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The American Poetry Journal

Issue 14 Contributors

M. J. Arlett holds an MFA from Florida International University where she was the nonfiction editor for Gulf Stream Magazine. She was born in the UK, spent several years in Spain, and now lives in Miami. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Boiler, Lunch Ticket, Mud Season Review, Poet Lore, Rust + Moth, Tinderbox Poetry, and elsewhere. 

Tina Barry is the author of Mall Flower, poems and short fiction. Her writing appears in numerous literary journals and anthologies including The Best Small Fictions 2016; Drunken Boat; Blue Fifth Review; and Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction. She has been nominated for two Pushcart Prize and several Best of the Net awards. Tina received an M.F.A. from Long Island University, Brooklyn. She is a teaching artist at The Poetry Barn and a writing tutor at SUNY Ulster. Find her at
Carolee Bennett is an artist and poet living in Upstate New York, where – after a local, annual poetry competition – she has fun saying she was the “almost” poet laureate of Smitty’s Tavern. She has an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from Ashland University in Ohio and works full-time as a writer in social media marketing. You can follow her at her blog Good Universe Next Door or on Twitter, @caroleebennett.
Ash Bowen is the author of The Even Years of Marriage (Dream Horse Press). Other work has appeared in Passages North, New England Review, Best New Poets, Verse Daily, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere online and in print. He lives in North Dakota where he is an assistant professor at Minot State University. #resist
Barbara Danin studied painting and printmaking at Arcadia University, receiving a BFA, and the University of Pennsylvania, earning an MFA. She has exhibited at numerous galleries in the Philadelphia area, a few of which are the Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial, Abington Art Center, Print Club, Third Street Gallery, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Art in City Hall. Her work has also been exhibited across the United States and was included in the French movie Escalier C.  Her watercolors piece together shards of information that create relationships between past/present, the realms of spirit and earth, abstract/representational, and inner and outer realities. Barbara attempts to create visual journeys that resonate with life-affirming memories and themes offering solace, refuge, and meditative spaces.  She draws inspiration from numerous and widely varying sources: the distant past, the present moment, the natural world, her travels and collection of vessels, memories and meditations, and different cultures including American Indian, Chinese, and Celtic. Her website:


Donavon Davidson is the author of The Last Place on Earth (2017) and Everything is Conditional Love Poems (2016), published by Empty City Press, and the nominee for a Pushcart Prize.  His poems have appeared in many online and print journals, including Spork, Clockhouse, Thirteen Myna Birds, Anti-, Stirring, Bird's Thumb, Sink Review, InDigest, Blood Lotus, decomP, Black Heart, Dressing Room, Pirene’s Fountain, Identity Theory, ditch, FRiGG, Softblow, Juked, Pedestal, MiPOesias, Prick of the Spindle, Word Riot, and many others.  


An Australian native, Lara Egger's poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Painted Bride Quarterly, Confrontation, Arts & Letters, Free State Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, and currently lives in Boston where she co-owns and operates a Spanish tapas bar.

Lane Falcon's poems have been published recently in Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Chattahoochee Review, December, RHINO, and more. She lives in Alexandria, VA, with her two young children. 
Jules Gibbs is the author of a book of poems, Bliss Crisis (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2012), and a chapbook, The Bulk of the Mailable Universe (Dancing Girl Press, 2011). She has been a fellow at the Ucross Foundation, VCCA, and the Willapa Bay Artist in Residency program; and her essays and poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Forklift Ohio, Plume Poetry, Gulf Coast Journal, H_NGM_N, Barrow Street, Salt Hill Journal, Better Magazine, Verse Daily, and the Best New Poets anthology, among other places. Jules lives in Syracuse, NY, where she teaches literature and creative writing at Syracuse University.
Matthew Hittinger is the author of The Masque of Marilyn, The Erotic Postulate, Skin Shift, and the chapbook Pear Slip. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program where he won a Hopwood Award. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, has been adapted into art songs; and in 2012 Poets & Writers Magazine named him a Debut Poet on their 8th annual list. Matthew lives in New York City. Website:
Lorraine Henrie Lins is the author of All the Stars Blown to One Side of The Sky, Delaying Balance, and I Called It Swimming, and is the Director of New and Emerging Poets with Tekpoet. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, as well as several online journals and collections. Born and raised in the suburbs of Central New Jersey, the self-professed Jersey Girl now resides outside of Philadelphia with her family and several dogs where she has since learned to pump gas. Her website:
Loren Moreno is a journalist and writer from Honolulu, Hawaii, currently living in New York City. He is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing Program at The New School. His poetry chapbook STILL THE WATERS is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He is also the author of the chapbook AARON & KEONI (Gertrude Press, 2013) and the founder of Atomic Theory Micro Press.
Jeffrey Morgan is the author of Crying Shame (BlazeVOX [Books], 2011). More recently, his poems have appeared in Copper Nickel,The Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, Sixth Finch, Slice, and Verse Daily. You can sometimes find him at


Steve Mueske is an electronic musician and the author of a chapbook and two books of poetry. His poems have recently appeared in The Iowa Review, Water~Stone Review, Thrush, Poet Lore, Redactions, and elsewhere.

Pamela Johnson Parker works in the Department of Art & Design at Murray State University. Her poems, essays, and short fiction have been published in such journals as Iron Horse Literary Review, diode, Alligator Juniper, and Gamut, and in the anthologies Language Lessons Vol. 1 (Third Man Press, Nashville) and Best New Poets 2011.  A novel manuscript, "Horn & Hardart," is currently making the rounds. 

Martha Silano’s books include Reckless Lovely and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, both from Saturnalia Books, and, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts For Your Writing Practice. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, New England Review, and American Poetry Review, among others. Martha edits the Seattle-based journal, Crab Creek Review, curates Beacon Bards, a quarterly poetry reading series in South Seattle, and teaches at Bellevue College. More of Martha's work can be found at; her Twitter handle is @marthasilano

Amy Bracken Sparks is the author of serious red and queen of cups and has had poems published in American Poetry Review, Art Crimes, Barn Owl Review, Denver Quarterly, DMQ Review, Gargoyle, Harpur Palate, Hobble Creek Review, mirage period(ical), Nimrod, Pleiades, Southern Poetry Review, wicked alice, and others. She is the recipient of three Ohio Arts Council fellowships and a residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts and works as an editor at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Cyril Wong is a poet, fictionist, and critic in Singapore. His last book of poems was The Lover's Inventory (Math Paper Press, 2015).
Barbara Danin
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