Author Pages

Christina Olson

Christina Olson is the author of Before I Came Home Naked and Rook & The M.E.: A Law & Order-Inspired Narrative. Her poetry has appeared in journals and magazines including The Southern Review, RHINO, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, The Normal School, Anti-, Gastronomica, Passages North and Hayden’s Ferry Review. Her nonfiction has appeared in Brevity, Black Warrior Review, Quarterly West, and was anthologized in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 3.

Donna Isaac

Donna Isaac, a retired English/writing professor, is proud to be Red Bird's first published writer with her chapbook Holy Comforter and a broadside "Bathing." She has published one other poetry chapbook, Tommy (Red Dragonfly Press) and has most recently been published by St. Paul Almanac, Pine Mountain Sand & GravelPlein Air, and Martin Lake Anthology.

Eirik Gumeny

Eirik Gumeny is over six feet tall and enjoys sugar. Originally from the highway-choked suburbs of New Jersey, he now lives in the mile-high desert of New Mexico. Born with cystic fibrosis, in late 2014 he had his horribly diseased lungs replaced with new, non-terrible ones and now everything’s great.

Anita Endrezze

Anita is an author and artist. Her recent short story collection, “Butterfly Moon”, was published by the U of AZ Press. Her work has been translated into 10 languages and taught around the world. She won the Bumbershoot/Weyerhaeuser Award, a Washington State Governor’s Writing Award, and a GAP Award for her poetry. She collaborates on art projects with a small group of women. An altered book project on the value of art in Latin America is being archived at the Smithsonian after an exhibit in Phoenix, AZ. She has also worked on an altered book about Don Quixote.

Meg Eden

Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. Her poem "Rumiko" won the 2015 Ian MacMillan award for poetry, and she has four poetry chapbooks in print. She teaches at the University of Maryland. Check out her work at: www.megedenbooks.com

Meg teaches workshops with The Eckleburg Workshops. She currently teaches course on creating a chapbook manuscript (ter.ps/chapbook), submitting to literary magazines (ter.ps/litmags), and creating strong poems (ter.ps/poemsi).

Andrew Jarvis

Andrew Jarvis is the author of Sound Points (Red Bird Chapbooks), Ascent (Finishing Line Press), and The Strait (Homebound Publications). His poems have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry, Evansville Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Tulane Review, and many other magazines. He was a Finalist for the 2014 Homebound Publications Poetry Prize. He also judges poetry contests and edits anthologies for Red Dashboard LLC. Andrew holds an M.A. in Writing (Poetry) from Johns Hopkins University.

Kathleen Kirk

Kathleen Kirk is the poetry editor for Escape Into Life. She is the author of five previous poetry chapbooks, including Interior Sculpture: poems in the voice of Camille Claudel (Dancing Girl Press, 2014), commissioned by Columbus Dance Theatre for the world premier of Claudel. Kirk’s poems and stories appear in many print and online journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Confrontation, Eclectica, Menacing Hedge, Nimrod, Poetry East, Puerto del Sol, RHINO, Quarter After Eight, and Waccamaw.

Lisa Higgs

Lisa Higgs’ second chapbook Unintentional Guide to the Big City was published by Red Bird Chapbooks in April 2015. Her work has been published in numerous literary journals – including Crab Orchard Review, Water~Stone Review, Midwestern Gothic and PMS: poemmemoirstory – and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards. Lodestar, her first chapbook, was published in 2011.

Paula Cisewski

Paula Cisewski's third poetry collection, The Threatened Everything, will appear in 2016 through Burnside Review Books. She is also the author of Ghost Fargo (winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize),  Upon Arrival (Black Ocean), and several poetry chapbooks. She has been awarded fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Paula teaches, both academically and privately, and curates artful literary events in the Twin Cities. Misplaced Sinister is her first book of prose.

Steve Tomasko

Insects seem to creep their way into Steve Tomasko’s poems (even his love poems). He doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. His wife, Jeanie, long ago stopped screaming when a dragonfly lands on her. She doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. But they both still get creeped out by spiders. Steve and Jeanie edited the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Steve has had poems published in various journals including: Anthills, The Aurorean, Corvus, Echoes, The Fiddlehead, Hummingbird, Right Hand Pointing, and Verse Wisconsin.

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