brian Phipps Mark C. Watney JONATHAN Diaz Katie Manning annie Kantar Rachel Blum RICHARD Pierce STEPHEN Haven NADINE Ellsworth Moran DEVON Balwit ANGELA Patten SUZANNE Underwood Rhodes
MARJORIE Maddox SARAH Hudspeth JOEL Allegretti AMY Peterson PAUL Willis
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CONTRIBUTORS to Volume 5 / Issue 4
Joel Allegretti is the author of, most recently, Platypus: Poems – Prose – Performance Texts (NYQ Books, 2017) and a novella, Our Dolphin (Thrice Publishing, 2016). He is the editor of Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), the first anthology of poetry about the mass medium. The Boston Globe called Rabbit Ears “cleverly edited” and “a smart exploration of the many, many meanings of TV.” Allegretti has published his poems and short stories in The New York Quarterly, Barrow Street, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Smartish Pace, The MacGuffin, and many other national journals, as well as in journals published in Canada, England, Wales, Belgium, and India.
Devon Balwit teaches in Portland, OR. She has six chapbooks and two collections out or forthcoming: How the Blessed Travel (Maverick Duck Press); Forms Most Marvelous (dancing girl press); In Front of the Elements (Grey Borders Books), Where You Were Going Never Was (Grey Borders Books); The Bow Must Bear the Brunt (Red Flag Poetry); We are Procession, Seismograph (Nixes Mate Books), Risk Being/ Complicated (with the Canadian artist Lorette C. Luzajic), and Motes at Play in the Halls of Light (Kelsay Books). Her individual poems can be found in The Cincinnati Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Fifth Wednesday, The Ekphrastic Review, Red Earth Review, The Fourth River, The Free State Review, Rattle, Psaltery & Lyre, and more.
Rachel Blum is a writer and mother, living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared in literary journals including American Literary Review, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art. Her first book of poems, The Doctor of Flowers, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press.
Jonathan Diaz lives in Whittier, California with his wife, Abigail. He holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Notre Dame, and is a faculty member in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University.
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran is an ordained Presbyterian minister who loves the written word in all forms. She is always looking for ways to bring art and theology into conversation and enjoys trying to open that dialogue through her poetry. After living and studying for her first master’s degree in Belgium, she also developed a love of travel and finds great inspiration in intercultural encounters. Her work has has appeared in Post Road, Word Fountain, and Perspectives, among others. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their two spoiled cats.
Stephen Haven is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America (New American Press, 2012), winner of the New American Prize. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008), for which he was named 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year, and The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks (University of New Mexico/West End Press, 2004). He is also the author of the memoir, The River Lock: One Boy’s Life Along the Mohawk (Syracuse University Press, 2008). He directs the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Lesley University.
Sarah Hudspeth lives in Durham, North Carolina. She earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing this past August from Seattle Pacific University. She studied French at the University of Virginia and teaches math at a local school. She has written for a number of online publications. This is her first publication of fiction in print.
Annie Kantar’s work has appeared in Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, as well as The American Literary Review, Barrow Street, Cincinnati Review, Entropy, Literary Imagination, Poetry International, Tikkun, and elsewhere. Her translation from the Hebrew of With This Night, the final collection of poetry that Leah Goldberg published during her lifetime, was published by University of Texas Press (2011), and was shortlisted for the ALTA Translation Prize. She directs the English Program at Shalem College in Jerusalem.
Marjorie Maddox (Sage Graduate Fellow of Cornell University (MFA) and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University) has published eleven collections of poetry—including True, False, None of the Above (Poeima Poetry Series, Illumination Book Award Medalist); Wives’ Tales; Local News from Someplace Else; Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award); Weeknights at the Cathedral; and Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize)—and over 500 poems, stories, and essays in journals and anthologies. In 2017, Fomite Press published her story collection What She Was Saying, a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter and Eludia book awards. In addition, Maddox is co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State Press) and has four children’s books. For more information, please see www.marjoriemaddox.com
Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of Tasty Other, winner of the 2016 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com
Angela Patten is author of three poetry collections, In Praise of Usefulness (Wind Ridge Books), Reliquaries and Still Listening, both from Salmon Poetry, Ireland, and a prose memoir, High Tea at a Low Table (Wind Ridge Books). Winner of the 2016 National Poetry Prize from the Cape Cod Cultural Center, her work has been widely published in literary journals and several anthologies. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she now lives in Burlington, Vermont, where she teaches at the University of Vermont.
Amy Peterson is a writer and adjunct professor whose work has appeared or is forthcoming from River Teeth, The Millions, Relief, The Other Journal, The Cresset, Books and Culture, and elsewhere. She is the author of Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World (Discovery House, 2017).
Brian G. Phipps is a poet, writer, and editor living and working in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he also studied music composition. He has published poetry in several literary journals, including St. Katherine Review, Rock and Sling, Relief, The Other Journal, and Anglican Theological Review. In addition to his literary activities, he plays ice hockey, builds and maintains a backyard ice rink, and serves as a chanter in his Greek Orthodox parish. He and his wife, JoAnna, have five children. The poems in this issue of Saint Katherine Review appear in his forthcoming book, Before the Burning Bush (University of Saint Katherine Press 2018).
Richard Pierce is an Assistant Professor of English at Waynesburg University. His chapbook, The Book of Mankey, is available from Cooper Dillon Books, and his poems have appeared in Ninth Letter, Image, Ink & Letters, Poet Lore, and other journals. Recordings of his 2017 Climacus Conference presentations can be heard on ancientfaith.com. He earned his Ph.D. in creative writing and literature at Texas Tech University.
Suzanne Underwood Rhodes has published five books of poetry and lyrical prose. Her most recent is a chapbook, Hungry Foxes, and she’s nearing completion of a second full collection. She has recent or forthcoming poems in the Christian Century, Poetry East, Spiritus, Midwest Quarterly, ART, Town Creek Poetry, and Mothers Always Write, and was published in a previous issue of SKR. She teaches poetry at the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
Mark Watney was born and raised in South Africa, and immigrated to America in 1977 as a high school senior. After working as a missionary in Turkey, Japan, and India , he returned to the States and taught English in downtown LA for 8 years, before moving to the middle of Kansas with his wife and 3 sons to teach at Sterling College in 2006. He earned his PhD. at the University of Texas at Dallas where he wrote his dissertation on C. S. Lewis’ early pre-Christian writings, specifically Dymer and Spirits in Bondage. Recent publications: Avatar Review, Dappled Things, and The Other Journal (forthcoming).
Paul Willis is a professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. His most recent collection of creative nonfiction is Bright Shoots of Everlastingness: Essays on Faith and the American Wild (WordFarm, 2005). His forthcoming collection, which includes the essay in this issue of SKR, is To Build a Trail: Essays on Curiosity, Love, and Wonder (WordFarm, 2018).