Featured Poets

Elena Karina ByrneElena Karina Byrne 

Elena Karina Byrne, author of three books of poetry, most recently Squander, is a freelance professor, editor, the Poetry Consultant / Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books,Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club, and one of the final judges for the Kate/Kingsley Tufts Prizes in poetry. Her publications include the Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, Denver Quarterly, Slate, Poetry International, OmniVerse, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Black Renaissance Noire, and BOMB. Elena just completed Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire. Her website is www.elenakarinabyrne.com.

Juliana GrayJuliana Gray

Juliana Gray is the author of three poetry collections, Honeymoon Palsy (Measure Press 2017), Roleplay (Dream Horse Press 2012, winner of the 2010 Orphic Prize), and The Man Under My Skin (River City Publishing 2005), as well as the chapbook Anne Boleyn’s Sleeve (Winged City Chapbook Press 2013).  Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, 32 Poems, and other journals, and her humor writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and elsewhere.  An Alabama native, she lives in western New York and teaches at Alfred University.  

Adrian MatejkaAdrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. The Big Smoke was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book, Map to the Stars, was published by Penguin in 2017. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is the Poet Laureate of Indiana.