Best of the Net 2014  


Born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn, Amber Atiya is the author of the chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books, 2014). Her work has appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, Bone Bouquet, Boston Review, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and elsewhere. A 2012 Poets House Fellow, she is a member of a women's writing group that will be celebrating 13 years this spring.

Georgia Bellas is the fiction editor at Atticus Review. Her work appears in Lockjaw Magazine, Synaesthesia, Sundog Lit, Cartridge Lit, Bird's Thumb, WhiskeyPaper, The Collapsar, and [PANK], among other journals. You can follow her teddy bear, host of the award-winning Internet radio show "Mr. Bear's Violet Hour Saloon," on Twitter @MrBearStumpy.

Ash Bowen's work is forthcoming in Barn Owl Review and has appeared in New England Review, Best New Poets 2011, Blackbird, Quarterly West, and elsewhere in print and online. He is the co-managing editor of Linebreak. He teaches at University of Alabama.

Michelle Y. Burke is the author of Animal Purpose (forthcoming from Ohio University Press), winner of the 2015 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, and Horse Loquela (Red Mountain Review/Alabama School of Fine Arts), winner of the 2007 Red Mountain Review Chapbook Series Award. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, New Orleans Review, American Literary Review, Georgetown Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Hostos Community College in the Bronx and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

Jamison Crabtree is a Black Mountain Institute Ph.D. fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His first book, rel[am]ent, was awarded the Word Works' Washington Prize and will be published in the Spring of 2015.

Joanne Rocky Delaplaine is a Maryland native. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, (Winter 2014 featured poet, Walt Whitman, and Anti-War issues), Gargoyle, Innisfree Poetry Journal, International Poetry Quarterly, The Northern Virginia Review, Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller's Cabin 1984-2001, and elsewhere. Her poems have won first-place in The Bethesda Poetry Contest (2014) and The Northern Virginia Review (2012). She's taught workshops combing yoga and poetry at The Second Annual Mariposa Poetry Retreat, at Split This Rock Poetry Festival, and at Unity Woods Yoga Center where she teaches yoga.

Anne Delatte carries on her work and love affair with words in and around New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University, and her poems have appeared in delta journal, plain china, smoking glue gun, Belle Journal, New Delta Review, and DREGINALD.

James Flaherty's stories appear in H_NGM_N, Copper Nickel, and Hobart. He lives in Boston.

James Bigbee Garver (who prefers the title Sound Writer) creates sonic inventions, soundscapes and music for live performance, film and interactive media. His designs & compositions for theater and dance have been heard at numerous venues in New York City and Washington, DC, where he's currently based. More info at

Sarah Gerkensmeyer's story collection, What You Are Now Enjoying, was selected by Stewart O'Nan as winner of the 2012 Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and selected as winner of Late Night Library's Debut-litzer Award. A finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction, Sarah's stories and poetry have appeared in American Short Fiction, PANK, Guernica, Tweed's, The Massachusetts Review, BODY, and Hobart, among others. She received her MFA in fiction from Cornell University and now lives with her family in her home state of Indiana.

Megan Giddings is an MFA student at Indiana University and the Executive Editor of SmokeLong Quarterly. Her fiction is forthcoming from or has been recently published by Sou'wester, Wigleaf, Matchbook, and The Vestal Review.

Ting Gou lives and writes in Ann Arbor, where she is a student at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Bellevue Literary Review (finalist for the 2015 Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry), Midwestern Gothic, Ghost Ocean Magazine, and elsewhere.

Julia Heney is from Montpelier, Vermont. She lives in Baltimore and teaches creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, where she received her MFA in poetry in 2014.

Dennis Hinrichsen's most recent works are Skin Music, co-winner of the 2014 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press [forthcoming autumn 2015], and Electrocution, A Partial History, winner of the Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize from Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing and Art [forthcoming spring 2015]. His previous books include Rip-tooth (2010 Tampa Poetry Prize) and Kurosawa's Dog (2008 FIELD Poetry Prize). An earlier work, Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights, received the 1999 Akron Poetry Prize. New poems of his can be found in The Adroit Journal, Memorious, and Michigan Quarterly as well as a number of recent anthologies including Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry, New Poetry From the Midwest 2014, and Clash by Night (an anthology inspired by The Clash's London Calling).

