Stephen Kampa

Stephen Kampa, the poetry editor for Able Muse, holds a BA in English literature from Carleton College and an MFA in poetry from Johns Hopkins University. His first book, Cracks in the Invisible, won the 2010 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and the 2011 Gold Medal in Poetry from the Florida Book Awards. His second book, Bachelor Pad, appeared from the Waywiser Press. His poems have also been awarded the Theodore Roethke Prize, first place in the River Styx International Poetry Contest, and four Pushcart nominations.


Daniel Bourne

Daniel Bourne’s books include The Household Gods, Where No One Spoke the Language, and the forthcoming Talking Back to the Exterminator, from Regal House Publishing. His poems and translations have appeared in Ploughshares, APR, Field, Boulevard, Guernica, Salmagundi, Yale Review, Pleiades, Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, Plume, Colorado Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, and elsewhere.


Tadeusz Dziewanowski

Born in Gdańsk in 1953, Tadeusz Dziewanowski was involved in Polish street theater as both a writer and performer during the 1970s, and was a cofounder of the Gdańsk-area creative group, Tawerna Psychonautów (The Tavern of the Psychonauts), in the 1980s. More recently, he has been a poet and translator from English. His first book of poetry, Siedemnaście tysięcy małpich ogonów (Seventeen Thousand Monkey Tales), appeared in 2009, and his poetry, reviews, and translations from English appear regularly in the Polish literary journal Topos.


Aaron Fischer

Aaron Fischer worked for forty years as a print and online editor for newspapers and magazines. His poems have appeared in the American Journal of Poetry, Briar Cliff Review, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Five Points, Hudson Review, Naugatuck River Review, and elsewhere. He won the 2020 Prime Number Magazine Awards for Poetry, as well as the Laureates’ Choice from the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest for 2019 and 2021.


Donald Wheelock

Donald Wheelock’s poems have appeared or will appear in THINK, Ekphrasis, Alabama Literary Review, Blue Unicorn, and many other publications that welcome formal poetry. His first full-length book of poems, It’s Hard Enough to Fly, has just been released by Kelsay Books. Although a poet since his thirties, Wheelock’s intense immersion in the writing of poetry is relatively recent; his lifelong career has been in music, as a composer of chamber, vocal, and orchestral music. He is professor emeritus of music at Smith College.


Brian Brodeur

Brian Brodeur is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Some Problems with Autobiography (Criterion Books, 2023), which won the 2022 New Criterion Prize, and Every Hour Is Late (Measure Press, 2019). New poems and literary criticism appear in Hopkins Review, Gettysburg Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Southern Review, and the Writer’s Chronicle. Brian lives with his wife and daughter in the Whitewater River Valley. He teaches at Indiana University East.



Dan Campion

Dan Campion is the author of Peter De Vries and Surrealism and coeditor of Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, a third edition of which was issued in 2019. His poems have appeared previously in Able Muse and widely in other publications. A selection of his verse is gathered in A Playbill for Sunset, issued by Ice Cube Press in July 2022. He lives in Iowa City, Iowa.



Natalie Staples

Natalie Staples earned a BA from Kenyon College and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in NPR, Literary Matters, BPR,, and SWWIM Every Day. She serves as the poetry editor for the Northwest Review.



Timothy Kleiser

Timothy Kleiser is a writer and teacher from Louisville, Kentucky. His writing has appeared in Atlanta Review, National Review, Modern Age, Still, Fathom, Front Porch Republic, and elsewhere. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of St. Thomas.



Blake Campbell

Blake Campbell’s writing has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, the Dark Horse, the Worcester Review, Measure Review, Lambda Literary, and the anthology 14 International Younger Poets. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he is the recipient of the 2015 Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award from the Academy of American Poets and a 2020 Emerging Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation.


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