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The Authors at Cooper Dillon

Laura Cherry Portrait

Laura Cherry's chapbook, What We Planted, was awarded the 2002 Philbrick Poetry Award by the Providence Athenaeum. She is co-editor of the anthology Poem, Revised (Marion Street Press). Her work has been published in journals including Asphodel, Argestes, Forklift: Ohio, H_NGM_N, Agenda, and The Vocabula Review. It has also appeared in the anthologies Present Tense (Calyx Press), and Vocabula Bound (Marion Street Press). She received an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives near Boston, where she works as a technical writer.

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Jill Alexander Essbaum Portrait

Jill Alexander Essbaum's publications include the full-length collections Heaven, Harlot, and Necropolis, and a chapbook of sonnets, Oh Forbidden. Her poems have appeared in religious journals, hoity-toity journals, online journals, formalist journals, and erotic publications. She is a 2013 NEA Fellow in Poetry, and is obsessed with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, her five cats, puns, sex, Old Time Radio, and God. And: Words. An associate editor for the online journal Anti-, and a blogger for the Best American Poetry blog, she's presently at work on a novel vaguely based on the time she spent living in Zürich, Switzerland. She believes most firmly that wit trumps irony, clever beats disaffected, and, in all things, sincerity is key. Find her at

Click here for Jill Alexander Essbaum's The Devastation.

Melody S Gee Portrait

Melody S. Gee was born in Taiwan and raised in Cerritos, California. Her first poetry collection, Each Crumbling House, won the 2010 Perugia Press Book Prize. Recent poems and essays appear in Copper Nickel, The Book of Scented Things Anthology, Spillway, and Boxcar Poetry Review. She holds degrees in English from the University of California Berkeley and the University of New Mexico, and has been awarded a Robert Watson Literary Prize and a Kundiman Poetry Retreat Fellowship. Currently, she teaches developmental writing at St. Louis Community College, and lives with her husband and two daughters in Missouri. Find her online at

Click here for Melody S. Gee's The Dead in Daylight.

Clay Matthews Portrait

Clay Matthews has published two previous full-length collections: Superfecta (Ghost Road Press, 2008) and Runoff (BlazeVox Books, 2009). He's also published a couple chapbooks, and a handful of poems and etc. in journals such as The American Poetry Review, Willow Springs, Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. He completed his Ph.D. in creative writing at Oklahoma State in 2008, and he's now teaching at Tusculum College outside of Greeneville, TN, where he also edits poetry for The Tusculum Review. He's got some poems floating around out there in the internet he'd love for you to look up and introduce yourself to, and he always enjoys hearing from folks. Drop him a line sometime.

Click here for Clay Matthew's Pretty, Rooster.

William Matthews was born in Cincinati in 1942. He studied at Yale and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his lifetime he published eleven books of poetry, including Time & Money (1996), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Selected Poems and Translations 1969-1991 (1992); Blues If You Want (1989); A Happy Childhood (1984); Rising and Falling (1979); Sticks and Stones (1975); and Ruining the New Road (1970). Collections published posthumously include Search Party: Collected Poems, edited by his son Sebastian Matthews and Stanley Plumly (2004), After All: Last Poems (1998), and New Hope for the Dead (2010). He was also the author of a book of essays entitled Curiosities (1989).

William Matthews served as president of The Associated Writing Programs and of the Poetry Society of America, and as a member and chair of the Literature Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. He received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Lila Wallace- Reader's Digest Fund, and in April 1997 he was awarded the Ruth Lilly Prize. He taught at numerous schools, including, in his last years, the City College of New York. William Matthews died of a heart attack on November 12, 1997, the day after his fifty-fifth birthday.

Click here for William Matthew's Ruining the New Road.

Gary L McDowell Portrait

Gary L. McDowell was born and raised in suburban Chicago. He earned a BA in English from Northern Illinois University, an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in Contemporary American Poetics from Western Michigan University. Currently, he's an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. His first collection of poems, American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), won the 2009 Orphic Prize. He is also the author of two chapbooks, They Speak of Fruit (Cooper Dillon, 2009) and The Blueprint (Pudding House, 2005) and is co-editor, with F. Daniel Rzicznek, of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press, 2010). His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in various literary journals, including Colorado Review, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, Mid-American Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, and Quarterly West. He lives near Nashville, TN with his wife and their two young kids, Auden and Jorie. Find him online at

Click here for Gary L. McDowell's They Speak of Fruit.

Sara Pennington

Sara Pennington is a native of West Virginia. She lives in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, where she is a community organizer. She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Marshall University, Ohio University, and Florida State University, from which she received her Ph.D. She has had poems published in The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals. This is her first chapbook.

Click here for Sara Pennington's The Primer of Zinnie Lucas.

Richard Pierce

Richard Pierce is an Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University. Born and raised in rural western New York, he earned his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature from Texas Tech University, where he was a Chancellor’s Fellow. He also holds an M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. His poems have appeared in Tar River Poetry, New South, Ninth Letter, Poet Lore, Relief, and Birmingham Poetry Review. He has received scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Image Magazine’s GlenWest Workshop, and he has served as Managing Editor of Iron Horse Literary Review and Assistant Editor of Ninth Letter.

Click here for Richard Pierce's The Book of Mankey.

Nate Pritts Portrait

Nate Pritts is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sweet Nothing (Lowbrow Press). POETRY Magazine called his third book, The Wonderfull Yeare, "rich, vivid, intimate, and somewhat troubled" while The Rumpus called Big Bright Sun, his fourth book, "a textual record of mistakes made and insights gleaned...[in] a voice that knows its part in self-destruction." His poetry and prose have been widely published, both online and in print, at places like Southern Review, Columbia, Washington Square, Gulf Coast, Boston Review and Rain Taxi where he frequently contributes reviews. He is the founder and principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal and small press. Find him online at

Click here for Nate Pritts's The Wonderfull Yeare.

F. Daniel Rzicznek Portrait

F. Daniel Rzicznek earned a BA in English from Kent State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. His chapbook of prose poems, Cloud Tablets, was published by Kent State University Press in 2006 as part of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Series. In 2007, he won the May Swenson Poetry Award for his debut full-length collection, Neck of the World. In 2009 his second collection of poems, Divination Machine, appeared on the Free Verse Editions imprint of Parlor Press. His individual poems have been published in The New Republic, Boston Review, Orion, Shenandoah, AGNI, The Iowa Review, and Mississippi Review, among others, and have been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. He teaches English composition and creative writing at Bowling Green State University. He lives with his wife, the writer Amanda McGuire, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Visit his personal site.

Click here for F. Daniel Rzicznek's Vine River Hermitage.

Susannah Sheffer Portrait

Susannah Sheffer is staff writer at the national organization Murder Victims’ Families for Human Rights, and she also works with teenagers, helping them to understand their lives through writing. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, and her most recent book is Fighting for Their Lives: Inside the Experience of Capital Defense Attorneys (Vanderbilt University Press, 2013). Visit her personal site.

Click here to read Susannah Sheffer's This Kind of Knowing.

Adam Stutz's Portrait

Adam Stutz is a poet whose work has appeared in Cultural Society, Prelude, White Stag, A Sharp Piece of Awesome,The Equalizer 2.0., and is forthcoming in Be About It. When he isn’t working as a professional desk jockey, he is co-curating the Non-Standard Lit Reading Series with Mark Wallace. He currently resides in San Diego, CA, and can be found at

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