A native of Iowa, Curtis Bauer was raised a son of farmers and artists and has lived in England, Mexico, Spain and the Eastern and Southwest United States. He is the author of three poetry collections: his first, Fence Line (2004), won the John Ciardi Poetry Prize; Spanish Sketchbook (2012) is a bilingual English/Spanish collection published in Spain; and The Real Cause for Your Absence (2013). Bauer is also a translator of poetry and prose from the Spanish, his publications including Talisman (Editorial Anantes, 2012), by José de María Romero Barea, Eros Is More (Alice James Books, 2014), by Juan Antonio González Iglesias, as well as individual poems and prose from numerous Spanish and South American writers in The Southern Review, The Iowa Review, The Indiana Review, and The American Poetry Review, among others. He is the publisher and editor of Q Ave Press Chapbooks, the Spanish Translations Editor for From the Fishouse, Assistant Editor, and “Emerging Spanish Poets” Series Editor for Vaso Roto Ediciones. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Jennifer Perrine’s first collection of poems, The Body Is No Machine (New Issues, 2007), won the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Her second book, In the Human Zoo (University of Utah Press, 2011), won the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Prize. Perrine lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where she teaches creative writing and gender studies at Drake University.
Kyle McCord is the author of three books of poetry, including Sympathy from the Devil from Gold Wake Press. He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Third Coast, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He is the co-founder of LitBridge, and he co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry. He teaches at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX.