Writer Bios

Glen Armstrong teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, MI and edits the poetry journal Cruel Garters. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his work has appeared in Conduit, Digital Americana and Cloudbank. One of his favorite movies is Spider Baby.

Ellen Bass's poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon), The Human Line (Copper Canyon), and Mules of Love (BOA), and she coedited No More Masks! (Doubeday), the first major anthology of poetry by women. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and The Kenyon Review. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University. One of her favorite films is Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

Aaron Brame is an English teacher and graduate student living in Memphis, TN. His work appears or is forthcoming in Avatar Review, Pembroke Magazine, and Straight Forward. His favorite movie is Rear Window.

Jon Davis directs the Low Residency MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. His most recent book is Preliminary Report (Copper Canyon). Reply All, a new collection of poems, is nearly complete. Amores Perros is one of his favorite films.

Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection the GAFFER (Arktoi/Red Hen) and the chapbook In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens), runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. The first women to be admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a gaffer, Gainey crewed on such films as Dog Day Afternoon, Taxi Driver, and The Wiz, eventually becoming an architectural lighting designer. One of her favorite films is Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Dorianne Laux lives, teaches and writes poetry in Raleigh, NC. Her five poetry collections include Awake (BOA, soon to be reissued by Carnegie-Mellon) and The Book of Men (Norton). One of her favorite movies is Sling Blade.

Jason Morris was born and raised in Vermont and now lives in San Francisco. His books are Local News (Bird & Beckett), From the Golden West Notebooks (Allone/Publication Studios), and Spirits & Anchors (Auguste). Essays on Clark Coolidge and crystals, Bernadette Mayer's interest in Hawthorne, and Bruce Boone, New Narrative, and geology have appeared or are forthcoming in Jacket2, Eleven Eleven, and ON. We Jam Econo is one of his favorite movies.

Tom Pescatore was born outside Philadelphia. He maintains the poetry blog amagicalmistake.blogspot.com. One of his favorite movies is Big Sur.

Writer Bios