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Little Rock, AR
Bryan Borland is the founder and publisher of Sibling Rivalry Press, an independent publishing house based in Little Rock, Arkansas, he runs with his husband, Seth Pennington. Since 2010, SRP has published Poets & Writers Top Debut Fiction, a Poets & Writers Top 12 Debut Poet, a Pushcart Prize winner, a Lambda Award winner for Gay Poetry, a Lambda Award winner for Lesbian Poetry, eight Lambda Literary Award finalists, two Thom Gunn Award finalists, twenty-one American Library Association “Over the Rainbow” recommended LGBT titles, three American Library Association “Over the Rainbow” top 10 favorite picks, one of Library Journal‘s “Best New Magazines,” one of Flavorwire‘s 50 books that define the last five years of literature, and finalists for the Bisexual Poetry Book of the Year, the Oregon Book of the Year, and the Georgia Book of the Year. SRP was also recognized as the 2013 Bisexual Publisher of the Year from the Bisexual Writers Association for dedication to quality literary content across the spectrum of sexuality. In 2015, the Library of Congress acquired all of SRP’s printed titles for housing in its Rare Books and Special Collections Vault, “housed among history’s greatest writers for all of perpetuity.” As a poet, Bryan’s first collection of poetry, My Life as Adam, is a potent cocktail of family life, religion, and sexuality. It was one of only five books of poetry selected by the American Library Association for its first annual “Over the Rainbow” list of recommended LGBT-themed publications. His second collection of poetry, Less Fortunate Pirates: Poems from the First Year Without My Father, was released in November 2012. Bryan is also the founding editor of Assaracus, the world’s only print journal dedicated exclusively to the gay poet, the editor of Lady Business: A Celebration of Lesbian Poetry, published in August 2012 by Sibling Rivalry Press and included on 2013’s “Over the Rainbow” list, and the co-editor of Joy Exhaustible, an anthology highlighting the writing of gay publishers and editors, which was included on 2014's "Over the Rainbow" list. He is a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry and winner of the 2016 Judith A. Marowitz Emerging Writer Award. His third collection of poetry, DIG, will be published in September 2016 by Stillhouse Press.
Hope Coulter, a fiction writer and poet, was born in New Orleans and grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Hope lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, and teaches at Hendrix College, where she directs the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language.
Fiction Writer, Poet
Little Rock, AR
I was born in Minnesota in 1951 and studied creative writing at Southwest Minnesota State University, Syracuse University, and the University of Iowa. An emeritus professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, I currently teach in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. When people ask me what my fiction and poetry is about, I'm never sure how to answer. It's easier to say what they aren't about: my own life. As I say in my essay "Autobiographobia: Writing and the Secret Life," in my stories and poems I have tried to write my way into many characters whose lives I know nothing, or next to nothing, about. On paper, I have been--or at least tried to be--a nun, a serial killer, a bag lady, a nine-year-old boy, a 99-year-old man, a woman afflicted with hysterical blindness, a teenager who witnesses his father's nervous breakdown, a man with an artificial hand, a divorcee, a minor league baseball player from the Dominican Republic, a Hmong refugee, a 16th-century Spanish priest, a 19th-century Russian dwarf, the biblical Lazarus, and several actual writers (including Gustave Flaubert, Anton Chekhov, and Franz Kafka) and numerous actual jazz musicians (including Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Sun Ra). If there's a common denominator in all of the people I've written about, I don't know what it is. All I know is that I have been drawn to them and their lives and that they have created me as much as I have created them.
I am interested in where lyric and narrative intersect, in working with the strengths in each of these forms. I am interested in white space and line breaks, in the way silence creates room in which words collide and ricochet. I am interested in the kind of tension that can be made visually and linguistically with letters placed on the page. And I am interested in sound, in how the repetition of sounds creates density and intensity within lines, stanzas, and entire poems. I teach in the Arkansas Writer's MFA Program and for the Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. I co-edit the online poetry journal Heron Tree, and blog at Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty.