Sharif S. Elmusa

Sharif S. Elmusa is a poet, scholar and translator. Apart from academic publications, he is co-editor with Greg Orfalea of as Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry, and author of Flawed Landscape. His poems and essays appeared in numerous anthologies and print and online magazines, including most recently, The Massachusetts Review, Voxpopulisphere.com, The Indian Quarterly, and Jadaliyya.com He taught at the American University in Cairo for many years, at Georgetown University in Qatar, and at Yale.

Mark Melnicove

Mark Melnicove‘s books include The Uncensored Guide to Maine and Africa Is Not a Country. His poetry has been published recently in Agni, Gargoyle, Cafe Review, and The Maine Sunday Telegram. His collaboration with Terry Winters, Sometimes times, was first exhibited at Able Baker Gallery in Portland this spring. His papers are collected in the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives at Bowdoin College. He teaches creative writing at Falmouth High School.

Wendy Burk

Wendy Burk is the author of Tree Talks: Southern Arizona, a book of poetry from Delete Press. She is the translator of Tedi López Mills’s Against the Current, from Phoneme Media, and While Light Is Built, from Kore Press. With M.J. Fievre, she co-translated Magela Baudoin’s short story collection Sleeping Dragons, forthcoming from Schaffner Press in 2018. With Erica Quin-Easter and Eric Magrane, she co-wrote (F)light: a borderlands song cycle, premiered in Maine in 2011.

Jacques J. Rancourt

Jacques J. Rancourt is the author of Novena, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd prize (Pleiades Press, February 2017). He has held poetry fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, among others. He lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Jodi Paloni

Jodi Paloni is a writer and visual artist living in Pemaquid, Maine. Her collection of short fiction, They Could Live With Themselves (Press 53, 2016), explores the relationship her characters have to place, while her art reflects the solace she finds in nature. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School. Jodi teaches word and image workshops at Bird and Tree Studios.

Michelle Menting

Michelle Menting is the author of Leaves Surface Like Skin (Terrapin Books, September 2017) and two poetry chapbooks. She is recipient of awards from Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers’ conferences, Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and the National Park Service Artist-in-Residence program where she served as poet-in-residence on Isle Royale National Park. Her poems have appeared in American Life in PoetryCimarron ReviewThe Southeast Review, DIAGRAM, and Harpur Palate, among others. Originally from the northwoods of the Great Lakes region, she now lives near Hope, Maine.

Cate Marvin

Cate Marvin’s third book of poems is Oracle (Norton, 2015). A recent recipient of a Guggenheim Award, her work was chosen for Best American Poetry 2016 by guest editor Edward Hirsch. She recently relocated to Portland, Maine, from the New York City area, and now teaches creative writing at Colby College.