Improbable WorldsLindsay Illich is a native Texan. She received a PhD in English from Texas A&M University and currently teaches at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, where she resides with her son, Dobie. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Rio Grande Review, Texas Poetry Journal, Hurricane Blues: How Katrina and Rita Ravaged a Nation, Clare Literary Journal, and most recently, Coachella Review.

The Weight of AdditionRobb Jackson was born and raised in Ohio, where he spent much of his time growing up exploring the water, beaches, coves and swamps along Lake Erie. He’s gone to school a lot, and he’s enjoyed a number of different jobs, but nineteen years ago he exchanged his sweet water origins for a saltwater life on the coastal bend of the Gulf of Mexico in south Texas where he writes and teaches at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

TimeSlice Untameable City TimeSlice Improbable Worlds Angélique Jamail's poetry and essays have appeared in over two dozen anthologies and journals, including Pluck (2011), The Milk of Female Kindness—An Anthology of Honest Motherhood (2013), and Waxwing (2014). Her magic realism novella, Finis. (2014), has been praised by novelist Ari Marmell as having “some of the most real people I’ve encountered via text,” and by poet Marie Marshall as “a witty tale of conformity, prejudice, and transformation, in a world that is disturbing as much for its familiarity as for its strangeness.” She teaches creative writing and English.

Improbable WorldsAfter earning her PhD at The University of Texas at Austin, Rachel Jennings has taught at several colleges and universities, including Austin Community College, Stephen F. Austin State University, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and The University of the Incarnate Word. Currently, she teaches English at San Antonio College and volunteers frequently at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. She has published a book of poetry, Elijah's Farm (Pecan Grove Press, 2008), and two poetry chapbooks, Knoxville Girl: The Walk to the River (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Hedge Ghosts (LaNana Creek Press, 2001).

Untameable CityJoshua C. Jones is a candidate for the M.F.A. at UMass Boston. His poetry has appeared in The Mayo Review, Dappled Things, and Fourteen Hills. He currently lives in Dorchester, Mass., with Lesleigh, his wonderfully nerdy wife, and their dog Guinevere.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Ken Jones has published three full-length poetry collections with Texas publishers, earned an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin, and has featured, hosted and published in poetry magazines, festivals and conferences all over the Lone Star State. He was a Finalist for the 2008 West Chester Poet's Prize and a Pushcart Prize nominee, and is a full-time faculty member at the Art Institute of Houston, teaching Creative Writing among other subjects.

The Weight of AdditionMelanie Jordan was raised in Middle Tennessee, though she currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Iowa Review, Third Coast, Southeast Review, Crab Orchard Review, and others. She was recently an editor for Gulf Coast and Lyric Poetry Review, and would love to edit another journal soon. She teaches for the Houston Community College and the University of Houston. Her manuscript, The Broken Zoo, was a finalist for Switchback Books’ 2007 Gatewood Prize.

Improbable WorldsFady Joudah's The Earth in the Attic was selected by Louise Glück for the Yale Series for Younger Poets in 2007. He has also won a PEN award for translation of Mahmoud Darwish's poetry and a Banipal prize from the United Kingdom for translation. He is a physician living in Houston. He was born in Austin, Texas, to Palestinian parents.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Claire Kageyama-Ramakrishnan's first book, Shadow Mountain, won the Four Way Books Intro Book Prize, and was published by Four Way Books; her second book is Bear, Diamonds and Crane (Four Way Books, 2011). She is a full-time English instructor at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas, a graduate of the Ph.D. in literature and creative writing program at the University of Houston, where she was a Cambor Fellow. She lives in Houston with her husband, daughter, and three cats.

Improbable WorldsRodger Kamenetz is the author of ten books of poetry and prose including the international best seller, The Jew in the Lotus. His new collection of poetry, The Very Rich Hours, will appear in 2012. He was the founding director of Louisiana State University's MFA program in Creative Writing, and retired as an LSU Distinguished Professor and Sternberg Honors Chair Professor. He lives in New Orleans where he works as a dream therapist.

