Katherine Hastings grew up in the Cow Hollow neighborhood of San Francisco. Her poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies. Chapbooks published are Fog and Light (Ahadada Reader 3, Ahadada Press 2011); and Updraft (Finishing Line Press, 2010). She is the host of WordTemple on NPR affiliate KRCB FM and curator of the WordTemple Poetry Series in Sonoma County, CA. Her Small Change Series of WordTemple Press has published beat poet David Meltzer, San Francisco poet laureate emerita devorah major, and many others, as well as the anthology What Redwoods Know — Poems from California State Parks (all proceeds go to the California State Parks Foundation). She lives in Sonoma County with her partner, CJ Rayhill and Chihuahua, Gizmo Federíco Garcia Lorca. For more information go to www.wordtemple.com.
Dean Kostos is the author of four poetry collections, as well as the editor of Pomegranate Seeds: An Anthology of Greek-American Poetry (the debut reading of which was held at the UN) and the co-editor of Mama’s Boy: Gay Men Write about Their Mothers (a Lambda Book Award Finalist). His poems, personal essays, and translations have appeared in over 250 leading periodicals and anthologies, including Boulevard, Western Humanities Review, Southwest Review, Stand Magazine (UK), Talisman, and on Oprah Winfrey’s Web site Oxygen.com. Kostos wrote the libretto Dialogue: Angel of Peace, Angel of War, set to music by James Bassi and performed by Voices of Ascension. Kostos’s play Box-Triptych was performed at La Mama ETC. His literary criticism has appeared on the Harvard University Press Web site, in American Book Review, and elsewhere. An editor for Journal of the Hellenic Diaspora, he coordinated a Greek poetry event for the Rockefeller Foundation. A presenter at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, he has also served as literary judge for Columbia University’s Gold Crown and Gold Circle Awards. He has taught at Wesleyan, the Gallatin School of NYU, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. He is currently on the faculty of The City University of New York and Berkeley College. Trained initially as a visual artist, his works have been exhibited in galleries and at the Brooklyn Museum.
Joanna Sit’s poems and translations have appeared most recently in The Seneca Review, The Relief Journal, Natural Bridge, Lalitamba, and on-line in Fickle Muses, The Tonopah Review, Poem, and Ezra. She is a member of the Urgent Mischief Troupe and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
Tod Thilleman is publisher of Spuyten Duyvil Press. He moved to New York from the Mid-Western State of Wisconsin in the early 80s.He is the author of numerous poetry collections and the novel Gowanus Canal, Hans Knudsen. From 1991-1999 he was an editor at Poetry New York: a journal of poetry & translation.