OUR MISSION & TEAM

We publish twice yearly, showcasing the best work we receive from authors whose work, energy, and vision seem to us most deeply entangled with life. This includes writers within and outside the mainstream, writers with disabilities, writers of color, writers with marginalized genders and sexual orientations, and writers from different cultures and religions. We produce this magazine in inclusive and accessible formats. We believe that poetry is everyone’s art.

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BOB HERZ

Founder and editor

Bob Herz is a graduate of Hobart College and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.  He worked some years in the NYS Legislature, where he wrote the state's Poet Laureate and Fiction Laureate laws, the Arts & Cultural Affairs law, the Albany Writers Institute and many others.  He is author of three books of poetry and four books of translations.,

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STEVE KUUSISTO

Senior Editor

Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Have Dog, Will Travel; Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”); and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship in Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker in the US and abroad. His website is StephenKuusisto.com.

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ANDREA SCARPINO

Senior Editor

Andrea Scarpino (she/her) is a writer, teachereditor, disability activist, foodie, yoga student, wellness enthusiast, middle grade reader, kitty foster mom, and Women's World Cup fanatic (among other things!). She is the author of four poetry collections: Once Upon Wing Lake (Hoot 'n' Waddle Press,2017); What the Willow Said as it Fell (Red Hen Press, 2016); Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014); and the chapbook The Grove Behind (Finishing Line Press, 2009). Andrea earned her PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and was the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.