Improbable WorldsJulie Kane, the current Louisiana Poet Laureate, moved to Louisiana in 1976 and has lived there ever since. Her most recent poetry collections are Jazz Funeral (2009), the winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and Rhythm & Booze (2003), Maxine Kumin's selection for the National Poetry Series and a finalist for the Poets' Prize. With Grace Bauer, she co-edited Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox, an anthology of poems, stories, and essays about the late New Orleans poet. She teaches at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Untameable CityLaurence V. Kelly was born in 1940, San Francisco. Air Corps family moves brought 21 schools. Moved to Houston in 1964. Is now in semi-retirement as a real estate investor. Active in Chinese martial arts. Hobbies of music (playing the bass fiddle) and Chinese calligraphy. Writing poetry is not a choice for him, it comes unbidden. He has written poetry since his early 20s.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Sharon Klander is a third-generation Houstonian and master's graduate of University of Houston‟s Creative Writing Program who completed her PhD at Ohio University before returning in 1994 to teach Literature and Creative Writing at Houston Community College. Her poems have appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New Republic, Shenandoah, Kansas Quarterly, and New Letters, and two were finalists in Inkwell's 2011 competition—one of which is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Others, some accompanied by scholarly essays, feature in anthologies, including The Art and Craft of Poetry, The Writing Room, and The Weight of Addition.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Jacqueline Kolosov’s poetry collections include Modigliani's Muse (WordTech, 2009) and Vago (Lewis-Clark, 2007). Her sixth chapbook, Hourglass, will be published by Pecan Grove Press in early 2012. Recent work has appeared in Orion, Poetry East, The Southern Review, and Waterstone Review. She teaches on the creative writing faculty at Texas Tech University and lives with her family in Lubbock, Texas.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Improbable WorldsYusef Komunyakaa was born in Bogalusa, Louisiana. His thirteen books of poetry include Taboo, Dien Cai Dau (based on his experiences in Vietnam), Neon Vernacular, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize, Warhorses, and most recently The Chameleon Couch. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the William Faulkner Prize (Universite Rennes, France), the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award, and the 2011 Wallace Stevens Award. In addition to poetry, Komunyakaa is the author of several plays, performance literature and libretti, including Saturnalia, Weather Wars, Wakonda‟s Dream, Testimony, and Gilgamesh. He is a Professor and Distinguished Senior Poet at New York University.

Improbable Worlds D.F. Koon has spent all or some of the past 36 years making pizzas in Spring, Texas, studying literature at the University of Houston and the University of St. Thomas, and teaching English at Houston Community College.

The Weight of AdditionJudith Kroll, author of two collections of poetry, has also published poems in Poetry, The New Yorker, and Southern Review, and a critical book on Sylvia Plath. Her creative nonfiction has been published in journals including Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, and River City. Recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in poetry, Kroll has been awarded other grants for creative nonfiction and for translating South Indian mystical poems. She is on the Creative Writing faculty of The University of Texas at Austin.

The Weight of AdditionLaurie Clements Lambeth’s first collection of poetry, Veil and Burn, was selected by Maxine Kumin for the 2006 National Poetry Series Open Competition. A PhD and MFA graduate of the University of Houston, her poems and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Houston.

Untameable City Improbable Worlds Jim LaVilla-Havelin is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent Counting (Pecan Grove Press, 2010). He is the San Antonio coordinator of National Poetry Month, poetry editor for the San Antonio Express-News, and a creative writing teacher for a variety of audiences through Gemini Ink, Bihl Haus Arts, and other sites.

