DON'T ERASE US Contributors
Aiden Angle is a residential counselor for individuals with intellectual disabilities, as well as the drummer of the band Moonspeaker. He earned a B.A. of Psychology from Carlow University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Misfit Magazine, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and Pittsburgh City Paper Chapter and Verse. His chapbook Instructions from a Vocal Microphone is currently being sent out for publication.
Jeanette Beebe is a poet and journalist. Her poems are forthcoming in Crab Creek Review, Delaware Poetry Review, Nat Brut, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Her undergraduate thesis at Princeton, An Instrument for Blinking (Poems), was advised by Tracy K. Smith. She reports for WHYY-FM (NPR, Philadelphia) and the Princeton Alumni Weekly, and is a master’s student in the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) at at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Find Jeanette on the web at www.jeanettebeebe.com.
McKenzie Chinn lives in Chicago and has performed her poetry as part of the city’s long-running, curated show-case Salonathon and in The Inconvenience’s The Fly Honey Show. Her work has appeared in Voicemail Poems. She also wrote, produced, and appears in the independent feature film Olympia, currently in post-production.
Wendy DeGroat's poetry has appeared in U.S. and U.K. publications, including Beltway Poetry Quarterly, About Place, Mslexia, TRIVIA: Voices of Feminism, Forage, and The Brillantina Project. She’s a librarian who teaches writing workshops, curates poetryriver.org, and serves as a facilitator for Living the Richmond Pledge, a workshop that empowers participants to take leadership in ending racism in their communities and in our culture. Her chapbook Beautiful Machinery is forthcoming from Headmistress Press in 2017.
Justin Holliday is a lecturer and poet. His poetry has appeared in Sanitarium, Glitterwolf, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Phantom Kangaroo, and elsewhere.
Ansley Jones is a full-time multidisciplinary artist, Official U.S. Cultural Ambassador, hip hop feminist and women’s rights activist. She earned her BFA in Visual and Performing Arts at Savannah State University in 2008 and her MA in American Dance Studies in 2011 at Florida State University 2011. Jones was recently awarded a performing arts fellowship by The American Institute of Indian Studies for her project entitled “The Jukeboxx Movement – From Surviving to Thriving,” creating safe spaces for survivors of gender-based violence and oppression through the medium of hip hop culture and artistic expression.
Tanaka Mhishi is a poet, playwright and performer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Words Dance, Black Heart Magazine and the Rialto among other publications, and on stage at various venues in London and the southeast of England. Much of his work wrestles with trauma; most of the time it wins. For more details visit tanakamhishi.co.uk.
Denise Miller is a professor, poet and mixed media artist whose publications include poems in Dunes Review, African American Review and Blackberry: A Magazine. She’s the 2015 Willow Books Emerging Poet, an AROHO Waves Discussion Fellowship awardee, a finalist for the Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund, and a Hedgebrook Fellow. Her newest book, Core, released from Willow Books in November 2015 has been nominated for a 2016 American Book Award and a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Additionally, one of her poems from a collection in progress has also been nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. Miller has also been recently named the Fall 2016 Willow Books Writer In Residence in conjunction with the Carr Center Detroit and the NEH. More of her work can be found at www.makedo.weebly.com.
Jennifer Perrine is the author of No Confession, No Mass, winner of the 2016 Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award and the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Previous books include In the Human Zoo, recipient of the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and The Body Is No Machine, winner of the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Perrine lives in Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit www.jenniferperrine.org.
Barbara Ruth dances with precarious grace in Silicon Valley, a location in which she often feels like a Luddite and dreams of being a saboteur. But where to throw the shoes to halt the startups that contribute to Bay Area homelessness, including her own? When in doubt (and she is usually doubting something) she writes. Her poetry, photography, fiction and memoirs are widely anthologized and appears in QDA: Queer Disability Anthology; Tales Of Our Lives: Fork In the Road; and Yellow Chair Review:Rock the Chair. Her work also appears in the journals: Santa Fe Poetry Review 2016, Barking Sycamores Review, and The Deaf Poets Society. She turned 70 in June. Her work is often found on her Facebook page.
Shaun Turner is the author of a chapbook of short fiction, The Lawless River (Red Bird Chapbooks 2016) and editor at Fire Poetry. His writing can be found at Still: The Journal, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Connotation Press, and Permafrost Magazine, among others. He earned his MFA at West Virginia University.