Claudia Serea is a Romanian-born poet who immigrated to the U.S. in 1995. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies from the U.S., U.K., and Australia, such as New Letters, 5 a.m., Meridian, Word Riot, The Red Wheelbarrow, Going Down Swinging, The Lake, Polluto, Cutthroat, Apple Valley Review, Green Mountains Review, International Poetry Review, Ascent, Connotation Press, protestpoems.org, Mudfish, The Dirty Goat, Harpur Palate, The Fourth River, The Istanbul Review, Barnwood, Contrary Magazine, Poets & Artists, The Comstock Review, The Houston Literary Review,and many others.
A four-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and for Best of the Net, Serea is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Angels & Beasts (Phoenicia Publishing, Canada, 2012), A Dirt Road Hangs From the Sky (8th House Publishing, Canada, 2013), and To Part Is to Die a Little (Cervená Barva Press, forthcoming). She also published the chapbooks The System (Cold Hub Press, New Zealand, 2012), With the Strike of a Match (White Knuckles Press, 2011), and Eternity’s Orthography (Finishing Line Press, 2007).
Together with Paul Doru Mugur and Adam J. Sorkin, Serea co-edited and co-translated TheVanishing Point That Whistles, an Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House Publishing, 2011). She also translated from the Romanian Adina Dabija’s Beautybeast (North Shore Press, Alaska, 2012).
Claudia Serea belongs to the poetry group The Red Wheelbarrow Poets and is one of the curators of the Williams Poetry Readings at the Williams Center in Rutherford, New Jersey. She lives in New Jersey and works in New York.
Loren Kleinman is an American-born poet and writer with roots in New Jersey. Her writing explores the results of love and loss, and how both themes affect an individual’s internal and external voice. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex (UK).
Her poetry has appeared in The New York Times, Drunken Boat, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, LEVURE LITTÉRAIRE, Columbia Journal, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (PLR), Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee, and was a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Prize finalist for poetry.
In 2003, Spire Press (NYC) published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz. Kleinman judged the literary entries for the book Alt-History: New Writing from Brighton published by QueenSpark Books (UK). She was also a contributing editor/writer for the Cancer Dancer by Patricia San Pedro. Kleinman is also a columnist forIndieReader.com(IR) where she interviews NYT bestselling indie authors. Many of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post.
Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs was released in March 2014 (Winter Goose Publishing), and was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Women’s Poetry and chosen as one of the best poetry books of the first half of 2014 by Entropy Magazine. The Dark Cave was also nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Indie Authors Naked (IndieReader Publishing, 2014), which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. She’s also the author of Breakable Things, Stay with Me Awhile, and The Woman with a Million Hearts (BlazeVOX).
Monique Antonette Lewis is an annual reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and creator of the popular national and international reading series At the Inkwell. A former board member of the New York Writers Workshop, she taught fiction workshops in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She was also the fiction editor for City Lit Rag. She has more than a decade of journalism experience and is an editor for Mergermarket, a global online financial news service. Her articles have appeared in Forbes and the Financial Times. Prior to Mergermarket, Monique was a reporter for the Press & Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton, NY) and The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, and a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University. Monique lives in Denver.
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Nathan Xavier Osorio is an MFA candidate at Columbia University’s Writing Program. He is the forthcoming poetry editor for Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art and a research assistant at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. He teaches poetry at the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists and currently resides in Ridgewood, Queens.