Best of the Net 2012  


Elizabeth Ashe received an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University, and an MFA in Multidisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was an Associate Editor for Fourth River. Her work has appeared in Flycatcher, The Legendary, Vagabondage Press, Battered Suitcase, Glass: A Literary Journal, Open Wide, and Birds Eye reView, among others. She is a travelholic foodie and Patent Manager for Equal Worlds, a developer of green design, public art projects. Ashe lives in Washington, DC. For more visit her website or blog.

Dale Bridges is a fiction writer, essayist, and freelance journalist living in Boulder, Colorado. His writing has appeared in more than twenty magazines, newspapers, journals, and websites. He has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Currently, he is working on a memoir. Please visit to read more of his work.

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. Slow Lightning, his first book, won the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, he lives in NYC. You can find him online at

David J. Daniels is the author of two chapbooks, Breakfast in the Suburbs (Seven Kitchens, 2012) and Indecency, winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. His first full-length collection, Clean, won the Four Way Books Intro Prize and will be published in 2014. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Pleiades, The Laurel Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in the University Writing Program at the University of Denver.

John Harvey directs the Center for Creative Work at The Honors College, University of Houston, where this year he will premier an adaptation of Homer's Iliad. He also serves as Resident Playwright for Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company.

Mary Beth Ferda recently moved to Huntington, West Virginia, where she works as a licensed massage therapist. "Dinah at Watch" is part of a series written in response to Genesis 34. Poems from this collection appear in Green Mountains Review, NANO Fiction, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Fence.

Jessica Fjeld is the author of The Tide (Pilot Books, 2010) and On animate life (Poetry Society of America, 2006), for which she received the New York Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The Boston Review, Conduit, Sixth Finch, jubilat, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and now studies law in New York City, where she is the managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts.

Matt Hart is the author of four books of poems, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012). A fifth collection, Debacle Debacle, is forthcoming from H_NGM_N BKS in 2013. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.

Chloe Honum's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paris Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, The Journal, Plume, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and winner of The Missouri Review's Audio Contest in poetry. She has also received fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony, the Kerouac House of Orlando, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Currently, she is a doctoral fellow at Texas Tech University. Visit her online at

Scott Johnson has spent much of the last decade in the Middle East, covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and in Africa, reporting on politics and current affairs. He has been the chief of Newsweek's Mexico, Baghdad, and Africa bureaus, as well as a special correspondent from Paris. He was part of the team that contributed to Newsweek's 2003 National Magazine Award for reportage of the Iraq war, and in 2004 the Overseas Press Club honoured his reports on Latin America. His work has been featured in publications such as Granta, Guernica, The New York Times, and National Geographic Explorer. In May, W.W Norton will publish his first book, The Wolf and the Watchman, an account of his life with a CIA father.

Saeed Jones received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University Newark. His chapbook When The Only Light is Fire is available from Sibling Rivalry Press. His work has appeared in publications such as Ebony, The Rumpus, Guernica, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Quarterly West. He is the recipient of fellowships from Queer / Arts / Mentors and Cave Canem and several Pushcart Prize nominations. In February 2013, he will join BuzzFeed as the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT.

Originally from Cleveland, Matt Kilbane currently lives, writes and teaches in Indiana, where he also serve as the Co-Poetry Editor for Sycamore Review.

Gerry LaFemina is the author of several collections of poetry and prose poetry, most recently the full length collection Vanishing Horizon (Anhinga, 2011) and the chapbook Steam Punk (Smalls Books, 2012). A new collection of prose poems, Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist is forthcoming this year from Mayapple Press. He directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University where he is an Associate Professor. He divides his time between New York and Maryland.

Rob MacDonald lives in Boston and is the editor of Sixth Finch. His poems can be found in Gulf Coast, Octopus, iO, notnostrums, Sink Review, H_NGM_N, and other journals.

Hannah Oberman-Breindel has worked as a high school track coach, editorial assistant, cabaret singer, press agent, legislative aide and dog walker. She is currently an MFA-candidate at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has appeared in Boxcar Poetry Review, Stirring, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere. She also serves as poetry editor for the magazine, Devil's Lake.

Katharine Rauk is the author of the chapbook Basil (Black Lawrence Press 2011). She has poems published in Harvard Review, Georgetown Review, Harpur Palate, Cream City Review, and elsewhere, and she is assistant editor of Rowboat: Poetry in Translation. Her poems have been choreographed by dancers as part of Sandbox Theatre's word/move project as well as performed by the musicians of Willamette University Jazz Collective. She lives in Minneapolis and teaches at North Hennepin Community College.

James Valvis is the author of How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books, 2011). His work has appeared in journals such as Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, LA Review, Nimrod, Rattle, River Styx, Waccamaw, and scores of others. His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry website. A Jersey kid and former US Army soldier, he now lives near Seattle with his wife and daughter.

Gina Vozenilek is indebted to her grandfathers—Peter (featured here) and Emilio, who appears in an essay that won the 2012 AWP Intro Journals Project and is forthcoming from the Tampa Review. Vozenilek's work has also been anthologized in Body and Soul (U. Toronto, 2011) and published in journals such as Ars Medica, Brain,Child, Notre Dame Magazine, Literal Latte, and elsewhere. A former editor at Sport Literate, she holds an MA in literature from the University of Iowa and is finishing her MFA at Northwestern.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1988, Ocean Vuong is the author of the chapbook Burnings (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010), which was selected by the American Library Association's "Over The Rainbow" list of recommended LGBT reading. A Kundiman fellow, he is a recipient of the Asian American Literary Review's À Lettre Fellowship, the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Connecticut Poetry Society's Al Savard Award, as well as six Pushcart Prize nominations. Poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Verse Daily, RHINO, Southern Indiana Review, Guernica, South Dakota Review, and Passages North, amongst others. Find him at

Sidney Wade's sixth collection of poems, Straits & Narrows, will be published by Persea Books in April 2013. She has served as President of AWP and Secretary/Treasurer of ALTA and has taught workshops in Poetry and Translation at the University of Florida's MFA@FLA program since 1993. She is the poetry editor of Subtropics.

Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. Wicker's awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and The Fine Arts Work Center. A 2012 Image Award Nominee and Poet's and Writer's Debut Poet, Wicker's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, and The Journal, among other magazines. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.

Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013) and two chapbooks: The Hero Poems (H_NGM_N) and I Was Not Even Born (Coconut Books, 2013), a collaboration with Nick Sturm. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, DIAGRAM, Columbia Poetry Review, MAKE, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor and publisher of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books, and co-curator of the jubilat / Jones reading series. Read more about her at her website.