Best of the Net 2009  


Kim Addonizio's fifth poetry collection, Lucifer at the Starlite, was recently published by W.W. Norton. She also has two books on writing poetry: The Poet's Companion (co-authored with Dorianne Laux) and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within. She teaches privately in Oakland, CA and online. Visit her website at

Mary Biddinger is the author of Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007) and the chapbook Saint Monica (forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press). Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts, The Collagist, Copper Nickel, diode, Gulf Coast, The Journal, Passages North, and many other journals. She is the editor of the Akron Series in Poetry, and co-editor, with John Gallaher, of the new Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. She also edits Barn Owl Review, and directs the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Deborah Bogenís latest book, Let Me Open You a Swan, won the Antivenom Prize from Elixir press. Her first collection, Landscape with Silos, was a National Poetry Series finalist and winner of the 2005 XJ Kennedy Poetry Prize. Her poems and reviews appear widely. She and her husband, the Philosopher of Science, Jim Bogen, live in Pittsburgh, PA where, for the past decade, sheís run free writing workshops. You can visit her website at

Rachel Bunting is a born and bred South Jersey girl currently living between the Delaware River and the Pine Barrens. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, selected for Dzanc Books Best of the Web Anthology, and can be found in various print and online journals. She is currently working on her first full-length manuscript. Her website is here:

Krishan Coupland was born in Southampton, England, and now studies at Staffordshire University. His work has appeared in Brittle Star, Aesthetica and 3AM Magazine. Learn more at his website:

Oliver de la Paz is the author of three collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007), and the forthcoming Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry chosen by Martin Espada. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award and a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, his work has appeared in journals like Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House, Chattahoochee Review, and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He teaches at Western Washington University.

Matthew Dickman was born in Portland, Oregon. His first collection, All-American Poem (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), received the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Award. In addition, Dickman has received fellowships for his work from the Michener Center for Writers, the Vermont Studio Centers, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He lives and works in Hudson, New York.

Matt Donovan is the author of Vellum, which won the Bakeless Literary Publication Prize in Poetry, and the 2008 Larry Levis Reading Prize. His poems have been published in many literary journals, including Poetry, Agni, The American Poetry Review, Threepenny Review, Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review and Ontario Review. Donovan has been the recipient of both a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Pushcart Prize. He currently directs and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the College of Santa Fe.

Leslie Harrison's first book, Displacement won the 2008 Bakeless Prize in poetry and was published last July by Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. You can find poems in journals including Poetry, The New Republic, Memorious, Barn Owl Review, Sewanee Theological Review and elsewhere. She lives and writes in a tiny town in rural western Massachusetts.

Paul Hostovsky's poems have won a Pushcart Prize, the Muriel Craft Bailey Award from The Comstock Review, and chapbook contests from Grayson Books, Riverstone Press, Frank Cat Press, and Split Oak Press. He has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The Writer's Almanac, and Best of the Net 2008. He has two full-length collections, Bending the Notes (2008), and Dear Truth (2009), both from Main Street Rag. He works in Boston as a sign language interpreter.

Anna Journey is the author of the collection, If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. Her poems are published in a number of journals, including American Poetry Review, FIELD, and Kenyon Review, and her essays appear in Blackbird, Notes on Contemporary Literature, and Parnassus.

Leslie LaChance lives in rural Northwest Tennessee where she teaches literature, writing and yoga. Her poems have appeared in The Apple Valley Review, The Greensboro Review, Juked, The Birmingham Poetry Review, and Broadsided. When she's not teaching or writing, she's rambling the back roads watching the sky come down over the soybean fields.

Iris A. Law will receive her M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame in May 2010. She is the editor of Lantern Review: A Journal of Asian American Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in a number of online publications, including Kartika Review and Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, and is forthcoming in LUMINA.

Al Maginnes is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Ghost Alphabet (White Pine Press 2008) which won the 2007 White Pine Poetry Prize and Between States, a chapbook forthcoming from Main Street Rag Press. A former recipient of a fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council, his poems appear widely. He lives with his family in Raleigh, North Carolina and teaches composition, literature and creative writing at Wake Technical Community College.

Adrian Matejkaís first collection of poems, The Devilís Garden, won the 2002 Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was published by Penguin Books in 2009. In addition to Anti-, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry 2010, Crab Orchard Review and Pleiades. He teaches at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Erin Murphy's most recent books are Dislocation and Other Theories (Word Press, 2008) and Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets (State University of New York Press, 2010). "Collecting Sea Shells, You Don't Stop" is from her forthcoming poetry collection, Word Problems, which will be published by Word Press in 2011. She teaches English and creative writing at the Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College.

Alix Ohlin is the author of The Missing Person, a novel, and Babylon and Other Stories. She teaches at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

M.O. Walsh is a fiction writer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His first book, the short story collection The Prospect of Magic won the 2009 Tartt's First Fiction Prize and was just released in hard and paperback by Livingston Press. His other stories have appeared in Oxford American, Epoch, and American Short Fiction, and have been anthologized in Best New American Voices and Bar Stories. More information is available at He currently teaches at Louisiana State University where he lives with his wife Sarah, daughter Magnolia, dog Gus, and is happy.

As a teenager, Lafayette Wattles nearly stepped on an alligator. It was a very large alligator. When he was twenty-six, he read his first poems outside a classroom setting and discovered the wonders of poetry. He would have rather stepped on that old alligator than have missed out on the beauty of verse another day. His work has been nominated for the 2010 Pushcart, 2009 Best New Poets, and 2008 Best of the Net Anthology and has appeared or is forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry Review, 13th Warrior Review, Eclectica, and Plain Spoke among others.