Author Pages

Jolene Brink

Jolene is an M.F.A. creative writing graduate student at University of Montana where she teaches first-year composition and serves as poetry editor for the literary magazines Cutbank and Camas. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Carolina Quarterly, Postroad, Belleville Park Pages, and elsewhere. Her Red Bird chapbook won the 2015 Merriam-Frontier Award.

From Peregrine

Crossing The Anthropocene

Every glacier 
is a comma 
falling out of place.

Justin Bond

Justin Bond was born and raised in rural Oklahoma.  He may or may not hold the record for the most dropouts from regional, state, and private colleges and universities by any one individual in Oklahoma history. He is an alumnus of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, where he studied with the poets Ruth L. Schwartz, Judith Taylor, and Donald Hall. A contributing editor for The Found Poetry Review, Justin currently lives and works in Tulsa, OK.

From Going Native

The Drift

Natalie Cunningham

Currently, Natalie is an art history archivist; an editor and book designer for monographs about violins; and a designer and creator of handmade books. She shares her time between the center of Ohio and the southeast corner of Utah, where she lives in a tent and investigates the way prehistoric peoples thought about the sky. She has an MFA in creative non-fiction from the University of Arizona.

Vicky Lettmann

Vicky Lettmann grew up in southeastern North Carolina near the Atlantic Ocean where she learned to love the taste of salt water and the smell of the tides. She created Turtle House Ink and publishedThe Beach, a collection of her poems with artwork by her mother, Ruth. For over thirty years, she taught writing and literature at North Hennepin Community College. She teaches writing workshops in Sanibel, Florida, where she and her husband, John, spend the winters. 

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award and a finalist for the 2013 Orion Book Award, and two collections of poems, Notes from the Journey Westward andKilling the Murnion Dogs. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award finalist, his work has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, Ecotone, The Sun, Orion, and Slate, among other magazines and literary journals.

Bob Lucky

Bob Lucky lived in Ethiopia for four years before moving to Saudi Arabia, where he now teaches. His work has appeared in various journals includingModern Haiku, Rattle, Flash, Emerald Bolts, The Prose-Poem Project, Haibun Today, Eucalypt, Atlas Poetica, KYSO Flash, and others. He is currently editor of Contemporary Haibun Online. In his free time, he makes noise on ukuleles and misses playing the The Urban Hyenas in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian Time

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.

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.

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.

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