Poetry 4.1 / Spring, 2016



Roy Bentley


Roy Bentley won a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA, fellowships from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and Ohio Arts Council (six from the OAC), and has published four books: Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama), Any One Man (Bottom Dog), The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine), and Starlight Taxi (Lynx House). He lives in Ohio and writes full-time.

Mary Cresswell


Mary Cresswell is from Los Angeles and lives on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast. Her most recent book, Fish Stories, was published by Canterbury University Press (2015); it is nature poetry based on the ghazal and glosa forms. For more info: bookcouncil 


Theresa Hamman


Theresa Hamman is a poet, second year MFA student at Eastern Oregon University, and editor of EOU’s literary journal, Oregon East.  Her poetry can be found in Oregon East and Nailed Magazine.  She lives in La Grande, Oregon and enjoys spending time with her family when she is not writing.

Eleanor Lerman


Eleanor Lerman, who lives in New York, is the author of six award-winning books of poetry, two collections of short stories, and two novels, most recently, Radiomen, released by The Permanent Press (2015). For over forty years, her short fiction and poetry has been widely published in numerous print and online publications. She is a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize (2006) from the Academy of American Poets and a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens


Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in the DC area. Her chapbook Clown Machine is forthcoming from Grey Book Press. Her first full length collection is forthcoming from Lucky Bastard Press.  Recent work can be seen or is forthcoming at Jet Fuel Review, Pith,Entropy, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Cider Press Review, Inter/rupture, and decomP. Visit: jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com/

Joshua Medsker


Josh Medsker’s work has appeared in many publications, including Red Savina Review, Penmen Review, Haiku Journal, Criminal Class Review, The Review Review, Seven Eleven Stories, and The Anchorage Press. Originally from Alaska, he lives and teaches in northern New Jersey. Photo Credit: Megan Barron.

Daniel Moore


Daniel Moore’s work has been widely published in journals such as The American Literary Review, Western Humanities Review, Cream City Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Rattle, River Styx and others.He currently has work in El Portal, Coe Review, Paper Nautilus, and Narrative Northeast. He has poems forthcoming in Dewpoint, Atticus Review, Cobalt Review, Wayne Literary Review, Assaracus Review, District Lit and Columbia Journal of Arts and Literature. He lives in Washington on Whidbey Island where he is working on his first book, “Waxing The Dents.”

Rich Murphy


Rich Murphy’s third book Americana was selected as the winner in the Prize Americana (2013) by The Institute for American Studies and Creative Writing. His  first book was The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press); second book Voyeur. Chapbooks include Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Books), Phoems for Mobile Vices (BlazeVox), Rescue Lines (Right Hand Pointing) and Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications). Recent poetry may be found in Pennsylvania Review, Former People, Fjord Review, E.ratio, Literati Quarterly, Otoliths, Euphony, The Straddler, James Dickey Review, Harbinger Asylum, Blast Furnace, and Blue Fifth Review, The International Journal of the Humanities and others.

Caleb Nelson

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Caleb Nelson is a poet living in the upper peninsula of Michigan. He is a Master of Fine Arts Poetry Candidate at Northern Michigan University, and Associate Poetry Editor of Passages North. His work is forthcoming in Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Stoneboat, Prick of the Spindle, and Cardinal Sins.

Lois Roma-Deeley

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Lois Roma-Deeley is the author of three collections of poetry: Rules of Hunger (2004), northSight (2006) and High Notes(2010)—a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her poems have been featured in numerous literary journals and anthologies such as Villanelles (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets), Spillway, Bellingham Review, Artful Dodge and many more. She is a recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts 2016 Artist Research & Development Grant loisroma-deeley.com/

Stan Sanvel Rubin


Stan Sanvel Rubin’s fourth full collection, There. Here., was published by Lost Horse Press (2013). His third, Hidden Sequel (2006), won the Barrow Street Book Prize. Works forthcoming in National Poetry Review, Red Savina Review, and Poetry Northwest. He lives on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

David Anthony Sam


David Anthony Sam is the grandson of Polish and Syrian immigrants. He has written poetry for over 40 years and has two collections, including Memories in Clay, Dreams of Wolves (2014). He lives in Virginia USA with his wife and life partner, Linda, and currently serves as president of Germanna Community College davidanthonysam.com. He’s had poems accepted by American Tanka, Artemis Journal, The Bacon Review, The Birds We Pile Loosely, Blue Heron Review, Buddhist Poetry Review, Carbon Culture Review, Clementine Poetry Journal, The Crucible, Empty Sink Publishing, FLARE: The Flager Review, From the Depths, Heron Tree, Hound, Literature Today. On the Rusk, Piedmont Virginian Magazine, The Scapegoat Review, Spirit Wind Poetry Gallery, The Summerset Review, These Fragile Lilacs, and The Write Place at the Write Time.

Elizabeth Savage

RSR’s Denise Levertov Memorial Poetry Prize Winner


Elizabeth Savage is the author of two books of poetry from Furniture Press, Idylliad and Grammar, and of a dossier chap recently published in Verse. She has another chapbook published by Dancing Girl Press slated for May, 2016. Savage lives, teaches, and writes in Fairmont, West Virginia.

D.N. Simmers


D.N. Simmers is an on line special editor with Fine Lines. He is in current issues of  the Poetry Salzburg Review and The Common Ground Review. Simmers is in six current anthologies. He was in the international anthology Van Gogh’s Ear, Paris France. On line in Your One Phone Call ( Wales).


Matt Tordoff

Matt Tordoff was born in South Dakota and raised in Minnesota.  He currently lives in England.   He has been writing for a number of years and his work has most recently appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Think, and Tar River Poetry.  Matt has been recently nominated for a Pushcart Award.

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