Poetry | Chris Tysh, Editor
Author of Amanda Paradise: Resurrect Extinct Vibration (Wave Books, 2021), The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010), and While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books, 2017), among many others, CAConrad is associated with (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals and exhibits their poems as objects in various sites in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. They coedited Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners (Wave Books, 2015) and authored a book of nonfiction essays, Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009). CAConrad’s honors include a Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a PEN Josephine Miles Award, and a Creative Capital grant.
Born in the Gambia, Kweku Abimbola earned his MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program. He is of Gambian, Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Sierra Leonean descent. Abimbola’s first full-length poetry collection, Saltwater Demands a Psalm, was published by Graywolf Press in 2023 and selected by Tyehimba Jess to receive the Academy of American Poets’ First Book Award. He has worked as a teaching artist for the nonprofit InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit.
Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, and art journalist whose practice of vernacular first-person writing has made them one of the most recognizable writers of their generation. Pathetic Literature, which they edited, came out in fall 2022. a “Working Life,” their newest collection of poems, is out now from Grove Press. They live in New York and in Marfa, Texas.
Rob Halpern is the author of several poetry collections, including Music for Porn (Nightboat, 2012), Common Place (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015), and most recently, Hieroglyphs of the Inverted World (Kenning Editions, 2022). His translations of Georges Perec's early essays on culture and politics are forthcoming from Verso. He splits his time between California and Michigan, where he organizes The Writers’ Bloc inside Women’s Huron Valley Prison.
Nicole Brossard, born in Montréal in 1943 is a poet, novelist and essayist. Twice awarded the Governor General Award, she has published more than 35 books including Mauve Desert, The Aerial Letter, Notebook of Roses and Civilization. Many of her books have been translated into various languages. In 2019 the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry awarded her the Lifetime Recognition Award. Her most recent books in English are Avant Desire, A Nicole Brossard Reader (Coach House Books, 2020) and Distantly (Omnidawn, 2022). In 2022, she received the prestigious Prix Gilles-Corbeil, also for a lifetime recognition.