Untameable CitySheryl L. Nelma is from Marysville, Kansas, and graduated from South Dakota State University. She has had over 5,000 articles, stories and poems published, including fourteen individual collections of her poems. She is the fiction/nonfiction editor of The Pen Woman Magazine, the National League of American Pen Women publication, a contributing editor for Time Of Singing, A Magazine Of Christian Poetry and a three time Pushcart Prize nominee.

Untameable CityStella Nesanovich is the author of four chapbooks of poems: A Brightness That Made My Soul Tremble: Poems on the Life of Hildegard of Bingen, My Mother’s Breath, My Father’s Voice, and Dance, O, Heart, Double Round: Poems on Mechthild of Magdeburg as well as a full-length collection, Vespers at Mount Angel. She is professor emerita of English from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. 

Improbable WorldsJames Nolan’s most recent book, the novel Higher Ground, won a William Faulkner-Wisdom Gold Medal and is published by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press. Perpetual Care: Stories was awarded the 2009 Next-Generation Indie Book Award for Best Short Story Collection. His books of poetry are Why I Live in the Forest and What Moves Is Not the Wind (Wesleyan University Press), and he has translated Pablo Neruda's Stones of the Sky (Copper Canyon Press) and Longing: Selected Poems of Jaime Gil de Biedma (City Lights Books). He is a New Orleans native and lives in the French Quarter.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Naomi Shihab Nye moved to Texas as a teenager and has lived in San Antonio ever since. She is a roving writer and speaker and has written or edited 32 books—most recent being Transfer (poems) and There is No Long Distance Now (very short stories).

Improbable WorldsMaria O'Connell is a PhD candidate in English with a minor in Spanish and an interest in systems theory and translation. Her dissertation will examine the novels of Cormac McCarthy using social systems theory. She has done collaborative poetry/translation with Dr. Beruvides for three years.

Improbable WorldsBiljana D. Obradović, a Serbian-American poet, translator and critic has lived in Yugoslavia, Greece, and India besides the United States. She is Professor of English at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. She has lived in New Orleans since 1996. She has two collections of poems, Frozen Embraces (1997) and Le Riche Monde (1999), and a third coming out in fall 2011 entitled Little Disruptions. Her poems also appear in Three Poets in New Orleans (2000), and in anthologies (Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence in America, Key West: A Collection) and magazines (Poetry East, Bloomsbury Review, Prairie Schooner, The Plum Review). She has also published several Serbian translations of poetry and reviews books for World Literature Today and others.

Improbable WorldsKatherine Durham Oldmixon grew up in her parents‟ native Louisiana and Texas, where she has lived most of her life. Her most recent work appears in Bellevue Literary Review, Solstice, Borderlands, Texas Poetry Calendar, Wingbeats: Practice and Exercise by Poets Who Teach, and her chapbook Water Signs. Katherine teaches in the University of New Orleans low residency MFA program and is Professor of English and director of the writing program at historic Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, where she makes her home with her husband Arturo Lomas Garza.

Untameable CityDavid Olsen, formerly employed in Shell’s Houston head office, is now a professional poet and playwright. Unfolding Origami (2015) won the Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award for full-length books. Poetry chapbooks from American publishers include Sailing to Atlantis (2013), New World Elegies (2011), and Greatest Hits (2001). His work has appeared in dozens of journals and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a B.A. in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University.

The Weight of AdditionHaving never been “discovered,” Monica Teresa Ortiz nevertheless still writes poetry, flash fiction, and novels [simultaneously beginning but never finishing] in her spare time. She holds a BA from UT Austin, an MFA from UTEP and grew up on a line of land somewhere between Amarillo and Lubbock.

TimeSliceRadames Ortiz’s work has appeared in numerous publications. He was awarded a 2003 Archie D. and Bertha Walker fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He was also nominated for a 2003 Pushcart Prize. He currently resides in Houston.

Untameable CityTrilla Pando, a native Texan, lives and writes in Houston. Born in Amarillo, she still longs for the Panhandle sunsets while she relishes city life. Once an economics professor and newspaper columnist, she now writes whatever enters her head—especially poetry.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Mary Parham holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literature. A former professor of Spanish, she has been awarded two Fulbright Research Grants. Her poetry has been published by Naomi Shihab Nye in The Texas Observer and by Martha Serpas in the Mutabilis Press anthology Improbable Worlds. Her creative work has also appeared in Ventanas Abiertas (in Spanish) and in The Caribbean Writer, Calyx, Poet Lore, The New Ohio Review and many other journals and anthologies in the United States and Latin America.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate, is recipient of an NEH Dante Fellowship to SUNY, the French-American Legation Poetry Prize, 1999 Texas Review Poetry Prize, and the TCU‟s 2006 Baskerville Publisher‟s Prize for an outstanding poem. His three books: Editing Sky (Texas Review Poetry Prize), Color of Mourning, and Feathering Deep (Texas Review Press/Texas A&M University Press). He was inducted into The Texas Institute of Letters in 2009. He lives in Conroe, Texas, with award winning artist Nancy Parsons and teaches at Lone Star College. Parsons' New & Collected Poems is forthcoming from TCU Press in 2012.

