The Maynard
Spring 2015

Author Biographies

Marie-Andree Auclair

Marie-Andree Auclair’s poems have appeared in journals and magazines, such as In/Words Magazine, Bywords, The Steel Chisel, Northern Cardinal Review and filling Station. More are forthcoming in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, First Literary Review-East and Contemporary Verse 2. Her first chapbook, Contrails was released by In/Words Magazine and Press in 2013. She earned a Certificate in Creative Writing (poetry) with the University of Toronto Continuing Studies in December 2014. She lives in Ottawa, Canada and is working on her next chapbook.

Jo Baeza

Jo Baeza moved to Holbrook, Arizona, with her parents in 1949 and decided there and then to make Arizona her home for life. She has a BA in English literature and a minor in history from Stanford University, spending her junior year at the University of Nottingham, England. She has been a rancher, explorer, writer, editor, instructor at Northland Pioneer College, and Forest Service lookout. Her book Ranch Wife, published under the name Jo Jeffers (Doubleday 1964 and University of Arizona Press 1994), is considered a Western classic. She self-published a book of her poetry, Eagles at Noon, in 2010. Her territorial history, Arizona: The Making of a State, was published in 2012 by White Mountain Publishing Co. as an official Arizona Centennial Legacy Project. She recently completed an Arcadia book on Pinetop-Lakeside history. Jo has lived in Arizona’s White Mountains since 1964, and continues to write columns for the White Mountain Independent.

Ace Bogess

Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003). He is an ex-con, ex-husband, ex-reporter and completely exhausted by all the things he isn't anymore. His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.

Valentina Cano

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, was published in 2014 and was called a “strong and satisfying effort” by Publishers Weekly.

Zoe Dagneault

Zoe Dagneault currently studies English and Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University. As well as puttering around in words, she tends to her garden and young family. Zoe lives and writes in East Vancouver, in the fine company of her guard beagle, Sunday.

Allison DeLauer

Allison DeLauer’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Eleven Eleven, Catamaran Literary Reader, Five Fingers Review, Mirage #4/Period(ical),, Squaw Valley Review,, The Throwback, and the anthology Weatherings. Her performance collaboration All I Wanted to Say, was funded, in part, by the Zellerbach Family Foundation. This show, as well as her latest collaboration, Cast Me to Seed/Umanità has been translated into Italian and was performed in Europe in 2012-2013. She received an MFA from California College of the Arts, residencies from Teatro dei Venti, Caldera Center for the Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Oakland, California.

Ann Filemyr

Ann Filemyr is the founder of the first Native American-centered MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She teaches courses in Consciousness at Southwestern College, a graduate school in Santa Fe. She was the featured poet in the 2014 Santa Fe Literary Review. Recent work has been accepted for Malpais Journal and WeMoon Women’s Art & Poetry Calendar. Recent poetry books: Love Enough (Red Mountain Press 2014); The Healer’s Diary (Stonefire Press 2012) Recent limited edition fine art poetry book collaborations: On the Nature of Tides (LaNana Creek Press 2013) Growing Paradise (LaNana Creek Press 2011). She read at Poet’s House in New York City in September 2014.

Pattie Flint

Pattie Flint is an uprooted Seattle native toughing it out in Scotland binding books by hand. She has been published in Five [Quarterly], Hippocampus and TAB, amongst others. She is currently working on her MFA at Cedar Crest College, and can be contacted at @pattieflint on twitter, or via her website

Surya Govender

Surya Govender writes, lives and teaches in Vancouver, BC. Her poetry tends to the narrative, drawing focus to the ever-remarkable stories that make up our everyday. Her work has appeared in Speak Magazine (San Fransisco), Fire (UK), Lexikon (UK) and Event (Canada) and she was shortlisted for the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize. She is currently working on a book of poetry reflecting on loss and water.

Mitchell Grabois

Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over eight hundred of his poems and fictions appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for work published in 2012, 2013, and 2014. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in Denver.

