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New Orleans, LA
BENJAMIN ALESHIRE is based in New Orleans, LA, & Burlington, VT. Poetry, essays, & criticism have appeared in many journals. In addition to writing, Ben has also toured widely as a cornetist with the band Vermont Joy Parade, & is active in theatre and as an exhibiting visual artist. He has been awarded residencies at the BCA Center, New City Galerie, & Bluseed Studios. In 2010 he founded Honeybee Press, which publishes The Salon: A Journal of Poetry & Fiction, as well as a hand-bound poetry series, using hand-made paper, block carving, and letter-press. Benjamin travels the world as a poet for hire, writing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. His book, 'Currency', a collection of poems commissioned by strangers in the street, is available at www.poetforhire.org.
David Armand was born and raised in Louisiana. He has worked as a drywall hanger, a draftsman, and as a press operator in a flag printing factory. He now teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press. In 2010, he won the George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel, The Pugilist's Wife, which was published by Texas Review Press. His second novel, Harlow, was published by Texas Review Press in 2013. David's third novel, The Gorge, is forthcoming this fall from Southeast Missouri State University Press; and his memoir, My Mother's House, is forthcoming Spring 2016 from Texas Review Press. David lives with his wife and two children and is working on his fifth book, The Lord's Acre, which is about a religious cult in Louisiana. He also recently finished a chapbook of poems called The Deep Woods.
New Orleans, LA
Stacey Balkun received her MFA from Fresno State and her work has appeared or will appear in Gargoyle, Muzzle, THRUSH, Bodega, and others. She is a contributing writer for The California Journal of Women Writers at www.tcjww.org. A 2015 Hambidge Fellow and a 2013 Artist-in-Residence at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Stacey now works at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA. Her chapbook, Lost City Museum, is forthcoming from ELJ Publications.
New Orleans, LA
Katy Balma is a teacher and librarian from the Ohio River Valley of Illinois. She has published poetry in a variety of journals from 2002 to the present, and from 2007 to 2008 she was the recipient of a Fulbright grant that allowed her to spend a year working for a bilingual elementary school in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Several of her poems have won awards or have been featured on literary websites post-publication. In 2003, her poem "An Amnesiac's Letter to Herself" was Editor's Choice in Mid-American Review's annual James Wright Poetry Contest. "What the Traveler Knows" received an International Publication Award from Atlanta Review in 2010. "The Causes of Cyclone Formation Aren't Well Understood" was featured by Coldfront magazine in July 2012 after it was published in Prick of the Spindle. In 2013, "From Your Hostess at the T & A Museum" won a Pushcart Prize. "Dotage" was shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize in 2015 and subsequently anthologized. In July 2016, she will be a Tennessee Williams Scholar at Sewanee Writer's Conference.