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Ravi Shankar, Founding Editor

Ravi Shankar is Poet-in-Residence and Associate Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, Chairman of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust and the founding editor of Drunken Boat. He has published or edited seven books of poems, including Deepening Groove, Radha Says, Seamless Matter, Voluptuous Bristle, Wanton Textiles, and Instrumentality. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond (W.W Norton & Co.), called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize, been featured in The New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared on the BBC and NPR, and has performed his work around the world. He is currently on the faculty of the first international MFA Program at City University of Hong Kong.

Erica Mena, Managing Editor

Erica Mena is a poet, translator, and book artist. She holds an MFA in literary translation from The University of Iowa and an MFA in poetry from Brown University. Her chapbook Featherbone is forthcoming from Ricochet Editions. Her translation of the classic Argentine sci-fi graphic novel The Eternonaut is forthcoming from Fantagraphics. Her work has appeared in PANK, Vanitas, Versal, Asymptote, Two Lines, Words without Borders, PEN America, The Iowa Review and The Kenyon Review, among others. She is the managing director of the American Literary Translators Association, and the founding editor of Anomalous Press, and blogs at alluringlyshort.com.

Emily Vizzo, Assistant Managing Editor

Emily Vizzo is a San Diego writer and educator who recently completed her MFA in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. An August 2013 resident at the Vermont Studio Center, her work has recently appeared in FIELD, North American Review, Ellipsis and Jet Fuel Review. Her essay, “A Personal History of Dirt,” was listed as a notable essay for Best American Essays 2013. A National Writing Project fellow with the San Diego Area Writing Project, she teaches yoga at the University of San Diego. 

Jesse Saldana, Assistant Editor

Jesse Saldana is finishing his MFA in poetry at the University of Washington. In Seattle he works with Wave Books. Before moving west he attended the University of Virginia, where he ran two reading series, was editor of the lit mag Glass, Garden, and worked with LOOK3. This past summer he worked as a counselor and instructor at U. Va.'s Young Writer's Workshop.

Rose McNeill, Intern

Rose McNeill is a poet, journalist, fiction writer and aspiring novelist. She recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in English Creative Writing. She has reported for the the UD Review, the Cecil Whig, and the Newark Post. Her poetry and photography has appeared in Caesura and the Main Street Journal. This past spring her poem was selected as one of five to be featured as part of a display of "Random Acts of Poetry" across the University of Delaware campus.

Production Team: María José Gimenez, Gregg Schroeder, Kathryn Henion, Nicholas Wong, Candy Shue, Carly Greenberg

Sybil Baker, Fiction Editor

Sybil Baker is the author of The Life Plan, Talismans, and Into This World. She spent twelve years teaching in South Korea before returning to the States in 2007. She is an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she serves as the Assistant Director of the Meacham Writers’ Workshop. A recent recipient of a MakeWork grant for Chattanooga, she teaches in the first international MFA program at City University of Hong Kong and at the Yale Writers’ Conference. She is Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat.

Holly Wendt, Assistant Fiction Editor

Holly M. Wendt teaches writing and literature at Casper College and is the director of the Equality State Book Festival. She is a 2013 recipient of an Artist Fellowship from the Jentel Foundation and will be a 2014 Robert and Charlotte Baron Creative and Performing Artist and Writers Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared at Memorious, The Rumpus, Classical Magazine, and others.

Fiction Readers: Sreedhevi Iyer, Jason Stocks, Sarah Yu, Kathryn Henion

Erin Wilcox, Nonfiction Editor

Erin Wilcox is a writer, poet, editor, and musician. Her creative work has been featured in numerous literary journals including Praxis: Gender and Cultural Critiques, Spiral Orb, Stoneboat, and Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska. Her story “Half a World Away,” published in Crack the Spine Literary Journal, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. A founder of the Editorial Freelancers Association's Arizona chapter and former copyeditor for Alaska Quarterly Review, Erin maintains a vigorous freelance editorial practice and writes for various trade and scholarly publications such as Copyediting and Text: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses.

Gregg Schroeder, Assistant Nonfiction Editor

Gregg Schroeder is a writer and editor. He earned his MFA in fiction from City University of Hong Kong and his undergraduate degree in journalism from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Calif. He is the coordinator for the Tongzhi Literary Group promoting LGBTIQ writing in Hong Kong. His creative work recently appeared in The New Guard and he is now scribbling short stories.

