Author Pages

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jamie Lynn Buehner

Jamie Lynn Buehner is the author of Dessert Poems (Binge Press, 2012) and Catalpa. Her recent work appears in pioneertown., Sleet MagazineThe Midwest Quarterly, and the Wisconsin Review.  She lives in Juneau, Alaska.

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