Chuck Carlise, Director and Editor

Chuck Carlise is the author of the poetry collection, In One Version of the Story (New Issues Poetry & Prose), as well as two chapbooks, A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t the Stairs (Concrete Wolf Poetry Series) and Casual Insomniac (Bateau, “Boom Contest" winner).  He is the recipient of the InPrint/Paul Verlaine Poetry Prize as well as the Academy of American Poets C.T. Wright Award, and his work has garnered a half-dozen Pushcart Prize nominations, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes, and inclusion in the Best New Poets anthology in both 2012 and 2014.  He has spoken or read in dozens of venues, including as the Keynote Speaker at the Sigma Tau Delta annual meeting in Hays, Kansas.  His poems and essays appear in Southern Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAMQuarterly West, Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southeast Review, and elsewhere.

Chuck completed his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston, after previously earning degrees from Wittenberg University and the University of California at Davis. During these years, he served on the editorial staff of Swan Scythe Poetry Press, and spent two years as nonfiction editor for the journal Gulf Coast.  More recently, he has taught at UC-Santa Cruz, Westminster College, and Grand Valley State University, as well as at the Boldface Writer's Conference and as Poet-in-Residence with Writers in the Schools. Chuck has lived in the four corners of the U.S. and parts beyond, calling 14 different states "home" over the years, as well as keeping an occasional apartment in Sicily.  Outside of academia (and numerous temp positions and dish-dog stints), he spent spent several years in the non-profit sector, primarily as an activist and community organizer in Portland, Oregon.

He is currently at work on a new volume of poems and multiple chapbook projects, as well as a memoir of his years on the Greyhound Bus Lines.  In Fall of 2022, he joined the Ashland University Department of Languages and Literatures, as Assistant Professor of English, teaching undergraduate literature and creative writing, serving on the faculty of the Ashland MFA, and directing the Ashland Poetry Press.


Jennifer Rathbun, Associate Editor

Jennifer RathbunAs a translator, Jennifer Rathbun has published: Fuego de voluntad/ Fire of Volition (Mantis Editores, 2020) by Mexican poet Fernando Carrerra; Adamar/Beloved (Artepoética Press, 2019) by Mexican poet Minerva Margarita Villarreal; La llama inclinada/ The Inclined Flame (Artepoética Press, 2018) by Colombian author Carlos Satízabal; Era hombre, era mito, era bestía/ Man Myth Beast (Editorial Ultramarina, 2013) by Mexican author Ivan Vergara; Tras el rayo/ Afterglow (The Bitter Oleander Press, 2011) by Mexican artist Alberto Blanco; and with Mexican transfronterizo author Juan Armando Rojas Joo: Como luz del río/ Like River Light (Artepoética Pres, 2019); Sanctuaries   Desert Sea (Artepoética Press, 2015), Luz/ Light (Editorial Ultramarina, 2013), Río vertebral/Vertebral River (Pecan Grove Press, 2009), Ceremonial de viento/ Ceremonial of Wind (La Cuadrilla de la Langosta, 2006), and the chapbooks Ofrendas/Offerings (Ohio Wesleyan University UP, 2012) and De caña de maíz y miel: 12 haikus de Ohio/On Cornstalks and Honey: 12 Ohio Haiku (Full/Crescent Press, 2018).

Rathbun is co-editor of the anthologies of poetry Sangre mía / Blood of Mine: Poetry of Border Violence, Gender and Identity in Ciudad Juárez (New Mexico State University UP, 2013) and Canto a una ciudad en el desierto (La Cuadrilla de la Langosta, 2004). In addition, she has published more than thirty poetic translations of Hispanic authors in prestigious national and international reviews and journals such as The Dirty Goat, Terre Incognita, Prism International, and International Poetry Review. Her original poetry has appeared in the journals Border Senses, La Revista Luna Zeta, Papeles de la Mancuspia and the anthology La Mujer Rota: Un Homenaje a las Mujeres Rotas del Mundo Poesía de autoras y autores hispanohablantes en el Centenario del Natalicio de Simone de Beauvoir (Literalia, 2008).

Jennifer Rathbun received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Contemporary Latin American Literature and she is currently Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. 


Past Editors

Richard Snyder, Founding Editor (1969-1986)

Poet, fiction writer, playwright, and Professor of English at Ashland University, Richard Snyder served for fifteen years as English department chair. He is the author of Practicing Our Sighs: The Collected Poetry of Richard Snyder (1989).

Robert McGovern, Founding Editor (1969-1998)

Poet and scholar, Robert McGovern published two books of poems, A Feast of Flesh (974) and Fool: Selected Poems (2001). His critical works include monographs on Louis Coxe, Hollis Summers, and Judson Jerome as well as critical pieces and reviews.  


Joan Baranow (1989-1991)  

Poet and filmmaker Joan Baranow is author of Living Apart (1999) and In the Next Life (2019). She is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and recipient of awards from Marin Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council. With her husband, physician and poet David Watts, she produced the PBS documentaries Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine and The Time We Have.

Stephen Haven (1992-2016) 

Poet and memoirist, Stephen Haven is author of The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks (2004), Dust and Bread (2008), The River Lock: One Boy's Life Along the Mohawk (2008), and The Last Sacred Place in North America (2012). He has received awards from the Ohio Arts Council and New American Press.

Deborah Fleming (2007-2022) 

Poet, novelist, essayist, and scholar, Deborah Fleming is author of poetry collections Migrations (2005), Morning, Winter Solstice (2012), Into a New Country (2016), Source of the River (2018), and Earthrise (2021). Her nonfiction collection, Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape (2019) won the PEN-America Diamondstein/Spielvogel Art of the Essay Award in 2020. Her novel Without Leave (2014) won the Asheville Award from Black Mountain Press. She has published two volumes of scholarship and edited two collections of essays on W. B. Yeats.  


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