Untameable CityRichard H. Peake published early poems in Impetus and the Georgia Review. Collections of his poems include Wings Across … and Poems for Terence (Vision Press), Birds and Other Beasts, and Earth and Stars. Recent poems have appeared in Avocet, Jimson Weed, Red River Review, and The Anglican Theological Review.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Alison Pelegrin is the author of two poetry collections, most recently Big Muddy River of Stars (2007) and Hurricane Party (2011), both from the University of Akron Press. The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review. She was born and raised in the New Orleans area, and now she lives north of Lake Pontchartrain in Covington, Louisiana.

The Weight of AdditionEmmy Pérez is the author of Solstice (Swan Scythe Press, 2003) and her work appears in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2007). She has received poetry fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she teaches in the MFA program at the University of Texas-Pan American.

Untameable City TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Donna E. Perkins is a visual artist and occasional writer of poems and plays. She is co-founder and current facilitator of The Archway Readings that began in 1997. These monthly readings are held at Archway Gallery in Houston, Texas.

Untameable CityElina Petrova grew up and worked as an engineer in Ukraine. She has numerous Russian and Ukrainian publication credits, and a book of Russian-language poems. Since she moved to Texas in 2007, she has became a certified paralegal. She is a frequent featured reader in the Words & Art program at Rice University, and her poetry has been published in Illya’s Honey, FreeFall, Harbinger Asylum, Texas Poetry Calendar, and the annual anthologies of the Houston and Austin poetry festivals. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Publication of her first book of poetry in English, Aching Miracle, is pending.

The Weight of AdditionJere Pfister has had several of her plays performed locally and has experimented with writing for musical theatre as well as dance. She has worked as a mentor in the Alley Theatre’s Houston Young Playwright’s Exchange. She performed as a storyteller for some years and is currently working on a memoir.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Robert Phillips is the author of several books of poetry, including Circumstances Beyond Our Control, Spinach Days and Breakdown Lane, which was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review and was also a runner-up for the Poets’ Prize. His honors include the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at the University of Houston, where he has been director of the Creative Writing Program and now is a John and Rebecca Moores Scholar.

Untameable CityDustin Pickering is founder of Transcendent Zero Press, a Houston-based poetry publisher. Transcendent Zero Press publishes the literary quarterly Harbinger Asylum. He has been published in Beatest State in the Union, Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones, and several other publications.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds John Poch has lived in Lubbock, TX, for the last ten years. His most recent book is Dolls (Orchises Press 2009). He teaches in the creative writing program at Texas Tech University.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Deseree Marie Probasco is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Literature, concentrating in avant-garde poetry. She resides in Conroe with her husband Daniel, and daughter Isabel, a crazy dog, and two goats. She is working on her first book length collection of poetry and artwork.

Improbable WorldsElena Lelia Radulescu was born and educated in Romania. She has a master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest and a Master of Education from Hunter College, New York City. Her poetry, short stories, and translations have been published by Vision International, Into the Teeth of the Wind, Square Lake Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Chelsea, Karamu, CALYX, Romanian Literary Review, and other literary publications. Radulescu was a teacher of the blind and visually impaired in New York City before moving to Katy, Texas, where she now lives and works on a young adult novel. She enjoys meeting new writers and poets at workshops, writers conferences, and poetry readings in the Houston area.

The Weight of AdditionBarbara Ras is the author of Bite Every Sorrow, which won the Walt Whitman Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and One Hidden Stuff. Her poems have appeared in TriQuarterly, Massachusetts Review, The New Yorker, Gulf Coast, Orion, and other anthologies and magazines nationwide. She has taught in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and directs Trinity University Press in San Antonio.

The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Robin Reagler is the Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS) in Houston. Her poems have been widely published, and her chapbook Dear Red Airplane was issued in July 2011 by Seven Kitchens Press.

Untameable Cityhenry 7. reneau, jr. writes words in fire to wake the world ablaze: free verse illuminated by courage that empathizes with all the awful moments, launching a freight train warning that blazes from the heart, like a chambered bullet exploding inadvertently. His poetry collection is freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press, September 2014). He also has an e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press, December 2014).

Improbable Worldsjo reyes-boitel: writer, motivator/supporter, mother, daughter to oya and obatala, rabid music listener, beginning drummer and lover. texas transplant, arriving by way of minnesota | florida | mexico | cuba. jo works to actively connect everyday earth activities to the heaven that surrounds.

