Author Pages

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Francine Marie Tolf

Francine Marie Tolf has published two full length poetry collections, Rain, Lilies, Luck (North Star Press of St. Cloud) and Prodigal (Pinyon Publishing), as well as a memoir and five chapbooks including Eighteen Poems to God and a Poem to Satan by Redbird Chapbooks of Minnesota.

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).

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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