Untameable CityCatherine Lee spent her early years on the East Coast but transplanted to central Texas over ten years ago. She is a high school teacher, wife, and mother who enjoys reading and playing with words. Her work has appeared in print and online publications, including Red River Review, Poetry Quarterly, Wilderness House Journal, Poetic Bloomings, Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs, and Reverie Anthology.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Erica Lehrer is the author of Dancing With Ataxia. Her writing has appeared in national and regional publications. After studying English at Princeton University, Erica received her J.D. degree from New York University School of Law. She practiced law for a number of years before turning, fulltime, to writing. Her life turned upside down when she was diagnosed in October 2010 with Multiple System Atrophy, an as-yet-incurable neurodegenerative disease. Her recent collection, which celebrates life, is designed to raise awareness and money for this disease. She lives in Houston with her husband and three literary cats.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Why Me? Improbable Worlds Rich Levy is a poet who arrived in Houston in a Pontiac Grand LeMans in 1982. Since 1995, he has worked as executive director of Inprint, a nonprofit literary arts organization based in Houston, Texas. He earned his MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop, and his poems have appeared in Boulevard, Callaloo, Gulf Coast, Pool, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere. His poetry collection Why Me? was published in 2009 by Mutabilis Press. A jazz obsessive, he has raised three children in Texas (now teetering on adulthood), two dogs, and several cats, including sleepy Dolly and the beloved Kitty Carlisle.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Michael Lieberman is a research physician and poet who lives in Houston with his wife Susan. He has published five collections of poems. His first novel, Never Surrender—Never Retreat, will appear in 2012.

Thad Logan teaches in the English department at Rice University. She has written on Victorian material culture and has an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College. Her poems have been published in previous Mutabilis Press anthologies. A native Houstonian, she escapes to West Virginia for the summer.

Untameable City Improbable Worlds Janet Lowery's poetry has appeared in several literary reviews and anthologies. She has published a chapbook, Thin Dimes (Wings Press, 1992). Her trilogy of plays, Traffic in Women, was produced 2006-2008 at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, where she teaches full time in the English department. Odonata House published monologues from the plays in 2008. A Heroine-Free Summer  will be produced by Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company in Houston during the 2016-2017 season. She is a licensed massage therapist, a foundational practitioner of Reconnective Healing, and a consultant for the holistic nursing program at the University of St. Thomas.

Improbable WorldsSheryl Luna was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She won the inaugural Andres Montoya Poetry Prize for emerging Latino/a poets, and her first collection, Pity the Drowned Horses, was published by University of Notre Dame Press. She has received fellowships at Ragdale, Yaddo and the Anderson Center and also received the 2008 Alfredo del Moral Foundation award, funded by Sandra Cisneros. Poems have appeared in Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Amherst Review, and others. She is also a CantoMundo fellow.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Robert Lunday lives on a very small horse farm in Bastrop, Texas, with his wife, Yukiko, who once owned an art gallery in Houston. He is the author of a book of poems, Mad Flights, published by Ashland Poetry Press in 2002. A former Stegner, St. Albans, and Fine Arts Work Center fellow, he currently teaches at Houston Community College.

The Weight of AdditionPeggy Zuleika Lynch has a BS from UT, Austin, and an MFA (highest honors) from SMU, Dallas. She was short listed for Poet Laureate of Texas for 2007/2008, and has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes.

Untameable CityAnne Robinson Mabry is a full-time, high school visual arts teacher and part-time poet living in Houston, Texas.

The Weight of AdditionCynthia Macdonald founded the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston in 1979. She has published six collections of poems, Amputations, Transplants, (W)holes, Alternate Means of Transport, Living Wills and I Can't Remember. Her grants and awards include an NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Academy and Institute of Art and letters Award in recognition of her achievement in poetry. Retired from teaching, she lives in Houston, Texas.

Improbable WorldsBorn and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Whitney Mackman gave up the everlasting sunshine for the hydrating rains of Washington. During a brief trip down South after Hurricane Katrina to help with the recovery effort, she fell in love. The soul of the Big Easy got in her blood, and she knew she had to move there. After tour managing for bands around the country and bringing them through the recovering city, she decided to make her dream a reality. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing at the University of New Orleans.

Improbable WorldsBorn and raised in a Greek family in rural Ruston, Louisiana, Cleopatra Mathis received her BA from Southwest Texas State and her MFA from Columbia University. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including What to Tip the Boatman? (2001), which won the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book of Poems. She is the Frederick Sessions Beebe Professor of English at Dartmouth College, where she directs the Creative Writing Program, in which she has taught since 1982.

Improbable WorldsJanet McCann is an old Texas poet who has taught at Texas A&M since 1969. Her most recent chapbook is Emily's Dress, Pecan Grove Press.

