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Drawn to Marvel Contributors

Superfans, it's high time we announce the list of contributors to Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books, edited by Bryan D. Dietrich and Marta Ferguson. We have nearly 140 contributors and nearly 200 poems. Due to page limitations, we've decided to host the contributors' bios here. Acknowledgements will be found in the book. Here then, in alphabetastical order, are…

Contributors' Notes 

Sherman Alexie's three most recent books include What I've Stolen, What I've Earned (Hanging Loose, 2013), Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories (Grove Press, 2013), and War Dances (Grove Press).

Celia Lisset Alvarez lives in Miami and is the author of two poetry collections, Shapeshifting (Spire Press, 2006) and The Stones (Finishing Line Press, 2006).

Rae Armantrout's books include Just Saying (Wesleyan, 2013), Money Shot (Wesleyan) and Versed (Wesleyan). Versed won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Michael Arnzen (www.gorelets.com) holds four Bram Stoker Awards for horror writing and teaches in the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University.

Among John Ashbery's recent books are Quick Question (Ecco/Harper Collins), his translation of Arthur Rimbaud's Illuminations (Norton) and Collected Poems: 1956-1987 (Library of America, 2008).

Robert Avery's poems have appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry East, and upstreet.  He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Ned Balbo's latest book is The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press), awarded the 2010 Donald Justice Prize and the 2012 Poets' Prize.

Tony Barnstone, Albert Upton Professor of English at Whittier College, has published fifteen books and has won NEA and California Arts Council grants, the Poets Prize, and a Pushcart.

Anne Bean lives in Seattle, where she reads comics, obsesses over fairy tales, and is the Associate Editor of Minor Arcana Press.

Tara Betts is an author and a Ph.D. candidate at Binghamton University. Tara's work appears in numerous journals and anthologies.

Bruce Boston's writing has received the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Asimov's Readers Award, and the Grand Master Award of the SFPA.  www.bruceboston.com

Becky Boyle was born in Indianapolis. She studies prosecution and civil rights at IU Law in Bloomington. She's been published in Poetry Quarterly and Canvas.

Ryan Bradley is pursuing an MFA at Emerson College. His father used to buy him one comic book at time. Now he has his own money and buys more.

Andrew Scott Browers writes from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he is also a theatre artist. His essays have appeared in Cleaver Magazine and The Talking Stick.

Kurt Brown (1944-2013) is the godfather of the present volume. He helped us lots. His enthusiasm for both craft and community continue to inspire us.

John F. Buckley and Martin Ott began their ongoing games of poetic volleyball in Spring 2009. They've published their collaborative work in various places.

Chris Bullard works for the federal government as an Administrative Law Judge. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA from Wilkes University.

Stephen Burt is Professor of English at Harvard and the author of several books of poetry and criticism, among them Belmont (2013), Close Calls with Nonsense (2009), and Parallel Play (2006).

Nick Carbó's collections of poetry include Andalusian Dawn (2004), Secret Asian Man (2000), and El Grupo McDonald's (1995). He has also edited multiple anthologies.

Wendy Taylor Carlisle is the author of two books, Reading Berryman to the Dog and Discount Fireworks, and two chapbooks, After Happily Ever After and The Storage of Angels.

Jessie Carty is a freelance writer, teacher, and editor who can be found around the web at www.poetinurpocket.tumblr.com.

Joe Castle is a British writer living in Buckinghamshire. When not writing, Joe may be found at the pub trying to forget he's not writing.

Ann Cefola received the Robert Penn Warren Award judged by John Ashbery and a Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Dane Cervine won the Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, the Morton Marcus Poetry 2nd Prize, and has been nominated for a Pushcart. His new book is entitled How Therapists Dance. www.DaneCervine.typepad.com

Lisa Cheby has an MFA from Antioch University and a forthcoming chapbook, Love Lessons from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Dancing Girl Press. www.lisacheby.wordpress.com

Amanda Chiado's cape snaps like a Kit Kat bar. She lovingly reads your mind. You're always saying yes, yes. Beware of her invisible champagne tickle.

