A CLOSER LOOK: Roger Mitchell

Bruce J. Berger

Bruce J. Berger is an MFA candidate in creative writing at American University in Washington, DC, working with poet David Keplinger. Bruce’s short fiction and poetry have been published in a variety of literary journals. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Laurie. His grandson, Cole Ronin Haim, was born on March 5, 2016.

George Bishop

George Bishop’s work has appeared in Carolina Quarterly & Lindenwood Review. He is the author of seven chapbooks. Bishop won the 2013 Peter Meinke Prize at YellowJacket Press for his chapbook Following Myself Home and his second full length poetry collection, Poor Souls, was recently published by FutureCycle Press. He attended Rutgers University and now lives in Saint Cloud, Florida.

Jonathan Bracker

Jonathan Bracker is the author of six books of poetry, most recently This Day (WordTech Press, 2015). His poems have appeared in Illinois Quarterly, The New Yorker, Poetry Northwest, and Southern Poetry Review as well as several anthologies.

Dan Campion


Dan Campion is author of Peter De Vries and Surrealism, coeditor of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, and contributor of poetry to many magazines, including Able Muse, Light, Measure, The Midwest Quarterly, The North American Review, Poetry, Rolling Stone, and Shenandoah. A native of Chicago with degrees from the University of Chicago (AB), the University of Illinois at Chicago (MA), and the University of Iowa (PhD), he works as a writer and editor in Iowa City, Iowa.

Martha Christina

Martha Christina is the author of two collections of poetry, most recently Against Detachment (Pecan Grove Press, 2016). A frequent contributor to Brevities, longer work appears or is forthcoming in Bryant Literary Review, Common Ground Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, Main Street Rag, Red Eft Review, Word Soup, and elsewhere.

James Dalton

Colin Dodds

Colin Dodds is the author of Another Broken Wizard, Windfall, and The Last Bad Job, which Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” His writing has appeared in more than two hundred publications and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Anthology. Poet and songwriter David Berman (Silver JewsActual Air) said of Dodds’ work: “These are very good poems. For moments I could even feel the old feelings when I read them.” Colin’s book-length poem That Happy Captive was a finalist for the Trio House Press Louise Bogan Award as well as the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award in 2015. And his screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Colin lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. See more of his work at

Sid Gold

A native New Yorker, Sid Gold is a two-time recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Poetry. Poems of his have appeared recently in Poet Lore, Loch Raven Review, and Free State Review. His third book is Good With Oranges, from Broadkill River Press. He lives in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Rod Jellema

Rod Jellema, long associated with the University of Maryland and with The Writer's Center (Bethesda, MD), won the Towson University Prize for Literature for A Slender Grace. His most recent book, Incarnality: The Collected Poems (Eerdmans, 2010), includes a CD of his readings of many of them. Jellema was the subject of our Closer Look in Innisfree 12.

Edison Jennings

Edison Jennings is a part-time teacher living in the southwestern Appalachian region of Virginia. His poetry has appeared in American Journal of Poetry, Boulevard, Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily, Rattle, Slate, Southwest Review, TriQuarterly, and other journals and anthologies. His chapbook, Reckoning, is available from Jacar Press.

David Keplinger

David Keplinger's five collections include Another City (Milkweed, 2018) and The Most Natural Thing (New Issues, 2013). The recipient of two fellowships from the NEA, the Colorado Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Cavafy Prize, Keplinger teaches at American University in Washington DC. 

Moira Linehan

Moira Linehan is the author of two collections of poetry, both from Southern Illinois University Press:  If No Moon (2007) and Incarnate Grace (2015).  Her poem “Entering the Cill Rialaig Landscape” is the First Place Grand Prize winner of Atlanta Review’s 2016 international poetry contest. She can be reached through her website

Roger Mitchell

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson’s latest of eight books is Burning the Furniture (Guernica Editions, 2014). His work has won the AWP Award for Poetry, the University of Alabama Press Series Award, and an NEA Fellowship. For a decade, he was Professor/Director of Creative Writing, Ohio University, and after years on O’ahu, he now lives and writes in Sequim, Washington. By earlier life a Downeaster, he is back in the light he was born to, the high north 40s.