Nonfiction Readers: Nina Feng, Hayley Katzen

​Nonfiction Intern: Alexandra Besket

Michelle Chan Brown, Poetry Editor

Michelle Chan Brown’s Double Agent was the winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, The Missouri Review, Witness and other journals and anthologies. A Kundiman fellow and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Michelle has received scholarships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, and others. She is currently en route to Almaty, Kazakhstan on a Fulbright. Find her online at www.michellechanbrown.com.

Nicholas YB Wong, Assistant Poetry Editor

Nicholas YB Wong is the author of Self Splt (Kaya Press, forthcoming 2014). He is a finalist of Wabash Poetry Prize and New Letters Poetry Award, both in 2012. His work is forthcoming in The Common, Cream City Review, Minnesota Review and Sonora Review.

Poetry Readers: Matthew Hamilton, Ching-In Chen, Thao Nguyen, Jim Redmond, Candy Shue, Alicia Gregory

Anna Rosenwong, Translation Editor

Anna Rosenwong is a translator, poet, editor, and educator. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from UC Irvine. Her book-length publications include Roció Cerón’s Diorama, José Eugenio Sánchez's Suite Prelude a/H1N1, and an original collection of poetry, By Way of Explanation. Her literary and scholarly work has been featured in World Literature Today, The Kenyon Review, Translation Studies, The St Petersburg Review, Pool, and elsewhere.

Translation Readers: Allison Charette, María José Gimenez, Christopher Schafenacker 

Shira Dentz, Reviews Editor

Shira Dentz is the author of two books, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman, 2011), and door of thin skins (CavanKerry, 2013), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Tilt/Shearsman, 2012), and Sisyphusina (forthcoming from Red Glass Books). Her writing has appeared widely in journals including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and New American Writing, and featured online at The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, NPR, Poetry Daily, OmniVerse, and Verse Daily. She is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and is currently Lecturer in Creative Writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Carly Greenberg, Assistant Reviews Editor

Carly Greenberg is a writer completing her English thesis at New College, Honors College of Florida. Her interest in combining literature and film has led her to work with MP Management and JV8INC. She has been featured in publications such as Cleaver Magazine and Metazen. When she is not putting the final touches on her theatrical adaptation of a Beat novel, she serves as a reader for the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. 

Kalela Williams, Affrilachian Arts Folio Editor

​Kalela Williams received her B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington and her M.F.A. from Goddard College. From 2009-2012, she was Assistant Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, where she coordinated programs that promoted African American poetry, including a conference featuring Affrilachian writers. She is currently the program coordinator of One Book, One Philadelphia, a citywide reading project sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia with the goal of promoting literacy, library usage, and building community through the reading of a single book. 

Marco Maisto, Poetry Comix & Animation Folio Editor

Marco Maisto is a writer living in NYC. He studied poetry in the MFA program at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop . His work has appeared in Drunken Boat, Small Po[r]tions and others, and is forthcoming in Heavy Feather Review. Find out more at marcomaisto.com.

Michael Chaney, Poetry Comix & Animation Folio Editor

Michael Chaney is a writer, academic, and artist. He is the author of Fugitive Vision: Slave Image and Black Identity in Antebellum Narrative (Indiana University Press, 2008) and editor of Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays in Autobiography and Graphic Novels (Wisconsin University Press, 2010). His flash fiction may be found in such journals as decomP, Smoke Long Quarterly, JMWW, and Harpur Palate; his essays on comics, caricature, and graphic novels have appeared in College Literature, American Literature, Callaloo, MELUS, and the International Journal of Comic Art. He professes English at Dartmouth College and ignorance everywhere else, but especially at michaelalexanderchaney.com.

David Jhave Johnston, Digital Poetry Folio Editor

Jhave: digital poet, uses algorithms as aesthetic tools. His work reconciles computation, emotion, concepts, and the ancient idea of poet-artist as conduit. Current research: poetry generation using machine learning. Assistant Professor at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. http://glia.ca

Jamie Townsend, Blog Editor

Jamie Townsend is the managing editor of Aufgabe, and Elderly, an emergent hub of ebullience and disgust. He is author of STRAP/HALO (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs; 2011), Matryoshka (LRL Textile Editions; 2011), and THE DOME (Ixnay Press; 2011), as well as the forthcoming long-player SHADE (Elis Press, 2014).

Ngoho Reavey, Marketing Director

Amanda [Ngoho] Reavey was born in the Philippines, and raised between Wisconsin and England. A recent graduate of the MFA Writing & Poetics program at Naropa University, she is currently the Director of Marketing and Development at Woodland Pattern. Her work appears or is forthcoming in TAYO, Construction, Galatea Resurrects #23 and The Volta