Best of the Net 2007  


Tamiko Beyer's work has appeared or will be forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Crab Creek Review, Gay and Lesbian Review, The Progressive, WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly), and Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Work by Asian American Women. She is a Kundiman Fellow. Beyer leads writing workshops for homeless LGBT youth through the New York Writers Coalition and works as a freelance writer.

Ron Carlson's most recent book is the novel Five Skies, (Viking 2007) chosen as one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times. His book on writing, Ron Carlson Writes a Story, was published by Graywolf also in 2007. Mr. Carlson is the director of the Graduate Program in Ficiton at the University of California, Irvine.

Adam Clay is the author of The Wash and a co-editor of Typo Magazine. He currently lives in Michigan.

Juliet Cook is a poet whose recent publication credits include Sein Und Werden, Wicked Alice, WOMB, Otoliths, DIAGRAM, and Prick of the Spindle, which she would like to thank for nominating her poem. Her personal/poetry blog is called CandyDishDoom. She is also the editor of Blood Pudding Press, which specializes in poetry and 'artsy little misfit offerings'. Her press blog is called Blood Pudding Press Latest Ooze. Juliet's latest poetry chapbook, 'Planchette' is available at here. 'Some Explanations for Fainting Goats' has also been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Michaela A. Gabriel lives in Vienna, Austria, where she helps adults acquire computer and English skills, and gets together with the muse as often as possible. She has been widely published online and in print. Her second chapbook, "the secret meanings of greek letters", was released in October 2007, and a collection co-written with Alex Stolis, "small confessions & pebbles of regret", is due out soon. When she's not writing, Michaela is reading, listening to music, taking photos, watching movies, blogging, playing scrabulous, communicating with friends, or travelling – usually several of these at the same time.

Barbara Goldberg is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Royal Baker’s Daughter, recipient of the 2008 Felix Pollak Poetry Prize and published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Her other prize-winning books include Berta Broadfoot and Pepin the Short, Cautionary Tales, and Marvelous Pursuit. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, and The Gettysburg Review. She also co-edited and translated poems in two anthologies of contemporary Israeli poetry. Among her honors are two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Art as well as awards in fiction, feature writing and speechwriting. Goldberg is senior speechwriter at AARP and teaches speechwriting, poetry, and translation at Georgetown University and at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Anne Haines is the recipient of a 2007-2008 Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission as well as the 2007 Agha Shahid Ali Scholarship in Poetry from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. Her chapbook, Breach, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (summer 2008). She lives in Bloomington, Indiana where she is a staff member in the Indiana University Libraries.

Matt Hart is the author of Who's Who Vivid and three chapbooks: Revelated, Sonnet, and Simply Rocket. He lives in Cincinnati where he edits Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety.

Benjamin Krier lives in Chicago.

Justin Lacour is a student at St. John's University School of Law in sunny Jamaica, Queens. His poems have appeared in Horseless Review, Backwards City, and Web Conjunctions.

Dorianne Laux was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her fourth book of poems, Facts about the Moon (W.W. Norton). Laux is also author of three collections of poetry from BOA Editions, Awake (1990), What We Carry (1994) and Smoke (2000). Co-author of The Poet's Companion, she’s the recipient of two Best American Poetry Prizes, a Best American Erotic Poems Prize, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has appeared in the Best of the American Poetry Review, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and she’s a frequent contributor to magazines as various as the New York Quarterly, Orion and Ms. Magazine, as well as a number on-line journals. For the last 15 years she has taught at the University of Oregon in Eugene and since 2004, at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program. In fall of 2008 she will join the faculty at North Carolina State University as a Poet-in-Residence.

Gregory Lawless is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop. His poems have appeared in Contrary, nth position, La Petite Zine and Stride. He currently teaches English at Sufolk University in Boston.

Ann Neuser Lederer's poems and creative nonfiction are published in her chapbooks Weaning the Babies (Pudding House, 2007), The Undifferentiated (Pudding House, 2003) and Approaching Freeze (Foothills, 2003), in print and online journals such as Diagram, XConnect, Brevity, MiPo, Kalliope, Wind and Diner and in anthologies such as Bedside Guide (No Tell Motel). She is employed as a visiting nurse.

LaTanya McQueen is currently in the MFA program at Emerson College. Among others, she has been published in BluePrint Review, The Summerset Review, Rumble, and the anthology Brevity and Echo: An Anthology of Short Short Stories by Rose Metal Press. She was also a finalist for the Robert Olen Butler Prize and her story was anthologized in the 2006 Robert Olen Butler Prize Stories by Del Sol Press.

Tim Poland lives and works in the New River Valley near the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia where he is a professor of English at Radford University. He’s the author of Escapee (America House, 2001), a collection of short fiction. His work has been published or is forthcoming in various literary magazines, such as North American Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Timber Creek Review, Literal Latté, The Furnace Review, Rattle, Main Street Rag, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Stickman Review, Appalachian Heritage, and others. He is the recipient of a Plattner/Appalachian Heritage Award, and his work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Derek Pollard currently teaches in the English Department at Syracuse University, where he is pursuing his Ph.D. He is also a contributing editor at Barrow Street. His poems and reviews appear in recent issues of American Book Review, Caketrain, Court Green, Diagram, No Tell Motel, and Pleiades, among others.

Kerri Quinn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Center for Writers at The University of Southern Mississippi. Her work has been featured in descant, the Apple Valley Review, Cutthroat Literary Journal, Rumble, and

Nanette Rayman Rivera, two time Pushcart nominee, is the author of a poetry collection, Project: Butterflies (Foothills Publishing) and a chapbook, alegrias (Lopside Press). She is the first winner of the Glass Woman Prize for non-fiction. Publications include Dragonfire, Berkeley Fiction Review, Worcester Review, Pedestal, The Pebble Lake Review, MiPOesias,, among others. She studied at Circle in the Square Theatre School, Gene Frankel Studios and had a full scholarship to Trinity Repertory Conservatory. She played a waitress on All My Children four times.

Renee Rossi lives in Dallas with her husband and two sons. She is an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat surgeon) and completed an MFA in creative writing (poetry) at Vermont College in July, 2007. Her poetry has appeared in Sojourn, TEX!, and the anthology Body Language.

Bill Teitelbaum's work has been published by literary journals such as Bayou, Crab Creek, Louisville Review, and the Oregon Literary Review, and by anthologies such as New Issues' Art of The One Act. Bill lives in Lincolnwood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Jane van Slembrouck lives in New York City, where she is pursuing her PhD in literature

Greg Wrenn's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Yale Review, Colorado Review, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Verse Daily, LIT, and The Laurel Review, among other journals. Most recently he attended the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference as a waiter and won an Academy of American Poets University Award. He's currently pursuing an MFA at Washington University in St. Louis.