Lucille Clifton's two final books were Voices (BOA Editions, 2008) and Mercy (BOA Editions, 2004). The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton: 1965-2010 (BOA Editions, 2012) was edited by Kevin Young and Michael S. Glaser for the American Poets Continuum Series.

Cathryn Cofell is the author of Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press) and six chapbooks. She performs her poems with Obvious Dog, including tracks from Lip.

gerald l. coleman is a Writer living in Atlanta. A lover of espresso, Radical Orthodoxy, and Wittgenstein, he is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets.

Michael G. Cornelius is the author/editor of fourteen books.

Curtis L. Crisler is an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) and a Cave Canem Fellow.

Evelyn Deshane has appeared in The Fieldstone Review, Hyacinth Noir, and Wilde Magazine. She is the poetry editor for Prosaic Magazine and lives in Canada.

Professor of English at Newman University, Bryan D. Dietrich is the author of six books of poems including Krypton Nights, which won The Paris Review Poetry Prize.  www.bryandietrich.com

Lynette DiPalma is a freelance writer by day and a juggler, artist, and roller derby girl by night. She lives in Florida with her family.

CB Droege is an award winning fantasy author and poet living in Cincinnati. His first novel, Zeta Disconnect, was released in May 2013.

Denise Duhamel's most recent books are Blowout (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013) Ka-Ching! (2009), and Two and Two (2005).  She has collaborated extensively with Maureen Seaton.

Lara Eckener is a library professional, @WOAMovies Podcast contributor, and haunts twitter as @LaraEckener where she collects her posts and articles on life and capes.

meg eden's work has been published in various magazines and received the 2012 Henrietta Spiegel Creative Writing Award. Her collections include Your Son and Rotary Phones and Facebook.  www.artemisagain.wordpress.com

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow's collection The Day Judge Spencer Learned the Power of Metaphor won the Red Hen Press Poetry Award. New poems appear in The Main Street Rag and elsewhere.

Marta Ferguson's super writing and editing powers beam out in all directions from her treadmill desk. Her sidekick is Grayson the Chinchilla. Find her at www.wordhound.com.

Anthony Frame is the author of A Generation of Insomniacs and Paper Guillotines. Recent poems have appeared in Verse Daily and Third Coast, among others. He is co-editor of Glass.

Krista Franklin is an interdisciplinary artist whose work revolves around intersections of  the literary and the visual, and explores the concepts of Afrofuturism and AfroSurrealism.

Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and is the author of three books of poetry. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.

Novelist Chris Gavaler teaches at Washington and Lee University and blogs about pop culture at www.thepatronsaintofsuperheroes.wordpress.com.

Albert Goldbarth's most recent books are Selfish (Graywolf) and Everyday People (Graywolf). He has received two National Book Critics Circle Awards.

Barbara Griest-Devora lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she teaches at Northwest Vista College and co-owns a photography studio. Her work has appeared in numerous journals.

Barbara Hamby is the author of five books of poems, most recently On the Street of Divine Love: New and Selected Poems. She was a Guggenheim fellow and teaches at Florida State University.

Nicholas Allen Harp lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan and teaches at the University of Michigan.

Charles Hatfield, Professor at CSU Northridge, is the author of Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby, which won a 2012 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, and Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature

Christopher Hennessy is a poet and interviewer. His debut collection Love-in-Idleness was a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award.

Matthew Hittinger is the author of two collections of poetry and three chapbooks. He lives and works in New York City, but plays in Montreal.

Tim Hunt teaches at Illinois State University.  He has been awarded the Chester H. Jones National Poetry Prize and twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Quincy Scott Jones earned a Bachelor's from Brown University, Master's from Temple, and $100 working as supermarket clown. With Nina Sharma he co-created the reading series Nor'easter Exchange.

A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections including M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), and The Cineaste, (2013), W.W. Norton & Co.

Jarret Keene is a writer and musician living in Las Vegas. He also teaches Beowulf and The Iliad to drone pilots and dental hygienists at the College of Southern Nevada.

