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AGAPE AUTHORS

Kazim Ali's books include five volumes of poetry, The Far Mosque, The Fortieth Day, Bright Felon, Sky Ward, the winner of the Ohio Book Award for Poetry in 2014, and All One's Blue: New and Selected Poems; three novels, Quinn's Passage, The Disappearance of Seth, and Wind Instrument; and three collections of essays, Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence, Fasting for Ramadan, and Resident Alien: On Border-crossing and the Undocumented Divine. He has translated books by Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi and Marguerite Duras. He is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and the director of the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College as well as the founding editor of the small press Nightboat Books.

Nandini Dhar is the author of the chapbook Lullabies Are Barbed Wire Nations (Two of Cups Press, 2015). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Chattahoochee Review, Grist, Tusculum Review, West Branch, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor of the journals Elsewhere and Aainanagar. Nandini hails from Kolkata, India, and divides her time between her hometown and Miami, Florida, where she currently works as an Assistant Professor of English at Florida International University.

Arielle Greenberg is the author of the poetry collections Slice, My Kafka Century, and Given, the creative nonfiction book Locally Made Panties, and the transgenre chapbooks Shake Her and Fa(r)ther Down. She is co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of Home/Birth: A Poemic, and co-editor of three anthologies, including Gurlesque, which will soon be out in an expanded digital edition co-edited with Becca Klaver. Arielle's poems and essays have been featured in Best American Poetry, Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today's Best Women Writers, and The Racial Imaginary. She writes a column on contemporary poetics for the American Poetry Review, and edits a series of essays called (K)ink: Writing While Deviant for The Rumpus. A former tenured professor in poetry at Columbia College Chicago, she lives in Maine and teaches in the community and in Oregon State University-Cascades' MFA.

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX, their home of 14 years. Author of four full-length books of poetry, her titles include As Long As Trees Last and Red Juice, Poems 1998-2008. Nguyen teaches at Ryerson University's Chang School, for Miami University's low residency MFA program, for the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College, and in a long-running, private poetics workshop. Violet Energy Ingots, also from Wave Books, will be published in the fall of 2016. She can be found on the web at hoa-nguyen.com.

Saba Syed Razvi is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, TX. Her poems have appeared journals and such as The Offending Adam, Diner, THEThe Poetry Blog, The Homestead Review, NonBinary Review, 10x3 plus, 13th Warrior Review, The Arbor Vitae Review, and Arsenic Lobster, among others, as well as in anthologies such as Voices of Resistance: Muslim Women on War Faith and Sexuality, The Loudest Voice Anthology: Volume 1, The Liddell Book of Poetry, and is forthcoming in Political Punch: The Poetics of Identity. She has been honored by James A. Michener, Fania Kruger, and Virginia C Middleton Fellowships. She earned a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing in 2012 at the University of Southern California. Her chapbook of poems Of the Divining and the Dead was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012, and her chapbook of poems Limerence is forthcoming from Chax Press.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma's Footsteps (Flipped Eye Publishing). Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, BOMB, Paris/Atlantic, and Listen Up! (One World Ballantine). Ekere has travelled across the United States sharing her poetry and ideas about healing. She has taught in New York, London, Amsterdam and Rundu, Namibia. Ekere earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She is a mother of three girls and an enthusiast of plant medicine making. Her cinepoems, herbal classes, and other work can be found at ekeretallie.com.


MORNING HOUSE AUTHORS

Margaret Bashaar's first book, Stationed Near the Gateway, was released by Sundress Publications in 2015, and she recently published her third chapbook, Rungs (Grey Book Press, 2015), written with Lauren Eggert-Crowe. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from journals such as New South, Rhino, The Southeast Review, Copper Nickel, and Menacing Hedge, among others. She lives in Pittsburgh, where she edits Hyacinth Girl Press and co-runs the award-winning arts anarchy event, FREE POEMS, with Rachael Deacon.

Herman Beavers is Professor of English and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in 20th Century African American literature and poetry writing. Most recently, he has published essays on Charles Johnson, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison. His most recent poems have appeared in The Langston Hughes Colloquy, MELUS, Versadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, The American Arts Quarterly, and been anthologized in The 2014 Anthology of Featured Poets and Obsession: Sestinas for the Twenty-First Century. He has just completed a scholarly monograph, Geography and the Political Imaginary in the Novels of Toni Morrison (forthcoming from Palgrave McMillan) and two poetry chapbooks, Obsidian Blues and The Vernell Poems. He serves as an advisory editor for The African American Review, The Black Scholar, and Modern Fiction Studies.

Samantha Duncan is the author of the chapbooks One Never Eats Four (ELJ Publications, 2014) and Moon Law (Wild Age Press, 2012), and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pinch, Fruita Pulp, Posit, and Flapperhouse. She serves as Executive Editor for ELJ Publications and reads for Gigantic Sequins. She lives in Houston and can be found at planesflyinglowoverhead.blogspot.com and @SamSpitsHotFire.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first full-length book, Before Isadore, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. She is an associate poetry editor for The Boiler Journal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the following: Salt Hill, Stirring, Versal, The Texas Observer, Devil's Lake, and Four Way Review, among others. Hardwick also has chapbooks out with Thrush Press and Mouthfeel Press.

Keith Jones is the author of the chapbooks the lucid upward ladder (finalist for Verse Magazine's Tomaž Šalamun Prize), Fugue Meadow (Ricochet Editions), and Surface to Air, Residuals of Basquiat (Pressed Wafer). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Flag + Void, Let the Bucket Down, Positive Magnets, Verse, and The Winter Anthology. Recent prose has appeared in Consequence Magazine and Stylus, the blog of the Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Katie Manning is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. She has received The Nassau Review Author Award for Poetry, and her writing has been published in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, So to Speak, Stirring, and elsewhere. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review, and she is an Assistant Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Find her online at katiemanningpoet.com.

T.A. Noonan is a queer writer, artist, educator, and priestess whose books include The Bone Folders, Petticoat Government, four sparks fall: a novella, and a forthcoming collection of radical translations, The Ep[is]odes: a reformulation of Horace. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Whiskey Island, LIT, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Ninth Letter, Phoebe, and Open Letters Monthly, among others. She lives in Florida and serves as an Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, the Development Director of the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press.

Steven Sanchez is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Lambda Literary Fellow, and was selected by Mark Doty as the winner of Marsh Hawk Press' 2016 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. He is the author of two chapbooks: To My Body (Glass Poetry Press) and Photographs of Our Shadows (Agape Editions). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Nimrod, Poet Lore, Crab Creek Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Cossack Review, among other journals.

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015) & Marys of the Sea (forthcoming 2016, ELJ Publications). She received her MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the chief editor for Luna Luna Magazine.


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