Susan Okie

Susan Okie is a poet, a doctor, and a former Washington Post medical reporter. She received her MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in January 2014. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Passager, Hospital Drive, Cider Press Review, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and is forthcoming in Gargoyle. Her poem, “Perseid,” was chosen by Michael Collier as the first prize winner in the 2012 Bethesda Poetry Contest. Susan is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at Georgetown University Medical School, teaching classes in patient interviewing and clinical ethics for first-year and second-year medical students. She is married to Walter Weiss, a former medical school classmate. They live in Bethesda, Md., and have two grown sons.

William Page

William Page's poetry has appeared widely in such journals as Innisfree Poetry Journal, The Southern Review, The North American Review, Southwest Review, Wisconsin Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Ploughshares, The Pedestal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and in a number of anthologies. His third collection of poems, Bodies Not Our Own, received a Walter R. Smith Distinguished Book Award. His recent collection, In This Maybe Best of All Possible Worlds, was awarded the 2016 FutureCycle Poetry Book Award. He is Founding Editor of The Pinch and a retired professor of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Memphis.

Patric Pepper

Patric Pepper has published a chapbook, Zoned Industrial, and a full-length collection, Temporary Apprehensions, which won the 2004 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Prize (WWPH). From 2008 through 2013, Pepper was President of WWPH, and he continues to serve WWPH as Production Manager. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Broadkill Review, Cape Cod Poetry Review, Confrontations, District Lines, Fugue, Gargoyle, and Innisfree Poetry Journal.

Simon Perchik

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at

Adam Pollak

Adam Pollak is an MFA candidate and College Writing Instructor at American University. His poems have most recently appeared in Little Patuxent Review, The Allegheny Review, and Prairie Margins. He lives—quite happily—outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife and puppy.

Terry Savoie

Terry Savoie, a retired teacher, has had more than three hundred poems published in literary journals, anthologies and small press publications over the past thirty-five years. These include American Poetry Review, Poetry (Chicago), Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, The North American Review and The Iowa Review.

Myrna Stone

Myrna Stone’s last two books, The Casanova Chronicles in 2011 and In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father in 2014, were both Finalists for the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry. Her poems have most recently appeared in River Styx and Nimrod. “The Siamese Twins Narratives” is from her newest book, Luz Bones, forthcoming from Etruscan Press in May.

Robert Joe Stout

Robert Joe Stout is a freelance journalist and currently resides in Oaxaca, Mexico. His essays, fiction, and poetry appear in a wide variety of commercial and literary magazines.

Charles Tarlton

Charles Tarlton is a retired professor who now lives in an old farmhouse cottage in Florence, Massachusetts, with this wife, Ann Knickerbocker, an abstract painter. After living in France and San Francisco, they moved to this suburb of Northampton in 2014. Since 2006 when he started writing full time he has published poetry in such periodicals as Rattle, Ekphrastic Review, and The Journal. He published an e-chapbook of free translations of Neruda’s Macchu Picchu in the 2River series, entitled, “La Vida de Piedra y de Palabra”; an extended historical tanka prose poem about the struggle of the Navajos, entitled, “Five Episodes in the Navajo Degradation,” in Lacuna; and “The Turn of Art,” a poetical and dramatic piece about Picasso and Matisse, in Fiction International.

Kareem Tayyar

Kareem Tayyar’s most recent book is Magic Carpet Poems (Tebot Bach Books). Previous collections include Follow the Sun (Aortic Books), Postmark Atlantis (Level 4 Press) and Scenes From A Good Life (Tebot Bach Books). His poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac With Garrison Keillor, and in a variety of literary journals, including Cultural Weekly and Review Americana. He is a Professor of English at Golden West College, and he received his Ph.D. in American Literature from U.C. Riverside.

Lesley Valdes

After several decades as a classical music critic, Lesley Valdes returned to her first love and completed a degree from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson is the author of The Stranger World, awarded the 2017 Donald Justice Prize, which will be published by Measure Press this summer. Recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in such journals as First Things, Five Points, The Hopkins Review, The New Criterion, The Sewanee Review, and The Yale Review. The editor of Literary Matters, the online journal of the ALSCW, he holds graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and Boston University, and he is currently a doctoral candidate at The Catholic University of America.


Anne Harding Woodworth on Kajal Ahmad

Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Unattached Male (Poetry Salzburg, 2014).

Anne Harding Woodworth

Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Unattached Male (Poetry Salzburg, 2014).

Charles Edward Wright

Charles Edward Wright was raised on a narrow neck of land between the Potomac River and the Mattawoman Creek, in a town where the eggs were never poached, but the venison likely had been. It stands to reason, then, that his work would appear too infrequently to warrant mention here.

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