Collin Kelley is an award-winning poet, novelist, journalist and social media junkie from Atlanta, Georgia. www.collinkelley.com

Alan King writes about art and domestic issues at www.alanwking.com. A Stonecoast MFA graduate, he's a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.

Ron Koertge's three most recent books of poems include The Ogre's Wife (Red Hen, 2013), Indigo (Red Hen, 2009), and Fever (Red Hen, 2007).

David C. Kopaska-Merkel won the 2006 Rhysling award for best long poem (collaboration with Kendall Evans), and edits Dreams & Nightmares Magazine (www.dreamsandnightmaresmagazine.blogspot.com). @DavidKM on twitter

Dana Koster earned an MFA from Cornell University and a Stegner Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Southern Humanities Review and many others.

President of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Michael Kriesel has appeared in Alaska Quarterly, North American Review, and Rattle.  He collects golden age comics.

Christi Krug's award-winning, soulful, and devious words have shown up in everything from international publications to handmade zines, from religious publications to horror anthologies.

Pat M. Kuras has been reading comics for more than fifty years.  She is the author of The Pinball Player (Good Gay Poets, 1982).

Travis Kurowski is an assistant professor at York College of Pennsylvania, where he edits Story magazine and teaches classes on comic books, among other things.

Haley Lasché has her MFA from Hamline University. She lives with her son in St. Paul, Minnesota where she teaches college writing and yoga.

Dorianne Laux's three most recent books include The Book of Men (Norton), Facts About the Moon  (Norton, 2007) and Smoke (BOA Editions, Ltd., 200).

Shayla Lawson's work (www.shaylalawson.com) has appeared in interrupture and 111O/6. She is the 2013 recipient of Sou'Wester's first Robbins Award in poetry.

Sarah Lindsay, recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, is the author most recently of Debt to the Bone-Eating Snotflower (Copper Canyon).

George Longenecker teaches at Vermont Technical College.  His poems have appeared in Anderbo, Dos Passos Review, Mobius, Patterson Review, Slipstream, and Atlanta Review.

Professor David Lunde is a poet and translator who has won the Academy of American Poets Prize and the PEN USA Translation Award. His work has appeared in 900 publications.

Katharyn Howd Machan, author of 30 published collections, is a professor of Writing at Ithaca College and, as Zajal, a belly dancer for the community.

Amy MacLennan has been published in Hayden's Ferry Review, River Styx, Linebreak, Cimarron Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Folio, and Rattle.

Harry Man is from South London. His poetry's appeared in Popshot, ditch, New Welsh Review and elsewhere. His pamphlet "Lift" is published by Tall Lighthouse.

Michael Martone was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His mother was a high school English teacher. His father was a switchman for the telephone company.

Adrian Matejka used to ride his bike twelve miles round trip to buy comics. Now he teaches creative writing and literature at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Laurel Maury is a Columbia MFA grad and former editorial assistant at The New Yorker. After nine years working as a book reviewer, she now works as a technical writer and writes for herself in her spare time.

Jason McCall is an Alabama native. His work has been featured in Cimarron Review, The Los Angeles Review, New Letters, The Rumpus, and other journals.

John McCarthy is the Assistant Editor of Quiddity. His poetry is forthcoming in Salamander, The Pinch, and Oyez Review, and The Jabberwock Review among others.

Raymond McDaniel is the author of Murder, Saltwater Empire and Special Powers and Abilities, all from Coffee House Press. He is from Florida.

Campbell McGrath is the author of ten books of poetry. He teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.

Wesley McNair has been invited twice to read his poetry at the Library of Congress and was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship.

Oscar McNary writes weird stories and poems in Seattle. He is currently co-editing the In the Biblical Sense anthologyMore about his projects at www.oscarmcnary.wordpress.com.

Kelly McQuain's Velvet Rodeo was recently awarded Bloom magazine's poetry prize. He has worked as an illustrator on The Elementals, but now works as a professor in Philadelphia.

