Constance Brewer likes pie more than cake, and Welsh Corgis over combat engineering. She also doodles on unmoving objects. Constance lives in Wyoming amid the wide open spaces – for now. Her poetry can be found in Rappahannock Review, Harpur Palate, Crafty Poet II: A Portable Workshop, Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers, Dark Matter Literary Journal, The Nassau Review, The Syzygy Poetry Journal, and the New Poets of the American West Anthology. She was an editor for Every Day Poets for five and a half years. Constance has an MFA from the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, and is the winner of a 2016 Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship grant. You can find out more on her website, Life on the Periphery – www.constancebrewer.com
Her poetic influences and current favorites include: Louise Gluck, Tracy K. Smith, Dorianne Laux, Nick Lantz, Robert Creeley, Carl Dennis, W.S. Merwin, Rudy Francisco, Rachel Wiley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Emily Dickinson, and William Shakespeare. Constance is a fan of free verse, but does enjoy a well rhymed form poem. As an editor she prefers attention to detail and use of poetic craft. Poems that resonate, offer a new look on a common theme, and show awareness of language will always get her attention. She loves science poems. Don’t forget to nail that ending!
Kathleen Cassen Mickelson
Kathleen Cassen Mickelson earned her MFA in creative writing at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has varied slush reader and editorial experience; has been published in several places including Boston Literary Magazine, Every Day Poets, Flash Fiction Chronicles, The Linnet’s Wings, Postcard Poems and Prose, Saturday Night Reader; and runs the blog One Minnesota Writer. She reads all kinds of stuff – personal essays, daily cartoons, New Yorker columns, crime novels, and newspapers – and likes poetry by writers including but not limited to Kim Addonizio, Amiri Baraka, Robert Bly, Diane DiPrima, Ted Kooser, Maxine Kumin, Jim Moore, Naomi Shihab Nye, Mary Oliver, Claudia Rankine, and Gary Snyder. She’s been known to read the backs of cereal boxes if there’s nothing else available.
Poetry submissions that rhyme, bemoan lost love, or give up a righteous rant with no breathing space are least likely to get Kathleen’s vote. Her favorite poems are lean, unpretentious examinations of daily living that pull readers into a surprising place through strong images and active language. Bonus if there’s a description of food or a political twist in there somewhere.
Joshua A. Colwell
Assistant Editor and Social Media Manager
Joshua A. Colwell is a writer, editor, and Neil Gaiman enthusiast. His work has appeared in Every Day Poets, Boston Literary Magazine, Jenny Magazine, Leaves of Ink, Postcards, Poems and Prose, and The Story Shack. He received his B.A. in Professional Writing & Editing from Youngstown State University.
His poetic influences include Ono no Komachi, Izumi Shikibu, Kim Addonizio, Michael Dickman, Sarah Kay, William Greenway, Robert Frost, Phil Brady, and Shaindel Beers. His favorite types of poems are free verse, and he loves poetry that tells a story. He’s always believed that poetry has a unique way of speaking to us – one that we can spend a lifetime listening to but never truly understand.
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