ANNE BOYER was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1973, and grew up in Salina, Kansas, a small, flat city occupying the center of the contiguous United States. She continues to live in Kansas and works as an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute. She is the author a book of poetry, The Romance of Happy Workers (Coffee House Press, 2008), and a forthcoming novel from Bloof Books, JOAN. She has also written a number of chapbooks including Anne Boyer's Good Apocalypse (Effing Press 2006), Art Is War (Mitzvah Chaps 2008), The 2000s (Free Poetry 2009), and most recently, My Common Heart, available from Spooky Girlfriend Press. She is the publisher of small works of strange literature through Hey Tiger! press, as well as the former editor of the poetry and poetics journal Abraham Lincoln. Other recent work can be found at SF Moma's Open Space, The Rumpus,Property Press, and The Columbia Poetry Review,as well as on her website, anneboyer.com.
SHANNA COMPTON’s books include Down Spooky (Winnow, 2005), For Girls & Others (Bloof, 2008), and Gamers (Soft Skull, 2004), and the chapbooks Rare Vagrants(Dusie, 2010), Scurrilous Toy (Dusie, 2007), and others. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, Verse, McSweeney’s, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel, the Poetry Foundation’s website, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a new poetry collection called The Blank Verge, forthcoming from Bloof Books in Spring 2012. She lives on the internet at shannacompton.com.
JENNIFER L. KNOX was born in Lancaster, California—home to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, and the Space Shuttle. Her books of poems are The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway (2010), Drunk by Noon (2007), and A Gringo Like Me (2005), all available from Bloof Books. A volume of her verse in German, Wir Fürchten Uns,was published by Lux Books in 2009. Her poems have appeared in four volumes of the Best American Poetryseries, Best American Erotic Poems, Great American Prose Poems: From Poet to Present, and Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books.www.jenniferlknox.com.
MAUREEN THORSON is a poet, publisher, and book designer living in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the new book Applies to Oranges (Ugly Duckling, 2010), and a number of chapbooks, including Twenty Questions for the Drunken Sailor (2009),Mayport (2006), which won the Poetry Society of America's National Chapbook Fellowship, and Novelty Act (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2004). Her poems can be found in many anthologies and journals, including the forthcoming Yale Anthology of Younger American Poets, Exquisite Corpse, Hotel Amerika, LIT, The Hat, and 6×6. Maureen is the publisher and editor of Big Game Books, a small press dedicated to emerging poets. She is also the co-curator of the In Your Ear reading series at the DC Arts Center and the founder of NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.