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The American Poetry Journal

Issue 16 Contributors

Catherine Maryse Anderson curates and connects her beloved Portland Maine community with the performing arts and creates her own written and visual montages while raising two young artists in the making! Her photography can be found at, her poetry and other musings on all of the above at 

Maggie Blake Bailey has poems published or forthcoming in Tar River, Ruminate, San Pedro River Review and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Bury the Lede, is available from Finishing Line Press and her full-length debut, Visitation, will be available from Tinderbox Editions in 2019. For more work, please visit  For more thoughts on writing and reading poetry, please follow @maggiebbpoet on Twitter.


Kevin Coyne is a poet in North Carolina State's MFA program, studying under Dorianne Laux, Joe Millar, and Eduardo Corral. His poem "On Mission in Haiti" won the 2018 North Carolina State University Poetry Contest judged by Marianne Boruch. You can find Kevin's poems in The Susquehanna Review, and you can find Kev ranting about the Boston Celtics and/or practicing his Chewbacca roar at your uncle's favorite dive bar or online @kev_coyne3


Chelsea Dingman is a Visiting Instructor at the University of South Florida. Her first book, Thaw, was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2017). Her chapbook, What Bodies Have I Moved, is new from Madhouse Press (2018). In 2016-17, she also won The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, The Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize, Water-~stone Review’s Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and The South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Her work can be found in Ninth Letter, The Colorado Review, Mid-American Review, Cincinnati Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others. Visit her website:


Lane Falcon's poems have been published in The American Poetry Journal, The Chattahoochee Review, December, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gargoyle, RHINO, The Journal, and more. She lives in Alexandria, VA, with her two children.


Faylita Hicks is a Black, queer writer, mobile photographer, performance and Hip-Hop artist from San Marcos, TX. She was 2009 Grand Slam Champion of the Austin Poetry Slam and member of the 2007 and 2008 Neo Soul Poetry Slam teams. Her manuscript was a finalist in the 2016 Write Bloody Book contest and 2012 Button Poetry Chapbook contest. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Kweli Journal, Ink & Nebula, Cosmonaut Avenue, Yes Poetry, AIPF Di-verse-city Anthology, and others. In 2015, she released her first Hip Hop EP, Collision City. She is the founder and creative director of Arrondi Creative Productions and an artist on the roster for Hip-Hop collective Grid Squid Entertainment.  She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College’s Low Residency program and her bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.  She is currently working on her manuscript, "GLOW" and a new EP, Neon Glow.


Dorianne Laux's most recent collections are The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award.  Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in January 2019.


Meghan McClure lives in California. Her work can be found in American Literary Review, Mid-American Review, LA Review, Water~Stone Review, Superstition Review, Bluestem, Pithead Chapel, Proximity Magazine, Boaat Press, Black Warrior Review, among others.  Her collaborative book with Michael Schmeltzer, A Single Throat Opens, was published by Black Lawrence Press; and her chapbook Portrait of a Body in Wreckages won the Newfound Prose Prize.


Laura Minor is the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Writers Spotlight Award at Florida State University, chosen by D.A. Powell. Her poetry has most recently appeared in O: JA&L, Fantastic Floridas (Burrow St. Press), Berfrois, Queen Mob's Tea House, Hobart, and Spring Gun Press. She was a Teacher’s College Fellow at Columbia University, the recipient of the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Award, where she received her MFA in poetry. She is also currently working on a third record (forthcoming) while she finishes her debut book of poems as a doctoral candidate in poetry at Florida State University.


Steve Mueske is an electronic musician and the author of a chapbook and two books of poetry. His poems have appeared recently in The Iowa Review, Water~Stone Review, Crab Orchard Review, Thrush, Redactions, Poet Lore, Blood Tree Literature, DMQ Review, and elsewhere. So Far, a 29-song retrospective of his electronic music (as “müesk”), was recently released by Pink Dolphin Music and can be streamed on Spotify.

Rajani Radhakrishnan is from Bangalore, India. Finding time and renewed enthusiasm for poetry after a long career in Financial Applications, she blogs at  Her poems have recently appeared in The Calamus Journal, The Lake, and Quiet Letter.


Michael Schmeltzer was born in Japan and eventually moved to the United States. He is the co-author (along with Meghan McClure) of the epistolary memoir, A Single Throat Opens, a lyric exploration of addiction and family, and Blood Song, a Washington State Book Award finalist in poetry.


Martha Silano is the author of four books of poetry, including Reckless Lovely and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, both from Saturnalia Books. She also co-edited, with Kelli Russell Agodon, The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for your Writing Practice. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Paris Review, and New England Review, among others. Saturnalia Books will release her fifth collection, Gravity Assist, in early 2019. Martha teaches at Bellevue College.


Angela Maria Spring is a first-generation Latinx of Panamanian and Puerto Rican descent. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she currently lives in Washington, D.C., where she owns Duende District, a bookstore by and for people of color, where all are welcome. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and her work has appeared in various publications, including Origins Journal, District Lines, Naugatuck River Review, and Tar River Poetry. You can find her online at @burquenaboricua on Twitter and @amw505 on Instagram.

Hannah VanderHart lives in Durham, NC. She has her MFA from George Mason University, and is currently at Duke University writing her dissertation on gender and collaboration poetics in the seventeenth century. She has poems and reviews recently published and forthcoming at The McNeese Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Unbroken Journal, Thrush, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and The Greensboro Review. More at

John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. An eleven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. Website: Facebook link:

Catherine Anderson
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