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Sebastian Matthews is the author of a memoir, In My Father’s Footsteps (W. W. Norton, 2004), and two books of poetry, We Generous (2007) and Miracle Day: Mid-Life Songs (2012), both from Red Hen Press. His new hybrid collection of poetry and prose from Red Hen, Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision (2017), won the Independent Publishers Book Award’s silver medal.


Julie Suk is the author of five volumes of poetry and is co-editor of Bear Crossings, an anthology of North American poets. Her most recent book, Lie Down With Me: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2011 by Autumn House Press, and her work is forthcoming in the Cimarron Review, Great River Review, and Southern Poetry Review.

[Untitled]; Every machine has its parts; A hermit’s poem; & Small measures, big shadows

Bob Hicok’s ninth book, Hold, is just out from Copper Canyon Press.

A Scherzo for Sadness

Lynn Powell is the author of two books of poetry as well as a book of nonfiction, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor’s Zeal, and A Small Town’s Response (The New Press, 2010), which won the Studs and Ida Terkel Award. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Ohio Arts Council, Powell has lived in Ohio since 1990 and currently teaches at Oberlin College.

O’Neill; Wings; The Stem; & Doozie

Albert Goldbarth is the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, most recently Selfish (2015), Everyday People (2012), and The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems, 1972–2007 (2007), all from Graywolf Press. He has twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.

Good Riddance & The Good Host

Jim Heynen’s short-short stories have appeared frequently in The Georgia Review. A new collection of his short-shorts, Ordinary Sins: After Theophrastus, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2014. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.


E. B. Vandiver’s work has most recently appeared in the Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, and Shenandoah. A former Poe-Faulkner Fellow at the University of Virginia, she lives in North Carolina.

Don’t Let Me Come Home a Stranger

Mary Odden’s essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, Nimrod, and Northwest Review, and have been anthologized in Under Northern Lights: Writers and Artists View the Northern Landscape and elsewhere. She owned and ran a community newspaper in Glennallen, Alaska, the Copper River Record, for five years; she now works as an aviation dispatcher for the National Park Service during the summers and in the winter teaches English at Prince William Sound Community College.

“The Truth Is Never Really Enough”: Aslin’s Notes from Hugo’s Classes (with an introduction by Thomas Aslin)

Thomas Aslin holds a BA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of Montana, where he studied with the late Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and William Kittredge. Aslin’s most recent publications include a second edition of the poetry collection A Moon Over Wings (Tebot Bach, 2013) and a chapbook, Sweet Smoke (2006). Currently he is working on a collection of essays and memoir writing and is nearly finished with a book of poems titled “This, That, and the Other.”

Richard Hugo’s twenty-odd books (two of them posthumous) include The Lady in Kicking Horse Reservoir (1973), The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing (1979), The Right Madness on Skye (1980), and The Real West Marginal Way: A Poet’s Autobiography (1986). Born in White Center, Washington, on 21 December 1923, Hugo served as a bombardier in the Mediterranean during World War II. When he returned home he enrolled at the University of Washington, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in creative writing. After working as a technical writer at Boeing for thirteen years, Hugo was hired at the University of Montana, where he taught for almost eighteen years. He died on 22 October 1982, at the age of fifty-eight.

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