Author Pages

Rich Youmans

Rich Youmans’s haiku, haibun, and related essays have been published internationally in various journals and anthologies, and he currently serves on the editorial team of Haibun Today ( His collection of linked haibun with Maggie Chula, Shadow Lines, won a Merit Book Award from the Haiku Society of America in 2000. His most recent collection, All the Windows Lit, was a 2015 Snapshot Press eChapbook Award winner. He and his wife, Belle, live on Cape Cod.

Kat Meads

Kat Meads is the author of 20 books and chapbooks of poetry and prose. Her short plays have been produced in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and elsewhere. A native of North Carolina, she lives in California and teaches in Oklahoma City University's Red Earth MFA program. Kirkus Reviews described her latest fiction, Miss Jane: The Lost Years, set in the 1970s, as a "sharp and tightly crafted tale.... Incredibly relevant to today's reckoning with powerful men's sexual abuse of the women around them." 

Nicole Beck

Nicole E. Beck was born in rural Kansas, grew up in Pennsylvania, and currently lives in Philadelphia.

She has had various stints as a bank teller, an office worker, and a retail bookseller, while completing studies in art and history.

angel tiger sleeper dante is her second published chapbook.  In June 2018, her first chapbook was released from dancing girl press.

Samantha Priestley

Samantha Priestley is a writer from Sheffield, England. She won the H E Bates competition and The Tacchi-Morris Prize for short stories.  Her chapbooks, Dreamers and Orange Balloon, are published by Folded Word. Her first novel was published by Pioneer Readers and her second novel, Reliability of Rope, is published by Armley Press.  Her third novel, A Bad Winter, was published by Armley Press in 2017.

Fierce Lament Contributors

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a Queer, Black, Transracial Adoptee artist. She has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices, On the Commons Magazine, Burn Something and the anthology Walk Towards It. Her work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues (Pillsbury House Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Black Dog Cafe, Intermedia Arts, SPACE, the Turf Club, Fineline Music Cafe, The Loft Literary Center’s Equilibrium Series, Open Book and more) and a few in Wisconsin.

Andrea Blancas Beltran

Andrea Blancas Beltran is from El Paso, Texas. Her writing has recently been selected for publication in About Place, A Dozen Nothing, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Fog Machine, Gramma, Pilgrimage, & others. Recent visual work was selected for the Transborder Biennial/Bienal Transfronteriza at the El Paso Museum of Art and Mueso de Arte de Ciudad Juárez. You can find her @drebelle.

Clive Collins

Born in Leicester, England, Clive Collins has spent the greater part of his life working as a teacher in Ireland, Sierra Leone, and Japan. He is the author of two novels, The Foreign Husband (Marion Boyars) and Sachiko's Wedding (Marion Boyars/Penguin Books). Misunderstandings, a collection of short stories, was joint-winner of the Macmillan Silver PEN Award in 1994. He was a short-listed finalist in the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Molly Curtis

Molly Curtis has an MFA from The University of Montana, where she received a 2010 Academy of American Poets Prize. She is the author of two chapbooks, Mouths Full of Glass in the Abandoned Bathhouse (Zero Ducats Collective, 2009) and After Touring the Body Room (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Her poems have also appeared in numerous literary journals. Born and raised in Montana, she has moved frequently between various cities and towns of the American West and currently lives in the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic. 

Sharon H. Smith

Sharon H. Smith, a poet-writer and former book designer, lives in San Francisco with her husband and frequent collaborator, architectural photographer David Wakely.  She is curious, seeks out new experiences, and has a drive to share them. She fills her heart weekly as a volunteer with Food Runners and champions Creativity Explored. She has long participated in Laguna Writers San Francisco, hosted writing retreats and workshops at her home in West Sonoma County, and produces the Birdland Journal,

Jeanie Tomasko

Jeanie Tomasko is the author of a few books of poetry, including most recently, The Collect of the Day and Dove Tail (both from Bent Paddle Press), Violet Hours (Taraxia Press) and Small Towns Along the Coast (Dancing Girl Press).