Ebony Jansen

Ebony Jansen received a BA from the Art and Art History program at Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga. She works primarily in print, photography, and installation. She has exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel’s Art Bar, The Black Cat, Project Gallery, the Blackwood Gallery, among others. Jansen independently curated Source Material for the Mississauga Art Council in 2012. She co-cofounded CAVITY, a Toronto-based curatorial collective in 2013. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Peycho Kanev

Peycho Kanev is the author of 3 poetry collections and two chapbooks, published in USA and Bulgaria. He has won several European awards for his poetry and he’s nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net. Translations of his books will be published soon in Italy, Poland and Russia. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Hawaii Review, Cordite Poetry Review, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, The Coachella Review, Two Thirds North, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others.

Eleanor Kedney

Eleanor Kedney founded The Writers Studio Tucson, a branch of the New York-based Writers Studio, in 2005, and served as the Director and the advanced workshop teacher for 10 years. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Connecticut River Review, Cumberland River Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Lalitamba, Many Mountains Moving, Miramar Poetry Journal, NY Quarterly, San Pedro River Review, Skidrow Penthouse, and other journals. Her work will also appear in the anthology No Achilles: War Poetry. She lives with her husband, Peter, dog, Charlie, and cat, Ivy, in Tucson, Arizona and Stonington, Connecticut.

gary lundy

gary lundy’s poetry has appeared in a variety of magazines and journals. His fourth chapbook, when voices detach themselves, was published in the fall of 2013 by is a rose press. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

Nate Maxson

Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. He is the author of several collections of poetry, most recently "The Age Of Jive" from Red Dashboard Press. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Garry Thomas Morse

Garry Thomas Morse is the author of five poetry titles and four fiction titles, notably Governor-General’s Award poetry finalist Discovery Passages about his ancestral Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations myth, history, and the fallout of the potlatch ban. His scandalous works include two Relit Award-nominated titles in his three book speculative fiction series The Chaos! Quincunx. Morse’s latest poetry title Prairie Harbour features a long poem based on his year of living in Saskatchewan, and includes a Manitoba interlude of “Heritage Minutes” about the commercial aspects of colonization in Canada, from the origins of the fur trade to the present day. Morse currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson is a New England writer, seeking to validate her day-job and keep her feet warm through the winter, forever surprised by the lucidity of humans and aptitude of dogs. She loves conspiracy theories and mountains, and hates deadlines and snakes. Someday shes hopes to tell each and every snake hater in the world that it’s okay to be afraid of silly things — but, until then, she will carry on writing poems about grandmas and science.

Christopher Patton

Christopher Patton has published three books, among them Ox (Véhicule), whose opening section received the Paris Review’s long poem prize, and Curious Masonry: Three Translations from the Anglo-Saxon (Gaspereau). The poems published here are from a recently finished manuscript called Dumuzi that refracts an old Sumerian fertility myth through a Cubist kaleidoscope. He lives in Bellingham, Washington and teaches creative writing at Western Washington University and blogs at

Richard King Perkins II

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart nominee and a Best of the Net nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications. In a six-year period, his poems have appeared in The Louisiana Review, Bluestem, Emrys Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, Roanoke Review, The Red Cedar Review and Crannog. He has poems forthcoming in The William and Mary Review, Sugar House Review, Old Red Kimono and Milkfist. He was a recent finalist in The Rash Awards, Sharkpack Alchemy, Writer’s Digest and Bacopa Literary Review poetry contests.

Katie Quackenbush

Katie Quackenbush recently worked with Kayla Czaga through the University of British Columbia’s Booming Ground program, and is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. She is a part-time Shelver with The Vancouver Public Library where she feeds her love for books.

Henry Rappaport

Henry Rappaport’s most recent book, “Loose to the World,” was published in 2014 by Ronsdale Press. It is his fifth book of poetry. He lives in Vancouver.

