Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Recent work: Lighthead , which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2010. Cornelius Eady once said about Hayes: “First you’ll marvel at his skill, his near-perfect pitch, his disarming humor, his brilliant turns of phrase. Then you’ll notice the grace, the tenderness, the unblinking truth-telling just beneath his lines, the open and generous way he takes in our world.”
Hometown: Topeka, Kansas
Recent work: Mean Free Path (2010). He co-edits No: A Journal of the Arts, and an excerpt from his award-winning sonnets, titled, “Lichtenberg Figures” can be found here.
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
Recent work: Raptus (2010). Klink is currently on leave as the Briggs-Copeland Poet at Harvard University, and you can find one of her poems here.
Hometown: Buffalo, New York, but she’s lived in Chicago for the past 11 years and isn’t leaving anytime soon.
Recent work: The Red Rover Series, which is a reading series that was founded in 2005 by Amina Cain and Karmin and is now run by Karmin and Laura Goldstein. You can find a video of her reading her text-sound epic, “Aaaaaaaaaaalice,” here.
Resides in: Chicago, Illinois
Recent work: Janssen has finished a few chapbooks so far and co-edits the journal MoonLit with Claire McMahon, which is available at Drag City.
Beth Ann Fennelly
Hometown: Fennelly was born in New Jersey but grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois, and now makes her home in Oxford, Mississippi
Recent work: Booklist called Unmentionables (2008) “insouciant, sexy, funny, and dead-on.”
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Recent work: Seven Kitchens Press is re-issuing his chapbook, Slow To Burn, this July. As you can see above, Kelley is also a big fan of Pam Grier, and we love him for his unbridled devotion.
Resides in: Texas
Recent work: Utopia Minus (2011). Briante is currently working on a translation of Marosa di Giorgio’s poems for an anthology of Uruguayan poetry, and since we know absolutely nothing about Uruguayan poetry, we’re exited about this, and you should be too. She also wrote a great article a few years ago about Marfa, Texas in The Believer.
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Recent work: A Toast In The House of Friends (2009). Oliver passed away in February, which is a real shame. She’ll be remembered for founding the freaky and fabulous performance collective Sacred Naked Nature Girls and for her (in the least flaky sense of the word) energy.
Hometown: Danville, Kentucky
Recent work: The Common Man (2010). Manning’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, and you can read his poem, “The Foot Washing,” in the Cortland Review here. Or better yet, listen to him read it on the site and fall a little bit in love with his gentle Kentucky lilt.