P. Andrew Miller is the author of The Legacy of the Turquoise Knight, Bodies in Water, and In Love, In Water and Other Stories.

Eric Morago writes poems, reads comic books, and sometimes writes poems about reading comic books.  He's an associate reviewer for poetix.net and writes for www. geektasticpodcast.com.

Jason Mott is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Returned, the basis of the new ABC series, Resurrection. His poetry collections include …hide behind me… and We Call This Thing Between Us Love, both from Main Street Rag.

Jed Myers has had poems in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, and elsewhere. He's received Southern Indiana Review's Editors' Award and Literal Latte's Poetry Award.

R. Narvaez has been published by Faultline, Mississippi Review, and DC Comics. His book Roachkiller and Other Stories received the 2013 Spinetingler Award for Best Anthology.

Richard Newman is the author of the poetry collections Domestic FuguesBorrowed Towns, and the forthcoming All the Wasted Beauty of the World.  He edits  River Styx magazine.

Joey Nicoletti's latest poetry collections are Cannoli Gangster (Turning Point) and Shadow Traffic, which is forthcoming from NightBallet Press in 2014.

Martin Ott & John F. Buckley began their ongoing games of poetic volleyball in Spring 2009. They've published their collaborative work in various places.

Chad Parmenter's poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harvard Review, and Kenyon Review.  His chapbook, Weston's Unsent Letters to Modotti, won Tupelo's 2013 Snowbound Chapbook Award.

Evan J. Peterson is author of Skin Job (Minor Arcana Press) and The Midnight Channel (Babel Salvage, 2013) and volume editor of Gay City 5: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam (Gay City Health Project & Minor Arcana Press, 2013). www.evanjpeterson.com can tell you more.

Marc Pietrzykowski's latest novel, The Emissary, and 6th book of poetry, Straddling the Sibyl, will be published in March. Visit Marc virtually at www.marcpski.com.

Christy Porter's life is managed by Sally, a 100-pound German Shepherd who raises excellent kittens. Her favorite childhood comics were X-Men and Alpha Flight,

D. A. Powell's three most recent books include Repast: Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails (Graywolf), Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf) and Chronic (Graywolf, 2009).

Kevin Rabas co-directs the creative writing program at Emporia State and edits Flint Hills Review. His books include Lisa's Flying Electric Piano, Sonny Kenner's Red Guitar, and Spider Face: Stories.

Hilda Raz is Poetry Series editor for University of New Mexico Press, poetry editor for Bosque, member of the Board of Goucher College MFA, Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series, and Arbor Farm Press.

C. R. Resetarits' poetry has recently appeared in New Writing, Kindred, Post Road, dirtcake, and the anthologies Lines Underwater and The Four Chambered Heart. 

Kim Roberts is the author of five books. She edits Beltway Poetry Quarterly and co-edits the web exhibit DC Writers' Homes.  www.kimroberts.org

John Rodriguez was a poet-writer-scholar. He held a PhD in English from The CUNY Graduate Center.

Stephen D. Rogers makes a superhuman effort to keep his website, www.StephenDRogers.com updated with a list of upcoming titles as well as other timely information.

Alex Ruiz is from Wahiawa, Hawai'i, and is currently a junior at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia.

When Hurricane Wilma struck, V Santiesteban holed away for two weeks and read, by candlelight, Watchmen.  Thus began her love of comics.  Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals.

Greg Santos is the author of The Emperor's Sofa (DC Books) and the chapbook Tweet Tweet Tweet (Corrupt Press). He is co-editor of the online literary journal, carte blanche.

Lorraine Schein is a New York writer who once worked as a Marvel proofreader. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, and the forthcoming GIGANTIC Worlds.

Lynn Schmeidler is the author of Curiouser & Curiouser (Grayson Books), a chapbook of poems based on rare neurological disorders. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Michael Schmeltzer earned an MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. He helps edit A River & Sound Review.

Jason Schossler's first book of poetry, Mud Cakes (Bona Fide Books) received runner-up for the 2012 Paterson Poetry Prize.  He teaches at Temple University.