Improbable WorldsA lifelong East Texan and nature enthusiast, Anne McCrady has published poetry and essays internationally in literary journals, literary and market anthologies, magazines and online. Her writing has received many regional and national awards, including prizes for her poetry collections, Along Greathouse Road (2003 Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Manuscript Award) and Under a Blameless Moon (2007 Pudding House Chapbook Prize). Anne is a frequent speaker, storyteller, contest judge and workshop presenter, as well as an advocate for peace.

Untameable City TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Dodie Messer Meeks has poetry in a couple of hundred literary publications, including Antioch Review, Southwest Review, and several editions of Visions International and The Lyric, the only poetry publisher older than she is. Aloysius Alligator, a picture book of children’s poetry—intended to help adults, who read to children, stay awake until the kids doze off—is to be published shortly after her ninetieth birthday in 2015.

Improbable WorldsBorn in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1949 and resident in Thibodaux, Louisiana, since 1977, David Middleton taught at Nicholls State University where he was poet-in-residence until his retirement in 2010. Middleton‟s books of verse include The Burning Fields (LSU Press, 1991) and Beyond the Chandeleurs (LSU Press, 1999). Middleton's latest collection, The Fiddler of Driskill Hill: Poems of Louisiana North and South, will be published by LSU Press in 2013. Middleton‟s verse has appeared in The Southern Review, The Sewanee Review, and elsewhere. In 2006 Middleton won the State of Louisiana Governor‟s Award for Outstanding Professional Artist.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition John R. Milkereit is from Chicago, but is currently a rotating equipment engineer working at an engineering contracting firm in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared in various literary journals such as Big River Poetry Review and San Pedro River Review. His chapbooks are Home & Away and Paying Admissions (Pudding House Press, 2010). He is currently enrolled in the third year of a low-residency M.F.A. program in creative writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Wash. His new collection of poems is A Rotating Equipment Engineer Is Never Finished (Ink Brush Press, March 2015).

The Weight of AdditionLaura Elizabeth Miller is a dancer, poet, and new mother.


Untameable CityTerry Jude Miller is a poet from Houston. A juried poet for the 2011 and 2012 Houston Poetry Fests, his work has been published in scores of publications, including the Texas Poetry Calendar, Harbinger Asylum, the University of Houston’s Bayou Review, Ancient Paths, Orbis, Stepping Stones Magazine, Furnace Review, Shine Journal, Live Oak Review, Foundling Review,  Houston Literary Review, Boston Literary Magazine, the Edison Literary Review, and the Birmingham Arts Journal. His books of poetry are The Day I Killed Superman, What If I Find Only Moonlight?, and The Butterfly Canonical. He is the creator of the Texas Poets Podcast.

The Weight of AdditionCarolina Monsiváis is a recipient of the Premio Poesía Tejana for her book, Somewhere Between Houston and El Paso: Testimonies of a Poet (Wings Press). A dedicated advocate/activist in the field of violence against women and children, Monsiváis co-founded The Women Writers’ Collective. She completed her M.F.A. in poetry at New Mexico State University, and she resides in her hometown, El Paso, Texas.

Untameable CityJane E. Mulholland writes poetry when the muse speaks. More often she prefers to write personal essays, although her poems definitely reflect her experience. She came to Houston in 1982 when the department of the oil company she worked for was transferred to the city. She asked, “Does Houston have an opera company?” When the answer was affirmative, she agreed to move. Through Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, she has discovered Houston’s vibrant and lively arts scene.

Untameable City Improbable Worlds Mark Stephen Mullee was born in Houston and studied creative writing at the University of Houston. He currently lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, which is also Europe’s largest port, a city with its own weird mix of industry and nature.

Untameable CityCarol Louise Munn lives in Houston and teaches English at Awty International School. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The GSU Review, Fugue, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, and Poetry Quarterly. She won an Academy of American Poets Prize and was a finalist in the Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition.

The Weight of AdditionJack Myers, the 2003 Poet Laureate of Texas, is the author of seventeen books of and about poetry including The Portable Poetry Workshop (Thomson/Wadsworth, 2004) and The Glowing River: New & Selected Poems (Invisible Cities Press, 2001). He has been the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and is a National Poetry Series Open Competition winner. He is former Director of creative writing at Southern Methodist Univ. and current president of The Writer’s Garrett, a Dallas literary center.


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