Kimiko Hahn is the author of nine books of poetry, including The Artist's Daughter (2002), The Narrow Road to the Interior (2006), Toxic Flora (2010), and Brain Fever (2014). Her later work, like that found in Toxic Flora and Brain Fever—both engagements with science articles found in the New York Times—“does away with much of the clutter. Its anchoring form is the short poem in couplets, with the occasional single-line stanza. These poems glow with concentrated energy, and their dense arrangements usefully contain Hahn’s previous meandering tendencies. Consequently, these new poems exhibit the ‘gemlike’ quality Hahn avowedly admires. Her new collection Foreign Bodies is forthcoming in 2020. She teaches in the MFA Program at Queens College, City University of New York.
Ariel Francisco is the author of A Sinking Ship is Still a Ship (Burrow Press, 2020) and All My Heroes Are Broke (C&R Press, 2017). A poet and translator born in the Bronx to Dominican and Guatemalan parents and raised in Miami, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Academy of American Poets, The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker and elsewhere. The Miami New Times named him one of the Five Florida Writers to Watch in 2019.
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Award bronze medal for poetry, and was a finalist for the 2017 Milt Kessler Award. She has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Knight Foundation, among others. Her work has appeared in Best New Poets, Best Small Fictions, The Georgia Review, The New York Times, The Sun, and more. A transracial adoptee born in South Korea, she is currently translating the selected works of Korean poet Yi Won with Don Mee Choi and E.J. Koh for the American Literary Translators Association Mentorship Fellowship. She serves as the poetry editor for Hyphen Magazine and as the poetry program coordinator for Miami Book Fair.www.marcicalabretta.com.