J. P. Dancing Bear is the author nine collections of poetry, most recently, Inner Cities of Gulls (2010), and Conflicted Light (2008) both published by Salmon Poetry. His poems have been published in hundreds of publications. He is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press.
Shaindel Beers’ poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, in Eastern Oregon’s high desert and serves as Poetry Editor of Contrary. A Brief History of Time (Salt Publishing, 2009) is her first full-length collection. Find her online at http://shaindelbeers.com.
Jessie Carty received her MFA from Queen’s University of Charlotte and continues to reside in North Carolina. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Main Street Rag, MARGIE and The Northville Review. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, At the A & P Meridiem (Pudding House, 2009) and The Wait of Atom (Folded Word, 2009). You can find her all around the web, but most often at her blog: http://jessiecarty.com.
David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in England, and spent several years in Vienna before moving to Phoenix in1978. He recently had a poem included in the anthology, BIRDS, from the British Museum, and won the Slipstream Chapbook Contest with From the Age of Miracles.
Mary Christine Delea is the author of The Skeleton Holding Up the Sky, two chapbooks, and numerous published poems. Most recently a Poet-in-the-Schools and a university professor, she is currently a stay-at-home writer. Delea is from Long Island, and now lives in Oregon.
William Doreski's work has appeared in various e and print journals and in several collections, most recently Waiting for the Angel (Pygmy Forest Press, 2009).
Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of 19 print and digital poetry chapbooks and a full-length collection, Lovesick, published by Press Americana.
Leigh Anne Hornfeldt lives in Kentucky with her husband and three young sons. She wrote her first (and probably best) poem at age six while "camping" in the back of a pickup truck. Her poems have appeared in Plainspoke.
S. K. McGillis is currently in his second year of the MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) program and Portland State University. He lives in Portland with his wife, Leah, and their two dogs. He has been writing poetry for five years. His poetry has previously appeared in Pathos Literary Magazine and Watershed Literary Magazine.
Sherry O’Keefe is a descendant of Montana pioneers and a graduate of MSU-B. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Switched-on Gutenberg, Terrain. Org., Barnwood Poetry Review, Avatar Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Two Review, Babel Fruit, Soundzine, The High Desert Journal and Main Street Rag. Her chapbook, Making Good Use of August was released in October 2009 from Finishing Line Press.
Scott Owens is the author of six collections of poetry and has over 600 poems published in journals and anthologies. He is editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and recipient of awards from the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Academy of American Poets, the NC Writers’ Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC. He holds an MFA from UNC Greensboro and currently teaches at Catawba Valley Community College.
Penelope Scambly Schott’s most recent books are Six Lips and a chapbook Under Taos Mountain: The Terrible Quarrel of Magpie and Tia. Her verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth won the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry.
B.T. Shaw is the author of This Dirty Little Heart. She lives in Portland, where in spring and summer her hands are more often dirty than not. Currently, her chard is under siege from leaf miners. If you don't know what a leaf miner is, consider yourself lucky. If you have suggestions for battling leaf miners or if you wish to send a poem to The Oregonian's Poetry column, write to B.T. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scot Siegel contributed photography for Issue 2.
Scott T. Starbuck is the Interim Creative Writing Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College, and lives near The Clackamas River in Oregon. You can see his fossil art at The Spirit of the Salmon Fund and hear him read two poems at Fogged Clarity. Pudding House published his new chapbook of nature and protest poems, The Warrior Poems, in June 2010, and his next chapbook will be published by Mountains and Rivers Press.
Larina Warnock works for a nonprofit organization in Corvallis, Oregon. She is a graduate student at Saint Xavier University. Warnock's work has been published or is forthcoming in The Oregonian, PEMMICAN, Today's Caregiver, and others. Her poetry has been recognized with awards from Writer's Digest Poetry Competition, the IBPC, and The Guardian Poetry Workshops.
Paul Watsky has published one full-length poetry collection, Telling the Difference (Fisher King Press, 2010) and two chapbooks, More Questions Than Answers and Sea Side (tel-let, 2001, 2003), co-translated with Emiko Miyashita Santoka (Tokyo, PIE Books, 2006), and has poems in such journals as Poetry Flash, The Cream City Review, onthebus, The Asheville Poetry Review, and The Pinch.