Untameable CityLynn C. Reynolds is a past member of the Houston Poetry Society, the Texas Poetry Society, and Poets, Ink. She read at the Houston Poetry Fest in 1982, 1985, and 2012. She is published in From Hide and Horn, a Sesquicentennial Anthology of Texas Poets (Eakin Press, 1985).

Improbable WorldsLisa Rhoades received her BA from Louisiana State University and her MFA from Columbia University. Prior to receiving her nursing degree from New York University, Rhoades was a production editor at the Institute of International Education. She has also taught workshops in poetry. She lives on Staten Island with her husband and two children.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Daniel Rice has his degree in English Literature, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Houston and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from its law school. He hosts the popular poetry reading series at The Woodlands Barnes & Noble. Daniel is a published poet, an award winning playwright and writes fiction.

TimeSliceElizabeth Rice (1948-2005) was born in Austin and grew up in Houston. She attended Duke University and received a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1973. She worked for several law firms before starting her own practice while raising her family. In 1994 she was named an associate judge for the 257th District Court in Harris County, where she worked for four years before her declining health forced her to retire. She found ways to love life as the task of living became harder, including writing essays and poetry.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Born in Galveston in 1941, John E. Rice is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction and an artist working in several media. Rice has worked in medical research, horticulture and international shipping. He is an executive in the international maritime industry and is married with four children and four grandchildren.

Untameable City The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Sally Ridgway is a longtime Houstonian whose poetry has been published in Texas anthologies, including Big Land, Big Sky, Big Hair and Improbable Worlds and in literary journals, including Gulf Coast, The Texas Review, and the newspaper The Texas Observer. She has taught creative writing through Writers in the Schools and The Jung Center, and English at high schools in Galveston and Houston, and at Houston Community College. She has an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College.

Improbable Worlds TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Daniel Rifenburgh was born May 24, 1949 in Elmira, New York. He attended the University of Louisville and served three years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, working as a military journalist. He completed a BA at Florida Atlantic University in 1981 and earned an MA from the University of Florida in 1987. He received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 1996. His first book, Advent, was published in London by Waywiser Press in 2002 and received the Natalie Ornish Award from the Texas Institute of Letters (TIL). He was awarded a Dobie Paisano Fellowship from the University of Texas and the TIL in 2005. He was also invited to serve as a workshop instructor and editor on the National Endowment For the Arts Operation Homecoming initiative and the resulting anthology. His work has appeared in Paris Review, The New Republic, Southwest Review, New Criterion and other distinguished journals. After some years of college adjunct teaching he now drives an 18-wheeler flatbed rig, hauling steel out of the Port of Houston.

The Weight of AdditionErika Rodriguez Hernandez is a college freshman at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT where she is working towards a B.A. in English. She was a juried poet for Houston Poetry Fest 2006 and won the National Scholastic American Voices Award last year. Her hobbies include college.

Improbable WorldsMargie McCreless Roe lives in Cedar Park, Texas. She was born in Fort Worth, attended Southwestern University and Southern Methodist University, and has lived in at least eight Texas cities with her husband, a United Methodist pastor. San Antonio was home for almost twenty years. While there, she was on the adjunct faculty of San Antonio College. She still returns to San Antonio regularly to meet with a beloved critique group. She has had poems in several anthologies and in journals such as Borderlands, Concho River Review, Gulf Coast, New Texas, The Texas Observer, and Windhover. She has published two books, Flight Patterns and Call and Response.

Untameable CityGary S. Rosin is a poet and photographer. His poems and short stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various literary and poetry magazines and anthologies, including Harbinger Asylum, Lifting the Sky: Southwestern Haiku and Haiga, Texas Poetry Calendar (2012, 2013, and 2014), and Visions International. He is the author of the chapbooks, Standing Inside the Web (Bear House Publishing, 1990), which won the 1990 Lucidity Chapbook Contest, and Fire and Shadows (The Legal Studies Forum, 2008). Selections of his poetry and photography can be found on his website, 4P Creations. He is the program chair of the Houston Poetry Fest.

TimeSlice The Weight of Addition Improbable Worlds Iris Rozencwajg has lived in Houston since 1988. She has studied with Michael Lieberman in several of his Inprint workshops and is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing Program. She teaches English and Humanities at Houston Community College‟s Central Campus. Her work has also appeared in The Texas Review and Raving Dove, as well as in The Weight of Addition and TimeSlice, two previous Mutabilis Press anthologies.

TimeSliceJanet Ruffin, poet, painter and arts educator, is artist-in-residence at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Pediatrics. She is currently working on a collection of poems and paintings concerning creativity and death.

The Weight of AdditionPaul Ruffin is Regents Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University, where he edits The Texas Review and directs Texas Review Press. His published works include two novels, three collections of short stories, five collections of poetry, two books of essays, and eleven other books that he edited or coedited.