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CARLOS REYES is a noted poet and translator. Of his work Carolyn Kizer said: “Mr. Reyes is one of our local and national treasures. His poetry is as clear and strong as his social conscience. One is always struck by his sensual and sensory qualities… and his ability to capture a mood, a world, in a handful of lines.” His latest book of poetry: The Book of Shadows: New and Selected Poems (2009); translations: The Sign of the Crow, Ignacio Ruiz-Perez (2011). He is publisher of Trask House Books. Residencies: Poet-in-Residence, Joshua Tree National Park (2009); Writer-in-Residence, Sitka Island Institute, Alaska (2011). Reyes lives in Portland but travels often to Ireland, Spain and Ecuador.
Howard W. Robertson is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Eugene, Oregon. He has published 9 poetry books: Odes to the Ki of the Universe (2013), Ode to Certain Interstates (2013), The Green Force of Spring (2013), The Gaian Odes (2009), The Bricolage of Kotegaeshi (2007), to the fierce guard in the Assyrian Saloon (1987), et al.; and 2 fiction books: Hyperzotica (2015), Peculiar Pioneer (2013). His work has appeared in many journals, most recently Setting Forth, Yellow Medicine Review. His poetry has been anthologized in Literal Latté: The Anthology (2008), Where We Live Now (2008); Jack Straw Writers Anthology (2007); The Clear Cut Future (2003); Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology (2002); and Ahsahta Anthology: Poetry of the American West (1996).
Matthew Robinson writes short fiction that explores elements of defamiliarization and experimentation of form; and his novel-in-progress, The Horse Latitudes, follows an infantry fire team through their year in Baghdad early in the war. He is editor-in-chief for the online literary magazine The Gravity of the Thing. Matthew received his MFA from Portland State University in 2015. He teaches and writes in Portland, Oregon.
Susan Jackson Rodgers grew up in Connecticut and New York City. She earned her B.A. from Bowdoin College in Maine, her M.A. from Kansas State University, and her M.F.A. from Bennington College. She is the author of two story collections: The Trouble With You Is (Mid- List Press, 2004) and Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6 (Press 53, 2012). Her fiction has appeared in journals such as New England Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Beloit Fiction Journal, Quick Fiction, and Prairie Schooner. Susan is the past recipient of two Kansas Arts Commission Fellowships and two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, and winner of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition. She taught at K-State for many years, and now lives in Corvallis, Oregon with her husband and three children. She teaches creative writing and literature at Oregon State University.