor of The Library as Incubator Project, and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
David Ben-Merre, an associate professor at Buffalo State, has published on writers ranging from Charles Dickens and W.B. Yeats to Giorgio Agamben and Carly Simon. His book Figures of Time is forthcoming from SUNY Press. In addition to serving on the national board for collegiate mock trial, he enjoys the light recreation of crossword construction.
Christian Detisch's poetry and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Image, Blackbird, the minnesota review, and elsewhere. He received his MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and served there as lead copyeditor for Blackbird, and the Levis Fellow coordinating the Levis Reading Prize.
A native of the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Louis Maraj currently studies early modern poetics at The Ohio State University. He also holds an MA in Creative Writing from Texas Tech University. His creative work has appeared recently in Rock & Sling and The Potomac Review.
Poems in Kat Meads's "Miss Jane Repurposes" series have appeared in Blackbird, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Hamilton Stone Review, Mad Hatters' Review and elsewhere. The recipient of an NEA in poetry, she teaches in Oklahoma City University's MFA program.
Mary B. Moore's new full-length collection Flicker won the 2016 Dogfish Head Poetry Award, judged by Carol Frost, Baron Wormser, and Jan Beatty, and came out in December 2016 from Broadkill River Press; and Eating the Light, chosen by Allison Joseph for Sable Books' 2016 chapbook contest, came out in August 2016. Recent poems appear in The Georgia Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Coal Hill Review, Drunken Boat, One, and others. Work is forthcoming in Poem/Memoir/Story.
Jenny (Seymore) Montgomery's poems, articles and essays have appeared in publications such as A Gathering of the Tribes, Sensitive Skin, The New York Times, Cairo Times, and Godine (translated in Croatian). She was educated at the Evergreen State College and Columbia University. A past Hedgebrook resident and Fulbright fellow, she owns a distillery in Missoula, Montana with her husband.
Rick Mullin's new poetry collection is Stignatz & the User of Vicenza, out from Dos Madres Press.
Esther Greenleaf Mürer is an octogenarian living in Philadelphia. She has been writing poetry since childhood and got serious about learning the craft when she turned 70. Her poetry has appeared in sundry places around the web; she has been featured poet in The Centrifugal Eye and Kin. She published her first collection, Unglobed Fruit, in 2011.
Chris O'Carroll has been a Light featured poet, and has also published poems in Angle, Free Inquiry, Measure, The Orchards, and The Rotary Dial, among other print and online journals, and in the collections Poems for a Liminal Age (published in support of Doctors Without Borders) and The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology.
Jennifer Perrine is the author of No Confession, No Mass, winner of the 2016 Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award and the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry; In the Human Zoo, recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body Is No Machine, winner of the 2008 Devil's Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. For more information, visit http://www.jenniferperrine.org.
Though born a commoner, Phu (pronounced "pooh" 1786-1856) was attached to Bangkok's royal courts at several times throughout his life, most notably during the reign of King Rama II, when he become a favorite court poet and earned the title Sunthorn Phu, Phu the Eloquent. Remembered for his travel poems (such as the one from which this issue's translation is excerpted), Phu is honored as Thailand's national poet. Since his bicentennial in 1986, his birthday on June 26th has been designated Sunthorn Phu Day.
Hannah Louise Poston has received residencies and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, the National Parks system, and St Albans School. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily and published in several journals (including Poetry Northwest, Ninth Letter, and Measure), and her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times' Modern Love column. She is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of Michigan.
Freeman Rogers' poetry has appeared in Slate, Southwest Review, Measure, Able Muse and other publications. He is the editor of The BVI Beacon newspaper in the British Virgin Islands; an associate editor of Smartish Pace poetry journal; and a fiction editor of Moko Magazine.
David Southward teaches in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He and his partner Geoff enjoy cooking, gardening, travel, and taking adventurous walks with their beagle, Sammy. David's poems have appeared in The Lyric, Verse-Virtual, Voices on the Wind, and The New Verse News.
Rebecca Starks' poems have appeared in Slice, Rattle, Crab Orchard Review, Raintown Review, Poetry Northwest and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of Mud Season Review and teaches literature to lifelong learners at the University of Vermont.
Jacob Strautmann's poems have appeared in The Harlequin, Salamander Magazine, The Boston Globe, Agni Online, The Appalachian Journal, Solstice, Jam Tarts, Quiddity, and are forthcoming from Appalachian Heritage and Forklift, Ohio. He is a contributing editor for Salamander Magazine. He teaches creative writing at Boston University, where he is also the Managing Director of Boston Playwrights' Theatre. His debut collection The Land of the Dead is Open for Business will be published in Fall 2019 by Four Way Books.
Nathanael Tagg has an MFA from Rutgers, where he was a Truman Capote Literary Trust fellow. His poems and reviews are published or forthcoming in Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Pleiades, Confrontation, The Raintown Review, and other magazines. He's an assistant professor of English at Cecil College. His website is www.nathanaeltagg.com.
Judith Terzi's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Caesura, Columbia Journal, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Raintown Review, Spillway, and Wide Awake: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Pacific Coast Poetry Series). If You Spot Your Brother Floating By and Casbah are her most recent chapbooks from Kattywompus Press. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Web and Net and shortlisted in the Able Muse Write Contest.
Katie Vagnino is a poet, educator, and freelance writer who originally hails from St. Louis, MO. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Measure, Raintown Review, Poetry City USA, and Poetry Quarterly among other places. She currently lives in Wisconsin, where she teaches creative writing and composition at UW-Eau Claire. To read more of her work, please visit www.katievagnino.com.
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios has been published online in Crack the Spine, Clementine, and Me As A Child and All About My Name Series (Silver Birch Press), the Edison Literary Review, the Kentucky Review, Silkworm, and Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and has also co-written the book Party Line under the name Elizabeth Kirkpatrick. She has studied with Judith Harris, Gloria Boyer, Hailey Leithauser, and Alexandra Van de Kamp. Elizabeth has been a professor of music at American University, and as the artistic director of the Redwoods Opera Workshop in Mendocino, California, and the Crittenden Opera Workshop in Washington D.C. and Boston, she has influenced and trained opera students across the country. As a performer, she has sung opera, concerts, and solo recitals throughout the world.
Sara Wainscott's recent work appears in The Journal Petra, Powder Keg, DIAGRAM, Ghost Ocean, BOAAT, The Collapsar, and elsewhere. She co-curates Wit Rabbit, an inter-genre reading series in Chicago.
Ryan Wilson was born in Griffin, Georgia. He holds graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and Boston University. His work appears in journals such as First Things, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale Review, and his first book, The Stranger World, was awarded the 2017 Donald Justice Poetry Award. Currently a doctoral candidate at The Catholic University of America, he lives in Baltimore with his wife.