Angela Rebrec

Angela Rebrec’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in filling Station, Prism International, Event Magazine and the Dalhousie Review. Apart from writing, she works as a longshoreman, sings in an all-women's choir, moms her three children and is completing her bachelor’s degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. On rare occasions she gets some sleep.

Nikki Reimer

Nikki Reimer’s poetry has appeared in anthologies from New York to Winnipeg, in journals online and off, and once on digital billboards in the city of Calgary. A writer concerned with emotional ecology, Reimer has published two books — DOWNVERSE and [sic] — chapbooks, criticism and essays. She is a contributing editor to Poetry is Dead and a founding director of the Chris Reimer Legacy Fund Society. Visit her website (, or Calgary, where she lives.

Ron Riekki

Ron Riekki's books include U.P.: a novel, The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His play “Carol” was in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012, The First Real Halloween was best sci-fi/fantasy screenplay for the 2014 International Family Film Festival, and his story “The Family Jewel” was selected for The Best Small Fictions 2015.

annie ross

Annie Ross is a teacher/artist in the Canadian west.

Evie Ruddy

Evie Ruddy is a digital media artist, freelance journalist and creative writer. Her short documentaries and personal essays have been broadcast nationally on CBC Radio, including The Sunday Edition. Her print work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, The Toronto Star, Briarpatch Magazine and Indian Country Today. Trained at the Center for Digital Storytelling in Berkeley, California, Evie partners with organizations and schools to help people create digital narratives about their lives and experiences. To view these videos and more of her work, visit:

Jamie Sharpe

Jamie Sharpe is the author of two poetry collections, Animal Husbandry Today (ECW Press, 2012) and Cut-up Apologetic (ECW, 2015). He lives in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Charles Springer

Charles Springer is an only child and nothing is going to change that now. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he is well published in the small presses. He has degrees in anthropology and is also an award-winning painter. He's lived much of his life in Cincinnati, Philadelphia and New York. Charles currently eats, sleeps, bicycles and writes from the family homestead in Pennsylvania where he is constantly trying to keep his barn from falling down. He dreams of living on Cape Cod.

Carolyn Supinka

Carolyn Supinka is a writer and visual artist based in Washington, DC, where she is an MA candidate in the Arts Management program at American University, and is a co-founder of VIATOR, a public art and poetry project. From 2013-2014 she conducted six different poetry and art projects in Pondicherry, India as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, where she researched modern day spiritual journeys and cultural exchange. Her work combines visuals and poetry to create installations that transform public space, and she has been most recently published in Poet Lore, Fjords Review, and Stirring: A Literary Collection.

Fraser Sutherland

Fraser Sutherland has published nine poetry collections, most recently The Philosophy of As If. He lives in Toronto, Canada when not in Guangzhou, China.

John Swanson

John Swanson graduated from UBC with a degree in English in 1968. In the early ‘70’s he was part of a group of poets and photographers in the studio collective SeeSite in Vancouver, during which time the Titmouse Review published several of his poems. He participated in several group poetry readings in Vancouver, Toronto and New York. After a long hiatus he attended the Writing with Style program at the Banff Centre in 2007 with Roo Borson, and now lives and writes in Vancouver. He recently completed poetry workshops at UBC with Fiona Lam, and at SFU with Jami Macarty.

Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor lives in Vancouver with his wife and son. He is the author of the poetry collection The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011). Rob is the co-founder of One Ghana, One Voice, Ghana’s first online poetry magazine, and one of the coordinators of Vancouver's Dead Poets Reading Series.

Changming Yuan

Yuan Changming, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks (including Kinship [2015] and The Origin of Letters [2015]), began to learn English at 19 and published monographs on translation before moving to Canada. Currently editing Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver, Changming has since mid-2005 had poetry appearing in 1059 literary publications across 36 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Maynard, Poetry in Voice and Threepenny Review.