Richie Hofmann's first collection of poems, Second Empire, comes out from Alice James Books in November 2015. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems appear in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and Poetry. Visit him online at

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins lives and teaches in St. Paul. She is the author of the chapbook OH NO EVERYTHING (Pockets Press 2015). Look for her work in Beloit Poetry Journal, Drunken Boat, Painted Bride Quarterly, Linebreak, PANK, and elsewhere.

Gina Keicher lives in Ithaca, NY, where she is a bookseller and feline enthusiast. She is the author of Wilderness Champion (Gold Wake Press) and the chapbook Here is My Adventure I Call It Alone (forthcoming from dancing girl press). She is an associate editor for Black Lawrence Press. Visit her online at

Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Pick of Fall 2014. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and is forthcoming or published in Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, jubilat, The Missouri Review, and Washington Square, among others. A Kundiman fellow, she holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Nate Marshall is a poet and rapper from the South Side of Chicago. He is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh 2015) and editor of The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket Books 2015). He can be found at @illuminatemics on Twitter.

Clay Matthews has published poetry in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. His most recent book, Pretty, Rooster (Cooper Dillon), is a collection of sonnets written in syllabics. His other books are Superfecta (Ghost Road Press) and RUNOFF (BlazeVox). He teaches at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN, and edits poetry for the Tusculum Review.

Caitlin McGuire's work has appeared in Redivider, Ninth Letter, Passages North, and River Teeth, and she is at work on a novel. You can find her at

Charles McLeod is the author of a novel, American Weather, and two collections of stories: National Treasures and Settlers of Unassigned Lands. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize, won The Iowa Review Fiction Award, and appeared in publications including Alaska Quarterly Review, Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, and The Southern Review. His website is

Ali Shapiro writes, teaches, and draws comics in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She's the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Vermont Studio Center, and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes in various denominations. Find her online at

Erica Sklar lives and writes in Providence and is wrapping up revisions on her first novel. You can find her work online at TheNewerYork and Barely South. She blogs at and can be reached at

Michael J. Soloway grew up picking oranges and catching lizards in the coral-colored breezeways of south Florida. Michael just finished a memoir, Share the Chameleon, about ending his family's cycle of abuse, as he becomes a father for the first time in his 40s. His nonfiction has appeared in Hippocampus, Brevity, Pithead Chapel, Serving House, Under the Gum Tree, and Split Lip Magazine. Michael's short essay, "Stick and Stones," was nominated for the 2013 Best of the Net Anthology. Michael has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and is also an accomplished playwright. The Pittsburgh New Works Festival produced his play, "I Love You, Lynn Swann," in 2013.

Johanna Stoberock's novel, City of Ghosts, was published by W.W. Norton. Her work has appeared in Better: Culture & Lit., Copper Nickel, 100 word story, and the Wilson Quarterly among other publications. Johanna has received residencies at the Corporation of Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Millay Colony. She was a 2012 Jack Straw Writing Fellow and received a 2013 Artist Trust GAP award. She lives in Walla Walla, Washington and teaches at Whitman College

Wyl Villacres is from Chicago. His work has been featured in One Throne, Big Truths, Wyvern Lit, and Whiskey Paper, among others. Follow Wyl on Twitter: @Wyllinois

G.C. Waldrep's most recent books are The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (Ahsahta, 2012), co-edited with Joshua Corey; a long poem, Testament (BOA Editions, 2015); and a chapbook, Susquehanna (Omnidawn, 2013). Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University, edits the journal West Branch, and serves as Editor-at-Large for The Kenyon Review.

Nicole Walker's Quench Your Thirst with Salt won the Zone 3 Award for Creative Nonfiction and was released in June 2013. She is the author of a collection of poems, This Noisy Egg (Barrow Street 2010) and edited, with Margot Singer, Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction, (Bloomsbury, 2013) and with Rebecca Campbell, 7 Artists, 7 Rings—an Artist's Game of Telephone for the Huffington Post. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment from the Arts, she's nonfiction editor at Diagram and Associate Professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona where it rains like the Pacific Northwest, but only in July.

Emily Yoon was born Jungmin Yoon in Korea. Her poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture, The Margins, Catch & Release, and others. She is pursuing her MFA at New York University, where she is an Award Editor for the Washington Square Review and a Starworks Fellow. You can find her online at