Steven D. Schroeder's second book is The Royal Nonesuch (Spark Wheel Press, 2013). He edits the online poetry journal Anti- and co-curates Observable Readings.

Maureen Seaton has authored seventeen poetry collections. Her awards include an NEA fellowship and Pushcart. Her most recent collection is Fibonacci Batman: New & Selected Poems (Carnegie Mellon, 2013).

Tim Seibles' three most recent books include Fast Animal (Etruscan Press), Buffalo Head Solos (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2004), and Hammerlock (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1999).

Ravi Shankar, when caped, leaps line breaks, writes, edits and publishes books, teaches in Hong Kong and Connecticut, captains Drunken Boat, and often turns visible.

Marion Shore won the Richard Wilbur award for Sand Castle (2011). Her translation For Love of Laura: Poetry of Petrarch was published in 1987.  Her work appears in numerous venues.

Curtis Scott Shumaker teaches English at California State Polytechnic University. He is a writer of science fiction and esoteric philosophical studies and the writer/director of Cahuenga: Place of the Hill.

Marge Simon has won the Strange Horizons Readers Choice Award, the Bram Stoker Award™ (2008), the Rhysling Award and the Dwarf Stars Award. www.margesimon.com

Robin Smith has published in magazines world-wide and won the Academy of American Poets Prize. She received her B.A at California State University Northridge and is working on her Masters.

Jay Snodgrass' books include Monster Zero (Elixir Press), The Underflower (Word Tech), and the chapbook Solid Waste from Gray Books press. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

David Stallings was born in the U.S. South, raised in Alaska and Colorado, before settling in the Pacific Northwest. Once an academic geographer, he has long worked to promote public transportation in the Puget Sound area.

Christine Stewart-Nuñez, essayist and author of five poetry collections, teaches in the English Department at South Dakota State University.

Alison Stone has been awarded Poetry's Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly's Madeline Sadin award. She is also the creator of The Stone Tarot.

Jon Stone was born in Derby in the UK and currently lives in London. He won a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2012.

Katerina Stoykova-Klemer hosts Accents, a radio show for literature, art and culture on WRFL, 88.1 FM, Lexington. In January 2010, Katerina launched Accents Publishing.

Sherry Stuart-Berman's poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies.  She is a therapist working in community mental health and lives in New York with her husband and son.

Sonya Taaffe writes and edits short fiction and poetry; she holds master's degrees in Classics from Brandeis and Yale and once named a Kuiper belt object.

Jon Tribble is managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and series editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry published by Southern Illinois University Press.

William Trowbridge lives in the Kansas City area and teaches in the University of Nebraska low-residency MFA in writing program. He is Poet Laureate of Missouri for 2012-14.

Ryan G. Van Cleave is the Director of Creative Writing at the Ringling College of Art + Design. His most recent book is Writing Memoir For Dummies.

Nicola Waldron's work can be found in AGNI, Sonora Review, Free State Review, The Common, Places Journal, and Her Kind. Her chapbook, Girl at the Watershed, appeared in 2013.

Recipient of grants from the Whiting and Guggenheim foundations, Charles Harper Webb teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at California State University, Long Beach.

Sarah Brown Weitzman, Pushcart nominee, has had hundreds of poems published over the years.  Her latest book is Herman and the Ice Witch.

Will Wells' latest poetry manuscript, Odd Lots, Scraps, and Second-Hand Like New is currently in circulation.  He has never smoked spinach.

Albert Wendland is Director of the MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University.  He has an SF novel being released in June 2014.

Lesley Wheeler's most recent poetry collection is The Receptionist and Other Tales, a Tiptree Award Honor Book. She blogs at www.lesleywheeler.org and lives in Virginia.

Ross White teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

Crystal Williams is Professor of English and Associate Vice President and CDO at Bates College. She holds degrees from Cornell and NYU.

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and recipient of a Bread Loaf scholarship.

Gerard Wozek teaches writing and humanities at Robert Morris University in Chicago. He is currently working on a memoir about growing up in a closed adoption.